Thursday, 6 April 2017

Loads Of Lucy

Late last year, our group decided to make a Lucy Boston quilt to raffle off in a year or two (when it was done).  We gave ourselves a long time frame, knowing some of us have lots on our plate, but surprisingly the blocks came back really, really quickly.  Now we are plodding along doing all the connectors, but it seems that we will have this quilt available to raffle in October this year, instead of next.

I’ve managed to take a lot of photos of the blocks, because I know that people love to see them.  So enjoy (picture heavy, slow loading!)

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Do you like them?  I think our group has done such a stellar job.  I’ll post the quilt when it’s done.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sunny Wednesday

We are finally in the lovely month of Autumn, and the days are lovely and sunny, crisp in the morning and glorious during the day.

I’ve been a busy little girl again, but aren’t we all?  I have been slipping into my sewing room when I have five minutes to myself and have managed to get some sewing done.  The best thing I ever did was plan my sewing room in the middle of the house, life can go on around me, I am involved and able to talk to people, share in their day, all the while sewing or cutting.  In other houses everyone seems to centre around the kitchen to chat – the girls know I’m in my sewing room so they spend their chatting time in there with me instead.

Our quilting group has gone back to basics in an effort to find things to do throughout the day.  We are all doing sampler quilts – each person has to design or supply a block for the group to make, then we go home and make it.  Mum’s block is the only one I’ve been able to make yet – and once again I’ve become aware that I have become lazy as a quilter.  I had to have a few goes at this block to get it to work, and then blocked it on the ironing mat to see if it would keep its size.  But it’s 12.5” now (all the way around!) and I think I can call it done.

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(Pinned out on the very dirty ironing board cover to make sure it stays the right size)

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and next to Mum’s block:

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Amazing how different the blocks look when made from different colours, isn’t it?!

And just because it’s a sunny day, here’s some flowers I picked from our garden:

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That’s all for today!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

What I’m Working On

Hello lovely readers.

I’ve been working on a real hodge podge of things at the moment.  None of them are particular photo worthy but I’ll do my best to make this an interesting post!

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Part of my bucket list is to do most of Quiltville’s scrap quilts.  I’ve been sewing these little blocks (chunky churn dashes) when I have some sewing machine time and they have stitched together beautifully.  I was determined to not purchase a single bit of fabric and I’m pleased to say I succeeded!

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I’ll show you the whole thing tomorrow, I pieced a lovely piano key border which went on so easily – sometimes sewing works, doesn't  it?

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Lovely quilt.  More tomorrow.

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Our group is making a Lucy Boston quilt as a raffle quilt, and whilst the main blocks are done, we have 249002818 connector blocks to make before we can finish it.  I spent a long time kitting up the blocks for the group members to do their bit, and slowly but surely, I think it’s coming along.

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It’s not much fun doing these blocks.  Not compared to the lovely main coloured ones.  But they need doing, and by kitting them up I can take them to ballet or netball and stitch while I wait.  Can I recommend that you do this step WHILST you do the fun blocks, and not leave them till the end?  Cause it’s BORING.

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I made myself another Lucy Boston.  They are leaning towards pink/brown and I don’t want that to happen.  It’s funny how blocks go the way they want to go.  I’ll have to get someone else to pick out some fabrics for me, I can see if that works better.

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And another lovely twisted hexagon to add to the pile.  I can do one in about ten minutes, so in a couple of hours ballet down time, I can get quite a few done.  But I’ve had to backburner this one, I’m too busy piecing the aforementioned Lucy Boston connectors.

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And in something totally different, I’ve pulled out the Gloria Loughman I started so long ago.  I’m waiting to see if something hits me.  I’ve already taken the dots off, I decided I didn’t like them.

So that’s where I’m up to.  Hodge Podge.

Hope you’re all doing well, hope my readers in Far North Queensland are still coping – take care up there!