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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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24th Nov 2016 have finished cutting out felt circles

Again I

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

These have been flowering for nearly 3 months now?

These have been flowering for nearly 3 months now?

Stunning colours yellow and oranges.

Stunning colours yellow and oranges.

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

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

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

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

Oh so beautiful!!!!

Oh so beautiful!!!!

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

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Penny Rug WOW or WIP’s 9th Nov 2016

The first of many that fo

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

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

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

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

Penny Rugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Add some more circles to the centre.

Add some more circles to the centre.

move the circles around and have fun.

move the circles around and have fun.

keep on playing.

keep on playing.

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

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

It is slowly growing?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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13th Oct 2016 Annabelle

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

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

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

Silver dragon fly that wings move and a mother of pearl

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

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

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

I have throughly enjoyed making this side of the bag.

I have throughly enjoyed making this side of the bag.

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

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

Thia silk that once was a should pad LOL

Thiai silk that once was a shoulder pad LOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quilt the pocket for strength and to stabilise it.

Quilt the pocket for strength and to stabilise it.

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

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

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

A woollen sleeve cut from a woollen jacket.

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

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

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

Dear Dear Little Annabelle

Dear Dear Little Annabelle

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

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

Annabelle in the veggie garden.

Annabelle in the veggie garden.

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

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

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

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

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5th Oct 2016 Mens Tie shoulder bag finished.

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

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

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

Bag finally sewn together and now waiting for finishing off

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

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

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

Weak spot

Weak spot

An old ladies stainless steel watch strap

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most of these cottons are from Japan.

Most of these cottons are from Japan.

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

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

Hanging in the breeze in between showers!!!!

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

In the garden today.

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

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

Stunning tiny orchid flowers

Stunning tiny orchid flowers

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Bedding iris

Iris

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

stink toadstool.

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

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

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

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7th Sept 2016 Another shoulder mens tie gusset bag.

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

Draft of the shape I use to make these Tie bags

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

This is were I left off last week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My antique Crazy Quilt

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers All Glenda

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31st Aug 2016 Logcabin shoulder bag but machine made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ive unpicked the lace from the top .

Ive unpicked the lace from the top .

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

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

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

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

Lace lying on  silk contrasting bag shape .

Lace lying on silk contrasting bag shape .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My first 3 blocks in place.

My first 3 blocks in place.

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

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

slowly covering up the shape

slowly covering up the shape

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

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

Allmost completed

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

Taken in the day light the next day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dainty ferns grow were they shouldn't.

Dainty ferns grow were they shouldn’t.

Another type of orchis that cheers the garden.

Another type of orchis that cheers the garden.

Broms are also adding bright splashes of colour.

Broms are also adding bright splashes of colour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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24th August 2016

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

Lovely golden beaches as far as the eye can see.

Lovely golden beaches as far as the eye can see.

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

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

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

This fellow is not so nice if he stings you.

This fellow is not so nice if he stings you.

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

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

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Patched jeans using sashiko stitching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda

Off to link with Esther now.

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Quilty365 Circles 10th August 2016

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

Below was written on the 7th.

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

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

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

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

close up so you can see the bigger stitches I use for sashiko quilting, my circles are not so good from the back but over time hopefully it will improve LOL

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

Just finished my 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some other circles that Im working on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All though its OK there is nothing to keep you looking

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

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda FNQLD Australia.

 

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WOW with Esther 3rd Aug 2016

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

My next lot of 90 365Quilty Circles started

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

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

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

My last leaves ready to be appliqued on th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking South.

Looking South.  Temperature  was around 25C just perfect. 

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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24th July 2016 This and that !

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

Just finished my 2nd

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

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

My first 365Quilty Circle quilt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adding my first two twisted flowers to this border.

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

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

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

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

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

Close up of that slow stitching!

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

Japanese Ikat fabric

Ive washed and just finsihed unpicking a beautiful Kasuri cotton Kim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My big catterepillar is about to changing in to a cyristlis

My big catterepillar is about to changing in to a cyristlis

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

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

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

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

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

 

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27th July 2016 Calliteara Pudibunda

My big caterpillar is turning in to the chrysalis stage.

One of my first photos taken

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

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

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

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

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

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

Still growing.

Still growing covered in raindrops but he still kept eating.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

By 10pm he was still working away weaving.

By 10pm he was still working away weaving.

My last photo before going to bed.

My last photo before going to bed.

This morning he had  completely  woven his hairy

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

He is still working underneath his web.

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

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

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

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 20th Aug 2016

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

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

I made this quilt with a lady in USA

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

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

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

Close up of the sashiko quilting.

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

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

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

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

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

Hubby has just bought an old 4 piece dinner set,

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

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

Just opening.

Just opening.

Very water logged but still flowering!!!!!

Very water logged but still flowering!!!!!

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

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

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

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

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

Look at that mouth he never stops chumping?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Calico Garden WOW 13th Aug 2016

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

My adaptation of Florence Petro quilt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I used all silks on this wee block.

I used all silks on this wee block.

Silks and cottons how I loved making these wee blocks.

Silks and cottons how I loved making these wee blocks.

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

I made these wee 4patches in to 16

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

All joined looking good.

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

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

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

I added the wee appliques last night.

I added the wee appliques last night.

 

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

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

Garden is pretty bear this week.

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This is called Bridal shower.

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

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

Such a stunning wee fellow!

Such a stunning wee fellow!

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

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

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

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

Cheers Glenda

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6th July 2016 PNG Friendship quilt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wakasa lacquer box

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

Antique Wakasa lacquer box

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

Antique Wakasa lacquer box

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

Antique Wakasa lacquer box

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

 

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

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

Just starting to flower, these grow out doors here.

Just starting to flower, these grow out doors here.

White one just coming in to flower too.

White one just coming in to flower too.

Stunning red.

Stunning red.

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

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

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

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

the trunk is about 1  1/2 metres through

the trunk is about 1 1/2 metres through

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping in Cheers ALL Glenda

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