"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Saturday, June 05, 2021

The first half of 2021.

 Okay, maybe I'm wrong, and hadn't posted anything since the first post for 2021.  This is all I could find on  my 2021 projects folder!  Admittedly I have done a lot of sketching, painting, colouring in and reading this year so far, but I really thought I'd done more sewing!

The cross stitch below is a kit that has been in a cupboard along with others for many years.  I pulled it out this year to be included in the Home Makers UFO monthly challenge.  Technically, it wasn't a UFO as it hadn't been started, but our little group isn't fussy about technicalities, LOL.


I made the mug rug below for my Bowen therapist, who had given me one of her business cards, which you can see tucked behind the mug rug.  When I saw the card I said to Kathy "Oh!  I have some fabric with gum leaves on it just like that.  Would you like me to make something for you?"  She was delighted with it, and said she has it in her office where her patients can see it :-)




This is the tiger cross stitch wall hanging which I finished after I posted a pic of the unfinished article in January.  The back is a piece of fabric with wild cats over it - leopards I think, not tigers. 


This is not a good photo as the quilt top was on the clothes line and half of it is in the sun, and half in the shade.  I have the backing and batting ready to finish it, and when that's done, I'll take a better pic.  The fabric was a fat quarter pack of a pattern called Aussie Christmas, but you can't see anything clearly enough here to understand why it was called that!  Anyway, you can see the design which was from a collection of postcards that our Quilt Shop sells, giving basic instructions for a quilt on one side, and a photo of the finished item on the front.  

Updates to be done.

 Well,  I suppose I can be grateful that the Blogger admin saw fit to reinstate my first post for the year, but I'm sure there were more since then.  I'll have to go through my photos on my computer and re post the ones of projects I've been working on since then.  

In the meantime, here is a quilt that I finished today.  One of my brothers died in April, and I asked his wife if she would like me to make a quilt for her, using Bryan's shirts.  She doesn't do any kind of craft herself, but loves to see what I've made, so she thought my suggestion was lovely.  I used two of Bryan's flannelette shirts and a pair of flannel pyjamas, and  I used an old flannelette sheet for the backing.  The wadding is made from old fleece tracksuit pants that I was going to throw out, until I figured out if I cut them up and sewed the pieces together, there would be enough to fill a quilt!  I am so pleased with the way it turned out - not just the design, but how warm it will be for my SIL to cuddle into on a cold night while she is reading or watching t.v.



Saturday, May 15, 2021

What is is the Blogger admin doing ???

 I had several posts here in 2021 so far, and they have now been deleted.  I got a message from Blogger saying the posts were offensive.  Excuse me???   How can text and photos about quilting and embroidery be offensive to anyone??  I am really annoyed abou this.

Monday, March 01, 2021

A good start to 2021

 I thought I had updated this blog but apparently not.  I found my mojo in January and finished two quilts.  The first one is one of the two appliqued tops made by our Quilt Shop class tutor, and given to me to finish, and donate to a bushfire recovery centre.  The first one was done and sent off, but this one sat around all last year because I didn't feel like doing anything.  When I finally finished it, so many people asked me 'why don't you keep it, it is beautiful'.  So I asked the managers at the shop as well as Leanne, and they said it was fine if I wanted to keep it.  Instead of this one, I donated one of the quilts I'd made for for the nursing home that was still in my sewing room.


The second quilt was originally for the Avicultural Society annual Christmas raffle but as there have been no meetings, there have been no fund raising raffles, so at the moment this quilt is draped over  the back of our sofa.


The origin of this project was the tiger which is done in cross stitch on black aida, with the black and brown border in cross stitch.  I found it at an opshop and couldn't bear the thought that it might end up being thrown away, so I brought it home to make into something.  I have a lot of African animal print fabrics and tried a few different arrangements, but eventually settled on this, which will be finished with black binding.  The backing fabric is a piece of animal print fabric that was just the right size with a bit of extra border.  When it is all finished I will post more photos.

I was sure I had finished another quilt in January, but can't find any photos...I have cut a bundle of fat quarters in sections ready to make up, but that won't be done for a little while because I have some stitching I want to get on with this month.


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

By the end of the year...

 I started around October to plan and make patchwork and embroidered gifts for friends, and by the end of November I'd done them all.  I was quite pleased with myself, as usually I'm still madly stitching in early December to have things completed!

I had made this cross stitch star for a specific person but ended up doing something else for her instead because I liked this too much to part with it!

I made two of these mats, one each for two people, who both loved them, being cat lovers.


This is the backing fabric for the above mats and the hot pad below.


Using more of the Xmas kitten fabric I made this padded mat (for putting hot dishes on) for my home carer, who is also a kitty lover, and was delighted with this.


Two of my friends have a 'thing' about giraffes, so I made them a cushion each.  I had two lots of giraffe fabric - one is a dull gold curtain fabric with giraffes and zebras woven into it which was given to me years ago and I knew it would come in handy one day!  The other is patchwork fabric that I saw at the Eltham Quilt Shop and bought 3 metres of it because it was cute, and I knew I would use it!  When I was cutting that for one of the cushions, I ended up with a long strip which I used to make three mug rugs.  Two went to the friends with the cushions and the third went to another friend who declared she loved giraffes too, and wants me to make her a cushion.!


This mug rug is made from a small cross stitched flower that I found in an opshop and thought I would use it for a card one day, but the colours looked perfect with a piece of fabric I had in my stash, so it became a mug rug instead, and was given to the lady I was going to give the Xmas star too.  Just as well she liked this!


I stitched this Aussie Friends cross stitch design early in the year as part of an American fundraiser for the Australian bushfire recovery.  I didn't have anyone to give it to back then, but a long time penpal in the USA has been telling me about the friends and family she has lost to COVID this year. So I decided to finish this by making something she can use as a mat or hang it up if she wishes, to let her know her friends in Australia are thinking of her.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Doggy mini quilt

 One of my friends turns 80 years old this week, and as she loves dogs with a passion, I decided to use up the remains of a metre of doggy fabric that I had in my stash. I'd made a couple of smaller runners for friends in the past, and what was left was just enough for this mini quilt/table topper.  It is very simple; just the fabric with a couple of borders.


I used some floral fabric for the backing, in similar tones to the brown tones in the dog fabric.



Wednesday, November 04, 2020

"Friends" embroidery.

 One of my dearest friends has become very ill with Parkinsons Disease, and I haven't been able to visit her for the past few months due to the COVID restrictions.  She is in her 80's and we have known each other for more than 40 years.  We met just after Ken and I moved here to Eltham, and in those years we have had so many good times with our shared interests.  She is an artist, and is naturally interested in most creative craft even if she hasn't done it herself, so she loves my stitching and quilting, and I love her sketching and painting.  We went to many exhibitions together, and often walked down to the main street and had a coffee before walking back home.

Years ago I found a charming embroidery pattern in a magazine, that was designed for a cushion front, and I kept it, thinking I would do it for G, as it typified our friendship growing old together.  I always thought I had plenty of time to do it, but last month realised this was not to be the case, so I focussed on stitching it so I could give it to G now instead of waiting until it was too late and she was gone.  I took it around to her on Tuesday and she was delighted with it. I'm really pleased that I got it finished and she can see it every day and be reminded of our ongoing friendship.



Friday, October 16, 2020

And now it is October.

 I'm finally coming out of my craft coma, and have been working on various items.  The boxes of craft magazines coming my way have definitely awakened my creative streak, and I have some firm ideas for quilt tops.  The Christmas spirit came on me early this year, no doubt motivated by the magazines, and I've completed two small projects.   I love making bunting, and this style is a bit different to what I've made previously.  It will be going to Ken's cousin, who saw it last week when I visited, and she fell in love with it.



The wall hanging below appealed to me because it was easy and quick.  Instead of making the border patchwork with individual pieces, I used fabric printed with a Xmas patchwork pattern.