Sunday, November 19, 2017

Framed Up Mystery Quilt

I had a mystery quilt class last week where only I knew the final quilt. It was a simple block but set on point with sashing in between the blocks and the whole quilt is made from 2 1/2 inch strips so it is perfect for pre cuts.

This is my class sample finished to top stage. I need to quilt it or have it quilted.

 This one was made using a  Penny Rose Fabrics Rolie Polie bundle called Meadow with a background fabric and sashing fabrics.

The great thing about this quilt is you can make it with 4 fabrics as I have done in a smaller version with a new range in store Lewis & Irene Autumn in Bluebell Wood range.  This would make a great baby's quilt for a boy or a girl with the cute little animals through it.

This one I am quilting using the Westalee rulers which I stock.  I love using them and seeing what i can create using them especially when I have new ones to try. We will be have a number of days over 2018 for you to can and do workshops on them. From the beginners starter class to an more advanced class where we will be making a quilt and then quilting the blocks. It will be like a sampler quilt for the rulers.

I have used Glide thread to quilt this quilt in. I used Battleship in the blocks and Raspberry in the sashings.

With all this said there is one more version of this mystery quilt I want to try out. That is the totally scrappy version with a standard Jelly roll. My first version had what I call a control fabric in it. (my background fabric was the same in all the blocks.) I must admit that is my preferred scrappy way.
So when I get around to doing it I will share what happens and will I be able to be totally scrappy or will I pull back to my comfort zone.

Maybe I can share the next mystery quilt class here online with everyone if there is enough interest! Let me know if you are interested. Nothing too hard.  Maybe it's time to get The Block Library going again.

Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching

Friday, November 17, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange

Virtual Cookie Exchange.Yes that is correct. We are going to be share are favourite cookie recipes and or traditions in the Virtual Cookie Exchange between the 5th and 7th December. It is the perfect time to add a few more recipes to our collections before the Christmas season starts.

Pop over to Carol's Blog Just Let Me Quilt to see who will sharing their recipes when. I will be sharing my recipe on the 5th December. I can't wait to share my recipe with everyone and collect some new ones for my collection. I know the Project Uninterrupted ladies will love trying some new cookies on our sewing days.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Barossa Craft Fair is Coming

There is a week before the Barossa Craft Fair and it is now official I am behind the 8 ball with 2 very important jobs.  First is this wolf wall hanging that needs to be delivered finished and the display board with all my round blocks for the English Paper Piecing demo. The wall hanging is pieced and needs to be quilted and bound.

The Demo board still needs more round blocks to fill it and I need to remove the remaining Octagons that are still on it. Which reminds me they need to be sewn into a quilt top soon, maybe over the Christmas break.

I can say I have been busy so it's not like I have been lazy or out partying.  I always have my special Christmas present offer which is Spend $30 or more on my stall and receive a Christmas present. This does take a lot of work.

Plus this year I have a stack of shop samples that are no longer needed and I thought they would make a great addition to the stall as they would make great gifts for those people who aren't in to sewing and are out doing their Christmas shopping. There is cushions, quilts, table runners and a few other items.

Of course I have the 2018 Quilter's Companion diary in stock which will be on special at the Fair too.

Just maybe there maybe something else on offer but you may need to attend to get the scoop of that one.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Bit under the Weather this week

A bit under the weather this week and last week if I am willing to admit it. Nothing major just this horrible dry cough that is making talking, sleeping and concentrating difficult.

So everything has been harder than normal. I keep putting thing down and then not been able to find them again. So frustrating when you need things to be as simple as possible.
Anyway I have received some new stock of fabrics,

Bambini Brights including a large panel featuring Gaby.

Lewis & Irene Autumn in Bluebell Wood and a couple of bolts of Bumbleberries blenders.
new Michele Hill patterns to us, plus don't forget we have Brenda's William De Morgan and William Morris Sampler #  2 currently hanging in the shop.

and English Paper piecing supplies -some top up stock plus some new Playing with Paper pack which are a great way to try a new design or shape.

Today I have the mystery Framed Up Quilt class on. It is a 2 1/2" strip pattern so it will be perfect for a jelly roll and some background fabric. It will be exciting to see what they turn out like.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November's One Monthly Goal

It is the beginning of the month and it is time to select this month project to work on.  This is the one I will be working on. All the blocks are made so I just need to sew int all together.

It is quilt for an upcoming workshop which is in November so I better hurry. I know I will not get it quilted in time but it has to be to quilt top stage for the workshop. Don't you think?

I have linked this post to Elm Street Quilts so pop over and check out what everyone is working on this month.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

October's 350 Block Report 2017

October total is 32 blocks.

We were on retreat  for the first full weekend of October and the plan was to do lots of sewing. So I had big plans thinking I would be pumping out loads of blocks as I had to projects cut that needed piecing.

Well I was wrong I didn't get no where near to what I thought I was going to get done. The perils of being the organiser of the retreat. I think? Well I hope that is what happened, as the other option of just being lazy is not acceptable.

I did finish the rest of these blocks. There is the full blocks 24 blocks completed and 12 set in blocks completed with 8 sashing rows for a total of 44.

I did start on the Four patch blocks for my Row Quilt. At the moment there is 10 blocks.

This month total was 54 blocks.

Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Is it Time for a To Do List Update

That is what I have been thinking over the last week. I should have a look at my master unfinished Project list and see how far I have progressed since the last update.

Well you should have seen my face when I looked! The look of disappointment would have been clear. I couldn't believe the lack of progress. What have I been doing over the last few months. It is clear I haven't been sewing too much and when I have it has not been on any of these projects.

Really! This is not very good on my part even with me participating in a couple of online finishing challenges I am going nowhere fast. I think I need a good talking to or my hand slapped every time I consider starting something new. Do you think that would help? Probably not.

So on my list only one project has been crossed off recently and at least 3 new ones have been started. Plus the 2 projects I found that won't on the list, that need to be added.

My Scrapdance Tango Table runner completed.

I have started work on a couple projects on the list in attempt to complete more off this list. 
There is a number of octagon blocks I hand pieced  that were going to be a larger project that now will be Christmas gifts. I can't says too much in case they read this post.

Plus I have a stack of small blocks for a Row Along quilt in my sight. I have started making Four patch blocks to go in between the rows as sashing.

So we will see what happens as there is one other project featuring the block below that needs to be finished in a week's time. At least to the top stage. I don't think I will be able to quilt it.

I better post this and head off to the sewing machine for an hour of sewing before today class, as that is all the sewing I will get today.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weekend Classes

We had two different classes on over the weekend. On Saturday I spent the day with the Jubilee Quilters who were having their Open Day. Saturday class was on the Westalee Rulers, setting up the machines and having a play with the basic ruler before moving on to the Sampler set for some. Some of the creative playing that happened during the class.

Then on Sunday we had part one of the Bargello Workshop on in store.
I got to sit back and supervisor rather than teaching. That didn't mean I don't do anything. I did assist with some reverse sewing in between some class planning for next year. They all did fantastic and will be back next Sunday to complete the other half of their table runners.

All the ladies that participated over the weekend were great and willing to learn. I hope they all enjoyed themselves.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Craziness Galore Here

I have been so busy lately that I haven't had much time to blog or even to share much on Instagram. This is a shame but you don't want to see the boring stuff. Do you?

There has been lots and lots of planning going on. For all sorts of stuff, like next year's retreat. Yes I have had to get moving on that one as October is a popular time of the year. When I checked for dates there wasn't a lot of options open as they were already booked. So I will have to remember that next year 2 months before our next retreat I am looking at dates for 2019.
What else have I been working two new patterns designs, one is a mystery project for November class.

The other is a larger project for next year which may just be our next Block of the Month.

Classes is the other thing I have been working on for next year. There is 6 new classes planned plus 3 classes that need to be repeat as there is more interest in them.Of course we will still have our 2 Project Uninterrupted sessions each month. A question for everyone.

 If you were going to do a class what would you like to learn?

Share your thoughts in the comment section for me please. It is alway good to know what people want to learn when planning classes.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Project Uninterrupted Retreat Part 2

As promised here is some of the projects that was being worked on during our retreat. There were more worked on that slipped passed me.
Julie's lace work table runner.
Julie. C baby's quilt
Brenda's leaf placemats
                            Beth's frog quilt
Bonita's Pemberley quilt top
Julie Anne's cushion from one of our work shops
Julie's cute bag
Brenda's Sands of Time quilt.
My sub blocks for an upcoming Design.
Beth and Eva made matching hedgehog quilts from last month's Stash Building Fabric Club.

 One of Alison's Farmer's Wife blocks.
 Eva's very first quilt top.
This one is Beth's but Eva and Joy made one too.
Raylene fish quilt top ready for quilting.
 Shelly's Halloween table runner
 Wendy's coin purse
 Wendy's bag
 Margaret's double wedding ring Table Runner
 Barbara's Christmas Wreath
Marina's charity quilts.
Wow lots of work done on a variety of projects. Plus there was progress on a lot more projects. This proves we may of done lots of talking, laughing and eating but there was a ton of sewing done too. I look forward to next year's Project Uninterrupted retreat. We just need to start the preparation for it now.
Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching