Friday, August 17, 2018

Mystery Quilt

I have finished the first two rows and quilted them with the embroidery machine using two feathered designs of this set by Embroidery Library and my, what a tedious process it is.  Although the designs stich in a minute, getting the quilt in the frame and lining it up adds quite a few extra minutes.  With the largest frame of 180mm x 300mm I can only stitch 2 designs in a single hooping.

Below is a photo taken after I starting the quilting process.  With the 2 rows combined the beautiful pattern is finally visible.  And what a beauty it is!

Quilting with the embroidery machine is not a fast process at all. These two rows took 5 evenings to complete and with 4 more rows to go, it will be some time before the whole quilt will be done. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Heritage Quilt

It is already two months since I last finished a block, but finally another one is done and only one left to do.

Every element were embroidered separate and then stitched to the block to create the 3d effect.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mystery Quilt

At our last meeting we received the pattern and started stitching the blocks together to form 12.5" blocks in batches of either 2, 4 or 8 identical one's thus reducing the 144 blocks to 36 in 8 variations.

 The next step will be to stitch them together in rows of 6 in order to quilt-as-you-go.

Friday, July 20, 2018


I can't believe it actually took me the better part of three weeks to finish these towels.  I suppose pushing the sea horses out of the frame after tacking down the applique fabric had something to do with it.  But they are finally done and I am quite happy with them.
The three bathing towels hanging side by side with dolphins, seahorses and whales appliqued above a chevron striped border with a polka dot satin ribbon.

On the guest towel I embroidered cute turtles.

The designs are from A stitch and a half and I just combined the 4x4 and 5x7 sizes into one hooping using Embird embroidery software - the best, most affordable and user friendliest program out there.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mystery Quilt - Final Clue

This final clue felt like a mammoth task stitching 72 blocks out of about 500 pieces of fabric.  Not really, but as I was accustomed to finishing the previous clues in 1 or 2 sittings, this one took a whole week to finish.  And remember, we are ironing all the seams open as to reduce the bulk.

After adding the blocks of clue 2 and 3, this is what we ended up with:

Placing them together create another interesting block.

We will be stitching the blocks together at our next meeting.  So looking forward to that.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Koisan Rock Art

I digitized these embroidery designs a few years back and started stitching them on a whole cloth but never finished it.  That was fortunate as I learned to quilt a few years later and was able to turn it into a small quilt which will do for a birthday present later this year.

Instead of using sasching, I stitched a border between the figures and filled the inside with free motion stitching as shown below on the close-up of the backside.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Heritage Quilt - Block 12

Another block is done and with only 2 remaining, this quilt is steadily creeping towards the end.  My husband can't wait for this one to be finished.  It is his favorite by far.


This one incorporates English Paper Piecing as well as some decorative stitching in addition to the Free Standing Lace designs and a beautiful center medallion.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tea Cloth Charlotte

My BFF of the last 37 years celebrated her birthday last week and as she just loves handmade items, I decided to embroider the Charlotte Tea Cloth of Embroidered Necessity to co-ordinate with her Mystery Quilt which she is doing in shades of turquoise, grey and white.

It took the best part of a month to embroider two of them as it is very time consuming designs, but well worth all the effort, although I think the cutwork ladders is a bit skimpy. 

I used taffeta stabilised with iron on Vilene and just love the richness the fabric added.  If you want to purchase the design, head on over here.  And whilst you are there, have a look at all their gorgeous designs.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Birthday Presents

This year I started early with our quilting group's birthday presents and have all of them done already.  I used the Bumblebee Mini Mitt design of A Stitch and a Half and just replace the Bumblebee with different motifs from the Time for Tea collection from the same designer.

Now they will each have a handy mitt to use in the kitchen for those hot pot handles.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Mystery Quilt

After or latest clue we were left with 36 each of the following two colorways, combining last month's blocks with Clue 1.

They do create a beautiful ensemble when placing 4 of each in a square with the little boat shapes of clue 1 actually forming a stripe.

The next clue is set to be revealed June the 19th which will be the last one before starting to combine the blocks. Will have to wait and see if they will be stitched in this order. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Prizes won

This year I entered 8 items at the Bloem Show of which 4 won prizes.  I also won a trophy for the most items entered by a quilter.
4th prize

4th prize

The bag below was awarded a 3rd prize

and the block a day quilt got a 2nd place.

And this is the beautiful Christa Gouws trophy for the most items entered.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alzheimer Sensory Blankets

It's been a few weeks since my last post.  I am busy with various projects all in different stages, some of which are birthday presents, so I am not able to post pictures about them as the birthdays is still upcoming.

I did however finish the two Alzheimer Sensory Blankets our quilting group made (this previous post refers)  Our guild will be donating this on Saturday at our next general meeting.

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.