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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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.

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.

 Jelly Roll Race Quilt

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