Thursday, 25 May 2017

EPP TUESDAY ON A THURSDAY

 
 


Yep! I'm a couple of days late for Anthea's  EPP linky. Better late than never I suppose. I have made further progress with Little Lucy. I now have 2 and a bit rows pieced together.


 
 
My little munchkin came to visit yesterday. He is now 13 weeks old.
 
 
 
 
His knitted jacket is coming along nicely but I think it is going to be a bit big for him this winter. Maybe  more of a coat with rolled up cuffs LOL.
 
 
 
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 

Friday, 19 May 2017

PROGRESS

 I have been feeling rather inept when it comes to completing the many projects I have on the go so I am determined to at least keep on going with Little Lucy. I had a bit of a problem trying to consider  how I was going to piece this quilt so I ended up piecing it row by row like other quilts. I have nearly finished piecing this 1st row ( just a few little bits left).


 
 
I bought a Gail Pan table runner pattern a couple of weeks ago but couldn't find suitable fabric in my stash to make it. So what's a girl to do? Go to her local patchwork shop ofcourse! So yesterday I came home with some fabric .  
 
 
 
 
The shop also sells wool so I was able to buy some to start knitting something warm for my grandson. He is now 12 weeks old.
 
 
 
 
In years gone by I have always read several books a year. There were times I read over 60 but I seem to be reading less and less each year. I know this because for decades I have kept a special journal listing every book I read year by year. It is quite interesting to see how the genres have changed over time and I can see what my special interests were at the time. Well, hanging my head in shame, I declare that I have just finished the first book for the year. Isn't that pitiful? I love Philipa Gregory's books which are all based on historical fact with fiction woven in. The author is actually a historian.  I have read all her books in this series as well as many others over time.  Trouble is, I can't fit it on my bookshelf with the others. No room!
 
 
 
 
The weather is rather dismal here so I am quite happy to sit and sew, knit and crochet.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

OOPS! LATE AGAIN.


  Yesterday was Anthea's EPP Tuesday and I forgot to take some pics of my Little Lucy's progress. I have now sewn 6 parts , just another 3 to go and I can connect them all to each other.


 
 
I have also nearly completed sewing the borders around 3 of my little half inch hexi flowers.
 
 
 
 
I attempted some machine quilting on my table runner last weekend. I reckon I could have finished hand quilting it by the time I worked out how to attach the walking foot to the machine, had a needle jam, unpicked a wonky row and tied off all the ends LOL. I still need to finish quilting it. Maybe this upcoming weekend?    
 
 
 
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 

Monday, 1 May 2017

APRIL OPAM



 
 
 
     Time has flown by so fast again but I have managed to complete 3 projects. I have listed the gift for Barb in this month's OPAM as I made it quite a while ago but couldn't include it with that month's OPAM due to secrecy. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Now I am working on that table runner I had planned to make with the "welcome" stitchery and piecing the Lucy Boston blocks together.
 
 
 
My little munchkin came to visit yesterday and I took this funny photo. He will be 10 weeks old tomorrow. Where has the time gone?
 
 
 
 
Angel Blessings. 
 
 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

DECISION TIME. YOUR HELP PLEASE .



Yey! I have just finished the last 2 filler blocks for my Little Lucy quilt. Yep! That's what I have decided to call it seeing as I have chosen to only make 12 Lucy Boston blocks . I like making smaller quilts as I then get a chance to try all sorts of patchwork and quilting methods a lot quicker than I would if I made bed size quilts all the time. Being mainly a hand piecer, you can imagine how long it takes to make the bigger quilts. So, here are the last 2 blocks.


 
 
Here is the way I have arranged all the blocks after much deliberation..
 
 
Sideways.
 
 
 
 
Lengthways.
 
 
 
And the other sideways.
 
 
 
Now for the important part. I would really love your input regarding the block arrangements. I have tried not to put too many of the same colours together and distributed the pinks and reds as far apart as possible . Do you think this arrangement is okay? If you look at the lengthways pic I have numbered them left to right 1,2,3......2nd row 4,5,6.....3rd row 7,8,9 and 4th row 10,11,12.  I have also numbered the filler blocks the same way...1st row 1,2... 2nd row, 3,4 and 3rd row 5,6. Does that make sense?  So, if you think the blocks need to be rearranged I would love to know what you think. I am itching to piece this all together and work out how I am going to finish the edges . That is another big decision.
 
Thankyou all sooooooo much.
 
Angel Blessings.    
 
 

Friday, 21 April 2017

BACK TO LUCY, SWEET STITCHING AND A GIFT



 Oh my! My big 0 birthday seems to still be going. Today I received a beautiful thoughtful gift from my buddy Shez. Anyone would think she knows my favourite colour!  Shez has made me the most beautiful wool felt needle keeper and has enclosed a lovely purple Threadworx floss that I am eager to use along with the sweetest card. THANKYOU  so much Shez.  


 
 
A close up of the needle keeper.
 
 
 
 
I decided I had best get back to my Lucy Boston EPP and made another filler block yesterday. Only 2 more of these to do and then I can start piecing it together.
 
 
 
 
I have almost finished the 2nd " Welcome" stitchery to make into a table runner. I would have finished the stitchery by now except I ran out of 2 threads .  These are from Jenny's free BOM. I love Jenny's designs and she is always so generous with freebies as well as having a lovely stitching club that features a set of designs each month to purchase. 
 
 
 
Sorry, haven't ironed them!
 
Thank you for visiting me again. It is always lovely to see you.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

Friday, 14 April 2017

A UFO COMPLETED


Yey! I have finally finished the table mat I was working on for myself. I am so glad I completed all the stitcheries after finding some already done in my UFO drawer.


 
 
Earlier this year I made a framed stitchery as a birthday gift for Barb. I couldn't show it to you as it was a surprise and I don't think I included it in my OPAM so I shall add it to this month's.
 
 
 
 
It is Good Friday and I have put a few little Easter things out on display. I tend to buy a little something each year. This year I bought the cutest little bunny in a cup and saucer and a bunny snow globe ( or egg!).
 
 
 
 
 
 
May you all have a lovely Easter. If you are travelling anywhere please take care and stay safe.
 
Angel Blessings. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

STITCHING PROGRESS AND GIFTS



 On my mission to complete some UFOs I have come up against a couple of obstacles. With all my fabric stash why oh why can I not find a suitable choice for sashings? I either have the wrong shade of a colour or not enough in the colour I like. After much auditioning and musing with a stitching friend I have decided I need to go fabric shopping. Oh dear! How sad! LOL Looks like that particular UFO is temporarily on hold.  However, I did find a suitable fabric to back and bind my hexie table mat I am making from the Rosalie Q BOM stitcheries.


 
 
I have traced and selected threads  (as well as fabric that I did have in my stash...enough of it too!) to stitch this beautiful free design from Jenny. I am stitching the design twice to put at each end of a table runner. I am also planning thread and fabric colours to stitch Jenny's March stitchery club collection of designs which are beautiful. I shall probably have a pic of that soon. 
 
 
 
 
Last weekend was my big 0 birthday and I received a beautiful gift from dear Barb . The most gorgeous little stitchery and yummy choccie were wrapped in a lovely Leannette Anderson fabric. Thankyou so much Barb. I love my pressies.
 
 
 
 
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic of the framed stitchery I made for Barb's birthday. Hopefully Barb will send me a copy if I am really nice to her. 
 
Thanks again for stopping by.
 
Angel Blessings

 
 



Saturday, 1 April 2017

STITCHING BUT NO OPAM


Oh dear! Although I have been stitching I haven't managed to complete any projects in March. I have nearly finished this little mini . Last year I was stitching the beautiful calendar designs from Jenny's stitchery club and I have made each one into individual minis.  I just need to put the binding and sleeve on this one.





                            I did complete the 5th hexie stitchery I am going to use in a tablemat.  


 
 
The final one is in my hoop.
 
 
 
 
I have been adding borders to my hexies.
 
 
 
 
Stitching is slow these days because I have been preoccupied with this little munchkin. ( He is nearly 6 weeks old now. This was taken at 4 weeks.)
 
 
 
 
 Thanks for visiting my blog.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

CAN'T RESIST A NEW PROJECT



                                                My little ray of sunshine to start this post.


 
 
Hehehe! Now I can get on with it.
 
There are so many unfinished projects waiting in line for me to complete this year. I have been doing fairly well considering I have had other things to focus on recently. A few years ago I bought 2 Rosalie Quinlan BOM blocks in kit form at a craft fair. I recently finished one and now I am delighted to say I have finished the 2nd one. I just need to work out how I am going to piece them together. I am thinking about using the leftover scraps of the fabrics to put between the 2 blocks so I can make a table runner.
 
 
 
 
I am missing doing some EPP and can't focus on doing any fussy cutting at the moment to
  make my filler blocks for the Lucy Boston quilt I have been piecing. ( Once I have completed all the fillers I can piece the whole quilt together).  So, I pulled out my little travel project I have been doing over a few years now. It consists of blue and white rosettes using 1/2" hexies and I have been making very slow progress as it was only done when travelling and for some reason I never got much done each time. Well, I made 4 last night and have started another one today. The ones pictured above are those previously made .  See, not many!
 
 
 
 
As most of you know I am a fan of 1800s repro fabrics, especially those of the Civil War era. Jo Morton makes beautiful 1800s style quilts and has her own fabric line. When I saw that she has just started a Block Of The Week I couldn't resist. What's a girl to do? I have no idea how long I shall stick to it as the Splendid Sampler blocks got too difficult and frequent for me to keep up with. So, fingers crossed, I shall keep up with this one. The good thing is that I have quite a supply of 1800s repro fabrics in my stash so I don't need to buy fabrics especially for the project. Yey! I just chose these fabrics for the first block.
 
 
 
 
I always hand piece all my little Civil War quilts but these blocks are going to be done on the sewing machine. Wish me luck! If you are interested in this BOW I have the link at the top of my right side bar.
 
Now I am off to cut some sashings for my Cup Cake project.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

HAPPILY STITCHING



Yes, I have been stitching but first I have to show you the latest pic of my grandson.  He was 2 weeks old yesterday and Grandpa hadn't seen him since he was 1 day old. So, we arranged a visit today and took a pic.


 
 
Now, back to stitching LOL.
 
I have managed to stay up to date with Jenny's free BOMs for 2017. The link is on my right side bar if you are interested in it.
 
Block 1
 
 
 
 
Block 2
 
 
 
 
Jenny has a lovely monthly stitching club and I am looking forward to March's release on 17th. 
As well as keeping up with the BOM I am gradually finishing some UFOs . I have heaps!!
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
Angel Blessings.