World cup and a few quilts

Wow how time flies when you’re on holidays. I took four weeks off due to wanting to watch the World Cup in Brasil. The matches have been interesting and the shocks of teams dropping out are made for good watching. Plus while watching the World Cup I’ve had a good reason to try to complete some quilts.

I have just completed all the blocks for Berries and Bluebirds and I am slowly (no true words have been said) doing the boards. I have one border done and I need to now cut and sew on this border. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I actually even got to show Gail Pan and I think she was very happy.

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As it is that time of the year to do Christmas celebrations, I attended Christmas in July run in Albury with Gail Pan by the Christmas Beetle. We were given to items to complete – one a stitchery and the other was an appliqué – all with at Christmas theme. On the Friday, Gail put on a trunk show where we got to see her new fabric range and the story behind it. Oh the range was so lovely. I also brought her new book and had it signed. Hmmm….which designs to do first I wonder.

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Michele (from The Christmas Beetle) out did herself again. We all received a lovely made bag containing lots of goods in it – scissors, buttons, cotton thread, and a mini candy by moda. We had lovely soup for lunch and the sweets were delightful. I did have to control myself with spending too much money on fabric.

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Also, on the same weekend, was Craft Alive. I went to look and get some ideas and to look at the new products. I came home with a quilting Halo and some fabric. I also had a lesson on how to quilt using a home sewing machine. The tips I got were:-
• Tilt your sewing machine – using door blocks will help with this;
• Relax your hand – it takes the tension out of the shoulders and reduces pain;
• Have the sewing machine foot on your right side – it allows for easy control of the speed of the machine (something I never knew);
• Use a sliding sheet on your machine as it assist with the gliding of the fabric.
• Don’t pull the fabric – let it glide on your glide sheet. This reduces breaking needles.
The end result was an almost finished quilt – just a few more rows to complete. Then add the binding and one quilt finished.

My aim for over this period was to have 2 quilts completed and I have almost done it. I have completed my daughter’s blanket and now need to complete my son’s.

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Oh have you seen Lynette Anderson’s new design Sweet Christmas Ornament. It is twelve Christmas ornaments but you can make them into a wall hanging. I’ve decided to do the wall hanging. It looks like a very quick little design done in red thread. Maybe it will be completed by Christmas.

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Sleigh house

I’ve been catching up on Welcome to the North Pole. I’ve almost finished this block – just got to put the sign on it. I have of course been doing another but I’m sure there is a mistake in it so I’m going to order more fabric to complete it. As for my sewing machine – it’s holidaying at the repair shop and I hope it will be back soon.

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Slowly coming together

I’ve been busy trying to juggle things in my life the last couple of weeks.  What with family and work and studies, I have had very little time to do as much quilting as I would like.  I have been able to complete something small things.  I have completed at least the small stitchery in BOM 3 of It’s Time for Christmas.  It’s a lovely little basket full of candy.

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I’ve also had to catch up with another BOM I’m doing – Welcome to the North Pole.  I have done two blocks – The Marble House and the Sleigh Shed.  Some I have not completed the later though.

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 I also been trying to complete a few more things and working on a few more…just need more times in the day.  Holidays are coming up for me so I should be able to do some more.

Christmas Sampler and a jelly challenge….

Well after finishing my last subject at uni I’m back doing my quilt.  I’m very behind with this one.  I also have some other projects to complete but it has made it a challenge to get some of them finished while balancing other commitments.  But you know the feeling – start a project and see another project and then start it.  I’m trying hard to get my projects finished.  I love this sampler but didn’t realise how much thread I have had to use.  Gee I hope I don’t have to buy anymore.  Well this only means back on to the next block and try not to be tempted to start another.

Christmas Sampler

My youngest child had been nagging me to start her a quilt.  So as is the way she pulled out my GOOD sewing machine and commenced making her own quilt.  I only had to thread the machine and talk her through some of the problems.  She completed this quilt using the range Tickerlish  which she was very happy with.  We’ve started to doing the backing – my job was to cut the fabric.  We created a number of 6 1/2 inch squares which she sewed together and she has almost finished it.  Next the binding (I’ll have to cut that again and stitch it up) and then its finished.

Jelly Roll Race

So then son asked about his quilt.  As a started to stitch I felt it would take forever.  It took me over 1 1/2 hours just to do two rows!!!!  I don’t know the name of this range but it only had 4 fabric so we repeated through out.  Turned out to be cover my entire Queen size bed.

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Now my other daughter was one – I have to look for the range Sakura Park….never ending story.

It’s Time for Christmas

It's time for ChristmasWell a few months ago I came across this quilt.  I fell in love with it, so I ordered the material which I have just got and started on the first block.  I love the fabric range – with most of it being French General which has a lovely range of colors.  The only problem is that it is very popular and if not snapped up quickly – it can be gone.  This quilt tends to use a variety of the French General range.  The first block is Shopping Day show the snowman going shopping.  The second block is The perfect pudding – I’d like to think that was what the snowman was shopping for.  The quilt was designed by Bronwyn Hayes from Red Brolly.  Looks like I have some catching up to do…

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Welcome to the North Pole – April

Hasn’t time flown by so quickly and now we are in May.  I have just finished the next part of the Welcome to the North Pole called The North Pole Bakery.  I couldn’t find a pen to write the name so I decided to hand stitch it.  I think it looks alright.  I have used a combination of both applique and needle-turning to do this quilt.  Since I got my Bias Making Machine, I decided that I would use it to make some of the parts of the house so I did bias work around the windows, door frame and the roof too.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up and get this quilt finished before Christmas – bit of challenge though.  I have already done three blocks which leaves twelve more to do….

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Welcome to the North Pole

I saw this quilt I thought it was so cute.  I brought it as BOM from Angels in Gumboots and there BOM is done in applique.  My plan it to do it in applique and maybe needle turn.  When I open the book, well lets just say I was absolutely overwhelm.  A lot of the pieces are very small so thus my decision to do it as an applique.  I’ve just started one block and intend to complete the more easier ones first.  Lucky, I don’t have to do fabric selection as that hard work has been done for me.  Here are the fabric selections for The Marble House, Welcome, Reindeer Barn and the completed Block Star

The Marble House

The Marble House

Welcome

Welcome

Reindeer Barn

Reindeer Barn

Stars

Stars