Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dresden Love



Firstly I ask you....WHY Have I never done Dresden's????
I love love love love them!!!!
This could be the beginning of a new addiction.....
My name is Kate and I have a problem.....LOL
Soooooo cute and so therapeutic to make, I just plugged
away on them and now have the whole 6 constructed and
 pinned to the blocks waiting to be stitched down. the pattern
 says to machine stitch them but I am tossing up wether to
hand stitch them down....What do you think or what have
you done? Maybe I could hand stitch the points and
 machine the circles???? So many decisions!
This is my Sunday afternoon in pictures.....
 Beautiful all lined up waiting to be stitched....
I'm really loving this quilt....
Thanks for stopping by, it's been nice to be blogging a bit
 lately and achieving some results as well....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate



 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Vintage Modern Quilt Progress

This is where my vintage Modern Dresden Quilt has
 been since arriving home from The Chook Shed in June.
 Sitting in pieces on my design wall waiting for
some attention. I got to enjoy some long overdue time
 in my little sewing Studio over the weekend and
decided to join all the coloured blocks into rows....
The fabrics are by Bonnie and Camille
for Moda and are so fresh and lovely....
I pinned them all first and here's Bernie ready to go....
The blocks and rows are now all joined together....Yay!
Now it's time to play with these bits
 and make my first Dresden....
They can't be that hard....can they? Wish me luck!
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate



Sunday, 26 July 2015

Off Centre Retreat Quilt Complete

Wow this time last week I was at the cottage on the Hill in
 Nundle at a Quilting Retreat stitching with some lovely
 ladies, I almost finished my quilt top while I was there....
 All that was needed were the 4 outer linen borders so
 yesterday I headed out to my Sewing Studio and
 set about finishing it off....
I just love my sewing space and wish
 I had more time to play out there.....
The borders are on and I am so in love with the colours and
 fabrics in this quilt, the pattern is one of Kerry Swains
 own designs "Off Centre" The most time is spent on the
 zig zag panel, the rest comes together a lot quicker....
I gave it all a really good iron....
Then out to my side verandah for a quick photo shoot.....
Here is my flimsy flapping in the breeze....Gorgeous!
Don't you just love the stained glass effect from the back.....
Someone's been playing in my Studio said the
Mumma Bear and he has left a few friends behind!!!!
Ha Ha Jacky Mister getting creative making fabric dollies....
Happy Sunday!
 
Until next time, Happy Stitching
 
Kate

Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Snugly Finish

I have a very warm snuggly finish to show you today....
My "Apple Harvest" Flannel fabric Quilt...
With the weather we have been having I think my
 Chickens might just like me to leave it on their coop
to keep them toasty and warm....
I tried to photograph the full length but it was too long and
dragged on the ground when I pegged it out on the line....
This is the back view with a scrappy strip....
Cute Pumpkin Quilting to bring it all together....
A close up of the Scrappy Strip....
The Front View....
And a close up, such rich colours and gorgeous fabrics....
I collected some eggs whilst doing my photo shoot, usually
 the girls go off the lay in the Winter but lucky for me I
 am still collecting lovely fresh eggs....
This quilt is for my Tall boy Jacky Mister to snuggle
 under when he is watching TV, I used it myself
 last night and it is really warm and cosy.....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate







Friday, 24 July 2015

FHFS My Gift to Michelle

Our "Friends Having Fun Stitching" Group have just 
exchanged our second of 4 swaps for the year,
 a Ruler Cover and it was my turn to send to Michelle....
Michelle likes Tim Tams and Lindt Chocolates
 so I popped some into the parcel...
Michelle requested a cover for her 12 by 6 and 1/2
 inch ruler, she likes vintagey fabrics and the designer
Anni Downs so I chose a Punch needle design by
 Anni to add to the Ruler Cover....
I also included one of Anni's notepads, you can never have too
 many notepads especially if they are Anni Downs notepads!
 
Michelle also likes pinks and greens so I hope that she likes
 the fabric I chose with blue and yellow also thrown in...
I love all the colours in this and hope Michelle does also...
I quilted the cover  and added some measuring tape ribbon...
I also added a hanging loop to the cover so Michelle
can hang it up if she likes....
I kind of liked how it looks hanging in my studio on
 the knob of my vintage buffet and hutch.....
I wanted to keep it for a moment Michelle but
 remembered that I had made it especially for you...
Enjoy my Friend.....
Our next swap is due in October and is a Wool Swap
so I had better get my thinking cap on for that one....
Can't tell you who I am sending to yet because it's a secret!

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate



Thursday, 23 July 2015

FHFS My Gift from Peg

Our "Friends Having Fun Stitching Group" have just
sent and received our second swap for the year...
This one was a Ruler cover swap and we usually do not know
 who we are receiving from until it arrives...
I was lucky enough to have my friend Peg sending to me and
she was a bit concerned because she had not heard from me....
I had an email from Peg yesterday asking me if I had received
 a parcel from her last week....
EEK! No I hadn't and over a week is far too long for mail
 to get from Peg to myself, upon investigation from Peg via
Australia Post tracking we discovered the parcel was still sitting
 at the Post Office awaiting collection and when I enquired today,
 the reason was the house number wasn't clear enough for them.
 I thought it seemed clear enough but anyway... Yay!
Crisis averted and parcel collected....
So instead of having that 60 seconds of excitement from the mail
 box/front door to the table inside to open my parcel, I have had
almost 24 hours to get excited about what Peg had sent me.....
It ALMOST looked too pretty to unwrap but unwrap I did!!!!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow and WOW!
Thanks Peg I Looooooove my ruler cover.....
It has been made to fit my 12 inch by 6 and a half inch ruler...
When I flip it over it has a pocket for my smaller 6 and a half
inch square ruler also, gorgeous Peg!
I wish I had thought of doing that on the one I made....
This lovely stitchery...
"Where there is Love there is Life"
AND THEN I found this as well, a project bag!!!!!
Feeling Super spoilt at this stage I must say....
But wait there's More!!!!!
Stuffed inside the project bag were some
 Salted Caramel Lindt Chocolates, embroidery scissors and
 2 threads in lovely shades for me to play with....
Can you feel my Grin?????
So lovely and so generous Peg, you have made my Day.....
Mwah! Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!
"Don't Look for the Inspiration, be the Inspiration"
Perfect words for Peg and I because Peg is the lady
 that first inspired me to start my Blog back in 2011 because her
 Blog "Happy in Quilting" was so full of inspiration for me.....
And Chookyblue has kept the whip cracking
on me ever since to keep it going.... 
I can't wait to put my rulers in my new Ruler Holder....

Thanks again Peg, you are amazing my friend and I am so thankful to
 yourself and Shez for including me in this group....

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Nundle Retreat July 2015

I awoke to a snow covered yard on Friday, this is
 the view from my carport. I had just finished loading my
 car because I was heading off to Nundle for my first
2 day retreat at Kerry Swain's Cottage on the Hill....
Leaving town the views of the snow covered hills....
My trip was 5 hours in total and 20 minutes from
 Orange I encountered Fog and then rain.....

The weather cleared up a little around Gulgong....
 
This pic was taken just out of Murrurundi, sleety snow and a very icy road. I was glad the road wasn't closed because I was less than an hour from Nundle at this stage. I reckon I would have made a run for it if the road was closed because it had been a long morning and I wasn't stopping now....LOL!
Misty rain as I finally drove into Nundle,
By now I was so happy to see this sign....
I met up with most of the girls at the pub for lunch and this
was the view as we left afterward, snow up in the hills.....
So of cause up we went for some frolicking!
Lea found a little friend....Ha Ha....

Barb, Myself and Jules....

Barb, Jenny, Chooky and Jules.....

The girls waving to Lea in the backround
who was on a mission to get to the top.....

Then the sun decided it was going to push through the cold
 clouds, talk about all the seasons in one day.....

The views were lovely and the girls were
 pretty excited about the snow....
Off to book into our cabins and choose
 our projects for the next day....

Saturday morning Jenny, Lea and I heading out to
 The Cottage on the Hill for our first day of sewing....
Arriving at The Cottage on The Hill....

This was my spot for the weekend at the end
 of the table near the fire.....Perfect!

Here we all are busy filling our bobbins
 and getting ready to start.....

How good is this?
Whilst we were at the pub on Friday night having dinner Kerry
was busy cutting our fabrics into kits ready for sewing.....

First up for me was joining all the smaller
squares to make 56 triangle blocks.....

I have sewn this type of zig zag pattern before but the linen fabric that I am using is quite thick and made getting my points to meet up really tricky, all the other girls were powering along and I was still plugging away at my zig zag strip.....

Yay! I finally had a victory!
I joined 2 blocks without having to unpick anything....
It had been a long morning and Kerry kept assuring
 me this part took the most time!!!!!

The sun was shining brightly in Kerry's lovely garden....

So we sat outside and enjoyed our lunch....

Homemade Beef and Vegetable Soup with toasted Turkish
 Bread was on the menu and it was delicious.....

I could have easily stayed a month and not just a weekend...

All smiles with full tummies ready to go again for the
afternoon, Ainsley, Jules and Bronwyn with Kerry
 busily cutting in the background....

Lea and Jenny, love these girls....

Barb who completed her first quilt top on the Saturday
 and then started hand quilting it, while I was
 still working on that strip) and Maree....

Sue, Jenny and I....

And FINALLY the strip was complete, and it looked great....

The little pot belly stove kept us all toasty warm....

I was excited to finally start joining some of my other fabrics
into strips, I am using a combination of plain and printed
linens and cotton French General Fabrics.....Gorgeous!

This part was a nice way to end a long day at the
machine and Lea's quick unpick....LOL!
After we left the cottage, we all headed back into town and
 called in to see Kevin at Ratters Flat. Kevin restores and makes
 unique pieces of furniture and birds houses......
 These are a couple of his pieces.....

Saturday night dinner was prepared by Maree
 and Ainsley and we enjoyed it in our cabin....

Very tasty.....

Washed down with a few of these....

Sunday morning we headed back out to the cottage and this is
how my quilt was looking, all of my strips made
 waiting to be joined together.....

Delicious morning and afternoon tea.....

The Quilt Diva was hard at it trying to get her
quilt top finished before the end of the day....

My rows all joined together and pinned below the quilt I am
 making, Kerry designed this quilt and named it "Off Centre"

A group pic of us all with our quilt tops....

I still have a narrow border to add to mine...
I also purchased a few extra bits of fabric to make a cushion
cover to go with my completed quilt, I am going to use it
on my daybed in my sewing studio..... 

A couple of purchases, these clover tools are
great and a small pair of thread clippers....

I also purchased a layer cake of cute 1930's
fabrics for a project I am planning....

Sadly all good things must come to an end and
 it was time to say goodbye and head home....

Not before a quick stop at the Woollen
 Mill on the way out of town....
I picked up this skein of Pure Merino 20ply wool,
Great weather for a knitting project......

I left at 4 and arrived home at around 9.30pm....
What a lovely way to spend a weekend with good
food, laughs, wine, company and quilting.....

Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest in my weekend,

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Kate


 
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