Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Work In Progress

Yes!  It's Work in Progress Wednesday peeps and do I have some progress for you!!

The much blogged about MiL quilt top and back are finished AND are now being happily basted and quilted by the trusted hands of my favourite long arm quilter - hooray!!!  

Good news is my MiL loves it - massive exhale of air - Here's a few pics for you ...

With 774 squares there had to be an obligatory stained glass shot

I did have the odd hiccup along the way!

Indoor shot
Look at those colours outdoors!

MiL has landed on our fine shores and is currently sipping a cup of tea whilst I whip up this post.  That's right, I'm a hopeless secret keeper when it comes to gifts and just had to show her the quilt top as soon as she landed (I get that from my mum - another hopeless secret gift giver - seriously folks, Secret Santa is wasted on us!)

In other news ... I have hand pieced two other Farmers Wife quilt blocks ... I give you Block 91 "Strawberry Basket"

and Block 10 "Bow Tie"

That's two more to add to the Progress Chart ... happy days!

See you all over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Sunday Stash

Sunday, Monday, Shmunday ... what's in a day?  Well as it turns out, quite a lot!

Being on bed rest recently, I had a smidgen of time to plan, scheme and imagine ...

How I'd like to finish off MiL's quilt ..

Cushions I'd like to make ...

Summer dresses/tops/shorts to sew for my girls (lots of inspiration pinned to my Pinterest boards)

Farmer's Wife blocks to colour co-ordinate ...

Christmas Tree decorations to make ...

Wide-eyed-wonder at how a few buttons, white felt and some ribbon will make Christmas decorations - Just keep those crackers away from the white felt!!!

That should keep me busy for a while!  Well, until I check out what everyone else is stashing at Finding Fifth!


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Pedal to the Metal - WIP

It's been pedal to the metal since I found out that my favourite long arm quilter has reserved a spot to have my MiL's quilt quilted BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!!! Yes you read that right folks and I'm a tad insanely excited.

Thank goodness for the lovely ladies in my Monday night quilting class - they helped chop 2 layer cakes into 2.5" strips for me - there's no way that I could of stood and cut all of those on my own - I'm doing better but I'm not at 100% health just yet - so thank you ladies!

I sat behind my sewing machine for the first time in almost a month (yup it feels good to be back in the saddle!) and zipped those strips together in alternating light/dark sets of 4.  Then cross-cut my butt off!

So here's the rough plan (and bad example of maths at play) for the layout of MiL's quilt - nice big picture blocks padded out with 774 two inch blocks - yes 774 - sheesh!

So here's how I'm going so far ...

Top row done!

Spare mattress = design wall

Second row planned ...

Floor = design wall

I was on fire!  until this happened - doh!  

AND NO SPARE! ... hand slaps forehead repeatedly!  So the kids are going to be treated to a little shop at Spotlight to restock ... aren't they lucky?!

At the calmer, less Speedy Gonzales end of the sewing spectrum, I've managed to hand piece another Farmers's wife block.

Farmers Wife Block 31 "Evening Star"

Is it bothering me that the fussy cut centre is not centred - YES!!!!  Ah well, as someone said to me on Instagram "A man on a horse galloping wouldn't see it" or something along those lines .. too funny! (@sewgiving if you want to come along for the ride)

Hope to see you over at Freshly Pieced!



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