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

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Denim patchwork quilt.

I have been buying up denim jeans from opshops for a few years, to make things that I've seen on the Net such as tote bags, pot holders, coasters, place mats, etc.  Once I'd done all those, I still had a lot of denim left over, and after seeing one on Pinterest, I decided to make a small quilt with the remaining denim.  I liked this idea of simple squares sewn together and quilted by topstitching.  There is no wadding as the denim is thick enough, and the backing is a piece of fleece that I had in my stash.  The binding was an old plaid shirt.
It is lap quilt size, and someone suggested that I use it as a floor mat at the kitchen sink.  No way!  I know it looks rough and ready, but I already have rubber mats at my kitchen sink which are made for the purpose!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cross Stitch UFO

I have many cross stitch and embroidery UFOs, but have chosen this one to do for the April UFO Challenge on the Homemakers Forum. I think I bought this on eBay, but it was so long ago, I can't remember for sure. Anyway, some hard working person had done all the stitching except for the title "Australia" at the top and a few kangaroos at the bottom. I have done all now except the title, and hope to finish it by the end of this month. Don't bet on it though!

Bow Tie quilt finished.

I finished off my Bow Tie Quilt yesterday, and am very happy with it. I used a floral fabric in my stash for the backing. Still have loads of ties in my stash, but they will have to wait until I complete the many UFOs and other projects that I want to do this year

Friday, March 29, 2019

Another month gone by!

My Dad used to say the older you get, the faster time goes.  At 70 years old, I now know what he was talking about!  I look at all the fabric in my stash, not to mention embroidery and other craft stash, and realise I will never get through it all in this life time.  Ah well, all I can say it is nice to have a choice when I'm looking for something to do.
Our UFO challenge on the Home Makers Forum is enormously successful for those of us who are participating.  Some of the members are knitting, while others are finishing off old cross stitch and embroidery projects, one lady is working on a rug, others on their overflowing mending baskets! and several of us are finishing quilt UFOs.  Here is my cross stitch project that I started a few years ago, finally finished and bordered with a matching fabric.  All I have to do now is decide what I'm going to do with it - put it in a small frame, make a small decorative cushion, maybe use it for the front of a journal cover?  Time will tell.

My March project was a coincidence.  I had picked it up in late February thinking I might play with it regardless of when its number came up on the Challenge, and lo and behold, it was the number selected by our co-ordinator for this month!    I have been collecting men's ties from opshops for years with the intention of making a Bow Tie quilt, and I'd got as far as sorting the ties out (washing, separating the front from the lining, and ironing interfacing on to them), and making two blocks.  I had nothing in mind for the finished size of the quilt - my goal was to keep making blocks until I was tired of doing it, then join them together. 
So I've been doing that all month, and finally decided I had enough blocks to make a table topper or throw.   There are many variations of Bow Tie quilts, and I played around with my blocks for a while, but eventually decided on this layout.  I am going to put a narrow black border around it, then a wider border made from the single colour background fabrics (which by the way are curtain fabric swatches - can't bear to waste anything, lol!)

I thoroughly enjoyed making these blocks, and intend to make a bigger quilt one day from cotton patchwork fabric, and co-ordinate the colours properly. 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

My first post here for 2019!

It has been a busy six months for me, with health issues dominating both our lives.  Ken was very ill late last year, but with new medications and exercise program,  he has improved enough to carry on a fairly normal but quiet life.  I have had problems with osteo arthritis in my knees, but am coping with that with the help of osteopaths and physiotherapists, and am determined not to go down the track of operations on my knees!
My Christmas raffle quilt for the aged care facility was greatly appreciated, and the raffle was won by one of their residents, which is nice because it will stay in the facility.  I haven't started any more quilts for them this year because I have been focussing on the memory quilt for my friend's mother's 90th birthday.  I got it finished a week before her birthday on 31st January, and both mother and daughter were delighted with it!   I would rather not do 'commissions' because of the time frame limitations, and the worry that the recipient might not like the finished product.  But there was no problems with this one.

The Home Makers Forum have a craft challenge this year which is proving enormously successful.  One of our members came up with the idea of each person listing 12 of their UFOs and numbering them.  She would then provide a number on the first day of every  month, and we would have to work on that numbered project on our list.  It is a great incentive.  My January challenge was a calligraphy project, so it isn't appropriate for this blog, but my February project is a cross stitch item which I started a few years ago but put aside while I concentrated on quilting!  I was very happy to dig it out and work on it this month.  Not finished yet, but should be by the end of February :-)

I've also been doing some recycling.  Ken buys bird seed and chicken feed in 20 kg bags, which are called feedsacks, and made from some kind of toughened plastic.  I have seen tutorials on the Net where people made tote bags from these  feedsacks, so I thought I may as well use ours for that purpose instead of throwing them away to end up in landfill.  As fast as I make them, somebody wants one, and I've been given a dozen feedsacks by another bird keeper friend, so that is keeping me busy too!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Raffle Xmas quilt finished

Here it is with green binding.  Decided on that instead of red, and it makes a nice contrast.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Christmas quilt for nursing home raffle

My husband Ken has been very ill in recent months, so I haven't had a lot of spare time to myself.  But I'd promised to make a quilt for the Christmas raffle at Liscombe House, so with the help of my lovely friends at the Quilt Shop class I attend once a month, I managed to put this together in a few days.  This is the top basted to the wadding and back, and I plan to quilt and bind it this weekend to get it to Liscombe House next week.  I emailed the co-ordinator this picture, and she emailed back to say it is 'awesome'.  Guess that means she likes it, lol!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Lap quilts gratefully received.

Linda Steele commented on my post about the last lot of quilts I had completed, and remarked that I was doing well to finish five quilts!   I think I need to remind readers of this blog that I only make SMALL quilts - baby or lap size!  They don't take long to whip up.  Well, a couple of weeks for each one, although if I lived on my own and had nothing else to do, I could probably finish one in a day.  But I don't, so it takes a bit longer, lol!

I delivered those five to Liscombe House earlier this week and the staff and residents alike were delighted.  I suspect they thought after the first lot that I wouldn't be back so soon, if at all, but there I was :-)   The Activities co-ordinator asked me if I would be prepared to make a larger (as in single bed size) quilt for their Christmas raffle and I said I would be happy to do that.  I will make the top, then take it to Jenny Jamieson who has done such a great job on quilting all my other 'big' quilts, to do the quilting.  I have just made a Christmas quilt top for myself, which is going to be a table cover rather than a quilt, as I've used very thin wadding to give it some body without needing warmth.

I still have heaps of Christmas themed fabric, so this new project will give me the chance to use a lot of it up!  Mandy wants it by the end of November, and if I made a start soon, it shouldn't be a problem.

Christmas is coming!

For a change I got an early start on Christmas hand made gifts this year!  Some of them are for a swap on the Home Makers Forum, but once I'd started making those, I kept on sewing, so I will have some items to give people as last minute gifts if needed!
The first group are an oven mitt, two hotpads and a coaster, all made from some Christmas kitty fabric that was given to me a while ago.  There was a couple of yards, so there is still plenty over to make more things for my many cat loving friends!

This tea towel is a simple applique job.  I found the free pattern online and as I have a few plain tea towels set aside for embellishing in some form, I used one of those.

The next item is a bit different.  It is a little holder to put a gift card in, to give someone, rather than just in an envelope or card.  A cute gimmick!