Monday, June 26, 2017

Finish Along Q2 Results

We are halfway through the year and and come to the end of our second quarter of finishes. Now this quarter I had 3 projects on my list and I can say I have had 2 finishes.
They were my Sands of Time hourglass quilt which I love.



 The other one was my Handmade-Lucky quilt from Alize Fabrics sew along last year which I love to.
Two totally different colour palettes. One light and the other one dark. A matching pair so to speak.
It is one of the great things about quilting the colours and variety of fabrics we have to select from. I know sometimes there is too much to choose from but it almost guarantees you will find something you like. The third project will have to be added to next quarter list.


 I have linked this post up to She Can Quilt blog so pop over and check out some of the other projects that have been finished and maybe you will be tempted to join us in the next quarter of the Finish Along.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching 
Cynthhia

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Felt making Workshop

Today we had an Expanding your Knowledge workshop here at Cynthia's Ark. Today workshop featured felt making. The plan with these workshops is to try something new, may be a little different. Challenge ourselves, you just don't know what value we may learn.

We had a go at two felt making techniques today. In the morning session we made a funky scarf which also gave us a taste of making flat felt that can be used in all sorts applications across a number of crafts.




Following our lunch break we had a go at making pin cushions which use a slight different technique from the flat felted scarves.
You end up with two pin cushions from a ball of wool rovings. It is surprise when you cut the ball in half.



It was fun day and hopefully inspiring to the ladies who joined me today.
 Next month Expanding your Knowledge workshop is learning how to make piping and inserting zip workshop while making a pair of cushions.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quilting Time

I had a little quilting time about 1 hour long. So really not enough time for some block construction but I did have two small projects ready for quilting. So I whipped them out for some walking foot quilting. I did some basic stitch in the ditch quilting on the table runner and I am thinking it need some more quilting in the border so next time I sit at the machine hopefully I can be inspired enough to finish it.



The other project is this little travel companion. Now this one I got carried away with the quilting. I was enjoying doing the wavy lines, so much so I had to unpick a couple of rows so I  get the magnetic clip in place.
So the binding is ready to go on once I work out how it goes on.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, June 16, 2017

Secret Sewing Parcels

I have been trying to catch up with all the jobs that got put aside due the fair last weekend. I am finding the year is flying by.
With all the emails and orders done, I had to write up 2 lots of requirements lists for 2 upcoming workshops. Then some lunch and a special debriefing meeting with my friend Mandy about the fair and other stuff. Very important for our sanity, we don't do it often enough but we do try and meet regularly.

So now I find myself putting together some special sewing parcels together for the girls that meet at the Jubilee Centre every Saturday. I only get there once a month and I bring some of the goodies from the shop with me especially the new stuff that has arrived during the month so they can do a little shopping.  Some of the parcels in progress.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia
PS I swear I will do some stitching after I pack these parcels.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Can I have some time out please?

I need some time out for some sewing. I hope there will be a block of free time for sewing some but at the moment it doesn't look too promising. No time for the rest of this week at least. I am going to have to make do with hand stitching in the meantime. In among all this busy time I have been working on 2 projects. The first one is a shop sample of Sue Daley's Travel Companion which I have English paper pieced the feature panel, appliqued on to the background fabric so now it is ready for the quilting step which is done by hand but I am wondering about machine quilting the background. You know that mean I have come to a stop on this one for the moment.

The second project is my Pemberley quilt which has been put aside as I had enough of the needle turn applique. I need to do some EPP demo at the Salisbury fair this last weekend so I decide to skip to the chubby dresden border and start on that. That way I will see some progress on that project.

The only thing is I now need to work out a little demo/ project using chubby dresdens for a group of ladies who are planning a visit to the shop and want a little more than shopping. So I will have to select some fabric and work something out while I stitch more half flowers for my Pemberley quilt.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia
PS May next time I will be posting around a session on the machine. Fingers Crossed.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

What has been happening around here?

The last three days I have been busy with the Salisbury Craft and Hobby Fair. We are at the end of day two and there is one more to go. There is a lot of work that goes into participating in an event like this and 80% of the work is behind the scenes.
Now being away from shop is hard because you can't take everything, so I do try to take a selection and ask if there is any special requests to bring along. There is always something I miss but that is generally the least of my problems. 
 Also there isn't much time for sewing but I do try to work my demos around something I am working on so even if I only get 5 minutes here and there I still get to make some progress on a project. So what was I working on, applecores for the shop sample of Sue Daley's Travel Companion using Sue's Bittersweet fabric range. By the end of day two I have finished the applecores panel and have appliqued to the background fabric.
So now to pin it and quilt the panel before finishing it. So tomorrow I will need another shape to feature in my English paper piecing demonstration.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia
PS More on the fair tomorrow.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Sewing Machine.

That's right I have added another sewing machine over the weekend. My husband came across it in one of his buy, sell give away  groups that he is a member of. A very nice looking White treadle machine which means I now have three in my collection.It looked in good  condition from the front of the machine but there is some rust on the back.




Now the research starts and almost straight away things got interesting. I couldn't find any picture of a White sewing machine with these decals. A post in a Vintage Sewing machine group helped me out and I discovered the decal on my machine were Franklin decals with the White brand name in the place instead of Franklin. So it looks like this machine was on the production line when the White's Sewing Company brought out Domestic Sewing Machine Co and they just finished the machine off with their name. This does help with the ageing of the machine too, which with this information dated it to 1924.


I would like to use one of my treadle sewing machines but which one I'm not sure at the moment. This new one does need to be cleaned up and I think would make a nice display piece in my shop. Maybe I should look at using the one I received from my grandmother as it is younger and from what I can tell only needs an oiling and a new belt to get it going.

I don't think I need another treadle machine but you never know what I might find in my search for the one machine I would like in my collection (the Singer Featherweight) at a reasonable price.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Under the Pressure Foot #30

I am hopeless sometimes with deadlines and with people demanding I do their jobs first it doesn't help. So I am doing a great job of failing to meet my targets. This is really messing with my mind and I am not doing any of it, which of course is the wrong thing to do. I know that but I have hit the wall and gone SPLAT!  So I stopped and joined in with the Project Uninterrupted session in store. There is a stack of jobs to be done but I just needed to stop and sew something. I started some English Paper pieced apple cores for a shop sample and had done a little bit of work sewing them together in to rows during the week late in the evening when I finally had stopped. This is where I got to.


So while the other ladies were working on their projects. It was a hand piecing kind of day so I continued to sew my apple cores together. I am using Sue Daley's Bittersweet range which comes from Riley Blake Designs.
By the end of the evening I finally got my panel all sewn together ready for the next step.

Next step is to locate the rest of the project which should still be in my sewing bag when we went on retreat down to Victor Harbor at the end of March.  Now back to the  work that I need to complete for the June long weekend and the Salisbury Craft and Hobby Fair.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June's One Monthly Goal

It is time to set this month goal. It is an easy one to set. It is to complete the table runner which I was working on last month. This table runner is ready for pinning and quilting.
I need to quilt some more samples using the quilting rulers I have​. So I plan to use some rulers on this project.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts to share my goal for June. Pop over and check out what everyone else is working on.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

350 Block 2017 Report-May


This month's total is 46.


2 octagon block.
18 Gypsy Wife blocks

2 Victorian Lace block.

2 spool block


4 rows of apple core blocks join together.

Here is two of the rows.
I didn't make the total this month. Let's hope June is a better month for sewing for all ok f us struggling for sewing time

So my total for the month is 28.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Busy and Another New Club on Offer.

It has been really busy here at Cynthia's Ark over the last 3 months. With a major upgrade to the website, new fabrics and products, plenty of new classes and workshops on offer and new clubs and BOM starting over the next 6 month being worked on. It has been non stop here.
Phew! I have been busy. Though my sewing has been put to one side with all these going ons happening at least I have still be playing with fabric during this time.




Today I would like to introduce our new stitchery club  from Fig n Berry and the theme is high tea. Over 12 month you will collect all the stitchery patterns and receive instructions to make a quilt from your blocks. It is a mystery block of the month so I have no picture to share with you of the finished quilt. It will be an adventure. To receive only the pattern each month it will be $16.95 plus $4.00 postage, this way you can use your own collection of stranded cottons or if you want to receive stranded cotton each month it will be $19.95 plus $5.00 postage in Australia. When ordering the High Tea with cotton please state what colour you would like in the comments box and each month you will receive 2-3 skeins of the colour in a variety of shades eg red (like redwork). I will be using pink for mine so if no colour is selected you will receive a variety of pinks each month, like mine.
 I am happy to post international but the postage charge will be more.
 You can join up at Cynthia's Ark

I hope you will join me in this stitchery adventure.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, May 29, 2017

Victorian Lace Shop Sample

When I was at Cotton Carnivale back in March, we did a class with Michelle Yeo making a block of her Victorian Lace pattern which we all received a copy as part of the class. We also received enough fabric to make one block. Once I got home I finished my block and decided I needed to create something from this block as a shop sample for Michelle's pattern which I now carry in the shop.

So I decided on a table runner with 3 blocks and a couple of borders. I was tempted to make a quilt using 9 blocks​ and the block I made that was different would be the centre block. Then I raid the shop for some extra fabric for the two blocks and borders. I did have enough of 1 fabric to cut 6 more wedges from but I needed 12 to create a balanced look. The plan was to use a second fabric and alternate the 2 fabrics to help tie the three blocks together. That was my plan but when I was sew the blocks I seem to have forgotten to do that and I sewed 3 of the same in a row. Damn it! I hate unpicking stitches so this is what I am going to do so I didn't have to unpick and start again.


Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, May 27, 2017

One Monthly Goal - May's Link up

I set myself the challenge of getting these 3 blocks together for a table runner.


Now it doesn't seem much but it was the only real progress on any of my sewing I had during May. I still have had very limited sewing time. This is something I need to fix very soon, as I fall further behind in projects that need my attention.

I have linked this post to Elm Street Quilts so you can pop over and check out some of the other project goals that have been reached.
I think next month goal will be easy to select.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Progress Report on the Gypsy Wife Quilt

Some sewing time here today during Project Uninterrupted. I managed to do some more work on the Gypsy Wife Quilt which is are new block of the month here at Cynthia's Ark. I really wish I had the top done by now but the world has been plotting against me lately.

I could complain about how far behind I am but really I would be wasting more Time​. So here are a couple more pictures on my progress.



I am loving working with the Riley Blake Designs Shades range. This will be a bright and colorful quilt when we finish it.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Quiet Day

It was a quiet Mother's Day here, which was just what I needed. I hope you all had a great day.  I woke you not feeling the best. I think my body was telling me to slow down a bit. It has been crazy here and there has been so much work to do and still more to do, deadlines are looming. I have to the end of May to complete two projects, one to quilt top stage at least and the other needs a draft of the pattern submitted.  But sometimes you just need to stop and do nothing and I mean nothing. That is hard for me as even when I sit down to watch some television I automatically pick up my hand sewing to keep some progress happening.
Well I can tell I did nothing except lie on the lounge and watch some television all morning. I couldn't tell you the last time I spent that long in front of the TV on a Sunday morning.
Eventually I did get up and write a retreat newsletter and packed a couple of orders  Then went back to the lounge room to watch some more TV and do some sewing for the evening under my heated blanket as the evenings are getting a little too cool for me but not quite there for my husband, hence the heated blanket. The cats love it too. They will all pile on top of it when I get it out and turn it on.



Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia



Friday, May 12, 2017

Expanding my Knowledge

Busy! Busy! That is how it has been since the beginning of March around here. Today was a chance to do something different even though my head was shouting at me No you have stacks of work to be done. I throw caution to the wind and attended a group session on Foundation paper piecing. This is a technique I have tried a couple of times but I am not very comfortable with. I do have a project on my Project Uninterrupted list that features this technique.
So the plan is to expand my knowledge with a small project and hopefully this will help me master the technique so I can continue on to bigger and better projects which I have the patterns already. Yes I admit it I have brought some patterns that I love, knowing I did not have the knowledge to make them yet. The plan was to buy the patterns and then learn the technique. A case of I have the patterns now I can learn it. Instead the patterns got put away with all the other patterns I have.
 This is the pattern we are having a go today.
I got my fabric cut for two placemats as there is only two of us.
Sewing was more challenging for some of us. We did get half of one placemat completed to this stage. I think the second half may go a little better now I have a better understanding of the technique.


As long as I don't leave it too long and forget what I learnt.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Friday, May 5, 2017

My Project Uninterrupted 2017 List Update.

We have reached May and I am wondering if I have made any real progress on my list. After two months with limited sewing time I fear progress has been left behind.

1. My Dahlia quilt. This one I have started but there was no progress on it in 2016.
This project had only just started and I have decided to scrap it and let the fabric be reabsorbed into my stash. Cross this one off the list.
2. My latest Inklingo hand piecing octagon quilt. 12 blocks made.
This one has seen a little progress made. I need to cut some more pieces so I can continue.
3. My black and white hexagon quilt another Inklingo project. Halfway through.
No progress yet this year. It isn't a big project so I should move it along. All the pieces are cut ready for sewing.
4. Forget Me Not Sew Along EPP hexagon quilt. Up to Step #9 which is about 3/4 through the top.
A little progress here too but still working on the same step.
5. Allietare Mystery Quilt 2015. It is Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt. 
No progress here.
6. Vacation Time 2015 Block of the Month. Halfway through the blocks.
No progress here. I am think the blocks will become a smaller quilt and the rest of the fabric will be returned to my stash.
7. Bitty Blocks from Quiltmaker blog. I'm just over halfway through the blocks. I am wondering if I can do something else with these blocks. 
No progress here.
8. Paper piecing Quilt Along. I started this one hoping to improve my paper piecing I made 1 block and cut lots in preparation but couldn't find time to work on it.
No progress here.
9. Craftsy 2015 Block of the Month I think I made 2 blocks. Kept meaning to cut the next blocks out but it never happened. This is block 1 no photo of block 2. Oh boy.
No progress here but it will be a smaller project as I had someone who needed one of the fabrics to finish a project so I gave her most of what I had of that fabric, so she could finish her project.
10. My Victorian Fling Quilt is halfway through quilting this one. I think this will be my first finish for 2017.
This one has been completed!!!!

11. My Sew It Together Lucky - Handmade Quilt. It is ready for quilting.
This one is completed!!!

12. My Pemberley Quilt This is a Block of the Month so we will see where we get with this one.
Some progress on this one but I am thinking I may leave a few elements off to try to finish it sooner than later.
13. The Shop Octagon quilt This one is a 12 month fabric club so we are still collecting the months papers and fabric. Still plenty more to come.
Nearly all the blocks are made and I will be ready to start joining it all together soon.
14. My Tea Party Quilt. The blocks are complete and the sashing strips are cut, so the top is ready to be sewn together.
No progress here. I have looked at it a couple of times and thought if I could just have a couple of me sewing days I could get these block to a completed top stage.
15. This year Bonnie Hunter's En Provence mystery quilt. All the Clues have been released so now we can start assembling our blocks. Mine will be smaller so once I make up  some of the hourglass blocks I will lay out what I have.
 Nearly all my blocks are completed but I still need a few more hourglass blocks.
16. My Reel it in quilt. I have only just started this one. 
A couple more blocks completed.
17. My Hourglass Quilt is ready for quilting.
This one is completed!!!

18. I have started Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge which we have only started. I want to use up some on my batik stash/ scraps.
A couple more blocks have been made.
19. My Christmas Reproduction Sampler Quilt. All the blocks are completed.
No progress here.
20. My Scrap Dance Tango project.
No progress here but it is only a small project so I might have to pull it out and see if I can complete it 
21. My Star Wall hanging which is supposed to be a tutorial as everyone liked my original.
This one is completed!! It become a cushion.
This is not going in the right direction. Four projects completed and 1 scrapped. That still leave 16 projects on this list and I have 3 new projects started that if I am not careful will be added to this list. So I better hit the sewing room and do some work.
I do have a Facebook group where we work on our unfinished sewing projects trying to encourage and help each other to finish projects so we can start new ones. New members are welcome at Cynthia's Ark Project Uninterrupted

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia