Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Snow and a touch of sunshine.

With grey skies and snow most days, we had some sunshine for most of the day yesterday!  It was still cold, the sun just made the day so much better.  Found this mini I made while I was sorting some fabric for projects.  It was an Indian Wedding Ring Quilt pattern.

This quilt top and the binding already made, was another WIP, which will be added to the list of to do's. It is all machine pieced and appliqued.  It was a mystery quilt in McCalls Quilting magazine.  Queen size and this one will be machine quilted.
The Snoopy flannel quilt, amazing how after every wash, it gets softer and the raggety edges becomes more chenille like.  It makes an appearance every winter on the couch, which anyone can claim to snuggle up under.  It just reminds me why we make quilts. It is not just the process, but the joy of using the quilts, we make.
A friend asked me to help her make this quilt, she did all the embroidery by machine.

French General fabrics was used for this Bargello, it was a wedding gift. The bride requested three colours. 
This week the secret project has kept me busy, it is coming along. Purple is growing on me.  I have two friends who love purple. My nieces love the colour too!

Where would we all like to be?
at the beach..........

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Time to do things slowly.

Sometimes we get so busy, we get bogged down with everything that we need and want to do.  This year I have decided not to that.  I am going to take my time, do what I need to in a timely fashion (hopefully it will work) and get it done.  While I enjoy the process.  To this end, it means I will relax and at the end of the year, I will see if this experiment worked. 
As for projects, a few will get some love, LE, 365 Challenge and The Splendid Sampler.  Dear Jane gets a little dose every two weeks, so in time progress gets made.  Lets see where this will lead....
This is for block number 11 for Dear Jane.  225  Blocks in total.
Splendid block, it is in my bag.  So when I have to wait for a oil change on the car or anywhere else, it gets some love.
Zip lock bags are very handy, they can be used for a lot and the best part? I can squeeze them into any spot in my bag.
This block got some yellow leaves.
Found some more fabrics, which could work, we will see.
Album of Memories, is being quilted.  this is the center of the quilt.

Today is a very Special Day for our Family, we also share this day with Australia, which celebrate their national day!

Monday, 16 January 2017

An apple a Day.

This is what it looked like last week, see how a lot of rain changed it all.....

365 Challenge:
A lot of time is spent at the moment, cutting fabric and getting blocks ready for sewing.
Fabric for a secret project.

The Splendid Sampler:

Esther's new BOM 2017: Diamond Hill
Sometimes we see fabrics we like, these charm packs followed me home, with no project in mind.  Now I just need to find the background fabric to compliment them.
The stream, with lots of ice dripping from the branches.
The trees, the snow has melted.
Happy 60th Birthday, Kevin.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

2017. A new year.

Winter is here, lots of snow and the cold has arrived!
The Splendid Sampler:
Two more blocks are now almost done.
365 Challenge:   1st July to 6 July done.  I have now started, where I stopped in 2016.

The Wish Quilt:
Pieces of the Past:
Using wax crayons, to create unique embroidery pieces.

Colour in with white, all the areas you want to colour in.  Then do the colours on top of the white.
Once all the pieces are coloured.  Layer on top of paper towel, then cover with paper towel  and iron.  The heat from the iron, melts the wax and leave the pigment behind.

Next step, one can embroidery the pieces.
This is a fun way to add colour to projects.  For Kids, Iron a piece of Freezer paper to the back of the fabric, then let them create their own masterpieces.   When the weather keeps the kids indoors, this is one way to entertain the kids.
The stream is full and the snow and ice is everywhere.
The trees are covered in snow.
With the snow, walking in the forest, it is a quiet wonderland....