30th Nov 2016 Working on my lovely Gollies and colour in my garden this morning.

Oh gosh how did it get to Dec tomorrow???????

This week I have been working on my darling golly dolls, so many happy child hood memories have been woken.  I hope they are giving many of you those same lovely memories.

I decided to choose black as my sashings as there was so much cream calico around my little friends.

I decided to choose black as my sashings as there was so much cream calico around my little friends.  I then thought they look so lonely they need some thing? Im very partial to circles so I sat down one evening and cut and cut out circles, Hubby had just rediscover some rolls of 1/4 inch rainbow bias that I had bought in Japan about 8 years ago in the heating box on the week-end when he was cleaning it out and this was perfect for the ballon strings effect.

Im not going to add Mummer Golly that I made here as it did not balance and I wanted to use every one of these a dorable blocks, I will make a cover for the quilt to go in and use Mumma on the cover. So Im leaving the top centre black black and will fill it with Balloons.

Im not going to add Mumma Golly that I made here as it did not balance and I wanted to use every one of these adorable blocks, I will make a cover for the quilt to go in and use Mumma on the cover. So Im leaving the top centre block black and will fill it with Balloons!!!!

Close up of the bottom 6 blocks so you can see how Im playing with the rainbow bias and balls or balloons?

Close up of the bottom 6 blocks so you can see how Im playing with the rainbow bias and balls or balloons?  None of this is sewn down all just placed to see what it will look like.

Sunday morning I sewed and sewed and managed to join the first 1/2 of this wee quilt

Sunday morning I sewed and sewed and managed to join the first 1/2 of this wee quilt, since then I have been baby sitting and working but did manage to hand sew down all one side of the bias strips so they are anchored and won’t drop off.

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

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

Close up of a couple so so sweet.

Close up of a couple so so sweet.

Every quilter who made these sweeies wrote their names on hearts I had sent to them these I have ironed on to the front of the blocks they made. SO it's really a friendship quilt.

Every quilter who made these sweeies wrote their names on hearts I had sent to them these I have ironed on to the front of the blocks they made. SO it’s really a friendship quilt.

Quilt needs to be quiet a bit wider so will make a 4 1/2 inch border this will add another 8inchs enough to be practical. I wanted some thing in yellow and found this fabiric from around 1970!!!!! Haven't a clue were it came from to long ago LOL

Quilt needs to be quiet a bit wider so will make a 4 1/2 inch border this will add another 8inchs enough to be practical. I wanted some thing in yellow and found this fabic this morning from around 1970!!!!! Haven’t a clue were it came from to long ago LOL May be it was to be a tablecloth we use to use them every day in the 60 70 and 80’s. But it is full of sunny yellow sunflowers.

I wripped some 5inch strips of the fabric and have placed it around the first 1/2 of the blocks and I like it, happy sun flowers perfect.

I ripped some 5inch strips off the fabric and have placed it around the first 1/2 of the blocks and I like it, happy yellow sun flowers perfect.

Have to go to work for a while will add garden photos when I come back that I took this morning. Cheers Glenda

Back again 10am Have been up since 1/4 to 5 by mistake I might add LOL I thought it was 1/4 to 6am!

1/4 to 5 this morning we were in well and truly in the clouds taken from my front area looking down to the river and the range which you can not see!!!!

1/4 to 5 this morning we were well and truly in the clouds taken from my front area looking down to the river and the range which you can not see!!!!

Have just taken this photo same spot but 8 hrs later Lovely blue skies and sunny

Have just taken this photo 1pm same spot but 8 hrs later Lovely blue skies and sunny temps around 29C

Splashes of colour in the garden this morning very early LOL.

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These are a native of PNG just above Australia.

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Lovely splash of pink

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desert Rose

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Spider orchid.

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Heliconias

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Brom flower!

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BromBroms never fail to amaze me with their coloureds

Broms never fail to amaze me with their colours

a perfect ball of red

a perfect ball of red

A perfect ball of red star flowers?????

A perfect ball of red star flowers?????

This amazing flower grows from a bulb so is some kind of lilly, it comes up every

This amazing flower grows from a bulb so is some kind of Lilly, it comes up every 6 months and surprises me!

This morning at 5am I saw this Culew in the garden they are night birds and I love there call but hubby says i

This morning at 5am I saw this Curlew in the garden they are night birds and I love their call but hubby says to him its like some one is been strangled LOL  I was so happy to see this one in our garden but I wont tell hubby LOL

They are fasanating birds they stand perfectly still for hrs on end dont move a musle and you can walk right pass them and not noti

They are fascinating birds they stand perfectly still for hrs on end don’t move a muscle and you can walk right pass them and not notice them.  my path needs a lot of help, hope DG wants some work this holiday LOL

They are fasanating birds they stand perfectly still for hrs on end dont move a musle and you can walk right pass them and not noti

He or she will be still standing some where in my garden but I have not seen it since early this morning, I guess I will have to get up during the night to see it again LOL

I have linked with Esther on her blog to day WOW or WIP’s is each Wednesday.  Hope you are all finding time to sew or do some thing you enjoy doing Kind Regards Glenda

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24th Nov 2016 Oh Me oh My!!!!!!!

These are sososososo adorable. I made the large one of the mum and then

These are sososososo adorable. I made the large one of the mum and then 11 other quilters from ALL over OZ made one darling block each month for 11 months for me. How lucky I am to have these darling adorable blocks.  A BIG THANK you to all who made them. I will add your names here when I copy them all off the blocks.   OH so many memories when I read your names when I was opening the blocks.

After saying I had nothing to show !!!!!!!!

Look what I just came across?????  Hubby has just emptied a small storage area and there were 5 large plastic boxes of my gear in there, first box I have opened had these adorable blocks in them, HOW could I have missed placed these adorable blocks but worse still why did I not make them in to a quilt when they all arrived back after 12 months going from quilter to quilter all around OZ??????  Did I start work full time, was I sick, did Xmas New Year and life just happen?????  What ever happened Im so glad to find them again and just hope I make a quilt this time, I will use black or a bright pink to join them all together. My favourite doll as a child was my Gollywog.  I grew up in NZ and my play mates before I went to school were Maori children so my favourite doll had to looked just like them.  If any of you see these blocks here it would be lovely to hear from you after 8 years HUGS Glenda??????

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Top right Wendy Zozuk July 2008 Adelaide SA                                                                    Top centre Juanita Tasker Nov  2008 Tumbarumba NSW                                         Bottom right Bettine Lambie Aug 2008 Walliston WA                                                    Top left Lorraine Swan Dec 2008 Tumbarumba NSW                                              Bottom Left Glenda Hepburn Feb 2008 Kuranda FNQLD

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I made this (Glenda Hepburn Kuranda FNQLD) Block first and it went off  to my other 11 online swappers for 12 months.

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Top left  corner. Helen Page June 2008 Cheltenham VIC .                                          Bottom left Jill Oliver 2008 Arundel QLD                                                                         Bottom centre. Lee Anne Cummins 2008 Sadly I have lost the rest of Lee Ann’s information.                                                                                                                                  Top right Sabrina Paterson June 2008 Clifton Beach  QLD                                                     Top centre Pamela Gilfoyle Jan 2009 Coomera QLD                                                  Bottom right Sabrina Paterson May 2008 Clifton Beach QLD

 

 

 

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Centre bottom row Roslie Van Vree Sept/Oct 2008 Engadine NSW.                       Top left corner Helen Page June 2008 Chelenham VIC                                                        Top right Sabrina Paterson June 2008 Clifton Beach QLD I love how Sabrina added the flower LOL                                                                                                                        Top centre Pamela Gilfoyle Jan 2009 Coomera QLD                                                  Bottom right Sabrina Paterson May 2008 Clifton Beach QLD                                   Bottom Left corner Jill Oliver Feb 2008 Arundel QLD

 

 

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Right Roslie Van Vee Sept/Oct 2018 Engadine NSW.                                                     Jill Oliver March 2008 Arundel QLD

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Left Juanita Tasker Nov 2008 Tumbarumba NSW                                                             Centre Bettine Lambie Aug 2008 Walliston WA                                                                          Right Sabrina Paterson April 2008 Clifton Beach QLD Sabrina was a sweetie  and did an extra one for me as one person dropped out! Thank you Sabrina

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Left Wendy Zozuk July 2007 Adelaide SA                                                                         Right Pamela Gilfoyle Jan 2009 Coomera QLD                                                                   Centre Lorraine Swan Dec 2008    NSW

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Left Wendy Zozuk July 2008 Adelaide  SA                                                                    Right Sabrina Paterson June 2008 Clifton Beach QLD                                                                 Centre Lorraine Swan Dec 2008 Tumbarumba  NSW

Im going to add this to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s now and then I will bring the blocks to the computer and slowly add the names to each picture saying who made these darling blocks for me, my goodness I was spoilt.  No wonder I so enjoyed been in those online swap blocks back 10 years ago.  Again thank you ALL for making these special special blocks for me.

2 hrs later I have just added the last names to my darling blocks. Once again I need to say Thank You to you all, what wonderful memories it has brought back writing your names under you wonderful adorable blocks.

Cheers Glenda

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24th Nov 2016 have finished cutting out felt circles

Again I

I have managed to applique the centres on to 1/4 of the outer ring over the last week but thats all

I have managed to appliqué the centres on to 1/4 of the outer ring over the last week but thats all the sewing I have done except mend a pair of hubbies trousers LOL

have nothing to show but my felt circles so will cheat and just add another photo to my blog and make it todays date?????   I completed appliquéing circles to circles for 1/4 of the outer ring so it is growing quickly much quicker than I thought.  Not looking forward to sewing all those circles to the rug thoughLOL.  Cheers Glenda

 

Quilting wise nothing happening in my world have my arm in a sling and it is difficult to sew with one hand LOL  I have managed to cut out around 250 more smaller and very small felt circles and I still need about 80 plus more????  My WW11 army blanket now looks more like a Penny Rug.

I have added another 250 smaller and tiny circels tyhis week but htats all. I need another

I have added another 250 smaller and tiny circles this week but thats all. I need another 80 plus and then I can stop cutting and start the tagging.  Im not looking forward to that as I now know there are close to 1000 circles to do LOL

Not a lot even in the garden to show this week.

These have been flowering for nearly 3 months now?

These have been flowering for nearly 3 months now?

Stunning colours yellow and oranges.

Stunning colours yellow and oranges.

Our gum tree is shedding its outter bark like a lizard, this happens every year and I just love seeing the soft misty new green of this magnificent tree.

Our gum tree is shedding its outer bark like a lizard, this happens every year and I just love seeing the soft misty new green of this magnificent tree.  It’s not really our tree it is growing on our neighbours fence line and most of the tree hangs over our side of the yard so we are very lucky.

Desert Rose this has to be my favourite plant in my garden.

Desert Rose this has to be one of my favourite plants in my garden.

Oh so beautiful!!!!

Oh so beautiful!!!!

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Thank you for dropping by and Im sorry I don’t have more to share but it was this or nothing LOL   Im going to link with Esther Aliu’s WOW or WIP’s now and look at was others have been doing this week, many of you will have been to Houston Quilt Show and are recovering LOL Cheers Glenda

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Penny Rug WOW or WIP’s 9th Nov 2016

The first of many that fo

The first of many that came in to the garden 4 weeks ago. It was so big and incredibly beautiful and so docile I was able to take many photos of it.

Its hard to remember that there are only weeks of 2016 left were did 2016 go to?????

I have been off line the last few weeks due to flu but I hope Im on track again now?

One thing that has been wonderful is my iPad I have been able to visit Houston Quilt Show and many wonderful blogs to help past the hours in bed.  How wonderful to have this tool at our finger tips.

Penny Rugs

When I was very small I remember my Grandmother sewing coloured fabric to an old grey army blanket of my Grandfathers what I remember the most was all the bright colours, while she sewed she would thread some thick thread on to a darning needle and give me her BIG tin button box and I would make my self  a necklace from the buttons while she sewed.  Her button tin was full of glass and crystal buttons it was like a jewel box to me; the  below started from those memories.

It started with a WW11 grey army blanket that came my way about 3 months ago and it must have made me thing of Penny Rugs and stirred old memories.

It started with a WW11 grey army blanket that came my way about 3 months ago and it must have made me think of Penny Rugs and stirred old memories. So this was were it began. 

It started with a WW11 grey army blanket that came my way about 3 months ago and it must have made me thing of Penny Rugs and stirred old memories.

I thought about the shape I was working on and it did not make me excited LOL

I was not happy with the shape of the blanket for the design I had been thinking of, so out came the scissors and I made a huge circle and started adding little circles.

I was not happy with the shape of the blanket for the design I had been thinking of, so out came the scissors and I made a huge circle and started adding little circles.

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OLY Now Im getting excited and can not make the circles quick enough LOL

Add some more circles to the centre.

Add some more circles to the centre.

move the circles around and have fun.

move the circles around and have fun.

keep on playing.

keep on playing.

Im using very heavy wool felts for the big circles about 1/8th thick, I think it is going to be difficult to sew them to the rug, will try using a leather sewing needle first.

Im using very heavy wool felts for the big circles about 1/8th thick, I think it is going to be difficult to sew them to the rug, will try using a leather sewing needle first.

It is slowly growing?

It is slowly growing? I don’t like the centre it reminds me of KMart the department stores logo LOL

Don't like that centre at all!!!!!

YUCK Don’t like that centre at all!!!!!

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My second lot of circles are all ready to be sewn on each circles has a inner circle which I have blanket stitched on in bright contrasting DMC threads using mostly 6 strands.  I will do the same for the outer circles.

 

To keep the circles in place Im adding double sided tape which is a commercial one so quiet thick. It is sticky enough to hold them in place so they don't blow away and when I finally sew them down they will add a little 3D to the circles.

To keep the circles in place Im adding double sided tape which is a commercial one so quiet thick. Been wool it is sticky enough to hold them in place so they don’t blow away and when I finally sew them down they will add a little 3D to the circles.

Im using tags to firmly attach the circles to the centre of the Rug as I will be moving the rug alot when I start sewing them down.

Im using tags to firmly attach the circles to the centre of the Rug as I will be moving the rug alot when I start sewing them down.

Centre ring almost completed 2nd ring almost completed, all taped down now using my tagging gun to secure them all down.

Centre ring almost completed 2nd ring almost completed, all taped down now using my tagging gun to secure them all down.

Im slowly working on making the outter ring circles these will take some time to make but slowly does it.

Im slowly working on making the outer ring circles these will take some time to make but slowly does it. Hopefully it will look as nice as the second circle!!!! This is were Im at today.

Happy sewing every one and thank you for visiting.  I do enjoy sharing and visiting others blogs to learn and share. Cheers Glenda who is off to link with Esther www.estheraliu.blogspot.com.au

 

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13th Oct 2016 Annabelle

I often wonder how people find time to blog every day, I guess in another time they would have kept a diary!  I never could keep them up LOL  I have been babysitting and going to so many birthday dinners this week I have nothing new to show you.  But I have had lots of fun with my DGD 4.

I like to add little bits of antique jewellery or button to finish off.

I like to add little bits of antique jewellery or button to finish off.

Silver dragon fly that wings move and a mother of pearl

Silver dragon fly that wings move and a mother of pearl button.

Here you can see the gold tie I used the pink one is seen from the other side

Here you can see the gold tie I used the pink one is seen from the other side

I have throughly enjoyed making this side of the bag.

I have throughly enjoyed making this side of the bag.

Making two little pockets for inside the bag. These are sholder pads from a large Tai silk jacket, so are padded softly and Im putting a bias silk binding same silk as on one of the side of the bag!!!!!

Making two little pockets for inside the bag. These were shoulder pads from a large Thai silk jacket, so are padded softly and Im putting a bias silk binding same silk as on one of the side of the bag!!!!!  Now to sew them and insert in to bag.  One I will leave as one pocket and the other I will sew a seam down the middle for two small pockets for keys.

Thia silk that once was a should pad LOL

Thiai silk that once was a shoulder pad LOL

Small pockets sit so nicly and are big enough to hold a mobi

Small pockets sit so nicely and are big enough to hold a mobile phone. Top one  sewn on and the other one waiting.

For inside the bag. Now to cut out a iPad pocket for the other side of the bag using the back of the Thai silk jacket.

For inside the bag. Now to cut out a iPad pocket for the other side of the bag using the back of the Thai silk jacket.  I know that seems rather radical but it does not fit me any more and is out of date so why not use it as fabric instead of buying more????

add some wadding for protection and strngth sew all around the pieces leaving 2"unsewn to turn inside out.

Place two pieces of material right sides together. add a piece of wadding for protection and strength sew all around the pieces leaving 2″s so you can turn it  inside out.

Quilt the pocket for strength and to stabilise it.

Quilt the pocket for strength and to stabilise it.

Add some silk bias all around the shape and there is your iPad pocket ready to be hand sewn on.

Add some silk bias all around the shape and there is your iPad pocket ready to be hand sewn on.

This morning I was looking for my Annabelle quilt to do some more work on it, I still have not found it!!!!!! but did find two Annabelle’s that I had added to the end of 2 woollen sleeves I had unpicked?????

A woollen sleeve cut from a woollen jacket.

A 100% woollen sleeve cut from a large woollen jacket.

Annabelle is stitched to what was the end of a woollen coat sleeve

Annabelle is stitched to what was the end of a woollen coat sleeve

Dear Dear Little Annabelle

Dear Dear Little Annabelle

here I have cut the shape out for a small bag and added a couple of wee buttons at the sleeve edge! replacing small black ones that were there.

Here I have cut the shape out for a small bag and added a couple of wee buttons at the sleeve edge! replacing small black ones that were there.

Annabelle in the veggie garden.

Annabelle in the veggie garden.

To day Indi 4 and I racked up leaves I took 8 wheel barrowloads down to the

To day Indi DGD 4 and I racked up leaves I took 8 wheel barrow-loads down to the top of the slope for hubby to take down to the tip below????? See the tiny sunpatch top right hand corner that is about 6 metres down a slope.

Where you can see the sunlight is where he has scratched all the leaves to, this is where he is thinking of building his nest?????

Hubby does not have to do that now as Mr wild Bush Turkey scratched them all down to where you can see the sunlight, this is where he is thinking of building his nest?????  hopefully he will clean the rest of the yard up for us, I will keep you posted on that one LOL

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5th Oct 2016 Mens Tie shoulder bag finished.

Well its all most a month since I blogged, some times life gets in the way.

I cut my leg in June with a sharp garden saw and had 14 stitches unfortunately  soil bacteria started to grow in there and I have had a very sore leg ever since and have had to dress it every day. They have finally found out what it is after been on so many different antibiotics. Some of the soil bacteria disease where we live can not be cured but this one can but it can take between 4 months and a year to kill it, so I have to take two different antibiotics till it is killed. It’s been so bad the last month I have not blogged, but feeling a little better the last week so I’m hoping to do my blog today.

In my last blog I left off where I was near the end of piecing my bag were I use men’s ties as the gusset.

Bag finally sewn together and now waiting for finishing off

I have found it a good idea to add large buttons at the bottom of the bag to stop the wear on the silk and it also keeps the bag much cleaner.

Now we see what the bag will look like when used. It has to have the lace stitiched down now and reinforcing

Now we see what the bag will look like when used. It has to have the lace I at t.he back stitched down now and reinforcing where the ties leave the bag.  These bags get used for many things and I know of one that carries lecture notes plus computer to Uni and this area showed up as a week spot.

Weak spot

Weak spot

An old ladies stainless steel watch strap

This morning I was doing some repair and cleaning  of jewellery for the shop An old ladies stainless steel watch strap was amongst the bits and pieces and a light bulb moment happened; these straps would be perfect for my weak spot on the bag and look so good.  So I have pulled it to pieces cleaned it and now it is ready to use. .

How strong this will be????? and how attractive. It will take me a while to sew on stitch by stitch but well worth the time and effort.

How strong this will be????? and how attractive. It will take me a while to sew on stitch by stitch but well worth the time and effort.

My main project the last 3 months is sashiko quilting a 21st birthday quilt for a special person who came in to our life a few years ago. I’ve called it Shields and Swords.  Blocks are made up of shields and I want to sashiko swords around the borders.  He is in the army and hopefully he will like it?  It is a very strong colour quilt.

Back ground fabric is cotton and very interesting also from Japan.

Back ground fabric is cotton and very interesting also from Japan.

Most of these cottons are from Japan.

Most of these cottons are from Japan.

There is another row to the quilt but it is hanging over the back of the line??????

There is another row to the quilt but it is hanging over the back of the line??????

Hanging in the breeze in between showers!!!!

Hanging in the breeze in between showers!!!! Im loving doing the sashiko quilting on this quilt over the last 3 months I have worked on it as often as possible.

In the garden today.

Hoya in flower again the smell is breath taking and floats through the garden.

Hoya in flower again the smell is breath taking and floats through the garden.

Stunning tiny orchid flowers

Stunning tiny orchid flowers

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Bedding iris

Iris

Stunning design how can we compete with nature, it teachers us every time if we stop long enough to look.  My mother taught me to stop and look at every thing no matter how small.

stink toadstool.

stink toadstool.  So delicate and fragile looking but the smell travels for up to 100 metres quiet a terrible smell for people but the flies love it!!!  I get two rubbish bags and slip them inside each other and pick the fungi and tie it off, and still I can smell it??????

Im baby sitting a sick wee DGD 4 today so may not get to finish my blog. I will just add what I have managed to do.

Happy quilting every one and thank you for dropping in to see me. Cheers Glenda

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7th Sept 2016 Another shoulder mens tie gusset bag.

How do Wednesdays sneak up on me?  I think Im on track and then I find it is Wednesday and I’m not ready.  Wednesday is the day I like to have for my email, reading other quilters blogs and looking at quilts that I wish I had the time to make LOL.  This week I have spent most of my sewing  time on my Mens Tie gusset bag which I showed the start of last week.

Draft of the shape I use to make these Tie bags

Draft of the shape I use to make these Tie bags. This is for Mini.  

This is were I left off last week

Front and back of the bag Im working on. Today I found two ties I may be able to use for the gusset.

Front and back of the bag Im working on. Back still needs two more or three logcabins and the lace need to be sewn down but I will leave that till last so the lace stays fresh. Today I found two ties I may be able to use for the gusset.

Back of bag finally complet;y covered with logcabin blocks I needed 15 all up to do this plus some strips to fill in some small holes.

Back of bag finally complet;y covered with logcabin blocks I needed 15 all up to do this plus some strips to fill in some small holes.

Front and back ready for the bias binding around the edges. I made some up from the same material as I used on the front of bag.

Front and back ready for the bias binding around the edges. I made some up from the same material as I used on the front of bag.

Bias pinned ready for the sewing machine, I cut the bias at 2inch and then iron in 1/2 this gives a better strength for sewing in the gusset.

Bias pinned ready for the sewing machine, I cut the bias at 2inch and then iron in 1/2 this gives a better thickness and strength for sewing in the gusset.

Binding sewn on and two ties waiting to be sewn together by machine.

Binding sewn and now turned over the edges and waiting to be stitched down by hand, I hand stitch this down to give a nice clean look.   Two mens ties waiting to be sewn together by machine for the gusset.

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Ties are great to use for gussets but make sure you use ties that are roughly the same shape and size or they will not work.  you can use silk or poly it does not mater but I have found that poly wear better, I now add buttons on the very bottom of bag where the ties are the widest and they take the wear not the ties.  This is were the bag sits when put down.

 

Gusset pinned to neck of bag this is cut at 3inchs then folded as it gives a nicer look been a little deeper.

Gusset pinned to neck of bag this is cut at 3inchs then folded as it gives a nicer look been a little deeper.

Jioned ties make the gusset for this bag, I have chosen and pink and dark brown this ties in with the back and front. Gusset is not attaches just showing you what it will look like, I have since echo quited the ties by machine and now sewing the gusset on by hand. A slow job but enjoyable when listening to a book.

Jioned ties make the gusset for this bag, I have chosen and pink and dark brown for this bag to blend  in with the back and front. Gusset in photo is not attache just pinned showing you what it will look like, I have since echo quilted the ties by machine and now sewing the gusset on by hand. A slow job but enjoyable when listening to a book.

ties come up and over lap each other and form the handle for the bag, by echo quilting the ties they are more firm, stable, and don't scrunch up in the hand when carrying it.

End of ties come up and over lap each other and form the handle for the bag, by echo quilting the ties they are more firm, stable, and don’t scrunch up in the hand when carrying it.  I will finally sew these end ties together making an even firmer handle.

Hopefully I will complete the front of the bag as I have done on the back by next week and can share it in photos with you.

I was looking for some thing and found this photo instead of my antique Crazy quilt I bought online from the USA  around 20 years ago it was a UFO the quilter who must have started it around the 1930’s ( the backing of the blocks are all flour bags) only completed the 6 panels and many of the silks have completely fallen apart and I have been replacing them.  I only have one panel to complete but I must have put it away yet again and forgotten about it. I must see if I can find it and finish that panel LOL

My antique Crazy Quilt

6 panels of my 1930’s antique Crazy Quilt  I love repairing this quilt as it is such fun looking at all the lovely fabrics and dreaming about what they were used for in the original quilters family life.

Not a lot in the garden to share, I have a sore leg so have not spent many hrs in it this week.  But took these couple of photos this morning.

A native orchid; it is so fragile and delicate, plus has such a lovely gentle perfume but sadly only lasts a couple of days in full flower. we are luckly to have in in our garden.

A native orchid; it is so fragile and delicate, plus has such a lovely gentle perfume but sadly only lasts a couple of days in full flower. we are luckly to have in in our garden.

This little fellow is a local frog and thinks if he does not move we can not see him LOL Even if I pick him up and put him down he just sits there again!!!! Hubby has a big one in his work shop and he has to be careful were he puts things down first incase he is on his work bench.

This little fellow is a local frog and thinks if he does not move we can not see him LOL Even if I pick him up and put him down he just sits there again!!!! Hubby has a big one in his work shop and he has to be careful were he puts things down first incase he is on his work bench.

 

All most completely out and it is such a lovely splash of colour in amongst all our tropical greens.

All most completely out and it is such a lovely splash of colour in amongst all our tropical greens.

Early morning sun turning the red petals to a stunning display.

Early morning sun turning the red petals to a stunning display.

It has been a struggle to write my blog to day as my camera was playing up and it was impossible to download the photos, finally hubby loaded my card in to his camera and was able to down load them, the card has become faulty hopefully the new card works for next week.

Thursday in OZ but still Wednesday in many cities and countries around the world, this is what I woke to this morning but the beginning of your Wednesdays

A very wet drab misiable day but it did turn nicer midday and stopped raining.

A very wet drab miserable day but it did turn nicer midday and stopped raining.  Lucky for me I had a Drs appointment down the range and it was lovely and sunny down there, I went to the beach and meet my girlfriend and we sat and chatted by the ocean for a couple of hrs. It was lovely.

This is what I arrived to after leaving my wet miserable home, just beautiful

This is what I arrived to after leaving my wet miserable home, just beautiful

There was my lovely friend waiting for me and there we sat and gazed at the water gently washing in on to the beach and shared lots of laughter.

There was my lovely friend waiting for me and there we sat and gazed at the water gently washing in on to the beach and shared lots of laughter.

Im off to link with Esther before it is Thursday Down Under I have 1 hour left LOL  Thank you for visiting I do enjoy you visiting me.

Cheers All Glenda

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31st Aug 2016 Logcabin shoulder bag but machine made.

I woke up to a beautiful morning, stunning clouds and bright greens as far as I could see.

I woke up to a beautiful morning yesterday, stunning clouds and bright shinny greens as far as I could see.

Some times we see some thing that inspires us were others will discard it, my cousin Jeanette is great at this and inspired me to look at things twice before walking on or throwing away from when I was a teenager.

Last week it was a lace cotton top that came in to the shop, the top part was badly soiled but the lace was great so I said tot he girls I would turn the lace in to a bag!!!!!!  Blank looks but I will show them on Tuesday what I did over the week with that lace and I hope I can show you also so you can follow me in photos.

Where it all started the top that was badly stained but the lace was OK just needed a wee trim to tidy it up.

Sunday 23rd August 2016. Where it all started the top that was badly stained but the lace was OK just needed a wee trim to tidy it up.

Ive unpicked the lace from the top .

Ive unpicked the lace from the top .

Now I have unpicked the backing from the lace they used to give it support and strength.

Now I have unpicked the backing from the lace they used to give it support and strength.

I have cut my bag shape out of heavily woven silk from a old kimono sleeve.

I have cut my bag shape out of heavily woven silk from a old kimono sleeve.

Lace lying on  silk contrasting bag shape .

Lace lying on silk contrasting bag shape .

My backing fabric wool adding and silk sahap pinned ready to baste.

My backing fabric,  wool batting,  and silk shape pinned ready to baste.

Basted ready for me to quilt. I hate quilting with pins as my thread constantly gets tangled.  so I prefer to baste and then relax quilting by hand.

Basted ready for me to quilt. I hate quilting with pins as my thread constantly gets tangled. so I prefer to baste and then relax quilting by hand.

Sashiko Quilted.  Now I need to appliqué the lace on.

Ive Sashiko quilted the bag shape Now I need to appliqué the lace on. Next to make the  back of the bag?

I started the back of this bag on Sunday 28th August 2016

I start my logcabins with a pile of fabrics cut at 1inch that are in harmony with each other.

I start my logcabins with a pile of fabrics cut at 1inch that are in harmony with each other.

A backing shape cut out and wadding in cotton, Ive made 14,  4 inch log-cabins

A backing shape cut out and wadding in cotton, Ive made 14, 4 inch log-cabins

I strip pieced my logcabin blocks by machine and ironed every seam this

I strip pieced my logcabin blocks by machine and ironed every seam this helps them lye so flat when Im adding them to the bag shape.  It is truly worth the extra time spent doing this.

I choose a logcabin I like the most and anchor it by machine in the centre of my shape.

I choose a logcabin I like the most and anchor it by machine in the centre of my shape.

I choose a logcabin I like the most and anchor it by machine in the centre of my shape.

I choose a logcabin I like the most and anchor it by machine in the centre of my shape.

Place your first log cabin of set, yes you will waste some fabric and your logcabin doing this but it is the only way to get that finished look?

Place your first log cabin of set, yes you will waste some fabric and your logcabin doing this but it is the only way to get that finished look?

again off set the next block and keep doing this till the shape is covered.

again off set the next block and keep doing this till the shape is covered.

My first 3 blocks in place.

My first 3 blocks in place.

Added another and keep going LOL. Now this is where it gets tricky as in some place you can not sew the edges and these have to be turned by hand and hand sewn in place when it is completely covered.

Added another and keep going LOL. Now this is where it gets tricky as in some places  you can not sew the edges and these have to be turned by hand and hand sewn in place when it is completely covered.  Be carful that you sew blocks first that will look better under other blocks. I pin a few at this stage and fold back and check before sewing them down.

slowly covering up the shape

slowly covering up the shape

Place your first log cabin of set, yes you will waste some fabric and your logcabin doing this but it is the only way to get that finished look?

Look closely where there are pins this is were I will need to hand sew those seams.

Allmost completed

Almost completed but I have run our of log-cabin blocks and time it is nearly midnight. I have trimmed the bag from behind and it is looking good.

Taken in the day light the next day

Taken in the day light this morning  Monday 29th August 2016 Remember were the pins are showing I have to hand sew these seams down.

Front and back of the bag Im working on.  Today I found two ties I may be able to use for the gusset.

Front and back of the bag Im working on. Today I found two ties I may be able to use for the gusset.

In the garden today splashes of colour every where you look.

We had a very heavy shower this morning early and the place looks like it has been scrubbed clean by the fairies and their friends, how I love these mornings so fresh and clear.

We had a very heavy shower this morning early and the place looks like it has been scrubbed clean by the fairies and their friends, how I love these mornings so fresh and clear.

Even the hanging dried usually dusty air-roots of the fig-tree look clean this morning?

Even the hanging dried usually dusty air-roots of the fig-tree look clean this morning?

Another stink fungus has bloomed and spoilt the whole garden with its terrible stench LOL  I will have to go out and remove it so we can all breath what we call fresh air LOL

Another stink fungus has bloomed and spoilt the whole garden with its terrible stench LOL I will have to go out and remove it so we can all breath what we call fresh air LOL

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Dainty ferns grow were they shouldn't.

Dainty ferns grow were they shouldn’t.

Another type of orchis that cheers the garden.

Another type of orchis that cheers the garden.

Broms are also adding bright splashes of colour.

Broms are also adding bright splashes of colour.

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Orchids are blooming again in the garden they add such exotic colour to all the greens.

Orchids are blooming again in the garden they add such exotic colour to all the greens.

On Monday Esther Aliu released another lovely quilting design called Dorothea and Im in love with it. I downloaded the pattern straight away and printed it off.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/meet-my-gorgeous-new-quilt-dorothea.html

Im off now to join up with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/wow-stash-busting-stars-quilt.html

Thank you for visiting it is always nice to hear from another quilter or reader.

Cheers Glenda

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24th August 2016

Only a little mending to show  this week, Ive been away staying with family at the beach, we had fantastic days of sunshine, warmth; beaches and  rivers to walk beside and special time with family.  Now its back to the grind of cleaning the pavers and paving walls of the mould.  We came home to  a lovely surprise our DGS had been looking after the home for us had water blasted the whole of the front patio for us: its a huge job.  what a wonderful home coming that was.

Lovely golden beaches as far as the eye can see.

Lovely golden beaches as far as the eye can see.

At Noosa river mouth were many of  the kite surfers hang out

At Noosa river mouth were many of the kite surfers hang out

On one of our beach walks we found lots of jellyfish including blue stingers so there was no swimming for us that day.

This fellow is not so nice if he stings you.

This fellow is not so nice if he stings you.

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Some one busy making sand balls and tossing them out his back door!!!!

Some one busy making sand balls and tossing them out his back door!!!!  some of the patterns are amazing.

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Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.

Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.  It took me 6 hrs to do this mending as they were thick jeans and it was one stitch at a time LOL  But he was soooooo sooooo happy when he saw them and said they will last me another 2 years now!!!!!!

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

I mended two pairs of my DS favourite jeans!!!!! but it was important they still looked raggedy!!!!!!!

Instead of sewing today I was water-blasting these block walls on the road frontage.  ones on the right still todo.

Instead of sewing today I was water-blasting these block walls on the road frontage.  Ones on the right still to do when I took this photo. All finished now.

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Thank you for dropping in hopefully I will have more sewing to share next week.

Cheers Glenda

Off to link with Esther now.

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Quilty365 Circles 10th August 2016

First I apologise to those messages I have not answered over the last week. I cut my leg 7 weeks ago it healed nicely no problems then 10 days ago it started to break out and I have been on antibiotics since, an abscess has built up under the skin and it is taking ages to heal, but finally it is healing but I have not felt like doing any thing much. So today just going to add a blog I wrote for my quilt365 Circles last weekend. this morning I have been sitting hemming and appliquéing my Quilty365 Circles, I pick these up when I have no energy to do any thing else, they are very soothing and relaxing no need to think at all LOL

Below was written on the 7th.

Im still working on my lovely wee circles but I keep forgetting to join in at the beginning of the month and then its to late to join in LOL

My back ground fabric is a lovely hand woven antique silk, sadly it frays some thing terrible but Im managing to control it to this stage, Im glad Im making 3 small wall quilts though not one large one.

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

My first 90 wee blocks but there are 121 circles here.  I have finished sashiko quilting this wee quilt one down 3 to go 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

Learning to sashiko quilt. Back of my first wall quilt, close up so you can see the bigger stitches I use for sashiko quilting, my circles are not so good from the back but over time hopefully it will improve LOL

Just finished my 2nd

Last month I finished sewing my next 90 wee squares together now I need to fins time to sandwich them in to my next wee quilt so I can sashiko quilt it.  There are 122 circles here so thats 243 circles so far completed.

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

My first 37 tiny squares with there circles for my 3rd and final wall quilt.

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

My  circles cut out waiting to be hemmed then appliquéd on to the tiny squares.

I have cut out another prepared another 122 which makes my 365 circles, these ones I have started appliquéing to my tiny squares.  If I keep going I will have meet my challenge by Nov. I started making my tiny circles in Dec 2015 how I have loved making these wee circles.  THANK YOU  so much Audrey its is and has been a lovely journey playing with these beautiful pieces of fabric.

Some other circles that Im working on.

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

Was not happy with the large planet so unpicked part of it and added more padding

I have been working on my LE border, it is very very slow but Im close to finishing appliquéing these leaves down at last

I have been working on my LE border, it is very very slow but Im close to finishing appliquéing these leaves down at last

Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle it took me 3 1/2 hrs ?????

Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle it took me 3 1/2 hrs ?????

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

This was one of the first quilts I made. I was living in PNG. I did not know much about quilting then so did not add much of it too this quilt,  it has been given back to me to finish the binding I did not realise Id never finished it, I ended up adding the out side yellow border to make it a little bigger and now hand quilting around the circles.

All though its OK there is nothing to keep you looking

All though I like this quilt there is nothing to keep you looking so Im working on adding these floating circles.

My thanks go to Karen for introducing me to this wonderful group, and to Audrey for starting it. I have loved every moment of it so far.

My garden is drowning but growing like a jungle in all the constant rain we have had the last year,  it is slowly blocking out the sun so we will have to do a good cull soon to let the light back in, I took these photos this morning and it shows how covered in we are now????

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Thank you for dropping in and again I apologise for not answering your comments.

Cheers Glenda FNQLD Australia.

 

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WOW with Esther 3rd Aug 2016

Sadly not much to show this week even though I have been doing a lot of sewing.

My next lot of 90 365Quilty Circles started

My next lot of 90 365Quilty Circles started, when I finish these I will have completed making the 365 circles, I have been playing with these most nights this week I do love making them, back ground is a lovely silk and the circles are all Japanese fabrics mostly silks.

I have been working on my LE border, it is very very slow but Im close to finishing appliquéing these leaves down at last

I have been working on my LE border also , it is very very slow but Im close to finishing appliquéing these leaves down at last, the silk is so thick Im blunting the needles so far I have gone through 4 size 11 needles.

My last leaves ready to be appliqued on th

My last leaves ready to be appliquéd on,  these will take me several nights this week to do it is slow but I enjoy every stitch I make.

close up of where I started on this border, I do like the wee touch of blue in the wee flowers and they are small.

close up of where I started on this border, I do like the wee touch of blue in the wee flowers and they are small.

I managed to finish appliqué the wee faces now to machine zig zag around the last two lamb bodies.

I managed to finish appliqué the wee faces now to machine zig zag around the last two lamb bodies.

I have unpicked two of the borders that were machine sewn and hand sewn then then added sashiko down the centre of the border to help keep the wadding in place when it will be washed.  There are 2 layers of wadding here so I have to make one stitch at the time.

I have unpicked two of the borders that were machine sewn and hand sewn then then added sashiko down the centre of the border to help keep the wadding in place when it will be washed. There are 2 layers of wadding here so I have to make one stitch at the time. Bottom border is finished now have to unpick that top one,  I have  two more borders to do. I hate unpicking but it looks so much better.

You can see more clearly here were I have unpicked and redone it by hand

You can see more clearly here were I have unpicked and redone it by hand. Top border still has the machine stitching and no sashiko quilting down the centre.

Well thats my sewing for this week nothing exciting and the garden is the same nothing new to show you.

My crystallise is still there and I have moved it inside to the veranda for extra protection as Im thinking it will come out soon.

I check every night now as it is over two weeks but he's still in there.

I check every night now as it is over two weeks but he’s still in there.

A paddock of small Kangaroos down near the beach this Avo.

A paddock of small Kangaroos down near the beach this Avo.

Went for a walk along the beach this Avo, it was wonderful this is looking South.

Went for a walk along the beach this Avo, it was wonderful this is looking North I walked that way. .

Looking South.

Looking South.  Temperature  was around 25C just perfect. 

Thank you for visiting and I hope you all find time to sew this week, I know many of you up in the Northern hemisphere are very busy in your gardens now and farms.

Off to link with Esther and hope to visit many of you there.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/wow-updating-nelke.html

Cheers Glenda

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24th July 2016 This and that !

We have passed the 1/2 way mark of this year!!!!! Not sure how it happened but it did LOL   This week I have been working on several quilt parts from LE, circles, Japanese quilts  to my baby quilt.

Just finished my 2nd

Just finished my 2nd 365quilty circles quilt.  now I need to sandwich it to do hand sashiko quilting on it. I say hand as now they can do sashiko quilting on sewing machines!!!!!

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

My first 365Quilty Circle quilt.

I picked up my Quilty365 Circles I have amde 267 circles so far and this is my next 90 all cut out plus 4 1/2 inch square blocks.

I picked up my Quilty365 Circles again!!! I have made 267 circles so far and this is my next 90 all cut out plus 4 1/2 inch square blocks all just fit neatly in to this wee cigar box.  All my circles are cut from Japanese kimono fabrics.

I picked these little backings for quilting pins for $1.00 I thought it was a bit gimpiky but for $1.00 I thought I would give them a try. But WOWWW they make the pins so easy to use when you have arthritic hands.

I picked these little backings for quilting pins up for $1.00 I thought it was a bit gimmicky but for $1.00 I thought I would give them a try. But WOWWW they make the pins so easy to use when you have arthritic hands.

I could not wait to try adding my first two twisted flowers to my LE border I’m working on.

Slowly I'm getting to the end of this border sewing on my ovals or leaves as some call them.

Slowly I’m getting to the end of this border sewing on my ovals or leaves as some call them.

Adding my first two twisted flowers to this border.

Adding my first two twisted flowers to this border.  Stems are bias cotton ribbon 1/2 wide which I cut in 1/2 the stems ended up about 16th of an inch wide.

These pieces of fabric are vvery tiny but there are many smaller pieces yet to make for inside these leaf circles!!!!!!

These pieces of fabric are very tiny but there are many smaller pieces yet to make for inside these leaf circles!!!!!!  Stem is 100% cotton but rest is all 100% silk.

Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle it took me 3 1/2 hrs ?????

Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle of the centre of Little Hazel,  designed by Esther Aliu;  it took me 3 1/2 hrs ?????

Close up of that slow stitching!

Close up of that slow stitching!  I have pulled some fabrics for my swirl blocks and started cutting out the shapes on to washaway iron on freezer paper.

Japanese Ikat fabric

Ive washed and just finsihed unpicking a beautiful Kasuri cotton Kim

I’ve washed and just finished unpicking a beautiful Ikat cotton Kimono which I want to use on the backing of my Japanese quilt.  this is a hand reset pattern using rice glue then dipped in to indigo dye baths.  origianlly it was a 11 metre long bolt of fabric woven at 14inch wide only.  Im going to try sewing it all back together again? then I will have the pattern flowing for the backing, it is such beautiful fabric and design it will be worth all the time spent doing this.

Trying to work out were the original fabric was cut and sew it all back together the design will flow when I sew it in to the backing for a quilt.

Trying to work out were the original fabric was cut and sew it all back together the design will flow when I sew it in to the backing for a quilt.

These panels are woven at 14inchs wide, and the design is set with a rice glue then dyed in indigo a long slow process but what a lovely soft soft look it gives.

These panels are woven at 14inchs wide, and the design is set with a rice glue then dyed in indigo a long slow process but what a lovely soft soft look it gives.

Trying to see if the pattern is off set will it look better.

Trying to see if the pattern is off set will it look better.

I sat one night and appliquéd the face and ears on to some of the sheep.  Easier

I sat one night and appliquéd the face and ears on to some of the sheep. Easier than threading the machine up with pink thread as both machines are been used at present.  This is going on to the bottom of a wee girls quilt.

Just opening.  My first one that flowered is now finished.

Just opening. My first one that flowered is now finished.

Its fungi time again and when this one blooms you can smell it 50 metres away. I removed this one and the next day another one had grown in its place the one below. .

Its fungi time again and when this one blooms you can smell it 50 metres away. I removed this one and the next day another one had grown in its place the one below. .

A fungi which has the most ghastly pungent smell, just before taking the photo it had around 20 flies on or around it!!!!!

A fungi which has the most ghastly pungent smell, just before taking the photo it had around 20 flies on or around it!!!!!

I took many photos of my caterpillar making his web I wrote a blog during the week just on him.   http://www.patchworkdreams.com.au/?p=8986

It has been wonderful to watch my caterpillar grow over the last two weeks.

It has been wonderful to watch my caterpillar grow over the last two weeks.

My big catterepillar is about to changing in to a cyristlis

My big catterepillar is about to changing in to a cyristlis

He has attached himself here and over 24 hrs covered himself completely.

He has attached himself here and over 24 hrs covered himself completely. I could not believe how he wove all those spiky hairs in to his web.

Finally he has stopped weaving and what a snug place he has made.

Finally he has stopped weaving and what a snug place he has made.

Ive been sitting here an hour and Im due down the range, so must fly out the door.  Will Update when I come back. Happy sewing all who sew and thank you all for visiting me.  Cheers Glenda who is going to link up with Esther now.

 

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27th July 2016 Calliteara Pudibunda

My big caterpillar is turning in to the chrysalis stage.

One of my first photos taken

Callipeara Pudibunda Cairns QLD One of my first photos taken 5th July 2016 have no idea how old he was this is when I first saw him.

It has been wonderful to watch my caterpillar grow over the last two weeks.

It has been wonderful to watch my very hairy caterpillar grow over the last two weeks here in Kuranda. QLD  he is called a Calliteara Pundibunda caterpillar

Taken at night time he never stopped eating day or night.

Taken at night time he never stopped eating day or night.

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

Still growing.

Still growing covered in raindrops but he still kept eating.

Finally he has stopped eating and has found a safe place to metorph

Finally he has stopped eating and has found a safe place to metamorphosis he has added his first web strands at the top to hold himself to the container.

 

notice at the top the first stages of his web he is building around his body.

notice at the top the first stages of his web he is building around his body the orange stipe is part of his mouth.

Finally he has stopped eating and has found a safe place to metorph

Finally he has stopped eating and has found a safe place to metamorphosis

Because he is so hairy this is a real skill weaving those hairs.

Because he is so hairy this is a real skill weaving those hairs.

By 10pm he was still working away weaving.

By 10pm he was still working away weaving.

My last photo before going to bed.

My last photo before going to bed.

This morning he had  completely  woven his hairy

This morning he had completely woven his hairy hair around his body and covered them with his web.

He is still working underneath his web.

23rd July 2016 Saturday 24hrs after he started to build his web over his body. He is still working underneath his web. You can see his head at the top closing the last spot.  this is going to keep him warm till he turns in to a moth.

Finally he has stopped weaving and what a snug place he has made.

Finally he has stopped weaving and what a snug place he has made.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 20th Aug 2016

I have almost finished quilting my Friendship quilt so have started another quilt.

I have almost finished quilting my Friendship quilt so have started another quilt.  I did not design this heart and stars block a lady in USA showed me what she was doing and I drafted this up from her block. So if any one knows who the designer is I would like to credit it to her.

I made this quilt with a lady in USA

I made this quilt with a lady online  in the USA  her husband was very ill and we shared our progress as we made these blocks it gave her some one to talk to out side the family.

This block is made up of 5 pieces plus the centre star.  I used silk for most of the stars and some yellow cotton most of the pieces around the star are Japanes fabrics cottons mostly.  these are ironed on to a fabric that would have been made it to Japanese mens PJ's.  It is 100% cotton. I quilted this square last night, some seams are difficult because of the the iron on fusing.

This block is made up of 5 pieces plus the centre star. I used silk for most of the stars and some yellow cotton most of the pieces around the star are Japaneses fabrics cottons mostly. these are ironed on to a fabric that would have been made it to Japanese mens PJ’s. It is 100% cotton. I quilted this square last night, some areas are difficult because of the the iron on fusing.

Close up of the sashiko quilting.

Close up of the sashiko quilting.  I have quilted around the square then the heart then the star.

My Florenc Petro quilt those wee blocks will go where the blanl calico blo are

My Florenc Petro quilt those wee blocks are now buttonhole appliquéd on.

I spent the week making these wee blocks to be able to finish my

I spent the week making these wee blocks to be able to finish my Florence Petro quilt. I really like this form of appliqué as you can have fun with thread adding extra colour to your tiny pieces.  If you zoom in you can see what I mean.

Hubby has just bought an old 4 piece dinner set,

Hubby has just bought an old 4 piece dinner set, after years of dinner sets with flowers he has one with birds LOL but there are flowers around the edges for me LOL

We have had heavy heavy rain and days of it this week and we and every thing else looks very dismal.   Thank goodness we have a lovely dry home now after 20 years of digging run offs putting in drainage underground and adding good down pipes so the water is controlled unless we have torrential rain which we had on Mon and Tues and the gutters just flowed over. My garden looks so dismal and nothing interesting to show except these.

Just opening.

Just opening.

Very water logged but still flowering!!!!!

Very water logged but still flowering!!!!!

These are growing about 20 mins from my home guess what flower they are ??????  you buy them at Xmas time in small pots LOL

These are growing about 20 mins from my home guess what flower they are ?????? you buy them at Xmas time in small pots LOL Zoom in and then you will realise what they are.

My hairy caterpillar who will turn in to a grey large moth.  He eats all day and night sunshine or rain. This is taken at night time

My hairy caterpillar  upside down at night time he will turn in to a grey large moth. He eats all day and night sunshine or rain.  here he is eating the end of the frond.  Zoom in to  Look at him ???

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

He was 3 1/2 inchs here but is 4 inchs now.

He was 3 1/2 inchs here but is 4 inchs now.

It has been wonderful to watch my caterpillar grow over the last two weeks.

It has been wonderful to watch my caterpillar grow over the last two weeks.

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

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/wow-downsizing-lesson.html

Thank you for visiting my small part of the world.  Happy sewing every one who sews and I hope those of you who don’t sew; enjoy your pleasure time. Cheers Glenda

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Calico Garden WOW 13th Aug 2016

This week flew by as usual but some how I only remember the weekend it went so quickly. I have mostly been working on my quilting of my friendship quilt but Hubby put up two of the big tables on the veranda for me, put two of these together and I have a table big enough to put a queen-size quilt so its a wonderful space to work on.  I put my Florence Petro quilt on it I made this years ago but ran in to a problem which I did not know how to solve.

My adaptation of Florence Petro quilt

My adaptation of Florence Petro quilt Calico Garden around 1930.  These were all the tiny flower blocks she made out of scraps here blocks were only 3 1/2 inches mine are 6inches.  Florence used beige colours in her 9 patches and beige border, mine is a little bright  compared to hers LOL   My borders are not attached I ran in to a problem on the bottom border. To see the original design and purchase the pattern you can see it here.
https://hooplapatterns.danemcoweb.com/shop/product/calico-garden-pattern/ Cheers GlendaThis is the border I made the mitakes on by accident my mauve sti

This is the border I made the mistakes on by accident there should be a mauve strip at the top too but by accident I must have folded the strip back and I appliquéd the flowers through it.

I cut the mauve stril off rather than unpick all the applique not good solution so

I cut the mauve strip off rather than unpick all the appliqué not good solution so I put it away for years LOL  here you can see what I mean and in the next photo?????

Here you can just see some of the mauve strip I have cut around the apploqie hopeing to solve the

Here you can just see some of the mauve strip I have cut around the appliqué hoping to solve the problem but it did not LOL   what I will do is iron down the whole hem then appliqué that seam to another border problem solved, it will just take time.

Close up of the tiny blocks.  I used iron-on-fusing method then button hole stitched around them all. finally added embroidery to them.

Close up of the tiny blocks. I used iron-on-fusing method then button hole stitched around them all. finally added embroidery to them.

I used all silks on this wee block.

I used all silks on this wee block.

Silks and cottons how I loved making these wee blocks.

Silks and cottons how I loved making these wee blocks.

Update 4pm Wednesday !!!!!!    WHAT IF???????

I made these wee 4patches in to 16

Update 4pm Sat avo. What if I made these wee 4patches in to 16 patches but use a black 4inch square for the bottom were the last 4 patch should be?????????  and add wee flowers to  those blank calico squares ???????

All joined looking good.

Update 5pm Sat avo.  All joined looking good. Ill try the black between the 16patches now?

Now we are getting some where!  I need to make another calico sq

Update 5.45pm Sat avo Now we are getting some where! I need to make another calico square and two more 16 patches!  then find time to add the wee flowers and appliqué them on? my home work this week LOL. Solving this problem has also solved the problem of the quilt been to short, it was  wide enough but too short now it is just right LOL.

I added the wee appliques last night.

I added the wee appliques last night.

 

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

Friendship quilt hanging out for some fresh air, Im about 3/4 way with the quilting so very happy.

Garden is pretty bear this week.

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This is called Bridal shower.

A bunch of self sewn tree ferns How I love these ferns they can grow up to

A bunch of self sewn tree ferns just starting to take hold. How I love these ferns they can grow up to 30feet tall.

Such a stunning wee fellow!

Such a stunning wee fellow!

Just saw this wee fellow in the Golden Palm he is eating the eaves of it. Hes not as big as

Just saw this wee fellow in the Golden Palm he is eating the leaves of it. He’s not as big as the fellow I saw last week yet?

Thank you for dropping in I do enjoy catching up with you on Wednesday, Im Off to link with Esther now on her WOW or WIPs

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/wow-pomegranate-anyone.html

Cheers Glenda

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6th July 2016 PNG Friendship quilt

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

Papua New Guinea friend ship quilt we made these blocks nearly 20 years ago and Im just getting around to quilting it. Im glad Im doing the quilting by hand as I have found as I stitch around the block Im remembering so many things Id forgotten about living up there over 16 years ago now.  I was short on 3 blocks to make it this size so I made them.

Sadly not much to show,  I have been doing sashiko quilting on my Friendship quilt most of the last two weeks, I did start machine quilting and disliked it so much I have been unpicking it and doing sashiko quilting on it and Im much happier with it.

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

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

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 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 wee pull tension holes in the fabric. I still like basting my quilts with thread there is NO tension on them with thread.

A corner I had machine quilted, it was so flat not puffy and soft like I like my quilts.

A corner I had machine quilted, it was so flat not puffy and soft like I like my quilts.

In this corner I have unpicked the machine quilting and worked sashiko hand quilting and now it is light puffy and very soft.

In this corner I have unpicked the machine quilting and worked sashiko hand quilting and now it is light puffy and very soft.                                                               Funny thing is I have been using a sashiko thimble which was given to me by a Japanese friend when she saw I was doing sashiko quilting, I worked out how to use it when she told me it was used on the middle finger resting on the bottom of the finger????? well I praticed and praticed and finally was able to pick up 3 stitches at a time. Last night I decided to see if there were any videos on using it, there was and the first thing I noticed I had my thimble upside down LOL  So I turned it around watched how she held the needle nothing like what I was doing and by the time I went to bed last night I was picking up 10 stitches at a time no problem WOWWWWWW when you know how it is so easy LOL

I made 32 Sunbonnet Sues for the friendship swap, each one was dress completely different from the colour of her bonnets to the dresses and shoes.  It was such fun. Afterwards I thought about making them all over again and making a Sunbonnet Sue quilt but I did not have any grand-girls then LOL SO I never did.

I made 32 of these Sunbonnet Sues for the friendship quilts none the same they were all different dresses and hats.

I made 32 of these Sunbonnet Sues for the friendship quilts none the same they were all different dresses and hats.

This little bonnet I did french knots in the flowers to add some yellow and green french knots around the edge of the bonnet.

This little bonnet I did french knots in the flowers to add some yellow and green french knots around the edge of the bonnet.

Here I have added green stem stitch embroidery  to the stems and yellow to the flowers.

Here I have added green stem stitch embroidery to the stems and yellow to the flowers.

I made her wee boots, eyelets are tiny french knots and the thread is very fine cotton.  It was lots of fun.

I made her wee boots for this Sue, eyelets are tiny french knots and the thread is very fine cotton. It was lots of fun.

I did do some work on my LE mostly prep work though.

I was having a problem with getting my ovals or leaves in the right place and keeping them in the right place as the sliks were fighting each other. I tried a dab of glue this worked at holding them in place but OHHHH dear I ended up with a hard blob as it seemed to burn the silk a nasty reaction it did not do that to my cottons???????

I was having a problem with getting my ovals or leaves in the right place and keeping them in the right place as the silks were fighting each other. I tried a dab of glue this worked at holding them in place but OHHHH dear I ended up with a hard blob as it seemed to burn the silk a nasty reaction it did not do that to my cottons???????  I can not leave then pinned for long as they then leave holes and a tiny rust marks with all the high humidity

So I made up a template in dark green paper so i could see the holes of the ovals clearly when I cut them all out, they were cut slightly small than the full size so my making lines will be covered by the ovals when appliquéd on.   I can not wash this quilt when it is finished so I ahve to be carful all the time to keep in clean and not show any marking. Its a nightmare I can tell you.

So I made up a template in dark green paper so i could see the holes of the ovals clearly when I cut them all out, they were cut slightly small than the full size so my making lines will be covered by the ovals when appliquéd on. I can not wash this quilt when it is finished so I have to be carful all the time to keep in clean and not show any marking. Its a nightmare I can tell you.

Here you can see the strong contrast where I have placed the template over my pink silk panel.  then I took a fine chalk marker and carefully marked only the ends of the ovals

Here you can see the strong contrast where I have placed the template over my pink silk panel. then I took a fine chalk marker and carefully marked only the ends of the ovals

I have enough Ovals made to complete one and a half borders, I thought I had made all of them a year ago !!!!! Boo Hoo.

I have enough Ovals basted over washawayironon freezer-papaer  to complete one and a half borders, I thought I had made all of them a year ago !!!!! Boo Hoo.

Wakasa lacquer box

Wakasa Kaigara lacquer box.  A few weeks ago I was given a box as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. I looked up on the internet to see if I could find out any thing about it Id never seen any thing like it before.  It is Wakasa lacquer wear. The lid is well worn and has lost its top glow but is still very beautiful to me. I could see on the side of the inner box were there is no wear how beautiful it must have been. I have spent the last few weeks trying to find out how to help bring it back to life, finally today I found out that the last buffing was done with rapeseed oil and the fingers well I don’t have any of that but I do have linseed oil and my fingers so I will use them!!!!. If you look closely on the left side of the lid I have not added the oil yet and it looks a little dull or cloudy. Antique Wakasa lacquer box

Antique Wakasa lacquer box

Close up Antique Wakasa Kaigara lacquer box Made from inlay shell.  It is difficult to photograph as the depth is like glass and reflects every thing. 

Antique Wakasa lacquer box

Antique Wakasa Kaigara lacquer box. As soon as I arrived home I put my most treasured and most used sewing items in it.  How beautiful it looks it is such a joy to see it on my worktable every morning.  It takes an artist a year to make an item like this with many many layers of polishing and lacquer.  When I wipe off the oil with an eyeglass cleaning cloth the soft cloth I have it is dull again but i think if it took the artist a year to make it I can spend a little time each day for a year rubbing it to see if I can restore that gloss. !!!!!!!

Antique Wakasa lacquer box

Antique Wakasa Kaigara lacquer box. If you like this box as much as I do look up how it is made  http://shokunindou.com/articles/wakasa-nuri-lacquerware It is hard to believe that some one would spend a year to make a box!  but when you see it in person and how it glows and the depth to it you can believe it.  I just hope I can restore that glow for future generations to love and admirer.  I will give it to a museum if I do get it to glow again. 

 

This native creeper is flower on the trees at the bottom of the gully by the river it will finally kill the trees it is covering.  From my kitchen window it looks like a waterfall of flowers,

This native creeper is flowering  on the trees at the bottom of the gully by the river it will finally kill the trees it is covering. From my kitchen window it looks like a waterfall of flowers,

Just starting to flower, these grow out doors here.

Just starting to flower, these grow out doors here.

White one just coming in to flower too.

White one just coming in to flower too.

Stunning red.

Stunning red.

Pure white wee toadstools I looked but could not see any fairies under them?

Pure white wee toadstools I looked but could not see any fairies under them?

Roots of the giant tree not much left of them????  When we first moved in here over 20 years ago there was a giant tree beside the swimming pool it was dying but much to our surprise it was still there years later but this year with all the rain it slowly started to come down. Fortunately for us the trees and palms around it stopped it from crashing down and destroying many trees.  We lost about 5 palms instead of dozens.

Roots of the giant tree not much left of them???? When we first moved in here over 20 years ago there was a giant tree beside the swimming pool it was dying but much to our surprise it was still there years later but this year with all the rain it slowly started to come down. Fortunately for us the trees and palms around it stopped it from crashing down and destroying many trees. We lost about 5 palms instead of dozens.

the trunk is about 1  1/2 metres through

the trunk is about 1 1/2 metres through

we will have to leave the trunk were it is all 5 metres as it is just to huge for our chainsaws, it will still be there in 10 or 15 years time till it rots away.

we will have to leave the trunk were it is all 5 metres as it is just to huge for our chainsaws, it will still be there in 10 or 15 years time till it rots away.

One of our DS's came in  and started cleaning up he has a firebox so this will be great dry wood for it.

One of our DS’s came in and started cleaning up he has a firebox so this will be great dry wood for it.

Another pile logs ready to be loaded and taken away Bless him for helping us with this job, Rod and I are past this kind of clean up now LOL

Another pile logs ready to be loaded and taken away Bless him for helping us with this job, Rod and I are past this kind of clean up now LOL

Off to link up with Esther over on her blog I missed last week as I first slashed my leg with a gardening knife and had 8 stitches and had to have a tetanus injection that made me feel sick then I picked up a vertigo virus which is still with me but I can sit up now and sew so Im happy LOL .

How I love Wednesday mornings my time to read every ones links and take time out for just me.

Thanks for dropping in Cheers ALL Glenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Close up so you can see the brocade

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some strong colour in the garden.

Some strong colour in the garden.

Ususally the garden is very very dry now but it has

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

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

Im off to link with Esther now.

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

Cheers ALL Glenda

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15th June 2016 Fibonacci numbers and circles?

Playing is fun.

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

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

Taken last night

Taken last night.

 

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

Or this one?

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

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

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

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

now added a 8inch circle

now added a 13inch and 8inch circle

A blue 5inch circle

A blue 5inch circle

A small 3inch circle in blue.

A small 3inch circle in blue.

A smaller 2inch circle

A smaller 2inch circle

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

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

This one

This one?NO to off centre.

This one?

This one?

Or this one?

Or this one?

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

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

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

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

Have hemed

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

Finally all pinned ready to be appliqué.

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

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

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

kju

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Off to link up with Esther

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

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

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June Quilty364 Circles

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

Hello other Quilty364 Circle quilters.

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

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

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

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

getting ready to sandwich

April getting ready to sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

jhytrew

May Starting to sew them together now.

May 2016

The last piece of the zigzaw added!

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

I have all most completed sashiko quilting this wee wall hanging

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

close up of one corner

May close up of one corner

Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

May Love how the sashiko makes the circles pop out.

First week in June

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now some other circles Im playing with.

Close up of the echo quilting.

Close up of the echo quilting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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8th June 2016 Quilting big and small stitches.

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

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

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

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

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

Allmost completed quilt top two hearts flwoers to

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

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

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

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

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

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

Close up of the echo quilting.

Close up of the echo quilting.

Creepy crawlies for the hubbies!!!

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

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

I was gardening on Monday and found this very large fel

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

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

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

Nothing much to show in the garden this week

First rays of sun hitting the cosmos

First rays of sun hitting the cosmos

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

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

Sun is slow at rising now as it comes up low

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

Copper frogs hiding in the creepers.

Copper frogs hiding in the creepers.

 

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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