Saturday, 14 February 2015
I havent done much sewing. I am working on my quilt for GD who chose the fabric herself. It is Guttermann fabric. The block is a disappearing hour glass. I saw it on youtube with the missouri quilt company’s Jenny.
I like the block, but it needs very careful stitching and cutting, or things go haywire. I have already two blocks that wont belong, as I cut them wrong.
Ah well, they will be good for a pillow or something.
I didnt quite finish did I?
I kept going with GD’s quilt, and she loves it.
I have a couple of little bags made as gifts. Cant find the pics, so I am off to see what happened to them…….technology gets to me sometimes.Found one.
The weather is once more better for walking in my favourite place, the park. The first day there was still a skim of ice on the lake and the birds were ‘walking on thin ice’Next day was much better, and this swan family came looking for food. They had only one grown cygnet.
Finally, on a stitching note. I have been having another go at foundation piecing. I say ‘a go’ as I am convinced my brain is not wired to understand it. I know what to do, but I end up reverse sewing. However I am getting there. Will reveal in a couple of months……yes, it will take that long.
Bye for now.Happy Valentine’s Day.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
On the Saturday the ladies of The Fennel Shed opened an extra hour especially for us, so we had an opportunity to buy up those necessary fat quarters and metres of the very fabric we were looking for.
I have been beavering away at Safe Harbor, by Kaaren Johnston. I have the final border on, and plan to have it longarm quilted. This is the first time I have had a quilt LAQ. I am really looking forward to the finished article.
I have just found this in my drafts today 1st Jan 2015, so I will post before I do my NYpost.
I have become really lazy about the blogging. Sorry to those kind people who follow my almost nonexistant blog. I have continued to sew through the past 5 months. I completed a full size quilt and had it long-arm quilted. Safe Harbor is a design by Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.
I tried something different and entered it in a competition. I didnt win, but my little quilt was ‘published’ with photos of all the other entries. I was chuffed to bits. I stuck in, this week and finished all the blocks for my Pondhouse by Lynette Anderson, which has been on the go for……..4?years.This is the last log cabin block. Yay! Only two borders to attach and I will be ready for quilting. I would like to attempt hand quilting, but it is sooo big.
I made table decorations for Christmas and two lovely flannel cushions for my favourite Auntie, oh, and a table runner for my cousin in Scotland. Yes, I have been busy. I tried a wool felt workshop, and got hooked enough to make a few Christmas gifts.
I want to wish you all a Happy New Year 2015.
Perhaps I will keep up with my blogging. That sounds like a maybe NY resolution. Bx
Monday, 28 July 2014
I have just realised it is almost a month since I did a ‘weekly’ blog. Somehow the summer months are so filled with things that keep me away from the computer and the sewing machine. We’ve had the annual ‘tea and cake’ for our eldest, and taken the pic of her and the kids, so we can say ‘look how much they’ve grown.
Our youngest girl said a sad goodbye to this wee lady who was 14 1/2 yrs old. This was taken some years ago.Molly had been her constant companion since college, when she got sneaked into the room in a pocket.
Grandaughter finished her last summer’s project. A woolfelt cushion with her name on it. I think she is going to be a typical needlewoman. A few UFO’s always around.
The summer has been glorious. We have been out and about a lot. Unfortunately I didnt take many pics. This was at Bangor, on a day when we took the train and relaxed, with no driving to do.
Friday, 4 July 2014
Monday, 23 June 2014
I Havent much quilty to blog about. The weather has been really good, so outside becons. The pipeband championship was held in the park this week. I really enjoyed it, must be my scottish blood. My niece’s girls and hubby are involved, and with all those tartans and hundreds of people around, I managed to find them. Z’s pink sunglasses drew my attention.
L has been doing this since she was little. Now at 16 she is very skilled.
Monday, 9 June 2014
I have to confess. I am so ashamed. What have I done you ask? It’s more like what have I not done. This afternoon I was sewing away merrily on my Convergence quilt, see below, when my trusty machine began to make horrendous noises, and nasty loose stitches. I didnt know what was wrong, thought it might be the bobbin cover which seemed loose. I stopped and decided to take a couple of pics of the quilt so far. That done, I pulled out the manual for my faithful friend. I turned to the maintenance section………well, have you caught on yet. I saw the instructions for cleaning and oiling. I opened the needle plate and was horrified to find lint the size and colour of a small fieldmouse. Boy was I ashamed. I admit I didnt do the maintenance/cleaning bit in all the years I have had her. Almost 8. Sooooo… she got lots of tlc, a needle change, and bless her she is sewing like a dream. What a bad stitcher am I.
Thank you for listening /reading my confession. I have learned my lesson….really I have.