Friday, July 23, 2021

A week for applique, and staying home ...

This week we are laying low and staying home, as our city is in lockdown for one week. Of course I never mind having extra time to spend in the sewing room, and we're happy to do what is best for all.

In quilting news, I finished quilting on a customer quilt last weekend, and then I started putting together an applique block I needed to catch up on. Here are the beginnings:

And in further progress:

And the final product:

I really like how it came out. This is one of Teresa from Fabric Therapy's Little Treasures blocks, and I sized it up to finish at 12". It's for a lovely friend.

And once that was complete, I started working on some Tangled Hearts blocks, also by Teresa, but in a Quiltmaker's 100 blocks magazine. It was from 2016, and I purchased a download copy, so if you feel inclined, you may still be able to do the same. I don't have a finish yet, but a good start:

It's my aim to finish the applique preparation up tonight, and I'll be able to get busy stitching tomorrow.

I had a question from last week that I wasn't able to reply to personally. Betty asked about one of my quilts on my quilt shelf. Thank you for stopping by Betty. The quilt you liked is called Omigosh and it was designed by Sue Garman. The pattern is available for sale from her website which is filled with amazing quilts!

Thank you also to Regina, Lilac Joan, Val and Randi T. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment!

That's all for now, I'll check back in soon! xox

Friday, July 16, 2021

Heavens! Where did this week go?

Wow, this week absolutely flew by - as I sit here, I am having a really hard time recollecting the happenings of the past seven days. There was a family birthday party last weekend, babysitting sweet Mary, working in the sewing room ... yes, this week definitely happened and it's all a blur!

I've taken the photos from my phone to help me out, so here we go:

I've finished quilting the body of Mary's cot quilt - I'm a bit stalled now as I'm not sure how I want to quilt the white 2" border. It's not like me to be undecided like this - and I'm sure I'll come up with something soon. I'm really ready to finish this project up and get the wholecloth back in the hoop. Patience ... patience ...

And all the next pictures are from my recent de-clutter and clean up in the sewing room (ladies lounge). There is still more I can do, but this will be good enough for now. Take the tour with me - starting up on the left as you head in the door:

There was a big birds-nest pile of junk (well not real junk but disorganised things) piled behind the door - it's now tidied up with things I don't need thrown out and fabric/projects/bags all containerised. No surprised here for the moment. I still need to look in the roller bag and figure out what's in there. But I'll save that for another day when I'm feeling brave. I don't think that has been unpacked since my last (or possibly previous) trip to the USA!

You saw the left side of my fabric closet in the picture before, now you can see just a corner of the fabric closet, and my little library. I don't have a huge amount of books, but I love all the ones I have. It took me a while to find a piece of furniture to store my books on, but when I saw this late 1800's dumbwaiter at auction, I knew it was the very thing I wanted. I recruited my brother to help me haul it home in his ute as Marty was away - and only told him once it was safely at home that it was an antique - I knew he'd be nervous!

I have a drinks cabinet serving as a side table for my sewing throne and quilting hoop. I have spent many hours here, and see many more in my future. You can see more of Mary's cot quilt that I'm working on right now. The hoop/stand was gifted to my by my lovely friend Lyn. We used to work together and I just adore her. It was so nice to bump into her at the recent quilt show, she is just darling.

Next up my cutting table - I've cleaned away a lot of the clutter, but there are still things I'd like to move. They'll also have to wait for another day. The drawers under the left wing are where I'm storing some of my scraps at the moment - they're sorted by colour groups, and I tend to go to them first when I'm working on a project. The bottom couple of drawers are souvenirs from my travels - things that probably won't mean anything to anyone but me :-)

The ironing station is finished - the ironing board had it's big folding legs removed and Marty 3D printed some adaptors to affix to the underneath and purchased some rubber stopper thingys so the board could sit on the trolley without rocking or tipping. Clever guy! 

The sewing cabinet is looking much more organised - the big pile of stuff that was on the left is now gone, all paperwork shredded/filed and miscellaneous objects that just built up there are in their rightful home. This thrills me most of all I think. And I love to see the lower left container on the door is all organised now with any junk and dust all gone.

And last of all (before you head back out the door again) this is my quilt rack. I didn't have to do anything here really - it was pretty tidy already, but I thought you might like to see it anyway.

So that's the tour of my newly tidier sewing room/ladies lounge. I hope you liked it.

Last week I received a lovely message from Viola, I wasn't able to reply to you personally as your email address didn't come to me, but I'm so glad you stopped by - I'm glad you found me too!

Final thing for the day - if you're thinking of working on a Christmas in July project, please consider my Christmas Tree Skirt pattern - I've included the link to my Etsy store below - it'll make me so happy, and you'll be pleased to get a start on your holiday projects. Thank you for reading this far! xox

Friday, July 09, 2021

Quickie Post

This is just going to be a quickie post, it's almost 11.30pm and I'd like to get this done while it's still Friday! Today has been a busy day, and I still have a few things I'd like to do before I head to bed :-)

First up I wanted to share with you a gift I've put together - a table runner for a sweet cousin of ours. I am completely confident she has no notion of reading any quilting blog, let alone mine, so my secret is safe with you all ...

I started working on it yesterday afternoon, and completed it today. It's for a special birthday, so I dug into some of my precious William Morris fabric, designed by our lovely Michele Hill. I enjoyed making the runner so much I made another for the birthday girl's sister, as I don't think I've given her anything I've made before. You can just see the second runner (which is exactly the same) peeking out on the top right of the picture. I literally finished the binding on the second runner 15 minutes ago, so I got them done just in time!

And for the second picture of the day, I had ordered a salad bowl a little while back and finally got the call that it had come into stock:

I am just in love with this dinnerware! This is the 29.5cm (12in) salad bowl. I had ordered the smaller one too, but that's back-ordered. I'm going to gather a few serving pieces to coordinate with my white dinnerware and call my collection done. Let's see if I can actually exercise such restraint?

That's going to have to be it for tonight, I'll share more next week I promise! Have a great weekend, and we'll chatter soon <3 <3

Friday, July 02, 2021

An exciting week!

This has been a busy and exciting week, I've had lots of time in the sewing room - I've been working on clearing away things I don't need anymore, so I have more room for things I love - machine work and hand work has been happening also. I've had kitchen time, and also an exciting visit early in the week.

Hand quilting is continuing whenever I have free moments. I'm just loving the texture of the quilting. How I would love to have a few more hours each day just to quilt!

I shared this picture earlier in the week on Instagram - it's much faster to upload things there, so I envisage I'll probably pop things up there more often, but I'll still continue to post on Fridays here. This is just a little more time consuming is all. Anyway - if you'd like to follow me on Insta, click HERE to take you to my profile. I'm seeking to approve followers at the moment, as I get an enormous number of requests from obviously fake profiles - why these pretend doctors and military folk would want to follow a nerdy quilter is just baffling lol. No need to answer that - I know they're potential scammers, and I have no notion of letting them anywhere near my photos of quilty goodness ;-)

I also made some gifts after we chattered last, I got a picture early in the process, but neglected to take any of the finished articles:

I dug into my very limited Kaffe stash for these spiderweb mats - they are so very bright and fun. Isn't that fabric with the pencils just so great?

And cupcakes too - with orange flavoured frosting. Citrus season is just the best - the oranges on our tree are so sweet right now, I could eat them all day long.

And the reason for the treats? I was invited along with some friends of mine to visit with lovely Pam Holland. We had morning tea, and got to hang out in her studio (or Shed as it is widely known). What a delightful time we had, chattering and looking over the projects she is working on, and hearing about techniques Pam uses. It was the nicest time, and as much as I'd love to say I'd taken lots of photos to share with you, it didn't seem right to be taking pictures in her creative space.

To my absolute delight, Pam had a gift for me. She had told me when I met up with her at the guild show that she wasn't using reproduction style fabric anymore and had some in her stash that she'd like to give me. Imagine my surprise when I learned that she had two tubs for me to take home!

I am so blessed! I don't think I can ever thank Pam enough, these are absolute treasures to me. My cursory look through these beauties has found some greens and reds I'll be able to use in Lily Rosenberry right away, and other darling pieces I know will be amazing in upcoming quilts. There are some lovely oldies in the collection - ones from the Smithsonian collections from the late nineties, the Sarah Johnson collection from the same era, and others that I've seen but just was never able to get my hands on. Thank you so much Pam!

Later in the week I set to continuing what I had started in the sewing room - Mum and I headed back to Ikea as there were some glasses there that I wanted, and we had almost made it to the checkout area when I saw some pin-boards on display. We headed back in and grabbed one and some of the accessories:

Marty put it up for me and I've had a quick go at putting a few things on it. Amy and I are heading to Ikea for a third time tomorrow, I'll need a few more trays and hooks so I can set it up more efficiently. And because I was working in the area, I decided to try and clean things up on the cutting table. It's amazing how fast that area can get messy. 

A new cover for the ironing board - and things are starting to be organised on the trolley. Meryl checked in recently to ask what size the ironing board was - I actually remembered to measure it - it's 18" deep and 48" wide. 

This is the view of the ladies lounge when you look in the door right now. My stash closet, library and TV are out of picture on the left, and the quilt shelves and my sewing machine are out of picture on the right. I have some tidying to do around the sewing machine area, and I feel motivated to do it.

Last of all for tonight, I wanted to share my latest macaron efforts:

Though it doesn't show in the pictures well, these are a lovely orange colour. The first pic is the 'macaronage' process - I'm about half way through incorporating the almond meal and sugar into the meringue mixture. The second pic is while I'm waiting for the macarons to become touch dry before baking, and the third pic is the end result. Yumm!

Well, that's it from me for this week - it has been such fun. Things will be a little slower for the next two weeks as some of my activities will be on hold for the school holiday break, and also as I'll be spending lots of time looking after lovely little Mary. Chatter soon! xox

Friday, June 25, 2021

More of the same ...

This week I've been working really hard to clean up my sewing room (otherwise known as the Ladies Lounge). It was getting really hard to find homes for things and the cutting table was becoming a huge mess. I've made some progress, but I won't share photos with you just yet. I made another trip to Ikea today with Mum, and I have some new doo-dads - it's my aim to share some pictures with you next week.

In stolen moments, I stitched a few more applique pieces down on the current Lily Rosenberry block:

I've spritzed the block to remove the blue placement lines, and when I wandered into the sewing room to see how it was looking earlier today, I just couldn't believe it that I'd managed to miss stitching down one side of a stem again! Duh! You can see one of the stems on the left side is touching the berries - I'll have to get busy and fix it. 

Also a little more hand quilting, OMG, I am enjoying hand quilting at the moment!

If only we could find a few more hours in each day, I'd have this block done by now and a few others too - I'm dying to get this little quilt finished and ready for use by little Mary.

And for the last of the pictures, I got some happy mail today:

Doesn't this look like such a divine project? I can see a lot of fussy cutting in my future - not immediate future you understand, but it's going on the 'must make' list! This quilt booklet is a lovely tribute to a beautiful person taken from us way too soon. Di Ford-Hall was such a beautiful person inside and out, and is so sadly missed.

Catching up on some mail, a big thank you to all my commenters. I've written back to all that I can - but I also want to say Hi to some people that I'm unable to reply to - Beverly, Jude, Regina, Beth French, Leta, Gladiquilts, Viola, Lisa and Carol in TX, thank you for stopping by and leaving notes for me xox

Meryl asked what size ironing board I'm putting on the quilting trolley - I'm not sure exactly what size my ironing board is, but I got hubby to take the legs off my existing ironing board and fasten it in place on top of the trolley. If it weren't for the fact that we still use the ironing board to press his work shirts, I'd probably opt for a larger rectangle surface - but for now the traditional ironing board will work. And I'll share some more pictures when I'm a little further along working in the room. :-)

I feel like someone else has also asked me a question recently about a fabric or pattern or some such thing - I wasn't able to reply as the email address didn't come through, and now it's lost in my inbox somewhere, so if a sweet quilter friend is waiting on a response from me, I'm so sorry I haven't responded - please feel free to send me a note again if you feel inclined.

Well, that's it from me - not an especially exciting week, but things are happening here in the Ladies Lounge - all steps toward finishing projects. Big love and hugs! xox

Friday, June 18, 2021

Getting things done!

It felt so great to work on a few different things this week. I got some more hand quilting finished, I am loving how it's coming along - not sure why, but I seem to want to hand quilt all the time at the moment!

Two triangles and two setting squares are quilted now, won't be long and I'll have to start thinking about how I'll quilt the border.

Next I made up a dress for Mary's rag doll - I keep referring to her as Dolly, I'm thinking when Mary is old enough she can give Dolly a name she chooses.

The dress is reversible, and the lace around the bottom was originally on Amy's cot quilt - not much survived, but I was able to salvage some of it :-) There is a really cute felt raincoat in one of the patterns, so next I think I'll try that - it looks quite complicated, but if I take it one step at a time, how hard could it be? Ha - famous last words!

And today - hubby put the trolley together for me - it's in place in the sewing room now. He also took the legs off my ironing board, and the board is in place (but yet to be secured - that's next) on top of the trolley.

I especially wanted this trolley for the sewing machine space on the lower shelf. At the rear of the shelf are two of my Singer Featherweights, and in front the Coverstitch machine and the Overlocker. The upper shelf will be great for easy access to containers with current projects. Happiness! Note to self: buy a new ironing board cover - that one looks a little scorched :-/

I also made up some spiderweb placemats, they were very cute with teal blue fabric coordinated with a pretty light script fabric - but after I popped them in the mail today I realised I'd neglected to take photos. Ugh, one of these days I'll get better at documenting my stitching efforts!

That's it from me for now - thank you for your lovely comments, I always enjoy reading them - and I'll chatter again soon! xox

Friday, June 11, 2021

Sewing room freedom!

This week I worked on a couple of things in the sewing room - one of them a project that almost needed to have the dust blown off it!

Over the weekend I came up with a feathered wreath quilting pattern I would be happy with for the star crib quilt:

The squares finish at 9.5" and I didn't really have any templates that would fit. I did look to purchase one, but when the shipping was going to be $25 for a $5 template, it just didn't seem worthwhile. I ended up making some circle templates and hand drawing the feathers in between the rings. It worked out quite well really. It'll be interesting to see if I can get them all looking the same.

While on the hunt for a machine piecing project to sink my teeth into, I ran across these scrappy stars that I started many years ago.

I must have gotten distracted by another project at the time, because they had been stuffed in a storage container and forgotten about. I decided to pick up what I had made so far and make up whatever I could with them.

Here's where I'm at so far - there is an un-sewn seam in the middle there, so don't be distracted by my seemingly terrible points! I'll be able to make this small quilt 13x11 blocks, and it'll be a perfect small thing for draping over the lounge while Amy is feeding baby etc. It's amazing how much things need to be laundered when you have a teeny baby, so a scrappy project will be great to handle the rough and tumble.

I hope to have the scrappy star top finished by the end of this long weekend.

Today Mum, Amy, Mary and I visited Ikea, I did have something in mind for storage in the sewing room - but hadn't done any research, so in reality we were just heading there for the fun of it. It was a fun day out, and I did end up finding what I was looking for:

I plan to secure an ironing surface to the top of this trolley - it's actually very sturdy, and my overlocker and coverstitch machines can live on the lowest shelf. I am weary of them being on the floor, and I'm genuinely running out of storage space in the sewing room. I'll keep you posted on how successful this ends up being. Hopefully very!

That is all the news I have for this week, so I'll check back in with you soon!

Friday, June 04, 2021


It feels really great to not have a deadline to race toward. Actually freeing, I can work on anything I like! As you would all well know, I tend to only work on a very limited number of projects at one time - but I'm having a hard time deciding what I'd like to do. Something I'm not very familiar with! I'm giving myself permission to have a few things on the go for a little variety. Like a machine piecing project - a hand quilting project - and an applique project.

I got out the hand pieced tumbler project I've had on slow go for a while now:

I've been contemplating whether I should start piecing this on the machine rather than keep hand piecing, it certainly would get done much quicker! I think I've decided I'll keep hand piecing - it can stay a portable project. But this leaves me unsure what I'd like to machine piece. I'll continue looking and keep you posted.

On Tuesday night I felt the need for some new on-court fashion for Wednesday morning's tennis game, so I put together another tennis skirt - now that I pretty much know what I'm doing they go together quickly.

I seem to be really into plaids at the moment - not something we usually see on court! Did I mention that I caved and bought a cover stitch machine? It makes doing the hems of the skirt and the undershorts so much easier, and the best bonus is that the hems are lovely and stretchy so there are no stitches popping ever! 

And last of all, I've been continuing to get a few hand quilting stitches in the cot quilt wherever I can. I've finished the centre star, and I've quilted four of the pink star points too. 

The quilting for the corner squares and the setting triangles will be a feathered wreath with crosshatching behind it. I'm looking forward to drawing it up.

So that has been my week. Next week I know I'll have more quilting time on my hands - I've been taking Camo to and from his new job while some transport issues were sorted out, I don't need to do that anymore, so there are three hours of each day I get back. Happy days! Chatter soon xox

Friday, May 28, 2021

Another week has just shot by!

That Facebook meme that talked about people going through life saying "Next week will be quieter ..." seems so appropriate at the moment, I keep hoping that my days will soon be less full. 

To that end, my quilting time has been very limited - I did manage to finally get the pattern for 'The People Quilt' crib quilt into my Etsy store - I had some requests for the pattern, so I hope you lovely folk enjoy it, and thank you for being interested!

In stolen moments I put some more hand quilting stitches in the crib quilt I started last week. It's so lovely and soft having been made from precious feedsacks and osnaburg, it will be a really nice quilt for little Mary when she gets big enough for a cot/crib.

Hand quilting is so relaxing, and I love that I'm all set up in the ladies lounge - if I have five minutes spare I can just work a few stitches without fussing about setting up and then putting things away. I am very blessed!

This week I also made up a worry quilt for a friend who is going through some hard times. In my haste to get it away I neglected to take a picture, something that I'm apt to do much too often. And that is my whole week done and dusted - I hope sometime to have more interesting things to share - soon, I promise! xoxox

Friday, May 21, 2021

This week went by so fast!

Isn't it amazing how fast a week can just disappear? I had so much I wanted to achieve this week, and I feel like I've only checked a few things off the never ending to do list ... but I'll share some of the bits and pieces with you ...

Here's where I'm at with Tilly, I'm pretty happy with her for a first go at making a ragdoll - and I was all ready to start making some more clothes for her, but I was struck with some other inspiration and had to go with it:

This is the top of a cot quilt for little Mary - another one! Poor little darling has no idea of the tsunami of hand made items heading her way! I drew it up on Sunday night while the idea was still in my head, and then I started sewing on Monday.

By Tuesday evening I was ready for quilting. I used the paper shapes I'd drawn up to pencil some quilting designs, and then I traced them to freezer paper so I could iron them on the back of the quilt, and then trace the designs to the quilt using my lightbox.

Over the last couple of days I've gotten a little quilting done, and I'm super happy with how it's coming along.

So that's where I'm at with my actual quilting. I've also been attempting to work on my website and write some patterns up. I don't find that quite as much fun so I have to use a work/reward kind of system. Maybe I'll grow up some day ... hehe

Anyway, that's it from me for this week, I'm itching to get back to some hand quilting, so I'll chatter soon! xox


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