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
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
To compete Sara’s quilt I had to add the jumping sheep and the final border around it.
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 that baby is 8 !!!!!!
First border added one of 3
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? 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 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.
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?
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. It is now safely in Holland.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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 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?????
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?????
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.
Starting to sashiko quilting it. Not on my 17 list
And this one two???
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
Making a QAYG block with one of the lovely pieces.
4 little 12 inch sqaure QAYF blocks now what do I do with them????
May be a wall art quilt???? Time will tell.
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.
I love how the dresden plate pops out when quilted. 28th Feb Now around 6 made !!!!!
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 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
Below you can see my garden at present.
New tender growth on one of my favourite native trees
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.
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
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.
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.