Monday, 23 May 2016

Doing The Rounds and knitting

I'm trying Doing The Rounds as the name for my quilt. I am enjoying working on it so much. I can't wait til it's finished, but at the same time don't want it to end. The corners are coming together, I spent a lovely afternoon sewing circles in the Autumn sunshine yesterday.

 

 

I haven't braved the sock wool yet, but my cowl from the last post is finished. I also side tracked to make this little baby beanie for a work colleagues baby. I've never knitted a beanie, or used double pointed needles, and this was finished in less than two evenings. You can learn ANYTHING on YouTube! It's not perfect, but it is made with love and I could really feel the brain cells firing as I worked out how to use four needles at once. Now I've got a beanie started for one of my boys.....if only there were more hours in the day. 
 

The pattern was a free Ravelry download from LoveFibres or you can visit Julie's Etsy store here. I noticed she has a pattern for adorable bootees that look like gum boots if you're interested.......

I have an unexpected couple of days off so I'm going to race through all my housework so I can get back to my sewing and knitting!

Happy creating,
Susan x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Catching up

Catching Up is becoming a regular post heading on my blog. I've been working more than usual which leaves less time for sewing, but it's interesting and challenging work, so not a bad thing. I did however make time for a sewing day in Muswellbrook with the Cassilis quilters. No photos of the girls or our projects, but an absolutely delightful setting in the garden. Thank you Lea.
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I have started my annual knit, another cowl in the same pattern as last year. It's actually a very pretty light blue but the lighting isn't playing along today.   I am learning to give in to my knitting instinct at the beginning of each winter, although it has gotten out of control this year. I bought some sock wool at the weekend to try knitting socks.......like I need another slow project to work on!
 

I thought this would be my first Mother's Day without my eldest son, but my wonderful husband secretly organised for Mr 19 to catch the train and meet us in the Blue Mountains for lunch. What a great day out with my favourite people.

 
Hope you find some spare moments to sew today.
Susan x

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!

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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
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