Saturday, October 25

New project...Hidden Stars..

A change is as good as a holiday....well not quite...
....But I really felt the need to start something new...I'm going to piece this lovely all from my stash...
...not sure it'll be as big as the original that I found in a folder I have named..."To do " ....so I'll just keep going till I run out of these fabrics....
Oh dear...I really need to get a better design wall!
I'm calling it "Hidden Stars"....sorry this picture is so fuzzy..
Not my design....This is one I tore out of a book some time ago, so I'm sorry I can't give a link to it's publication.
The blocks are 9"....what I love are the alternate blocks that end up looking  like a fancy on point sashing.
Makes a nice change to sit and piece one that goes together so easily....I'm taking a break from my Lone Star, which is still at the quilting stage.
 
Have a wonderful weekend....

Sunday, October 19

Lone Star Update...quilting...just do it!

Ok, I've procrastinated  long enough.....Just do it, I said to myself..
The only place I have other than the floor to sandwich my quilts is on the kitchen counter top...and that's not so easy with a big quilt,..
I've had to do the Lone Star pinning in four sections, starting from the centre outwards...
It took me four hours to pin this quilt....I used that method I showed some time back. Taping skewers down the centre of the counter, lining up the centre of the star with the skewers...you may just be able to see the skewer on the plain square, lined up with the star....sorry I can't find that link just now.
...then I started quilting in all the ditches to secure and stabilize the three layers....I then trimmed back the excess and added the binding.... now I know this is not the order in which most quilters would do this, but it works for me. I'm able to remove a lot of the pins, the fraying edges and a lot of the weight of a big quilt like this....I'll now go on and quilt the rest...
Above is the border back quilted...nothing too fancy....no feathers on this quilt.
Keeping it simple....as the saying goes, "Sometimes Less is More"
That's my theory and I'm sticking to it....too scared of messing it up!
 
 
You may have seen in the news the terrible weather we had here yesterday...
Hail as big as "Maltesers" as one person put it.....lots of damaged roofs..
Luckily it didn't come this far near me to affect me...
 
Stay safe....

Wednesday, October 15

Beautiful Eye Candy..,..from patchwork friends

This beautiful eye candy is from my dear Tuesday patchwork friends...
 
Laura, just loves to make scrappy quilts...and she has an amazing knack of making scrappy quilts almost out of nothing..
I love the scrappy fabric feather corner motifs, I guess you could call them that..
The background fabric is a spotted fabric, which is another thing I love...
Thank you for letting me share this Laura...♥
 
Bep's Quilt
How amazing is this quilt....this photo does not do it justice....
..,.all machine appliqu├ęd....I love this block.

...and this block, Look at all the fussy cutting....
....and another stunning block..
As you can see by the first photo, all the blocks are amazing,,,
Thank you Bep for allowing me to share your beautiful quilt....
 
As for me, I'm still working on the Lone Star....plucking up the courage to quilt it on my Susie.
I have nearly finished piecing some cushion covers to practice on...
 
Hope your having a creative week.....♥

Thursday, October 9

Lone Star...just needs borders...

This is what I did today...
.....I thought I would need to add some smaller stars around the border, but it's already big enough! 
Very dramatic....isn't it, sure makes a statement that's for sure.
I'm thinking a black border is all it really needs, and perhaps a couple of pillow shams or better still, maybe a few cushions out of the left over fabric, to add a bit of softness to the overall look....
I was going to send it to the longarm quilter, but poor Sweet Susie needs a play.
I will be very nervous, but I really must make an effort to use Susie, she just sits there looking very sad and neglected.
Susie has just had an update and service, so all being well the tension won't give me so much trouble as before.
With the update, there's a feature that will let me know when the bobbin is running out....how cool is that!
 
Have a great weekend,  I shall be busy quilting.....♥

Friday, October 3

Updates...this and that....

Where does the time go....seems like the days are way too short with not enough hours in the days...
.....,but I have been very busy getting the Vintage Dresden quilted.....Yay!!
I have spent hours and hours on this,  I'm so happy with how it's turned out.....I just love it so much.
I just need to add the hanging sleeve then wash and block it...♥
 
Ah yes....the Lone Star.....Now that the Dresden is finished, I can spend more time on this.
Slowly getting there. I am now more than half way around the star. I'm hoping to have this to a flimsy before Christmas.....yes, it's creeping up on us!....♥

Just so this post is not too same, same and boring, I thought I would share what I have hanging up in my family room...
Flowers in the Garden.....That little tin on the shelf was my primary school sewing tin....it held all my sewing needs and seemed so big at the time......
 
.....you might remember this one...."Spring Harvest"
Little Teddies that I made all over the place......
 

To finish off, more roses from my garden....if only you could smell them, the most divine perfume. This season has been the best show of roses that I have ever had....how gorgeous are these Apricot roses.

Have a wonderful weekend.   Stay safe ....♥