Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sewing Room Update

I didn't mean to be absent for so long - there has been much going on but things have been disorganised and I find it hard to work properly when life is chaotic.

My sewing room was completely emptied some weeks ago, and on the middle weekend of the school holidays I painted it in readiness for new carpeting. After that was done, I could start moving bits and pieces back in, additionally I needed to find a few new pieces for the room, and I wanted them to be mainly vintage (this translates to time consuming to find)!

Here's where I'm at right now:

My brother and I dragged this home from the auctions today - it's a 19th century mahogany dumb waiter. In my sewing room though, it's serving as a book shelf and storage unit. I really love how it looks - as soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect thing, and had my fingers crossed that I'd be the lucky bidder. I need to find a way to hide those cords though - that might be a job for when Marty gets home.

Not vintage, but sturdy for fabric and quilt storage, a huge rack from the hardware store. I'd love to have a vintage something-or-other, but does such a thing exist??

My sewing machine corner. I'm working on a quilt for a sweet friend and it's just a delight to quilt. It was so nice to have Bernie home after her two week visit to the health spa! You can see Bernie the elder and my featherweight tucked behind the cabinet.

Cutting table corner - it's still very messy looking, but I'm refining and working on things all the time.

Bookshelf and fabric closet corner - looking forward to Marty hanging up the cross stitch I did for Amy when she was a baby - it's super heavy and not something I can tackle myself!

The Grandmother's bedroom chair is another auction find from not so long ago - and it will be a cosy spot for hand stitching when I find the perfect side table. My little trolley can wheel around with me if I'm being sociable and stitching in the family room or lounge.

So that's where I've been spending my time - emptying the room - refilling the room - as well as sorting and purging. It's truly amazing how much stuff was in here, and how much I genuinely don't need. I haven't done any work on my own projects since the last block I shared, but I know I'll have some free time this weekend, and believe me, I'm looking forward to it!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Caswell Block F3

Raise your hand if you knew I'd find every spare moment to finish the last Caswell block I've been working on! Sleep is overrated right? Of course it is ... so to that end, here is my last block:

Caswell Quilt - Block F3

In my haste to take the picture, I've managed to take a blurry shot and haven't pressed the block well at all - but it's done and I'm just thrilled. I think this may be my favourite block so far. What a wonderful note to end on!

My sewing room is still in disarray, and will be for another week, so I can't get busy doing anything else just yet. Also my sewing machine is having a visit at the Bernina health spa, so even if I could find myself a quiet corner, there's not a great deal I can do.

Before I go, I'm so happy to be able to share some pictures that my sweet friend Janet took of my Montmellick quilt hanging at the AQC in Melbourne:

Now that AQC is finished, my quilt has travelled to Nantes in France with Di Ford-Hall, it'll be displayed in the special exhibit at Pour L'amour Du Fil. I genuinely wish I could be there, but this year it's not to be. I have some lovely friends over there, and they have assured me they'll be sending me lots of pictures, so I'll update you soon.

Well, that's it for me today - I have the last items of furniture to move and then it's time to get busy painting. Chatter soon! xox

Monday, April 18, 2016

Almost Caswell F3

I'm getting so close to finishing block F3 of my Caswell project - and though it's my 25th of 30 blocks, it'll be the last one that I make (for now at least). Stitching time has been so very scarce, so rather than just let time drag on, I thought I'd quickly share where I'm up to with this block:

I'm using quite different colours than the original block, and I'm much happier with how the block looks. The blocks on either side are heavy on purple and blue fabrics, so these lovely pink and red flowers should look cute. I do hope to have it finished in the next couple of days, but there is so much going on right now, I just can't be sure!

One of the things that has kept me on my toes was some drama in the kitchen. I smelled gas in there one evening and after Marty investigated, it was discovered that my gas cooktop had developed a leak. It was too old to be repaired easily, so I was able to shop for a fabulous new stainless cooktop. Once it was installed, the old oven looked tired and worn, so we determined it was probably time to replace it too - and happily that took place late last week, and here's the result:

I'm loving the cooktop, and so far I've used the oven twice with good results, but I've yet to do any actual baking, so fingers crossed!

Some exciting news is that my sweet girl Amy and her boyfriend purchased their first home and moved out over Easter. To that end, we've been busy doing a shuffle at home - Amy's room is being re-purposed as an office, and I'll have my sewing room reorganised and all to myself. Both rooms at this time are almost completely empty (soon to be completely empty - and what a big job it has been) I'm in the midst of painting both rooms and next week they are being re-carpeted. It's exhausting work, but I know it will be worth it in the end. And that's why stitching time has been limited - but there is an end to the hard work in sight.

I'm a little behind again on emails, so I'll catch up with them in the next few days, and hopefully check back on here soon too! xoxox

Friday, April 08, 2016

Caswell Block E5

This block has taken me a few days longer than I anticipated. Not because it's tricky stitching or anything, I just haven't had so much free time lately. In fact, free time has been very hard to come by for some reason!

But here it is:

Caswell Quilt - Block E5

This block was super fun to work on, I really liked putting the big flowers together, and the leaves were a breeze with their gentle curves.

A decision I have made this week is that I'm going to make 25 of the 30 blocks. I've wrestled with it for a while, and I did some sums - I worked out that with the sashing selection I've made, the number of blocks and the applique border I want to work on, the quilt was going to end up just way too long.

It was a tough realisation, because I really wanted to stitch all 30 - but there is nothing stopping me from making the extra blocks later on, and perhaps a few more for a wall hanging quilt or some such thing.

At class yesterday I threw a whole bunch of the blocks out on the cutting table so the girls and I could have a look at them, and I took a picture to share with you all:

They're not in any particular order, so this isn't how they're ultimately going to be laid out, but isn't it fun to see that they're playing nicely together!

Lastly - at guild night last night, I handed my Montmellick quilt over to our Show Convenor for the first steps on it's journey to France. It's first visit will be at AQC in Melbourne, and then from there it will travel to Pour L'Amour Du Fil in Nantes. I'm more than a little sad that I won't be able to see it hanging at either location, but the timing of school holidays will mean that I'll be hanging with Camo rather than jetsetting. If any of my sweet buddies are going to either show, I'd just love it if you could send me a picture of my quilt in it's surroundings. Thank you so much!! Chatter soon xoxox

Update:  I almost forgot - I had a question from a lovely reader that didn't remember to sign their name and their email is set to no reply. They asked what size betweens I use for stitching. Most of you will already know, but just in case you don't - betweens are hand sewing needles, and are sometimes called quilting needles. My favourites are size 8 Piecemakers needles. No affiliation - just a very satisfied customer. I use each needle for ages until it's no longer shiny or gets blunt, I think they're just fabulous. Hope this helps, and thank you for your question!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Caswell Block E1

Another quickie post today - don't I seem to be doing a lot of these lately? I just wanted to share the results of a little Easter stitching I've just completed:

Caswell Quilt - Block E1

How fun to use a little of my William Morris fabric for the large flowers in this block - I have quite a lot of it, and I keep hoarding it for some future (as yet unknown) project. And I'm in love with the pink/peach/gold fabric, it really looks cute for petals.

I think I only have 7 blocks left to stitch now, and the border too - I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the border differently to the original pattern, but let's see how I feel when I get there.

Hope all my lovely family and friends are having a wonderful Easter break. Big love and hugs!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Caswell Block D5

Last night I finished another Caswell block - I don't mind confessing that I wasn't in love with this block while I was stitching on it, and I still don't think it's ever going to rank up there with my favourites!

Caswell Quilt - Block D5

In the original block the stems are embroidered in place, but I don't really like embroidery (read: I'm not very good at it) so I decided to use bias strips instead. The bias strips make the block look a little more clunky, but I'm definitely not going to change it now. It probably would have been better to have the combs on the birds heads in a different fabric too - sometimes it's just so hard to decide on which ones to use.

I'm so glad this block is done though, and I know it's going to look great with all the others. There are only eight to go now - happy days!!

Lastly, a big thank you to Lorraine, Ann Caldicott, Sue, Janet, Mary Ann, Gretchen Weaver, Andree and Sjoukje for the lovely comments on my last post. I would love to have replied to you all personally, but your email address is set to 'no reply'. Big hugs to all of you! Chatter soon xox

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Exciting News!!

I genuinely have the most exciting news!! Last night I learned that my Montmellick Mastered quilt was selected to be part of a Quiltmania special exhibit next month at the Pour L'amour Du Fil quilt show in Nantes, France!

It's impossible to express how exciting this news is to me, I feel so very honoured! At the moment I don't know how the logistics will work, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to get over there or not, but all these things will sort themselves out - and fairly quickly I'm sure.

In the meantime, I get to enjoy the fact that my quilt has done me proud, and is soon to be very well travelled indeed! Happy days!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Caswell Block D4

This will be another quickie post tonight, it's getting late here, and I'm really feeling like I need my zzz's. But I just didn't want to wait to share that I finished another Caswell block:

Caswell Quilt - Block D4

This was another fun block to stitch, and a big thank you to my sweet friend Norma for the scraps of blue fabric I used in the flower. The fabric will also look lovely in bird feathers etc, and I can't wait to use it again!

Interestingly, this block is labelled D4 in the pattern, but in the picture on the cover, the block appears in Row E. It's not a big deal though, if I choose to do so, I can swap the blocks around when I begin constructing the rows, both blocks use the same background fabric and are interchangeable.

The next block has some cute birds in the centre, so I'm looking forward to getting started on it. I have also got some changes in mind, so you'll be able to see those when I put my next post together. Chatter soon! xox


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