Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Heritage Quilt Block 11

I finally got another block done and with that only 3 remains.  I am so glad this quilt is finally getting done.  Can't wait to see the end result which I think will look stunning - compliments to Jenny Haskins.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mystery Quilt

We received the next clue at our meeting last Tuesday and stitched the next set of 72 blocks in two colour ways.  These were a bit more labour intensive with a total of 360 pieces joined and all the seams ironed open.  I fuzzy cut some of the blocks to create the effect I wanted.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Bunny's Galore

It was merely coincidence that I was busy embroidering bunny themed baby stuff at the time that pageant religions pay homage to the so called easter bunny.

An ex-colleague of mine ordered 2 spit cloths adorned with bunny's as the nursery is set up with a bunny theme as well as a very cute "future triathlete" caricature as the new little one's Daddy partakes in this grueling sport.

For the bunnies, I used the Morehead Bountiful Bunnies which can be bought at Sew for Less

and combined different embroidery designs and add lettering to make up this ensemble.

I then continue with another 2 spit clots as part of my gift using the same set of embroidery designs.  As the baby's sex was still unknown at the time of the baby shower, I stayed with neutral colours and was not able to add the little one's name.

I also embroidered another one of Inspiration Mutz's Bunny Doorstops which can be found here.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Alzheimer Sensory Blanket

Our Guild is donating sensory blankets for Alzheimers patients this year for an outreach project.  Our group each made blocks that I will stitch into a quilt this coming week.

Angeline's blocks





And mine.

We all played around using different textures adding different activities to keep those hands busy.  I am really looking forward to seeing the final product.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Misc Embroidery

I am still working on various projects that have been laying around forever.  As I changed my kitchen's theme to chickens after the fire in 2014, I just had to add chickens to these serviettes.

I added two rows of rick rack around the outside to finish off the border.  I just love the affect it creates.

I also embroidered two lawn bowls sport towels for my husband using Embird - the best and cheapest (for what it can do) embroidery editing software out there.

Whilst on the topic of embroidery, fixing small mistakes with permanent markers can be really helpful.  After reading on various websites about Sharpies, I bought myself a set of 24 as a belated birthday present from my quilting group.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mystery Quilt

Our quilting group started with a Mystery Quilt as 2018's project.  Everyone makes her own double bed quilt with her own selection of fabrics but everybody is doing the same mystery.  It is promising to deliver beautiful masterpieces when looking at all the different color schemes.

At this stage we are still stuck making 72 of each clue.  Clue 1 was a real challenge cutting 72 of these little boat shapes

adding some to triangles.

Clue 2 was a breeze cutting strips, stitching them together and cutting 72 blocks.

This set the pace for Clue 3 with yet again 72 blocks.

Clue 4, yep you guessed it, 72 but this time triangles.

Now to wait patiently for the next clue in a months time.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Heritage Quilt

Block 10 is done and only 4 more blocks to go.

As with all the other blocks Jenny Haskins yet again taught different techniques with this one.  This time with the wing needle and ladder stitch.

I needed a 6mm double needle for this block, but could only find the 4mm so I had to make do.  Only our Pfaff dealer sells the 6mm (and 8mm for that matter) but was unfortunately awaiting stock.  All the other shops thought I was rather mad (?) even telling me I would have to import one then!  Really?

This is what the finished block looks like:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Table Runner

This runner was embroidered a few years back and I finally finished it.  The design is from Embroidery Library and you can get it here.

A close up of the beautiful design.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Viewers Choice

My Block a Day quilt was selected as winner of the Viewers Choice at our quarterly meeting last week.  Surprisingly, the Art of Quilting Sampler Quilt attracted only two votes.

I received a goody bag with lots of useful items by the group hosting the meeting.  Thanks!  I am sure they will come in handy.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Heritage Quilt - Blocks 8 & 9

Block 8 is a very busy block with hardly any space left for quilting.  It consists out of a lot of pre-embroidered elements combined with satin and organza ribbon.  After everything was stitched to the block, some more embroidery was added.

Whilst completing the block, I discovered 3 pins still stuck inside, so I had to unpick small areas to get them out.

Block 9 was a fun and easy block.  I enjoyed the ribbon threading with just four embroidery elements to add although each took 75 minutes to embroider.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sewing Roll up

I don't know why it seems to take me 5 years to finish projects, but is really working towards finishing up all these odds and ends.

We received a kit for a sewing roll up in our goodie bags during the Quilt Festival which our Guild hosted in 2013 and I finally stitched mine.

It is perfect to take along all the tools needed for a lazy Saturday afternoon stitching with the girls.

Opened up it looks like this :                                                           and closes up in a neat bundle.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Heritage Quilt - Block 7

Block Number 7 of this quilt is finished.  It is quite a busy block with lots of different techniques used.  All of the designs was embroidered separately and then attached to the block.  The 0.5m braid used in the centre panel was home made as well using 10m crochet thread in total which were spun with the bobbin winder on top of the machine.  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Heritage Quilt

My husband have been asking me forever to continue with this quilt which I started way back in 2011 and boy, was he pleasantly surprised when he walked into my studio (as it is my creating space, the term needlework room doesn't suffice anymore) Wednesday evening to find me busy finishing the next two blocks.

Block No. 5

Block No. 6

This quilt is truly spectacular with all the different fabrics (about 20) and techniques used.  Only 8 more blocks to go.  So, there is hope for this project.