Before I launch into the show and tell can I just say – please be careful out there folks. There’s still so much COVID going around; Poppet and her parents have had it (and still recovering), as have several of The Golfer’s mates, and we’ve had so many last minute cancellations from classes with students close contact isolating or waiting for PRC confirmations/isolating. Scarily it was announced last week that Victoria has had 3,000 COVID deaths half of which are from this year – HALF!! Stay safe! Enough messaging – now to the good stuff!
Last week at the quilt shop, which, for this class, is now running all day…….
Pam has been working hard and had this section together
and she set up another lot for stitching in class
Michelle starting prepping her EPP pieces for appliqueing down
Gillian hadn’t done EPP before, so we had a lesson in that and explored fussy cutting too
Frances cut out the last of her applique pieces and pinned them ready to stitch
Val zoomed along on her machine piecing arcs together for her Double Wedding Ring
I helped Elizabeth cut her background for the centre of her “Windermere“, she basted as instructed and then set her centre in place ready to applique
Jennifer had a lesson in curved piecing (using her new Lap App!)
Val had brought an oldie (one from a class with Di Ford) which she’s hoping to finish and we discussed how to go about it (she’s such a good student – lots of stuff was together in bags and labelled so it was easy to work out!)
Gillian had a lesson in hand piecing blocks that are designed for machine piecing
Denise finished one basket and was well on the way with another
~ we had a few coffees and brekkies out and also a delicious lunch of pizza at Jetty Pizza on a day out last week
after a very pleasant stroll around Sorrento, inspecting shops and The Golfer buying a new belt and gorgeous jumper
~ I’ve had a longed for scruffle through some Autumn leaves
so satisfying to hear the scrunch and shuffle of the leaves underfoot. Saw the street sweeper out today so the paths and gutters will be cleared…..for a nano-second!
~ Today (I do realise it’s May) I had what I think might be my last sunshine walk……for a while anyway. Those in the know are predicting very cold and wet conditions arriving shortly. Winter is coming.
~ “Saigon” was on our bed for April. One of my own designs and inspired by the floor tiles at our once favourite, now defunct, Vietnamese restaurant. I love the autumnal tones in this one.
~ there are flowers starting to bloom in the wheelbarrow! These are Nemisia (with a few pansies either side)
~ the evenings are drawing in quite quickly these days. There’s a chill in the air, no matter how mild the day, at about 3.30/4.00 and the sun is sinking below the horizon around the 5.30 mark. With the onset of colder weather the double pointed sticks are out and I’ve nearly finished the first sock from the 9th pattern “Imker” which has tested my skills but been most enjoyable
~ during the month I had a cutting spree for my Double Wedding Ring, sorted the pieces and filled the tin with arc sets
and as the month went on the arc sets grew into actual arcs…..still a few to do and, if my maths is right, I think there will be one last round of cutting
~ hand quilting has commenced on my QAL2022; all the applique blocks have been ditch stitched around the applique shapes and hoping to have time to go back and do “something else” in each block
and I’ve moved onto the pieced blocks and individually quilting them
you may have seen my thumb brace in the above pic; my right thumb has been giving me a bit of grief (from the tumble I took last May) and too much stitching was becoming painful. But wearing the brace helps and I’m determined to get this finished by the 31st May deadline!
~ Had a lovely day out with Maree and Helen last Saturday and we visited GJ’s. I just may have fallen in love with this bicycle fabric and co-incidentally bought the spotty fabric too which goes with it, as well as several other gorgeous pieces
my creative brain was in full flight on the way home and I added to the ones I’d purchased to fill the above box and I’m going to use my “Fossick” template
I did have it put aside as I have so much going on at the moment, but curiosity? creativity? need?? won out and on Sunday I had a play with some of the fabrics and the templates…..
just cut at the moment and waiting for some other things (DWR/QAL2022) to be finished before I start the piecing…..maybe!! The blocks will be interspersed with the bicycles and all sashed with the spot. I wanna play more! Sigh.
I’ve seen quite a few quilts in the last 12 months or so made with “crumbs”, those offcuts that we quilters seem to collect – or not, depending on your personality – and thought a good intro to the technique would be to make one as a mini. And how handy that I’m making monthly minis at the moment, so the perfect time to experiment!
As I’ve been cutting out for my Double Wedding Ring and my QAL, I’ve saved the offcuts in my crocheted basket (the day has become quite overcast and it’s spitting rain – prelude to a downpour predicted for later – so apologies for the lighting in the photos).
On Wednesday night during the ad breaks of “Modern Ms Fisher Murder Mysteries” I raced across the hall to my machine and started machine sewing the crumbs, back to the couch when I heard an ad for another show on the station I was watching (love how they prelude the next section of the show with a promo for one of the station’s own shows), adding another crumb or two during the next ad break, back to the couch….. you get the idea!
Before I knew it there was a very mini mini made. It measures approx. 7½” x 9″
co-incidentally, as I hadn’t a size in mind, it fits nicely on the little table next to the couch and, at a stretch, could be said to be a rather large mug rug
machine quilted again, at all odd angles following the crumb lines, with some close to the seam line and some not so close!
The backing is an offcut from a Kaffe Fassett backing and the mini perfectly fits one of the flowers from the fabric.
Finished the binding this afternoon, took the pics and here we are! Joining in with Wendy for Monthly Minis. Be sure to click on the link to see what the other participants have made (may take a day or two given the time differences between us and USA).
On a very dark, cold, wet (it rained ALL day), Autumn day last week, Poppet (my 8 year old niece) came for another sewing/play date and we had such fun! (Apologies for the pics – the lighting on the day was terrible)
I know it was a couple of days late but we made a Bunny Basket using the “Festive Basket” free pattern from Leesa Chandler, which Leesa had modified size wise and ear wise on her YouTube channel the previous week, and I took it one step further by adding a face. Poppet was happy to have it drawn in pen and didn’t want to stitch it.
Poppet chose the fabrics from a selection (and might I say chose The Perfect Pink for the lining – such great colour instinct!!). As per our last visit, I pinned and she stitched on the machine. She didn’t want the inner ears sewn down at all so we left them. And while her back was turned, the Easter Bunny filled the basket!
She very sweetly asked if this was hers to take home (of course), even the eggs? (of course!). Her father (my brother) looked horrified when he saw the amount of chocolate – but what’s an aunt for?
While I was doing some of the trickier bits Poppet was playing with my pin cushion and cleverly made this peacock (I’ve labelled the bits so you can see the peacock)
Then all on her own she made a circle and a heart pincushion from the left over lining fabric
After lunch she was very keen to make up the Blue Owl kit (by Corrine Lapierre) that Nanna had given her for her birthday; Poppet learnt to do Lazy Daisy Stitch (I did the first one to show her and she did all the others), and Blanket Stitch and did a very creditable job too.
Then she asked it she could learn to knit! Oh, be still my beating heart!! I’m just so chuffed that she’s so interested in sewing and knitting.
We sat side by side and broke open a set of little balls of yarn and some child size needles that Helen had given me for Poppet. She chose the blue, green and pink and we decided a scarf would be fun. I cast on 10 stitches and showed her how to knit; she took great delight in either holding the right needle while I did the yarn over bit, or she did the yarn over bit with me holding the needles. And we got quite a bit done. It’s now safely away in the Poppet Bag ready for her next visit.
We also watched a couple of movies (and education for me in children’s’ films), had berry and white chocolate scones for morning tea, zucchini soup and rolls for lunch, and had a walk in the rain (at her insistence) under one of The Golfer’s umbrellas.
I had a message from LittleBigBrother and a photo saying/showing she’d fallen asleep mid-sentence on the way home – I’d worn her out! Just between you and me, I wasn’t much better!!
The Golfer:: My loving husband of some 20 years (yes, I was a child bride!), who likes nothing better than flogging a little white ball around the green fairways (and hopefully not getting into the rough) of his local golf course.
Ma & Pa Kettles:: My parents who live in the country, fondly known as The Kettles. Sadly my gorgeous Dad died in 2015, so it’s just Mum now.
MyDearFIL & MIL:: The Golfer’s Dad & Mum who have now both passed away.
LittleBigBrother:: My brother who is younger than me, but at 6 foot, definitely bigger than me!!
DocSisterInLaw:: LittleBigBrother’s wife (who has a Doctorate!)
Poppet:: My beautiful niece, and daughter of LittleBigBrother and DocSisterInLaw
(blis) n. 1. perfect happiness; serene joy
Obviously the collective noun for a group of stitchers!!
Reading: “Divided House” by J M Dalgliesh
Listening to: the cool jazz of Trudy at Nuno Nuno on her Spotify account – check it out!
Watching: The Golfer has just hooked us up to SBS On Demand and there’s lots to watch!
Going to: try and stay cool, calm and collected as we all “lockdown”!