Wednesday, 21 March 2018

LITTLE LETTERS ABC with a TOUCH of the 1930's

On one of my trips down south to see family I stopped in at Gail's Patchwork Emporium to buy a 1930s fat 1/4 for a friend. There were some lovely prints and I bought myself some too.
I spotted this, oh so cute, picture fabric. It shows the children playing, doing chores and having fun at different times of the day.
This was a perfect piece for me to put into my Little Letters quilt I wanted to make.
I wanted it a little bigger than the pattern and thought this would be just right.
 AND IT IS......

All the strips are cut to get the maximum out of the placements of pictures.
I do not want to waste any of it.

All the blocks are cut from the panel.
They are not square but measure. 5" * 5.75" cut...
I have put them in time order to sewinto the quilt.
Now to start the letters.
Here they are going together.
The letters are alternated with the picture blocks.
Telling a story of what goes on during the day.
I have laid out the letters as you learn and sing the song.

I have built up the letters from a 4" finished block and added small borders to match the alternating picture blocks. I am not putting sashing in...
Thank you to Sheryl for designing these Little Letters.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sunraysia Patchwork Friends Foundation Paper Piecing workshop

Our group held a workshop teaching freezer paper technique foundation piecing.
This way wasn't the easiest or most fun. A bit too slow for me even though you can get it very accurate.
A simple tree was decided upon.

We are going to be making placemats at the end of the year to give to "Meals on Wheels" to give out for Christmas to all their clients.
I have decided to use this as a start.
I have pieced an A3 size panel. Quilted it only with the wadding.

Finished it off..

Followed this tutorial.

The only difference I made was that I did the borders a bit smaller.
Mine measure only 1".

I'll be making more of these.

Im linking up with Angela for the RSC month of Lime & bright GREENS.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

'twas the week before Christmas 2017

When we had a mini tornado come through our town.
When I can home from work the roads were a mess.
Trees were down, streets were flooded, power was out and fences were blown over.
Our property was no exception.
 As there was a small child in the house behind the insurance company were very quick in getting the damage cleared and a temporary wire fence put up. Given that tradies are on Xmas break it's going to take a while to get it replaced..

This time last year it was my car that was hail damaged.
I hope this isn't going to happen every year.

Guess what....
After many weeks of waiting ...

Now to finish it off and get some plants in to grow.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March blocks are Squared Away

I'm sewing along with Mari & Angela.
I haven't done February's blocks yet but March is done..

Lots of half square triangles.
I love doing it the Magic 8 way..
No bias edges and 8 1/2 square triangles at once..

Here are my 3 blocks made.
I'm happy with the colours and fabrics.

Have a look at these sites to get th patterns
Join in and sew along.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Happy Birthday to me..

I have just had the most awesome week.
We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary as well as my birthday.
We had a few nights out for dinner.
This was a lovely relaxed easy meal.
We both enjoy sitting back with a platter.
No fuss but lovely.

I got a special delivery at work.
I was so surprised. 
My daughter went out of her way and organised this gift.
Some gorgeous flowers.

Love these chocolates.

To top it off with this beautiful balloon.
Balloons have a heartfelt meaning to us and to have this is very touching.

Thank you to my daughter, son in law and beautiful grandsons.
I love you all.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

My weekends sewing time and a finish.

I started this on Friday night...
I've been super excited to get into some sewing.
I am making this for a new born little girl.
My design wall has worked well.
All the blocks were washed and borders on..

Now for Saturday
It is 37 degrees here today and I'm outside basting this baby quilt.
It needs to be done . As I am using spray basting glue it's best used outside 

And then on Sunday
All quilted and bound and I'm very happy

Look at this sweet backing fabric.
Just perfect

And it's finished

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A beautiful sunset

Travelling from Melbourne to Geelong was this beautiful sunset.
It is hard to get that perfect photo when you are moving.
I love the colours.