WOW or WIP’s with Esther 9th Aug 2017

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Block from hearts Desire by Esther Aliu her designs are incredible.  All ways challenging, different, and beautiful.

My week has been more of buying fabrics, fixing sewing machines, buying sewing machine parts,  hunting down good fine sewing machine needles for my machine appliqué than any physical sewing!!!!  But I have made slow progress on my wee triangle blocks for part 7 of The Secret Garden quilt by Esther.

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My first attempt,  I felt the bias stems were to wide making them look heavy and I don’t have enough of this fabric for all 16 blocks.

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I found a fabric that I had enough of for all 14 blocks and thought if I machine appliqué them it would be so much quicker and just hand  the petals!!!!! so I did one but was disappointed with the look it was to flat and harsh it needs a much much finer edging and as I’m very new to machine appliqué it is back to hand appliquéing those stems down for now.  I have to learn how to adjust my machine stiches so will spend some time looking at internet videos.

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These stems are appliquéd down by hand a much soft look.

I also don’t have enough fabric of the two purples for all 14 blocks so decided to use two different other purples as well then played around and decided tow add two more shades of a different colour but in the same tones and lots more fun!!!!

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these two blocks have different fabrics but are very close in value

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Happy with the new colour I’m adding.

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Plus my other purple block colours.

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Slowlyyyyy  getting there.

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Where I’m up to this morning One little triangle on the right with its pieces almost all appliquéd on, just 6 wee yellow drops to do.

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Love how the pieces of fabric pop and roll like real shapes when I pull the basting threads out after Iv’e appliquéd the shapes on.

My DGD and I made up a wee quilt for her to cuddle under while watching a movie or TV but she loves it so much she was trying to sleep under it at night time but her feet stuck out the other end but still she wanted to sleep under it right or wrong so last week she went home with one of my bed quilts she really likes now her feet dont stick out LOL

Friendship quilt hanging out for some fresh air, Im about 1/2 way with the quilting.

Quilt that went home with my DGD 4 1/2 last week. I’m so so happy she has it as it was one SHE wanted not one I just gave her.This  friendship quilt swap was made with 32 other quilters in PNG

Centre almost finished quilting. I used tags to sandwich this quilt and it stood up to the pulling out and putting away over several years but I did notice a few we pull tension holes in the fabric. I still like basting my quilts with thread there is NO tension on them with thread.

Centre of  friendship quilt.

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Iv’e been side tracked this morning!!!!!!   machine appliquéing one of my Secret Garden blocks, a little frustrated as I can not shorten the bite in so not as happy with my appliqué as I would like to be.

this fern grows all around me it is a native fern and it influenced me when i made my leaves for block 3 of SG

This fern grows all around me it is a native fern and it influenced me when I made my leaves for block 3 of SG

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Close up of the leaves

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Here you can see those leaves in my SG block I’m machine appliquéing those leaves down today

Update 4pm

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Just finished machine appliquéing all the leaves down, now need to finish the stems and the cat, will do the cats eyes and the flower heads by hand applique.

In the garden today it is wet and miserable.

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Wet and miserable day! Glad I can stay inside and sew.  16C out side.

This is what it was like yesterd

This is what it was like yesterday a picture perfect day 22C !

cuttings my DGD and I planted out two months ago!

cuttings my DGD and I planted out two months ago!

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Scraggly  poinsettias we have jus thad to much rain for them this year.

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I counted 7 different ferns on this stump all local self seeded ferns.

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My quiet budda

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How red is that?

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Shhhhhh

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Those bare branches belong to the fig tree in 2 days it will be covered in soft new leaves.

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My fish pond but it is becoming the frog pond LOL Have spent the last week raking up leaves every day around it from the fig tree.  Leaves can make the water sick for the fish if to many fall in to it.

Off to link up with others on Esther’s blog to day. Thanks for dropping in to say hello.

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s 2nd August 2017 with Esther.

I have made another blog this week for my group I’m in called Ufosin2107  so I’ve run out of computer time this week!!!!,  I hate spending extra time on the computer when I could be sewing but I also like to keep a record of what I do each week and my Wednesdays I like to keep for that time and catch up with you all and see what you have been doing.  This week was spent mostly on pulling out my Hearts Desirer by Esther that was a mystery BOM in 2011 and was never completed for family reasons.  But 3 days ago Ellie decided to make Hearts Desire after seeing Jenny’s beautiful completed Hearts Desire then Anne Marieke said she would pull hers out and I said I’d join them and pulled mine!

Last night I pulled out another UFO and I don't think this is on my list either LOL

Sunday I pulled out another UFO from 2011 to join in with Ellie who is starting this design of Esther’s called Hearts Desire. Anne Marieke said she might pull hers and keep Ellie company and I thought that was a good idea too.  These are all my blocks and some borders nothing is joined it is all just spread out on the bed not even placed in the right places I’ve just noticed LOL

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My challenge when I started this quilt top was it was to be made mostly in black and white!!!!!

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I nearly always add some yellow to my quilt tops so here is the main splash of yellow in the vase.  Those wee pieces of yellow in a S were a real challenge and a 1/2 to make in to wee appliqué pieces!!!!!

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I LOVE this block I changed my wee bird to look more like a Birdofparadise after living in PNG for 6 years and seeing so many up there and having one here were I live now.

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Found these wee pieces for the border today!  but need about 50 or 60 more LOL

One the 31st of July Esther released part 7 of The Secret Garden and last night i was up to well past midnight  making all the wee pieces in needle basting to make a block ready to be appliquéd down.

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Part 7 of Esther’s mystery BOM for 2017 The Secret Garden.  1 down 15 to go LOL

I also pulled another of my 1930 quilts I’ve been restoring, its a crazy quilt.

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I brought these panels from the USA around 12 years or more ago and have been replacing all the silk patches as they had all disintegrated even though these blocks have never been used.  Just age and the dies I guess.  Some would be around 80 or 90 years old.

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All but one panel I’ve repaired and done herringbone stitch around all the patches.  this is the last panel to do.

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Ive used silks from Japan and some lovely old velvets sent to me by another lovely lady quilter in the USA so I could keep the old look.  But Iv’e taken licence here and there like this Peter Rabbit patch LOL

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and this daisy from and old hanky.

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On Monday night I sat doing herringbone all night and managed to 1/2 a block, each panel is made up of 7 1/2 blocks.

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Lots of satin fabric and rayon were used so thats why it is so bright.

On Saturday I found a draw I’d forgotten about and a big draw to full of sewing gear!!!!

Look at all those wonderful threads from sil

Look at all those wonderful threads from silks to a full box of red and pink DMC threads all wound on to cardboard they were my mums. Even a lovely old hand made lace hanky?  A box of hexagons I was sure i had made but could not find for my 1930 Grandmothers Flowergarden quilt I’m finishing of for an unknown quilter.  I made another pile of about 120 so I have a pile for some thing else now LOL

Two mini round robyn's I was in around 9 years ago!!!!

Two mini round robyn’s I was in around 9 years ago!!!!

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Centre of the pink Round Robyn these were a postage Round Robyn

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Centre of the green using a Ginny Beyer fabric making 6 wee triangles I had no idea what I was doing way back then about 15  years ago but I was having fun>

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There was a tiny bag of around 24 4 1/2 inch blocks and I’d only embroidered 7 of them but they are to be all hearts I just draw them as I go no pattern.

So its been a exciting week for me sewing wise.

Off to link with Esther Aliu now thanks for dropping in and reaching the end, it is night time now so no garden photo’s may add some tomorrow if I have time. Cheers Glenda

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Ufosin2017 with Meredithe July 2017

Once again the month of July has flown in and out so fast I can not keep track of what I’m doing or have done so I have to look at my blogs to remember?

First a big thank you Meredithe for setting up Ufosin2017  it’s keeping me motivated to work on my UFo’s sadly I’m not sticking to my list I made in January but still working on UFO’s  as I have such a huge pile LOL.  I’m guilty of starting two new BOM quilt tops this year and they are taking up far more of my time than I thought they would?

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These logcabin blocks I rescued from a local Opp shop several years ago they must have been made by as new quilter as the strips were not cut perfectly and the seams were very irregular, they were made up quilt as you go and each block ended up a different size, I’m guessing the new quilt was so disappointed she never finished making them in to a quilt top.  I unpicked many of them and redid them on the machine added the final dark fabric and another dark pink to be able to cut them all one size blocks.  I pulled these out again  and have been joining them in to panels and now sewing those panels together, have one join and working on the next then I will ahve two left and the top is complete as far as the logcabins go, I’m thinking of a black and pink wide border rather abstract!!!!! to finish it off.  No quilting to do as its a quilt as you go quilt top.  Loves these as when you finish the top its quilted!.

Ive yet again been sided tracked!!!!

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This gigantic throw came in to the shop in need of a lot of repair work, many squares are badly damaged, they were going to sell it as is as a dog blanket!!!!!  Well it would ahve had to be a gigantic  dog to use it LOL  any way I brought it home and decided to make it in to two throws so it could be washed at least..

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One throw gigantic throw becomes two big throws!!!  now to find time to do some of the repairs !!!!!

Not sure if this was on my list of 17  UFO’s for 2017!!!!   Pulled out to work on restoring the last panel of my crazy panels I bought of eBay in America around 2000 Many of the patches had disintegrated completely these were mostly silks they had not stood up to the passage of time.  I have repaired 5 of the panels and done herringbone stitch in any coloured DMC thread I felt like using at the time, I have one panel to do, it is repaired but not had the herringbone done yet. I’m doing these stitches through the patches and the backing calico that has been used to build the patches on to stop the top and backing from floating from each other.

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3rd panel from the left is the one I need to finish all the others have been repaired and had herringbone stitched around every patchThere are 6 panels here none are sewn together, this is how I bought them from the USA around 10 years ago from eBay there were many completely disintegrated patches so its been a long slow progress restoring these panels.  These fabrics are a real mixture from cottons , silks, velvets, and lots of rayon and a few polyesters.  I love all the bright colours and all though there is no rhyme nor reason how they go together they all just look great in this one big what will be a quilt top one day!!!!!!

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No herringbone Stitches added to any of these blocks yet.

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I’ve repaired mainly with velvets, silks, some rayons, and even a cotton Peter Rabbit!!!!  Many of the velvets and rayons were sent to me by a wonderful lady in the USA to help me keep the antique look.

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Taken licence again and added some embroidered daises from an old cotton handkerchief!

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These need the herringbone to be complete.

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Will start on this missing panel tonight while watch a movie I wonder how many hrs this will take me!!!!!   All these panels are uneven so I may add a black strip to join them rather than cut back the original panels as some I’d have to cut to much off to make them even seams.

Another distraction was working on DGD’s quilt we have been quilting together!!!!

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My DGD has been learning about speed control using the foot treadle on my machine,  she pressed the treadle foot and I guided the quilt through  the machine. finally last week it was finished and she had her afternoon nap under it and took it home with her she was SOOOO happy and proud of it.

Not a UFO YET!!!!  But what I have been working on.

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Just completed hand appliquéing down the flowers and some of the leaves. Great to have a finish on this lovely block of The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu .

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I completed making these wee 4 1/2 inch blocks part of The Secret Garden 2017 BOM

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Plus Completed this little 6 1/2 inch  block for The Secret Garden 3 more to go before the end of the month which is in 3 days time LOL  you are right I will not get them finished by then.  they are very time consuming but oh they are sure worth the time and effort.

Last Wednesday avo I recieved a wee parcel for Prue with over 5o wee scraps of green fabrics to help me finsih making up my leaves for my wee square blocks for Secret Garden quilt how wonderful to ahve these lovely clean bright colours to give some more verity to those dear wee blocks

Last month I received a wee parcel for Prue with over 5o wee scraps of green fabrics to help me finish making up my leaves for my wee square blocks for Secret Garden quilt how wonderful to have these lovely clean bright colours to give some more verity to those dear wee blocks, I had lots left over so the last week Iv’e been making up 126 more leaves for Diamond Hill  by Esther I’m 1/2 way there on those.

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Another finish but this time machine appliqué.  I ahve arthritis in my thumbs and it is getting worse so decided I needed to learn machine appliqué so that when the day comes and I can not hold a hand needle I will still be able to make quilts so I’ve been learning how to sew a straight line and curves on my machine by making Esther Aliu free BOM this year.

Last night I pulled out another UFO and I don't think this is on my list either LOL

Last night I pulled out another UFO and I don’t think this is on my list either LOL This was a mystery BOM by Esther Aliu about 6 years ago!!!!!!!  I’m a great starter but life gets in the way often!   One of our Sons and their family returned from over seas and stayed for several months with us so all my sewing was put away and this one never came out till last night?

We all like treasures and surprises on Sunday 30th of July I pulled open a draw I’d forgotten about for a couple of years!!!!  Oh the surprises that were in there, some of them I’d been looking for some Id forgotten about.

Look at all those wonderful threads from sil

Look at all those wonderful threads from silks to DMC box of threads that had been my mums!!!!!  Those hexagons I’ve been looking for as I was sure I’d made them to finish my 1930’s antique hexagon quilt.  an antique hand made hanky, thimbles, pincushions, and a wee pile of diamond english pieced blocks waiting to be basted LOL

Also these two mini round robyn;s were in the draw!!!!!

Two mini round robyn's I was in around 9 years ago!!!!

Two mini Round Robyn’s I was in around 10 years ago!!!!  They are so pretty I must make them up in to mini quilts .

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Centre of the pink mini. My first mini Round Robyn we had to start with a different log-cabin, even back then I was adding embroidery to my quilts LOL

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Centre of green Round Robyn using Ginny Beyers fabrics to make my fussy cut centre, I had no idea what I was doing but I was having fun back then in 2007.

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There was also a small bag of 6 1/2 inch calico blocks with some hearts I’d embroidered!!!!  I was just making these heart blocks up as I went, its a lot of fun.  Using  8 ply pearl cottons.

Well thats it for July once again Meredithe Thank YOU for a wonderful opportunity to join in your Ufosin2017 it sure is motivating me and keeping me on track working on my endless pile of UFO’s LOL

I’m linking up with other Ufosin2017 today 31st July happy sewing every one who is trying to finish your UFO’s too. LOL

Cheers ALL Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu 26th July 2017

Will be just a short blog as my computer is been backed up and is on snail download!!!!!  I only blog to keep in touch with friends and join in to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s each week

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I saved this from the rubbish bin a few years ago it is a HUGE throw and so I decided to make it in to 2 large throws before repairing the damaged crotched square which there are many.

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I unpicked this week. Now there are two big throws !!!!!

 

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I finished appliquéing this flower down and embroidering inside it during the week but it looked odd to me with out any base leaves !

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SO I found some leaves added so iron on fussing to the back of them.

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Much better it looks like a happy flower now.

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Finally completed block 1 of TheSecret Garden this week!!!

 

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Close up of completed flower and leaves block 1 of SG.

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Close up of blue flower from SG block 1.

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I added the last machine appliqué 2 a block for Diamond Hill last night 2 down and 2 to go!!!!

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I rescued these blocks from the rubbish in 2015  as I loved the colours. I unpicked 50% of them and resewed them adding the dark  final panel and a extra pink to make the blocks all the same size as all the blocks were different sizes.  These are all made quilt as you go blocks, I made up the centre two panel but I made a mistake and must have lost interest LOL   On the weekend I unpicked my mistake and sewed theses wee blocks all together in to 4 panels. Two panels I’ve joined and the other two are ready to sew together then I just have the centre seam to do.  I will make up a pink and black wide border abstract may be!!!! But not today LOL  There were 2 more blocks but impossible to fix to fit with these blocks as they had been cut 1/4inch  shorter on all the strips .

In the garden today

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Indi and I planted these cutting around a month ago and they are now flowering!!!!!

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A little old fashion flower till the wild turkey rips it out!!!!

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Just saw this termites nest they grow so quickly will have to get rid of this quickly now.

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Wee new foot stool I’ve just rescued and restored.

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On Monday it was cleaning the front Patio of the mould from the last wet it was very bad this year.  We need to clean the paves like this every year.

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When I got this far I ran out of steam so will have to do the rest of the paves another day , this was another day I did no sewing LOL

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

Thank you for dropping in to see what Ive been up to this week.

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 12th July 2017

I’ve been fighting a nasty cold the last week not enough to keep me in bed all day but enough to stop me from sewing. Plus my Janomie that has the appliqué stitch for appliquéing top tension keeps jamming and Im spending more time unpicking than sewing, a cold and this problem is not the right combination for trying to sew.  I did manage to sew up 7 more wee SG blocks so I could hand sew on some small leaves but have only managed to sew 11 leaves so far LOL

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I have managed to make 2 more wee 4 1/2 inch blocks for The Secret Garden Mystery BOM now I only have 11 more left to make!!!!!  I need 40 of these !!!!

Completed little block

My first Completed little 8 1/2 inch block for The Secret Garden 3 more to go.  One has to be very very careful on cutting out the templates every thing has to be very precise but what a lovely lovely block . I cut just inside the lines on my templates I draw on my washaway freezer paper to allow for the wrapping of the fabric around each template.   Some of these fabrics are silk like the centre leaves which is a fine silk so the washaway freezer paper gives it body.  Lime green is a heavy silk, and the outer rings is a fine silk and wool fabric same weight as my background fabric of the vase blocks.

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My DGS has a wee kangaroo called Roo, well Roo developed a hole in his tummy and could Nanna fix him please, Roo has become Kanga as she now has a pouch to cover the hole?????

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This Giant throw came in to the shop looking very bedraggled and may have even been used as a dog blanket, after several washes it now has a lovely soft feel to it, but needs lots of repairs, Ive decided to make it in to two throws and they will still be big but more practical.

Cleaning and repairing an old woven and brass box I found, it will finally be a sewing basket>

Cleaning and repairing an old woven and brass box I found, it will finally be a sewing basket> I have added some vanilla  bean pods inside and been leaving the box in the sun to try and remove the heavy mouldy smell inside it.

close up of the basket weaving and brass butterfly.

close up of the basket weaving and brass butterfly.  There is a lot of rust and old age stains but Im sure it’s repairable.

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I’ve removed the first layer of grime with soapy water and elbow grease!!!!!

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This is another box Ive rescued, it is a hand beaten stainless steel box from India that had a lot of rust on the top and underneath,  I used a lot of fine abrasive cleaner and elbow grease to remove the rust, it has left a grey shadow but looks a lovely wee box again.

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To cover the stains inside I could not remove Iv’e lined the box with soft wool felt.

 

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Quilters see designs in every thing!!!!  I picked this leaf of the driveway this morning, sadly I can not capture the lovely green colours in this leaf and the stunning bacteria rings but in real life it is so beautiful and I can see a quilt top here

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Back of leaf you can see the bacteria spots are killing the leaf .

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All though we dont get winter as most people around the world do any thnig below 20C is cold to us here in the tropics of Northern QLD  my usually cotton cane furniture is now winter decked LOL  two quilt tops, a crochet throw,  sheep skin for my wee dog to sleep on at night and even a big thick hand knitted pure wool sweaterLOL

Some spots where I sew!!!!!

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This is where I do my machine appliqué.

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I do my pieced sewing work here

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My evening hand sewing area.

Well thats it from me to you this week nothing exciting, hope your week was much more successful.  Thanks for dropping in.  Off to link with Esther and enjoy visiting and travelling with some of you. Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 5th July 2017

This week went by so quickly and I have been obsessed with the new block that was release of the Secret Garden part 6  of Esther’s  It is such a lovely lovely wee block I just love every thing about it, it has been a challenge but I have learnt so much from making it, one down and 3 more to go. I’ve had no time to do any thing else LOL

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Finally a sunny morning to wake up too!!!!!!

Part 6 of The Secret Garden and how I made my block.

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First I cut my Clam shell shapes and made up one 1/4 of the pattern to see if my colours were OK

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stage 2 was adding more pieces. Yes I’m happy with it!!!!

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I need to amke up 4 of these blocks for stage 6 of The Secret Garden pattern.

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Needle basted all the clamshell pieces and one rose bud.

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this is my clamshell pieces laid on the pattern for placement.

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two rose buds its getting there basted ready for appliquéing down.

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Deciding on my background fabric????

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These wee 8 1/2″ blocks have to work with my 24  4 1/2″ tiny wee blocks??????\

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I cut out the flower shape from my pattern and laid it on my background fabric and worked over that.

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Close up of the petals appliquéd to the clam shell.

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4 completed clamshells been appliquéd to the background fabric.

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close up of rosbuds from the abck so you can see where I cut away the pink so I would not have so much bulk when I wrapped the green leaves at the bottom of the rosebud.

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Back of rosebuds when needle basted.

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Ready for appliquéing to the back ground.

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So far so good???

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All most completed

All most completed

Completed little block

Completed little block!!!!! 

In the garden this morning, as we have had rain for the last 7 months the flowers have suffered so are not showing up in all there usual glory.

We have had this tiny waterlilly for around 5 years now and it throws me a new flower every day it is a wee blessing in the garden.

We have had this tiny waterlilly for around 5 years now and it throws me a new flower every day it is a wee blessing in the garden.

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My herb garden is thriving though!!!!

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skimpy looking Poinciana’s Yellow one is doing better than my red!!!!

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Indi’s cutting s are growing well to.

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Lovely bougainvillaea.

I’m going to show  several canopy photo’s of the rain-tree’s beside our house to give you a little idea of the trees around us.  Most are as tall as a 6 story building!!!!!

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I’m linking with Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s today .

Thank you so much for staying till you reached the bottom of todays blog not so interesting for any one not making The Secret Garden like I am LOL but I’m throughly enjoying these wee blocks.  Cheers Glenda

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Ufosin2017 June 2017

I did not complete any of my Ufosin2017 but have worked on some of my earlier ones here and there, my time has been spent on two BOM’s I should not have started this year but did LOL  Hopefully as I’m keeping up with these two monthly releases they wont become UFO’s too !!!!!!!

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I ahve been doing more to my ANZ quilt that I

I ahve been doing more to my ANZ quilt so making progress on it.

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Pulled out this 1930’s quilt top to may be baste and start quilting it but put it away again I’m so over committed LOL

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1930 quilt Have put it away till next month and hopefully manage to do more hand quilting on it.

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A wee get well art quilt for a very very dear friend who has been very ill

Back of Cotrina's quilt

Back of Cotrina’s quilt

Finally I have made my 24 little squares for The Secret Garden Bsquares for the centre of it.

Finally I have made my 24 little squares for The Secret Garden squares for the centre of it.  This is one of the BOM’s I’m working on this year and I’m on track with this at the moment.

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Some thing else that has side tracked me!!!!!!

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Making 100’s of these to make squares in a squares for Diamond Hill borders

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one block of 4 of Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu’s it is her free BOM for 2017

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A finish and gone to its owner!!!!

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My arthritis in my hands is getting bad so have decided to teach my self to machine appliqué and to do this I’m machine sewing and appliquéing Diamond Hill free BOM by Esther Aliu this year,  my goodness there is so much to learn but by going very very slow on the peddle I’m learning!!!!! plus I keep my seam ripper close by LOL

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DGD 4 saw this in one of my boxes and loved it, played eye spy with it, so we are turning it in to a wee cuddly quilt for her, she has learnt how to use pins when we sandwiched it, then she has been learning to use the peddle on the machine she is very quick at picking things up.

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Next time she comes up may be it will be finished so she can take it home.

I had a birthday this month and Hubby gave me a wooden planter plus all the new herbs such a wonderful gift

I had a birthday this month and Hubby gave me a wooden planter plus all the new herbs such a wonderful gift

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Hopefully the bush turkeys don’t dig them out from Here!!!!!

These wee chappies have moved in to our pond area, tonight I nearly stood on them there were about 20 of them all sitting looking up waiting for food to fly past LOL

These wee chappies have moved in to our pond area, tonight I nearly stood on them there were about 20 of them all sitting looking up waiting for food to fly past LOL

Beautiful bush fungi

Beautiful bush fungi this is how wet it still is and we should be in our dry season?????

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Where our frogs hang out!!!!!

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Block 4 of The Secret garden by Esther.

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Learning to thread paint oh it is sooooooo slow LOL

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

So thats me for this month achieving a lot but not on my 17 Ufosin2017!!!!!!!

Hopefully July will see some of my Ufosin2017 worked on!!!!!!!

Thank you Meredith for trying to keep us on track LOL  Cheers Glenda

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WIP or WOW with Esther Aliu 28th June 2017

Hello again another week has come and gone faster than I like it too,  well as far as my sewing goes any way LOL   Once again it is WOW or WIPs on Esther’s  Blog so just click on Esther’s name and join us.

My DGD 4 and I have been turning a wee swap quilt I made about 20 years ago in to a wee cuddly quilt for her.  She has been learning how to sew on it.  We are now at the stage of quilting around the background scrappy  fabrics. Below photo was taken on Friday when she was here for the day.

Wrapped in her wee cuddly quilt June 2017

Wrapped in her wee cuddly quilt June 2017

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She’s just big enough LOL  May be next week she will be able to take it home.

This last week I’ve spent making leaves and appliquéing them to those wee blocks for The Secret Garden, nothing much else has seen my hand needle.

Last Wednesday avo I recieved a wee parcel for Prue with over 5o wee scraps of green fabrics to help me finsih making up my leaves for my wee square blocks for Secret Garden quilt how wonderful to ahve these lovely clean bright colours to give some more verity to those dear wee blocks

Last Wednesday avo I received a wee parcel for Prue with over 5o wee scraps of green fabrics to help me finish making up my leaves for those  square blocks for The Secret Garden quilt how wonderful to have these lovely clean bright colours to give some more verity to those dear wee blocks. Quilters are wonderful at sharing.

washaway freezer paper been ironed tot he abck of those wee pieces of fabric, I even managed to get two out out of a few pieces so have around 60 new leaves to baste. I have now 20 blocks completed, I need another 20 !!!!

Washaway freezer paper been ironed to the back of those wee pieces of fabric, I even managed to get two out out of a few pieces so have around 60 new leaves to baste. I have now 20 blocks completed, I need another 20 but now have plenty of leaves  for those last 20 blocks when I make them up. !!!!

Finally I have made my 24 little squares for The Secret Garden Bsquares for the centre of it.

Finally I have made my 24 little squares for The Secret Garden squares for the centre of it.  This is not how it will be I just want to see how the colours of those wee blocks go with my 4 blocks.  I still ahve not finished appliquéing down all my pieces on these blocks yet!!!!!!

 

I appliquéd down my pieces on one of my Diamond Hill blocks on Saturday, I like to use a contrasting thread when doing hand or machine appliqué on big pieces of appliqué like this.

Same flowers but one is appliquéd down with a contrasting thread/

Same flowers but one is appliquéd down with a contrasting thread, what a difference a little contrast thread does!

I have made up all my DH blocks but not appliquéd them down yet, this is the first one I've machine appliquéd down. I'm nt very good at it and using this quilt to learn how to use a machine to appliqué. Now I need to add the little square in a square around it.

I have made up all my DH blocks but not appliquéd them down yet, this is the first one I’ve machine appliquéd down. I’m not very good at it and using this quilt to learn how to machine appliqué. Now I need to add the little square in a square blocks  around it.

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I’m very slow at machine appliqué as I’m not use to it, lucky for me I have a control speed on my Janome and can turn it right down so I can go very very slow on those corners.  LOL

Last two days I have been machine appliqueing down the pieces on another Diamond Hill block.

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These leaves seem to go on and on, I first appliqued the underneath 1/2 of the leaf down then the top 1/2, this seemed to work the best.  I used different thread for the two halves to make the shapes stand out more.

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Added a small lollypop flower next, but made a mistake by trying to add some  fine extra wadding at the back and this just made the flower too stiff and hard as I appliquéd around each sew spiral shape,  then around the outer edge.

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Slowly does it, I used a lighter thread on the pink and a dark thread on the deeper pink.  I’m having trouble seeing where the needle is entering the fabric??????

LOOK at MY sewing machine FOOT below NOW!!!!!!!!!

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I was finding it very very difficult to see where I was sewing on my Janome as the clear foot I’m using had a bar across in front of the needle and I had to guess 1/2 the time, then a light bulb went off and I pulled out my wire cutters and cut that bar off!!!!!!  Now I can see so clearly and I’m working at 4 times the speed I was!!!!!!!

 

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One lollypop flower done 2 to go!!!!!!

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Machine appliquéing those blue bells down again slowly does it !!!!!

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Only two lollypop flowers to go!!!!!! then add the pink flange and the final black strips to end up with a 18 1/2 inch block I hope!

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What it will look like when those last two lollypop flowers are appliquéd down.

 

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Sadly I packed these up for another day as I want to put the flange around my other 3 to small Diamond Hill blocks before the next 15th of the month comes around.  So I won’t be showing these for a while.

While the wet is over I’m still cleaning up after it,  all the paint work needs washing down to remove the mould and this takes some getting rid of, fortunately they make a very strong exmould remover for the Far North tropics or we would never be able to remove it.  They also have one for swimming pools up here or we would not be able to have home swimming pool up here they would be to much of a health risk.

This rail is specially coated against mould???

This rail is specially coated against mould??? It’s mean to be mould resistant? but the mould up here does not know that ?????   You can see the mould on the painted wooden veranda rail also.

After cleaning away all themould I se

After cleaning away all the mould I set up a chair on the entrance veranda so I could sew here in the afternoon winter sun, such a cosy wee spot in the winter.

Have even started to use th

Have even started to use this spot in the afternoons this week.

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This is my next big job cleaning the mould from these rafters on the front veranda before they get to bad.  These we painted with special mould resistant paint last year?????  I will do this soon as it will drive me crazy sitting in my new spot and seeing it every afternoon.

we had a belt come in to the shop

We had a belt come in to the shop on Tuesday it looked far to gone to be of any use, but I decided to try the apple cider vinegar and salt method on it.  I used a tooth brush to scrub the salt and vinegar in to each piece a lot of time and elbow grease but worth it.  You can see it worked, it now is waiting to be polished with Brasso (Brasso is a brass and copper polish here in OZ)

Beautiful bush fungi

Beautiful bush fungi, shows you how damp and humid it still is here and its meant to be the dry season??????

These wee chappies have moved in to our pond area, tonight I nearly stood on them there were about 20 of them all sitting looking up waiting for food to fly past LOL

These wee chappies have moved in to our pond area, last night  I nearly stood on them there were about 20 of them all sitting looking up waiting for food to fly past LOL

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I’m not moving I was here first LOL

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I love mosquitos!!!!

Off to link up with Esther Aliu on her WOW or WIP’s today . Thank you for stopping by and seeing what I have been up to Cheers Glenda

 

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu 20th June 2017

First I need to apologise for not answering your  comment left last week, but with my birthday and my DGD home from UNI for the week I had very very little time to my self. I will reply but sorry I haven’t yet.  We had endless family meals and gatherings to see as much as our DGD and now its very quiet and flat LOL

This is what I w

This is what I woke up to when I looked out my window a bleak very damp day and i’m happy I can stay inside all day and sew LOL

This week Esther launched a beautiful new quilt in black to grey called Shelly it is made up of Clam Shells and is very beautiful,    Here is a wall art I made over 17 years ago when living in PNG using clamshells and I had just started to quilt!!!!

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This was a challenge and I made it just after I started to do patchwork I had no idea about how you make or joined them but I sure learnt a lot,  Challenge was to use the same shape through out the quilt and no fabric more than once except for the borders!!!!!! Challenge was called Where the rainforest meets the reef!!!!!   I call it ” The Unfinished Symphony”  LOL

Slowly my wee blocks for TSG are growing I ahve 10 completed

Slowly my wee blocks for The Secret Garden mystery BOM by Esther ALiu  are growing I have 15 completed 13 waiting to have the leaves appliquéd and 12 more blocks I need to make and add the leaves,  10 days left before the next stage is released!!!!!!

Back in March this year Esther released a pattern called Scrappy Triangles I made a couple of blocks and put them aside as DH and SG was taking up all my time, recently I pulled them out again and played with them, it is so relaxing making them as You just randomly add fabrics any colour that pleases the eye at the moment.  I ended up making about 12 or more instead of a couple as i was having so much funLOL  Below I have put up photo’s of how I make these blocks.

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I’ve chosen to use a full shape of fabric and sew my strips to it.  I’m not good at using a sewing machine so this is easier for me.

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I cut out the centre so I could mark my fabric quick and perfectly every time.

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sewing on my first strip

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flipped and press first strip now next strip waiting to be pinned and sewn on

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second strip in place.

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Just keep picking up a scrappy strip and keep sewing it is soooo much fun.  No planing just adding a pice of fabric you like at the moment.

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3 triangles placed together

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

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

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Trim back to edges.

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One nicely trimmed and other been trimmed.

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Slowly or quickly it grows.

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They remind me of shattered stain glass

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I’m having or was a lot of fun, I ahve put them away again and now back working on my SG wee blocks.

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I think i will add black triangles to form the outer border?

 

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My new planter assembled and full of herbs.

Glad I took my photo’s yesterday of the garden as to day it is raining.

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Planter and two free standing pot plants holders full of herbs

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Lots of heavy stones added in the gaps to stop any turkey from digging out every thing IF he gets up on my planter????  May be the cat will scare them LOL

flowers every where now.

flowers every where now.

cascade of cactus flowers

cascade of cactus flowers

On eof the Broms

One of the Broms

They never cease to amazes me.

They never cease to amazes me.

these are self seeded cos

these are self seeded cosmos and I love to see them each year as they add so much colour to the garden.

Now you know what a tree frog looks like from underneath LOL

Now you know what a tree frog looks like from underneath LOL On our lounge window.

Off to link with Esther this week she released a lovely clamshell design which many quilters will love.  Also linking today with Cynthia   some wonderful scrappy quilts to see on her blog.

Thank  you all for taking the time to drop in.  Hope where ever you are you still find time to sew a little every day or relax over a good book.  Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 14th June 2017

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Where it all started making a sample for my SG wee blocks.   BUT it’s to dark.

I often get asked how do you always come up with the right colours in your quilts? well I don’t all ways LOL  My little wee blocks for DH proves that LOL

Now you can see what your finished block will look like with out having to cut up all those pieces

Background is to strong!

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Cross is to deep!

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To much going on in the cross!

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Just not working for me!

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Its OK but not right for my 4 blocks thats another colour element that purple!

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Just to much over load on the light background fabric. !

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Ahhhhhhhhhhh  finally we get there LOL

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One little treasure completed and I’m happy LOL. Taken in day light so true colours here.

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At last we are there and on the way to making 40 of them finally!!!!!.

I will show how I’m making these wee blocks up, many of you will know how you like making these up but this is for the beginner like my self at machine sewing!!!!!

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I start by cutting my fabric up in to 4 1/2inch blocks. Cut these in 1/2 .so you have 2 triangles,  cut strips of my cross fabric in to 1 1/4inch strips then cross cut these in to just under 7inch cuts,   add a strip to one of my square triangles and sew this on.

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Press seam and then press it open and add the other 1/2 square triangle.

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I can not sew a straight seam so the 1/4inch foot with a guide is my saving grace.

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I now have a square with a strip down the centre of it my first 1/2 of my cross.  Cut this in 1/2 and you have 2 1/4 triangles again, ready for another strip to be added. I press my seams to the centre it makes for a neater finish.

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Sew strip to one triangle press seam open and add other triangle.

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last seam sewn and pressed and we have a finished block but not square trim to a perfect 4 1/2 inch block then add leaves and finally appliqué on your needle turned leaves Walla one finished block LOL

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I make 6 or 8 blocks at a time doing chain sewing and find that enough for my back to sew at a machine.  Hope it you are able to follow what I just showed you and it helps some of you.

Its my birthday to day so I’m very short on time as I’m been very spoilt with friends and family popping in. SO Im off to link up with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s now.

Thank you for dropping in. Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu June 2017

Hello ALL hope you are all enjoying your summer in the northen Hemispere while winter has come to us all Down Under even her in the tropics its cold!!!!!  I think its to cold if it goes below 20C but the last two mornings we have had 12C and I’m soooo cold.  I need to be sitting under a quilting hand quilting not sitting at a computter frezzing LOL  This last week has seen me finish completely Laures quilt and hand it back to her so another finish for 2017 I’m very very happy.  This week I’ve been concentrating on my Diamond Hill Blocks by Esther and trying to solve a few probelms I have had with the sizing.

 

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Where I was up to last week.

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On my journey to make seminole blocks for my sqaures in a sqaure blocks all 300 plus of them!!!!! Cutting and cutting 1 7/8th strips

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pinning and sewing those first two rows to make my sets

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My first 3 sets made and I like the look of them but you need to sew a perfect 1/4 inch seam to get those wee blocks to fit perfectly.

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I do like the look of how these wee less than 2inch squares nestel around the DH block.

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Trying out spacers for between these little squares in a sqaure blocks!  I wanted just black but do not have enough black fabric.

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May be it will work will wait and see I have another 3 blocks to add the flan and extra black fabric to before I can move to the next stage.

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It’s difficult to photograph this black floral fabric in real life it looks a lot nicer than in the photo here.

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Laying out my cut strips to make in to 10 “sqaures in a sqaure” blocks to frame the 4 blocks of DH

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Lying Waitng for the outer borders, I need more black fabric before I can make these up though.

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Love how these colours glow even in the night time.

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It seems endless LOL  near to completion on the first rounds and the sceond border of them, around 160 plus another 160 for the first two broders thats 300 then another 200 plus!!!!

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I start by making sets of two then join them in to sets of 4 this keeps them pretty even with and straight.

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shot taken this morning after ironing 6 more strips last night still two more strips to make just to frame the blocks my goodness this is a challenge for me who hates sewing by machine LOL

 

I have also this week started on my sqaures for The Secret Garden designed by Esther also I made a sampler to see what problems I might run in to. Main problem I see with this wee block is if we are to join them together the outide end of the petal has to be perfectly set in the centre of the outer edge as when these wee blocks join those points must meet perfectly or it is going to show up so clearly if you are off centre.  I was concentrating on them sitting perfecly in the centre instead of that outer edge.

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These are the colours I’d like to work in but not these fabrics as they are both heavy brocade silks and not easy to work with, I think i will use my back ground fabric for the crosses and I need to find a lighter but same colour or tone for the background and I will use mixed leaves instead of the one colour.

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My first 100 leaves for SG Blocks pile of washaway frezzer paper, finished needle basted leaves, and a pile of waitng leaves LOL  only 140 more to make up LOL

This might help some of you who are still trying to choose colours for those wee blocks for SG

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Cut out a 4 1/2 inch sqaure from a piece of waste paper

remove cut out square

remove cut out square

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Choose your fabric that you amy use

lay your cut out 4 1/2 inch sqaure over the fabric of your choice

lay your cut out 4 1/2 inch sqaure over the fabric of your choice

Add a finished strip across from corner to corner to make your cross.

Add a finished strip across from corner to corner to make your cross.

Now you can see what your finished block will look like with out having to cut up all those pieces

Place your petals or leaves in place. 

Now you can see what your finished block will look like with out having to cut up all those pieces

Now you can see what your finished block will look like with out having to cut up all those pieces

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A cold fresh morning but the sun is shining so it’s OK

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Grandies sand pit and fish pond.

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Becoming a quiet place in the summer time.

First blooms of the deep pink catus

First blooms of the deep pink catus

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White catus is about to busrst out all over in bloom.

White catus is about to busrst out all over in bloom.

Bougainville needs to be planted out in to the ground now.

Bougainville needs to be planted out in to the ground now.

Birdbath been cleaned !!!!!

Birdbath been cleaned !!!!!

On the left were it is just soil the bush turkey dug out all the young heliconies this morning Grrrrrrrrr.

On the left were it is just soil the bush turkey dug out all the young heliconies this morning Grrrrrrrrr.

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Sweet breath berries such a stunning colour.

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Sweet breath bush is covered in berries this year.

Off to link with Esther

Thank you for dropping in and taking the time to read what I’m up to. Cheers Glenda

 

 

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Ufosin2017 May 2017

Well not a good month for me on my Ufosin2017  I’ve slipped up baddly,  I should not have started the two new 2017 Bom’s of Esther Aliu’s but I just could not resisit them so trying hard to keep up with these two beautiful quilts so they all so don’t become UFO’s LOL

A BIG Thank you Meredithe  for trying to keep us on track as I know you are trying to take a break from blogging and have come back just for us all to link up this week.

I completed my 365 circles so I did complete one of my goals for April .

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All sewn together but put away again to finish another day week or year LOL

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I have been doing a little on these rings but not much!!!!!

I’ve been  baby sitting my DGD 4 years old once or twice a week the last 4 months which I love but did not realsie how much sewing time I loose each week so my production line is well down.  But she is very keen to learn to sew herself .

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She wanted to learn cross stitch!!!!!   and my goodness she picked it up striaght away?????

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When looking for something the other day she saw this swap I did about 20 years ago with 9 other quilters and was fasanated by it,  so we are now busy turning it in to a wee quilt of hers, she calls it her Eye Spy quilt, we have added some wadding and backing fabric and found out how difficult it was to push pins through and pricked her self constantly but would NOT give in, she is now with each visit doing some thing to it, yesterday she pushed the foot of the machine and I guided the quilt through, she has all most two side sewn and she picked up the speed control so quickly.  So she now knows how to sandwich a quilt????

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My 2017 first  4 Secret Garden mystery blocks by Esther Aliu

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My 4 Diamond Hill centre blocks of Esther Aliu’s free BOM this year.

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Block 4 of the Secret Garden

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Another reason I’m behind I have been mostly handquilting this quilt for my DDIL  most evenings so she can have it back for this winter.  I made the quilt as a challenge 20 odd years ago when living in PNG but never did any thing more than quilt around all the shapes but if it is to be used as a cuddle rug and washed a lot it needed to be more densely   quilted so I have echo quilted around the dresden plates and the butterflies and fish. plus added another 7inch border all around to make it a little bigger.  I finally finished it last night so Laure will have it for this winter.

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Another distration!!!!! Learning to do thread painting with my machine this bird is for block 2 of The Secret Garden This took me 4 hrs to do so I don’t think I’ll be doing to much of thread play LOL  as I hate machine sewing.

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One of my finishes quilt tops from a couple of months ago has also been pulling my attention away from working on a new Ufosin2017  I’m addicted to this sashiko hand quilting!!!!!  I put this aside to work on my DDIL’s  quilt and I’m missing doing it, but will pull it out tonight as I  finished Laure’s quilt last night.  .

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My last block of Diamond Hill which I accidently cut the back ground fabric to small and did not realsie till I’d finished the block?????  I’d accidently cut two of the blocks to small so to fix the problem I cut all 4 blocks back to 17 1/2 inches added the flan in pink then added a 2 inch strip of black this has solved my major problem LOL  plus I think  it looks better than just a black edge?

I hope you all had a lot more success this month on your Ufosin2107 than I have!!!!! Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 31st May 2017 Diamond Hill

This week has been spent mostly on DH during the day but at night it has been spent hand quilting Laure’s quilt roughly 20 hrs this week.   But it will be ready for this winter now and another WIP finished this year YAHHHHHH

Then you discover you have made a very bad calculation mistake along the way on your completed blocks or project like I did the other night!!!!!  When I was trying out some squares around my DH blocks they would not fit they were to long, finally I realised it was not thesqaures that were wrong my block was to small!!!! Horrors I had two blocks cut at 17  3/4 inches instead all at 18 3/4s as I had planned..  I had cut out two black sqaures at the beginning of DH and started my first blocks, came to my 3rd block cut out two more black sqaures, my cutting table is always set up and is in the same place aways , I know my cutting mat back to front and I start my low numbers to my right all ways well a week before I cut out my next two blocks my cutting table had to be moved one day and every thing was moved but put back as it was by my hubby, what I did not think to check was my mat lying the right way!!!!!  No it was not but with out checking I just cut were I knew my 18 1/2 bit line was again with out really looking and counting  each of those wee sqaures and I have ended up with two under size completed blocks!!!!!  My cutting mat is now the right way again!!!!!

One thing I have learnt in the art world often a mistake can be come a focal point or improve a design if you let it’ Ive yet to find a mistake that you can not fix or even improve on, just don’t panic to much and think about what can I do to make this work, don’t try covering it up, make it more obvious or think about what you can do to make it look like it was meant to be like that!!!!!  I have covered up many blood stains on my quilts by embrodering bee’s on them or bullion roses.

My DH blocks 2 the right size and 2 TO small,  If I sew a 3/4 inch piece on around those smaller two pieces its going to be so fiddly to work on with those extra seams right on the edge,  what if I cut them all back as far as possible and add new strips to them all this will make them all look the same,  what if I go radical and add a different coloured fabric like a border????  may be yellow or aqua?????  No thats a little to much with the bordes that follow,  Finally I came up with this idea.

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May be I could do some thing like this?????

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3 new borders sewn on to my 17 1/2 inch block, This is looking OK I think?

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Yes I can live with this and I have cut out 12 more pink mottled stips and ironed them in half for the next 3 blocks now.

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Taken this morning and I’m still happy with it, I now have a 19inch block instead of a 17 1/2 inch block LOL  looking forward to seeing the 4 blocks done like this now.

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All DH blocks are now  waiting to be finished applqiued by hand or machine.

Block 3 completly ironed down ready for sewing.

I finished cutting out Block 3 earlier in the week it is completly ironed down ready for sewing.

Start of my 4th DH block on Saturday avo and finsihed cutting all the pieces out around 9pm.

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Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Completed block all cut out.

Finished

Finished making those leaves Sunday night they realy made me think,  till I deicded to make that tiny tiny piece a big piece with  a big seam behind, it was so easy then.

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Top two pieces my two tones leave shapes, notice my smaller piece is MUCH bigger than what I end up with top leaf all you see is a slither of pale green but behind in the lower leaf you can see how big it really was it is showing up as white as thats the backing of the ironon fussing.

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During the week I made up some sqaures in a sqaure for my DH blocks what a disaster I think the little red sqaures look like they ahve measles LOL  also the red is to red it should be more in the pink tones plus I again did not read my pattern corectly and cut my fabric 2 inchs far far to big!!!!!  So now its back checking through my stash or may be I will have to give in and buy some new fabric for those squares?????   This was when I dicovered my block had been cut at 17 1/2 inches instead of 18 1/2 inchs!!!!!

I pulled these out to may be do one or two blocks!!!!!  I think they may be from around 1930 Tulip Basket.  I bought them online 10 years ago from Kansaa.  A couple of pieces of the applqiue pieces are missing,  there are 23 blocks and around 30 basket pieces.  Mos tof the embrodery has been done except for 4 blocks and these have the applqiue applqiued down in running stich in 4 threads of DMC I only paid a few dollars for them postage cost a few dollars too.  I just did not want them chucked out in to the rubbish so bought them.

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Unfinished Kansas basket blocks

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Kansas 1930’s basket blocks

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Kansas basket blocks bought online in 2017 from Kansas

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Card board is a template that has been sliced inside so you can mark the basket shapes to embrodier the basket weave look.

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Looking forward to one day finishing these baskets for th eunknown quilter who spent hours embrodering the stems and leaves on most of these blocks

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Appliquéd down using a running stitch.

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These running stitiches are so small and even, they look like they have been done by a sewing machine!!!!!

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Pieces are just cut out and marked b pencil to show were to turn under and baste with thread for appliqe.

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Top template of cardboard for cutting out the basket shapes Bottom cardboard is slightly heavy weight and slashed to be able to mark through them  with a pencil on the basket fabric for embrodiery.

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There are 4 cardboard templates with the blocks  Tulip shape and a small leaf shap to mark were to do the running stitches in side the tulip to give the tulip shape.

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He was in side during the week and I carefully caught him and let him go out side.

Butterflies are

Butterflies are such delicate creatures and all are so beauitful to watch and when they some times magically land on you their touch is like a gentle kiss.

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Baby kookaburra

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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?????

Theis

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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