My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Market Day and other stuff

It's been a funny old time since I last wrote, although it was only about 10 days ago I have no idea where those days have gone!
I've spent a little time finishing up my second little quilt from Pam Buda's Marketday sewalong, it started here and finished here on her Heartspun Quilts blog
When Pam offered the sewalong in two different sizes, of course I wanted to do them both! I showed the first, made with 3 inch (finished) blocks, a couple of posts back, here is the second one, made with 1 1/2 inch blocks.
For this one I used (mostly) some fabrics from one of Anni Down's ranges, I thought the tiny print would work well in a mini quilt.
I had an interesting time with the borders on this one, I had the sudden thought to insert an extra border using the same blue as in the outer corner half square triangles, acting as a sort of frame; then I couldn't decide which fabric to use as the next border. Pam suggested the same as the one we'd used in the centre block but mine was a bit dull. I decided to lighten it up a bit with a cream.
(Looking at my photos I'm sure either would have been ok, the cream actually looks better in real life, I reckon!)

 And here are the two of them together - probably the last time I will ever put them side by side as the colours don't work so well together!! {Although I do love them both, just not together :-)}
Both are still flimsies but it's great to get them to this stage nonetheless. Pam is doing a show and tell on her blog soon (about the 15th I think?) so I look forward to seeing how everyone else's ones look.
It was a rainy day when I took this photo out on the concrete - there
was a dry spot under the shelter of a tree!
The colours in these last few photos are a bit off but oh well :-)
AS well, I've been piecing a few blocks for my second red and white quilt (not to be confused with my first one, *here* which is still a work in progress!). This one I started in May at our annual retreat; I needed to do a few design alterations, which needed a little thinking, I have finally thought and now I am back to it. Love these fabrics I ended up with... they are sewing up a treat.
Unpressed but you get the idea of what I'm up to.
I feel like I have done so many small projects lately that I am really enjoying sewing a bigger quilt - and just two colours means not so much time is spent on trying to decide on fabrics!! It doesn't mean it is all plain sailing though as the photo below shows —
Where's the quick-unpic!
I've continued my evening stitching with the projects I was working on last post. I've stitched two more letters from Michelle Ridgeway's Country at Heart booklet. I was thinking of snowballing them when I put them together but then thought maybe offsetting them, one up, one down so they aren't too straightlined. We'll see.
I'm using my favourite threads, Cottage Garden Threads (from Australia) for these.
All the little critters and details are so fun, just love this mouse!
And below is Block Two completed of Let's start Christmas which Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts has designed. Lovely. Block three is released but I haven't stitched it yet, better hurry up as block four is due out on Thursday. 
Plenty in the pipeline as always, hope you're finding some creative time too,
Happy sewing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Friday Night with Friends

It was nice to sit down and stitch in the company of 52 Friday Night with Friends stitchers last night. We all gathered at Sheryll's, a most lovely hostess. I must admit to feeling pretty relaxed for the evening as yesterday I redeemed a birthday voucher the MOML gave me (way back in July) and had a lovely facial and 'destressing' back massage - ahhhh so nice - and the good feelings survived being splashed by old (calf) milk and having to carry buckets of that same milk around for the calves (call it extra nutrition for my face and good strength training!)
I started out with the lightbox doing a bit of prepping, tracing some stitcheries to keep my evenings occupied over the next week or so—
More of the alphabet out of Michelle Ridgeway's Country at Heart book.
Doing random letters so that when I run out of this fabric it is
scattered throughout my project...
...didn't notice at the time though that I was spelling Happy - almost :-)
I also traced Block 2 of Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts' 'Let's start Christmas' stitchalong and after organising myself with a hot drink and a sliver of chocolate cake I was ready to stitch.
Block Two - made a good start. 
Below is Block One which I completed last week —

 Details of this gorgeous stitchalong are on Wendy's blog *here*.

Thank you Sheryll for having us all to stitch, and thank you ladies who kept me company :-) Visit Sheryll's blog here to visit other stitchers and see what they were up to.

I had two OPAM finishes last month which I had forgotten to blog about so will just add them in here. I made these two cuties out of Gail Pan's latest Christmas book, Simply Christmas. 
Pin cushion. I filled this with walnut shell - very cute.
And good old Santa makes a showing on this cushion.
 Thank you for visiting, I hope you find some sewing time over the weekend to keep your creative juices flowing,

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Butterfly Challenge

I changed my mind this morning...... I woke up and decided that maybe I would take part in the Butterfly challenge by Juliet over at Tartankiwi after all.
Juliet is a talented designer of many unique foundation paper piece patterns; I have pattern tested some for her, and am in awe of her latest designs, among them the Big Bear, a 30" handsome fellow.
Anyway, she sent out a challenge for us to show her our interpretation of her butterfly pattern and the deadline for entering the challenge is tonight.
I'm always one for a challenge but had decided not to take part as I really had too many other things I should be doing. However, it was a wet day and I thought maybe a sew day was in order.

First of all though, there was this to do —
And a bit of this —
Later on there was more of this —
But amongst it there was some of this —
And finally, there was this —
As with all Juliet's patterns this was a great pattern to sew- her designs are always straight forward, and while they seem a little complex, the detail really makes them shine. I'm not overly convinced that I have chosen the right fabrics however it's done now and I'm fairly happy with it :-)

There is a Mr Linky on Juliet's blog *here* if you want  to go and see what others have sewn up. Thank you Juliet :-), I had a lovely day!
Now it's back to doing what I should have been doing!
Happy creating, :-)