Sunday, 25 February 2018

All in a bind

I've finished the binding on not one. but two quilts this week. The first to be completed was the kiwi I spy, I used a black on black, with a silver fern design, and I think it looks perfect. I'm very happy with the way this one has finished.
Next I tackled the batik table cover. I went digging in my batik collection and came out with this piece. It's not actually a batik, but it seemed right.
It was the first and only fabric I auditioned for the role
And I believe it works beautifully.
Another very happy finish.
I recently showed the start I had made using some charm squares.
I've made a little more progress, but now it's stalled.
The instructions said to cut the charms down to 2x5 inch pieces. Not happening!!  What am I going to do with all those tiny strips of fabric? I just went with 2.5 x 5 inch pieces, which of course means I'll need more back ground fabric as everything is a little bigger!! Claire and I are off shopping tomorrow. Debbie is visiting with her daughter in Wellington and has done a little fabric shopping of her own.
There has been some exciting goings on out in our garden, but I'll save those for another time.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

What do you do, when you just can't sleep?

Quilt! Of course.
Remember the batik chain top that I finished recently?
Well yesterday, it got another chance to shine. But first the inspector had to give it a thorough looking at.
There was something there which caught her eye, and something else there!
 It seemed to take several goes before she was ready to move onto the next bit!
 Bloody menace!
 I was eventually able to spread it out fully and trim the big piece of flannelette to a better size.
Then onto the frame it went. Look, the inspector has worn herself out and gone to sleep!!
 As this piece will be used as a table cover I wanted to keep the quilting to a minimum, so opted for some simple wavy lines with an occasional loop-dy-loop.
 Then I got adventurous and popped in some flutterbys.
 Or maybe they are leaves?
I had about two thirds of this quilted before I stopped to cook dinner last night and didn't go back to it until stupid o'clock this morning! 
This is where the title of this post starts to make sense.
I woke at 2 am and just couldn't get back to sleep, so up I got and finished off the quilting.
Of course, once I was finished and took it off the frame, her ladyship came along, just to have another looksee.
There are a few threads to bury, then I need to find a binding for this beauty.
NZ is being poured upon, by the still nasty remains of cyclone Gita. And we're told it will get a lot worse overnight and tomorrow with not only more rain but also some very powerful winds. I may just get my grocery chores done in town this afternoon, so I can hide away indoors and sew all day tomorrow.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Don't you just love precuts?

I've had a busy few days again.
I've spent a couple of evenings under he kiwi quilt. There are a lot of threads to tidy away, I'm not even half way done with that yet. I'll keep at it though, it's a nice job in the evenings while the television is on.
 On Wednesday I fished out a couple of charm packs I've had for some time and made another start.
The fabric collection is called Aspen frost, by Moda.
I really can't remember what I was going to do with them, or even if there was ever a plan, but I settled on making another table cloth. I figured the best way to get things just how I want them, is to work on the table, so I did. 
After settling on a layout, I got sewing.
Added some borders and 
One very Christmassy table cover all done and waiting to be quilted.
Phew! I don't know what has gotten into me, but I seem to be on a roll here. I'm loving it.
On Friday after work, the girls and I headed South, to The Quilting Shed. We're getting to be regulars there! It is a beautiful shop. So bright, colourful and inspirational. I was very well behaved and only bought a few items. I think Claire and Debbie blew their pocket money budget for the next few paydays!! Both buying more than one kit.
Anyway, here's my wee haul.
A book, with some lovely giftable projecs and useful little makes.
A kit to make a cute wee bag, in Kaffe fabrics.....(Hopefully he will soon find another company to produce his fabrics and this little wobble will be over.)
I also found some fabric to match yet more charm squares that I purchased since immigrating. So not that long ago really. LOL
I also selected quilting threads for two recent finishes.
Now I just need to sort out backing fabrics.
I enjoyed my afternoon out with the girls, it was fun.
Saturday was a busy day, with house and garden stuff, but today, was fun time again.
After I have prepped some veggies for the freezer, and got some more into brine for pickling tomorrow, I was able to potter in my room. I had a tidy up as it had gotten a little messy, then, before I knew what was happening, I had made up my bag kit!
Cute huh?
Then I started to play about with my Pocketful of daisies charms.
As I said previously, I've had the charms for 2 - 3 years, and four fat quarters of coordinating fabrics.
On Friday I topped it up with another metre of coordinating fabric. The grey piece at the top of the image..
 And guess what happened when I pulled them out for a photo shoot. I found myself sorting lights and dark, and topped up the numbers by cutting some extras from the fat quarters
And in almost no time, I had some quick four patch blocks made. 
The other pieces will become coin stacks.
Fun to be had tomorrow, after I finish the preserves!
Claire went to a house clearance on Thursday and bought a huge amount of fabrics and some other crafty supplies. She knows I'm collecting some lovely rose fabrics and gifted this bundle to me.
I have half a plan for them.
I think it might be wine o'clock.
I'll treat myself to a glass, while I bury some thread in the kiwi quilt.
I do hope your week was as good as mine. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

No veggies were harmed....

During the quilting of this quilt!

So I played with the kiwi eye spy quilt after blogging on Monday, after a wee bit more shuffling around and I was happy to join all the pieces and in no time at all I had a finished top.
Which I loaded onto the frame and started quilting.
It was all fun and games, until the thread ran out!
And the shop was closed!
So on my way home from work yesterday, I bought more, and now I have a quilted quilt and lots of threads to tidy.
I used my blue water erasable pen to draw lotus flowers in each grey triangle, and left the coloured triangle un quilted.
Can you guess where I'll be today?
Its a good day for it too, very dark and overcast, with rain forecast.
Maybe I'll have another finished quilt by the end of the day.
Or maybe not, as we three girls are getting together later for a st1tch and b1tch after Debbie finishes work. That's getting to be a nice habit, sitting together watching quilty videos on YouTube while we sew and put the world right.