Sunday, 1 May 2016

It's not square anymore

My quilt isn't square anymore. I liked it round, but square is better for practical purposes. I think I have a name for it too, how does "Inside the Square" sound? "Doing the Rounds" was another suggestion.

I am really enjoying sewing down the bias, and it's going on much better than I anticipated. I've also been thinking about what comes next, something for the corners. I cut paper to test ideas.........a few going on in this pic. The diamond isn't right, but I like the flower and circles design.

We have finally had a wonderful rainy weekend, maybe some cold weather will come soon too.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

Thursday, 21 April 2016

My Quilt

Now that Irish Circles is finished I have turned my attention back to my new quilt.........I really should name it.......but not yet.

I've gone back a couple of rounds and added a ring of appliqued diamonds. I had orinally planned a straight 1/2" ring, but I like the diamonds much better, and found the fabric in my stash!

Hmmmm, really need to make a decision about the very centre too.

I'm almost finished another round, and spent an evening making bias binding to start appliqueing over the weekend. It took me quite a while to make it, and I didn't really enjoy the time at the machine, but it looks rather lovely now it's ready. I take my hat off to the machine sewing enthusiasts, I don't have the temperament for it!

I'm very excited because I'm finally going to the Springwood Quilt Show this weekend. I have been trying to get there for years, and nows my chance. I do have to drop my son back to Uni in Sydney first, but I'm sure there will be time on the way home. 

Hope you have a good weekend planned too.

Susan x

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Ta da

Time for a big finish today. I have been working really, really hard on getting the hand quilting finished on Irish Circles. And here she is, all 88" square of her. Completely hand sewn and quilted except for the binding. For the first time I even remembered to add a hanging sleeve!


I started Irish Circles in July 2013, so it's been almost three years in the making. I loved making all the blocks, and especially the centre circle. The borders not so much, but I think that's because they were sooooo long, nothing to do with the pattern. The pattern is by Karen Cunningham,t's not for the faint hearted but achieveable with determination.

So for now I will give my poor fingers a rest and return to working on my own quilt design (which really needs a name) and my poor neglected cross stitch.

I'm a very happy quilter today!
Susan x

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sewing room addition

So my son went back to Uni in Sydney on Tuesday. He would have been happy to catch the train, but I offered to drive, as I had an ulterior motive. After many years in the planning I bought some new storage for my sewing room. I've been thinking about this for a long time, and now it's here. Would you believe that I walked through IKEA and ONLY bought what I intended to, and nothing else?

It was good to have a clean out as I went. Hoping to make some space for a design wall too......

It was also very exciting to finally visit The Crewel Gobelin. I couldn't help buying a new cross stitch pattern and some lovely dark blue grey thread. Great to meet some fellow stitchers while I was there too.

Thank you for your kind words about my wasp stings. When I did the post on Friday I was being optimistic. By Saturday my whole left arm and hand had swollen so much that I couldn't do anything, let alone sew. Just about back to normal now though thank goodness, so back to some hand quilting. 

Susan x

Friday, 25 March 2016

Another little finish

This little mini was almost finished at my Two Rives retreat, it only needed the binding sewn on. Just 11" x 12", and made with 1/4" hexies. It was inspired  by a quilt I saw at the Sydney Craft show last year, you can read about it here. It wasn't until I added this photo that I noticed how much that very dark flower stands out, too late to do anything about it now!

I will have to think of another small hexie project, I'm a bit lost without them!

My son came home from Uni last night so it has been a good family day today........right up to the part where I disturbed some paper wasps and got about 14 stings on my back and arm. Feeling a bit fragile now, but at least my hands haven't swollen, so I'll still be able to stitch.

I hope you're having a happy Easter of stitching, chocolate and NO creepy crawlies!

Susan x

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