17 October 2018

Jacob's Ladder

Yesterday I received the first "Summer Nights" block from the Aussie Bonnie and Camille group - December is the month for me to receive blocks, so this was a lovely surprise.

Block made by Julie

A while ago I saw this pretty layout for a Jacob's Ladder quilt - another chain quilt and thought it would work well with my Me and My Sister stash to make a cot/lap quilt.


The quilt has been in the loungeroom for a few weeks ready to have the binding stitched down and I did that on Monday night while catching up on some recorded tv shows.


 Karen quilted it with a heart design.


and I had enough of the spotty fabric left for the binding.  That's the last of the spotty fabric.


Have a lovely, busy time coming up over the next couple of weekends - "The Wharf Review" on Friday night, wedding fabric shopping on Saturday with my girls, dinner with the Schoolgirls on Saturday night and Invictus Games the following Friday.

Fun Weekend

"Snippets" in Bonnie and Camille fabrics was started in September last year and has been worked on/put aside a few times.  On Saturday I decided the time had come to sew the blocks together.


The borders were added on Sunday night, the binding was made


and also the backing.


During the week, the quilt tops for Mum's newest great-grandbabies were finished.


Friday night was the first home game of the basketball season - no-one expected the outcome:   tied at the end of the 4th quarter and then FOUR overtimes!  It was sensational - sadly the Hawks lost by one point, but they played their hearts out and provided such a thrilling game.


On Sunday, we went to the Australian Museum in Sydney so the littlies could visit the Dinosaur Exhibition.  They had the best day - so many terrific activities there for children as well as the fantastic displays.

Hi Ho Silver!

10 October 2018

Frolic

"Frolic" is a quilt designed by Cluck Cluck Sew and has been almost finished for weeks.  Stitched down the last 6" of binding last night.

The fabrics are also called "Frolic", designed by Me and My Sister.  Went to a class with these girls a few years ago - they are a lot of fun.


 Karen quilted Frolic with a star/cloud design.


The backing is the purple ladybug fabric from Frolic and the spotty binding is from an earlier Me and My Sister range.


Wrinkly "Star Drops" top is ready to be quilted once I make the backing.


Two "Strawberry Revisited" fabrics have been used for the borders.


Mum, Jenni, ChaCha and I visited Sew and Tell in Berry recently.  Was very restrained and bought wool for one cardigan/beanie.


08 October 2018

"Evita"

On 1 September 2017, Lynell, Robyn and I bought tickets to see Tina Arena starring in "Evita".  30 September 2018 we finally saw this magnificent show.  Tina is a superstar and it was a thrill to see her with the rest of the wonderful cast in the Opera House.

There wasn't heaps of sewing over the last couple of weeks - spent some time cutting out fabrics for "Hearts at Home", a log cabin quilt designed by Chelsi Stratton, with cute hearts at the centre of each block


and "Patchwork Sky", Thimble Blossoms design, mostly using Bonnie and Camille's "Vintage Holiday" fabrics.  Waiting on more fabrics to arrive next week to finish cutting out the rest of this quilt.


Met up with the stitching girls on Saturday afternoon - always fun to see what they're up to, and then had dinner with some dear friends.  This past weekend I worked on "Star Drops".


Yesterday the weather was too miserable to go outside, so now "Star Drops" blocks are all together.


Two borders have been added - the last borders will go on tonight and I'll take some more photos.

Next up will be some more baby boy quilts - Mum has requested two for newest great-grandbabies and Jenni's best friend had a baby boy on Friday.  So many baby boys being born lately.

28 September 2018

Checkerboard

As I've had a couple of requests for cot quilts and had none in the cupboard, I thought it was a good excuse to sew up some of the fun Me and My Sister fabrics I had in my stash.  The fabrics these girls design are always so colourful and bright and very suitable for children's quilts.


"Checkerboard" was designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.


I love the tiny multi-coloured polka dot and clouds are always good for a little one's quilt.


The polka dot has been used for the binding as well as the borders.


Two little sweethearts coming to stay tomorrow - it's going to be full-on!  We're going to the circus.  On Sunday afternoon, Lynell, Robyn and I are going to see "Evita" starring Tina Arena at the Opera House - we bought our tickets over a year ago and I'm pretty excited about seeing this show.

27 September 2018

Hey Day

Finished stitching down the binding on "Hey Day" last night.


I love the little hearts on the background fabric.  The whole quilt is made with Bonnie and Camille's "The Good Life" fabric.


This one was also quilted in "Featheration" by Karen.  It's a great design that doesn't overwhelm the piecing.


Love this backing fabric.


24 September 2018

Summertime

Sewed the binding on to the "Summertime" quilt last week.


Last Friday Karen quilted "Hey Day".


I picked it up yesterday and sewed on the binding.


The quilt is now on the pile of quilts to have the binding stitched down.


Stitched down the "Summertime" binding last night.


So happy with this quilt - love it.  "Summertime" was designed by Susan Ache (@yardgrl60 on Instagram) for American Patchwork and Quilting.  This is the second quilt I've made from the August issue.  I used FigTree & Co's "Coney Island" fabric for the quilt top and binding and Coriander Quilts' "Sundrops" fabric for the backing.


Karen quilted it with "Ginger Snaps".


Also made a "Swoon 16" block for the Aussie Bonnie and Camille October block swap.


All of the "O Happy Day" blocks have been made and are laid out on the spare bed ready to be sewn together.  Takes me ages to sort the blocks till I'm happy with how they all look together.


Had a great weekend:  visited Elizabeth, Matt and ChaCha after work on Friday to wish Elizabeth happy birthday.  Birthday lunch on Saturday with most of the family - very windy at the beach.  The little ones had such a terrific time with each other.  Mum, Lynell and I had delicious pizza for dinner before going to see "Ladies in Black" - FABULOUS movie.  I really love Australian movies - they tell stories of our lives so well.

Yesterday I did a few household jobs, sewed, shopped, visited Karen - so another good day.

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