Saturday, March 21, 2015

Whoo Hoo Happy Days!!

As its International Quilting Weekend, TQS is allowing free access to their shows - from 20th to 22nd March, whoo hoo... Yesterday I watched Laura Fraga, Kim Diehl,Carolyn Konig, Cheryl See,and Vallerie White. I am so inspired and I have learnt so much. My SAL blocks are done. Now I have to trim the blocks and sew them together.



 So guess what I'll be doing this weekend, oh yes!! ...go HERE and enjoy!






Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Work in Progress

 



This is what I have done so far.. I don't know how many times I have unpicked the handle for the basket - I did cut the handle pieces on the bias. I went back to Jeni's blog to see what I should be doing. She says to curve it with an iron, spray baste, pin and applique - will try again. 

went shopping
and this




 I have prepped three more blocks... lots of leaves.



Another hot and humid day ahead.





Saturday, February 14, 2015

HUGS and KISSES

 Another lovely design by Temecula Quilt company. I enjoyed this little project. I used bits and pieces from my scrap basket for the blocks and I quilted hearts in the border. This mini measures 13" x 16"


Hugs and Kisses
 

Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 Challenge

Christmas is just a lovely memory and January has gone in the blink of an eye. Children have returned to Cape Town and I am home alone again but not for long. My husband retires in May, I can't wait.  Challenge to myself this year is to learn needle turn applique. I think I have watched every needle turn video tutorial on Youtube. I decided to join Jeni's lovely sew along, A life of plenty. It has piecing and applique. I have needle turned 3 blocks using the back basting method. I tried to get smooth round edges but as you can see there are a few wonky places especially on the basket.


 And I have prepped my pieces for 3 sets of flying geese. Also enjoying that lovely quilting book.



Lots of lovely applique BOM's this year. I'm loving these,

Lancaster Co by Christy at Sycamore Hill Quilts
Oma's Blues by  Esther Aliu
Past Reflections by Wendy at  Legends and Lace
Bountiful Baskets by Pearl at  P3Designs
Be Happy by Erin at One Piece at a Time

Wishing everyone a wonderful year of quilting.





Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another Finish

I have been so busy. October/November was crazy here with builders, plumbers, tilers etc -  dust everywhere. I had to pack my sewing machine away and sealed my sewing room but still, it was just dust everywhere. All I had been doing was vacuuming and dusting. No sooner had the builders left when my sister visited from overseas for 10 days. It was lovely spending time with her. Past two weeks my husband and I have had the worst flu ever- I am thinking of visiting the doctor again, still feeling yucky. My son is home for the holidays. Christmas is around the corner and I haven't done a thing........stressing!
                                                          

                                Quilted and bound...yay!
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Finishes

  
Market Day is finished.

Pam's Pocket Patchwork Sew- Along was great fun. See her posts - Airing of the Quilts where she shares photos from participants around the world.  


I hand quilted the circle quilt - BIG stitches, using Perle 8 thread.
Made more EPP stars and a long 17 1/2" heat pack, love these for relieving tension in the neck and shoulders.  I have made several over the years. In Summer when its very hot I put them in the deep freeze, perfect for cooling down.  I filled the bag with 1kg of barley. Wheat or rice can also be used.

 I ran out of batting and bought more on Tuesday. I have now pin basted Happy Scrappy Spring. Slowly getting there. More lovely Sew-Alongs here and here





Monday, September 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop



                          


 I was invited by Ailsa from  Cape Pincushion... to participate in the, Around The World Blog Hop. We are asked to answer a few questions and invite blog friends to join in.  Please visit Ailsa at her wonderful blog. Her quilts are modern,bright and beautiful, she loves working with Kaffe Fassett fabric. I am inspired by her work.


Q. What am I working on?
Market Day is in the machine. At the moment I am focusing on quilting as many tops as I can whilst the weather is still cool.





            Market Day- a SAL by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts Blog

  
I have just finished The Wish quilt, love the binding - Sweet Liberty. I started this BOM from Red Brolly Designs in 2012 and really enjoyed doing the redwork stitching. Loooove redwork!!

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My scrappy churn dash - I quilted this one mid August

I'm also working on two long term EPP projects - hexagon flowers, I have made 169 todate

and  134 stars ( I need 206) for a quilt I plan on making.

Q Why do I create what I do?
I enjoy creating whether its quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, hand stitching, particularly redwork - I love it all!!, the process is so satisfyingly therapeutic and relaxing. Always learning with each new project. I love scrap quilts, especially designs with applique, hand stitching, piecing, all in one quilt.. 

Happy Scrappy Spring... designed by Karen at The Painted Quilt
 

Q.How does your creating process work?
Once I have decided on a pattern,  I choose fabric from my stash, then I just get on with it, cutting one block, piecing it, then it goes on the design wall, then on to cutting and piecing the next block and so on.

Q. How does my writing process work?
I keep my post simple. I'm a visual person, I like lots of photos. I load a bunch of photos and write something short and sweet ...like me- haha ..lol

Thank you for visiting my little blog.


Visit some of my favourite blogs -
Beth at Notes.. - she is a wonderful quilter, photographer and adventurer and she does beautiful thread painting.
Astrid at Grandma's Red Needle- she makes lovely tablerunners, mug rugs and quilts, she loves hiking and shares photos taken around her beautiful island home of Mauritius.
Marelize at Stitch by Stitch - she makes lovely quilts and bags and hosts a link party - Anything goes Mondays.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Well, Hello Spring!


We have had the driest winter ever, the garden is the worst its ever been - dry and brown. Its spring and not a drop of rain. 

 I have to keep topping up - the water just seems to evaporate




                                Whaaa hahah..... here are the culprits!

 




                                 Wish it would hurry up and rain.   

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Windy August

We had an earthquake on august 5th, a 5.5 magnitude in Orkney Johannesburg sending tremors as far as Botswana and here in Durban. The biggest earthquake in South Africa since 1969. Scary!
I have been enjoying the beautiful winter sun, reading instead of sewing. I feel guilty.. well not really hehe.  I have finished  Market day, quilted and bound the nine patch churns quilt and actually labeled it, ha! 
We have been busy with our annual house/garden maintenance, cleaning, resealing, painting gutters,gatepost, roof, pruning etc. Today is windy, the garden is bone dry and the grass crunches underfoot. 
Roll on Spring!




                                          Blocks all done



                                       With the first border


                                         And the second border.


                                          Nine patch churns - done!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Market Day Sew - Along


Here are the fabrics that I have chosen to use in Pam Buda's Market Day Sal.


 Blocks that I have made so far - not long to go - pinwheels up next.





This is a first. I'm quilting two quilts. I really need to finish The Wish quilt.



Simple straight lines - now ready for binding.

I have a backlog of blog reading to catch up on.