Wednesday, July 18, 2018

HeLP for Hexie-aholics

Sarah over at sarah did it hosts a linky party called HeLP for Hexie-aholics on the 17th of every month.  This is one of five hexi projects in the WIP box.  This is the last round before adding blue hexies to make it square, then hand quilting and making it into a wall hanging.  Not sure what the finished size will be, as I'm making it up as I go along! lol There was an oops! moment when I was cutting out the fabric and papers.  Both Sizzix dies had been laid out and on the table and I managed to pick up the same one that had just been put down.  It all worked out in theend, tho!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Machine Monday

Bailey, my sewing companion and quilt inspector showing his approval.  The panel is Cherry Hill Sampler by Kathy Schmitt LLC for Moda.  I came across it by accident in my WIP box on Friday night.  It was a case of serendipity, as it hadn't been started and that box is for projects that have been started in some way.  All the "picture frames" have been quilted around the outside with dark red rayon and (gasp!) the threads have been woven in.  I will be glad of that when the quilting is finished. lol

After the inside of the " square frames" have been quilted in red, the center will be quilted with this pattern in clear monofilament.  The stencil is 5 1/4 inches square, so will sit nicely in the middle and one continuous line, which means very few threads to weave in.  It is Tulip Bulb Block by Maude VonBergh-Arnoldus for QCI, Inc. (

This is going to be used on the rectangles, using the same thread.  There's not as much info on this one.  All it has on the sticker is SP26 Scroll Border 3".  This one doesn't have an arrow to show the direction, so I'll need to have a bit of a play with it, as I'm fairly certain that it'll be quilted across one side and then the other.

This is my favorite block.  I'm a sucker for anything whimsical.  Kathy Schmitz's blog is here.

Flying Geese have always been a favorite and this foundation pieced Geese Around The World from the book Quilting from little things by Sarah Fielke

It's being quilted with the same red rayon as the other quilt, so they're being worked on at the same time.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Friday Night With Friends Part 2

I was a day early for world chocolate day, but in my books, every day is chocolate day, so I couldn't resist making a hot chocolate to sip on during Friday Night With Friends!

During a dig through the sewing WIP box, I found a pin cushion with Lizzie Kate's Bloom.  The pattern is from 2005 and the pin cushion is about that old, too!  

I can't think of the name of this quilt pattern.  I'll post it when I find it.  I like the quilt except for the red under the tree.  It looks like a watermelon slice. lol  There's a couple of ideas buzzing round my head on how I can tweak that.  Gordon Ramsey kept me company as I hand stitched down some more of the binding at the back.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Night With Friends Part 1

I was up early this morning, so thought it was perfect to sew along with the Aussies taking part in this month's Friday Night With Friends.

I dug through the WIP box and found the pieces for a zippered pouch.  After sewing it inside out, back to front and with the zipper closed, so it wouldn't turn out it was finished.  A cup of coffee and a couple of TimTams helped in the process! lol  There's a Wiki article on TimTams here, if you don't know what I'm talking about.  If you're in the US, they're sold in Walmart.  :)

This is the fabric on the inside of the bag.  I'm a sucker for swirls.  The bag is a birthday present for a friend.  She lives a few hours drive away and we won't be able to get together for a couple of weeks.  I'm looking forward to giving it to her.

We were out on the back porch a few weeks ago and heard what sounded like an old fashioned bike horn.  Wolfman spotted this little guy calling for his mum.  He thinks mum was young and bedded her fawn down, then went off for a while.  

Seems this little guy had different ideas.  We didn't get close and kept an eye out for mum as we snapped photos on zoom.  We haven't seen the deer much, as they are sticking to the woods with their new babies.

Wolfman (he kept wolves when he was younger, hence my nickname for him....sometimes I feel like I'm living in a movie! lol) told me that the dark spots on his head are where his antlers will grow when he is older.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th July

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe 4th July.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mish Mash


This is a tweak of Vonna Pfeiffer's project envelope.  It made a great travel pouch for Wolfman's tablet.  

Why have a plain bouillon cube jar when you could decorate one?  

Finished this freebie from Ester's blog in the nick of time!  A yo-yo covers up where the turning opening was whip stitched together.  An added bonus was finding my thimble in with the yo-yos!  

The Abalone Shawl by Carle Dehning is being knit in Schoppel-Wolle 6 Karat in the colorway Stadt Land Fluß.  It's 80% merino and 20% silk, lace weight and hand painted.  Two hanks made their way home with me as souvenir yarn from a visit to Morris and Sons in Melbourne when I was living in Australia.  There's two skeins of it and until I saw this pattern, I was clueless what it was going to be!  It's being knit on Addi turbo needles, but I may swap over to Chiagoo, as the yarn is a bit splitty.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Two Small FOs

This is a freebie pattern from Ester.  The fabric is perle linen from my stash which was tea dyed.  It doesn't show up particularly well and is a warm light caramel color.  The threads are DMC ecru, Coates steel blue (108) and Coates devil red 141.  The red and blue were two of the flosses I found in the basement not too long ago.  It'll be finished as a little pillow with beading around the edge.

Her designs are very pretty and she has a very generous amount of free patterns on her blogBlack Hearted Queen is on the Halloween stitch list and Crows Gather Here is my next fall stitch, when I can figure out the fabric and colors.  She has a blog and an Etsy store.

There's five cross stitch FOs which need to be finished as pillows and another five for flat folds.  The flat folds are going to be hard finishes.  Wolfman is going to show me how to use the scroll saw (hopefully tomorrow morning).  He said it's like using a sewing machine, which convinced me. lol  I have a few ideas for making decorative mini quilt hangers using the scroll saw, but plan on starting small with a few rectangles for flat folds.

Another Christmas ball ready for a steam block and stuffing.  The green is Wilton's moss.  Wiltons food coloring is my favorite yarn dye for non-washable knits.  I haven't used it on anything that wearable, as I don't know if it would fade quickly.  Being a liquid, it dissolves fast and is pretty cheap and easily available!

The magnolia trees are blooming.

HeLP for Hexie-aholics

Sarah over at sarah did it hosts a linky party called  HeLP for Hexie-aholics on the 17th of every month.  This is one of five hexi p...