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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To the darkside….

Ok winter is starting to set in and it is getting very cold. I’ve started putting the wood heater on earlier (…or the children are putting it on before I get home) and my little supply of quilts are being used to keep us warm. I have still to finish a few quilts and have some quilt tops completed on the view to complete them. I have just completed another quilt. I had a lovely range of Surrounded by Love by Deb Strain. It is very lovely range with pinks, reds, and whites and as a the name suggests, has a love theme. I looked around for a lovely quilt pattern using a layer cake pattern, and I found one on the Moda Bake Shop. The pattern I used is called The Dark Side…or Not Layer Cake Quilt and uses as you have guessed Layer Cakes.  It was basically designing Half Triangles and arranging them in a lovely pattern.

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Sometimes I think we see a pattern with all good intention to do the pattern but it is a lovely to see a final product finished.  I now need to find some backing material and decide on the pattern I want to put on the quilt.  I have a few left-over layer cake pieces that I will use on the back of the quilt.  I found the Clover Fork Pin were very useful in helping with the joins.  I’m so happy with this quilt…..what do you think?

P.S.  it seems that every time that I take a photo of a quilt one or both of my babies jump in to be part of the photo.  The dog in this picture is Gabby and she is a Cairn Terrier and she loves her quilts.  I’m starting to think it is a requirement to have a pet in the photo of your finished quilt or quilt top.

A weekend treat….

I have been very neglectful of late, but we tend to have busy lives and forget to pay attention to somethings.   So I need to make it up.

I have finished another block in the Gail Pan Berries and Bluebirds.  I’m very happy with it.  Redoing some of the berries has made the blocks look much better and I’m more happy with it.

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I spent sometime finishing a quilt as you go quilt that I hadn’t finished.  I was very happy with it and it now is on my bed.  My puppies love this new quilt and when I can’t find them, I am sure to find them on the bed.  I notice that a lot of animals tend to love quilts too.

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I have also been doing another quilt.  Isn’t funny how when you use a pattern and make the quilt, you really don’t know how big it is until you put it on your bed.  This quilt was to be 80″ by 94″ and it looks very big.  I used the moda range Chantilly by Lauren and Jessica Jung with a royal blue used as a contrast colour. It was done using mainly a jelly roll and layer cake with very little scraps.  I have made it my son’s friend – hope they like it when it is finished.

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I also attended a day class with Helen Stubbing from Hugs ‘n’ Kisses and Rosaline Quinlan for their Stitching, through Sew Bright Alpine, at the Maze located at the Wandiligong Maze Café, located just 6kms from Bright.  Lots of fun and a great day.  The sponge cake was huge.  I also got a little look at Helen’s new book which looked very nice.

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Well I shall sign off for now and promise that I will keep you up to date with my going ons.

 

 

Sewing machine saga and hexies

I have sent my sewing machine back to be repaired.  I’m hoping to have it returned soon, ready and will to perform my quilts.  Currently I’m using my other machine which works ok but needs to have some fine tuning.

Is anyone doing Hugs ‘n’ Kisses’ Cornelian?  I’m currently doing it and have just started to put on the hexies on the first block.  Of course it is French General range of fabrics and it looks very nice. I got mine through Quilt Fabric Delights Creative and I love it. The kit uses the applique pre-cut paper which dissolve in water.  I’ve only just starting to do hexies, but this is really fun.  Again, I am a little behind and have to catch up but that is fine.  Since my studies have completed, I’ll be able to catch up with some of my quilt and get them finished.

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The sewing machine problems….

The lovely man from Singer Australia rang me to help me fix my problems with my Singer 160 Limited Edition Sewing Machine.  Apparently you need to make sure you have the thread firm and when you thread the machine it should have some tension on it.  Well, I rethreaded it and it is still not working.  I’ll contact him again and see if we can fix it.

I guess that brings to my next problem.  I recently purchased a BOM which stated that thread and fabric was included  for about $210.  In part they were correct – but the fabric was calico and there was no boarder or binding fabric as I thought there should.  This is second time this has happened to me.  My question, have you ever brought a quilt kit and it not been what you thought it should have been or did you have to wait for ever for the rest of product.  Or the value of the product sent doesn’t match the cost of payment.  And what do you do about it?

Well I’m going to continue to do some more hand quilting and hopefully more sewing machine will be fixed soon.

Been busy and sewing machine trouble

Well I have been busy. I have been trying to finish off my scrappy quilt. I found that placing the pieces out and taking a photo of them helped to remind me how it was set out.
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While sewing it together, I found that I really needed to buy a walking foot.  I looked everywhere for a singer walking foot and eventually I got a walking foot for my singer sewing machine off ebay.

I have also been busy making other quilts.  I have attended a couple of classes making quilts at Whatever Whereever.  I learnt how to make hexagons and turn them into stars and how to applique jugs.  I enjoyed doing these.
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I have also discovered that a friend was having a baby.  What’s a quilter to do…you guessed it make a baby’s quilt, but what color when you don’t know the sex of the baby.  Thankfully, I discovered a range called Celebrations which came in boy and girl colors.  So the challenge was on…do I make 2 quilt or one.  I found the pattern called “Through the looking glass” by Sarah Price and brought 2 kits – one boy one and one girl one.  I cut them out and sewed them up and decided to sandwich them both together.  I discovered that by starching the tops they sat nicely.  What I do is use a lot of starch, allow to dry then iron and the tops look great.

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I used three pieces of wooden curtain rods and rolled each of my pieces up with them and slowly pinned them together.  Once done, I trialled my new walking foot.  Was a bit of a challenge getting the walking foot onto the sewing machine but the effort was worth it.  I commenced sewing with a fancy stitch,  almost finished and got new bobbin  in then my sewing machine decided to tell me C4 error.  I am trying to fix it but I’m not getting there fast.

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Now I have to try and fix it or send it away.  And I was so close to finishing this baby quilt…

So little time and so much to do…

I’ve been trying to get some things finished this week.  Have I achieved that – well in part yes.  I have just got to put the handles on my Doctor’s Bag and then I’ll have a new work bag.  It should be big enough to put my cup, my workbelt, some food, keys, mobile phone and my stethoscope.  Should be big enough.  Oh and I love the fabric – French General which I got from Quiltopida!Designs and the pattern was designed by Joy’s Patch.

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As I had Sunday off, I went to Craft Alive in Wodonga.  Lots of quilts around and I brought some more buttons for Welcome to the North Pole and some fabrics.  I was so happy to find a layer cake by moda called Sakura Park which is the one my daughter wanted and I also got a pattern to use for the jelly roll that I had already found in the same range from Katie’s Patchwork Pack.  I also found a quilt that I wanted but as luck might have it I didn’t have enough money but grabbed a business card and will be getting that quilt.  While looking around, you’ll never guess who I ran into – Rosalie Quinlan and I asked her to help me to select my fabric for Scandinavian Rose.  Made it so much easy to have the designer there but I didn’t feel pushed into buying what was chosen.  I’m very happy with the range though we have chosen.

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Now to cut some more fabric and do some studying….oh and do my tax (yuck!!!)

Happy Stitching