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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One block completed….another seven to go

Just a quick update to let you know about my progress with Gail Pan’s Berries and Bluebirds BOM.  I know I have been doing it for a while but I have finished this block – I think it is number 8, and I am very happy with the results.  The range used was called Wingin’ It by Buggy Barn and they are very bright colours.  I am very happy with what I’m seeing at the moment.  I still have one and half blocks to finish but I have started to sew the small squares together and the hearts and flowers.  Hopefully I’ll be able to have it finished by….lets say June or at least before I attend Christmas in July with Gail Pan through The Christmas Beetle.

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I have also been working on Hatched and Patched kit called Easter Egg Hunt.  Looks very pretty and am just starting to sew the pockets on.  Its a great little advent calendar for Easter.

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A busy week….

This week with trying to juggle work commitments, I went to two classes – one was a quilt as you go and the other was Christmas in July.

Quilt as you go

This quilt I started at Whatever Whereever, a local quilt shop.  Helen was running a class to learn how to quilt as you go.  I used French General Espirit de Noel.  I was very happy with the start of my quilt.  It looks very good if I say myself.

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Christmas in July Christmas in July

Later this week, I went to Christmas in July run by The Christmas Beetle where Gail Pan from Gail Pan Designs where I went to the trunk show and a stitchery workshop.  As you can gather, the theme was Christmas.  I’ve just stated mine and I hope to have them finished before Christmas.  We had lovely cakes which had little birds on them made by Lana The Cake Lady, pumpkin soup and chicken and vegetable soup.  I brought some patterns and more fabrics.  I can’t wait for it to do another class – maybe attend a retreat.  If you can recommend one let me know…..

Stitch In Time 2013

Last weekend I went to Melbourne where I saw both Gail Pan and Jennifer Knol. It was a great day. I learnt how to do a colonial knot and different way to do my binding and Dresden quilting. It was a great day with food and great company and lots of prizes. I won a pattern from Jennifer Knol which was a Dresden Quilt. I also got a signed copy of the new Gail Pan book – looks great. And because my friend came with me, we both had dinner with Gail the night before. If your in Albury in July, Gail will be doing Christmas In July with The Christmas Beetle.  Just send Mrs C an email – I think there may be some places available.

P.S.  Also email Mrs C if you are interested in seeing Helen Stubbings from Hugs ‘n’ Kisses

Christmas in Italy block 5

Christmas in Italy

Well it is finished – block number 5 in Christmas in Italy.  When doing this one I didn’t line the pattern up  correctly and had to retrace the pattern.  I’m really starting to think it feels like an Italian village.  Now to start and number 6 so I can get this one finished.  Oh so little time and so many quilts……

Ok I need to learn to count

Well I am a bit behind with this project – Michelle at The Christmas Beetle, has basically finished hers.  It turns out that when I looked at the quilt it was block 7 when it should have been block 5.  I like the house and how the vines climb up the wall.  Well, not to do number 5 which I have just got set up and have to cut out the applique pieces.

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It’s beginning to feel like Christmas

Countdown to ChristmasThis was my first real quilt and I have finished it, but I have decided to get it quilted later as you can guess I need it for the countdown.   I brought this from The Christmas Beetle and you can find it there – its called Moda 25 Days Christmas Kit.  The fabric is from Moda Sweetwater and it is the range from Countdown to Christmas.  There are a few mistakes but I am improving.  So lets start count downing to Christmas.  Now where are the other Christmas quilts I have to finish…..