WOW. Or WIPs with Esther 17th Jan 2018

 

1/2 way through January and it’s start3d to rain here at last, I think the wet has arrived so that means I can not do any gardening, I’m house bound all most: fantastic, I get to sew a lot more LOL. To day I was even with out the internet for 18 hrs till 2.30pm today, so I was able to sew and sew from 7am this morning.  First it was machine appliquéing the corners of my Morning Glory.

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Appliqué the four corners down and rolled it around a swimming noddle till Feb 1st !!  This way it will stay nice and flat.  Actually I lie the quilt centre facing down before rolling it up.

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All rolled up and labelled.

Next was machine stitch around the turning of mums antique hanky 5 blocks we’re waiting that I’ve done this year of QAYG .

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Not sure if these are the last on es or if I have two mor e to go. Will lay them out later?

Then it was on to trying to quilt the puckers out of my mums Jacobean embroidery sample wall hanging I came across earlier in the month when looking for some thing else!  She added some batting behind it as she embroidered it, not sure why but it has plucked badly.  Going to try cross hatch quilting it to see if I can get it to lay flat .

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What it looked like when I rolled it open, it’s about 50 years old and I’d like to rescue it so it can be hung?

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I have smoothed and pinned heavily and stared the machine quilting .

Four more hours later!

Four more hours later! And it’s laying a lot flatter, it was slow going so that I did not pucker it more.

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Well the crosshatch quilting worked, it’s laying nice and flat, had to sew a few tucks in to get the bad pucks out but it looks really nice,  it took me 6 hrs to ge5 to this stage as I have to smooth each little area as I go but it’s been worth it to see it becoming some thing that many would like to have now. Hopefully I will finish it tomorrow.

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Made the centre of Queens Garden the night the pattern was released, I just had to make it, such a stunning centre.

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I could not leave it alone LOL

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All ready to be machine appliqué .  If the rain stays and I loose the internet again I might get it done next week?

Each evening this week I have done 3hrs of hand quilting on my 1930 GMFG.

Each evening this week I have done 3hrs of hand quilting on my 1930 GMFG. Notice how some of the green fabrics have faded so much, dark green are cotton poly and have not faded.

Tuesday week ago I found a bag of cross stitch, threads and patterns all dumped in a plastic shopping bag, I brought them home and spent several hours sorting patterns, threads, and crossstitch pieces together,  I hope to work on the all one day and finish them for the unknown embroiderer.

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Nothing to show in the garden far to wet but this Chappy must have been trying to escape the heavy rain and found a spot in our sun room!

Som e kind of borer battle about 3inchs long very h and shell

Som e kind of borer battle about 3inchs long very h and shell.

Off to link with Esther on her WOW or WLPs .

Thank you for visiting and reaching the  end LOL

Cheers Glenda

 

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Press and seal appliqué tutorial 14th Jan 2018

Up-date 17th Jan 2018  Have been with out the internet for 18 hrs so going to use this blog for my link incase I loose the internet again, I wrote this for Sobana on the 14th of Jan. Happy sewing every one Cheers Glenda

For you Sobana

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Number all pieces so you know where they go special Right and Left pieces.

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Tape  teplon sheet over pattern

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Press n Seal   is much stickyer on one side

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Pull off a piece of Strip of press  n seal and put sticky side over the pattern draft your shapes on to it

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drawing my shapes and marking them. I use a fine permanent mark. Used a thick one on leaves so you could see clearly.

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My pattern pieces drawn on to my Press  n seal

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cut out your shapes roughly and press sticky side on to chosen fabric with iron on fusing on the back and cut them out

now start to build up your design placing back pieces down first.

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If you don’t like the look of some thing, change  it before ironing it all down

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My lower leaves looked OK on the light background but became off where squiggles on the dark background so I tried different fabrics till I was happier.

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Leaf is is to light and bright.

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Now I think there is more harmony

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Crown is a silver thread fabric hard to photograph

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Hope this helps you Sabana  Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIPs with Esther Wed 9th Jan 2018

Jan is moving far to fast for me, but I’ve been finishing productive working on UFOs from 20 years ago,!!!

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This wa# handed in to the shop with some bad stains and this large hole,  all hand embroidered roughly 100 years old, I would not let them chuck it and brought it home around 5 or 6 years ago,  I came across it on Friday  when I was  sorting boxes in the  attic,  I was emptiing  3 large plastic containers.

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Cut away centre first leaving almost 1/2 an inch in the centre of the last row of blanket stitch.

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ironed and taped down this small. Appliqué table cloth.

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PLaced cut away area over the small cloth, pinned the basted the oval in place

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this was the damaged area lucky it had not gone in to that blanket stitch row.

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Machine satin stitched over original hand stitchs using a wider width stitch worked beautifully.  MY  second UFO finished  for 2018 but not on my list of 18 LOL

Iv’e started drafting and making my centre for Morning Glory by Esther Alice, one of her beautiful 3BOMs for 2018 .  Was hard to know which one to make first. Back ground  is a Kimono cotton a very very deep navy and salmon scallops a synthetic kimono fabric I think . Ive changed my border to Scallops instead of Zig Zags though.

First two scallop borders placed in place.

Of course this is not true to Esther’s design Morning Glory as I’m Zig Zaged out after LE and  so I’m using Esther’s scallops from one of her other designs her beautiful design Hearts Desirer First two scallop borders with iron-on fussing placed in place for my Morning Glory BOM with Esther Aliu 1 of 3 BOMs she has released this year for the price of 1, great bargain.

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On point as it will be in the quilt top. Need to add the corner pieces now

On point as it will be in the quilt top. Need to add the corner pieces now.

Monday 8th Jan 2018

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First corner and happy with fabrics first time,  yes these are the same as in the pattern LOL.

 

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ALl  corners  made up. Need to add a iron on light weight stabiliser to back of my centre backing  material before I start the appliqué plus do the stitching to centre it.

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As it will look in the quilt top on point. . Can not wait till Feb for the centre appliqué design. I’m baste stitching the directional lines this morning.

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Doing some Hand quilting on my 1930 GMFG it’s Kingsize so I feel like I’m getting no where.  Not using a hoop just curled up and doing it in my lap very soothing thinking about the lady or ladies who made all these tiny hexagons nearly 100 years ago.  I have a poisoned leg so need to keep it up so getting a lot of quilting done.

Ive been looking at someone else’s WIP this morning that I picked up in the Opp Shop and wondering if I could finish them??? as if I don’t have enough of my own UFOs LOL

One of my mums I dug out last week? Love love those thread colours.

One of my mums I dug out last week? Love love those thread colours but will I ever work on it?

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WOuld love to finish this Pola Bear cross stitch a beautiful animal  I have all ways been in love with.

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NOt so keen on a CAR!!! But it is so close to been finished I’d love to finish it for the unknown needle women as the workmanship is beautiful.

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yes a definite to finish these are adorable.

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IVe all ways loved Irises so yes I must finish this beautiful book mark for the unknown embroider.

Thanks for visiting. I’m off to link with Esther now. Happy sewing every one Cheers Glenda

 

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UFOs in 2018

I’m in two challengers for UFOs this year.  Ufosin2018 with Lynette I have 18 in this challenge,  6UFOs and 6new with Anne and Meredithe. So that 24, I’ve completed three  so far but two were  not on my lists LOL

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Beautiful hand made antique table cloth, had this for about 6years and when I saw it again on Friday a light bulb moment went off and I knew what to do with it

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FIrst I cut away the centre leaving roughly just under 1/2inch from satin stitch oval.

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Finishing the last rings

Finishing the last rings

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My first UFO finish for 2018 finished on the 3rd of Jan 2018

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ALl ri gs now completed and it’s in the WIPs pile to be quilted?

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These are 7panels I bought in a Opp Shop they are so heavy, did not realise till I arrived home and really looked at them that they are made from rubber backed curtain fabric???  So had no idea what to do with the A’s they would be far to hot and would sweat as a bed quilt. So I put them in the two hard box LOL. Saw them in the attic on Friday and thought they would make a great beach blanket, no lining just as is but far to big so making  two beach blankets.

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Working out how to place them?

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Ok lets make 2 instead of 1!

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FIrst one made, over locked these together so no raw edges under neath , overlooked all around the edges and I have my first Beach blanket, water proof and sand proof and another UFO done for 2018 but again this one is not on my list of 24!,

 

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WOWs or WIPs with Esther Wednesday 3rd Jan 2018

Ive had a very very frustrating couple of weeks computer wise with my iMac and my iPad first it was my iMac then my iPad decided not to recognise my password, it final disable me completely and Rod had to spend 2 1/2 hrs reinstalling every thing so it would work again, but my photos were all gone and I was very very sad yesterday about loosing 4 months of my photos which I used as a record of my work.  Then in the mail was a parcel from Denise in the USA with her lovely wall art she made from the last BOM of Esther’s last year.  It made me realise the photos were not with all that sadness and how lucky I was to be alive.  What a lovely lovely gesture which at first glance at Denise wall art quilt  turned my sad day in to a special day.

My Happiness quilt.

My Happiness quilt. Made by Denise in the USA

 

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My first challenge for 2018 I’ve been  working on it each day, so far Iv’e done at least an hour and now I only have one ring to do WOW I’m very happy LOL

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I have 3 more of these wee blocks to have enough blocks to finish quilt top, I was hoping to finish this quilt top before last year but it went to quickly, did this one last night nearly finished it, takes me two hrs to appliqué quilt one of these centre on.

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Steam pressed it last night and it is laying perfectly flat.  Interesting seeing the first rings to the last ones, I sure learnt a lot about my machine and tension a great way to start machine applqiue  sewing as I normally only do hand sewing!

My tables are back

My tables are back, two over head hanging lights and a very large ceiling fan how spoils can you be.

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My DGS resorting a wee vintage child’s sewing machine this morning Vulcan made around 1940  to 1950. It was mine

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IN pieces all been cleaned and polished.  Afterwards he made a wee bag using it, he was fascinated with how it was built and worked.

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MY eldest DGD aged 4 she is 18 now and I’m about to teach my youngest DGD 4 how to use it to make her first wee quilt.

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He will turn in to a very large beautiful butterfly after eating all my leaves from my plant!

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He’s 3inches long now.

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DGS cleaning the carport roof for me This morning before the wet starts it was 33C and very dry.

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UFOsin2018

My Quilts to be that I’d like to work on in 2018!,

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tStart to assemble these two Stack and Slash blocks. My design.

At last my Tree is finished and I will be able to h ang it as is this year before Christmas Day LOL

Quilt my Nancy tree 🌲 quilt. My design

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Complete my mums hankie QAUG top. My design.

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Work on this darling cross stitch I started 25 years ago and miss placed LOL Such lovely colours.

What my border will look like I think LOL.

My Hearts Desire by Esther Aliu A BOM from 8 years ago!

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The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu 2017 BOM

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A Fan stack and Slash my design.

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Finish machine satinstitching down these circles. My design

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Work on this lovely BOM of Esther Aliu’s

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Do some hand quilting on this top. My design

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

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

My antique Crazy Quilt

My antique Crazy Quilt

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.

I made these wee 4patches in to 16

I made these wee 4patches in to 16

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

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These blocks are just placed on yards of black fabric would like to make them in to a quilt top

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some 1930 wee blocks I’ve been fixing, adding too and cutting to 4 1/2 inches. Need to start joining them.

ohhh gosh I’ve got to many LOL

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WOW or WIPs with Esther Wednesday 27th Dec 2017

My last Blog with Esther for 2017 and I’m going out with excitement !!!I have seen this WIP in my storage area for the last 10 years I use to use it when I was teaching. Today I decided to open it up I had stored it wrapped in layers of glad wrap so it was still flat and clean, below I will show you the stages of how I use to build up my stack and slash blocks when teaching. many of you will know this but this is for beginners.

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Opening up some stack and slash blocks that have been stored for around 10 years?  What fun Ive had looking at these!!!!  Glad wrap removed.

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Black pieces lifted off and laid out.

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slashjed pieces lifted off and also laid out.

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Ive taken one 1/8th pile and set them out to make a kaleidoscope what an IMPACT they make.  I have done this dozens of times and it still surprises and delights  me.

 

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Noe add those pieces of black to make my kaleidoscope in to a square!

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To my delight I found another set Id prepped,   I’d for gotten they were there?????

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One set of my oriental fabrics WOW!!!!!!

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adding the first black pieces I would sew these on first.

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Then I would sew on the next 4 pieces to give me large triangles, then Id sew the two different sections together., Hmm I will take some more photo for you it will be easier to understand LOL

Sew black pieces to the white pieces to form triangles.

 

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Join triangles to form squares

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join two squares to end up with the below.

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Join the last two pieces to form a square .

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With the triangles you can swap them around one end of the triangles placed in to the centre

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Same block of triangles but the green end of the triangle on the out side?   There is no way you would think they were the same triangle unless you are a kaleidoscope fanatic may be LOL

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another set of triangles

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same set but reversed!  Look closely and you will see this.

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I lost an hour  playing here this morning.

Thank you all for visiting me over the last 12 months its been a great 12 months of  pleasure and fun to visit you all  over a coffee.  See you in the New Year all been well. Wishing you all the very best for 2018 with lots of sewing if you sew LOL Cheers Glenda who is off to link with Esther .

 

 

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WOW or WIPs with Esther. Wednesday 21st Dec 2018

  1. Christmas rushed in the back door so fast I nearly missed it. Family are all home and I’m loving it.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas and thank you all for visiting and sharing with me over 2017.
Take 3 wine glasses and

Take 3 wine glasses fill them with Christmas baubles turn them upside down and you have a lovely table centre.

Take 3 large glasses

Take 3 large glassesfill them with marbles and candles and You have candles for the Christmas table!

When Im hunting for some thing I love finding UFOs like this on e ?

When Im hunting for some thing I love finding UFOs like this one ?  I’ve not seen this fo r about 25years LOL All the threads were there plus a pit of needles!  And a very fragile pattern.  Notice the quilt it is hiding under I knew nothing about quilting back then!!!!!????

Ready to work on!

2days before I found this in the attic I had brought home a free standing tapesry wooden frame that was broken and I’d just finished repairing it!  It now has my cross stitch on it and I will work on it in 2018 as one of my 12 challenges.

This amazing Hand embroidered table cl

This amazing Hand embroidered table cloth came home in the wash this week, I’ve managed to remove all the stains except one and it’s not really noticeable any more, I can see this quilted I think it would be lovely as a single quilt top. Pressed and quilted it would be the perfect present for some one.

Close up

Close up, the embroidery is so perfect It took a while to work out the front from the back.

I bought these two sarongs the other day all I could see was quilts LOL. I thought they would be great to practice machine quilting on? They are rayon so may be a challenge for me?

I bought these two sarongs the other day all I could see was quilts LOL. I thought they would be great to practice machine quilting on? They are rayon so may be a challenge for me?

Both would mak Great Wall art.

Both would make Great Wall art.

Nancy sent me

Nancy sent me some Thimble-it pads this week in my Christmas card,  oh I could hug her they are WONDERFUL I can work twice as fast if not f aster using them, it’s like working with out a thimble but no picking of the finger undneath my work when quilting .  It felt so much part of me after several hrs quilting I forgot to take it off and woke up with it still stuck there on my index finger.

Update 1.30am Friday 22nd Dec Just finished my Christmas  Tree  in time to hang before Christmas Day.

I accidentally cut the right hand border ju st over a1/4 to short!!! It took me 2hrs to solv e the problem

I accidentally cut the right hand border just over a1/4 to short!!! It took me 2hrs to solve the problem,  by share fluke I found a 1/2inch scrap the matched all most perfectly, joined it with a 16th inch seam, but Iunpicked may be 8 times and that corner square is all bias seams not an easy fix LOL.

 

At last my Tree is finished and I will be able to h ang it as is this year before Christmas Day LOL

At last my Tree is finished and I will be able to hang  it as is this year before Christmas Day LOL. I’ve added a black floating edge around the centre before adding the border to make the border look more like a frame.

 

In the garden this morning.

Found him upside down in my wash basket this morning!

Found him upside down in my wash basket this morning!

Had to make thi s barrier

Had to make this barrier to keep my neighbours dog from peeing on the wee lawn and killing it. She’s very annoyed with me LOL

Hubby put the d rock chair in the water for me to lye on when my back gets to sore??

Hubby put the deck chair in the water for me to lye on when my back gets to sore?? Works really well.

Vanilla pod s ready for picking

Vanilla pods ready for picking and drying.

After 7 years it still flowers every day for me.

After 7 years it still flowers every day for me.

Rushing to link with Esther Aliu before it closes I forgot it was Wednesday yesterday!

Thank you all for dropping in.  Merry Christmas  All Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 13th Dec 2017

A kilo of fruit so It will make a good size cake. It sure smells good and tastes even better LOL.

A kilo of fruit so It will make a good size cake. It sure smells good and tastes even better LOL.  It is now or was two Christmas cakes LOL

in the garden this morning.

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Sun  filtering through the trees just after sunrise.

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YES the wee folk live here?

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and grow their own veggies?

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My herbs are growing like weeds?

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SPider orchid.

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Close up of the spider Orchid.

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This little fellow was inside this morning so caught him with my shirt and put him back out side, he looks l8ke a shrimp???

I’m guessing you are all like me trying to pretend Christmas is not 12 days away LOL

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Just waiting to have it’s borders sewn on then I will hang it as is for Christmas at my entrance.

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All appliqué down, after doing all those points my machine appliqué control is much improved LOL.

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Working on Hearts Desire by Esther Aliu it was a beautiful mystery BOM around 7 years ago and I have been working on it ever since LOL. Remaking the scollop borders as I had used freezer paper back then but since then wash away freezer paper has come in and I think it will add a lot of body to the quilt as it is all silk, not to sure how I will go quilting through it though!!!

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Prepping the silks with interfacing. Black on the right ready to use the other red and black pieces waiting for the interfacing.

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    THis is the black silk it is patterned and very beautiful, one of the problems with silks is making sure that the are running the same grain. I have taken this photo on a different direction and it looks silver but is pitch black?  Red also has a lovely design on it. O
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This red silk is very fine and soft but with the interfacing ironed on it becomes very manageable.

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Redoing scoolped edgems for the out side border of Hearts Desire first 4 I made 6 years ago with freezer paper and if I used it now I would have to remove it after appliqueing down, so removing it and adding washawayfreezer paper which can be left in, much quicker plus will add a ni ce weight stabilise to the quilt, not sure how difficult it will be to quilt though? First row at bottom is the old freezer paper I’m using to draft new scallops out of wash away freezer paper. Row above cut out silk fabric with interfacing ironed on.  3 row scollops with washaway ironed on , top scollops all ready to be appliqué to the black silk border.

What my border will look like I think LOL.

What my border will look like I think LOL. I have 4 of these borders to make, so many hrs, days, and weeks of hand sewing here.

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This gives you an idea how this outer border is built up in silks.

My first QAYG block using the beautiful embroidery I saved from a old table cloth .

My first QAYG block using the beautiful embroidery I saved from a old table cloth . Built up with Appliqué then embroidery.  Most of the appliqué fabric has faded a great deal.

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For some reason the wee brown leaves bothered me on these lovely old pieces so I pulled my silk paints and started to play???

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And play some more, no more brown leaves?  Then I added a very thin out line in pink around the appliqué pink flower to highlight the shape, I’m happy with the way it looks now.  

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Picked up in an opp shop last week with the original price tag still on it,  I have a friend who likes green!!!  So it will be in the post to her as soon as possible for her to cut up and make a bag or something in patchwork???  ??

Hope you are all going to be with family and friends over the next few weeks.  Cheers Glenda

 

 

 

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Nancy’s Tree Part 2 Dec 2017

Update 11.50pm Wednesday 6th Dec 2017 Part 2 of Nancy’s Xmas Tree wall art and how to make it for beginners.  Happy sewing every one Cheers Glenda

 

MY day is one mad dash as I try to go faster so I can squeeze some sewing in here and there LOL

3rd day at working on Nancy’s Xmas Tree.  Photo below in the right hand bottom corner you can see where Ive cut in to the fabric for some applique pieces, how am I going to fix this problem?

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First I cut this fabric and added iron on fussing to it.

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Next I added the dark green Thai silk fabric

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So I need 4 triangles to make this work!

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I then added a 1/4 inch black bias strip to either side of the coloured fabrics as a frame and it now looks like its part of the quilt not covering up holes LOL

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Before and

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After!!!!!

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Here I have some more fabric cut out for applique?????  Plus I want to make the top a little higher so I can work my star????

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Added 4inchs extra fabric plus triangle.

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Now we have a a Christmas Tree wall quilt coming alive.

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Looks a bit like a dancing  Lady Tree now LOL  She is called Nancy!

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Monday evening I have been appliqueing more drops down only 9 to go, and I sliced up my star fabric to iron down Nancy’s crown for machine Applique Im having so much fun.

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Tuesday. Daylight photo taken as the sun creeps in to the room, it does show the true colours of the fabric up much nicer than night lights.   Only 5 petals to appliqué down now

I have started to machine applqiue the shapes down it is very slow so will not be done in a day LOL  Will let you know how it goes.  Cheers Glenda

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Playing at making a Xmas tree! 29th Nov. 2017

Wed 6th Dec just scrapping in as it will be Thursday in OZ in 15 mins LOL  I’m away from home baby sitting 2 of my DGD so not able to blog this week so sharing a Christmas wall art hanging Ive been making this week instead.

Last night I was dreaming Xmas trees?  Nancy has sent me gorgouse  green batiks Lots of them, they were meant to be scraps for leaves as I love making leaves (yep I’m strange) I was doing a dance when I saw  how big the pieces were and HOW much, I wanted to make some thing special that I would keep for myself!  So this is what I’m doing instead of putting two cakes in the oven this morning LOL  I will call it Nancy’s friendship tree.

UPdate 1pm Thursday 30th:- Problem solved Suzy link photo was of this tree yesterday on Esther’s WOW or WIP’s and I must have unconsciously seen it when I went in to check on the links. Ive just been in there again and straight away saw Suzy’s wee tree, I hope mine turns out as lovely as hers does.  I even have the same number of drops as Suzy’s does but my shapes are rather pregnantLOL  but have I been having fun making it up.  Suzy said the original was 3inchs high mine is 48 inch’s LOL

This is a tutorial on a Xmas tree that’s in m y mind, it’s step by step for beginners to follow, so LOTS of photos!

 

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I have a Swarovski  Star I think I will hang above the top of the tree. I’ve drawn this on a piece of paper around 40inchs by 36inchs so my tree had to be that bigLOL  I first drew a very light triangle, point at the top then drew my trunk line,  .added some big drops then medium one and finally smaller ones till I felt that was enough.  If you look closely you can see I kept changing some of them?

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I saw a Xmas tree like this years ago so if any of you know or recognise my memory tree please let me know so I can give them the credit, Suzy has a tree just like this one on her link with Esther this week so I must have seen the picture yesterday.

 

 

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I spent over 1 1/2 hrs cutting the batiks in to square or oblong shapes then ironed fusing to the back of them all and have now started to cut out the shapes the fun part LOL. I’m using Glad wrap cling and seal to make up my shapes will show a photo of how I do that.

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IT is so warm and humid the shapes are curling and rolling up, so weighing them down with rulers.

Going to make those cakes up and put them in the oven which I was going to do at 8.30am now 11.45am LOL  will keep updating as I make my Xmas Tree.

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Using. The press and seal to draw my templates, using a permanent black marker, I now will lift the press and seal off the paper and press on to the top of my prepared fussed fabric and cut out the shape, very quick and actuate.i

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After I have cut out the shape I number the back of the  shape and place it on my paper template.

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THose two templates are now back on there numbers.

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Slowly  she grows what fun this is. You can see that my trunk line end at the bottom in a drop shape. I think I will make a gold or silver bias for that part.

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DRop is back on the bottom of the trunk.  Some Shapes look strange it’s because they start to curl when I leave the rulers off them it’s so hot and humid.

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thats it for my day hope I can spend some time ironing these shapes to backing fabric tomorrow.  Making two fruit cakes for Christmas and this tree took all my time today!.  See you tomorrow may be LOL .

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Here I have cut out the trunk so I can mark my fabric I will use for it.

 

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IVe used some silver silk Obi belt fabric for the trunk. I’m

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My Tree is called Nancy, and she looked naked with out a Star so have made one from the same fabric as the trunk?

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i keep changing and adding!!!!!

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And changing!  I have to keep the rulers on as I work as it’s so humid.

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A quick photo with out the rulers, you can see the colour of the fab rich clearly here no reflection from the rulers.  I’m sure I will change pieces but this is roughly what it will look like.

Thanks for joining me. Cheers Glenda PS Will add part 2 on Sunday.

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WOW or WIPs with Esther 29th November 2017

I just realised that next WOW or WIPs will be in Dec!   Today I set the morning aside to make my first Christmas cake, I’d forgotten it was Wednesday!   I decided to make a litpght fruit cake this Christmas as the family prefers them mor3 than a heavy old English style one, so I’ve boiled up all the fruit and left it to so all the fruit will soak up all that fruit juice and brandy, more brandy than fruitLOL

A kilo of fruit so It will make a good size cake. It sure smells good and tastes even better LOL.

A kilo of fruit so It will make a good size cake. It sure smells good and tastes even better LOL

This avo I took time away from appliqué as I felt a headache coming so sat down with one of my 1960s hankie QAYG blocks while watching Ricky Tims shows.  I’ve been thinking a lot about these wee blocks think they real need more se curing as the edge of the hankie s are very frail, then Ricky showed how to use a sewing machine f Andy stitch on a Paris point and said you have these stitches why NOT use them, this triggered off a WHY not for me, and below you can see what happened.

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Why not use those fancy stitches if you have them? Block on the left I was quilting down the borders and watching Ricky Tims, back block a finished QAYG block under the sewing machine I’ve just used a pretty stitch to add strength to my block.

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Backing fabric which wrap es around to form the front border is Japanese grass linen very strong but light, very fine linen hankie of my mums from around the 1960 1970,  a wee Dresden plate using reproduction prints.  Using a cotton batting.   What a difference these wee decorative stitches are going to make to how this quilt will ware.

Update managed to do that fancy machine stitch around 12 of the blocks I’ve completed last night so very happy. I have 4 more prepped and need to make up another 4 then I can join them all together.

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Adding the fancy stitching has also inhanced the back and given it some personality.  Now of course I will need to do it to all 20 blocks LOL

Sewing  not a great deal again to show as I’m still working on my SG centre.

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A long way to go before I can think about joining my pieces up, but I hope to have My centre completed before 2018?

Where I stopped last night!

Where I stopped last night!

hoping to finish the stitching around the very centre tonight then it’s back to the last 4 flowers.

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These flowers have kept me away from all other parts of SG and and thing else the last month but I think I will finish the centre before 2018.

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Last night I spent 1 1/2hours pressing some lovely vintage doilies some were from my grans era  and some my mums.

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Such beautiful needle skills in these precious pieces,  tonight I will need to do the larger pieces.  These need to be put away flat or rolled around a thick tube, not folded like the had been?

In the garden?

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Where I’m sitting while I write up my blog this morning?

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UNfortunitly the sandflies found me and  drove me inside .

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Sadly I think the fish, tadpoles and other creatures living in the pond ate all the eggs before they had time to hatch, it it happens again I will rescue the eggs and let them hatch then release them back in to the pond as there are not a lot of these frogs around now.

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Flowerball completely open now, How I love this treat twice a year.

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At the moment we have splashes of colour every where.

Ferns are also producing masses of seeds on the underside of the leaves every seed could become a plant?

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A unusually coloured Brom.

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A very strong coloured Brom

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stunning colour, these are growing like weeds this year.

From these flowers in the garden today you can see why my appliqué flowers are mostly very strong in colour LOL

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THen there are months when we have nothing flowering and I have wee creatures scattered amongst the foliage but our neighbours young dog has demolished all but 3 of the wooden ones he’s only a pup and has free roam of our garden and they have made good chewing bones, I will wait till she is older before replacing them!

Thank you for dropping in to visit, more garden than sewing but it will soon be Feb and I will be back to lots of sewing time while it rains constantly.  Off to link up with Esther on her WO w or WIPs   Cheers Glenda

 

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Boerderie Perse Flowers 24th Nov 2017

Here you are Sobana!  I’ve used stem stitch, buttonhole stitch, colonial knots on a short and long stitch, and bullion stitch in the centre of several flowers.   I do use contrasting threads a lot rather than the same colour as the fabric.  I also change my thread colours a lot!   Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIPs with Esther 23rd Nov 2017

In 4 weeks my different families will be arriving here for Christmas and it just feels like they were here Christmas 2017!!!!

Last week flew in and out so fast I can not remember what I did and did not do LOL  I did work on my centre of The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu but not much else other than mending.

All leaves and petals appliqué down now the enjoyment of working on the flowers.

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My  borderie  perse flowers finished I love doing the embroidery on them. Edges all buttonhole stitched and rest is done with stemstitch one of my favourite stitches.

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I have placed the same flowers beside the finished flowers so you can see the difference after pencil painting and thread painting them!!!

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Have added my next 3 flowers and have started to thread paint the saffron flower.

In the garden this week and this morning.

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This is a area I have spent many many hrs cleaning up ready for the wet season that starts in Dec.  yes that is a surfboard seatLOL.

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My young raintree I just love her and her roots she is around 30feet tall.

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A large helliconia in full flower which will last month and months then the plant will die.

A stunning flower that the honey birds love

A stunning helliconia flower that the honey birds love

Every day since it start3d to flower 10 years ago my water Lilly gives me a new flower each day

Every day since it start3d to flower 10 years ago my water Lilly gives me a new flower each day

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My herb garden this morning it is so lovely to be able to just pick fresh herbs each day.

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Our sunrises around 5.15am have been so beautiful this week.

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What I woke up to this morning we had heavy rain in the night and the trees are so great full for it, I will not have to water the garden for a week or too now.

 

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I remember my art teacher telling me when I was about 12 that there were more greens in the trees than we could count, looking down on to these trees on Saturday morning with the sun hitting som3 of the I was spell bound by all those different greens?  100s and 100s of them.

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Every year for the last 20 years this bulb sends up these beautiful round red ball flowers that never cease to mazy me, this one is 1/2 open the centre is still to open.

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A insect chewed through the stem of this one so I have the joy of it on my kitchen window sill.

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This lovely piece of art was given to me on Sunday by a local artist, it is a very early pastel drawing of hers and I fell in love with the colours it is of the Kimberley’s in WA  and every time I walk past it I’m stopped by it.

Update 2.30pm

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Just spotted in my pond, a local  striped marsh frog hatching  of eggs.  Below in the close up photo you can see the tiny babies just growing

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Will keep you posted on their development this is a first for us.

Well not much sewing but lots of gardening done this week. Off to link with Esther now. Thank you for stopping by to say hello.  Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 15th Nov 2017 with Esther Aliu.

Scary only weeks till Christmas and I wanted to finish several UFO quilts this year ???  it has not happened but I have worked on so many so they are closer to been finished.  I plan to keep on working on the same UFO’s in 2018 so may be some will final get finished????

To day is back to school for me, my iMax has crashed for the 3rd time so I’m going to see if I can write my blog and add photos using my iPad???  This is all trial and error for me so let’s see what and how to use my iPad!

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What I was working on last week.  A little more sewn before she gets put away again LOL

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Hearts Desire by Esther Aliu 

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Hearts Desire block by Esther Aliu have to reprint my pattern all 70 odd pages as I have missed placed the pattern!!!!!! Bottom flower will have to be replaced pins have rusted?

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What happens when you put blocks away with pins in here, top pins are ALL rusty and have marked my fabric!

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I need to remake these petals that make up one of the flowers on my block? Rushed upstairs to see if the other blocks still had pins in them but I’d thread have thread basted not used pins thank goodness.  

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Back of a vest I made after doing a knitting course with Kay Fassett in NZ  about 30 years ago???? It  has come back to be remade as front of vest has worn out and top area needs to be redone as well.   !!!!!

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All worked on tapestry fabric then stitched to the back of a commercial made vest.

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ANZ quilt top I’m adding circles to

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I did not realise just how many spools of cotton I would go through???????  Top area almost completed.

lets make a stack and slash block?

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How do I make this from

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This?  Choose a busy design cut it out around 14inchs square the cut out 9 or 12 identatacal pieces of fabric and stack  them above each other in the same position.   Then use a very sharp large rotary cutter and slash through all these layers of fabric 9 times I cut mine first in to a fan shape then slashed it in to 8 strips I ended up with 8 piles of fabric strips which I then placed out on the table as you see below.

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bottom right we have the original pattern I choose, middle a pile of strips laid out ready to sew together.  Left bottom finished fan made up and appliqué to a 14inch pieces of black fabric.

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lilic strips added and base.

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Orange  fabric folded and then cut on the fold so I do not have a raw edge on the out side of the fan .

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Completed appliqued fan block .  I need to make another 3 up to give me the centre of a new quilt top!!!!

Well my Wednesday so far has been writing up my blog on my iPad now 12 midday and I need a break thanks for reading this far LOL off to try and link from my iPad to Esther’s WOW which I visited befor my iMax crashed this morning so I know it is there?

Happy blogging All Cheers Glenda PS will try taking photos out side in the garden with my iPad and upload this avo.

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Oct 2017 Ufosin2017

Dear Meredithe once again a new month has come in and you have encouraged me to make up a blog on my Ufosin2017 but not sure if I have even worked on one of them!!!!!!  but thank you for helping me work on so many of my UFO’s and some WIP’s this year with out you and Ann many of them  would not have been touched.

Well I started off in great leaps and bounds the first 1/2 of the year then kept getting side tracked with my mystery  BOM and another BOM  this year then with one of them!!!!!!  Then while looking over and over for 4  parts I’d missed placed of my mystery BOM kept finding UFO’s Id forgotten about and spending time on them!!!!!!

SO what have I done in Oct?????

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Spent a lot of time on my Secret Garden centre of the mystery BOM for 2017 by Esther Aliu. Only the stems appliquéd on and I did those by machine the rest will be hand appliquéd. Need to remake the yellow centre.  

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Changed the very centre loved it but it did not work with the rest of the quilt to much orange,  so back to the original yellow but remade it. Why thats a long story but lets just say it felt like rubber and I can not get a hand needle through it LOL.

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My centre flowers looked muddy from a distance so pulled out some paint pencils I’d been given recently and started adding some yellow what a difference it has made to my centre,  the white are no longer look like holes from a distance.

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Ive missed placed 4 of these wee triangle and thats why I’m finding lots of UFO’s I’d forgotten about LOL  I’m still working on these wee triangles they take hrs and hrs to make just one. I sure hope I find my missing 4 and don’t have to remake them?????

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Oct 31st saw the realise of the lay out for  The Secret Garden mystery quilt so I was able to assemble the parts I’d completed I’m very happy  with the way it is turning out it has been such a joy to make this quilt top every stitch I have enjoyed. lots of challengers which I thrive on.

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I filled in another circle!

SO another block finished and only

SO another block finished and only ????? to go LOL

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I had to put these blocks away as we had visitors from France then Brisbane but they are back on the bed since near the end of Oct and I have been working on one of the blocks!

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Came across my Peaceful pathways by Esther Aliu came out over 67 years ago,  this time I managed to sew my centre together and so now I can move on with this delightful quilt top.

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Finally a whole centre I don’t know why I procrastinated over the final seams on this as it went together so well.?????

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My corners are embroidered by hand and I loved making them up.  Ive all ways enjoyed red-work.

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I made another QAYG 1960’s hanky block they are growing and if I’m lucky will have them made by 2018.

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Managed to applqiue down several more circles but boy does it hurt my back doing these circles the constant turning and shoving the top through a narrow throat on my Janomi is a killer.

I’m surprised I did any of this in Oct as we had visitors for 3 weeks  of that month and I did no sewing during the day just late at night. Off to link with Meredithe now.

So thats my Oct for 2017  nothing finished but a little here and there added LOL Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 8th Oct 2018

WOW or WIP’s with Esther today thats why I blog, click on her name to see her blog.

This morning I have been side tracked from every thing when I pulled out a UFO that keeps calling me, I pull it manage to sew a few pieces and for some reason or other I have to store it again this has been going on for several years now!!!!!! It is called Peaceful pathways by Esther

This is the centre of Peaceful Pathways

This is the centre of Peaceful Pathways

This morning this is were I started

Opening the storage bag that has perished over the years!!!!!

Opening the storage bag that has perished over the years!!!!!

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Two halves that have been waiting to be joined and for some reason I kept putting off doing it ????

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This morning I did it and it went together like a piece of cake so happy with it why was I so scared to join those halves?????

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Next I pulled out the lovely sayings!!!!

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One 1/4 of the centre

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Love this design so much.

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The lovely embroidered blocks were made for me by Bunny from Canada who is a moderator on Esther’s BOM group so they are very special

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My corners were hand embroidered and silk hearts but I felt the block was too dark?

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So I added a smaller cherry red heart and what a difference it has made.

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Well I have sewn one seam this time LOL

SO thats what I;ve been doing this morning LOL

My Secret Garden is still with me it is underneath my Peaceful Pathway I’m appliquéing down the petals on the centre piece and playing with my flowers !!!!!!

My Secret Garden is still with me LOL

My Secret Garden is still with me LOL  I have placed the pieces I ahve so far made to get the feel how it is going to look.  

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I felt my flowers were been over shadowed by the terrace colours?  I recently were given some paint colouring in pencils so out came the yellow and my yellow flower was given a face lift!!!!!!! LOL

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Then one of my blue flowers was given the same treatment what a difference a day makes so now I have to paint the others too!!!!! May be this avo they will get done?

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Another QAYG hanky block finished only 4 to go I think?

Dawn was so beautiful yesterday but this morning I slept in and missed it.

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4.45am Dawn

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Will try and find some garden photos this avo to add.

Off to link with Esther now.

Thank you for visiting and I hope one of your UFO’s are been added to as well. Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 25th Oct @ 1st Nov 2017

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Where I was up to last week on Esther’s SG centre !!!!  I have to remake my centre as it like a piece of leather two many layers of fabric and glue, I can not get away with my mistake I made ironing it to the ironing cloth LOL Plus I hate the machine applqiue in the dead centre but it was the only needle that would go through all the thicknesses!!!!!

Ohhhh my gosh it’s the 1st of November Shudder shudder!!!!!!  To close for Christmas for me?

I was not able to blog last week as my computer was down after the storm and I lost a lot of my photo’s but it took my hubby hrs to retrieve them all back I think?????

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I may completely change my centre of this block, will wait till all the blocks and placement are revealed and then decide!!!!!!!  Not using this but tried it????

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Update  Placement of my blocks that I have completed so far 2nd Nov 2017

I lost all my photo’s from 4 months ago when my iMax was updated most of them have been recovered and while searching I came across these ones from when I first started quilting 20 years ago.  Below 7 quilts were made in PNG where I learnt by trial and error no patterns up there just make up what you thought a quilt was meant to be LOL

Start of a challenge of a only black and white quilt top.

Start of   a challenge that was to be  only a black and white quilt top with leaves of 3 countries mine were Canadian maple, Papua New Guinea heart leaves and Australian gum leaves.  It ended up with coloured butterflies coming out from the centre and flying off the sides of the quilt top after the challenge was over.  I love colour LOL  !

 

Has gone to Japan

Finished and has gone to Japan 2007

For a friend in NZ

For a friend in NZ  My advance sample blocks I use to teach?

 

Made for a friend in Japan 2007

Made for a friend in France 2000

A baby quilt I made 20 years ago.

A baby quilt I made 20 years ago.

Made for a friend in Japan in 2002

Made for a friend in Japan in 2002

Quilt top I made for a friend in Vienna

Start of a Quilt top I made for a friend in Vienna who loves very strong colours.

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I was playing with my centre of my centre of Esther’s SG it was a lot of fun but it was to strong!

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I was so sorry it was to strong as the fabric is 100% silk and so beautiful

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Stunning centre but not for here!

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Making more petals and more petals?

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Cut out 36 more wee yellow drops for the petals for my SG triangles this morning!

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For a change I’m making another of my Mother’s 1960’s hanky QAYG blocks I do love making these.

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I have made the background block and now to add a 1930’s reproduction fabric Dresdenplate .

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Back of block made from a very fine linen kimono fabric  81/2 inch blocks.

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Outer edges all quilted down.

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One more completed QAYG hanky block, I’m suing a lovely 100%wool batting in these so they are so light and soft when finished.

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After we went through a 11hr electrical storm the longest we have ever known my little dog for 24 hrs after wanted to be picked up all the time and sit on my lap?????   It was a couple of weeks ago now but they are still cleaning up after it and fixing people landlines and phones.

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Dawn over the river and range How quickly the light changes at dawn here?

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Taken About 2 mins later from the same spot???

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Dawn just breaking at 5.15am this morning.

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Pink Ginger flower heads stunning colours and flower heads.

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Close up they look like they are made of wax but are real!!!!!!

My orchids survived the storm!

My orchids survived the storm!

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Have taken a beating from the storm and lost  a lot of colour, but they will recover quickly.

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Tomatoe plants double in size with all the rain? Lots of vegetation but no tomatoes!!!!!

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Stunning colour and texture.

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He was nearly 6inchs long!

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Found him in my room covered in dust so caught him and put him out side on the tree trunk.

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Found him sitting in side one of the fold up patio chairs after the storm.

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Back in the garden where he belongs.

Thank you for visiting me and my garden as there’s not a lot to see sewing wise. Off to link with Esther now

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIPs 18th Oct 2017 The Secret Garden by Esther Aliu

Last week I’d started on my 2017 mystery BOM Centre of Esther Aliu’s my goodness is it addictive, every 5 mins I had I would do some thing on it.  I was working on my first corner last Wednesday

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Finished corner all but the stems waiting to be hand appliquéd down, doing all my stems with hand made bias and machine applqiue.

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My mitre bias corners

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I may change my outer circle pieces with this green as the yellow is fading in to the background to much maybe. I will wait till the block is finished to decide.

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Bias stems all machine stitched down, took me 2 hrs plus to just make these bias strips and machine them down.  I’m learning to machine applqiue and with these stems I’ve used 3 different stitch patterns for the applqiue!  Interesting what a different the different stitches give to the look of the fabric edge!   As I these stems are bias strips not raw edge I could play and not think about the raw edges.

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Where I was up to last week playing with the lay out since then I have ironed on a light weight backing to the backing to stop the fabric from shifting its a medium weave 100% woo. Competed one corner on Wednesday.

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Finally made all my bias strips and machine appliquéd them on.

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Starting to make up the leaves and I can see that the green ring around the centre is to strong with them.

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I will go back to my yellow outer ring but change my outer big leaves in the centre ring they are fading in to the back ground fabric to much I need more contrast there.

Where I am up to this morning arou

Where I am up to this morning around 7am with Lucie’s help I made new soft salmon petals to replace the soft green ones in the centre

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Taken in day light colours are very true.    Lots of needle basting still to do then start to applqiue them down.

Close up of m

Close up of my centre

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What my flowers will look like when appliquéd down. 

 

How I mark the back of my templates.

How I mark the back of my templates.

Lucie helping change the centre leaves fr

Lucie helping change the centre leaves from soft green to soft salmon very early this morning .

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Ready to fly home.

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Time to go home Bye bye Lucie.

 

In the garden this week

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a splash of red’

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8 inchs across magnificent.

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Hoya local wild flower here self planting.

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These tiny flowers would make a stunning applqiue flower !!!!

 

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Note the blue pot plant its flowering

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Here is a close up of the flower head from the blue pot-plant container  a good 1 1/2 metres tall !!!! about to burst in to full flowers

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this tree fern trunk is covered in the Hoya vine and there are masses of blooms the perfume is heavenly.

Passion Flower does not have eat

Passion Flower does not have eatable fruit

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In the garden SO exotic!!!!

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These were just given to me!!!!  Pink ginger flowers

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It looks like wax but is a real flower

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Following my wee dog.

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around the garden

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this morning  before going home.

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My little visitor looking for fish !!!!!

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My goodness she was such a joy to ahve in the house .

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walking in my new crocodile scuffs in Australia at Mamie Glenda’s place!!!!

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Was helping Glenda clean the car!

Cars clean whats next to do??????

Cars clean whats next to do??????

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7min car ride from the wet lush rainforest were I live and you are in dry gumtree land. Much better for ones health but much hotter to LOL

 

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On uncle Jon’s block were there were kangaroos and horses lots of fun things to see and do????

Thank you for dropping in I’m off to link with Esther now and hopefully spend some time late this avo  visiting other links over a long cuppa.

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s centre of The Secret Garden 11th Oct 2017

Where I'm up to on my SG Cent

Where I’m up to on my SG Centre today.

Update 4pm Wednesday avo

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This avo I had 2 1/2 hrs where I could sew so made up some bias strips and machine appliquéd them on to one corner so the first of many pieces appliquéd on to my centre of SG  I need to needle baste those 6 petals and 6 yellow drops before I can hand applqiue them down but first I will add all the bias stems.   I had fun trying out different machine stitches to applique the stems down.  

 

Very little sewing or quilting done this week for my link to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s , house full of friends and family for two weeks. First I ahve to apologise for not replying to you all last week, I did try several times but when every I had 5 mins and would sit down at the computer a wee sweetie nearly 2 would bring her book and say Please!!!!!!  End of computing, but she is only here for 2 weeks from France so every moment she wants to spend with Mummy Glenda is special.

I did start my Centre though at 10pm each night LOL

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First I choose my centre flowers similar to what i had used in my vase blocks.First I choose my centre flowers similar to what i had used in my vase blocks.  I needed to join to pieces of my background fabric  to get my 20inch block it’s only 20 3/4 inch one way and 22inches the other but I’ll make it work LOL

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I have added iron-on fussing to my flowers I have shaped  pink flowers  ready to iron on to backing.

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Printed m pattern and made it up for my draft pattern and started to play.

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My template pinned to my backing fabric ready for marking. I first stitched all the stems on this template by machine using a very tight straight stitch

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All my stems tightly machine stitched

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It was then easy to pull the paper apart mark the stem lines on to my fabric. I do retape the pattern as I go.

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Remove paper and all my stems are very accurately marked. I call these my fish corners LOL

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I placed my background fabric in the centre of the first border we made these wee 4 1/2inch blocks earlier in the year My corner petals are the same fabric as I used in my triangle blocks we also made earlier.

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I’m making my centre petals from some silk on washaway freezer paper and needle  turning my edges under, my centre circle and bands are cut from one piece of fabric and will be fussed on.

 

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my pink flower is also iron-on fussing with the centre cut out to show the yellow of the outer centre.

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This is a Daylight photo true to colour but I work around 10pm so no day light then LOL

Adding leaves is always fun, making these up with washaway freezer paper also.

Adding leaves is always fun, making these up with washaway freezer paper also.

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Where I was up to late last night but took this photo early this morning in daylight!  4  of green leaves turned under 12 more to make and 32 petals to make up to with washawayfreezer paper good thing I rally like making leaf shapes LOL  and lots of bias to make up for my stems.

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My yellow centre I fussed on to my heavy cotton iron cover that now has a hole in it LOL

In my garden very early this morning

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We have colour every were at present it so nice.

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Chyrstal gave me a new colour to add to my collection; you can see why I use strong colours as I’m surrounded with strong colours.

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Chrystal’s mum gave me my first Lilly just hope the turkeys don’t dig the bulbs out they love them.  I have put a cast iron fry pan next to it and heavy stones so hope this stops them?????

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Hubby gave me two flower orchids for the patio this week they grow so well out side here.

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What a colour.

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These are often called moth orchids as they dance in the breeze like moths.

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Incredibly beautiful

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

Thanks for visiting and I hope I have time in two weeks to visit you again to Cheers Glenda

 

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