Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Bad Case of Spargosis!

I think this is the correct term for this addiction. I tell you, once you get going you just can't stop.  Here is Block 4 all done.

And a close up of the centre detail. Such fun.

I have also made some progress on Block 2 of Funky Feathers.  I'm not quite sure why the pansy is bigger than the bird. But hey, this isn't reality right?

Now today I made a BIG mistake.  I thought maybe, perhaps I could clean up my sewing room a bit - WRONG - too much stuff to do anything with really so I just made much more mess. Oh Dear.  But I did find this old quilt.

Pretty isn't it?  I made this top in 2000, can you believe it, when I spent the year in Sydney.  I took a class with Brigitte Giblin, and used only little bits and pieces that I had with me (most of my stash had been left in Melbourne) and a few more pieces that I bought there.  Needless to say it has been languishing in the cupboard since then, so time to get it quilted.

Some close ups of all the lovely blocks.

All the little blocks are hand pieced or appliqued. I put it together by machine.   I thought it was so hard back then but it looks very simple to me now.

I was looking for some other old projects but couldn't find them - they must be here somewhere! Perhaps they have disintegrated!  Might need to do some serious digging.

In the meantime, happy sewing or whatever else you might be doing.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Recent Jaunt

to Sydney gave me an opportunity to visit Material Obsession for the first time. The store has a fantastic collection of fabrics in many different styles. I'm sure anyone who visits will find something that they just can't live without!

If I had been in the "start a new project" state of mind, I would have come away with a suitcase full. But as I have so many things taking up my headspace, I opted for two purchases in kit form.

The first is a version of Amy Butler's Barcelona skirt. I haven't sewn any garments for such a long time now I was a bit nervous. But this is a very straightforward pattern, and I'm very happy with the result. I'll certainly be making more of these!

would have been a better photo if I was wearing it, but noone is here so that would be TOUGH.

The second purchase is a kit containing Kaffe fabrics to make an ottoman. This was NOD's choice and she promised me that she would helpt to make it. Needless to say it is still in the packet. Hmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder how long it will stay there?

It was a delight to meet Kathy. She is so enthusiastic and helpful, wish she was closer!

My sewing this week has been to make some more headway with the Imperial Blooms BOM and to tackle Block 2 of Funky Feathers.

This is Block 3 of Imperial Blooms completed.

Love the centre stitching.

And this is Block 4 ready for embroidery.

Yesterday we had an SSS meeting which was absolutely delightful as always. We missed a couple of the gals including Di who is currently in Holland teaching I think. Message to Petra

"Please send her back soon, we miss her".

I think Kerry will be putting up a post at SSS shortly.

That's it. Feels like some substantial progress made this week.

Now my garden needs some attention and the sun is shining. Life's tough no?

Joy to all,


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Imperial Blooms Update

A beautiful afternoon in Melbourne is much appreciated after some rather chilly days this week. Can't wait for some more warm weather. Just dropping by quickly today to show you some progress in this BOM.

I almost finished Block 2 awhile back, but ran out of threads for the bullion knots, so had to wait for some more to arrive. It's all done now!

I love the stitching on the stem and around the centre.

I have been working on this project quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. I thought I should get a reasonable amount finished before the 2012 Blocks started to arrive!

Here are the ingredients of the last Block

I wonder what the border will be like?

I hope you are having a beautiful day also.



Sunday, October 9, 2011

A late progress report

Hi there - Happy belated October. I have been in and out a bit the last couple of weeks, and the beginning of October has flown by.

I took these photos a two weeks ago and didn't get a chance to upload them.

The first is the first block of the funky feathers BOM. I have to put the eyes on these poor sightless birds! I decided to leave the kangaroo and emu off the bottom, I may put them on eventually, not sure.

I decided I would try to pick up the pace on the Sue Spargo BOM since I just signed up for the 2012 one.

The above photo was prestitching. Just a couple more stitches to go and it will be done!

My NOD and I have just spent a few days in Sydney at the end of school holidays. Great fun to have some one on one time with her.

More soonish.

Hope you are all well and enjoying your stitching.


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