28 November 2016

Mystery time again

I think I like doing mystery quilts because there is no preconceived ideas about how it should look!  Bonnie Hunter's quilts are big... and, although lots of fun, I want to make this one more manageable.  The first clue went live this past Friday, and I figured I should make 1/4 to 1/3 of each of the units (as a start!).  And, for this clue at least, I decided to try and limit myself to only using strips already cut.   I was able to sew up these 63 four-patches. Perfect!  I haven't pulled out any other fabrics yet, just going with the flow!

Bonnie encourages the participants to link up and go and see what the others are doing!  Click on this link  to week one.

20 November 2016

Weekend playing and sewing

Yesterday was my monthly quilt group meeting.  Each of the committee members runs one or two meetings a year...it was my turn (it seems to come around very quickly!), and I asked everyone to bring lovely, lonely blocks to meet other lovely, lonely blocks, and we had a great time creating fun quilts from these.  There were lots of interesting blocks... plenty for another playtime.  Some ladies were sewing, others trimming and pressing.  But lots of serious discussions!  And a chance to talk,especially with newer members of the group.

These were two sets of blocks that the makers didn't like anymore, the sixteen-patch sashed on two sides to enlarge.

And today, because I didn't sew yesterday, I finished Block number 7 from Pat Sloan's Mystery Garden.  I had forgotten I'd already cut some strips and had made the centre star, so that made it easy!  There are 12 blocks (each 16" square) in total, but I'm aiming for 9 blocks so that it will be square.

18 November 2016

Hexie progress

This is my Lifelong Project!  It gets worked on occasionally.  It is the first hand-piecing I ever started, but I can't remember exactly when, perhaps in 1977.  All  I know that it was already in progress before I met my husband, and that was in 1978.  I remember sewing on the train to and from work.  I have a set of aluminium templates (the only ones I ever bought), and originally used a craft knife to cut out the paper pieces... the Olfa rotary cutter was only invented in 1979, and I know where I was working when I got my first one, it came with a still in-use A4 cutting mat, sometime during 1980.  It was probably more than 25 years before I was convinced to buy a bigger mat!  The sides of the hexies are 1.25 inches.

This is where I am with it now, with about a third of the flowers stitched together....

... and where it was in October 2014, all loose.

16 November 2016

Another Wild Chicken

Well, I said, sew for 20 minutes a day...right!  Nothing for three days, but made up for it today with another Chicken Gone Wild Lotto Block...  took longer than expected as the tail was stitched on five times before I was happy, including chopping it off by mistake.

No picture of the progress, but I continue to work on the Lifelong Hexie Project at odd times.  Like yesterday sitting in a hospital room waiting for P to have another carpal tunnel surgery, which was over in about an hour or so.

13 November 2016

Some sewing

I had the wonderful company of a friend in my sewing room yesterday - thanks, Carol.  It's amazing how much one can tidy up when you know your sewing space is to be visited!  The tidy up was long overdue and it was nice to have the catalyst to not only tidy but to do some actual sewing instead of dreaming about it.   These two November Block Lotto  6" blocks were produced - "Chickens Gone Wild", and they are cute.  Paper foundation sewn.

Last month I printed the templates for this Dresden Fan Lotto block, but knew they were not quite the right size, but totally forgot when I cut and started sewing a couple of weeks later.   And then for some mad unknown reason I used a half-inch seam allowance and had already trimmed the blade tops before I realised.   I liked how it turned out, but it was not accurate enogh to enter into the Lotto, and I had no more time in October to make any more.  The fan blades should have been longer.

I think to keep on a roll I am going to try and sew every day for at least 20 minutes!

22 October 2016

Reading fix fixed!

After the last post I did add back all the links to Blogs I Like Reading.  I know there are other ways of keeping reading lists, like Bloglovin, but I think that means signing up and logging in to yet another site (that will probably send you a bazillion reminder emails!).   I like this list just where is it, cause then I can take a quick peek when it's tea-time at work to see what's newly written.  It's also nice to see these lists on other blogs as I like to see what these Bloggers enjoy reading!  I have this blog bookmarked in the Toolbar so it's an easy click-through!   Admittedly, I am a compulsive reader!

The last few weeks were busy, my Regional Quilt Guild hosted a three-day event of classes and exhibition. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom and click on the Fynbos in the Boland link...and in the last picture in the gallery at the bottom, that's me in the red jersey spending all my money!  There was a cold snap and I had only taken summer clothes, and only afterwards realised that's why it wasn't as much fun as ususal.

I had the pleasure and honour of being a scribe in the judging room, and the cynic in me regarding quilt judging has been quelled, my respect for the process has grown exponentially!  Then helped transport and  hang the quilts.  No, regretfully, I didn't enter a quilt (maybe next time), nor take a class, nor take any photos!  I did sew the grand total of one, and almost another, 16" blocks for Pat Sloan's Secret Garden, Block of the Month (that was June and July blocks, so catching up!)

It's tax return season here - so have to pay attention to that side of work/my life until end of November, by then I will be very much more than ready to sew.

30 September 2016

Blogger is about to lose me...

Well, Blogger just messed up mine and many other blogs!  It has removed the links on the left to sites I like to visit. 

This is Blogger's response yesterday:

I was able to retrieve all the links by using:  https://web.archive.org  but am hesitant to add them all back here in case they disappear again!   I need my daily reading fix to be accessible!

Maybe it's finally time to move to another platform.

And on the quilting front, I am looking forward to next week:  http://www.goodhopequiltersguild.org.za/event.php?id=19

18 September 2016

Three small blocks

Pleased with how these three six-inch blocks turned out!  Made to participate in the September Block Lotto.
Pattern is called Barn Door. 
I took the photos outside in the sunshine, but is was very windy and had propped the board up against a bush.  There were some shadows from twigs on the top block, but was able to edit them out with Picasa.

This is likely to be the only sewing this month!

Also linking up with Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge at Soscrappy, which I haven't done for ages!


28 August 2016

One finish and three blocks

I finished sewing down the binding on the Kaffee Fasset quilt- think I will refer to it as Spring in the Cape as our Spring wild flowers are in full bloom.  C came and left for Clanwillliam in a whirlwind this morning, just wanted to show it to her, but she wanted to take it with her, so no photos yet.

Then I could change thread and sew up these three sweet Split-9-Patch blocks.  Photo is a bit fuzzy as I am back to using the camera phone (just remembered, it's better to take pictures outside!)

25 August 2016

Small steps...

I am starting to think that it is time to sew again. Only a little mind you. A good place to ease into this is to make the delightful August Block Lotto blocks by end of the month!  Cut these 2.5"strips in the colours needed for the three 6.5" blocks, then cut the squares and triangles...didn't think it through as to how much I actually needed...guess the brain is not yet in gear!  Nice strips though for another project, one day!
 Admitedly three weeks ago I did sew on the binding to the quilt started last July in a class with Kaffe Fasset (based on his Sunlight in the Forest quilt), and over the past two Thursday evenings at the quilt group I trimmed the backing and batting and pinned it in place.  I want to finish it before changing the thread in the sewing machine!   The weekend is just a day away!

House alterations:  the last basin was installed last weekend.  This morning whilst visiting my mother my car immobilizer decided to stop working and P had to come and rescue me.  As we then had to wait for the auto-electrician / the-guy who-knows-how-to-disable-car-alarms, or whatever he is called, we had time to go and chose all the bathroom rails and things like that...but standing in the queue we notice a sign that says 10% for those over 65 on Wednesdays only (today is Thursday!)...so put everything back on the shelves, oh well, what is another week to wait seeing we are now over seven months into this project!