Monday, 25 July 2016

I quilted!

It's been a long time, but finally I quilted again.
I spent a lot of Sunday pottering in my room slowly wandering up and down the length of my frame.
It was nice, working in there with the sun beaming in through the window.
I won't be winning any prizes, but each time I try I think I get a little better.
I'm probably not helping myself by trying to quilt an already completed top.
This one had some very basic and simple quilt as you go blocks which I joined and bound.
It was one of my very first quilting projects and I have learned a lot since then.
Returning to this very quilt from time to time for maintenance and repair!
Now that very simple quilting has become some meandering, some stippling and an attempt at custom quilting.
I couldn't do what I wanted in the Plates due to the restrictions of my mid arm machine.
I had a look at some long arm machines and opted not to mention them to Santa at this time.
Once I took the quilt back off the frame, I finally got around to sorting out that whole roll of batting, it's now in place and awaiting it's first project.
I have something in mind for that, which shouldn't be restricted by the size of my machine.
This evening I'll be under my very warm Dresden quilt, burying more threads.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Progress

On Wednesday I found some time to sit and sew. I completed block 4.
Love the colours in this block.
Today I completed blocks five
And six.
Even though my helper insisted on sitting on my pressing pad.
I kept picking her up and shooing her off.
Eventually after many trips around the room and several attempts to sneak back onto the pad, she took the hint and settled into the cat bed, strategically placed where a certain quilt was abandoned, er sitting awaiting my attention.
I've moved the quilt, because finally it is time I buried the threads and prepared it for some more quilting.
There are a lot of threads, this may take some time....
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And finally, a picture of my button jar.
I had my buttons in a pretty tin, but it was getting rather full and since I acquired Tony's grandmothers button tin, I decided it was time to show off my pretty collection.
I have to say, Grandmas tin is rather rusty and battered, but has many fond memories for Tony, so after decanting the buttons, I popped it into his playroom. I'm sure he will find a use for it.
Even if it's just to jog sentimental memories.
I have to say that Grandma is alive and well, but at well into her 90s  just a bit beyond sewing on buttons.
I'm off to bury more thread.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Yet another tidy up!

Why is it our craft rooms and areas turn into dumping grounds?
It seems that I am forever having to tidy up, so that I can sit and sew!
On Sunday I hoped to sew, I was looking forward to getting on with block 4 of Spring Sprouts.
But my work space was cluttered again.
Up stepped Tony and kept a promise that has been waiting for a while.
I finally have a shelf above my work table. It's great for getting boxes and jars of tools up out of the way, along with tins and pencil cases, and other necessary items, that must be kept handy, but clutter the space.
Much better.
Thank you Tony.
The clutter had even extended to the top of the quilting frame.
I tidied that up too.
Though I did leave a partially quilted quilt there for Belle to sleep on.
If I leave a cat bed there, or a completed piece especially made for her, she refuses to use it!!
Only an in progress item will do.
CATS!
No sewing was done on Sunday.
Then on Monday, while I was working an extra shift, a man in a van tried to deliver a package for me.
Tony works just around the corner from the depot!
By the time he had finished work, it was back at the depot and he was able to collect it on my behalf.
A whole roll of batting!!
Now I just need to find the space to unroll it all and re roll it onto the frame.
The sitting room might just be wide enough.
Guess what Tony will be helping me with next weekend?
Right, most of my chores are done, just one or two more, then I get to play.
Have a happy day.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Blocks two and three

I have to say, I really enjoyed myself on Monday, sewing together not one but two blocks for my spring sprouts.
As I said, the kit Tony purchased for me has every thing in it, even pre cut applique pieces. Wonderful.
It's just a matter of following the placement guides in the pattern.
Decide if it's a leaf, a petal, a bud or a stem.
Then applique into place.
The nature of the beautiful batiks chosen for this project do make some of the decisions a little tricky.
I'm sure those two blue leaf//petal shapes at the top are leaves, not blue petals, with a green flower bud? That's the way I went anyway, and I'm not going back now!
I did think about getting a neutral thread for all of the applique....
Nah!! Love working with all the pretty jewel tones and the leaves are all done in green!! 
I don't know if I'll have time to do another block today.
Maybe if I do find crafty time, I'll pick up my cross stitch.