Monday, July 23, 2012

3 Finishes, Design Wall

I have a few more finishes to show this week.  The first one is my Patisserie table runner which I have been hand-quilting for some time.  I am amazed just how long it takes me to hand quilt but I do think the rewards are well worth it in the end.  So after adding my hand stitched label to the back, I'm very pleased with the final result.     

My other two finishes are my Journal Covers made with a  fabric called Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater.  Love these but the one with the tape measure ribbon around it is my favourite.  Do you agree?

The one on the left for my Quilting to do  list and the one on the right for my shopping list.
Also this week-end I had some help from my hubby installing a design wall.  I used a flannel back tablecloth, stitched a sleeve across the top, threaded an aluminium flat rod through it then Chris nailed the rod to the wall behind my cutting table.  Can't wait to try it out with some blocks to see if it works..  It will certainly make a change from having to sort them on the floor. Not good for the old knees these days!!!
The black fabric seems to be staying in place which is a good sign.
Happy Stitching till next time.........


Thursday, July 19, 2012

A busy couple of weeks

At last I have a bit of time to post.  The last two weeks have been really busy as I 've spent some time looking after my grandson.  He stayed with me last week-end and so sewing had to be put on hold for a while.  We enjoyed going to the movies to see Ice Age 4 on Saturday and then on Sunday, I took Jake to his away football game at Wynnum.  The grounds were really wet and after plodding around with wet shoes for the morning I was happy to get home and put on some dry ones.  On Tuesday I went to Jake's sports day.  The morning started off quite bleak but by the afternoon the sun had come out and the day improved.
Here he is running in the 100 metre race.  He came 5th in this race and 4th in the 800 metres.  I was very proud of him as he always does the best he can although he was a bit disappointed not to get a ribbon.

I have been able to do some hand embroidery and have been working on a design by Gail Pan.  I have joined Christmas In July over at Quilt Fabric Delights and this is one of  the patterns that have been provided already with more to come as the month progresses.
First of the four stitcheries that make up a small wall hanging

Also stitching some labels for a few pieces I am about to put the binding on.  Hopefully I will have them finished by my next post.
Till next time.......Hope you have a great day....      


Friday, July 6, 2012

A Birthday, Works in progress, OPAM finish

Above is the birthday boy.  'Happy Birthday' to my wonderful son Scott, 42 years young today. 
Here is my first finish for July.  A potato bag for cooking potatoes in the microwave.  I bought this kit when I was in USA last year and have finally made it up.  The kit consisted of the outer and inner fabric and a piece of  warm tater batting. It will be interesting to see how well it works.  The instructions say to wrap the potato in paper towel and then heat.  Should fit two medium potatoes.  Will let you know when I try it out. 

Below are some works in progress. The first photo is of two journal covers I am making for myself. Just need to add the lining and a bit more stitching and they will be done.  The fabric I have used is the latest line from Sweetwater called Mama Says Sew and is a quilting themed fabric. I was able to purchase the pre cuts I am using from Want It, Need It, Quilt here in Brisbane some time ago.  Check this site out if you are looking for pre cuts. I love these fabrics in black, cream, grey and red.  The second photo is a machine mat to take with me on camps. It is quilted just needs the binding.  I also have a chubby charmer bag in the making and a machine cover as well.

I have caught up with May and June blocks for the Jimboomba Mystery Sampler BOM that I am doing with my quilt group.  Here they are below.

Well that is about it for me tonight.  Hope to be back soon with a few more finishes.  Happy stitching till then.   Hugs Noela.