time flys so fast…

Just over a month has gone since my last entry to my blog. The challenge of balance work, family and pets, and my hobbies can be a challenge. I have been busy buying fabric – mostly pre-cuts as well as some quilt books. My daughter has recently started to raid my stash and commenced making some of her own creations. Not only has she made some quilts for her friends but also some for herself.

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I have been trying to finish my own quilts. I still have another board to go on one quilt; I’ve nearly finished the stitchery on another; and of course I’ve started another quilt….or two.  As you can see, I’ve stated on my Christmas decorations – Sweet Christmas wall hanging.  I’m still trying to finish the quilt I was doing last time – bit hard when some-one decides to use my sewing machine.

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I have been able to come across some bargains though I’ve brought myself a light box – A3 size and its’ very nice and light weight. I’ve also found some rulers and more fabric too.

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Having so many pre-cuts, I have found the need to find patterns that I could use these pre-cut fabric. I have stated on one of them which is a sampler quilt. I have already done 4 of the blocks and they are very quick and easy to do. The creative 45/90 degree ruler was used in this quilt and I found it was very easy. I brought it from Splendid Stitches for a very reasonable price. I love the fact that the ruler grips the fabric and doesn’t seem to move which is so reassuring when the pattern you are using does not give room for cutting mistakes.  I have been using the pattern by Pam and Nicky Lintott and I am very happy with final results of the blocks that I have done so far.

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A lesson learnt….

I don’t know about you, but I hate cutting out.  I notice that I have had to redo the some cutting due to it not being the right side.  I used the cutting board squares as a measure but found that these were not accurate, so now I use the ruler to measure my fabric.  The problem was that I couldn’t get the cut straight.  I was doing some exploring and found a device that sticks to your ruler to but against the fabric to ensure that the cut is straight.  I decided to use tape – I’m starting to learn that not only do nurses always have tape on them but that quilters will also have tape.  You place the tape on the end of the length that you want to cut.  The tape rests against your fabric and then you cut your fabric.  Amazing.  I am now cutting out the squares for my Berries and Bluebirds and have re-thought out the way I want to do some squares.

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I also not happy with the way my berries look, so I am redoing them to.  Basically, I intend to unpick them and redo them with my Perfect Circles.  The flowers look so much better now that I have started to redo them.

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Have you being watching the Winter Olympics in Soche.  Being in the Southern Hemisphere, they are live at night – so many a late night has been spent doing quilting.  I came across this picture from Colchester Mill Fabric’s photo on facebook.  This picture made me giggle about the combination of both quilting and the design fabric for the Soche games.

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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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