Friday, 29 July 2016

Small projects

Life has been busy but I need to sew every day, even if it's just for ten minutes. No backing for my quilt yet so I haven't been able to start hand quilting. In fact, I haven't been working on quilts at all........I'm waiting for inspiration to strike and help me decide what to do next. So sock knitting and small projects have been occupying me.

A little bit of cross stitch, over half way now.
 
 I finished this pair of socks for my big sisters birthday......they were hard to part with.
 
And have started a new pair.....
 

And made a small boxy pouch just to carry my sock knitting. Great tutorial from Pink Stitches.
 

My blog has been a bit quiet of late, but I notice it will be five years old in August. Might need to find a little something for a giveaway.

Happy weekend.

Susan x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Big reveal.....

I'm feeling a little bit pleased with myself this week. I have made the last stitch in my quilt "Doing the Rounds". From a rough sketch made in the car last Christmas to a finished quilt top, this has been a fun experience. Just have to find a backing and I'm ready  to start quilting. 

 

That's my very frosty lawn underneath, even the bird bath was frozen this morning. The worst thing is that now I have NO applique to work on, really must try to fix that over the weekend!

In other big news we are having a trip to the US later this year. So I thought I should make a little USA pincushion for 4th of July, and found the closest thing I have to a red, white and blue quilt.

 

I'm having a day off work to spend with my littlest boy today. Hope you have a great weekend.

Susan x

Saturday, 2 July 2016

High excitement!

It's going to be a very exciting few days for me. I haven't been at home alone overnight in more than TWENTY years. Of course I've taken little trips and retreats, but not at home by myself. I'm down to one teenager today, and he's heading off on Sunday. So I have a full schedule of applique, knitting, cross stitching, cake eating and movie watching planned. 

To kick things off, I gathered all my quilts for a photo shoot. Twenty two years of enjoyment, all hand quilted and mostly hand sewn. Not including mini's or quilts I've gifted. How many quilts is enough???

 

I'm thrilled to have finished my first pair of socks during the week. They kept my toes toasty warm.
 
I've also cast on the next pair which are for a birthday gift. Hedgehog Fibres from the gorgeous Convent and Chapel at Rylstone.

 

I had a good time at the Sydney craft show. The Best of Show quilt, Love Entwined, was exquisite. I was mesmerized by the detail and workmanship. I didn't get many of the supplies on my list, but I did make some unnecessary and unexpected purchases, which is always fun too. Not pictured here is Marg Sampson Georges book. Whilst the fabrics in her quilts are daunting to me, the book is a very refreshing and liberating take on how we make our quilts, and I'm sure her designs can be adapted to my more subdued colour palette!
 


Hope you have a great weekend too!

Susan x

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Reality

Hmmmm.......so it would seem that working full time does dreadful things to a girls sewing time. Hence the lack of posting, and not really a great deal to show. It's all about priorities though, so I have been squeezing sewing time into my day. And a fair bit of knitting time too, although I wish I had the courage to pull my knitting out at lunchtime at work. My first sock is going pretty well, but I'm scared of the heel that is coming up, and of second sock syndrome. I'm following the pattern by Winwickmum, with wool from The House of Wool, and a 30cm circular needle (2.75mm). Quite fun but slow going. 
 

I've also spent hours days agonising over the corners of Doing The Rounds. After seeking many opinions, I have decided to go with my engineering consultants suggestion (DH) and add some smaller petals. Thank you also to Hilda at Everystitch for finally helping me decide and let my poor mind rest. 
 

It's another lovely rainy weekend. Not so great though for my Mr 14 who is turning 15 tomorrow and having a bonfire party tonight. Fortunately he has a very positive personality that a bit of rain will not dampen.......and his mum thought to cover a smaller fire before the rain started. Here he is patiently modeling the beanie I knitted. 
 

Very happy that Mr 19's end of semester coincides with the Sydney craft show, so that's where I'll be on Wednesday. I'm really hanging out for some retail therapy, but I'll try to leave some fabric behind for those going later in the week! 

Happy weekend,
Susan x

Monday, 6 June 2016

It's a finish

The beauty of mini quilts is that finishing them can often be a lot faster than big quilts. I spent a lovely few hours doing the hand quilting and binding on this little one over the weekend (13" square). It's actually a slightly variegated indigo/navy, left over from a previous project, but it's very hard to capture the colour day or night. The quilting was a little challenging because I put very very light interfacing behind the white so no blue would show, and it made it harder work with the needle through. Luckily no one will look at the back!
 

 

I'm very happy with how my mini wall is looking.
 

A happy sewing start to the working week!
Susan x
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