Monday, 1 February 2016

Playing Catch Up

As you will see by this photo heavy post, even though I haven't blogged, I have been busy!

My first sweater in over 30 years has been a big focus. All the parts are done, now to add the front ribbing and collar. She is not so attractive in this photo, but I am hoping it is just the ugly duckling phase!

With all my knitting my poor Millefiore project has been neglected. As I was waiting for the sweater blocking to dry I finally finished #6.

I love that I can now see how she is coming together and that I can see what colours I might need to add next to keep it somewhat balanced.

My 30 year old UFO is nearing completion. The borders were a bit wavy so I blocked it after this photo and it is now laying pretty flat. Just the binding and sleeve to add. 

This beauty just came back from being quilted by Carole. She has a great blog post on her research and thought process about how she  decided to quilt it. I left that up to her as I completely trust her judgement. I was NOT disappointed. 

Click on these two photos for close ups of the quilting detail.

Binding and sleeve are on and just the hand stitching to go. I am going to use this piece to get back into the habit of labeling my quilts. 

My Thursday quilting group is doing a year long UFO challenge and the above was my January project. I wanted to complete two more blocks on my Arcadia Avenue. I finished the upper left and lower right blocks.

This mess is my February project, it stalled as I could not at the time figure out what my thought process was. I think I got that sorted yesterday so I can just start sewing on Thursday. My hope is to get the top pieced but it is a short month for me as we leave on our winter holiday on Feb 25!!!

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year blogger peeps, so happy to be back here after a bit of a hiatus. It was not planned but sometimes life happens right??

I have not had much time in the studio since before Christmas but I did manage to finish those new placemats in time for Christmas dinner AND I have four more ready to be bound!

 I have been doing lots of knitting though, so I thought I would share my Christmas makes

Two pairs of felted slippers for my girls,

Thrummed mitts for my sis

Three of these scarves, two for my girls and another for a young friend

And very un-glamourous, practical socks for my hubby, which suits him perfectly.

Then it was on to stuff for me!
My second and third stranded projects
I am loving stranded work and there is a long way to go so you will see more here in the not too distant future!

My knitting group on ravelry has a 1+1+1 challenge on for the first quarter of the year, 
Mine are sweater+more stranded mitts+at least one pair of socks
This is the sweater cast on, my first sweater in over 30 years, wish me luck!

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Friday, 18 December 2015


It seems like a long time since I posted an update on my Millefiore project, mainly because it has stalled out!

I have arranged my finished blocks how they will be set in the actual layout and you can see from the next photo where 6 will go. I think my design wall will be just big enough to hold all the completed blocks.

I only have two more units to assemble then I can put 6 together, then I am going to assess where I need to balance out the colours as I move through the final (and smaller!) units

But first I must finish one last Christmas knitting project, hubby's socks!
Have a great final pre-Christmas weekend!

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Sunday, 13 December 2015


At the risk of jinxing myself, I am pretty much ready for Christmas,
what to do, what to do??

Well, I decided it was time to replace the nearly 15 year old Christmas placemats.

So I went through my stash of Christmas bits and found some fat eights left over from a quilt I made for the Festival of Trees a couple of years ago, a couple of half meters from Stamping Up from at least 5 years ago, some batting scraps and a free pattern from Craftsy.

Sliced some varying widths off the fat eights, layered up my backing and batting and started quilting as I go! Don't have enough of any one fabric for the backgrounds so they will be mix and match! 
The middle picture has been quilted and trimmed but not bound as I will decided that once they are all done.
My plan is to have four completed to host our friends for Christmas dinner. Heaven knows there is enough fabric for many more...........................

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Friday Finishes on Saturday

Always a day late and a dollar short!
But I have actually finished some quilts!
With our daylight being so short it has been hard to find someone to hold my quilts up for outside shots. The day wasn't as bright as I hoped but here they are none the less

This is a kit I bought a few years ago, it has been finished and sandwiched since this time last year.
It does not have a home yet, but the right recipient always comes along at some point

A jelly roll race  quilt I made from the left over strips of another quilt and will be a charity quilt next year from my Thursday quilting group's project.

Now I am off to sew with my guild group for the day!
Hope to get Millefiore block 6 finished today

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Throwback Thursday

Seeing as I missed Work in Progress Wednesday, I thought I would bring you Throw Back Thursday, featuring my oldest! UFO
Not sure whether I should be proud or ashamed.

This quilt was started in 1986 (ish) in an advanced hand piecing class........yes, hand piecing, that is how I learned to quilt back in the 80s. No rotary cutters, all handmade templates, either box board or plastic, can't really remember, traced around with pencil, cut out with scissors, then hand pieced together. The quilt was supposed to have 12 blocks, but I had some life altering events happen that year and it got put away. It has been moved many times and ultimately a few years ago I was cleaning out bins and found it again. I decided to cut my losses as I was never going to hand piece the remaining blocks and moved all the fabric to my stash. It got put away again until I was making my UFO list back in January. It has now reached the top of the pile and I have started machine quilting it. 
My goal is to add it to the finished pile by the end of the year...........wish me luck!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WIP Wednesday

Almost three weeks since I posted! Doesn't mean I haven't been busy tho

Secret Christmas knitting continues

I made this quick jelly roll charity quilt with the leftover strips from this project.

This quilt and the one above just need their binding finished, which I hope to do tomorrow at my Thursday quilting group.

This is the one that has the (many) diagonal quilting lines 

It is a cold dull day here so sorry for the poor photo quality. I will get hubby to hold them up outside for me once they are completely done.

This is a kit I bought in Alaska this summer. I have added the borders and fused down the laser cut image and will now hand it off to my lovely long-armer to "appliquilt" for me once her Christmas deadlines are all met.

This a close up of the border and backing fabrics, love these batiks.

The phone company cancelled my install appointment at the last minute so now the day I had given up for them to be here is mine to sew and work off my frustration with them!

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