Saturday, January 25, 2014

happy days…

stitching with my grand-daughter.  I am happy to say that  after having 5 grand-daughters I was despairing that none of them had the sewing gene, but hoorah one of them has. :-)

Jenna aged 9 stayed with me the other day  when I had the builder here, and my MIL ( who needs care) . All Jenna kept saying was…Grandma when are we going to sew on the machine. So, after choosing some fabric we decided to make a cushion.

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Anyway back to the cushion – she chose the fabrics and sewed the straight seams. We then added a J stuck down with vlisofix. I buttonholed around it, then did some meandering. She then sewed the backing and front together.2014-01-23 16.10.052014-01-23 16.10.28 It was a fun project, to make ch together.  The cushion was a bit fat for the cover, but after she leans on it a few times, I’m sure it’ll be OK.  Before that we did some baking and made Peanut butter biscuits. 

For morning tea she managed to convince Grandpa to make his speciality – Omletti ( Italian word) which is the same as Crepes Suzette. Paper thin and delicious. I won’t learn how to make them, as its the only cooking he does. He is slowly teaching which ever grandchild wants to learn how to make them.2014-01-23 09.59.09

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All quiet today on the home front – still have MIL here but we have been watching the Australia Open Tennis. So good to watch. Now to stitch down some of my Mrs Billings hexies.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cutting, Marking, Stitching

my way through approx. 112 of these beauties plus any others I decide not to use

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28 done – 84 to go
On a roll now, and this is a great way for me to keep a record of when I did this quilt.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Which border??

Trying to work out the best colour for the 2nd border.
The Blue
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or the red.
I want to keep the brown borders and the red at the top of the photo as this is going to be for my hexagon border, and I bought the fabric especially for it. Everything else is out of my stash ( bought with this quilt in mind) as I go.
Thanks for your help

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy New Year!

I have been so slack with my blog – I see its almost 2 months since I wrote anything. A lot has been going on including a trip to family in Western Australia for Christmas, then when we got back home, we had the painters, builder and Tiler in doing some refreshing of our home inside. Its so good to get these jobs done as we built the house 25 years ago, and some things were left as we ran out of money. You then get used to it, until one day you decide that's it - time to sort it out!
2014-01-02 11.38.54The hardest part was getting my sewing room painted. Its happening in a weeks time, so I have to dismantle it – unbelievable job!! It’s a very small room and I’ve ended up sewing in the lounge and using my sewing room as a bit of a storage area ( only for my patchwork, knitting wool and the odd bit of ironing. So much so that I can’t really find anything thats not in a storage bin!  Here are some before photos  - I must say I’m  ashamed! Haha!2014-01-02 11.38.34 2014-01-02 11.38.47
The main reason for this post was to show the progress I am making with my Mrs. Billings quilt. I am determined to finish it this year, and am hoping to get the top pieced ready for hand quilting by Easter! Fingers crossed!

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Now I’m not sure about the blue border. It may be too bright - in keeping with the French Generals I am mainly (but not only) using I have been auditioning the next two borders and I think its going to be too multicoloured which I really dont want.
My centre hexagon is not stitched down as yet, and I think I’ll be changing that also.
Got to be careful I don’t over analyse it. :-)
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