Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hello every-one

At last I have finished my CC Mystery. To border or not to border - that is the question. I am leaning more towards not bordering. Please give me your thoughts. I caused myself some unnecessary work by sashing with the same plaid in the quilt. I had to fussy cut one way, but then it wouldn't work the other way, so had to fussy cut in a different direction. Fortunately I had enough fabric. I think when I bought the fabric I bought about 4 metres to make my DH and myself western shirts, but never got around to it.

I have just finished peeling mushrooms, and stewing feijoa's.. My husband came in this morning with a huge bucket full of mushrooms. I got the fruit 2 days ago and thought I had better do something with them before I went out for a quilty lunch. Guilt!

I have banned him from picking any more mushrooms for a day or two - preparing them takes up too much of my time. Mind you I can make soup and freeze it for DH to eat whilst I am away on my 3 week Quilting Trip in July.

My DDIL sent me this photo of my DGS and DGD this morning. I know I am biased but aren't they adorable.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Whew Its me again - On a roll

Here is a photo of my partially assembled CC Mystery Quilt
I made this as a birthday gift for a dear friend in Arizona. Sorry its a bit late Sharon.

Hi there

I am taking a break from rushing around cleaning, cobwebbing? is there such a word, dusting and shifting furniture today, before baking tomorrow in preparation for the extended Italian family lunch on Saturday to celebrate my MIL's 90th birthday. . Shes a great old girl who still travels every 2nd year to Italy to visit her sister, although each time she says it will be her last.

I have been making amongst other things a cot quilt for the neighbouring farmers new baby. I have shown a photo of the front all squares and the back which are pieces of my stash sewn together. I am on a project this year to sew almost everything I make from my stash, so I am not AT THIS STAGE making the OC Mystery, as I would have had to buy yardage for it. Instead I am going to make Bonnies Stepping Stones scrappy quilt.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My son in Brisbane Australia was getting married in January this year, so I asked him if he would like a quilt as a wedding gift. He said he was sure his new wife to be would love it, so I found a box full of Jewel Block blocks, which I had started in 1998, and thought I may as well use them and that would get the quilt finished quicker. I was thinking Queen size i.e. about 85" square. I was sewing merrily away, when he rang one night to say, oh by the way Mum we are getting a new bed. A large king size slat bed. That meant the quilt had to finish about 105" square! Boo Hoo! After slogging away I managed to get it finished in time, although I did send it away to be quilted.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I finished this wallhanging late 2007 in time for our Calico Christmas Show in Auckland. Handquilted with black embroidery thread and the big stitch technique. I used the Baptist Fan pattern.

I found it quite hard not to stitch in small stitches.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Gosh today has been a busy one, with DS, DDIL and 2 DGC leaving at about 10am and another DS arriving with his old fridge to put in our garage for a beer fridge.

I have also managed to plant some Daffodil & Freesia bulbs ready for Spring. While I was at it, I repotted some Bromeliads. Cut the pups off and planted them in the garden. I am so over my roses, and have decided to have a no effort, sub-tropical garden instead. I have just realised why today seems so long - we went back from our daylight saving, so even though it's 4.15pm, same time yesterday it was 5.15pm.

Here's a photo of Logan 5 yrs old and his sister Jenna 3 sitting on a rock with Grandpa.

Haven't managed any sewing today, and it's time I went and made the basil pesto for the spaghetti.

Being married to an Italian, we eat pasta alot, and the good thing is I have managed to try lots of dishes that he wouldn't have had as a child and he really enjoys them, even though he is very much a traditionalist.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Hi all

I have had visitors who stayed the night, then took us out to Brunch. They have gone and I am in the process of washing the sheets, with a new lot on the bed, waiting for DS, DDIL and two darling grandies to arrive for the night. Showed my friend, who is not a quilter, but enjoys making things, how to make the quilt I have shown here. She wants to make one for a new grandchild due in October.
I made it as a comfort quilt for my Mum when she was ill, but I think the brightness of it was a little disconcerting for her delicate eyes. She much preferred the double wedding ring I made 10 years ago for her 70th birthday.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Hi there every-one
I thought it was about time I stopped fluffing around and got this blog organised. I am really new to this so please bare with me.
During a very stressful time in my life when my Mother was very ill, I found quite by accident Bonnies site Quiltville. It was between visits to my mother, and it was just the thing I needed to take me to that space, that only quilters would understand. My mother subsequently passed away in January this year, so my CC mystery quilt will always be a reminder to me of the last happy but sad days spent with my Mother.
I haven't quite finished the quilt, as I am sashing it, and wouldn't you know, I unwittingly picked the hardest fabric to sash with. I am really happy, that this entire quilt was made from my stash including the plaid I decided to use as sashing. I had about 3 metres of this cotton fabric, as I was going to make my husband a western shirt from it initially, but of course I have had to very carefully cut and sew it so that it doesn't look too much like a dogs breakfast! LOL!.
I will post a photo of it when I have finished it. - Or maybe when the top is finished. You might get sick of waiting until I have quilted it.
I am going to handquilt this quilt, as I think it would look much better, as I hand quilt better than I machine Quilt. Way better in fact. I need more practise with the Machine Quilting.VBG!

Well as I do this the lawns are growing, must away and get on my trusty ride-on mower - vistors coming makes one tidy up. Blow I wanted to quilt this afternoon.