Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015

Wow what a year I’ve had. I have attending classes, meet lovely people, shared ideas, gained knowledge and shared my creations. I only hope that 2015 will be just as fulfilling.

 

In December I put my sewing machine away and replace it with the Christmas decorations and tree. Presents are shared not only to people that I know but to strangers. This year I was involved in an #aussiechristmasswap on instragram. This was my first swap and I was very nervous. The rules were something made, something brought and something baked. I gave a hexagon bag, a wall hanging, a quilted Christmas ball, chocolate coated licories, Christmas rock candy and homemade shortbread biscuits. In return, I received chocolates, a table runner pot holder and a quilted Christmas decoration. It was so fun that I hope it will happen again next year.

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My Christmas gift

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The Christmas gift I sent

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The Christmas gift I sent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I have achieved a number of things:-

  • Completed my son’s jelly roll race quilt;
  • Learnt how to free motion quilt and completed it successfully;
  • Completed a baby’s quilt;
  • Completed 2 hexagon bags;
  • Created a number of quilted Christmas balls;
  • Created and completed a Christmas wall hanging.
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Christmas Ball

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Baby blanket featuring Meadow Friends – boy and girl sides showed

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Son’s Jelly Roll Race Blanket – with two helpers

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the making of the Christmas present for the #aussiechristmasswap

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Parade quilt testing for the aqua umbrella

As like other quilters, I have projects to finish, and so I have started to get them organised. I have pinned two quilts and hope will have them completed next year. I have a number of quilts that I’m itching to start and complete. I hope to share them with you during the year. I’d also like share some of the tricks that I’ve learnt and I hope you share yours with me.

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pinning down a quilt with a little help

I hope your bobbins remain full, your needles are sharp, and your creations bring to others the happiness that you wish them to have. Please have a happy new year.

 

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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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Trying something new

Well I have to now start to quilt some of my quilt tops.  I have never done this before, so I went and checked out some websites.  I discovered one called The Inbox Jaunt which is all about free motioning quilting.  It is Lori Kennedy’s blog and gives  examples of free motioning quilting and examples.  It really inspired me so I decided I would give it a try.  I brought a free motion foot for my sewing machine – most sewing machines tend to have this attachment available.  I fitted mine and this is the result of my work.

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I used the pattern called squiggles which is just free motion of the quilt.  You move the quilt what ever the way you want creating a doddle like pattern which looks very nice.  There’s a couple mistakes in it but I’m happy with it.  I found the hard bit moving the fabric so it would glide across the machine.  I don’t know if I should have put the dog feet down or just leave them up.  I changed the stitch size thinking that it would help but I put it back to the default stitching length.  I just need to play with this a little bit to improve my technique but overall I am happy with what I have done.

The top of the quilt is a jelly roll which was I used in a jelly roll race.  The rows in it made it easy to use them to as a guide for the free hand designs.  Hopefully my son will like the finished results of this quilt.