It’s been a long time!

Time has flown again  – it has become far too easy to do a quick Instagram post rather than taking the time to write a blog post.  However, here’s an update on what’s been happening.

On the stitching front I’ve been doing some garment sewing and enjoying getting back into that again.  So far this year I have made two tunics, a pair of shorts and a pair of linen pants. This is my latest effort – a dress combining a medium weight linen top with a contrast bottom of Anna Maria Horner cotton on the bottom.Processed with MOLDIV

I have even decided to improve my fitting skills and have enrolled in a one-day course in amending commercial patterns to fit your body shape.  I have short arms and a short length between neck and shoulder which always seems to cause problems with sleeves and necklines, so I hope the course will help me remedy that.

More babies keep arriving for my young work colleagues and I quickly made this baby quilt for a new baby girl who has a Portuguese heritage – what better fabric than Porto from Cotton and Steel!

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Another project was my contribution to a group quilt that our SydModSquad Group is entering into the Sydney Quilt show mid year. We all made a border for a medallion quilt and used a rainbow colour scheme. I used small floral fabric for one size and small polka dots for the other.

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I’ve also joined a new craft group which meets one night a week in a lovely store/workshop space called The Happen Store.   We are a group of 12 and diverse in terms of age and craft interests.  It’s always a fun night with cake and wine to share and lots of laughter. I’ve mainly been doing some EPP handwork for a Tessellations Quilt by Brigitte Giblin which I hope to finish by the end of the year.IMG_4853

Last but not least, a young fellow cat lover had a birthday last weekend and I whipped up a quick pair of pillowcases for her as a gift.IMG_4939

On the home front I have almost finished a bathroom upgrade which has kept me poor and stressed , but it it almost done and is a vast improvement.

IMG_4823Cosmo and Pepe keep me entertained as always, with lots of fluffy cuddles all round, although it is hard to get up and go to work when this is the view at the end of my bed :).

I hope you are having a good start to the year … til next time.

Lois

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A finish and a happy recipient

Sydney has finally had some winter weather weather over the past weeks, all the better for sewing (too little), eating (too much) and curling up with “the boys” (impossible to avoid).

Front of Sal's quiltI did finish the birthday/retirement quilt for a colleague that was a joint project of my friend Anne and I.  We got together after work on an assembly line for a few evenings, one cutting and one sewing.

It was pieced from jelly rolls and a pattern from a library book which has long since been returned, so unfortunately I can’t credit the pattern maker.  Although it was a different style to my normal quilting I really loved the way the white stars pop!  I also added two borders to make it slightly bigger which I also think enhanced the overall look of the front.

Back of Sal quilt

 

 

I just improv pieced the back.

I even made a quilt bag for future storage and it saved on wrapping paper. Our colleague really loved it and shed a joyful tear when she received it.  It’s always such a pleasure gifting quilts.

Cosmo on sal's quilt

 

Of course “the boys” had to lend a paw in the process so I took some photos which were also passed on as part of the gift.

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Group

 

The annual state Craft and Quilt Fair was held last week and my modern quilting group won a prize for our group quilt this year which has spurred us on to to designing our next group project. We raffle the group quilts that we do for the Fair each year and then donate the proceeds to a women’s charity.

Scrap quilt

 

 

 

I’ve also taken on a role of coordinating making charity quilts from our combined scraps.  I suggested we make the first one as a quarter log cabin. We finished nine blocks yesterday and have now done 20 blocks.

Strips

 

 

 

I cut the strips before our get-togethers  and then we each do some charity quilt sewing for 30 minutes at our monthly meeting. Five more blocks to go before I piece the top together.

More on the Fair at my next post.

Some WIP progress

DP blockI’ve finally got back into my Drunkard’s Path quilt after a long hiatus and after I managed to find some more Field Study fabric by Alison Glass.  You may recall that I decided to make the circle part of the quilt entirely from this fabric range, supplemented by bright and bold solid fabric.  The colours are dull in this photo due to bad lightning at night.

I’m now on the home stretch and will be finalizing the design over the week-end. I had no set plan in mind and just wanted the colour to lead the way.

 

EmbroideryI’ve also been doing some slow stitching on my embroidery piece.  I reserve this for those nights when I’ve had a bad day at work and just need some relaxation on the couch with Pepe and Cosmo close by.  I’m really enjoying re-teaching myself long-forgotten skills from my childhood and feel a new obsession coming on.  One thing I have discovered is that I really like using perle cotton rather than embroidery floss.  It holds a stitch better in my view, plus I just love all the available colours! 🙂

Bright Flower

 

 

Sydney is experiencing a very warm autumn – it is halfway through May and it is 25′ today. We had the hottest April on record and it seems that we may also have a new record for May. Many plants and shrubs seem to think it is Spring!

 

Cosmo and Pepe on tableCosmo and Pepe were enjoying the sun this morning after their usual brush. They were as sleek as seals.

Hope all is right in your world and that colour and creativity is filling your days. Til next time…

Slow stitching

I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing lately after reaching a bit of a hiatus in my Drunkard’s Path quilt.  I have however, been doing some simple sewing by stitching improv solid scrap stripes which will one day become a quilt.

imageI sorted all my solid scraps into colours and then just started making stripes the lengths of the scraps.  It’s a nice, almost mindless activity which I can do when I’m tired and not feeling very creative.  I hope it will be transformed into a bright and cheerful quilt one day.

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I’m also doing a small embroidery project. I  found this linen piece when I did a recent tidy up, I think it came as a gift with a magazine, and have been doing a little when I’m in the mood for handwork.

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I’ve discovered I’m fairly hopeless at consistent stitches and have no real idea of which stitch to use for what, but I’m enjoying it nevertheless. image

 

“The boys” like me doing it because I sit still and they can have a lap if they want, but Cosmo prefers close supervision from nearby! 🙂

 

Back to the design wall

I’ve started work again on the large Drunkard’s Path blocks.  I’ve played around a bit with design ideas and I’m still not sure of the end design.  I’m using really large blocks, each quarter circle ends up as a 12 block so the end size will probably be a 72″ square quilt.

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At this stage I’m just cutting up some of the fabric and playing with layout ideas before I stitch the blocks in case I change my mind!

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It will be big and bold, showcasing Alison Glass’s beautiful fabrics, whatever I end up with as the design.

My design assistant Cosmo was taking his job very seriously!

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