WOW 22nd June 2016 LE, Friendship quilt, and Mars quilt.

We are having a full moon at present and it is incrediable to watch it rise straight in front of our hom

We are having a full moons at present and it is incredible to watch this beautiful giant yellow ball  rise up over the range straight in front of our home each night.

I have been working on my LE mostly this week. How I LOVE this beautiful design of Esther’s.  I have been working on it on and off for 3 years now since it was released in 2013  and I still get so much enjoyment out of working on it.

Working on the ovals or leaves as some quilters call them, had to add some angels for a change

Working on the ovals or leaves as some quilters call them, could not wait  to add some angels for a change.

Close up so you can see the brocade

Close up so you can see the silk brocade Im using for the background and ovals, angels are crepe silk. I have to use a 12  sharps needle to get it through the fabric as it is so tightly woven.

Last night I had to lay some of the tiny pieces I have prep

Last night I had to lay some of the tiny pieces I have prepped to see how it was going to look, I have been making lots of these tiny pieces over the last 3 years, but its still a long time before they will all be used up.

 

Was not happy with the large plante is unpicked part of it and added more padding

I was not happy with the large planet so unpicked part of it and added more padding it looks more round now. Just have a few more stitches to appliqué the silver planetary ring.

 

I have been machine quilting in the ditch on my friendship quilt this week also, usually one or two strips a day if possible.

Papua New Guinea friend ship quilt we made these nearlly 20 years ago and Im just getting around to quilting it. As its all in blocks Im machine quilting it in the ditch,  sewing machines and I dont go together because I have a bad back so Im doing one or two runs a day, another few weeks and it will be done I hope.

Papua New Guinea friend ship quilt we made these nearlly 20 years ago and Im just getting around to quilting it. As its all in blocks Im machine quilting it in the ditch, sewing machines and I dont go together because I have a bad back so Im doing one or two runs a day, another few weeks and it will be done I hope.

Back of friendship quilt this one piece was given to me by one of the ladies who made one of the wee blocks .

Back of friendship quilt this one piece was given to me by one of the ladies who made one of the wee blocks .

Yes today I went shopping for quilting supplies that I really needed,  backing fabric, quilting needles, cotton wadding, and fine iron on interfacing to back my silks with to stop them shifting.

I called in tot he shop first and there was a HUGE fold pile of pink and white cansy stripped cott

I called in to the shop first and there was a HUGE folded pile of pink and white candy stripped cotton fabric around 1  1/2 metres wide and 12 metres long???  it was marked but I bought it and have washed and dried it and it is on a roll now and it so heavy?  then it was on to the fabric shop loking for the wadding that costs soooo much down under around $65.00 for a large kingsize quilt, there in a very large bin were several rolls of it, 2 metres wide by 13.3 metres long for $90.00 reduced from $350.00 for VIP members guess who came home with a roll of cotton wadding enough for 6 quilts. I found the right fine iron on interfacing and a rack full of 12 sharp needles I would have liked to have bought them all but only took 4 pkts as they are so hard to find up here or any where in OZ so left most of them for other appliqué quilters. If they are still there when I go back I will buy some more!!!!!!  This weekend I hope to start sandwiching my PNG quilt to finally start hand quilting it.

This fun piece of fabric from the Philapines was given to me this week

This fun cotton batik  lap lap  from the Philippines was given to me this week  it may end up in a quilt!

Tiles been laid over our wooden decking as it gets to much rain on it.

Tiles been laid over our wooden decking as it gets to much rain on it.  it has made it so cosy out there at night time we will eat out there a great deal more now.  Biggest plus it will be so much easier to keep clean.

It is to wet in the garden to walk around and take photos as the ground is water logged, Ive picked up two leeches this week it so wet.

Some strong colour in the garden.

Some strong colour in the garden.

Ususally the garden is very very dry now but it has

Usually the garden is very very dry now but it has not stopped raining since Jan 2016!!!!!

Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment if you would like me to visit you and see what you are working on.

Im off to link with Esther now.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/wow-time-for-new-pattern.html

Cheers ALL Glenda

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15th June 2016 Fibonacci numbers and circles?

Playing is fun.

15th June 2016 Playing is fun. Photo was taken this morning outside in-between the rain.

It was such a wild night last night I have woken up very tired after been woken constantly so I’m going to use my tutorial from the 10th when I started this wall quilt and will hopefully finish it today.

Taken last night

Taken last night.

 

Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and what numbers are you playing with? Fibonacci. Now take a blank 21inch square, a 13inch circle, a 8inch circle, a 5inch circle, a 3inch, circle a 2inch circle, and a 1inch circle all out of lovely woven Japanese Kasuri fabrics and play!!!!

Or this one?

10th June My wall art I made up this morning with Fibonacci numbers?

I love circles and numbers. Iwas lying in bed this morning think about circles on a blank canvas then fibonacci numbers and then Kasuri fabrics; I just had to get up and do it straight away LOL I cut the 21inch square from the back of a woollen Kimono, all the Kasuri fabric were kimonos once and they a beautiful fabrics to the naked eye. I will hem the circles and the appliqué them on to the background and finish off doing white sasiko hand quilting around the circles.

Take a 21inch blank canvas, I took dark fabric from the back of a woollen kimono

Take a 21inch blank canvas, I choose a dark fabric from the back of a wool and silk  double weave brocade kimono

now added a 8inch circle

now added a 13inch and 8inch circle

A blue 5inch circle

A blue 5inch circle

A small 3inch circle in blue.

A small 3inch circle in blue.

A smaller 2inch circle

A smaller 2inch circle

Then finally a inch tiny circle now I have all my 7 fibaonacci numbers and can play with them.

Then finally a 1inch tiny circle now I have all my 7 fibaonacci numbers and can play with them.

This one

This one?NO to off centre.

This one?

This one?

Or this one?

Or this one?

I ironed on some irononwashaway frezzerpaper  to give me a sharp edge when hemming the circles, large pieces I only used a 1/2 instrip but the small circles I used the

I ironed on  iron-on-wash-away frezzer-paper to give me a sharp edge when hemming the circles, large pieces I only used a 1/2 inch strip circle but the small circles I used a solid circle.

I added iron on wadding to all the circles to give t more puffness

I added iron on wadding to all the circles to give  more of a 3D effect.

Have hemed

Have hemmed all the circles and still playing with placement and a planet?

Finally all pinned ready to be appliqué.

Finally all pinned ready to be appliqué. But have not yet decided to make the big circle a planet time will tell!!!!!!

I only have a little Sashiko quiting to do now and then stit

15th June this morning I only have a little Sashiko quilting to do now and then stitch on the cut out circle for the planet,  all the feed back has been FOR the planet so planet it will be LOL  This is what I will be sewing on today on my WOW. 

kju

Close up of sashiko quilting I get a great deal of pleasure out of doing it.

Close up of sashiko quilting I get a great deal of pleasure doing it.

Close up of sashiko quilting I get a great deal of pleasure doing it.

10th June Well it was a lot of fun and a great morning playing Cheers Glenda

15th June it was a wild night and there is vegetation every where in the garden so a dismal place today with rain still hanging around it has been sososo wet the leachers are back I had one two nights ago clinging to my foot.

Little path to the unit this all came down last night it sure sound like the tree was coming down with it.

15th June Little path to the unit this all came down last night it sure sound like the tree was coming down with it.

more old branches and fronds. Lots to clean up every where.

More old branches and fronds. Lots to clean up every where.

Off to link up with Esther

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/wow-getting-busy-with-next-bom.html

Thank you for dropping in to visit again its so nice to connect up with friends and other quilters here. Cheers Glenda

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June Quilty364 Circles

Well I missed April it slipped past me!!!! did it happen to any one else?

Hello other Quilty364 Circle quilters.

I started making these delightful little blocks end of Dec 2015 and here I am now

My tresure chest is a box of 4 1/2 inch silk squares and circles waitning for the circles to have a thread run around them

My treasure chest is a box of 90  4 1/2 inch silk squares and circles for each one some have 2 or 3 circles!!!!!!; they are waiting for   a thread to be run around them.  How I love playing with these tiny blocks and circles.

As of today I have one wee mini quilt made of 90 squares, 90 more squares almost completely sewn together for another wee wall quilt and there are 250 circles on these blocks; and there are 90  squares cut with circles cut out see my treasure chest LOL so Im on track still with my squares and circles still.

getting ready to sandwich

April getting ready to sandwich

My first Quilty 365 Circle quilt sandwiched ready all most to qul

April My first Quilty 365 Circle quilt sandwiched ready all most to qult

My 365 circles, I have sashiko quilted around all the circles around the edges and now just have the centre circles to quilt around. to do

May My 365 circles, I have sashiko quilted around all the circles around the edges and now just have the centre circles to quilt around. to do.

My next 90 circles are made up ready to be sewn t

April/May My next 90 circles are made up ready to be sewn together.

jhytrew

May Starting to sew them together now.

May 2016

The last piece of the zigzaw added!

May The last piece of the gigzaw added! How I love working on these circles.

I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

May I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

close up of one corner

May close up of one corner

Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

May Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

First week in June

A pile of reds finished this month now to sew them together.

A pile of reds finished this month now to sew them together.

a pile of circles waiting to have the threads run around the out side to pull in over the freezer paper ready to be appliquéd on tot he tiny 4 1/2 inch squares.

a pile of circles waiting to have the threads run around the out side to pull in over the freezer paper ready to be appliquéd on tot he tiny 4 1/2 inch squares.

I finished sashiko quilting this wee quilt during the week one down 3 to go LOL

I finished sashiko quilting this wee quilt during the week one down 3 to go LOL

Now some other circles Im playing with.

Close up of the echo quilting.

Close up of the echo quilting.

Centre is tiny flowers cut from silk then fused on to back ground and blanket stitched down with embroidery centres.

Centre is tiny flowers cut from silk then fused on to back ground and blanket stitched down with embroidery centres.

I hung my ANZ quilt on the design wall and it felt lacking

I hung my ANZ quilt on the design wall and it felt lacking so Im adding some circles LOL

Yes I loveeeeee circles  even a water circle!!!!!!!

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Thank  you Audrey for setting up the link again Please take care. Hugs Glenda

 

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8th June 2016 Quilting big and small stitches.

Another week has slipped past me, I have been adding the final border to my Japanese quilt it took me most of the week to complete this and  now Im adding the heart flowers, 1 and 1/2 flowers to appliqué and this quilt top is completed YAHHHHHH

I usually work from the floor when adding the borders when mmy quilt is to big for our tab

I usually work from the floor when adding the borders when my quilt is to big for our table, but I find it very very difficult now and can only bend over and add one border a day. I need to snip a little off a border here and added there to make these borders fit?

This is what hubby did for me last night!!!!!  He set up 2 of our

This is what hubby did for me last night!!!!! He set up 2 of our portable tables which are solid as a rock and it gives me  all most a 2 metre square!!!!  Oh what bliss I can stand or sit on an office chair on wheels and wiz around and around my Huge work tableLOL

Allmost completed quilt top two hearts flwoers to

Almost completed quilt top!!!!!  two hearts flowers to finish appliquéing and it is finished my second  WIP finished this year Yahhhhh.  This is lying in the driveway where there is some light it is so dark inside still.  I just took this 10am.

I have competed sahiko quilting my Quilty364 Circles and so now echo quilting around Dresden plates????  It took me for ever to get back in to the rhythm of making tiny quilting stitches after the big sashiko stitches

I finished sashiko quilting this wee quilt during the week one down 3 to go LOL

I finished sashiko quilting this wee quilt during the week one down 3 to go LOL   These are my first 90 Quilty364 Circles.  Squares are 4 1/2 inches.

This was one of the first quilts I made. I was living in PNG and meeting up with a gr

This was one of the first quilts I made. I was living in PNG and meeting up with other wives  who were stationed up there;  we were all new at quilting and it was trial and error.  From this group 6 of us who were more keen to learn and share meet weekly and set challengers, This challenge was to use a block we had just learnt and make it in to a tropical quilt?????  I choose the dresden plate and ended up with this quilt which ended at the black border.   I have just added the last two borders to make it bigger for cuddling under and now Im adding more quilting as I had only quilted around the outline of the appliqué pieces.  I have all most completed echo quilting two of the dresden plates 3 more to go!!!!!! it is a lot slower than sashiko quilt thats for sure.  LOL

Close up of the echo quilting.

Close up of the echo quilting.

Creepy crawlies for the hubbies!!!

Clsoe up of one of our local butterflies we have 100s of these at present but  they are hard to get close up to as they flit constantly.

Close up of one of our local butterflies we have 100s of these at present but they are hard to get close up to as they flit constantly.

I was gardening on Monday and found this very large fel

I was gardening on Monday and found this very large fellow, he was very dead but wanted to show how big he was.  twice the length of a box of matches and his body was as wide!

I have not seen this wee fellow in my garden before, he was quiet yellow down his sides and

I have not seen this wee fellow in my garden before, he was quiet greeny yellow down his sides and was not scared of me in the slightest,  I need to find a way to hold a torch and take photos , I don’t like using the flash on  the wee creatures .

Nothing much to show in the garden this week

First rays of sun hitting the cosmos

First rays of sun hitting the cosmos

This pile of rubbish is from the swimmng pool area it is one of

This pile of rubbish is from the swimming pool area it is one of three!!!!

Sun is slow at rising now as it comes up low

Sun is slow at rising now and travels low on the horizon so we don’t get full sun in the garden till midday.  here it is casting wonderful shadow play.

Copper frogs hiding in the creepers.

Copper frogs hiding in the creepers.

 

Im off to link up with Esther on her WOW or WIPs todayhttp://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/wow-pattern-play.html

Thank you for visiting me, not a lot to see today but thanks for stopping by any way.

Cheers Glenda

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Quilty364 circles and heart flowers 1st June 2016

Have spent the week working on my Japanese quilt mostly I keep changing my mind taking away and adding some thing instead????  Managed to sashiko quilt some more wee circles and thats it sewing wise.

I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

Back of quilt

Back of quilt

close up so you can see the bigger stitches I use for sashiko quilting, my circles are not so good from the back but over time hopefully it will improve LOL

close up so you can see the bigger stitches I use for sashiko quilting, my circles are not so good from the back but over time hopefully it will improve LOL

close up of one corner

close up of one corner

Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

I unpicked the yellow embrodered flowers in the centre and replaced with solid yellow fabric, Im much happier with the end result, the embroidery looked messy to me.

I unpicked the yellow embrodered flowers in the centre and replaced with solid yellow fabric, Im much happier with the end result, the embroidery looked messy to me.

mjuy

What is it?????

A giant bush slug, quiet amayzing how big the she

A giant bush slug, its quiet amazing how big the shells get to. This is the first time I have seen one actually moving.  I could not hold the torch and camera and my self upside down at the same time to take a photo of the front of the snail LOL ???

Berries are dropping from a giant palm outside my kitchen window and fermenting faster than I  can pick them up, there is a certain butterfly coming in and eating the nectar, some times there are dozens there.

Berries are dropping from a giant palm outside my kitchen window and fermenting faster than I can pick them up, there is a certain butterfly coming in and eating the nectar, some times there are dozens there. Anne Marieke if you zoom in just to the right of the water container you will see a butterfly LOL. 

Looking up to the palm head.

Looking up to the palm head.

Here you can see the berries still not quiet ripe or that the rats, possums and bats have not eaten?

Here you can see the berries still not quiet ripe or that the rats, possums and bats have not eaten? There is a bunch of green ones behind the ripe ones.

A much smaller palm just flowering and covered in bees.  These berries will be bright red when they finally grow.

A much smaller palm just flowering and covered in bees. These berries will be bright red when they finally grow.

May be this close up you can see the bees swarming around for the nectar.

May be this close up you can see the bees swarming around for the nectar. On the right is an old stem all that remands of  a bunch of berries.

Self grown bunch of heliconias.

Self grown bunch of heliconias.

3 young tree ferns they will reach up to 8 metres high or higher over 15 years.

3 young tree ferns they will reach up to 8 metres high or higher over 15 years.

New fern uncurling of the tree fern.

New fern uncurling of the tree fern.

Hard to see but this is the fern almost completely uncurled then the side branches will uncurl and grow.

Hard to see but this is the fern almost completely uncurled then the side branches will uncurl too and grow in to fern leaves.

Driveway is full of fresh green colours after all the rain.

Driveway is full of fresh green colours after all the rain. I added two small urns to the new gate posts.

Even the smallest fruit and flowers are a treasure when you find them

Even the smallest fruit and flowers are a treasure when you find them

Broms never fail to amaze me, there are 100s of different shaped and coloured flowers and all so exotic.

Broms never fail to amaze me, there are 100s of different shaped and coloured flowers and all so exotic.

Close up Incredible colours put together.

Close up Incredible colours put together.

Another Bom but this one throws what looks like berries instead of petal flowers.

Another Bom but this one throws what looks like berries instead of petal flowers.

These just pop up in the garden, my mum loved them and grew them inside in NZ when I was a child and now they just grow around me out side?

These just pop up in the garden, my mum loved them and grew them inside in NZ when I was a child and now they just grow around me out side?

My red pointsetta just starting to turn red.

My red poinciana just starting to turn red.

Thank you for dropping in and getting this far LOL

Im off to link up with Esther

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/wow-curating-fabric.html

on her WOW or WIPs today

Happy stitching all Glenda

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25th May 2016 Progress on my Japanese quilt.

This is from one of Estehr's BOM several years ago

These felt tulips are from  a design of Esther’s from a BOM several years ago called For Get MeNot. 

Not quiet sure how it is Wednesday all ready it just seems like yesterday I blogged?

 

Not much to show as I have been working on my Large heart flowers all week, I have one more to appliqué on and they are finished then I can add the borders.  I did finish a evening carry bag for my DSIL .

I often make bags from BOM blocks instead of turning them in to a wall

I often make bags from BOM blocks instead of turning them in to a wall, or bed quilts this is one of those blocks it is a design of Esther Aliu’s I love her designs they are always beautiful and challenging.

Stems are

Stems are fused on then blanket-stitched down.  Back ground fabric is from a Jacket of mine or I should say was a jacket of mine LOL

I added a couple of tiny felt Ladybugs too.

I added a couple of tiny felt Ladybugs too.

Close up of the Ladybug, I did french Knots for the wee black circles.

Close up of the Ladybug, I did french Knots for the wee black circles.

Update on my Japanese quilt,  I laid it out this morning on my floor its too big for the design wall now.

Borders are not attached, still have one heart large heart flower to ap

I added the large heart flowers as I felt that the  purple triangles were to stark. Borders are not attached, still have one heart large heart flower to appliqué on.  It’s not laying flat as 3/4 of the quilt is lying on a heavy mat and 1/4 on tiles.

Corner border will look some thing like this whn sewn on and

Corner border will look some thing like this when borders sewn on and the small heart flowers added.

Close up of Heart flower.  I make these a lot on my quilts, I like making them as they can be any size and you just make them free hand with lots of heart shapes.

Close up of Heart flower. I make these a lot on my quilts, I like making them as they can be any size and you just make them free hand with lots of heart shapes.

Centre is tiny flowers cut from silk then fused on to back ground and blanket stitched down with embroidery centres.

Centre is made up of tiny flowers cut from silk then fused on to back ground;  blanket stitched down, then I added  deep red centres  and embroidery.  Back ground is 100% fine wool fabric from a Japanese Kimono that I unpicked.

In the garden to day, it is very dismal after all the rain.

At last we are seeing glimpse of the sun after 5 days of no sun. Its so lovely to see it again, Im a sun lover.

At last we are seeing glimpse of the sun after 5 days of no sun. Its so lovely to see it again, Im a sun lover.

A very dreary looking pond after 5 days of rain

A very dreary looking pond after 5 days of rain

It has not rained all day so the trees and plants have dried so I spent a while here cleaning u

Update 4pm. It has not rained all day so the trees and plants have dried so I spent a while here cleaning up around the pond and Grandies sand play area.

From this lovely display

From this lovely display

In the few days I have not walked around the garden in the rain the catterpillars have distroyed the plant almost

To this????  In the few days I have not walked around the garden in the rain the caterpillars have almost destroyed the plant.  It was so sad to see.

all I was able to save may be next year it will be back to its old selve?????

Update 4pm I cleaned up the giant Lilly, this is all I was able to save may be next year it will be back to its old self?????

Im still amayzed that this bloomed in

Im still amazed that this bloomed in amongst all the water logged drowning plants,
All the wheel barrows are full of water we have had soooo much rain.

All the wheel barrows are full of water we have had soooo much rain.  floating on the top was the start of some rubbish I was going to move before the rain started.  It is going to be a wet soggy mess to clean up now.

Only thing that looks clean is the swimming pool!!!!!!

Only thing that looks reasonable clean is the swimming pool!!!!!!

Well thats it for today.  My sun has disappeared again sadly but its not raining so I must not complain. Thank you for visiting me.

Im off to link up with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s today.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/wow-omas-blues-beauty.html

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/wow-omas-blues-beauty.html

Cheers Glenda

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ANZ quilt and circles added? 19th May 2016

My week has been revolving around my surprise visit from my brother and his darling wife from NZ So very little sewing done since they arrived on Sunday. But I was working on sewing more rows of my ANZ quilt top.

Working on my ANZ quilt 3 more rows to add , decided to hang it on my design wall to see ho

Working on my ANZ quilt 3 more rows to add , decided to hang it on my design wall to see how it looked from a distance but was disappointed with it, there was nothing to hold my eyes to it, what could I do to keep the original theme ANZ but keep the eye from leaving the quilt top?

6 rows sewn together 3 more to go.

6 rows sewn together 3 more to go.All though it’s OK there is nothing to keep you looking, so while looking for some black fabric I found this black silver lurex  kimono from the 1950 1960s yes even the Japanese loved the silver look when it came out. A lightbulb went off what IFBoth from the same fabric, dark is the right side of fabric and the silver is underneath

I added  Silver Lurex  circles!!!!!  Both from the same fabric, dark is the right side of fabric and the silver is underneath I ironed on Iron- on -fusing to both sides of two pieces of this fabric and then cut out lots of circles and now I get to play with them on top of my ANZ quilt.

All though its OK there is nothing to keep you looking

So interlocking these cut out circles Im adding some thing to keep the eye from wondering off the quilt so quickly?

I hung my ANZ quilt on the design wall and it felt lacking

I still have 3 more rows to add and I will cut out more circles and play some more after I added these last 3 rows then decided.  Will show you an update after I add the last 3 rows

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My brother and darling sisterinlaw building their cairn on one of the local beachs we drove past were many others had built them, there were so few rocks left they had to go to the shore line to make theres were  there were some stones still that had not been used or had fallen and were waiting again to be used.  Ginny was constantly watching her back for crocs in the water?

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What Im working on today Thursday in OZ,  but it is Wednesday in other parts of the world today.

My Japanese quilt adding those large heart flowers on to the deep purple triangles.

My Japanese quilt adding those large heart flowers on to the deep purple triangles.

I have cut out all the heart shapes for the petals

I have cut out all the 32 heart shapes for the petals

Two flowers appliquéd on

Two flowers appliquéd on

Have linked up with Esther on her WOW or WIPs now Rushing out the door to meet up again with family for lunch. No time for garden and creepy crawlies this week LOL  Thank you for stopping by to check on me. Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIPs with Esther 11th May 2016

Yesterday I spent several hours hand sewing my tiny 4 1/2 inch Quilty circles together. stood back to gloat as I had achieved so much then realised I had pinned most of them incorrect!!!!  So I then spent an hour unpicking them all?????  Thank goodness I don’t do this to often but it does teach me to check and check again for several months LOL  Last night I sat and sewed those wee blocks all back together and this time in the right order!

My final 90 wee quilty364 blocks cut out waiting to have a thread run around t

Number 3 quilt to be of quilty364 circle blocks cut out waiting to have a thread run around them to pull as this gives the perfect smooth edge for appliquéing them to the tiny blocks.  I do not have any more back ground fabric so my last 90 circles will have a different back ground but as it will be a quilt at 90 blocks it wont matter so much.  But I have loved using this lovely natural silk as it has so many shades of grey running through it from almost white to almost black.  These blocks will take me up to Sept so Im very happy and can just relax and enjoy making them.

Quilty364 blocks I was working on yesterday sewing to

Number 2 quilt in progress. I knew I was running out of back ground fabric but scrapped every wee scrap of fabric and sewed them together to make the last wee blocks some even made of 4 pieces of fabric, then to my horror when I laid them all out I was ONE short.  No mater how often I went back to the cutting table and my other work table were the other 90 were I could not find an extra one????? Finally I sat down with a strong coffee at my sewing spot and tried to convince my self I would work some thing out and there in front of me was the last wee circle and square I had not finished appliquéing???????  So that hole is now filled LOL

The last piece of the zigzaw added!

The last piece of the zigzaw added!  My goodness I was such a Happy-Chappy when I saw that last square.

Playing with fabrics to may be make the swirl block?

Playing with fabrics to may be make the swirl block?  I cut out the block and make windows and it is a great way to see roughly what it will look like.

Still playing with the swirl blocks

Still playing with the swirl blocks

Centre is finally sewn to the 4 corners. Now I just need to hand sew the black bias down and it is finished.

Centre is finally sewn to the 4 corners. Now I just need to hand sew the black bias down and it is finished.

I stopped working on this quilt to be as it felt to dark for me, and after sitting there for several mon

I stopped working on this quilt to be as it felt to dark for me, and after sitting there for several months while I was looking for some black fabric during the week found these 3 Australian fabrics so my NZ quilt has become an ANZ quilt.

close up.

Close up of those fabrics so all been well this quilt will start to grow again now.

Nothing more to share sewing wise as I spent all my time on my Quilty364 circles this week.

In the garden this morning.

A little local wild sweet pea

A little local wild sweet pea

Desert rose

Desert rose

My mum use to grow these indoors and was so proud of them, here they grow wild out doors.

My mum use to grow these indoors and was so proud of them, here they grow wild out doors.

A lovely weeping display of ferns, around 7 different ones growing here.

A lovely weeping display of ferns, around 7 different ones growing here.

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looking up under the fern there is a stag horn tucked up under the birdsnest fern.

looking up under the fern there is a stag horn tucked up under the birdsnest fern.

A couple of creepy crawlies for those who like them???? LOL

Found this tiny strange creatur in my sink yesterday he is now back out side some where.

Found this tiny strange creature in my sink yesterday he is now back out side some where.

Our 3 baby insect bats are now almost the same size as their parents taken last night on my

Our 3 baby insect bats are now almost the same size as their parents taken last night on my door divider the other one was hanging to them from behind the curtain?  It was dark and I shone my torch on them to take the photo,  they are use to me now and just stayed there.  They are all about 2 inchs long now.  They live on mosquitos so we like to see them here as they eat thousands a night.

Off to link with Esther now on her WOW or WIP.  http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/wow-comfort-food.html

This is were I find my lessons and ideas from.  It is So wonderful to visit other quilters from all around the world and share.

Thank you for dropping in and I wish you time to sew and enjoy this wonderful world of quilting.

Cheers Glenda

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4th May 2016 Raw edge appliquéing centre of Little Hazel to four corners

Hi every one I’m having computer problems uploading writing?????  it has taken me several hours just to get the photos to upload.  So posting as is and hopefully I can add the writing later tonight.  Sure makes a strange blog this week like it is LOL

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I ‘m doing raw edge applique as there are so many seams in my corner sections I just know there will be to much bulk for it to lay flat if I join it as a normal seam. I stitched the first 1/2 on in 1/4 sections, Pinning the corner sections to the top of the centre ever 1/4 of an inch then sewed the corner fabrics to the centre, I did two rows of plain stitching by machine 1/8 th of an inch apart, then pinned the black bias with pins 1/4 of an inch apart and machine stitched it down also, it worked beautifully but took so long, I did only 1/2 yesterday and then started to do the second 1/2 this morning, but remembered that I had some  1/4 inch iron  on fusing so ironed that to the edge of the circle. Then pressed the corner to the centre, it’s working beautifull and holding the corners in place while I pin, so doing the scone 1/2 all in one go.  Lots and lots of pins LOL

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My Bias rolled over and is sitting so flat, I’m so happy about that, now all I have to do is sew it down by hand for a neat finish.  My noons at each 1/4 I will sew together by hand also.  You can see where I have pinned the join here. ‘

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You can see the zigzag seam I used to join the corners to the centre just near the bias, did a straight stitch first the a Zig Zag to catch any fabric I missed with the straight stitch. There is only 1/4 inch or less of fabric to sew on doing it this way .  So that was why I pinned every 1/4 of an inch. This would not be possible if I was not using the 1/2 inch bias strip to cover the raw edges.  Well I could not live with looking at the raw edges LOL

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A roll of  iron on fusing I used around the outer edge of the circle before  pinning it made it so much easier using it first.  These pins are extremely fine and strong they are from Japan

 

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Here you can see the double row of stitching I did to secure the bias, I’m making sure that every part of my corner sections  are sewn to the centre LOL  Then the bias rolled over the stitching and is sitting so flat and snug covering all the sewing lines. I had just enough bias to go right around in one go, how lucky can you be?

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Corners are glued but waiting to be pinned for sewing, all up I will sew 4 times around the outer circle.

 

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My sewing and cutting table first thing this morning ???  As I was going to bed at 11.30 pm last night I paused at it and thought about making some more scrappy strip 4 1/2 inch blocks to go with me 1930 wee blocks and before I knew it it was 1am and 6 wee block Were made LOL

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I have cleared  my table and laid out the new blocks with the 1930 blocks which ones are the 1930 blocks???

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NOw I need to make 60  more!

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tried placing these wee scrappy blocks on a salmon back ground I like it, but think the deep salmon corner stones are so close to the back ground to add any effect.

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Ok I have added yellow corner stones here and now we have some good contrast and it is interesting to see that the colours and fabric design in the fabrics stand out more.  Much more fun and interesting .

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mjuytr Since I started sewing my Little Hazel I have been cutting up all my scraps in to 2inch squares and using them as Headers and Enders when sewing on the machine,  I make these little squares in to 4 patches which end up  in 64 square patches!, I was going to make a postage stamp quilt so laid them out to see what they looked like I have 14 blocks now.  I was very disappointed in how it looks,  none of the lovely fabrics really stand out they all just seem to bleed together.  What can I do with them so I slept on it.

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This is what came out of sleeping on it.  Now those lovely colours pop right out at you and look so bright and happy, same blocks but black between each block, so I need to finish another block and I will have enough to make up this quilt top, I just have to find enough black fabric.

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My next 90 Quilty364 Circles for number 2 quilt, top 3 rows are sewn together, I have 15 circles that need to be applique to the little squares then it will be just lots of sewing these wee blocks together  to make number 2 quilt.  This many circles take me to Mid June then I will need to make more circles to be on track.

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THis was what it looked like at 11am this morning very over grown and lots of dead leaves on the Broms and you can hardly see the Budda any more. then I spent 4 hrs cleaning up this area.

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THis is what it looked like at 3.30pm!!

See below close up of the Budda and dish, I emptied it of all the old Broms and added new plants. She looks a lot happier now.

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Below Water ball is covered in black algae and mould, I will clean it some time today.

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LAst week I showed this plant with a flower bud to day it is in all most in full bloom and the perfume at night time is heavenly.

 

Below photo was taken last week

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SAme place but I have removed all pot plants and built a concrete block wall from the blocks that were piled up at the end band of the table, they make a great place to sit. I sat and had coffee here this morning.  I removed all the pot plants as the mould was growing constantly on the pavers and smelling as there was just too much water. 

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A dead flower head from a palm tree some of them get very big, this one covers a 6 seatter table so is not small.

A dead flower head from a palm tree some of them get very big, this one covers a 6 seatter table so is not small. Taken two weeks ago

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 Same place but concrete blocks that were piled behind table are now a wee wall for sitting on, pavers have been cleaned and all pot plants but one have been relocated.  

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Ants nest inside the back of a old battery clock I had hanging in the garden  

It has taken me 2 1/2 hours to write up these captions, it is midnight time I was in bed.

Im now going to link up with Esther on her WOW   or WIPs . Thank you for dropping in, and I hope you have also had a great sewing week. Cheers Glenda

 

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27th April 2016 Circles and more circles

Not sure where the last 7 days went but they sure flew by.  I Don’t have much to show this week but I have been sewing steadily throughout the week mostly doing my sashiko quilting and sewing my 365 circles

Below are some squares that I unpicked from a 1/2 finished quilt I found in an Opp Shop.

some squares I unpicked from a 1/2 made quilt I found in an Opp Shop.  Im going to cut them up in to 2inch sqaures to use as my headers and enders which may be one day will make a postage stamp quilt?

Some squares I unpicked from a 1/2 made quilt I found in an Opp Shop. Im going to cut them up in to 2inch squares to use as my headers and enders which Im making in to 4 square patch blocks then joining those and finally ending up with 36 square patch blocks!!!!may be one day will have enough to make a postage stamp quilt? sitting below sewing machine is a64 patch and to the left is a pile of 4 patches they grow so quickly while Im working on Little Hazel.

these are 6inch blocks but every fabric is a different weight, the pink is so fine you can see through it, I have had them in the draw for years now so finally they will be used.

These are 6inch blocks but every fabric is a different weight, the pink is so fine you can see through it, I have had them in the draw for years now so finally they will be used. So this week its been a lot of cutting?

I have been doing sashiko hand quilting on my 365circles quilt during the week,  all though it is slow going as the backing is of such a tight weave and I can only do one stitch at a time Im over 3/4 of the way now.

My 365 circles, I have sashiko quilted around all the circles around the edges and now just have the centre circles to quilt around. to do

My 365 circles, I have sashiko quilted around all the circles around the edges and now just have the centre circles to quilt around.

Close up of the sashiko quilting.

Close up of the sashiko quilting.  Im quilting around each circle only.

Back of my first 365 circles quilt

Back of my first of 4  365 circles quilt. Im quilting around the edges first as this is my first time at sashiko quilting.

using a colton crochet thread while doing sashiko quilting on this quilt.

Close up Im using a colton crochet thread while doing sashiko quilting on this quilt.

My next 90 circles are made up ready to be sewn t

My next 90 circles are made up ready to be sewn together, here are some of them Im sewing together this morning.   I need to get these done or I will fall behind on my days.  these take me till the beginning of June. Then I will have another 160 circles to make up!!!!!

Some times you have some thing and don’t realise what it is. For years may be 25 I have had these fabrics, they were  given to me while in PNG the person who gave them to me said they were to difficult to work with, and yes they are as the weave is sooo tight and the fabric has this smooth glossy shine to it. To day I woke up to what it is or what I think it is Chintz fabrics.  In the past I have cut out the flowers and appliquéd them on to borders of my quilts,  doing buttonhole stitch around the flowers then added embroidery as well.  It takes me hours to do but Im sure they are Chintz fabrics now??????

Chintze fabrics

Chintze fabrics I think??? the colours are glorious and the flowers so beautiful.

Close up of those beautiful fabrics. Are they Chintz?????

Close up of those beautiful fabrics. Are they Chintz?????

In the garden this morning.

Hanging air roots from the fig tree.  a fig tree is far to big for a home garden but it w

Hanging air roots from the fig tree. A  fig tree is far to big for a home garden but it was here when we moved in????

The last big rain-trees on our block,  we have lost the others in cyclones

The last big rain-trees on our block, we have lost the others in cyclones

A clump of self seeded heleiconias

A clump of self seeded heliconias

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Rod picked this bunch of bananas on the week end and we have it hanging in the carshed so that the fruit bats will not eat them over the next few nights. we have two fingers cut off ripping in the house.  these will ripen over the next week or 10 days.

Rod picked this bunch of bananas on the week end and we have it hanging in the car-shed so that the fruit bats will not eat them over the next few nights. we have two fingers cut off ripping in the house. these will ripen over the next week or 10 days. You can see the ones on the right are ripening all ready.

Below is all that  remands of the bush that holds the berries on the palms, they look stunning if spray painted black, silver or gold, the florists love them to us in very large flower arrangements.

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Close up of this stunning variegated Lilly, there is a bud there at the base about to open its perfume is incredible.

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You don’t often see this variegated Lilly but it makes a stunning feature in a garden.

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Just been repotted, I love to add animals china, pottery or wooden in the garden for the grandies to find.

Two little chairs I ahve rescued from the shop, I have started cleaning them up and I think I will add some flowers and then varnish them?

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New plant Rod brought home on Friday and I potted up over the week end, we don’t have this colour in the garden.

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Its repotting time, after a year the soil has compressed so much and is about 4 to 6 inches from the top of the pots so we remove all the stones (to keep the turkeys from digging out the plants)  and fill with fresh potting mix.

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Stones on the below pot are all crystal boulders, if you cut them in half they are full of crystals. all found locally in OZ

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Below Two little pottery pigs playing in there some where?

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Often the Broms flowers are in the shape of berries to start with , then these flower.

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Staghorn fern with a fresh petal forming.

Well thats it for this week, if I get to the beach I will update later in the day.

Off to link with Esther now.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/wow-home-again.html

Thanks for dropping in.  Please drop a line so I can visit you. Cheers Glenda

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18th April 2016 forgotten WIPs

Morning every one I hope you have all had a wonderful week of sewing and sharing.  I have done very little more to show this week but I did find two UFO’s   LOL

Where my morning started at 7.30am as I started my walk around the garden.

Where my morning started at 7.30am as I started my walk around the garden.

On Friday when I was looking for some winter jerseys I found two quilts in the attic I had forgotten about??????  they are sandwiched ready to quilt!

My friendship blocks from Papua New Guinea 1990′s  there were around 40 odd of us who were transferred to PNG by our companies from Banks, Aviation, Testra, tourism, and Embassies. mostly on a 2 year contract.  there were lots of groups for one to attend when we first went up there and it was safe to drive around.  I joined two quilting groups one with 6 very keen quilters and the other with about 40 people mostly they liked the social gathering and it was some where to go safe, there were only 2 coffee shops in the town but parking and security were not a good thing so it was better to drive in to a large compound and meet in ones units. Several of the banking girls were very generous and opened their units up for these gatherings and their units were very very large with glass frontages the whole length of the dinning and lounge areas which gave lots of good lighting for every one to sew with.  Of the 40 odd 32 of us decided to make friendship squares so that was 6 1/2 inch squares with the same pattern made 32 times.  Well it was such fun to start with but after 10 weeks it was not so much fun for many of them. I was happy as I made a little girl same shape but dressed her differently each week and it was fun for me. In the end most were calling them the Bl…y 32 blocks,  but we all made it to the end and I made mine up by adding strips of fabric much like a log-cabin but I was short of enough squares to make it this size and colour so made a few extra blocks.

I dont even remeber finishing this top I do know that I kept putting it away many times unfinished

I don’t even remember finishing this top I do know that I kept putting it away many times unfinished as I was just learning to quilt and this seems such a huge task and such a problem getting those squares square and all the same size no rulers and rotary cutters then. ?????  It was all trial and error no books just what if I try???? I wanted the squares roughly 10inchs at least so it would make a bed quilt not a lap quilt?  I did not know about logcabin but I liked the effect of adding strips of colours. even then I liked masses of colour LOL

Batik whole cloth back of PNG Friendship group quilt. 1990's

Batik whole cloth back of PNG Friendship group quilt. 1990′s  backing was given to me by a friend from Indonesia  she had bought several of these with her from her country.  I did not know what to do with it then needed a large piece of fabric for my PNG quilt backing!!!!! Now I will have her memory for a long time.

It was difficult for me back then to know w

It was difficult for me back then to know what to do with 32 6 1/2 inch blocks LOL

what I did know that if I just joined them together they would make a very small quilt LOL.

what I did know that if I just joined them together they would make a very small quilt LOL. So I started adding strips of fabric till they were bigger than 10 inches.  but I wanted the strips to make up a pattern too????? All trial and error.

This was my little block and I made her with different out fits ever week for 32 weeks LOL.  For me it was so much fun from gumboots and rain coat, to evening dress,  and sun dress and umbrella.

This was my little block and I made her with different out fits ever week for 32 weeks LOL. For me it was so much fun from gumboots and rain coat, to evening dress, and sun dress and umbrella.

This was my favourit I could not beleive that she was sewing these 1/4inch squares and making these perfectly little quilts week after week.  Remmebr we were all new comes to quilting most of us had never quilted till we went to PNG

This was my favourite I could not believe that she was sewing these 1/4inch squares and making these perfectly little quilts week after week. Remember we were all new comes to quilting most of us had never quilted till we went to PNG

An extra one I made for fun.

An extra one I made for fun.

I had never seen such fine stitiches and have never seen them since. I ahd to look with a magnifing glass to see the stitiches she used to make the thread for the  needle

I had never seen such fine stitiches and have never seen them since. I had to look with a magnifying glass to see the stitches she used to make the thread for the needle, the shape was her state of Australia.

 

Some times we make a quilt then years later we ahve forgotten about it till some thing triggers the memeory; thi si one of those onesLOL

Some times we make a quilt then years later we have  forgotten about it till some thing triggers the memory; this is one of those onesLOL  All Japanese cotton fabrics except for the yellow and black.

Back of USA star and heart block quilt.

Back of USA star and heart block quilt. This quilt is made from Japanese cotton fabrics.  this backing is made up of mostly cotton summer kimono  panels the red would have been used to make parcel wraps and covers for Duvets.

In the garden this morning.

we call these birds nests and can grow up to 2 metres across around a tree branch or trunk.

We call these ferns birds nests and can grow up to 2 metres across around a tree branch or trunk.

This has been flowering since Xmas, when it dies the plant will die to and a small side shot will be left behind and we will wait 5 years or more for it to grow and flower?

This has been flowering since Xmas, when it dies the plant will die to and a small side shot will be left behind you can see it at the base of the plant and we will wait 5 years or more for it to grow and flower?

Still flowering what a stunning combination and unusual flower we are all ways amazed when it flowers twice a year. ???

Still flowering what a stunning combination and unusual flower we are all ways amazed when it flowers twice a year. ???

Nature shows us what colours work well.

Nature shows us what colours work well. Same plant taken face on a close up of the wee purple blooms.

Looking up in to one of the canopies this morning.

Looking up in to one of the canopies this morning right beside the house.

A beautiul new fren that has just started growing in the garden, I ahve never seen it before, unusual part of it is the size of the fern leaf I have never seen a soft fern this big before, bracken is a fern I know but it is a hard stem this is very soft from the leaves tot he stem.

A beautiful new fern that has just started growing in the garden, I have never seen it before, unusual part of it is the size of the fern leaf I have never seen a soft fern this big before, bracken is a fern I know but it is a hard stem this is very soft from the leaves to the stem.

This is a stunning foliage plant, stunning markings and the florist love it. the underneath is even more striking.

This is a stunning foliage plant, stunning markings and the florist love it. the underneath is even more striking.

Back of the leaf.

Back of the leaf.

Thank you for dropping in to visit please say hello so I can visit your blog too.

Cheers Glenda who is off to link with Esther Aliu

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/wow-week-so-soon.html

her WOW or WIPs on Wednesday.

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WOW or WIPs with Esther to day 13th April 2013

All though Esther is out of the country she has managed to find some form of internet connection and has added her WOW or WIPs Wednesday page for us all to join in today with her. What an amazing lady she is.  Thinking of you Esther and so glad you are with family and friends as you grief.

Start of my morning, it was so beautiful to watch dawn.

Start of my morning, it was so beautiful to watch the dawn awake. That is the Barron River in the middle of the photo.  It flows below our home. 

 

This morning I have been working on my 2inch squares Im sewing or have been sewing together each time I start or end a seam on my sewing machine, called by many beginners and enders some thing I have just learned, I all ways used a scrap of fabric to do this till the scrap was to thick to sew another stitch on LOL  but I read recently about cutting up all your scraps in to small squares and sewing these together as your beginners and enders and Im now on the way to making a postage stamp quilt!!!!!

This is were all those beginners and enders started sewing my Little Hazel I was stopping and starting seams endlessly,

This is were all those beginners and enders starter: sewing my Little Hazel I was stopping and starting seams endlessly,

So here I am after sewing my Hazel with 4 completed 64 1 1/2 inch sqaure blocks and endless other two blocks turning in to 4 balocks and so on. All up I think I must have sewn nearly 300 seams to make my Hazel centre??????

So here I am this morning after sewing my Hazel with 4 completed 64 1  1/2 inch patch square blocks and endless other two blocks turning in to 4 blocks and so on. I will end up with 8 or more 64 1 1/2 inch patch blocks All up I think I must have sewn nearly 300 seams to make my Hazel centre?????? It will be interesting to see how big my postage stamps quilt grows to by the time I finish making Little Hazel

During the week I have been working on completing the corners for my Little Hazel,  sashiko quilting on my Quilt365 Circles, basting heart shapes for flowers, and  appliquéing hearts to my LE.

Appliquéing those lovely oval shapes of LE 3rd border I think?????

Appliquéing those lovely oval shapes of LE 3rd border I think?????

My first of 4 Quilty365Circle quilts Im doing sashiko hand quilting on.

My first of 4 Quilty365Circle quilts Im doing sashiko hand quilting on. I have started quilting at both ends first because I ahve not done sashiko quilting before and need to learn the rhythm and hopefully by the time I get tot he centre I will have one and my stitches will be uniform?????

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Back of the quilt and Im liking it as much as the front with the big white stitches on the red in circles!!!!! All the squares that are used to make this quilt  are 4 1/2 inches so those are all small circles.

Have just completed restoring this little doll. SO she can now be loved again.

Have just completed restoring this little doll. SO she can now be loved again.

Such a delicate fragile flower.

Such a delicate fragile flower. My hubby gave me a potted flower several months ago and after flowering I put it out side and it is flowering again for me!

A tiny Lisianthus blooms for me.

A tiny Lisianthus blooms again or me.

Yes nature is amazing?

Yes nature is amazing?

In the garden this morning

I never liked brown till I started to really look at in nature and how beautiful it is when used with creams.

I never liked brown till I started to really look at it in nature and how beautiful it is when used with creams.

I was feeding my fish this morning in this small watcher catcher and saw the reflection!

I was trying to take a photo of the fish this morning in this small watcher catcher and saw the reflection of the giant palm head above it!

Even my little dog wanted to be photographered this morning she usually runs away for some reason when she sees the camera?

Even my little dog wanted to be photographered this morning she usually runs away for some reason when she sees the camera?

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Nature shows us what colours work well.

Nature shows us what colours work well.

A delicate Brom

A delicate Brom beside a very strong coloured one.

 

a lovely splash of colour in this part of the grounds.

a lovely splash of colour in this part of the grounds.

We ahve some weird and wonderful plants growing in the grounds.

We have some weird and wonderful plants growing in the grounds.

A little patch of tiny toadstools some are only as big as a glass pin head!

A little patch of tiny toadstools some are only as big as a glass pin head! They are on the top of a brick which is covered in  moss.

This was taken at 9.30am this morning , there are Broms growing there but theya re covered in a very agreeseive

This was taken at 9.30am this morning , there are Broms growing there but they are covered in a very aggressive ivy that kills so much here by  smothering it.  Ground ferns look lovely for the first year then die and leave dead stalks that become are nasty spikes.

SAme spot but an hours deferning an

1.30pm Same spot but an hour of pulling out the aggressive ivy and ground fern you can see all the Broms again.  In a years time it will all be back if not pulled monthly.

This little frog or big frog lives in Rods work shop and you have to be carful wear you put things down or when you grab hold of some thing as he will not move.  You can pick him up

This little frog or big frog lives in Rods work shop and you have to be carful wear you put things down or when you grab hold of some thing as he will not move. You can pick him up and he will just sit in your hand till you put him back.  He is curled up in Rods large drill charger????

Thank you for dropping in to see what Im up to and a visit my garden.

Off to link with Esther on her WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au

http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/wow-will-circle-be-unbroken.html

 

Cheers Every one Glenda

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Little Hazel is becoming Big Hazel??? 13th April 2016

This blog Im putting up is for Esther who is in Europe attending her mums funeral.  You will leave so much to your generations to come Esther through your beautiful quilt designs, what a legacy that will be. I will be thinking of you over these coming days Glenda.

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My first two circles added and its laying flat much to my amazement?   Im not a machine sewer so this a challenge for me adding circles by machine.

Back of my finished circle after adding Part 2.  I will leave the freezer paper there till I add my Part 3.

Back of my finished circle after adding Part 2. I will leave the freezer paper there till I add my Part 3.

Part 3 Right from the start I wanted to add yellow in this circle to go with the green!!!!But it was a failure.  When I saw it in reality it looked like it was trying to fight the centre, so it was a no no for me.

 

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Hmmmmmmm   I first had it in my mind from the start that I was going to use yellow in my triangles but it just did not work for me when I saw it in reality so they had to go!!!!!!

Joining my triangles 8 at a time

I was lucky enough to find some red in the same tone as my old drunkards path blocks I used in my first border and now Im happy with my triangles. Joining my triangles 8 at a time, 8 pinned so my first 4 units are ready to be sewn. Notice templates in freezer paper it made it so easy to know where to join the seams together for these shapes that are a little different to just normal triangles been on a curve.

 

Slow way to do these triangles but my circle ended up f

My 4 sets have now become 2 sets Notice I have colour coordinated my templates and marked the straight of the grain in the same colour.  This helped me not mix the triangle shapes and keep the outer edge to the edge as there is such a slight difference it would be easy to pin them incorrectly. Its a Slow way to do these triangles but my circle ended up flat as a pancake and I only sewed it on once.

I made my trinages up in to 1/4 sections and sewed these on one at a time I had more contro

3/4s  of my triangles sewn on and its all laying flat?????   I made my triangles up in to 1/4 sections and sewed these on one at a time I had more control and could see when I sewed the first 1/4 on it was all going to fit.  But I did add a generous 1/4 inch seam on every seam as I felt my fabric was going to add a fraction on every seam.

Little Hazel keeps growing!!!!

Finally those triangles I had been procrastinating over are on LOL Little Hazel keeps growing!!!!

Now to make my corners to complete my centre of Little Hazel.

My centre is very ehavy due to all the extra seams  I have because of using up  old blocks for my circle shapes.  So I needed to make my corners heavy also to cope with the weight in the centre.  I cut out 4 corners from a good weight fabric then started sewing  1 1/2 inch strips

My centre is very heavy due to all the extra seams I have because of using up old blocks for my circle shapes. So I needed to make my corners heavy also to cope with the weight in the centre. I cut out 4 corners from a good weight fabric then started sewing 1 1/2 inch strips

Adding two strips at a time using the same fabrics I used in my  centre star plus others from the same range.

Adding two strips at a time using the same fabrics I used in my centre star plus others from the same range.

Adding the first corners and Im happy with them, I added some yellow strips as it looked a little dark to me

Adding the first corners and Im happy with them, I added some yellow strips as it looked a little dark to me

So close to been finished denaline is pumping at this stage to get the 4th corner made.

So close to been finished adrenaline is pumping at this stage to get the 4th corner made.  I felt the outer circle look a little lost on the outer edge so added some black bias strip here and I feel more happy with it.

Finally it is all most completed I need to hand sew the corners on and then appliqué the black bias strip on.  what a wonderful journey it has been. Thank You Esther

Finally 4th corner is added and I have placed a black bias strip around the last

Finally 4th corner is added and I have placed a black bias strip around the last outer circle I just enough to complete the circle so so lucky.

 

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Hand Quilting 6th April 2016

 

We are now 1/4 of the way through 2016 and I was going to do so much quilting and sewing this year, I have been constantly sewing but don’t seem to have any thing concrete to show for it all?????  Just hope at the end of 2016 I do LOL

This is what I woke up to this morning!

This is what I woke up to this morning!

This week I started hand quilting again it is cool enough to be able to sit under a quilt and sew again temps down to around 24C

On the red Im doing Sashiko quilting and around the dresden plate ordinary hand quilting

On the red Im doing Sashiko quilting and around the dresden plate ordinary hand quilting

close up of needles and threads  after working for months with a number 11 needle the size 6 for the sashiko feels like Im sewing with a knitting needle but it is suprising how easy I got use to it.  It is my first time at shashiko and I realy like it, for this project it is perfect.

close up of needles and threads after working for months with a number 11 needle the size 6 for the sashiko feels like Im sewing with a knitting needle but it is suprising how easy I got use to it. It is my first time at shashiko and I realy like it, for this project it is perfect.

Echo quilting.

Echo quilting.

1930 Grandmothers garden quilt I'm still hand quilting this is my 3r winter on this one.

1930 Grandmothers garden quilt I’m still hand quilting this, it  is my 3rd winter on this one.

Quilting365 Circles first of 4 small quilts  doing sashiko quilting

Quilting365 Circles first of 4 small quilts doing sashiko quilting, Im starting to like the back of the quilt more than the front LOL  Backing is a beautiful fabric, it was a winter kimono and is a very heavy weight and hard to sew like sewing a canvas but using the sashiko it is possible to hand quilt and I enjoy doing it. Sashiko the stitches should be even and the back as good as the front but my front stitches are pretty even but the back?????

This is one of my first quilts I made with Japanese fabrics and cotton,  the silk lining I used was not up to the wear and tear of use, so Im replacing that and quilting the corners more this is my 3rd year at doing this also!!!!!!

This is one of my first quilts I made with Japanese fabrics and cotton, the silk lining I used was not up to the wear and tear of use, so Im replacing that and quilting the corners more this is my 3rd year at doing this also!!!!!! Top brown strip needs replacing then the  whole corner needs to be quilted.

 

This week I spent a lot of time on my Quilty365 Circles. making the circles and blocks to do my first quilting of them.

Front and back of Quilty365 circles quilt

Front and back of Quilty365 circles quilt I have basted every 4 1/2 inches as this is all silk and I do not want the silks shifting against each other.

My first Quilty 365 Circle quilt sandwiched ready all most to qul

My first of 4 Quilty 365 Circle quilts  almost ready to hand quilt in Sashiko. It is now finished and Im quilting it.

Close up of the Sashiko hand quilting.

Close up of the Sashiko hand quilting. My first attempt at sashiko

Back of the Quilty365 Circle quilt using sashiko hand quilting.  Im using a 100% crochet cotton.

Back of the Quilty365 Circle quilt using sashiko hand quilting. Im using a 100% crochet cotton.

Sashiko hand quilting.  Don't look closely Im new to doing Sashiko.

Sashiko hand quilting. Don’t look closely Im new to doing Sashiko.

Appliquéing those wee hearts I basted last week I started doing them yesterday they take me over 25mins ea

Appliquéing those wee hearts I basted last week I started doing them yesterday they take me 25mins each to appliqué on. Im padding them as I go.   My centre shrunk so much when I washed it I had to add to it.  It is silk and made from a Kimono fabric.  Another thing I will do a little work on today.

Not a lot this week on the wild life.

A visitor last night, a very large and beautiful moth. We caught him and released him out side.  Here he is in the jar.

A visitor last night, a very large and beautiful moth. We caught him and released him out side. Here he is in the jar so not possible to get a good photo.  But when he opened his wings he was all orange underneath so so beautiful.

Out side now and this is taken from his back great?

Out side now and this is taken from his back great? Great camouflage.

Incredible colour and a lovely perfume.

Incredible colour and a lovely perfume. I will add this one again this week as it is still in the garden in full bloom.

This is taken from my kitchen sink I have the most beauitful view every morning when I make my coffee. This was as the sun was about to come over the range this morning.

This is taken from my kitchen sink I have the most beauitful view every morning when I make my coffee. This was as the sun was about to come over the range this morning.

This is taken from the chair I sit in when hand appliquéing small items.

This is taken from the chair I sit in when hand appliquéing small items.  There are two pot plants there waiting for me to plant.  Back ground is the chair I sit in and watch the dawn break.

Well thats it for this week and today hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday.

Im off to join up my link with Esther   http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/wow-playing-with-nelke.html   and  read what other quilters are doing around the globe .

Thank you for dropping in.  Cheers Glenda

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Quilty365 Circles April 1st 2016

Hello every one else who is having such fun making these wee blocks. Another month has slipped past and Im on to my 4th month of making them, I started in mid Dec after seeing Karen’s beautiful  batik circles. http://karensquilting.com/blog/    From there I worked my way back to Audrey’s blog    http://quiltyfolk.blogspot.com.au     where they all started and what a huge following you have now Audrey, I can not thank you enough for these lovely wee blocks Im making, they are so relaxing and great therapy at slowing you down in the evenings LOL  Im well on track with my circles have made up a lot more incase I have a week were Im unable to make any.  Im using nothing but Japanese fabrics that I have collected from my visits to Japan or that Japanese friends have given me.

Where Im up to today.

My first Quilty 365 Circle quilt sandwiched ready all most to qul

I finished basting this last night late!  My first 90 wee squares made in to a small Quilty 365 Circle quilt sandwiched ready all most to quilt by hand. I will try sashiko quilting on it first.  Today I will tack down the edges then curl up tonight and see how the sashiko goes?

Showing the back of the quilt.

Showing the back of the quilt you can see the basting clearly here on the red backing.  I have basted this every seam as my blocks are all silk and many of the circles also, so I need to stop any slipping and sliding of the silks.  Backing is a heavy woven silk and batting inside 100% wool.

a pile of circles waiting to have the threads run around the out side to pull in over the freezer paper ready to be appliquéd on tot he tiny 4 1/2 inch squares.

A pile of circles waiting to have the threads run around the out side to pull in over the freezer paper ready to be appliquéd on to the tiny 4 1/2 inch squares.  I finished running the threads around these last night so today I need to pull all those threads and set the fold-over seam with a steam iron.  another job for today.

A pile of reds finished this month now to sew them together.

A pile of reds finished this month now to sew them together.

getting ready to sandwich

Pinned all ready to be basted.

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Panels ready to be sewn together for my backing just love the colour and fabric it is quiet heavy so will give a good weight to the finished wall quilt when finished.

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I unpicked a red silk Kimono for my backing of my first quilt of  Quilty365circles I ended up with 4 panels 14inchs wide I needed to use 3  plus 6inchs from another narrow panel I ended up with.

These are still waiting to be sewn toghether for the next wee quilt. I want to make 4 small quilts so I can hang 1  or 2 or 3 or all 4 at once!

These are still waiting to be sewn toghether for the next wee quilt. I want to make 4 small quilts so I can hang 1 or 2 or 3 or all 4 at once! I have another 30 nearly made and need another 20 to make number 2 quilt!!!!!

In my garden this morning.

Incredible colour and a lovely perfume.

Incredible colour and a lovely perfume.

Hows is that for colour????? In the garden this morning

Hows is that for colour????? In the garden this morning

This week I made a Weekend computer Tote bag using the first fun block of Esther Aliu’s mystery quilt BOMhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/sweet2016appliquemysteryquiltalong/

I have almost completed my Tote weekender computer bag

My Tote weekender computer bag with 1st block from Sweet 2016 Mystery BOM this block was called Macaroons, it was  such a fun block to make.

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Top section is almost as big as the bottom part so you can have an extra big bag or smaller bag.

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Top closes with  double draw cords used a lot by the Japanese and makes a very pretty finish to a bag.

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My Little Hazel this years BOM I have joined also a design by Esther Aliu.

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My long term quilt is designed by  Esther Aliu and is called Love Entwined and I have been working on it for 3 years this July, this is my centre almost completed,  I have several borders Im working on also.  

A stunning sunset last month off the front

A stunning sunset  off the front veranda.

This time it is dusk 4 nights ago.

This time it is dusk 4 nights ago.

Finally a piece of nature art.

This moth which is the biggest in the world was on our verranda screen several years ago, I just found the photo yesterday and took a photo of it to share with you.  It was a perfect moth and flew away the next night.

This moth which is the biggest in the world was on our verranda screen several years ago, I just found the photo yesterday and took a photo of it to share with you. It was a perfect moth and flew away the next night.  You rarely  see them as they live mostly in the giant tree tops.

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Sweet 2016 Mystery BOM Tote computer bag. 30th March 2016

Hello every one,  I hope most of you are avoiding the flu it is a really nasty one this year and is putting lots of people in to hospital.  So far our family has avoid it.  I have far to much to show this week so blogged yesterday and will again tomorrow.

In the garden this morning.

In the garden this morning what a lovely sight to start the day.

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I have made up 8 wee pink silk hearts basting the silk on to wash-a-way-freezer-paper this week. Now just need to find time to appliqué them on to my LE centre.

I have 4 panels from unpicking the Kimono I have 3 hanging here on my design wall.

Another project this week, I have 4 panels from unpicking a Kimono I have 3 hanging here on my design wall.

I want some some red fabric for the backing of my first Quilty365 circles quilt,  Im going to make little quilts using 90 squares in each quilt.  I have just sat and upicked a red heavy woven silk kimono.

I want some some red fabric for the backing of my first Quilty365 circles quilt, Im going to make little quilts using 90 squares in each quilt. I have just sat and upicked a red heavy woven silk kimono.

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Incredible fabric.  I hope I have enough fabric to back 2 little quilts of my Quilty 365 circles.

Well I was all ready to sandwich this this morning and then realised it was not quiet wide enou

Well I was all ready to sandwich this this morning and then realised it was not quiet wide enough but I do have a 6inch strip I can add, so that what I will do this morning.

Making a computer bag.

Making a computer bag? . About to sew the bottom of bag on to the body of bag it will be a round bag a bit like a tote bag.

Computer pouch for inside the Tote bag I have quilted the fabric before making in to a pocket.

making the Computer pouch for inside the Sweet 2016 Tote bag I have quilted the fabric before making in to a pocket.

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Parts of the pieces for the Sweet 2016 Tote Bag

Remeber I said these love Sweet 2016 Mystery BOM blocks of Esther’s would make a lovely bag? well here is my first bag! I worked on it all day Monday and yesterday. Not quiet finished but you can see what it looks like now.

I have almost completed my Tote weekender computer bag

I have almost completed my Sweet 2016 Tote weekender computer bag, this was taken last night

These photos were taken this morning

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Pull tie fabric at the top to close bag is extra long so the bag can become bigger.

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Don’t put so much in the bag and it closes up much smaller

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I have copied the Japanese way of closing their bags you can use this technic on small or big bags.

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A very pretty way to close a bag.

On Sunday Jon took us for a drive to the local giant fig tree a toriest attraction

On Sunday Jon took us for a drive to the local giant fig tree a local attraction on 15mins drive from our home I did not know it was even there such a beautify beautiful spot full of lovely rain trees and running fresh water creeks.   It was so lovely and cool.

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On my table right in front of me,  LE zig zags to make,

On my table right in front of me earlier this week, LE zig zags to make, hearts to baste for PNG quilt, 9 patches,  A pile of Quilty365s circles,  and my Macaroons to appliqué on.   Just as well Im never bored. I have completed my Sweet 2016 block as you saw on the Tote bag. 9 patches turned in to 2inch squares for my Headers and Enders!

We are having the most beautiful evenings at present

We are having the most beautiful evenings at present and it is so incredible sitting watching the moon rise making all these amazing  patterns in the sky.

Turning headers and enders in to a 1 and a 1/2 inch stamp quilt ?????

Its wonderful to see all these scraps becoming a block from just sewing to

Its wonderful to see all these scraps becoming a block from just sewing two tiny squares together each time I start or finish sewing???? first I have two little squares that turn in to 4 then these 4 wee blocks become 8 blocks then these become 16 and then these become 64???? then these become 132! where Im up to over  all most a week.

Several weeks ago I was unpicking  tiny blocks that h

On Utube recently I saw a tutorial on how to use your 1 inch or 2inch scrap squares  for hearders and enders ( I must admit I did not know what headers and enders were as Im NOT a  machine sewer but it sounded interesting)  Several weeks ago I was unpicking tiny blocks that had been handed in to the Opp Shop well now Im using these wee pieces of fabric as my headers and enders when using the sewing machine, at present Im doing a lot of machine sewing as you can see by these 4 blocks!!!!!  I have also been cutting all my scraps up in to two inch squares where as 3 weeks ago I put them in a big pillow slip to get rid off>  I have always avoided sewing small square but this is fun doing it this way LOL

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The quickest pouches ever.  I did a tutorial on how to make these yesterday on my blog.   I made these out of old silk scarfs

woke up Friday morning to see these wee toadstools.  Who says grey is not beautiful. beautiful

woke up Friday morning to see these wee toadstools. Who says grey is not beautiful. beautiful

The first tiny ones were now big?????

The first tiny ones were now big?????

Saturday I woke up to 100s of toadstools????

Saturday I woke up to 100s of toadstools????

A fairy village grew over night!

A fairy village grew over night!

My toadstools Sunday morning???

My toadstools Sunday morning these are the first ones that grew, they are around 4inchs across. ???

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Sitting on my door step entrance last night he had the most amazing strips over this body. He was about 1inch long

I must stop you must be all most a sleep by now, it has just been a busy week. Off to link up with Esther now.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/wow-cherry-delight.html

Thank you for dropping in and hope you lasted to the end LOL

Cheers ALL Glenda

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Fastest ever wee pouches with no seams showing 29th March 2016

Many years ago when when I use to visit Japan you were often given a gift of a square  of silk fabric that I thought were scarfs; but were really used to wrap a gift up in.  I ended up with about 20 plus of these and recently when cleaning up I decided to pass them on, then two weekends ago I saw how to make these insert pouches and now Im turning those scarfs in to lovely little pouches LOL

Take an old scarf and turn it in to an insert pouch.

Take an old scarf and turn it in to an insert pouch. First cut the scarf in 1/2 .  This is a a metre square silk scarf, you could use any fabric. 

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Join the two half’s.

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Fold back sides of fabric together and sew a 1/4 inch seam where the join is;  this will end up the top of the pouch and by sewing here now it adds strength to that edge.

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Close up of that seam

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Now turn right side together seam is to the left of photo inside

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fold top layer of fabric back pick up both sides of the fabric where the seam and pull up to 2inchs from top edge of back fabric

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Fold top layer of fabric back over the fabric you pulled up and level with back fabric you now should have 4 layers of fabric mostly with just two layers at the top2 inchs right hand side .

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Showing you the left hand end you should have two double folds here.

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If I fold the top edge back you can see that seam you just pulled up.  Now we are going to sew these raw edges we have just made together there are 4  layers.

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Pin both sides and sew these seams. You can see that double fold at the bottom of this photo still.

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Pin other side and sew.  Make sure you do a back stitch at the start of your seam and end of seam.

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Now this is the magical part put you hand inside and turn inside out and you have a pouch;  no seams any where showing a very very neat pouch and made in about 10 to 15mins max once you work out how to make it.  I must admit it took me ages to get my head around it at first. I saw it on The Quilt Show over the free week-end and just wish I could remember who showed us how to make it.  If any one else saw this would they let me know who it was so I can credit it as theirs.

Your pouches end up the width you cut them less the seam allowances and roughly 1/4 of the length you cut the fabric strip.

Your pouches end up the width you cut them less the seam allowances and roughly 1/4 of the length you cut the fabric strip.

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If you dont want to sew these pouches in to a bag you could fold the top part down to make a flap and add some domes to close them.

If you don’t want to sew these pouches in to a bag you could hem the part that is usually sewn in to the bag fold the top part down to make a flap and add some domes or buttons.

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Little Hazel and a brown WIP 23rd Mar 2016

Morning every one, another week has slipped through my fingers while I have been sewing LOL

Sun has just come up and what a beautiful morning and I know it is going to be a perfect day.

Sun has just come up and what a beautiful morning and I know it is going to be a perfect day I love how the shadows change so quickly when the sun rises. .

This week it has been mostly Little Hazel I have been working on mental and physically.

I have cut out 1/2 the templates for my otter ring on Little Hazel,  but first drew up a 1/2 circle of the otter ring  on a very very large piece of paper so I can  check and check as my templates and then check when I sew my pieces together.

I have cut out 1/2 the templates for my outer ring on Little Hazel, but first drew up a 1/2 circle of the outer ring on a very very large piece of paper so I can check and check as I make my templates and then check when I sew my pieces together.  I have 1/2 of the fabric and the templates cut now.

I cut 1/2 my centre shapes first and checked these to see if they would fit????  I think they do LOL  I have cutting squares on top of them to stop them from curling up.

I cut 1/2 my centre shapes first and checked these to see if they would fit???? I think they do LOL I have placed  cutting squares on top of them to stop them from curling up!!!!  My first row of triangles will be black.

Hmmmmmmm

Oh dear I was so so sure yellow was the right colour and I dislike it so much Hmmmmmmm It is fighting so much against the centre it looks like a separate piece.  Every one of those yellows are a different fabric and they just have to go so its back to the drawing board this week to find another colour.   PS I have found one but will share it next week LOL  Today it will be cutting out another 32 freezer paper templates and 32 pieces of fabric then ironing them together.  May be by the week end Little Hazel centre will be finished but don’t hold your breath LOL

I also worked on my woollen PNG quilt and managed to complete appliquéing all 4 leaf borders.

All 4 leaf borders finished now to find time to sew them on?

All 4 leaf borders finished now to find time to sew them on?

A corner of the Woollen PNG quilt with leaf borders lying beside it.

A corner of the Woollen PNG quilt with leaf borders lying beside it.

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Add a flower

 

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Add some bigger ones in those big open deep purple triangle

Now add a couple of tiny leaves to the Heart flower to finish it off!

Now add a couple of tiny leaves to the Heart flower to finish it off!  Now I just need to sew those borders on so this can all be finished! Did I mention any where that I love colour LOL

 

Some times it is so long since I have seen a WIP I have forgotten I have it till I read some ones blog or see some thing on their blog that triggers the memory, this happened last week I saw some ones quilt which had hearts on it, so off I went and dug up (and it was digging as it was well buried LOL) this quilt which was a challenge quilt I made while living in PNG where I learnt there was  a world of fun in Patchwork.

Some times it is so long since I have seen a WIP I have forgotten I have it till I read some ones blog or s

So while living in PNG I meet up weekly with 5 other quilters from the regular weekly open quilting group (where there were often up to 40 people it was more social than sewing and lots of laughter. )  we set our selves challenges to make us think out side the box and take us out of our comfort zone.  this challenge was make a block using the colour you least liked, that was easy for me it was BROWN  LOL  then make this block in to a quilt????

 

 

I was very new to patchwork so it was a large 4 patch for me,  yes I did not know there were 4 patches 9 patches 20patches a so on LOL  I wanted roughly a 12  1/2 inch block so made 5  2 1/2 inch squares across and down and made my 12  1/2 inch block.  none of us living up there were quilters we were all just self taught and learnt as we went and shared what we learnt and our mistakes, there were no book shops let along fabric shops as we know down here !!!!!  Now I had to turn this block in to a quilt?????  so I made blank calico squares the same size and above is the end result, BUT  I ended up with all these blank spaces that looked like holes from a distance to me LOL  A year later  I wanted to learn embroidery to help fill in the 12 hrs a day I had on my own 6 days a week but did not want to make samples LOL  so I then decided to embroider inside the blank spaces on my BROWN quilt>

Mu first embrodiery block

My first embroidery block, I knew how to make colonial knots and french knots as I had learnt over the past 12 months how to do candlewhicking embroidery.  So I drew a heart and made knots all over it playing with every different coloured thread there was. there are 1000 of knots there and it took me several weeks to make the block. One day DS walked in and stopped to look and said “Mumma stop now it looks perfect like it is, you can see how it started and how it finished” so I stopped.

I ended up with all these blank spaces that looked like holes from a distance LOL  Then I wanted to learn embroidery to help fill in the 12 hrs a day I had  on my own 6 days a week

After my first heart block I made another with different stitches and I just kept on making up heart designs and making up stitches remember there were no book shops up there!!!!! then my mum sent me a wee embroidery book from NZ and I started learning from a book!!!!!!

In the garden this week.

Maiden fern looking lovely in the late after-noon sun yesterday

Maiden fern looking lovely in the late after-noon sun yesterday

My copper frogs disappearing under the weed creepers they will have to be saved before they are eaten up completely.

My copper frogs disappearing under the weed creepers they will have to be saved before they are eaten up completely.

Tree ants making a new nest sewing the leaves together.

Tree ants making a new nest folding down the leaves sewing the leaves together. If you zoom in you can see how they have cut the leaf above down the centre of the leaf and then pulled it down and are now wrapping it around the new nest full of eggs.

I accidently knocked the vine and instantly their nest was covered in ants ready to defend it, they will drop off on to you and have a nasty wee bite so hiker beware.

I accidently knocked the vine and instantly their nest was covered in ants ready to defend it, they will drop off on to you and have a nasty wee bite so hiker beware.

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Some would call these leaves ugly but it is one of my hubbies favourite plants in the garden

Some would call these leaves ugly but it is one of my hubbies favourite plants in the garden

Its time to clean the pavers again;  before an dafter cleaning!!!!!!

Its time to clean the pavers again; before and after cleaning!!!!!!

And finally only one native creature to show  you this week, we did catch another large white tailed rat but I think you have seen enough rats for a while LLOL ?????

Mum dad and 3 babies make 5!  babies will be ready soon to fly off and find their own territory. But for now they are clenaning up the mosquitos every night while we sleep.

Tiny tiny insect bats. Mum dad and 3 babies make 5! babies will be ready soon to fly off and find their own territory. But for now they are cleaning up the mosquitos every night while we sleep. I was so lucky to get up close enough last night and take the photo.  they are hanging on to a concrete block see their tiny tiny perfect fingers and toes?

Now off to link up with Esther (Aliu’s) WOW or WIP’s

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/wow-its-easter-project-time.html

I will look at some of the other quilters blogs who have linked there, I have made my coffee and I will sit back and enjoy.  Many thanks for dropping in if you leave a comment and your website I will love to drop in on your blog and say Hi. Cheers Glenda

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16th Mar 2016 Sweet 2016 design by Esther Aliu

Last week I finished making my 1st Sweet 2016 block. This was such a FUN block to make.

Where it all started making my macaroons.

Where it all started making my macaroons.

Another week has slipped through my fingers, sewing is my constant companion at present and having Esther Aliu lovely designs to quilt and sew  keeps me sane.

I arrived late at the shop to buy my macaroons and all that were left was one cake stand of assorted Macaroons!!!! See below LOL

My 1st block of Sweet 2016 block finally  ready to be sewn together.  These pieces are  just placed.  Completed this block 9th Mar 2016

My 1st block of Sweet 2016.  My block finally ready to be sewn together. These pieces are just placed. Completed this block 9th Mar 2016

This is one of Esther’s designs it is a mystery BOM for 2016 called Sweet 2016 and so much fun to make. If you are working on a few quilts that take a lot of concentration like I am this year this is a fun mystery BOM to join in with in between your major projects.

trying out backgrounds, no to bland for meLOL

Trying out backgrounds, no to bland for meLOL

What if I add some strips to that background fabric. No still not right.

What if I add some strips to that background fabric. No still not right.

My Macaroons made but how to stack them to look inviting enough to eat?

My Macaroons made but how to stack them to look inviting enough to eat?

Will this lace be OK if I unpick ?

Will this lace be OK if I unpick ?  I made up 10 macaroons now which ones to use as the plate only needs 9 to balance the display?

I call this my work station every thing at my finger tips.

I call this my work station every thing at my finger tips. pieces of LE Quilt,  PNG Quilt, Quilty365 circles, and Little Hazel for part 3, a DVD and CD player, my iPad, a fantastic view, a wee dog for company and I can lye down on the sofa when I’m tired. life is GOOD.

Start of a computer bag.

Start of a computer bag. Making the bottom of the bag using a thick felted wool in between two cotton fabrics, will show more next week????

This week I ahve spent a great deal of it sewing my panels of leaves for my PNG quilt at night

This week I have spent a great deal of time sewing my panels of leaves for my PNG quilt,  here are the 4 borders at different stages. I love how the yellow berries make the pinks in the panels pop.

In my garden this week.  It has started to rain and so every thing is been given a good wash and how happy they now look.

For this time of the year there is so much colour in the garden after a dry wet season, even the toadstools are so colourful.

For this time of the year there is so much colour in the garden after a dry wet season, even the toadstools are so colourful.

Strong splashes of colour pop out from every where.

Strong splashes of colour pop out from every where.

A surprise find in the garden on one of the palms?

A surprise find in the garden on one of the palms?

Plus we are seeing flowers on palms for the first time and many are so unusal.

Plus we are seeing flowers on palms for the first time and many are so unusual. It Looks like a sea creature to me.

A dead flower head from a palm tree some of them get very big, this one covers a 6 seatter table so is not small.

A dead flower head from a palm tree some of them get very big, this one covers a 6 seater table so is not small. When it is covered in red berries the birds flock in.

This is the biggest scorpian I ahve seen here, I thought he was dead and nearlly picked it up to photog

This is the biggest scorpion I have seen here, I thought he was dead and nearly picked it up to photograph!!!!!  I would have been a sick chicken if he had nipped or jabbed me!.  I did not know we even had such big ones here. I have been bitten by one about the size of this ones legs and OHHHH the pain so goodness knows what this one would do to you. Would you believe they sell these for pets?

My view this morning we are closed in with clouds. I have all the windows closed to keep them out and I'm nice and dry.

My view this morning??? I can only see as far as the bottom of the orchard,  we are closed in with clouds. I have all the windows closed to keep them out and I’m nice and dry.

This group of heliconias are enjoying the rain, they look great after a good wash.

This group of heliconias are enjoying the rain, they look great after a good wash.

This moth which is the biggest in the world was on our verranda screen several years ago, I just found the photo yesterday and took a photo of it to share with you.  It was a perfect moth and flew away the next night.

This moth which is the biggest in the world was on our verranda screen several years ago, I just found the photo yesterday and took a photo of it to share with you. It was a perfect moth and flew away the next night. It was a good 12inches across.

This is one of our native frogs and is very a very calm one, he will just sitting on the other side of my window where I sew at night time, he must of worked out the inscets are drawn by my sewing light.

This is one of our native frogs and is very a very calm one, he will just sit when you come close and not even move if you touch him, he was sitting on the other side of my window where I sew at night time last night he was a good 4inchs long crouched like this! he must of worked out the insects are drawn by my sewing light.  Will be interesting to see if he is there tonight.

Thank you for dropping in and reading my blog, Im now off to link with Esther as it is  WOW today on her blog

http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.com/

I will enjoy visiting other links there from quilters  all around the world and see what they are doing.

Cheers ALL Glenda

 

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WOW with Esther Aliu Small 9 patch squares found in a Op Shop 9th Mar 2016

close up of two tiny blocks.

What happens when colour value and contrast are not there?

What I’m up to this Wednesday.

Some times new quilters are so disappointed with their first attempt at cutting up fabric and resewing it as they have not been shown colour values and contrast and after cutting up lots of fabric and resewing it it looks just a mess or like one piece of fabric from a distance?  I brought 13  tiny 5inch 9 patch blocks in an op shop that had this happen to them, I bought them as the most of the fabrics used were special and such lovely wee pieces.

These are the little 9 patch blocks all different sizes and wonky as seams are from 16th to 1/2 an inch.

These are the little 9 patch blocks all different sizes and wonky as seams are from 16th to 1/2 an inch.

close up of two tiny blocks.

close up of two tiny blocks.

I have just placed 4 tiny pieces of fabric over 4 dark pieces of the patches to show contrast, I would not choose these fabric if I was sewing them from start just showing contrast.

I have just placed 4 tiny pieces of fabric over 4 dark pieces of the patches to show contrast, I would not choose these fabric if I was sewing them from start just showing contrast.

I sat and unpicked all the little blocks last night took me roughly 2 hrs while I watched a DVD

I sat and unpicked all the little blocks last night took me roughly 2 hrs while I watched a DVD

Now if I lay those black tiny fabrics on a strong contrast you can see the design is a 9 patch and each little piece of black fabric stands on its own.

Now if I lay those black tiny fabrics on a strong contrast you can see the design is a 9 patch and each little piece of black fabric stands on its own.

This morning I started to play some more with these tiny pieces of fabric.

Dawn breaking this morning.

Dawn breaking this morning.

These colours that I finally arrange please my eye much more than the original but it does not mean it is right, others will be happy how they were, but I just have to change them to make them work for me.

Using the same pieces of dark fabric

Using the same pieces of dark fabric with 3 different colours neutral fabrics.

Same dark pieces but I ahve added some more little pieces from the same patches but we now have contrast and better value so we can really see those 9 patches now.

Same dark pieces but I have added some more little pieces from the same original 13 wee blocks,   we now have contrast and better value so we can really see those 9 patches now.  I will play around to day with them and may be start hand sewing them back in to 9 patches and add some more of my own fabric to make up around 20 then make a tiny doll quilt for my DGD for a Xmas present.

Finished sewing on my leaves on the 1st border panel of my PNG quilt, I added a few berries to for a shot of yellow!!!

Finished sewing on my leaves on the 1st border panel of my PNG quilt, I added a few berries to for a shot of yellow!!! have added a stem and pinned the leaves to number 2 ready to be appliquéd this week hopefully, to day I have finished basting my zig zags to one border, now I have  removed all the pins I don’t have to worry about them going rusty in the silk.

In the garden this morning it is full of colour.

Sun is coming over the top of the range around 6.30am

Sun is coming over the top of the range around 6.30am

This is all fresh clay that has been dug out of another part of the garden, to help stabilise it we have planted it up in Broms last Sunday

This is all fresh clay that has been dug out of another part of the garden, to help stabilise it we have planted it up in Broms last Sunday

This area that we have just planted with Broms is just off my kitchen window.

This area that we have just planted with Broms is just off my kitchen window.

Found these hiding amongst the ferns as I walked up my path.

Found these hiding amongst the ferns as I walked up my path.

A bunch of bannas picked on Sunday they will take about 2 weeks to ripen, here the fly fruit bats can not get them?

A bunch of bannas picked on Sunday they will take about 1 week to ripen, here the fly fruit bats can not get them?

Palm blossoms  floating on the swimming pool.

Palm blossoms floating on a corner of the swimming pool.

New folds on the stagfern

New folds on the stagfern such a beautiful soft green what a fabric colour it would be.

Here you can see the shape of the antlers on the stag-fern.

Here you can see the shape of the antlers on the stag-fern.

Stunning colour on the fangapani tree.

Stunning colour on the fangapani tree.

Mini water lillies

Mini water lillies

Desert  Rose

Desert Rose

Broms throw very very unusal colured flowers these two colours are stunning together.

Broms throw very very unusual coloured flowers these two colours are stunning together this is one very unusual flower LOL.

See how the tiny purple part comes out of the side of the the main flower?

See how the tiny purple part comes out of the side of the the main flower?

Well I have been blogging long enough time to sit and sew quietly for a while, but first I will link with Esther over on her blog for WOW

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/wow-look-where-i-showed-up.htm

l Hope you find time to sew to? thanks for dropping in and I would like you to leave a message so I can visit your blog and share.

Cheers Glenda

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