Monday, October 31, 2011

A Friend In Deed.

On my last post I showed you how I ran out of fabric for the binding. I am so glad I posted this as my friend Dawn over on As Sweet As Cinnamon rang me with a fantastic idea. I have seen this done on other quilts, but never thought to do it myself.




I used 2 different fabrics for the binding. How easy was that?? The "Golden Rod" Bella solid I used for the little 1/2 border saved the day.





First time I have quilted a quilt using 2 different styles.



Backing on the quilt is a polar fleece. It was very soft against my legs at Khris of Sew Prim Khris yesterday as I was finishing the binding. It will be lovely and soft against a little boys skin when he lays under it watching a DVD or having a nap.

This week I'll have the little baby girl quilt all ready to have the binding finished off at Khris' next Sunday. One thing I have learnt is, if the quilt is a gift .............. no share with the cats...lol. As soon as I start binding a quilt at home...the cats sooooooooooooo love to help.

When I was helping with the binding on the Queensland quilts early this year, I was shutting myself off in the lounge room.


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bugger!!

I was wondering what to call this post.

  • aaawww crap!!!
  • Missed it by that much! In my best Maxwell Smart voice.
  • Bloody hell Lucky!!!!

But I decided on just plain old "Bugger"

Sorted out the binding on the little baby boys quilt and pinned to the quilt. Saying to Pat as I was making the binding and ironing it..."I don't think I'll have enough for the binding". I had 1/4 metre and thought this would be enough.

Sure enough I was right...not enough, check out the photo below.





Pat has offered to drive me to the quilting shop where I bought the Max & Whiskers to buy a minimum amount to finish the binding off. But I said to him with the price of fuel now a days, it can wait until we are in that area again.

I'm thinking payday we'll need to do the food shop and we can do both in the same place and make the trip more worth while.

So its back to Christmas presents as we all know what day they are opened. Just hope the baby doesn't make a surprise appearance before his/her due date in December.




Thought I'd show you where the quilt is at the moment. I washed the bed spread yesterday and forgot to hang it out. Just need that bit extra on the bed last night.

Got me thinking about making a quilt for the bed. I'd love one make up in a French General range...Rouenneries Deux. I have 2 charm packs on order and I was thinking a couple of layer cakes would do the trick.




What do you think???

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Janiac's Unite

Are you a Dear Jane quilter and feeling you need inspiration to get your mojo pumping again? Or your zooming along and just want to show off your blocks and encourage other quilters?

If you answered yes...... go here and join us on a journey of amazement, struggles and reward.

I am one of many who would love to make a Dear Jane quilt and like me, only made so many blocks and came to a stop.

Janiac's United offers contact with other quilter who are on the same journey.



You can see in the photo how far I have gotten in the last 2 years and 4 months.

I'm going to turn these block into one or two cushions for the lounge room.

Starting fresh with a new theme (civil war reproduction fabric) and so much more quilting experience under my belt.

Stay tuned.......





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Saturday, October 22, 2011

2012



Not long and 2012 will be upon us. I am already booking in appointments at medical places for Pat.

As our lives are written down in a diary each year I figured we may as well look pretty at the same time.

I made this diary cover the other night while I waited for midnight to come around. Thought I would try and see if I could quilt two different style on the one item. This is the first time I have ever done this and thought the diary cover would be a good place to try it out.

Very pleased to sat the quilting in the pink fabric is straight.....lol

Very happy with the end result and I love the floral fabric I have chosen. Something nice and bright to search for in the medical bag I carry everywhere we go.

I also have been busy at night making Christmas presents and last night I worked on my future daughter-in-law's gift. Very happy how the present is coming together.




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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oops Forgot....

I am so sorry Deb as I forgot to show everyone the 3 coasters you made out of the leftovers of fabric.



Nothing like some green coasters to scatter around the house. Saves me dragging to same one with me from room to room. Love them heaps.


If you notice my sewing output increasing, it'll be due to me seeing a sleep therapist. I'm not sleeping..taking me about on the average 10 hours to get 5 hours sleep.

I am following orders and going to bed at midnight and getting up to an alarm at 6 am. Back for a follow up visit tomorrow and see if the sleep hours will be increased by 30 mins.

My brain needs to be reprogrammed to allow me to sleep and not lay there for hours on end tossing and turning. Even if I am up caring for Pat through out the night.... still only allowed to go to bed at midnight and up at 6 am.





So lets have a look see at what I have been working on. After hanging on my coat hanger for about 6 months. They first of the pockets for a quilting bag are completed.

This evening I am going to make a cover for our 2012 diary I put all appointments into. Already there are 2 or 3 medical visits book and penciled in.

Going to practice a different sort of quilting on the cover. I have always wanted to do this on a table runner, but haven't been game enough. So I am going to start out small and have some fun.




Yes that is my White Russian tomcat "Rebel" doing what he does best. Sleep on the furniture. Now you know why I like the idea of hanging my "star quilt" over the back of the lounge. Much easier to wash the quilt than the fabric on the lounge.

Mind you... I 'm not slow in tipping a cat off, if we need to use the quilt. Then I am nice and warm under my quilt with cats hanging off the quilt as well.....lol


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Monday, October 17, 2011

My Swap



Isn't this wall hanger beautiful?

I can't believe a week has flown by since Debbie & I swapped our paper bags back.

Deb made me a table runner and I just love it so much. That much I converted it to a wall hanger, so that nothing can lay on it, nothing gets spilled on it and no stains develop from those "little accidents" that we suffer from.

Guess I must have loved the light green rose fabric from this swap, as its what I gave Debbie again this time...lol.

Think I'll buy a fat quarter at the quilt show next month as I'm going with Debbie and my sister-in-law Sally.

Yesterday I started my Christmas gift sewing. Fabric was all cut and is now waiting for me to piece together today.







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Friday, October 7, 2011

Debbie's Cushion

Early this year I suggested to my sister Debbie, about having a paper bag swap between just the two of us. No time limit or pressure to have the swap done, by the time we next saw each other.

About six months later, tomorrow is the day we'll give each other our paper bags back.

Debbie gave me a beautiful flora fabric and a few weeks ago I hung the fabric on a coat hanger and started to look at the fabric.

One thing that came to mind is how Deb loves my variety of cushions I have made and have scattered around the lounge room.





All finished and ready for swapping. I have the same cushion but in Aster Manor.



Love zippers....yeah I know....bit of a dill pickle aren't I??? LOL

One thing I had forgotten with the pattern from the "Creating Country Threads" Vol11 No 2, is the templates are not correct and a couple are mixed up. Took me most of the day to make the front and I learnt a new word starting with "F".

FABRIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I swore heaps under my breath and I adopted this word as the other word was wearing thin.

I'm not sure if its the way the pattern was written or it was just me...... but in the end I have made the cushion twice. So all can't be that bad.

Left over fabric from the fabric cut by mistake was not put to waste. As I made a zipper bag for Deb.




I can't wait to see what Deb thinks of her swap and what she has made me.

Yes we are also swapping another fat 1/4 tomorrow and no time limit for a creation to be made.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How A Blog Got It's Name



Today at sewing the topic of how blog names came to be, came up. I commented in
passing, "I wonder how they were thought up?"

My blog is named after my first sewing machine I bought back in 2008. There
are 50 stitches on the selection panel.

Hence "Stitch Selection"

Over on Dawn's blog you can read the links she has set up and see how
some blogs got their names and also you may want to add yours as well.

I know I am.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Table Runner



Goodness 2 show and tells in 1 day.....must be something in the water...lol.

Today has been such a lovely spring day and I have taken advantage of this with some gardening and sitting outside hand sewing the binding on my latest table runner.

Thrilled with the points on my blocks and I just so love star block. Maybe if you leave a comment, you can also tell me (us) what your favourite block styles are.

I have used some of a charm pack called "Recipe For Friendship" by Mary Engelbreit for Moda.

With the left over charms I am thinking of making some new place mats for when we have guests here for a meal. There is a yard of another one of Mary Engelbreit's fabric is my stash. I will have to put my thinking cap on.

Won't be using the table runner until I have shown it to the girls on Tuesday. Last thing I need is a furry table runner on show as I know one cat will just have to have a sleep on it one night.

So until Tuesday my lovely new table runner is hanging on the wall by a coat hanger. In the last week or just over it, I have finished a quilt top, table runner and Deb's swap.....amazing what one can achieve when not on the computer.

Birdie Quilt Top



Its very bright outside today, sun is shining and for a change...hardly any wind. Makes for a bright photo.

I have finally been able to get a photo of the quilt top I have made for a baby girl who maybe born in December.

This will sit with the Max & Whiskers quilt until my niece's baby is born.

I have also been busy sewing in other areas, these will be shown here in good time. One is a table runner for me, just need to finished hand stitching the binding. The other is a paper bag swap with my sister Deb. I'll give that to Deb next weekend at the baby shower.




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