WOW or WIP’s 24th May 2017 with Esther Aliu.

This week I have spread my self and have tried to make some head way on my SG blocks.  I even mamaged to complete block 4 to the stage where every thing is now ironed down so it is here to stay.

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At last every thing is ironed down, I realy lost my confidence with this block so put it up on Esther’s BOM group to see what members thought feed back was pretty positive so quickly ironed every thing down before I could change my mind LOL Vase and lock are all machine applqiued down now to start on the leaves and finally will do the flowers by hand.

 

I spent 4 hrs on Monday thread painting my SG bird I’ve FINALLY completed him!!!!   I made him up months ago but I wanted to thread paint him with the sewing machine I never done this before and I just went by  what I could see how Jenny did her bird.  Its not perfect by any means but hes good enough to join the block LOL

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My bird is finally spot glued  down to my back ground and hopefully by Wednesday he will be machine appliqued down to the background fabric.

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Close up of my elusive bird, now to make him a chain!!!!!

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Thread painting on my bird for SG

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He looks pretty wicked !!!!!

With all blocks in place I took a photo of them all together  I have laid them in a sqaure as it’s a mystrey I have no idea how they will be laid out yet.

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Ive added some background fabric in the centre so it does not look like it is a hole !!!!!! All 4 blocks we have recieved so far from the mystrey BOM by Esther ALiu for 2017 called The Seret Garden.

Ive been doing some hand echo quilting on Laure’s quilt in the evenings this week.

I have completed echo quilting around 3 dresden plates now and 1/2 way around the centre one

I have completed echo quilting around 3 dresden plates now and 1/2 way around the centre one so good progress on this one which I’m happy about.

I have picked up my Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu again now that I have caught up with my SG blocks  I started block 3 yesterday, as I’m doing all these blocks with iron on fussing I’m able to cut out all those petals for the flowers in one piece this sure has speeded up the proccess so much I must admit I admire all those memebrs who made this block doing turned under edges it must have been so fiddly and taken soooo much time.

The start!!!

The start!!!  Those flower heads have iron on fussing behind them and they are cut out in one piece.

Added a little more time to stop after midnight I canr't just a little more!!!!!

Added a little more time to stop after midnight I can’t I’ll just add a little more!!!!!

Where I stopped last night

Where I stopped last night, not telling you the time LOL

UP Date 10pm Wednesday

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10pm I’ve just finished cutting out the last of my pieces for DH  May be with luck I will get them all irondown tomorrow.  This is a lovely block to make.  Frustrating part is I can not find the rest of my vase pieces I cut them all out at the same time to make sure I had enough fabric!!!!!!!!

IN the garden yesterday: it’s raining to day so using yesterday photos.

Sitting waiting for a

Sitting waiting for a small insect to pass him by I’m all ways amazed how they will sit in the same spot for hrs waiting for their meal to fly or hop past them.  He was in my garden last night at the entrance to our home.

Sunset last night.

Sunset last night.

SOme how this

Some how this rather large flying bettle ended up in my hair the other night while I was about to drop off to sleep!!!!!!  Needless to say my reflects made me grab and flick it off me, then my wee dog rescued me by  jumping at it to stop it flying any more till I could dispose of it .

Last of the helieconia's.

Last of the helieconia’s.

Tiny natice ground cover is even flowering again.

Tiny natice ground cover is even flowering again.

In a few weeks these buds will be beauitful falls of white.

In a few weeks these buds will be beauitful falls of white.

one of th egingers.

one of th egingers.

cosmos

cosmos

A clean side fence finally till the end of the next wet?

A clean side fence finally till the end of the next wet?

Off to link up with others on Esther’s blog to day, Wednesdays are my time on the computer seeing what others are making.  Happy sewing to all who love a needle in thier hand.

Thank you for stopping by Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu May 17th 2017

Why do I blog????  Because I like to see what other quilters do and share on Esther’s WOW or WIP’s each week thats why LOL  I love to hand sew even mending DS ‘s jeans by sashiko hand quilting LOL

I mended two pairs of my DS favourite jeans!!!!!

I mended two pairs of my DS favourite jeans!!!!!

Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.

Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.

I thought I’d share a wonderful gift that was given to me several years ago, it is one of my most prized possessions.  I use it every day but put it away in a box special box when I’m not using it to keep it clean and hopefully one day some one else may cherish it as much as I do?

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Needle book is about 3inchs by 5inchs.  Round disc is a pin holder,  and oval holder I keep my thimbles in.    I cherish these.

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Such incredible ribbon work on silk.  !00’s of hours of work went in to making these beautiful pieces.

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These are so tiny I had trouble focusing them with my camera.

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Where I was up to last Thursday but it was still Wednesday some where else in the world LOL

My first 3 block of Esther Aliu’s mystery BOM for 2107 called The Secret Garden and it is a beautiful beautiful design so far Block 4 has just been released but I’ve just started that block.

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My first 3 blocks of The Secret Garden

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Block 1 is at the top block 2 middle and block3 bottom of photo.   My 4th Vase will be dark.

Have just started block 4 of The Secret Garden

I've chosen a bright red silk as I have two light vases and I want to dark vases Interesting how different a flower looks if you turn it around, here it is hanging down

I’ve chosen a bright red silk as I have two light vases and I want to dark vases Interesting how different a flower looks if you turn it around, here it is hanging down

Same flower but turned completely around

Same flower but turned completely around

Add a few bias stems

Add a few bias stems

Change the flwoer and add a few buds wonder w this will end up????

Change the flower and add a few buds I wonder how this will end up????

Roughly cut out leaves

Roughly cut out leaves and flowers ironed on to iron-on-fussing, ready to be cut out for block 4 of SG may be????

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May be some thing like this?????

Or may be like this?

Or may be like this?  Having fun.

 

Finished and on its

Finished and on its way to its new destination.

When I first started quilting I lived in a remote area and a group of us would meet weekly and share what we were doing in patchwork. We were all beginners and learnt as we went along form each other our mistakes and our challengers. This was one of the challengers 8 of us did, we had to make a background out of scraps roughly 36inch sqaure give it a name appliqué some thing to the square and pass it on secretly each week till it came back to you.  Below is mine after 8 other quilters added some thing to it. It was a lot of fun and we all learnt so much.  Remember none of us were quilters just wanting to learn about it and had no teachers or books LOL  We just made it up as we went.

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Last week when DGD was here I was looking for some thing and she saw this, I hung it over the end of my cutting table and she just sat there for ages looking at it then we played eye-spy with it. I said would you like it Yes Please Nanna I suggested I finish sewing it for her and she said could we do sew it together next time I come,   so today is that day. We have cut out a backing and some high-loft wadding as she likes cuddly quilts. Next week we will pin and may be start sewing it.

The undergrowth is out of hand as its been a long wet, I cleaned up this area one day during the week.  Its a never ending job after the wet.

The ferns are over taking the area around the herbs!!!!

The ferns are over taking the area around the herbs and where we like to sit in the winter sun!!!!

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Same place but after 2 days weeding, now you can see all the herb containers and a young pineapple growing to the left of the last container on the left!!!!!  there is still a metre square to clear so we can use the top area to have our morning and avo coffee up there in the winter sun again.   In a months time the heliconia’s will be up 8inchs and in 6 months all flowering again.

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This was taken over 3 weeks ago.  the last 5 months of a long wet the vegetation has taken over!!!!!

To day my DGD 4 helpe

Same place as above photo. To day my DGD 4 helped me finish puling those giant fern and now you can see down the boundary fence at last.  Ive pulled at least 4 trailer loads of rubbish from here.  This causes a draft of air movement through the land we live on and helps keep the mossies away they don’t like wind or draft movement This also helps dry out the under growth and stops the mosses breeding in it.

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Stunning colours in tiny wee berries about the size of a green pea!!!!!!

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self sewn cosmos

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Bougainvillea just changing colour at last.

 

Off to link with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s 

Thank you for dropping in Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 10th May 2017 Sashiko quilting.

Update:- 4.30pm Wednesday 10th  This avo I have pulled my 3rd SG block I made this up weeks ago just after it was released had it at this stage nothing but the vase and cat ironed down when accidentally some one moved it and my wee dog jumped on top of it!!!! all those pieces went every where there are still two stems missing one is the main one the flows down the front of the vase hopefully I can find enough fabric to make a new one????

There are two stems and two leaves still issing some where in my workroom area?????

I have spent the avo rebuilding my block 3 of TSG There are two stems and two leaves still issing some where in my workroom area?????  Now I need to make the rim of the vase and iron down those pieces before it happens again LOL

Spent the rest of the avo and early evening on my bloc

10pm Wednesday. Spent the rest of the avo and early evening on my block and now its all ironed down so I can not loose any pieces again or have to start from scratch  again!!!!!

Update Wednesday some where in the world but not here in OZ !!!!! Took the photo this morning in the daylight.

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Colours are truer in the daylight I took this photo this morning its still Wednesday some where in the world!!!!!  

Its been a slow week as far as productivity goes. I finished the 365quiltycircles quilt top so very pleased there.

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Where I was last week These are all sewn together now and waiting to be sandwiched and then hand quilted.

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All sewn together now if you look closely they are sewn up differently than when they were laid out last week!

Then as Id finished that well on time of my 21 days allotted to it I picked up my Bargello wall quilt and have been sashiko quilting that and having so much fun just letting  needle and thread go were it wants to.

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Where I was up to last time.

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I have quilted down the centre panel and across the bottom of the quilt now working at the top

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Close up of the bottom coloured thread is usually 4 or 3 threads of DMC

Yesterday when looking for some thing I came across a old swap or round-robyn I’d done in PNG about 20 years ago.  there were 8 of us in the swap, we had to make a 1  to 1 1/2 metre square  out of scraps of fabric we had no problem as there were no shops in PNG any way to buy new fabric LOL   Add some thing to the finsihed piece of fabric we had made and give it a name, I added the water lollies and called it The Pond!!!!  after 8 weeks this is what came back to me????  I did add the leaves in the top right hand corner afterwards as there was a large empty space there.  We were all new to quilting and had no idea but we wanted to learn and some one had read about these mystery swaps we had fun and learnt a lot LOL

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DGD who I was baby sitting was fascinated by it, I hung it at the end of my cutting table and DGD sat the whole time looking at it while she ate her lunch, I said do you like it “YES”  would you like me to finish for you to take home,  “can we sew it together next time I come?”  So this is what we will be doing next time she comes for the day aged 4 may be a future quilter?

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Taken two weeks ago.

In the garden today same place minus all the over grown vegetation.

Two weeks ago you could not see the path.

Two weeks ago you could not see the path.

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We now can walk down the side fence!!!!

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This leaf is a week old!!!!!!! around 6 feet now? Some times I think I can see them growing things grow so fast here?

Off to link up with Esther Aliu on her WOW OR WIP’s today my goodness she is an amazing caring and sharing quilter and designer.

For those of you you read down this far LOL thank you for dropping in. Cheers Glenda who has just discovered the joy of sashiko quilting.

 

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Update on my 365quiltycircles for 2016 May 5th 2017

Today Audrey suggested I update with the group that is still continuing on their 365quiltycircles, I did not even realise it was still running!!!! How wonderful to see so many quilts completed, I’m not making one quilt but breaking my squares up to make 3 small wall quilts.  My squares are made from  silk Kimono fabric and all the circles are made from different silk fabrics that I ahve collected for around 30 years or more.

For the last  week I have been sewing my last wee squares together, I had  appliquéd all the circles  on they were just sitting in a little treasure chest waiting to be made in to a wee quilt top.

My last 21 days challenge is sewing my last 100 plus circles

Here I’m slowly sewing these wee squares in to rows then I will join these rows.  This year my challenge is working on 17UFO’s that I choose last Dec I’m linking up each month with Meredithe on Ufosin2017  Each project has 21 days. My last 21 days challenge is sewing my last 88 wee squares which I started a week ago these wee squares were all in that wee wooden-cigar box waiting!!!!!

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each evening I have managed to sew a row of these lovely wee squares together and some times sewn two rows together. This is where I’m up to now Friday 5th May 2017 These are all sewn in to pairs so I only have 4 more rows to sew and I will have the quilt top finished so I’ll have 3 quilt tops from my 258 squares.  I made more than 365 circles but appliquéd them on to only 258 squares.  2 quilt tops have 90 squares and this one has 88 squares and 124 circles in it. .

Box of circles cut out waiting to be hemed then applqiued on to the tiny squares.

Last year working on my second quilt top.  Box of circles cut out waiting to be hemed then applqiued on to the tiny squares.

My first 30 tiny squares with there circles for my last wall quilt.

Start of My first 30 tiny squares with there circles for my second  wall quilt. Last June

2016 challenge 365 quilty circles. Sew my last 90 tiny squares to make another quilt.

2016 challenge 365 quilty circles. My second quilt top still just a quilt top!!!!

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

Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

close up of one corner

close up of one corner

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

Back of quilt

Back of quilt

I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

Thank you for taking the time to keep reading till you reached here and Thank you Audrey for asking me to link up this month to show that I’m still working on my wee circles. With luck I may even get to sandwich this one and sashiko quilt it.

Cheers ALL Glenda Australia.

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Ufosin2017 challenge 30th April 2017

Not able to blog today so will add my blog from the 30th. Hope you all have had a great week sewing and enjoying life in general.

First once again a big thank you Meredthe  for keeping this group going and helping me keep working on these 17 WIP’s I have chosen for this year. My goal was not to finish them but to work on them and progress on them. SO far it has been working and I even have had 3 finished quilts which still amazes me LOL

I have not been able to stick to the list as I wrote it out in Jan as I’ve not been down to the city for months and need several things to work on those listed so I’m jumping around my 17 projects.

This month I completed adding the hexagons border to my 1930 GMFG these hexagons are just under 1 inch on the sides of the hexagons.  It was a marathon task I can assure you.

1930's GMFG quilt I'm still hand quilting about 1/2 way now.

1930’s GMFG quilt I’m still hand quilting it about 1/3 of the way now.

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completed wee hexagon on the right left one still needs stitching down on the edge.

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Left and right borders finished.

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Bottom border quilted  top waiting to be quilted

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Finally all those wee hexagons have been added to the border seen from the back I’m now hand quilting inside each wee hexagon and now realise by working on each hexagon more than one quilter made this quilt top, by the hand stitching acuratisey or in some case not so acurit LOL

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I’m really happy I spent all those hrs rescuing this quilt.  I spent hrs dreaming about this unknown quilter and have now decided there were many quilters that made this quilt top not just one person.

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Finally finished and I did not cut one of those hexagons in 1/2 to add the border so I’m happy.

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This could be on my 2018 challenge list??? it is  also a 1930’s quilt top I have artist unknown but from the USA and made mostly of shirt fabrics. I love how fresh these hexagons look, there are a couple of bad stains but these are in the white border and this will be easy to replace and I will use a strong fabric than whats here now.

I have been doing more to my ANZ quilt which was one of my earlier challenges in the year, the challenge on this one  was to complete making the quilt top which I did, but I’m still working on it sewing those circles on by machine using satin stitch.  This is all new to me as I’ve always been a hand quilter.

I ahve been doing more to my ANZ quilt that I

I have added some pelion to the back for stabilising and padding for  inside the circles, I will cut away the pelion from the outside of the circles you can see where I have started to cut it away.

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My ANZ quilt that I’m still spending time on all though I meet the goal I’d set for this project.  My machine started to play up 5 days ago it was the tension I tried several different things and still the top thread was pulling all through to the back. Finally yesterday I put in new thread top and bottom and new bobbin and needle and it worked so I still don’t know what was wrong but I’m up and running again LOL  very very frustrating though as Ive lost 6 days of sewing on these circles.

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I’m machine appliquéing these circles on using a satin stitch I was going to just use red thread but  it was so boring LOL  So changing using the red on the out side of the circles but the inner threads are oranges and yellows much more fun LOL

Last year I took part in the 365quilty circles 2016 which I completed, instead of making one quilt from them I’m make 3 wall quilts, one quilt is completed, one  all the tiny sqaures are sewn ready to be sandwiched and quilted and the other 88 blocks were in a little cigar box like wee jewels LOL

My last 21 days challenge is sewing my last 100 plus circles

My last 21 days challenge is sewing my last 365 quilty circles together from my 2016 challenge, there are  88 wee blocks to make up in to a wee wall art.  A few days ago they were all in that wee box????  Top two rows all joined and pressed, second two rows all joined in rows and those two rows waiting to be joined. 5th row finished and waiting for me to finish the 6th row so I can join those two rows together.  There are still 22 wee squares in the cigar box. The way its growing I will get them finished and all joined by the 21st day of this challenge.   May be even get it sandwiched for quilting,  These tiny blocks are all silk none are the same fabric and 4 1/2 inches square. . I now have all the first 6 rows joined working on the last two now.  

Below are not any of my 17 chosen challengers for Ufosin217

Some thing else

Some thing else, I have a dear friend in hospital who is very sick and I made her this memory quilt of our friendship over the last 30 odd years. A little crazy wall quilt about 12inchs by 14inchs.

Back of Cotrina's quilt

Back of my friends quilt her totom is the owl.  He was to big for the front so he has the back all to himself.

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I also cut out and prepped my Secret Garden mystery BOM of Esther Aliu’s 2017 BOM

Ive also been working on making my QAYG antique hanky b

Ive  been working on making my QAYG antique hanky blocks only about 4 to make now.

Came across these blocks last week

Came across these blocks last 2 weeks ago may be next year challenge LOL

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Also this one ,  This one I’d forgotten about completely it was inside another UFO LOL  I think I will put it on point and add pieced blocks around that????

What a difference

What a difference a day makes lay this on some black fabric Bingo !!!!

One of my 17 challenges called Shields and Swords is completed and gone to its new owner see below.

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I also completed sashiko quilting Joshua’s quilt and it has gone to him.

Below is not one of the 17 challenges.

Finally last but not least

Finally last but not least a project I’m sashiko quilting

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This is free form sashiko quilting not embroidery sashiko quilting. Translated Sashiko means little stabs.  I want to get use to using sashiko quilting before sashiko quilting my Quilt Memory to War Mothers quilt.  I find sashiko very very addictive when I’m quilting free form.

Thanks once again Meredthe 

Thanks for dropping in to see what I have been doing, I hope you have all managed to work on your projects and are making head way in to those 17 projects you choose.  Cheers ALL Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s Esther Aliu 36th April 2017

Rather frightening to think it is May in a couple of days time?????  I wonder if this year is flying past you as fast as it past me????  Best part is I’m actually managing to do a lot of sewing but working mostly on WIP’s this year.  But I was tempted away from them by Esther Aliu’s beautiful BOMs this year yet again LOL

My week has been spent on every thing but what I should be doing or what I planned to do?????  I have not been 100% so spending a lot of time on the daybed in my sewing area.

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My little compaion wants to sit on top of me all the time when I’m not well so I spread the quilt I was quilting on to the end of the divan so I could sew LOL Notice in the foreground the dark marks on the quilt this quilt is over 80 years old and has never been washed I’m trying to finish quilting it by hand so I can try getting some of these stains out?????

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This part of my sewing room area is still not finished to cover up the ceiling that needs to be finished I have pinned an old quilt!!!!!! Its much nicer to look at !

I have been quilting the hexagons

I have been quilting the hexagons on what I thought was a 1930’s quilt but as I stitich each hexagon I’m realising it may be a lot older, notice the out side fabric that looks an older fabric than 1930????

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Notice the green hexagons have been made with several pieces of fabric sewn together to make enough fabric to cut out the hexagons!!!!! These hexagons are just under 1inch on the sides so are smallish, so this quilter wasted not even the smallest pieces of fabric, thats real patchwork in my book!!!!!!.

Do any of you make some thing and put it away carefully and find it years later and you have forgotten you even made itLOL  Well the below is one of those projects I designed years ago,

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Still not finished 2 centre flowers need to be machine appliquéd down and then I want to put this on points maybe in the centre of a pieced quilt?????

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I’m getting so far behind in my machine appliqué so decided to set up a machine just for it,  This sewing machine space has been there all ways but I use it more for my kitchen needs as it is at he side of my kitchen!!!!!! Last weekend it be came my appliqué area and oh how much easier it is to just plug in the machine cord and sew, slowly very slowly the circles on my ANZ quilt are been satin stitched down.  But oh my goodness it is so boring doing just satin stitch LOL  I have added a little padding behind the circles to hopefully give them some 3D effect????

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One of my views from my new sewing machine area.

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Looking down to the river it was cloudy and overcast the day I took this photo.  But still lots of light for sewing.

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I’m doing a dark red on the outer circle and any thing goes for the inside but lighter this is making it not so boring LOL

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Over the years I have kept buying bobbins from Opp Shops for no reason LOL  Now I know why I’m rewinding all these threads on to the Janome spools and using them for this project, only thing I’m sad about you wont see them on the back after I sandwich the quilt LOL

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Love how the lighter inner satin stitch makes it more interesting.

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Ive sat several hrs slowly doing the satin stitch and only made a wee dent in it so far LOL  Its an old Janome so if you try and go fast it does not look so good LOL  But it does have needle down position which makes doing this job so much easier.  After an hour I stop and do something else.

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I have learnt to sew so far then stop and sew back the other way so I’m not pushing all the bull of the quilt through the arm,  once I got use to it is working out OK. There is such a good light on this Janome and I all so have the light from the huge windows I’m sitting in front of.

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Another thing that is helping is raising the back of the machine with these door stoppers I can see so much easier with out bending my neck so much.

My DDIL has just been to Japan and brought back hand made sewing needle for me in all sizes including Sashiko needles OH my Goodness they are so so sharp,  have the finest points I’ve ever seen they just glide through the fabric. I’ve been using one this avo on my hand-quilting on those little hexagons and I can sew so much faster , and much tinier stitches as well.

Garden is dismal and so over grown we will be swallowed up by the undergrowth of the rainforest if it does not stop raining.

To day the sun pops out now and then and it is lovely to see it.

To day the sun pops out now and then and it is lovely to see it.

This is meant to be a cleared path over 1 metre wide for air movement and to help keep the mossies down!!!!!! This is one end

This is meant to be a cleared path over almost 2 metre wide for air movement and to help keep the mossies down!!!!!! This is one end

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The other end of over grown path from the last 5 months of rain!!!!

Fungi grows

Fungi grows every where at the moment these are about the size of 1/4 of a pin head!!!!!

There is ahrdly any colour in the garden a

There is hardly  any colour in the garden at

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the moment just wee splashes of colour here and there

But our wee water lily faithfully throws up a new flower ever day

But our wee water lily faithfully throws up a new flower ever day

Some of the most unusual plants in my garden they grow instrange shapes.

Some of the most unusual plants in my garden they grow instrange shapes.

some grow so dense.

some grow so dense.

Every were you look is just lush green but so over grown!!!

Every were you look is just lush green but so over grown!!!

Last but not

Last but hidden my last addition for my DGD 4 crazy critters in the garden.  A fish hiding in the swimming pool area LOL  She has not spotted it yet?

Thank you for dropping in to look at my part of the world and to share what you are doing, I do enjoy visiting your sites too.

Off to link up with Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s blog to day.

Cheers Glenda

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WOW 19th April 2017 with Esther Aliu

My week has been spent finishing adding the last of the hexies to the border of my 1930 GMFG hexagon quilt and making a small wall crazy quilt for a special friend who is very ill in hospital.

Front of Cotrina's quilt

Roughly 12inchs by 14 inchs. Front of Cotrina’s quilt,  all the patches are silk and all tiny pieces I have added relate to memories we have shared over the last 35 years of our friendship.

Back of Cotrina's quilt

Back of Cotrina’s quilt Cotrina’s totem is the owl.

I started with a piece of washaway freezer paper for my base.

Ive used all the colours that Cotrina loves the most.

Ive used all the colours that Cotrina loves the most.

Then used all the threads c in a rainbow

Then used all the colours in a rainbow and sewed the blocks down in herring-bow stitch with DMC thread as she loves rainbows.

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Then added lots of memories we shared.

I have a tiny 1 1/2 inch Belgium Lace owl that I planed to use at the base on the pink fabric but still have not found it!!!! SO ended up making a wee owl yesterday but it was to big and chunky for that pink patch so adding it to the back of the quilt so this wee quilt can be hung either way.

Back of Cotrina's quilt

Back of Cotrina’s quilt. Today I completed sewing the border down on the back of the quilt by hand. Now it is ready to go off to Cotrina.

Last night I added the final hexagon to my border of the 1930’s GMFG quilt after years of struggling with it.  I wish I knew as much about how to do it 5 years ago as I do now LOL

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Monday added my last hexagon to the border.  right side of border the hexagons on the edge have been quilted so sitting nice  and flat.  left hand side waiting to be quilted by hand.

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Just showing the difference between quilted and not quilted border.

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Last night finished quilting all those border hexagons.

Now stitiching down all thsoe

Now stitiching down all those  wee hexagons on the back side of the border pink one is stitched down and working on the green one now. I have 32 left to do then finally the border is complete YAYYYYYYYY

1930's GMFG quilt I'm still hand quilting about 1/2 way now.

1930’s GMFG quilt I’m still hand quilting about 1/2 way now.  Wadding is what they call flannel in the USA

This is the first bed quilt I ever made over 20 years ago and it is still been used daily!!!!

This is the first bed quilt I ever made over 20 years ago and it is still been used daily!!!! It has faded with time and washing but still has a lovely appeal.  Its very soft and cuddly.

In the garden today.

this is a little wild flower that grows around here is very tiny about 1/2 of an inch long

this is a little wild flower that grows around here is very tiny about 1/2 of an inch long

another wild flower these are around 1 inch long.

another wild flower these are around 1 inch long.

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Stunning red and green

Its been so wet the fungi is growing like wild weeds.

Its been so wet the fungi is growing like wild weeds.

Beautiful colours here.

Beautiful colours here.

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

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Move over and make room for me!!!!

Right in the middle of this photo are hanging 3 large egg sacks of spiders?????

Right in the middle of this photo are hanging 3 large egg sacks of spiders?????

This piece of wood is caught in the web which shows how strong this web is.

This piece of wood is caught in the web which shows how strong this web is.

spider egg sacks up close as I dared to go.

spider egg sacks up close as I dared to go.

This web is so complected in its design????

This web is so complected in its design????

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This spider did not like me getting close and rushed up to the bottom egg sack when I went to close.

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First time Ive seen this spider and I don’t think Id like to be bitten by it, it was nery aggressive and with those bright red colours its a good warning to stay away.

Im off to link with Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s to day.

 

Thank you for dropping in to see me, hope you all managed as much sewing this week as I have Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 12th April 2017

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Working on  a lovely old 1930’s (I think) Grandmother Garden quilt.  I bought this quilt on eBay many years ago and have been slowly quilting and making a hexagon border for it.

From this !!!!

edge of the quilt of the 1930's quilt here the green fabric is faded by been left in the light of sun for some time. Wadding is very frayed too.

Edge of the 1930’s quilt,   green fabric is very faded by been left in the light or sun for some time and has rust marks on the edges. Wadding is very frayed too.

To this

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Over the last week I have concentrated only one repairing and finishing the edges of this quilt, I’ve made 80 hexagons out of washaway freezer paper, 40 I’ve covered and basted in 1930 reproduction fabrics, other 40 I have put behind the outer edge hexagons and sewn the fabric to them.

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I’ve  hand quilter up to the last row of hexagons.

 

 

 

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Wadding goes out past the last hexagons.

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Ive not seen this kind of wadding here in OZ it is slightly brushed and feels like a woven cotton  fabric.

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I’m cutting the wadding back to 1/2 way down the last row of hexagons.

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Ive had to resew all the seams on the sides of all the outer hexagons making the hexagons  1/8th smaller as they are to wide and were fluting.   then Ive placed washaway freezer templates on the back of each hexagon.

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Placing new hexagons for correct placement.

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I lay the hexagaons I’ve made for the border along top of the quilt on the last row of hexagons to get the correct placement, pin them together then sew them all together in a chain but keep checking that they are placed correctly.

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when all are sewn together pin down on the right side and whip stitch the new hexagons to the prepared last row of hexagons on the border.

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Preparing the last row of hexagons on the quilt. Pin the seams over these wash away freezer paper hexagons.

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whipped stitched along the top of the hexagaons.

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Then flipped the hexagons over to the back and then Walla!!!!  a nice finished hexagon border, waiting to be quilted through all the thicknesses two of washaway freezer paper and two of fabric, it is slow as I have to make one stitch at a time.  So far I have done two sides of the quilt.

Update at 3pm Wednesday 12th after quilting those wee hexagons on the border for 5 hrs today I have 3 boarders quilted I need to stitch down the turned hexagons and Ive completed 3 sides of the quilt,  I need to make 20 more hexagons cut our 40 more washaway freezer paper hexagons and start the last border.!!!!  I can see day light at the end of a long long tunnel since I brought this back from the USA 10 years ago.

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After quilting a 1/4 of an inch inside all the hexagons  I then stitched down around the otter edges of the hexagons so there is no chance of them been caught and lifting.

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Showing you what I needed to finish and finished border.

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Close up. some of the edges were so frayed I had to make smaller hexagons to fit on to it.

Ive managed to complete this edge of the quilt one more edge to do then I can wash it for the first time in around 80 years LOL

Every stitch I make to finish this quilt for the unknown quilt Im thinking about her.

Every stitch I make to finish this quilt for the unknown quilt Im thinking about her.

What wonderful fabrics she was able to choose for this quilt they were not left over scraps.

What wonderful fabrics she was able to choose for this quilt they were not left over scraps.  I’m about 1/2 way through quilting all these wee hexagons I’m quilting 1/4 of an inch inside each one so they will be strengthen.

In the garden today.

It started out a dark miserable day not raining but close

It started out a dark miserable day not raining but close

About the only splash of colour in the grounds at present

About the only splash of colour in the grounds at present

My frogs are disappearing fast in the creeper.

My frogs are disappearing fast in the creeper.

My cat is dry so it must be not raining LOL

My cat is dry so it must be not raining LOL

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After a month this plant is still sending up new purple flowers each day!!!!

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Young stag plant self seeded they love the wet climate here.

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Been so wet I’m seeing new lichens on the young trees this year.

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1  1/2 weeks fronds here ready to be disposed of.  Every morning I pick up dead fronds.

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Our ground is so wet the ants are using this garden hose to travel across the lawn!!!!!

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A ginger I think???  I popped it in here to see if it would grow, to be honest I’m not sure if its ginger or tumric?

Not a very interesting blog this week but I want a record of working on this Grandmothers Garden quilt and this is the best way for me to have it.  Thanks for dropping in to my very very wet part of the world at present. Going to link now with Esther Aliu on her WOW or WIP’s today  Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu 5th April 2017

1/4 of the year has gone but not sure were as I’m sure I did not see all those days some one stole some from me LOL

On Sunday night I spent 5 hrs of playing on block 3 of The Secret Garden, I’m staying with the theme I did 1 and 2 in using chintz fabrics for my flowers and doing some thing like broderie perse. My vase is some very very heavy silk fabric from a wedding kimono. My grandmother had a vase just like this; it just glowed like silk too and was egg white so I have chosen white like my grandmothers vase using the heavy silk. Vase and cat are ironed down but nothing else, hope the wind does not blow LOL I’ve enjoyed working on this block so far it is completey different from 1 and 2 but still a challenge. Hope every one else is having fun too.

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Block 3 of The Secret Garden BOM 2017 by Esther Aliu Thank you Esther for such a lovely design to play with.

Some times we are not completely happy with a block and we start altering it ?????

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BUT it looks worse than before so its back to leaving it how it was before I  added these appliqué flowers they are far to heavy with the broderie perse flowers.

Finished the large centre flower Sat night now I have completely appliquéd the left 1/2 of the block. Have the flowers and bow on the right side to do now.

Block 1 of The Secret Garden mystery BOM 2017 by Esther Aliu. I Finished the large centre flower Sat night now I have completely appliquéd the left 1/2 of the block. Have the flowers and bow on the right side to do now.

Close up of the big flower

Close up of the big flower

Flower on the right is the same shape as the one I've just about completed appliquéing and embroidering, its just a different shade, showing this so you can see the difference when you add thread play as I call it LOL .

Flower on the right is the same shape as the one I’ve just about completed appliquéing and embroidering, its just a different shade, showing this so you can see the difference when you add thread play as I call it LOL . Monday I finished the big orange flower then added bullion knots to the pale pink flower

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Starting to add the yellow bullions knots to the centre to give more 3D effect when you see it in real life.

 

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close up 1/2 way through.

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All 33 of those wee billion knots finished!!!!

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Finished flower using thread play.

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Just started doing embroidery on this wee flower then will blanket stitch round the edges of the flower.

 

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Needs some bullion yellow roses right in the centre of the flower.

Esther Aliu's mystrey BOM for 2017

Esther Aliu’s mystrey BOM The Secret Garden block 2 for 2017 it is still at the same stage as 2 weeks ago!!!! But nearly finished.

No progress here LOL

No progress here LOL

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Stopped machine appliquéing these circles down as the thread kept breaking, I thought it was the machine Hubby had just fixed but finally I checked the bobbin thread and it was rotten!!!!!!  Now thinking about adding some wadding behind some of the circles to give a 3D effect, so pondering this one at present.

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Masking tape taped to a swimming noodle so I can reuse it after removing it from this project.

Came across these blocks last week

Came across these blocks last week they are silk on silk original pattern was in Austrian Patchwork Magazine I’ve of course been me have changed several elements LOL   I hope to add sashings to these blocks this month!!!!!!

Today working on a wee hankie QAYG block, I ahve 4 more to make.

Today working on a wee hankie QAYG block, I have 4 more to make.

Ive also been working on making my QAYG antique hanky b

Ive also been working on making more QAYG antique hanky blocks.

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Doing more sashiko hand quilting on my Bargello quilt top this week. I did most of it yesterday.

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Close up of the circles I’ve added to day<

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what a difference a day makes LOL By adding the circles the whole design looks completely different, I’m having so much fun with this sashiko I’m not using a pattern just going were I want to at the time I’m quilting.

On Saturday I was given these 2 sewing machines and a over locker

Managed to get the old machine I was given for the shop going after 5 hours of cleaning and oiling, hubby spent 3 nights working on the later model it is no longer seized but not working  100% yet, I will use it for a month and see if it keeps running then sell it in the local Opp shop i work in.

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My rain gauge LOL  She’s wet so its raining LOL  To wet to go out and take photos today.

 

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I’m off  to link up with Esther’s link shown above now, thank you all for dropping in it makes my day a happy day. Cheers ALL Glenda

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Ufosin2017 End of March

I’ve been in bed but on the mend but did not blog on Wednesday so I’m adding my end of the month blog I made to link with Meredithe and share what I’ve been doing on my 17 UFO’s I want to work on this year.  Happy stitching every one Glenda

Thank you Meredithe for this strong motivation to work on my Ufosin2017.

I’m make progress but much slower this month. Its been a frustrating month of not been able to find pieces I needed to work on  the projects I choose for my next 21 days.  I finally after looking for weeks for my cut out circles for my ANZ quilt top I remade another 30 odd new ones and now that project is were I wanted to be before my 21 days were up, I just scrapped in on that one LOL

Ive just completed the last 3 rows and joined them to the main part of the quilt, just need to add the two side red strips and the top is finished then I have the fun of adding appliqué to it.

Ive just completed the last 3 rows and joined them to the main part of the quilt, just need to add the two side red strips and the top is finished then I have the fun of adding appliqué to it. This was were I was up to and working on my last Ufgosin2017 blog.

Im about to make circles cut out of fabric with iron on fusing on the right and back side

Im about to make circles cut out of fabric with iron on fusing on the right and back side

a pile of circles all cut out

a pile of circles all cut out

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This fabric was heavily embossed with silver thread so I have a high contrast from the front of fabric to the back fabric.  It is from a old kimono and is woven design with wool and silver threads.   not stamped.

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All circles ironed down waiting for them to be appliquéd on, I started appliquéing them but had terrible trouble with thread breakage, I thought it was the machine so stopped then realised it was rotten cotton thread not the machine. ??????  Best thing about this problem I now realise I should have added wadding behind these circles  to give me a more 3 D effect.

From two

From two

I did start sashiko quilting this finished quilt top from last month but it is now in the quilting pile all so LOL

I finished Joshua’s quilt and it is on its way to him for his belated 21st present by 5 months LOL

Ive also been working on adding the binding to Joshua's quilt, I have 3/4 of the binding sewn on and 1/4 of it turned over and hand stitched down.

Ive also been working on adding the binding to Joshua’s quilt,, which is now completed and the quilt is off to its new owner.

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I so enjoyed doing this quilt by hand saskiko quilting.  My DDIL Is going back to Japan this month and is bringing me back sashiko needles so I’m over the moon, funny how a needle gift thrills me more now  than jewellery LOL.  I worked on this  all day one day for 12 hrs and the next day my lower arm was so sore LOL  So I have learnt to only do several hrs a day hand quilting now LOL

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Joshua’s quilt made from Japanese mens old cotton fabrics. Is now completed. 2 finishes this year YAY!!!!!

I had to wait till there were two able men around to bring up table 3 so I could sandwhich my quilt its os but

I had to wait till there were two able men around to bring up table 3 so I could sandwhich my quilt.  This was one of last months goal, it is now waiting in a pile to be hand quilted ?????

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This is the first block from Diamond Hill and I have also been appliquéing down the Brodeier Perse flowers on it the last few days.  Its been a full on sewing month.

Sunday morning I sewed and sewed and managed to join the first 1/2 of this wee quilt Then Ironed on and balloons and bias strings.

This is my next project to work on for my next 21 days.   ????

Esther Aliu's mystrey BOM for 2017

Esther Aliu’s mystrey BOM for 2017 This is block 2 nearly finished 3rd block is released to day or tomorrow????  I have spent most of my time this month on this block very very time consuming.

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Esther Aliu’s second block for her 2017 free BOM Diamond Hill  Ive also been working on this .

Ive also been working on making my QAYG antique hanky b

Ive also been working on making my QAYG antique hanky blocks through the last month.  I need to make a few more yet to make it a decent size quilt.

In my garden this week.

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Caught by mistake and let go, we did get the HUGE white tailed rat that filled the cage the next night and he was relocated miles away in to the forest.

we set the trap for alarge white tailed rat but cought this beautifu wee local marsupal instead.

we set the trap for alarge white tailed rat but cought this beautifu wee local marsupial Rufous Beton;  commonly called rat kangaroo.  I adore these tiny creatures they are so quiet and gentle I can pick them up.   .

Creppy crawlies have not eatten them so we still ahve them in the garden.

Creppy crawlies have not eatten them so we still ahve them in the garden.

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look at those colours bright pink, purple and green wow what a quilt combination LOL

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WOW or WIP’s on 22nd March with Esther Aliu.

Some one stole 1/2 my week this week!!!!

Even with sewing to midnight every night, the week flew past to quickly !

Im just uploading photo’s and hopefully I can write later in the day what Im doing here LOL

This was were I was up to last week trying to decide if to add the little Robins or not????

This was were I was up to last week trying to decide if to add the little Robins or not???? My big flowers are so over powering for the one bird.

Starting my DH block 2 with making the looly pop flowers first.

Starting my DH block 2 with making the looly pop flowers first.

Large Lolly Pop flower, I cut out my back circle firs tthen cut my top petals all out of the one piece of fabric, both have iron on fusing behind them.

Large Lolly Pop flower, I cut out my back circle first then cut my top petals all out of the one piece of fabric, both have iron on fusing behind them.

Checking for contrast!

My top for the large Lolly Pop flower notice Ive cut my petals out in one piece. Checking for contrast!

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Making my small lolly pop flowers it was such fun using iron on fussing to make these.

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Thinking about colours for my lilies now.

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I like it!!!!

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Even lovely on the black back ground.

Adding those stems using bias I've made and my first few leaves.

Adding those stems using bias I’ve made and my first few leaves.

add a few tiny curls what fun.

add a few tiny curls what fun.

Started off with a orange centre stem too but it was just to much orange for me.

Started off with a orange centre stem too but it was just to much orange for me.

Looks like I have a spider plant growing here LOL

Looks like I have a spider plant growing here LOL

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To strong and dark dead centre I feel.

OK its growing but some thing is wrong????

OK its growing but some thing is wrong????

Slowly adding those leaves that were a challenge till I did some latreal thinking LOL

Added a pale green centre stem its a little softer and lighter. Slowly adding those leaves that were a challenge till I did some latreal thinking LOL

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This week I worked on my ANZ quilt top also. I missed placed the first 20 circles I cut out in Oct last year finally gave up looking to day and made 30 new ones  I bet I will find the other ones now!!!!

Im about to make circles cut out of fabric with iron on fusing on the right and back side

Im about to make circles cut out of fabric with iron on fusing on the right and back side of the fabric.

 

a pile of circles all cut out

a pile of circles all cut out with iron on fusing on them.

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Dark side is the right side and the silver is the under side there is a lot of silver thread in this old kimono I’m using. SO its a great fabric from a quilters point of view.

 

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Circles all ironed on and waiting to be machine appliquéd on.

Ive also been working on adding the binding to Joshua's quilt, I have 3/4 of the binding sewn on and 1/4 of it turned over and hand stitched down.

Ive also been working on adding the binding to Joshua’s quilt, I have 3/4 of the binding sewn on and 1/4 of it turned over and hand stitched down.

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I sashiko quilted this quilt I do enjoy doing the sashiko quilting, just wish I had learnt it years ago, may be I’d not have so many UFO tops if I had LOL

My DGD 4  and I spent an hour working in the garden this morning.

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DGD standing in amongst the air roots that are metres long on the ground too before we cut them back.

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NO air roots hanging down now. When you cut the air-roots they release an awful smell, see her holding her nose LOL

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Still flowering to my delight, purple flowers are all new blooms.

Creppy crawlies have not eatten them so we still ahve them in the garden.

Creppy crawlies have not eatten them so we still have them in the garden.

we set the trap for alarge white tailed rat but cought this beautifu wee local marsupal instead.

we set the trap for a large white tailed rat thats been on our terrace lately but caught this beautify wee local marsupial instead. Look how beautiful her fur is. They are not scared of people and are so gentle, Ive picked them up to relocate at times and they just sit docile in my hands.  They hop like  a miniature  wee kangaroo.

 

 

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She has been relocated.

Thank you for visiting I do like it when people drop in.  Off to join up with Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s today Cheers Glenda

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Esther Aliu’s scrappy hexagons lots of fun March 15th 2017

This is what I woke to at 5am this morning

This is what I woke to at 5am this morning the first touches of the sunreflection hitting the river below us.

First rays of the sun hitting a palm leaf in front of our home.

First rays of the sun hitting a palm leaf in front of our home and the river below us.

 

Ive spent most of this week appliquéing on blue bells and embroidering fine stems for my Secret garden block 2 of Esther Aliu’s mystery BOM for 2017 it is a very very beautiful. block.

This is were Im up to now, 1/2 my leaves are applqiued on by machine and I hope to finish those today, ove

This is were Im up to this morning,  15th March, 1/2 my leaves are appliquéd on by machine and I hope to finish those today, after I have finished those I can finish appliquéing the rest of the fine stems,  Blue bells, last two big leaves, big flowers and birds????? About a week or two LOL

 

 

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I started appliquéing the blue bells and tiny stems with embroidery thread in the right hand corner and have worked my way to wards the first stems, had to add my 1st large leaf as a blue bell hung over top of it.  Using 6 strands of floss and doing double back stitch for my stems. Going to  add paler blue bells in the centre of the picture to give more light there, I ironed on those fused leaves this (Tuesday 14th Mar) morning  may be I will get them machine  appliqué to day these leaves need to be appliquéd  before adding those pale blue bells so my machine foot can manoeuvre easily.  My bird is just a thought at this stage LOL

Late This Avo Ive been amking tiny wee birs for the bloc

Late This Avo Ive been making  tiny wee Robyn’s

Taken in the daylight this morning truer colours here.

Taken in the daylight this morning 16th March truer colours here.

Esther Aliu  www.estheraliu.blogspot.com.au   has just released a wonderful scrappy hexagon design it is so much fun to make, I downloaded the pattern on Saturday evening and have been playing with it ever since, you can buy the pattern on Esther’s Online shop.

 

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Scrappy Hexagon.

Just keep on adding triangles in to hexagons and then join hexagons up in to a quilt the size you want!!!!!

Just keep on making  triangles in to hexagons and then join hexagons up in to a quilt the size you want!!!!!

Another thing I enjoy doing is trying to get sewing machines going Not electronic ones old than when they came out.

On Saturday I was given these 2 sewing machines and a over locker

On Saturday I was given these 2 sewing machines and and a over locker. I spent 4 hrs on the old machine in the fore ground and she is now sewing beautifully.  Its around 1950 model assembled  in Australia from Japanese parts. Hubby managed to get the electronic one to sew but it keeps sewing backwards though LOL

 

In the garden mostly nothing but mould  mould and more mould.

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our front paves are very bad, in the distance in the middle of photo you can see where I have started exit-moulding them.

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Oneof the joys of living in the wet rainforest LOL there is all ways lots of work to be able to live here.

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In the foreground  is concrete covered in black mould path below I have just cleaned I was to tired to do this bit at the top.

 

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Where ever I look there is cleaning up needed

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even my wee sleeping cat the mould started to grow; I’ve cleaned her since this was taken this morning so she is snow white again!!!!

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You can see where I have got to with the cleaning of this path!!!!!

But we do have splashes of colour in the garden so hopefully the wet is coming to an end again.

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A lovely splash of colour.

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This is one of my favourite flowers in the garden It flowers twice a year and brings me so much joy.  What a colour combination, pink purple and green!!!!!

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Stunning colour combinations here.

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A purple orchid unfolding from its sheath.  plus lovely splashes of bright yellow brom’s with red centres and last years brom flowers still not cut off!!!!!

He lives in Hubbies work shop and will not move, if

He lives in Hubbies work shop and will not move, if Hubby wants to use the tools he’ s sitting on he has to gently move him.

 

 

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An orchid bloom unfolding I love to see them unfold like a butterfly from a chrysalis.

Both flowers are fully open now so so beautiful and the perfume is magical.

Both flowers are fully open now so so beautiful and the perfume is magical.

Thank you for dropping in to visit, Im now off to link with Esther Aliu on her WOW or WIP’s I do this every Wednesday and catch up on what some other quilters around the world are doing in the quilting world.  Cheers Glenda

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The Secret Garden designed by Esther Aliu 8th March 2017

I all most did not get time to blog today, now 7.30pm in OZ my Wednesday is almost over.

Ive spent most of this week working on Esther’s Secret Garden block 2.

I started by making templates out of washaway freezer paper my

I started by making templates out of washaway freezer paper for my small bluebells. I ironed 3 pieces of freezer paper together then drew the shape of the bluebell on to another piece and ironed this on top of the 3 pieces ironed all  together cut out the shape and then had a good solid shape to pencil around 53 times to make those Bluebells LOL  !!!!

How I made my wee blue bell flowers using washaway free

How I made my wee blue bell flowers using washaway freezer paper.

Playing with laying out the pieces I ahve made so far.

Playing with laying out the pieces I have made so far.

Starting to make my vase, more of a challenge than I thought it

Starting to make my vase, more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Im use to  hand appliqué so machine appliqué is a real challenge for me.

To mark my background fabric I tape it down first then lay the patte on top

To mark my background fabric I tape it down first then lay the patten on top and tape this down to so I have no movement when Im marking.

Isliced through the pattern were all the stems will go and then I can mark the abckgrou

I sliced through the pattern were all the stems will go and then I can mark the back ground fabric with a pencil these lines will be covered by the stems.

My pattern is getting more and more cut in to this is why I print off two patterns.

My pattern is getting more and more cut and sliced in to this is why I print off two patterns.

My other pattern I use now for holding all the peices while I cut slash and mark my back ground.

My other pattern I use now for holding all the pieces while I cut slash and mark my back ground.

Making my vase

Making my vase, pink is paler than it looks and is fine  silk.  First I cut out the shape in wash away freezer paper then cut out the inside of the shape leaving only 1/2 inch wide shape which I ironed on to the back of the fabric I choose for my vase. this was so my vase would not be to stiff.  there is a lot of appliquéing of  stems and leaves that has to go on to the back part of the vase.  I cut out th epink shape in washaway freezer paper then ironed it on to the back of the silk to stop it distorting as its so fine.  This also gave the pink more depth so it did not disappear in to the silver and gold vase fabric. To hold the fine pink silk in place I spot glued it then pinned every 1 1/2inchs with very fine pins.

Hard to decide how to satin stitch which area first this was scary to me as I was going to machine satin stitch so not easy to undo????

Hard to decide were to satin stitch which area first this was scary to me as I was going to machine satin stitch so not easy to undo???? Added the satin stitch around the pink first then pinned it to the back ground fabric to add the rest of the satin stitching.

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Then just kept going LOL  I did satin stitched around the whole of the out side first then the inside part, it was very slow going in all it took me 4 hrs to make my vase and appliqué it on to the back fabric.  I added a light weight fusing facing behind the whole shape before starting the satin stitch.

Placing some of the pieces of the pattern I ahve made or making so far

Placing some of the pieces of the pattern I have made or making so far.

It really is a beautiful design. Now need to amke my stems and sew them on before adding any of these peices.

It really is a beautiful design. Now need to make  my stems and sew them on before adding any of these pieces.

Update adding my bias stems I have been making..

Made bias strips foled the strips and 1/2 and pressed them machine sewed thm on to my block and have rolled them over and will ahnd stitch them down this way they give

Made bias strips fold the strips in 1/2 and pressed them machine sewed them on to my block and have rolled them over and will hand stitch them down this way they give a 3D look. I store my bias on swimming noodles to keep them from getting crushed.

two more main stems to add then I will embroider the small curly stems

two more main stems to add then I will embroider the small curly stems I think?

Update 1am Thursday morning !!!!

I finished machine sewing down the last main stem at 1a

I finished machine sewing down the last main stem at 1am Thursday morning and then had to play around placing the leaves and flowers to see what it was going to look like LOL

Update 9am Thursday morning OZ time in FNQLD

Taken in day light time not midnight time LOL

Taken in day light time just now not midnight time LOL  These colours are truer.  15 more bluebells to make and my bird. 

Off to link up with Esther’s WOW or WiP’s before it is to late to do so for this week. Thank you so much for dropping in.  No garden photo’s as Ive been to busy on the group this week its been such a busy week of new members and lots of lovely photos of work in progress on the two beautiful BOM’s Esther has released this year and Ive been so busy on my own blocks.

Cheers Glenda

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22nd Feb 2017 The Secret Garden’s Basket 3 D look

Ive been so busy the last week trying to be a grandmother, mother, working, babysitting and QUILTING  in the evenings the week went by in a flash.

What I woke up to 3 mornings ago. I never need a holiday away from here. Im on a constant holiday.

What I woke up to 3 mornings ago. I never need a holiday away from here. Im on a constant holiday.

Most of my quilting and sewing has been on The Secret Garden by Esther Alui it such a beautiful pattern, I’v so enjoyed seeing all the different creations other quilter are making of the same design over on Esther’s BOM group.

Where i'm up to today. Some flowers hand appliqué and some leaves machine appliquéd down.

Where I’m up to today Wednesday morning. Some flowers hand appliqué and some leaves machine appliquéd down. Most of the left hand side is finished except for the bottom flower. My bow will be the last thing I appliqué down.

It took me 1 1/2 hrs to button hole around this Bow LOL My machine is old and I ahd to stop every few stitiches to turn the fabric so it would keep a smooth ed

Thursday morning my time earl morning the sun is filtering through the windows.  It took me 1 1/2 hrs yesterday to button hole around this Bow LOL My machine is old and I had to stop every few stitches lift my foot and  turn the fabric ever so slightly so it would keep a smooth edge. My thread kept breaking due to the build up of glue on the needle from the iron on fusing at the back of the bow which is holding the batting in place to give me a padded look. 1?2 way through my machine told me it needed cleaning, a new needle and oiling LOL  SO I did and what a difference in the stitching then. Most of my leaves are appliquéd down now.  

Where it all started 2 weeks ago.

Where it all started 2 weeks ago.  I like to use coloured paper for my print offs I can see the pattern as a picture this way not lines on white paper.  Its just the way I see things.

Where it all started.

Many other quilters commented on the orange paper back ground thinking that was my fabric so I decided to try it on a lovely piece of orange fabric but I was not happy with it.

Placing my flowers to get the balance I want in my flower arrangement.

Placing my flowers to get the balance I want in my flower arrangement.  I all ways print of to copies of the pattern. One to refer back to and one to cut into.

Cutting out the stems on a print out so I can mark them on to my background fabric or alter them if I wish. a couple I did as my flowers were to big.

Cutting out the stems on a print out so I can mark them on to my background fabric or alter them if I wish. a couple I did as my flowers were too big.

My SG after I ahd finished making alll my pieces now all the pieces are ready to be appliquéd down by hand and machine.

My SG after I had finished making all my pieces now all the pieces are ready to be appliquéd down by hand and machine. I ended up using the first choice of back ground fabric which is a lovely soft blue which was once a lovely Kimono. It is a fine 1005 wool tight weave and so lovely to work on.

 

Here you can see I'm making bullion stitches.

Here you can see I’m making bullion stitches.

Close ups of flowers on my SG so you can see how I'm appliquéing the flower heads on and embroidering them

Close ups of flowers on my SG so you can see how I’m appliquéing the flower heads on and embroidering them

One leaf appliquéd by machine, it really gives the leaf a defined shape.

One leaf appliquéd by machine, it really gives the leaf a defined shape.

4 flowers embroidered and appliquéd down.

4 flowers embroidered and appliquéd down.

My last flower I have done so far, I added lots of stem stitch to this one to give it mare depth from a distance.

My last flower I have done so far, I added lots of stem stitch to this one to give it mare depth from a distance. Bullion knots in the centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I built my basket for The Secret Garden.

I made satin bias strips then ironed on fusing strips behind them, this made it easy to weave as I ironed the tips on to the top of the basket shape and then wove the strips till i was sure they were all woven properly.

I took satin bias strips then ironed on fusing strips behind them, this made it easy to weave as I ironed the tips on to the top of the basket shape and then wove the strips till I was sure they were all woven properly and evenly spaced .

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Backing here is a pale blue silk see how it changes the colour of the strips?

Ive used a lightly sliver and gold shimmery backing, looks a bit like dragons scales LOL In the past i used it to make a Dragon for my Son.

Ive used a lightly silver and gold shimmery backing, looks a bit like dragons scales LOL In the past I used it to make a Dragon wall art piece for my Son.

All ironed down and trimmed. These are strong colours but my flower arrangement is subtle so needs this effect at the bottom of the block I think?

All ironed down and trimmed. These are strong colours but my flower arrangement is subtle so needs this effect at the bottom of the block I think?

Ironed on to some batting before I quilt all those strips in place I want a 3D look as it looked rather flat.

Ironed on to some batting before I quilt all those strips in place I want a 3D look as it looked rather flat.

Im using a very fine bite stitch here, 3 straight sttiches then one in to the material . My machine is over 40 years old and this is the appliqué stitch if I'm slow it works well to appliqué down these strips. Machine appliqué is new to me.

Im using a very fine bite stitch here, 3 straight sttiches then one in to the material . My machine is over 40 years old and this is the appliqué stitch if I’m slow it works well to appliqué down these strips. Machine appliqué is new to me. I did stop at every weave do a back stitch and then start on the other side, slow but worth it for the end look.

All strips quilted down now to trim back the batting.

All strips quilted down now to trim back the batting.

I cut out the surrounding of the basket in one piece. first I ironed on some iron on fussing to the fabric I used then cut the shape out, I carefully ironed it to the vase shape. I did cut my vase shape slightly smaller so that it was a perfect fit and cover? and when I sew it to the background fabric finally it will roll over around that edge as there is the out side 1/8th of the frame has fusing and nothing else behind it. So if Im lucky it will look 3 D!

I cut out the surrounding of the basket in one piece. Its a piece of Kimono fabric with a little glitter in it to. I wanted some thing dark but not black this is a dark navy with silver threads. first I ironed on some iron on fussing to the fabric I used then cut the shape out as one piece, I carefully ironed it to the vase shape. I did cut my vase shape slightly smaller so that it was a perfect fit and cover? and when I sew it to the background fabric finally it will roll over around that edge as  the out side 1/8th of the frame has fusing and nothing else behind it. So if Im lucky it will look 3 D!

It took me several hrs to make I can not believe how long it took me, getting those weaves to be even was a challenge on its own LOL

It took me several hrs to make I can not believe how long it took me, getting those weaves to be even was a challenge on its own LOL So there is a days sewing LOL

A walk through  the garden late this evening instead of first thing in the morning as I usually do.

My latest fisher man has settled in to my garden well and truly now.

My latest fisher man has settled in to my garden well and truly now.

Red delight always nice to have a splash of red in the garden.

Red delight always nice to have a splash of red in the garden.

Ive never seen this before either LOL Its a growing spore its been so so wet the last month that all sorts of spores are growing here not good for ones health if you have asthma!!!!! But boy is this a stunning display and so so yellow.

Ive never seen this before either LOL Its a growing spore its been so so wet the last month that all sorts of spores are growing here not good for ones health if you have asthma!!!!! But boy is this a stunning display and so so yellow.

One of the flowering ginger plants I did not grow this one either LOL

One of the flowering ginger plants I did not grow this one either LOL

A storm has just been through, the heavens open for about 10 mins then its all gone till the next one.

A storm has just been through, the heavens open for about 10 mins then its all gone till the next one.

This lily just appeared in my garden thats one thing about rain forests areas things just pop up for the first time even after 20 years here????? Its so pure whit and so beautiful I have so enjoyed watching it grow and then it started to flower this week.

This lily just appeared in my garden thats one thing about rain forests areas things just pop up for the first time even after 20 years here????? Its so pure white and so beautiful I have so enjoyed watching it grow and then it started to flower this week.

Thanks for dropping in till next time Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 15th Feb 2017

Midway through Feb???  Time is flying be this year, I can not keep up with which day it is any more LOL

today the second part of Diamond Hill will be released this is Esther’s free BOM for 2017 and started on the 15th of Jan 2017

Esther Aliu's Diamond Hill BOM 1st block of mine does not look any different to last week but I have machine appliquéd my leaves on, just don't look to close as Im just learning to do Machine appliqué LOL

Esther Aliu’s Diamond Hill BOM 1st block of mine does not look any different to last week but I have machine appliquéd my leaves on, just don’t look to close as Im just learning to do Machine appliqué LOL

My challenge to my self on Diamond Hill is to learn machine appliqué!!!! It is painful but if I only do 30mins at a time I can cope.

My challenge to my self on Diamond Hill is to learn machine appliqué!!!! It is painful but if I only do 30mins at a time I can cope.

This week I have been working on My memory quilt to women in War.

My 3rd Project for 17Ufosin2017 I call this a memory to all war mothers. Because the purple kimono fabric is from WW11 and was patched and patched my be 100 times as the mother could not afford a new one. Times are always difficult for women and children every were when their countries are at war.

A memory To  Women in War

I had it ready to sandwich but it was TOO big for my two tables pushed together I did not realise it was so big, so I need table number 3 but it had 21 blocks waiting to be sewn for my ANZ quilt, they have been sitting on that table for over   8 months!!!!!  They are now sewn together as I need the table LOL  I have not made any progress sandwiching my Memory quilt as the table is still down stairs but I did finish my ANZ quilt top.

backing was not big enough so have had to add some fabric from another cotton kimono but it blends in OK

backing was not big enough so have had to add some fabric from another cotton kimono but it blends in OK Hopefully I can show this sandwiched next week?

working on completing my ANZ quilt. Its called that as famil

To get another table to make a work space big enough to sandwiching My memory quilt I had to clear this table???? so this week I was working on completing my ANZ quilt. Its called that as family when travelling to NZ and around OZ over the last few years have brought me home lovely NZ and OZ designer pieces of fabric and Ive just used those in this quilt top.

Ive just completed the last 3 rows and joined them to the main part of the quilt, just need to add the two side red strips and the top is finished then I have the fun of adding appliqué to it.

Ive just completed the last 3 rows and joined them to the main part of the quilt, just need to add the two side red strips and the top is finished then I have the fun of adding appliqué to it.

While looking for the circles Id made to be applqiued on to the ANZ quilt I found two strips  of Bargello, one around11 inchs wide and one 17inchs wide roughly as they were very squwif, lopside!!!!!! I wanted to amke a quilt for our bed 35 odd years ago and loved the look of the Bargello quilts and so I was going to make one after all it was just sewing straight seams wasn’t it? This was my first attempt at machine pieced work how  I wanted to make that quilt for our bed What was I thinking? I could not have chosen a more difficult design to make for a beginner. I was in tears when I saw what I ended up with LOL I did not know about bobbin tension or top tension in those days just how to sew a straight line after all how difficult could it be they are all just straight lines Well it was a great lesson in tension.

Those two strips of Bargello look at the end of the pieces and see how distorted they are? you can not see it in this clearly but the centres bow to the right LOL

Those two strips of Bargello look at the end of the pieces and see how distorted they are? you can not see it in this clearly but the centres bow to the right LOL all the last row on the left of the big strip are almost diamond shape they are meant to be square thats how distorted it became.

You can really see the distortion of the fabric pieces here.

You can really see the distortion of the fabric pieces here.

These two pieces have been travelling around with us for the last 30 years tormenting me LOL Today I attacked them and sliced the bottoms and tops to make them straight and cut the sides so they now don’t bow LOL May be it will become a quilt after all. I like them on the black background?

After cutting and slashing those two pieces of Bargello today I have something that might make a single bed quilt, thinking of sashiko quilting the black in off white thread for a strong contrast. I can not wait to try the sashiko quilting on that black space now.

After cutting and slashing those two pieces of Bargello today I have something that might make a single bed quilt, thinking of sashiko quilting the black in off white thread for a strong contrast. I can not wait to try the sashiko quilting on that black space now. Quilt size 40inchs by 70inchs.

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Backing taped down ready for cotton batting.

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Cotton batting rolled out on top of backing.

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Quilt top in place but is this the right way up or

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is this the right way up LOL

From two

From two horrible misshaped pieces of pieced fabric I now have a quilt LOL were there is a will there is a way!!!! I have started sashiko quilting the centre black panel.

So instead of my Memory quilt been sandwiched this week it is still in 2 pieces the front and the backing , may be this weekend ?????? but I have one quilt top finished and and one new quilt top made and sandwiched in a week a first for me LOL

I have been humming and harrring ove rmy flowers for TSG all month Ive coloured in pages of

I have been humming and haring over my flowers for TSG all month Ive coloured in pages of flowers but was not happy with them, then Monday night some thing remind me of some beautiful fabric I had, it was given to all most 20 years ago. I just found it difficult to cut in to this fabric for pieced work but it would be perfect for my SG  keeping the flowers as flowers.  So here they are on the sheets of A4 orange printing paper to give me an idea how they will look. Now Im happy LOL

On my front entrance last night????

I forgot but hubby didn't, they are sitting in a brand new dust pan LOL He has been talking baout a

I forgot but hubby didn’t, they are sitting in a brand new dust pan LOL He has been talking about a dustpan with a handle so I don’t have to bend down??? well here it is LOL  But full of flowers how lovely is that?

In my garden this morning.

Palm fronds picked up yesterday and this morning its a never ending task but worth it to have them around the pool.

Palm fronds picked up yesterday and this morning its a never ending task but worth it to have them around the pool. We place them on sheets of plastic and then drag them to the rubbish pile down in the trees and it all goes back in to the ground.

large stag-horn plants that love this tree from one there are many now.

large stag-horn plants that love this tree from one there are many now.

Baby stag-horn plant growing on a 1ich stem of a palm, it will not survive here!

Baby stag-horn plant growing on a 1ich stem of a palm, it will not survive here!

where ever you look there needs a lot of cleaning up to be done, kiddies sandpit covered in leaves.

where ever you look there needs a lot of cleaning up to be done, kiddies sandpit covered in leaves.

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First thing this morning NO rain thank goodness but very high dry temperatures been 32C here but over OZ records have been broken up in the 40’s I feel for the people down south were they are having fires and terrible high temps.

Then out of the blue at 11am the came down

Then out of the blue at 11am the rain came down on top of us. while the range was till bathed in sun!

Then 5minds later it is all gone and we are abck i!!!

Then 5minds later it is all gone and we are back in sunshine!

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I have sons who surf so we even have a garden seat from a surf board LOL

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My only patch of nice lawn and it takes a lot to keep it in the wet tropics.

A wee herb patch my DGD and I made

A wee herb patch my DGD and I made

My tiny clean patch of grass it reminds me of our homes in NZ

My tiny clean patch of grass it reminds me of our homes in NZ

Thank goodness for the pool in these high temps.

Thank goodness for the pool in these high temps.

The 3 wise men

The 3 wise men

SOme of you have suggested I uese vingar to kill the mould as I often talk about it, Ive just started cleaning the patio which is covered in mould the mould here would just laugh at vinegar, this has to be cleaned ever 4 months

Some of you have suggested I use vinegar to kill the mould as I often talk about it, Ive just started cleaning the patio which is covered in mould the mould here would just laugh at vinegar, this has to be cleaned ever 4 months Those pavers on the right are meant to be pink also!!!!

I nearly stood on him last night. They are not scared of people.

I nearly stood on him last night. They are not scared of people. Caught in my torch light.

will now go and take some garden photos in the mean time I will link up with WOW or WIP’s over on Esther Aliu’s blog.  Thanks for taking the time to drop in happy sewing every one Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 8th Feb 2017

Not much to show in the patchwork side this week, Ive mostly been quilting not doing patchwork.  A great deal of the time this week was unpicking two kimonos one for the backing of my Memory to all Women in War, and the other for the backing for my QAYG Hanky blocks.

Unpicked Kimono patched and patched to make a square backing for my memorial quilt to all women in war.

Unpicked a Kimono, I patched and patched to make a square backing out of one for my memorial quilt to All Women In War

My 3rd Project for 17Ufosin2017 I call this a memory to all war mothers. Because the purple kimono fabric is from WW11 and was patched and patched my be 100 times as the mother could not afford a new one. Times are always difficult for women and children every were when their countries are at war.

My 3rd Project for 17Ufosin2017 I call this a memory to all war mothers. Because the purple kimono fabric is from WW11 and was patched and patched may be 100 times as the mother could not afford a new one. Times are always difficult for women and children every were when their countries are at war.

I found a HUGE box of scraps I'd forgotten about in the attic during the week LOL I was thinking lately when I was making my Diamond Hill block how did I use up nearly all my scraps ?????

I found a HUGE box of scraps I’d forgotten about in the attic during the week LOL I was thinking lately when I was making my Diamond Hill block how did I use up nearly all my scraps ?????

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This box was so full I could hardly carry it, I’ve  ended up with 3 boxes one with silk scraps one with cotton scraps and 1 with lengths of fabric which were also in the box. So Im a very very happy chappy as Im making several appliqué quilts this year.

I was given a beautiful Japanese Doll 40 years ago as a thank you gift, sadly over the last 18 months a stain was coming from inside the porcelain,

I was given a beautiful Japanese Doll 40 years ago as a thank you gift, sadly over the last 18 months a dark stain I thought was coming from inside the porcelain, I have been to scared to do any thing about trying to remove it.

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Yesterday I decide I had to do some thing as it was spreading right across her face, so decided to try bleaching the mark out!!!!! so took some cotton buds and added a little concentrated chlorine to the tip of the bud and dabbed like you would removing mould from a old painting, much to my surprise after about 30 mins of carefully dabbing and 30 cotton buds later she was back to normal, Im so happy to have her back again looking so beautiful.

My beautiful beautiful Doll.  Given to me many years ago.  She is still one of my most loved dolls.

My beautiful beautiful Doll. Given to me many years ago. She is still one of my most loved dolls.

My beautiful Dolls clothes after 40 years have faded and soiled around her neck, they are silk so there is no way I'd try to clean them on her, Ive decided to try appliquéing over top of the neck pieces with very fine silks. Hopefully Ill do it this week now her face is back to been its beautiful self.

My beautiful Dolls clothes after 40 years have faded and soiled around her neck, they are silk so there is no way I’d try to clean them on her, Ive decided to try appliquéing over top of the neck pieces with very fine silks. Hopefully Ill do it this week now her face is back to been its beautiful self.

4 completed old-fashion hanky blocks.

4 completed old-fashion hanky QAYG blocks.

Another 4 Old-fashion Hanky QAYG blocks ready to be quilted and have the Dresden plates added and appliqué on.

Another 4 Old-fashion Hanky QAYG blocks ready to be quilted and have the Dresden plates added and appliqué on.

This is the sashiko quilting I have been doing this week, my goodness Im enjoying doing sashiko quilting I wish Id thought of learning to do it years ago, it is so effective on a neutral fabric.

This is the sashiko quilting I have been doing this week, my goodness Im enjoying doing sashiko quilting I wish I’d thought of learning to do it years ago, it is so effective on a neutral fabric.

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Close up of sashiko quilting.

Esther Aliu's Diamond Hill BOM 1st block of mine does not look any different to last week but I have machine appliquéd my leaves on, just don't look to close as Im just learning to do Machine appliqué LOL

Esther Aliu’s Diamond Hill BOM 1st block of mine does not look any different to last week but I have machine appliquéd my leaves on, just don’t look to close as Im just learning to do Machine appliqué LOL

My challenge to my self on Diamond Hill is to learn machine appliqué!!!! It is painful but if I only do 30mins at a time I can cope.

My challenge to my self on Diamond Hill is to learn machine appliqué!!!! It is painful but if I only do 30mins at a time I can cope.

At the entrance to my house I use these old-fashion lamps as oil burners which I burn citrinala oil in to keep the mossies away.

At the entrance to my house I use these old-fashion lamps as oil burners which I burn citrionella oil in to keep the mossies away.

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I love tiny porcelain pieces in my garden in fun places.

I love tiny porcelain pieces in my garden in fun places.

after 4 weeks it still holds its amazing colours.

after 4 weeks it still holds its amazing colours.

Heliconia or some times called the brirdofparadise

Heliconia or some times called the brirdofparadise

Taken early this morning.

Taken early this morning.

Off to link up with others on Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s today Thank you so much for taking the time to drop in and visit. Cheers Glenda

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1st Feb 2017 Diamond Hill

Were did January go to?????

My first project of my 17 ufosin2017 21 days was up on the 21st of Jan

After 17 days I ahve almost completed Sara's quilt. only the top,sides and bottom to sahiko quilt and the machine quilting in the ditch is completed, Im feeling good about this one.

After 21 days I had finished making the quilt top, sandwiched it and almost completed quilting it. All the machine quilting in the ditch was finished and about 75% of the sashiko quilting done. So Im happy.

and I started my 2nd project The Teddy Bears Picnic and finished it on the 29th Jan

Hanging on the line after washing on a wool cycle yesterday 29th Jan 2017 before it was posted later in the day. It has a wool batting so will be lovely and warm.

Added the borders, sandwiched it, machine quilted in the ditch around all the borders and sashiko quilted around the teddy Bears. Hanging on the line after washing on a wool cycle yesterday 29th Jan 2017 before it was posted later in the day. It has a wool batting so will very light but lovely and warm.

I started making Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu Its a lovely big bold design and it fun working on big pieces of appliqué instead of tiny pieces like I have been.

leaves all ready to be ironed on.

leaves all ready to be ironed on. I keep all my pieces of iron-on-fusing in-between A4 sheets of paper in side a book this way they keep nice and flat.

5 of 7 flowers made for my 1st block of Diamond Hill Esther Aliu's new Free BOM in 2017

5 of 7 flowers made for my 1st block of Diamond Hill Esther Aliu’s new Free BOM in 2017

Strips for the vase Ive cut all 4 vases so I know I will have enoguh for the

Strips for the vase I’ve cut enough strips for all 4 vases so I know I  have enough fabric.

4 vases in place of the four blocks to be?

4 vases in place of the four blocks to be?

Gluing is quick but Im not sure its going to work up here in the wet tropics??? time will tell.

Gluing is quick but Im not sure its going to work up here in the wet tropics??? time will tell.

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All the pieces for the main flower I did not use iron on fusing for this flower.

I have turned the edges over using glue

I have turned the edges over using glue

Stems placed, I made them with a bias maker and

Stems placed, I made them with a strips cut on the bias then pulled  through a bias maker. Narrower stems strips are just pressed in 1/2 sewn to the background fabric seam cut back then fabric fold over the seam and stitched down.

Close up of the machine appliqué.

Close up. Ive ironed on  very narrow iron on fussing behind the stems to hold in place till I appliquéd them on .

Stems applqiued on by hand and machine.

Stems applqiued on by hand and machine.

Building up the irononfusing flowers, ironing them on to a Teflon sheet which is over the pattern to guide me.

Building up the irononfusing flowers, ironing them on to a Teflon sheet which is over the pattern to guide me.

Last two flowers made now.

Last two flowers made now.

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Finally the block is complete all the iron-on-fusing pieces are ironed on waiting to be appliquéd on, stems are done so now the relaxing part begins.

So that was my week.  I’ll finish off with some photo’s I took around midnight of our local frogs, it poured with rain and the frogs came out to play.

Love his big eyes

Love his big eyes

Mating season is in full force

Mating season is in full force

We don't have many of these big fellows thank goodness as they sound like foghorns LOL

We don’t have many of these big fellows thank goodness as they sound like foghorns LOL

These two jumped on to my trouser and I had to forcibly remove them LOL

These two jumped on to my trouser and I had to forcibly remove them LOL

Big fat toad I dislike them.

Big fat toad I dislike them.

Sorry having trouble downloading any more photo’s will add them later.

I will link with Esther Aliu on her WOW or WIP’s today.

Thanks for dropping in Cheers Glenda

 

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My Ufosin2017 challenge Feb 2017

Its very very hot and humid up here in the far north of OZ.  around 30C and 98% humidity!!!! To wet to work in the garden and hot. Mossies have arrived in full force so time to stay indoors and sit in front of a fan and enjoy quilting.

I dont have time to rewrite a new blog today so using one I wrote yesterday for my Yfosin2107 with Meredithe it’s such a long blog most of you will stop before the end LOL

Today Im baby sitting my DGD 4 who asked me to teach her to do cross stitch!!!! not sure where that came from but here she is I still can not believe she picked it up so quickly and never made one mistake the whole time she worked on it.  I taught her on paper in big dots first so she understood and she was  a way with needle and thread LOL

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Concentration at its best LOL

  

So much happening this month in my sewing world.  I joined Meredithe’s Ufosin2017  My first challenge is finished now on to number 2. we have 21 days to work on each project through the year of the 17 UFO’s we choose,  Im really enjoying this as I work best under pressure and a time-date.  SO for me its working and Im enjoying it. My first project I finished making Sara’s quilt top sandwiched it completed all the machine quilting in the ditch and 3/4 finished the sashiko quilting so Im very pleased.  It won’t take me long to finish this UFO now.  If I finish my 2nd UFO before the 21 days I will then pick up my 1st project and work on that.

My first project for the challenge was a single bed size quilt Ive called Sara’s quilt

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To compete Sara’s quilt I had to add the jumping sheep and the final border around it.

After 17 days I ahve almost completed Sara's quilt. only the top,sides and bottom to sahiko quilt and the machine quilting in the ditch is completed, Im feeling good about this one.

After 17 days I had almost completed Sara’s quilt. only the top,sides and bottom to sahiko quilt and the machine quilting in the ditch is completed, Im feeling good about this one. By the 21st I had competed sashiko quilting the top section, all the hearts  and started quilting the side circles.

Number two of Ufosin2017 is The Teddy Bears Picnic. A babies cuddly.

Started to long ago now the baby is 8 !!!!!!

Started to long ago now that baby is 8 !!!!!!

First border added one of 3

First border added one of 3

Scraps of flannel I will use to make the backing.

Scraps of flannel I will use to make the backing. Two dark fabrics Im using as borders.

Two more strip should make it big enough?

Two more strip should make it big enough? There are dinosaurs,  teddy bears and racing cars on the flannel scraps I’m using.

Teddy Bears Picnic Baby cuddly about 1 1/2 metres sqaure.

Teddy Bears Picnic Baby cuddly about 1 1/2 metres by 1 3/4s metres.  3rd day basting the quilt with safety pins

Close up of cover over the safety pins these are worth the money I spent on them they are so easy to open and close.

Close up of cover over the safety pins these are worth the money I spent on them they are so easy to open and close.

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Back of teddy Bears Picnic

My little dog wanted to be in the photo and would not move LOL close up of the sashiko quilted hoops?

My little dog wanted to be in the photo and would not move LOL close up of the sashiko quilted hoops?

All the machine quilting in the ditch around the borders is complete and 1/2 the Teddy's are now running around in their hoops having fun.

All the machine quilting in the ditch around the borders is complete and 1/2 the Teddy’s are now running around in their hoops having fun.

Hanging on the line after washing on a wool cycle yesterday 29th Jan 2017 before it was posted later in the day. It has a wool batting so will be lovely and warm.

Hanging on the line after washing on a wool cycle yesterday 29th Jan 2017 before it was posted later in the day. It has a wool batting so will be lovely and warm. It is now safely in Holland.

working on completing my ANZ quilt. Its called that as famil

working on completing my ANZ quilt. Its called that as family members brought back these fabric s to me from NZ and OZ.

Ive just completed the last 3 rows and joined them to the main part of the quilt, just need to add the two side red strips and the top is finished then I have the fun of adding appliqué to it.

Ive just completed the last 3 rows and joined them to the main part of the quilt, just need to add the two side red strips and the top is finished then I have the fun of adding appliqué to it. Still have not found my appliqué circles so it is sitting still.

My 3rd Ufoi217 was going to be my ANZ quilt but i could not find the circles to put on top of the finished pieced quilt so I pulled out my Women in War memorial quilt and started to make that, that also had a hold up as I had to wait 10 days  to have a table brought up from down stairs to the veranda to add to two other tables to give me a space big enough to sandwich this large quilt!!!!!!

3rd Ufoi2017  This is my Women and war memorial quilt.  If possible I want to sandwich it  within my 21 days of working on it.  Ive been unpicking this lovely cotton kimono for the backing.  Ive had to patch and patch to make it a square big enough for the quilt top.

Unpicked Kimono patched and patched to make a square backing for my memorial quilt to all women in war.

Unpicked Kimono patched and patched to make a square backing for my memorial quilt to all women in war.  This is lying on two large tables pushed together.

My 3rd Project for 17Ufosin2017 I call this a memory to all war mothers. Because the purple kimono fabric is from WW11 and was patched and patched my be 100 times as the mother could not afford a new one. Times are always difficult for women and children every were when their countries are at war.

My 3rd Project for 17Ufosin2017 I call this a memory to all war mothers. Because the purple kimono fabric is from WW11 and was patched and patched my be 100 times as the mother could not afford a new one. Times are always difficult for women and children every were when their countries are at war.

I had to wait till there were two able men around to bring up table 3 so I could sandwhich my quilt its os but

I had to wait till there were two able men around to bring up table 3 so I could sandwich my quilt even 3 tables were not big enough so Im going to baste as far in around as I can reach ever 4inches and then remove the tape and work each the left and right hand side  of the quilt that is over lapping .   Here it is all ready to start the basting 25th Feb 2017

Finally all that is lying flat on the table is basted as far in as possible, after 3days working on it. Have removed the masking tape and wrapped the tape around a noodle to reuse.

Finally all that is lying flat on the table is basted as far in as possible, after 3days working on it. Have removed the masking tape and wrapped the tape around a noodle to reuse.

I ahve moved the tape to the right on the table so I can now baste the left hand side of the quilt that was hanging down the side, have taped the backing down with the old tape Id wrapped around the noodle.

I have moved the quilt to the right on the table so I can now baste the left hand side of the quilt that was hanging down the side, have taped the backing down with the old tape Id wrapped around the noodle.

side section all ready to be basted no, I will have to do the same with the other side then.

side section is now all ready to be basted on. I will have to do the same with the other side after this is basted then I will finish of the centre were I was unable to reach.  Lets hope its worked doing it like this?????

Ive completed basting the left hand side and now have turned the quilt around completely so

I’ve completed basting the left hand side and now have turned the quilt around completely so I can baste the other side now.  Quilt is lying lovely a flat it worked doing it this way.  SO in future I can do others this way.  Ive folded the quilt back on its self on the right hand side to give weight so I can pull the left hand side firm and tape before basting it.

While waiting for the 3rd table I made the below?????

Those two strips of Bargello look at the end of the pieces and see how distorted they are? you can not see it in this clearly but the centres bow to the right LOL

While looking for my circles for my ANZ quilt I found these two pieces of Bargello that I made 30 odd years ago, my first attempt at piece quilting, talk about jumping in to the deep end of quilting LOL  Those two strips of Bargello look at the end of the pieces and see how distorted they are? you can not see it in this clearly but the centres bow to the right LOL  To day I came up with an idea of what to do with them after 30 years  LOL

After cutting and slashing those two pieces of Bargello today I have something that might make a single bed quilt, thinking of sashiko quilting the black in off white thread for a strong contrast. I can not wait to try the sashiko quilting on that black space now.

After cutting and slashing those two pieces of Bargello today I have something that might make a single bed quilt, thinking of sashiko quilting the black in off white thread for a strong contrast. I can not wait to try the sashiko quilting on that black space now.

From two

Starting to sashiko quilting  it.  Not on my 17 list

And this one two???

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This was one of my mums table clothes from around 1950 and Ive loved it always but it was badly stained in the centre and I have not been able to budge that stain I have also not been able to bring my self to discard it. last week I thought WHAT IF

To late now LOL

To late now LOL

Making a QAYG block with one of the lovely pieces.

Making a QAYG block with one of the lovely pieces.

4 little 12 inch sqaure QAYF blocks now what do I do with them????

4 little 12 inch sqaure QAYF blocks now what do I do with them????

May be a wall art quilt????

May be a wall art quilt????  Time will tell.

I also found time to appliuqe and quilt two more wee hanky QAYG blocks I find these so relaxing

I also found time to appliqué and quilt several  more wee hanky QAYG blocks I find these so relaxing. These are not on my 17 list.

3 down one to go then only 11 more to do LOL.

I love how the dresden plate pops out when quilted.  28th Feb Now around 6 made !!!!!

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Swords and shields quilt

Ive also finished sashiko quilting my Shields and Swords quilt now it just needs binding this is not on my 17 challenge list .

I also made my first block of The Secret Garden BOM by Esther Aliu such a lovely lovely design.  I still ahve some flowers to appliqué down on this block on the right hand side.

It took me 1 1/2 hrs to button hole around this Bow LOL My machine is old and I ahd to stop every few stitiches to turn the fabric so it would keep a smooth ed

It took me 1 1/2 hrs to button hole around this Bow LOL My machine is old and I had to stop every few stitches to turn the fabric so it would keep a smooth edge

Esther Aliu's Diamond Hill BOM 1st block of mine does not look any different to last week but I have machine appliquéd my leaves on, just don't look to close as Im just learning to do Machine appliqué LOL

Esther Aliu’s Diamond Hill BOM 1st block of mine does not look any different to last week but I have machine appliquéd my leaves on, just don’t look to close as Im just learning to do Machine appliqué LOL

Below you can see my garden at present.

 

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New tender growth on one of my favourite native trees

My latest fisher man has settled in to my garden well and truly now.

My latest fisher man has settled in to my garden well and truly now.

Red delight always nice to have a splash of red in the garden.

Red delight always nice to have a splash of red in the garden.

Ive never seen this before either LOL Its a growing spore its been so so wet the last month that all sorts of spores are growing here not good for ones health if you have asthma!!!!! But boy is this a stunning display and so so yellow.

Ive never seen this before either LOL Its a growing spore its been so so wet the last month that all sorts of spores are growing here not good for ones health if you have asthma!!!!! But boy is this a stunning display and so so yellow.

One of the flowering ginger plants I did not grow this one either LOL

One of the flowering ginger plants I did not grow this one either LOL

A storm has just been through, the heavens open for about 10 mins then its all gone till the next one.

A storm has just been through, the heavens open for about 10 mins then its all gone till the next one.

This lily just appeared in my garden thats one thing about rain forests areas things just pop up for the first time even after 20 years here????? Its so pure whit and so beautiful I have so enjoyed watching it grow and then it started to flower this week.

This lily just appeared in my garden thats one thing about rain forests areas things just pop up for the first time even after 20 years here????? Its so pure whit and so beautiful I have so enjoyed watching it grow and then it started to flower this week.

What I woke up to 3 mornings ago. I never need a holiday away from here. Im on a constant holiday.

What I woke up to 3 mornings ago. I never need a holiday away from here. Im on a constant holiday.

No Creepy crawlies this month sorry been to wet, they have all gone under ground. But I do unearth a funnel web spiders nest and her last week and had a funnel web spider in my shower yesterday morning , I can tell you I exited that shower very very quickly.

Thank you again Meredithe for a wonderful challenge.   Its really working for me.

Thank you for dropping in and hope to see some of your linksover on Esther’s blog  Cheers Glenda who has had a good month designing, stitching,  and quilting.  Off to link up with Esther.

 

 

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New Year projects WOW or WIP’s with Esther.

My day started out with this lovely morning. Rained all night but no flood water in the unit this time. So

My day started out with this lovely morning. Rained all night but no flood water in the unit this time. So hopefully the problem was solved with Hubby and DGS putting in a new drainage at the back of unit.

From ironing some vintage hankies and idea for a quilt evolved

From ironing some vintage hankies an idea for a quilt evolved. If you want to see how I made these wee blocks up below check out my earlier blog.

First 4 blocks of 15 vintage linen hankies and dresden plates.

First 4 blocks of 15 vintage linen hankies and dresden plates. These blocks are ending up 12inchs square and Im making them up in  QAYG blocks they are delightful to do.

3rd of Jan I added the bottom panel to t

3rd of Jan I added the bottom panel to  Sara’s quilt so now I have a quilt top???? this is my 1st challenge in 17Ufosin2017 with Meredith

After 17 days I ahve almost completed Sara's quilt. only the top,sides and bottom to sahiko quilt and the machine quilting in the ditch is completed, Im feeling good about this one.

After 17 days I have almost completed Sara’s quilt. only the top,sides and bottom to sahiko quilt all the machine quilting in the ditch is completed, Im feeling good about this one.

Also sahiko quilting this at present nealy finished.

Also sahiko quilting this at present nearly finished. This was just before I started quilting it.

A perfect ball of red star flower?????

A perfect ball of red star flower?????

Just saw this tiny fellow a few minutes ago by the pond. 8pm

Just saw this tiny fellow a few minutes ago by the pond. 8pm

Both on my door step this morning dead?

Both on my door step this morning dead?

Busy day ahead as Im baby sitting for the next 6 hrs. So off now to join up with Esther Aliu WOW or WIPs Esther has just released a lovely new BOM called Diamond Hill.

Centre flower of Esther's new free BOM for 2017 Diamond Hill

Centre flower of Esther’s new free BOM for 2017 Diamond Hill I could not resist starting it.

Many thanks for dropping in till next time Cheers Glenda

 

 

Ive been productive the first 17 days of 2017.  Ive joined t 17 Ufosin2017

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How do you design your quilts I get asked often?????

After quilting down the seam allowance then the fun is appliquing on your centre pieces I'm going to use these t

I have no idea, they just happen, some times I dream an idea, I see something that triggers a memory, Im doing some thing and think this would make a great wee quilt????

This morning it happened when I was ironing LOL  But not ironing any thing some very very old delicate linen handkerchiefs that were given to women after the war in OZ and NZ when you wanted to say a big thank you but they had most things it was these beautiful fragile (but they weren’t they were made from fine linen so very strong)  2 weeks ago 3 boxes came in to the shop still sealed but rather battled scared  the handkerchiefs still pinned, surprising there were no stains from the pins but every hanky was covered in storage yellow spots,  I brought them home as I could not bear to see these little treasures chucked out,  I was brutal with the soaking I used a strong bleach and left them for nearly two weeks soaking and this morning washed them in the machine in a fabric bag.

This is were my idea for the following wee quilt to be started ironing these little t

This is were my idea for the following wee quilt to be started; ironing these little hanky treasures.

Such fine fine work they must have had incrediable eye sight to do this.

Such fine fine work they must have had incrediable eye sight to do this.

How delicate can you get?????

How delicate can you get?????

All hand made including the netting lace on the corner of this one.

All hand made including the netting lace on the corner of this one. It is cotton not nylon.

Now the quilt begins, My conscience Jimmy Cricket is saying I thought no more new quilts!!!!!!

Now take some backing Ive choosen crean satin for my backing from a wedding shaw

Now take some backing Ive chosen cream satin for my backing from a wedding shawl that I picked up at a Opp Shop you can find so many treasures discarded in these shops. I have a wool batting it is also cream but the white is still showing up in the hankies.

How sweet this little corner is.

How sweet this little corner is.

Now take some backing Ive choosen crean satin for my backing from a wedding shaw

I was thinking Little Dear Jane blocks while ironing but when I went down to get them I found the patterns but not the blocks in the draw I pulled BUT right on top were

THESE

THESE!!!!!!!!!!!   I made these many years ago for a quilt by Sue Daley called Chelsea that never made it to the finish line as I lost the pattern. 

OK now how will I make up these wee blocks to make them all the same size as they range from 10inch to nearlly 11inchs and I do not want to cut them all the same size, I make each wee hankie in to a quilt as you go. I found

Kimono soft pale aqua back ground with a blue thread running through it to make shadow flowers.

Kimono soft pale aqua back ground with a blue thread running through it to make shadow flowers.

Sea green grass fabric from a vintage kimono it is a summer weight fabric and if you hold it up

Sea green grass fabric from a vintage kimono it is a summer weight fabric and if you hold it up to the light you can see through it, a perfect weight for these tiny treasure the satin I was going to use was to heavy.

a lovely vintage hand woven grass linen Kimono not much heavier in weight than these hankies and will use this fabric for my backing

Back of the quilt as you go block.

Back of the quilt as you go block.

and roll it around to the front of the block and baste it to the front.

After unpicking the kimono I end up with 50% of it in 14inch wide strips so I have cut my backing the same length as the width to give me a good square to play with.

After unpicking the kimono I end up with 50% of it in 14inch wide strips so I have cut my backing the same length as the width to give me a good square to play with. First I iron a 1/4 turn over all the way round.

Have cut a 12inch square of wool batting and laid it on top of my backing.

Have cut a 12inch square of wool batting and laid it on top of my backing.

Then one of the hankies.

Then one of the hankies.

First I pin all 4 sides carefully making sure the hanky is in the centre.

First I pin all 4 sides carefully making sure the hanky is in the centre. Then slowly work all around the edges pinning carefully, sadly I had to pin over the wee lace edging on this hanky it is hand done too!!!!!

Finally our block is completed ready to be machine or hand quilted, I will hand quilt mine.

Finally our block is completed ready to be machine or hand quilted, I will hand quilt mine.

After quilting down the seam allowance then the fun is appliquing on your centre pieces I'm going to use these t

After quilting down the seam allowance then the fun is appliquéing on your centre pieces I’m going to use these tiny Dresden Plates I made many moons ago?????

One wee QAYG block finished and the 2nd on pinned ready to be quilted and appliqued.

One wee QAYG block finished and the 2nd one pinned ready to be quilted and appliquéd.

After all 15 are made up I will whip stitch them together to make up a wee quilt.

Im one short it must be some where Im off to see if its in the dryer by accident as I hand iron these dry never put them in a dryer and never let them dry naturally linen needs to be iron dry like silk.

So thats how I design LOL

Thanks for dropping in till next time Cheers Glenda

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