Monday, December 24, 2012

Quilt Is Finished.

Finally I have finished the quilt for when Cooper and River visit.  I am so pleased with the end result and to me, the blue binding gives it a wow factor.

I love how the binding brings the blue out in the backing fabric. Polar fleece was used as its so soft and will be cuddly against the children's skin.

A simple label that records information.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Just So Hot Outside.

Temp today got to 42.1 and while it was sweltering outside, Pat, myself and the fur kids hid inside. Countless trips outside checking on the animals made me appreciate the a/c even more.

I moved my sewing machine into the kitchen for the day. Nothing like sewing with the a/c blowing over me while I am sewing.

Today I finished the quilting side on the grand kids quilt for when they come and visit us. It will be used in the cot, on the lounge and for River when she has tummy time.

I had done some trial quilting on scrap fabric before I started on the quilt. I bought a roll of this quilting paper at the Quilting Fair in November. My sister Debbie swears by this and I can understand why.

Figured the heart style was an easy one for me to follow and get used to. James and Tamara gave me a gift voucher last year for Christmas and I bought some stencils from Spotlight.

Enjoyed today's quilting and so pleased I have learnt 2 new quilting styles.

All ready for the binding. I'll see how I am going after tea tonight, I might be able to add the binding and then its just the last bit of binding by hand to be done.

Close up of one of the blocks with the border quilted as well. I'm so pleased with my quilt.

I've used this quilt, to learn so much. Its my first quilt doing the applique by machine. Now I am feeling comfortable enough to do other quilts in the future this way.  Also the shadow quilting was a learning curb. Practice, practice and more practice on quilting with stencils should see me as a great quilter in the future.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Shadow Quilting

 Last week I did my first attempt at shadow quilting. I used the quilt I am making for when the grand kids come over for a visit.

One thing I didn't want to do is try this for a first time on a gift for someone.

On the weekend I caught up with my sister Debbie and she showed me how to "bury" the ends of the threads. All my quilts have been quilted from one end to the other side end. Quilting this style was different and I enjoyed it very much.

Next to try out on this quilt is some stencil quilting.

Stay tuned.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Today is the 1st December and as this month starts and the year draws to a close, it has me thinking of what I have  done this year and what I am looking forward to making next year.

Taking out 1  hospital stay for Pat and 4 or 5 hospital stays for me and a couple of  day surgeries I have in my books achieved a lot this year.

My medical diary all set up for next years appointment. I am hoping there will be not as many for me this time round. Already I am penciling in appointments for Pat.

I thought I go hexi style for next years book.

This year has been a big year for me quilting wise. I made

  • 3 senior quilts
  • With my 2 sisters and sister in law, we made a quilt for our dad's birthday.
  • A quilt for our 3 week old granddaughter, River
  • A quilt that was to be a Christmas present to Amy's in laws. But due to so many greedy people sending bills out (don't you just love those bills?) we all have decided to just buy for the grand kids. So I have a quilt top that needs just 1 more border and its ready to be quilted.
  • The swaps listed on the side bar.
  • 3 BOM that need to be finished.
  • Plus all the other odds and ends I have been busy with.

As you can see its been rather busy this year. I'm very proud of what I have achieved this year and can't wait to see what next year brings.

Looking towards 2013 I am calling this one, "year of finishing off items".

I have had some long term items on my coat hangers and they ready do need to be finished before I can start new projects.

  • There is my quilter's tote bag. I met the designer last month at the quilting fair and she gave me some tips to make the job easier putting the bag together.
  • The dilly bag hanging in a zip lock bag, no dust on it but its looking a bit like furniture now.
  • Also I'd love to quilt the round  robin medallion I did in 2010 with the craft girls. That is on a coat hanger too.
  • Plus I want to finish James & Tamara's wedding quilt before their 20th anniversary and River goes to
  • Also we are in Melbourne next weekend for our nephew's wedding on Pat's side. They are getting a civil war reproduction quilt. That has to be started.
  • Plus I'd like to revisit my Dear Jane and Farmer's Wife quilts as well.
Then of course there is those usual little projects that pop up through out the year.

So there you have it, my thoughts on this year and next year in my sewing room.

Have you started to think what you would like to do next year?  Also how about this year? Are you happy with what you made this year?

I hope so.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

River's Santa Sack

River's Santa sack finished and ready for the jolly red man to spoil her rotten.

Diana from a group I visit popped this patten (PDF file) up on our group. So very pleased she did as this is just such a cute sack.

The sack is 18in x 26in  when finished. Its a Red Boot Quilt Company pattern. Many thanks for making and popping the pattern up on the internet for free. Pattern is easy to follow and there are two styles to pick from.

 All that is left for me to do is  a trip to Spotlight or Lincraft for some cord. I'm thinking a pretty yellow/gold colour, to bring out the yellow in the applique.

If you want to have a go at this adorable pattern, you can find it here.  

Out of interest here is Cooper's Santa sack I made him last year for his first Christmas.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Of Love

At the Quilting Fair this month I fell in love with this cute little pattern from Kids Quilts called Crinkly Critters.

Its a soft cloth book.

 I thought this would make a lovely little first Christmas gift for River. The snail page has some florist cellophane inside to make a crinkly sound as River holds it.

Also the dragonfly has some cellophane in it as well.

I machine appliqued  the animals.

Used 2 threads of black DMC for the hand stitching. Also the fabrics I used was Shadow Play by Maywood.

I changed a couple of things, to give it my own little stamp on the book.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

River Jayne

Yesterday Pat & I took a little drive to visit Tamara and River. As soon as we walked into the house, we were asked who wanted first nurse. Gotta love my daughter in law for that one.

Already we have a booking in January for babysitting River.

River is a good little baby (when aren't they??) and gives mummy & daddy enough hours at night to sleep. James has taken to fatherhood, like a duck to water.

While Pat worked on his Christmas lights to my right I was starting on River's first Christmas present from Nanny & Poppy. If you look close enough you can see the pattern on the left hand side of the table. Its a cloth book and I bought the pattern at the Quilting Fair last week.

Lots happening in my sewing room and on that note I had better return to sewing.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sisterly Secret Santa Swap 2012

I have been wanting to show you what I have made for our Sisterly Secret Santa swap for weeks now. Finally I can show you.

My sisters Susan and Debbie and our sister in law Sally picked out an envelope with someone's name in it, on the day we got together to make dad's quilt back in May. Wow so long ago.

My pick was my older sister Sue and I just knew what sort of fabric I would use. Just needed to find what would suit and so the search was on.

I love these little baskets. Often we can always use a couple in the house. My friend lent me the pin cushion pattern.

I am so proud to say the pin cushion is made by hand, no machine sewing at all. Very proud of the points as well.

Sue loves William Morris and Michelle Hill, how could I not make Sue something in those fabric ranges.

My sister in law Sally picked my name out. Before I show you what I was given I must tell you a bit about the giving side.

Us 4 girls long with Debbie's daughter and granddaughter went to the quilting fair here in Adelaide on Friday. We then met up with a pile of our kids and grandchildren for tea that night.

We exchanged our gifts after ordering our meals. We then started to open them. Mine opened last as Sally stuck it down so well with Sally knows I'd be tempted to look if they were to be opened on Christmas Day.

It's stunning and I so love the wall hanging. The tape measure fabric is awesome and I just love the whole look about it. I have it hanging in the lounge room on a skirt coat-hanger until I can get a proper hanger. I see it when I first walk in the room, coming in from outside.

Close up of the poem. All hand stitched and beautifully done too.

Thanks so much Sally, love the wall hanger so much.

Really glad we opened them on the night as a family, rather than scattered over the km's on Christmas day.

We also pulled out a fresh envelope for next  and I so can't wait to start making my Secret Santa for 2013.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Darling Granddaughter Is Here.

Last night our beautiful granddaughter arrived 3 weeks early. While Tamara was in labour, Pat and I were off to Hettie's Patch to buy some soft gray fabric for the binding on her quilt.

In between the phone running hot last night I managed to sew the binding onto the quilt.

This morning at sewing (we had sewing today instead of yesterday) I started the binding by hand.

Finished that off this afternoon and off to the hospital we went to meet our little grand daughter.

River Jayne Gray
2.6 kilo
48  cm in length

I'll see if the kids mind a family photo being posted here in the next few days.

River is just so tiny and so beautiful. I wish you could hear the kid's voices as they talk to their baby girl. So tender and with so much love.

Already Nanny and Poppy have been shopping for our little girl. She's too tiny for 0000  size clothes and so we did a shopping trip to Target for some 00000 size clothes.

My label, with words from my heart.

Due to Tamara having a "C" section, I'll be spending a fair bit of time helping her until she can cope on her own while James is at work. Lots of cuddles coming up.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christmas Gifts

I haven't been posting much in the way of sewing, due to the items being gifts in swaps or for Christmas. Its a busy time of the year here and the weeks are speeding past so quickly.

Sunday was spent finishing off the baby quilt for my little granddaughter who is due in just under 4 weeks. It will be James and Tamara's first baby and we're all excited about meeting her. 

Unlike Amy's pregnancy with Cooper, Tamara's seemed to have flown.
All ready to be pinned and then quilted.
I used a charm pack of Moda's Sherbet Pips for the baby quilt. I won this fabric on Retro Mummy's blog. 

The backing fabric is polar fleece, nice and soft on the baby when she's bigger and lays underneath it.

I have made about 4 of these quilts now and the feedback is the size is perfect.

I have gifts spread everywhere on my sewing table. Waiting for mail day or when I catch up with the receiver of the item.

Baby quilt on the machine. Only a small amount of the quilt left to be quilted. I'm thinking of using matching grey fabric from Sherbet Pips for the binding. I'll take the quilt down to Hettie's Patch and see what looks nice for the biding.

I have been just enjoying the sewing time in my sewing room. When these secret item leave, the room
is going to look empty.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Little Basket

I made this yesterday afternoon while watching some TV. When I was at Dawn's on Tuesday I saw a couple the girls had made. Just had to come home and make one for myself.

These little baskets do come in handy around the house when hand stitching.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Baby Quilt

Yesterday was a very productive day in the sewing room. I was just so pleased with my achievement for the day.

I didn't go to sewing in the morning as Pat was vomiting the day before. Last thing I wanted to do was pass on any bug to the Tuesday girls. So I used that time to starting this beautiful quilt for my granddaughter who is due late November.

I used a charm pack of "Sherbet Pips" that I won on Retromummy's blog. All that is left to do is a border and then sandwich it all together and you know the rest.

Hoping to go to Hettie's Patch tomorrow and match up some fabric for the border. On Facebook it was suggested red to bring out the red in the blocks. I like this idea, just because its a baby quilt doesn't mean it can't be bright. 

As its also Cooper Day, he'll come for a ride on the train and tram too. I'm sure he'll just have a ball, what 16 month old wouldn't. 

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