WOW or WIP’s Esther Aliu 36th April 2017

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

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

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

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

I have been quilting the hexagons

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

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

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

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

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

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One of my views from my new sewing machine area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fungi grows

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

There is ahrdly any colour in the garden a

There is hardly  any colour in the garden at

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the moment just wee splashes of colour here and there

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

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

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

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

some grow so dense.

some grow so dense.

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

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

Last but not

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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WOW 19th April 2017 with Esther Aliu

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

Front of Cotrina's quilt

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

Back of Cotrina's quilt

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

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

Ive used all the colours that Cotrina loves the most.

Ive used all the colours that Cotrina loves the most.

Then used all the threads c in a rainbow

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

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Then added lots of memories we shared.

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

Back of Cotrina's quilt

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

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

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

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Just showing the difference between quilted and not quilted border.

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Last night finished quilting all those border hexagons.

Now stitiching down all thsoe

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

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

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

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

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

In the garden today.

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

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

another wild flower these are around 1 inch long.

another wild flower these are around 1 inch long.

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Stunning red and green

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

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

Beautiful colours here.

Beautiful colours here.

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

Ants are in heaven getting all the nectar.

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Move over and make room for me!!!!

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

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

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

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

spider egg sacks up close as I dared to go.

spider egg sacks up close as I dared to go.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 12th April 2017

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

From this !!!!

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

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

To this

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

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

 

 

 

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Wadding goes out past the last hexagons.

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

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

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

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Placing new hexagons for correct placement.

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

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

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

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whipped stitched along the top of the hexagaons.

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

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

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

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Showing you what I needed to finish and finished border.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the garden today.

It started out a dark miserable day not raining but close

It started out a dark miserable day not raining but close

About the only splash of colour in the grounds at present

About the only splash of colour in the grounds at present

My frogs are disappearing fast in the creeper.

My frogs are disappearing fast in the creeper.

My cat is dry so it must be not raining LOL

My cat is dry so it must be not raining LOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Close up of the big flower

Close up of the big flower

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

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

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

 

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close up 1/2 way through.

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

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Finished flower using thread play.

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

 

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

Esther Aliu's mystrey BOM for 2017

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

No progress here LOL

No progress here LOL

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

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

Came across these blocks last week

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

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

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

Ive also been working on making my QAYG antique hanky b

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Ufosin2017 End of March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a pile of circles all cut out

a pile of circles all cut out

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

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

From two

From two

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Esther Aliu's mystrey BOM for 2017

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

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

Ive also been working on making my QAYG antique hanky b

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

In my garden this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Checking for contrast!

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

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

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Thinking about colours for my lilies now.

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I like it!!!!

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Even lovely on the black back ground.

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

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

add a few tiny curls what fun.

add a few tiny curls what fun.

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

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

Looks like I have a spider plant growing here LOL

Looks like I have a spider plant growing here LOL

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To strong and dark dead centre I feel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

a pile of circles all cut out

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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She has been relocated.

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

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

This is what I woke to at 5am this morning

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Late This Avo Ive been making  tiny wee Robyn’s

Taken in the daylight this morning truer colours here.

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

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

 

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Scrappy hexagone on points.

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Scrappy Hexagon.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Where ever I look there is cleaning up needed

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

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

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

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A lovely splash of colour.

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

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Stunning colour combinations here.

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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The Secret Garden designed by Esther Aliu 8th March 2017

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

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

I started by making templates out of washaway freezer paper my

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

How I made my wee blue bell flowers using washaway free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making my vase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update adding my bias stems I have been making..

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

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

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

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

Update 1am Thursday morning !!!!

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

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

Update 9am Thursday morning OZ time in FNQLD

Taken in day light time not midnight time LOL

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where it all started 2 weeks ago.

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

Where it all started.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here you can see I'm making bullion stitches.

Here you can see I’m making bullion stitches.

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

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

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

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

4 flowers embroidered and appliquéd down.

4 flowers embroidered and appliquéd down.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I built my basket for The Secret Garden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All strips quilted down now to trim back the batting.

All strips quilted down now to trim back the batting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping in till next time Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 15th Feb 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memory To  Women in War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Backing taped down ready for cotton batting.

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Cotton batting rolled out on top of backing.

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

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is this the right way up LOL

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

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

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

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

On my front entrance last night????

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

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

In my garden this morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then out of the blue at 11am the came down

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

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

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

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

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

A wee herb patch my DGD and I made

A wee herb patch my DGD and I made

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

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

Thank goodness for the pool in these high temps.

Thank goodness for the pool in these high temps.

The 3 wise men

The 3 wise men

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

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

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

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

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

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 8th Feb 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 completed old-fashion hanky blocks.

4 completed old-fashion hanky QAYG blocks.

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

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

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

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

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Close up of sashiko quilting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

after 4 weeks it still holds its amazing colours.

after 4 weeks it still holds its amazing colours.

Heliconia or some times called the brirdofparadise

Heliconia or some times called the brirdofparadise

Taken early this morning.

Taken early this morning.

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

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1st Feb 2017 Diamond Hill

Were did January go to?????

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

leaves all ready to be ironed on.

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

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

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

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

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

4 vases in place of the four blocks to be?

4 vases in place of the four blocks to be?

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

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

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

I have turned the edges over using glue

I have turned the edges over using glue

Stems placed, I made them with a bias maker and

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

Close up of the machine appliqué.

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

Stems applqiued on by hand and machine.

Stems applqiued on by hand and machine.

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

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

Last two flowers made now.

Last two flowers made now.

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

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

Love his big eyes

Love his big eyes

Mating season is in full force

Mating season is in full force

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

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

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

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

Big fat toad I dislike them.

Big fat toad I dislike them.

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

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

Thanks for dropping in Cheers Glenda

 

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My Ufosin2017 challenge Feb 2017

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

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

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

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Concentration at its best LOL

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First border added one of 3

First border added one of 3

Scraps of flannel I will use to make the backing.

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

Two more strip should make it big enough?

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

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

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

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

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

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Back of teddy Bears Picnic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From two

Starting to sashiko quilting  it.  Not on my 17 list

And this one two???

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

To late now LOL

To late now LOL

Making a QAYG block with one of the lovely pieces.

Making a QAYG block with one of the lovely pieces.

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

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

May be a wall art quilt????

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

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

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

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

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

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Swords and shields quilt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below you can see my garden at present.

 

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New tender growth on one of my favourite native trees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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New Year projects WOW or WIP’s with Esther.

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

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

From ironing some vintage hankies and idea for a quilt evolved

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

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

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

3rd of Jan I added the bottom panel to t

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

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

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

Also sahiko quilting this at present nealy finished.

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

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

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

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

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

Both on my door step this morning dead?

Both on my door step this morning dead?

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

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

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

Many thanks for dropping in till next time Cheers Glenda

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How delicate can you get?????

How delicate can you get?????

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

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

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

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

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

How sweet this little corner is.

How sweet this little corner is.

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

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

THESE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back of the quilt as you go block.

Back of the quilt as you go block.

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

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

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

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

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

Then one of the hankies.

Then one of the hankies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So thats how I design LOL

Thanks for dropping in till next time Cheers Glenda

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1st one of my projects for 17 Ufosin 2017 challenge

My 3rd project has begone!!!! Memory To All Mothers In War. How quickly this year is going because of my deadlines with Meredith’s Challenge.  Im trying to keep up with one project each 21 days and so far its working, when I have time in the day time I work on them, my evening are usually hand work, so  I can sit and relax and not worry about a deadline or time.

This quilt was started in PNG 20 years ago!!!!! I made the centre put it on points then added the first triangle then it was packed away for years as I did not know how to add the purple fabric as it was cut on the bias and kept stretching so much so I finally packed it away. years later I added those purple triangles and the corners to with the fans make it in to a square. Then about 18 months ago I made up the final borders with appliqué   Background is a soft aqua Kimono which is 100% pure wool. a very very fine wool fabric and so lovely to work with, appliqué is cotton and silk.

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

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

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

Unpicked Kimono I had to join  and join  to make a square backing for my memorial quilt to all women in war.  Im really doing patchwork with this backing LOL This Kimono is indgo rice paste set and very old and beautiful.

Well it started now my quilting challenge for 2017. 1st day of 2017 I started pulling and finding some of the 17 UFO’s I have chosen  to work on this year !

Sara Jeans quilt, were I took up the challenge

Sara Jeans quilt, were I took up the challenge

This quilt started out as a baby cot in Jan 2015 and as I was making the centre I realised it was just NOT Practical as a baby quilt, those centre 5blocks are made of felt pieces and would not stand up to constant washing that a baby quilt would require, so I let it keep growing, but then life happen and it was shelved, in Dec 2016 Meredith threw out this challenge and my mojo for quilting was back and life in general was steady.

Sunday 1st of Jan saw me pulling quilt pieces out ready to start on the 2nd of Jan.    First I finished machine appliquing around the sheep,  I have done trapunto quilting as I machine appliquéd them on!!!!!!!

Back of machine appliqued sheep

Back of machine appliquéd sheep cutting away the backing fabric and wadding and just leaving the sheep as trapunto

to make the sheep look rounder, fatter, and jolly.  Worst part was cutting the fabric and wadding around the sheep at the back, not fun at all as I was scared I was going to cut the front fabric.  Then this border had two wee Blue-Work  blocks added either end and sewn to the rest of the quilt,

Closer view of those dancing sheep LOL

Closer view of those dancing sheep LOL finally the quilt top was finished.

Top close up of the Bluework blocks.

Top close up of the Bluework blocks.

3 of the little Bluework blocks at the top of Sara's quilt.

3 of the little Bluework blocks at the top of Sara’s quilt.

These delightful wee Bluework blocks were made for me in a swap in 2

These delightful wee Bluework blocks were made for me in a swap by quilters all over Australia around 2007 and Ive use 7 of 12 here .

then Murphy’s law struck and I could not find the border strips to finish of that last addition????  It took me 2 days and then I found it when looking for Christmas paper to store till next Christmas LOL.  Quilt top was finally finished 11.30pm on the 4th Jan 2017

5th of Jan I pushed two large foldaway tables together and put the backing wadding and quilt top together to bast.

Taped to the tables ready for basting.

Taped to the tables ready for basting.

And started basting,  6th not much done as I was helping DGD make a shoulder bag for her girlfriends birthday gift.  7th sat down to the table at 6.30am and basted for 1  1/2 hrs it was so quiet, still, Peacefull and slightly cool perfect to baste.  In the Avo I did another hour and quit was about 1/2 basted.  I baste about every 6 inches so there is roughly 4inchs with no stitches, this is a lot of basting but it will stay like this for 10 years and still be OK ready for some one to quilt by hand or machine.  12am 9th Jan 2017 finished basting the quilt, it took a good 5 hrs to baste it.

Sara's quilt thread basted ready for quilting.

Sara’s quilt thread basted ready for quilting.

Now the fun begins quilting the top. I have 12 days still to work on Sara’s quilt.

12th Jan sashiko quilting going well. 9 days to go

12th Jan!!!! day 12 sashiko quilting going well. 9 days to go!

Have finished Sashiko quilting the centre on the 15th Jan now working on the sheep.

Have finished Sashiko quilting the centre on the 15th Jan now working on the sheep. Sara’s mum comes from NZ so have to have white and black sheep. Background fabric is Petter Rabbit fabric.

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

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

Top 1/2 of Sara's quilt almost completely quilted 4 circles to quilt around then that 1/2 is completed.

Top 1/2 of Sara’s quilt almost completely quilted 4 circles to quilt around then that 1/2 is completed.

Bottom 1/2 of Sara's quilt still needs the sheep, hearts and circles quilted around so not to far from been finished.

Bottom 1/2 of Sara’s quilt still needs the sheep, hearts and circles quilted around so not to far from been finished.

Its been a great 21 days trying to work on this quilt as much as possible and still enjoy doing so.

My 2nd Ufosin2017 is a Childs cuddly quilt I have called The Teddy Bears Picnic.

This was meant to be a cot blanket????? but the baby is a little girl now!!!! so I will have to add borders LOL.

This was meant to be a cot blanket????? but the baby is 8 years old  now!!!! So I decided to finish this one as one of my projects.

Finally finished doing the buttonhole stitch around all the teddy bears???????

I adapted a pattern out of a colouring in book for this wee Teddy 8 years ago while in Japan.

First border added one of 3.

First border added one of 3.

I used lots of scraps of flannel to make the backing to make it a cuddly quilt there are dinosaurs, teddies and cars to look at?

I used lots of scraps of flannel to make the backing to make it a cuddly quilt there are dinosaurs, teddies and cars to look at?

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

Teddy Bears Picnic Baby cuddly about 1 3/4 metres by  1 1/4 metres .All pinned ready for quilting

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

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

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

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

All quilted waiting to ahve the binding added. 27th Jan 6 days in to my 21 days.

All quilted waiting to ahve the binding added. 27th Jan 6 days in to my 21 days.

Close up of binding it is only 1/4 of an inch wide several thicknesses for wear.

Finished project 2 it took me 8 days. Binding is only 1/4 of an inch wide but several thicknesses for wear.

My last photo is a close up of the binding. It is in the washing machine as I write this and will be in the mail this avo on its way to its new owner.

My last photo is a close up of the binding. It is in the washing machine as I write this and will be in the mail this avo on its way to its new owner.

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

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

2 days left of this month I just may get it finished before linking to Meredith’s Ufosin2017 end of the month link up. http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=693887

Thank you Meredith for a wonderful month of UFO work.

 Cheers Glenda

 

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My 2017 challenge with Meredith and Ann. Work on 17 UFO’s

Make some more blocks up of these lovely old 1930's blocks up.

Make some more blocks up of these lovely old 1930’s blocks up.

Happy New Year every one,wishing that some of your wishes come true this year.

All though Im working on the below 16 quilts and the one above this year, when Im not working on those ones I will be working on my LE, Hearts Desirer,  and Peaceful Pathways All Esther’s beautiful designs.  Plus several others that I want to finish or do some progress on.  Life is never dull around here LOL

 

My 2017 challenge with Meredith and Ann.  Thank you Meredith and Ann for sharing this great idea.

It is to work 3 weeks on 17 different UFO’s!!!!  and share my progress with other quilters doing this challenge.

Well the difficult part was whittling my list down to just 17 projects LOL.  May be I will do this challenge next year too !!!!!!

My personal challenge is now which ones to work on first; or  do I need to decide before hand or just pick up and new UFO project after 3 weeks??????

Below are my 17 choices so far?, these could change before we start in Jan 2017 LOL

 

Sara Jeans quilt

Sara Jeans quilt I have chosen this one to start on.   2 lambs machine appliquéd on now to do the other 3 and add them as a last border to this quilt.

My darling darling having a Party blocks.

My darling darling Having A Party blocks. 6 more waiting to be assembled.

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 I now need to sew them ALL down.

Little Hazel designed by Esther Aliu. Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle it took me 3 1/2 hrs ????? This is just the centre !!!!

Little Hazel designed by Esther Aliu. Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle it took me 3 1/2 hrs ????? This is just the centre !!!!

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

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

My antique Crazy Quilt

My 1930’s  antique Crazy Quilt these panels all needed repair work on them I have one left to finish then sew them all together.

I added the little appliques last night

Florence Petra’s quilt. I need to Finish  the bottom of the quilt, appliqué blocks,  4 patches, need to be sewn together with the black. all are just placed there.

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

Fibonacci  numbers used to make this quilt block Turn this block in to some thing?????

Allmost completed quilt top two hearts flwoers to

Dedicated to all mothers around the world who have been affected by war. Baste and start hand quilting this one.

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

Working on my ANZ quilt 3 more rows to add , ?????

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These blocks are just lying on a black back ground!!!!

Then when the sun goes

Finish this 1930 grandmothers quilt it still needs 1 1/2 sides hemmed with hexagons and finish hand quilting it!!!!

There ahs been a 1" shrinkage in this block, from all most a 12 1/2" block I have a square 11 1/2" block. A lot of shrinkage but it is all 1/4 quilted.

1930 block I have 12 of them to be repaired and quilted. There has been a 1″ shrinkage in this block, from all most a 12 1/2″ block I have a square 11 1/2″ block. A lot of shrinkage but it is all 1/4 machine quilted.

I sat at the machine and appliquéd two of the birds on using bottom line and a very narrow but close zigzag stitch I have a very old 320 Bernina.

Needs to be finished LOL. I sat at the machine and appliquéd two of the birds on using bottom line and a very narrow but close zigzag stitch I have a very old 320 Bernina.

If I can find it I would like to do more hand quilting on this one?????

If I can find it I would like to do more hand quilting on this one?????

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

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

Will now link this blog with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s this week.  Happy stitching every one and hope you find time to sit and enjoy some time to your selves.

Thank you for dropping in. Cheers Glenda

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21st Dec 2016

I have run out of time to do a blog this week so using last weeks blog and adding a little to it.  Hubby and I were blessed to ahve ALL the family here on Christmas day.

This wall quilt was designed by Esther Aliu several years ago it was a mystery BOM and all who made it had so much fun and ended up with a stunning Christmas wall hanging my family look forward to seeing it go up each year now.

This wall quilt was designed by Esther Aliu several years ago it was a mystery BOM and all who made it had so much fun and ended up with a stunning Christmas wall hanging my family look forward to seeing it go up each year now.

What my icecream christmas cake looks like when it comes to the table!!!!!!

What my icecream christmas cake looks like when it comes to the table!!!!!!

Then it quickly disappears LOL

Then it quickly disappears LOL

I wish you ALL the very very best for 2017. See you there next time. Kind Regards to you ALL and thank you for sharing 2016 with me.  Glenda

To finish of 2016 blogging I thought I would add some photos of some of the quilts I worked on through out this year !!!!!!

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My Love Entwined Quilt centre designed by Esther Aliu.

5 delightful blocks Im making up in to a quilt for a wee girl in Holland.

5 delightful blocks Im making up in to a quilt for a wee girl in Holland.

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Party time Bottom 1/2 of My latest project for 2016

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

My Penny Rug made from an old WW11 Australian army blanket.I have added another 250 smaller and tiny circles this week but thats all.

 

Reverse side of bag.

Reverse side of bag.

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

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

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 stitiched down now and reinforcing

Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.

Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.

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

Centre of Little Hazel by Esther Aliu. Finally hand appliquéd my black bias around my outer circle it took me 3 1/2 hrs ?????

Just finished my 2nd

Just finished my 2nd small quilt of my 365 Circles challenge.

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

My adaption of Florence Petro’s quilt.

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.

 

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

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

Allmost completed quilt top two hearts flwoers to

quilt top mostly antique fine wool fabrics from Japanese old Kimonos

My antique Crazy Quilt

My 1930 or older antique Crazy Quilt Im repairing.

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 wall quilts I made when I was living in PNG. I’ve added the final border to make it for a small single bed quilt. Now quilting it by hand to stabilise it.

All though its OK there is nothing to keep you looking

MY NZ and OZ quilt. Was not happy with the quilt so adding circles.

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My Postage stamp quilt, with out the black the colours were lost, now Im happy with the way it looks.

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1930 scrappy 4inch blocks I brought on EBay making them in to a quilt and Im making more blocks my self from 1930  look a like fabric.

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My first block form Esther Aliu’s Mystery Sweet 2016 Bom this year, I made mine in to a carry bag.

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

Some times it is so long since I have seen a WIP I have forgotten I have it till I read some ones blog and it reminds me of one I have and I pull it out for a while and do some more work on it!!!!!!

I have hung a kingsize grandmothers flower garden quilt over the wind

I have hung a kingsize grandmothers flower garden quilt over the window to stop the hot sun penetrating the room, on it is hanging the centre of Hearts Desire by Esther Aliu.

There ahs been a 1" shrinkage in this block, from all most a 12 1/2" block I have a square 11 1/2" block. A lot of shrinkage but it is all 1/4 quilted.

One of 12 1930 blocks I bought on EBay 15 years ago, Im repairing the beautiful wee pieces of fabric and then machine quilting the blocks. There has been a 1″ shrinkage in this block, from all most a 12 1/2″ block I have a square 11 1/2″ block. A lot of shrinkage but it is all 1/4 quilted.

I sat at the machine and appliquéd two of the birds on using bottom line and a very narrow but close zigzag stitch I have a very old 320 Bernina.

One of Ricky Tims designs Ive just added the birds. I call this Tropical Sunset. I sat at the machine and appliquéd two of the birds on using bottom line and a very narrow but close zigzag stitch I have a very old 320 Bernina.

Merry Christmas ALL, this may be my last blog for 2016 as family start to arrive tomorrow.  Thanks for all your company through 2016. Cheers Glenda

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Merry Christmas ALL. 14th Dec 2016

This wall quilt was designed by Esther Aliu several years ago it was a mystery BOM and all who made it had so much fun and ended up with a stunning Christmas wall hanging my family look forward to seeing it go up each year now.

This wall quilt was designed by Esther Aliu several years ago it was a mystery BOM and all who made it had so much fun and ended up with a stunning Christmas wall hanging my family look forward to seeing it go up each year now.

This may be my last blog before Christmas so Id like to say I hope you are all with family and friend over this time.  Foe those of you who will not be I hope the day is full of messages from family and friends.  All the very very best wishes for 2017.

Its very cloudy out side at present so dark inside have taken a couple of close ups for those who want to have a good look LOL those 12 days before Christmas appliqués are free standing so can be removed if one ever wanted to wash the quilt.

Its very cloudy out side at present so dark inside have taken a couple of close ups for those who want to have a good look LOL those 12 days before Christmas appliqués are free standing so can be removed if one ever wanted to wash the quilt.

I added more Christmas parcels to the bottom of my tree and added large candles at the sides so my wall hanging is much bigger than the original design.

I added more Christmas parcels to the bottom of my tree and added large candles at the sides so my wall hanging is much bigger than the original design.

Only sewing I have done this week has been a little hand quilting and many hrs appliqué on my LE

How many hours does it take to make those centres I have been asked?????? W

How many hours does it take to make LE I have been asked??????  I say years LOL

I love this centre

I love this  middle centre; centres each side are not completed yet!!!!

How many hours does it take to make those centres I have been asked?????? Well those 4 tiny

How many hours do I spend on my LE I have been asked?????? Well those 4 tiny pale pink centre pieces  (they look white here) took me 2 hrs to appliqué on last night!!!!!!!

OK an Update for Margaret who wanted a close ups of those tiny Pieces I appliquéd last night

Hi Margaret now sure if you can see how Ive stitched it but this is the best shot up close I could get !!!!!!

Hi Margaret hope this photo helps. back ground fabric is brocade silk difficult to stitch through as it is so thick and tightly woven. I use a number 12 needle and bottom line thread to make it a little easier to push through the fabric.  pale pink silk is a very very light weight silk that I have added iron-on-washaway freezer paper to  give it some body and hopefully will not wear out to quickly. Pieces are 1 1/2 inchs long and 1/4 wide at the widest point.  I found it fiddly to get those fine tapped points.

 

I was looking for something and found this panel instead and had to ahng it, more circles LOL When I die people will think of circles

I was looking for something and found this panel instead and had to hang it, more circles LOL When I die people will think of circles LOL

 

Some times we find treasures made by another in the most unexpected places. Last week this embroidery came in to the shop, they had priced it for a couple of dollars, I picked the frame up to turn it around for the shoppes to see and realised it was needle work, the more I looked the more I saw. The dark waves are made from fine leather and I think most likely was gold but the weather up here is cruel to any thing leather and it is mouldy and now dark brown, I will see what i can do to restore it????? Frame is covered in dust and so is the cloth so IP will cover it with a fine gauze and try vacuum cleaning it first. It was hung this way

See how the threads are against the light and it looks dull!!!!!

See how the threads are against the light and it looks dull!!!!!

Now I thought Im sure it should be hung the other way up??????

Walla!!!!! for years it must have been hung the other way!!!!!! Now we have a land scape with hills and then floating clouds?????

Walla!!!!! for years it must have been hung the other way!!!!!! Now we have a land scape with hills and then floating clouds or waves????? All the threads stand alone now and its magical.

Now to spend a few days cleaning it up, move the hanging wire so it hangs this way up and see what a beauty she is????

Our local Anglican 100 plus years old church.

Our local opp shop that I do volenterring work in is just below thi

Our local Opp Shop that I do volunteering work in is just below this church, we come under its umbrella.

I had been shopping at the old markets and while walking back noticed for the first time this  photo shot of our 100 year old Anglican church, It was painted last year. Below it is were our Op Shop is built and I spend lots of my time. mostly laughing there.

Flame trees.

Flame trees.

Flame tree flowers.

Flame tree flowers.

Carol tree

Carol tree

Giant Brom's in flower

Giant Brom’s in flower

Heliconia a beautiful bunch

Heliconia a beautiful bunch

These torch heliconias never cease to amaze me????

These torch heliconias never cease to amaze me????

Heliconia.

Heliconia.

Pink Ginger Bud. This ginger is not eatable.

Pink Ginger Bud. This ginger is not eatable.

Ginger in full flower a stunning plant to have in ones garden but needs a good 4 meters square of space to grow well.

Ginger in full flower a stunning plant to have in ones garden but needs a good 4 meters square of space to grow well.

Native passion fruit flower does not produce fruit though.

Native passion fruit flower does not produce fruit though.

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My favourite tropical flower that is a native of here.

This little fellow was only about 1 1/2 inches.

This little fellow was only about 1 1/2 inches.  He was very difficult to photograph as every time I got close enough to take a shot he would do a little dance step side ways LOL.

Find the frog?????? Hes about 1 inch long.

Find the frog?????? He’s about 1 inch long.  he must have come in when the door was left open. He has sat there all day and not moved an inch. I will put him out side tonight when he will want to start looking for food. 

Thank you for visiting and staying long enough to read this LOL Im off to link up with Esther now.
Cheers Glenda

 

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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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