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Monday, February 28, 2011

I have been doing this for most of the last 4 or so weeks.  It has kept me busy - and hot!!
This is my first comissioned quilt.  The one I got to play on :)

I have finished it now - the owner, Rosemary, has the binding and the washing to do now.
I wasn't quite sure how to go about it at first and did all the SID and round the applique first. 
Then it was block by block sewing as I felt each block needed to compliment it. 

Showing the back.

and the blocks.  This one had me a bit stumped for a while, but the two circles and the feathers sorted it for me.

A dragon fly in flight.

A lily floating on the water.
( Not sure why this photo turned on its side)

A butterfly in flight

Then amongst the water, the ladybug hiding ;)

And the water lily. Andrea designed the flower in the middle.

The frog sitting amongst its eggs ..

Anther butterfly in flight

Another water lily floating

and another dragon fly and frog!

 and showing the edge of the quilt.
All these were sitting in the swirl of the water ...

I am now taking a short break and will start again tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Joannes Quilt Along

Block #10 - as you can see  ...I am WAY behind in Joannes Quilt Along..
I have heaps to catch up on.

Block #10

I see block #18 is on-line now

Now back to work with Nessie ... still lots to quilt.

Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Machine quilting with 'Nessie'

Yes - I do have a name for the new machine ..

Nessie !!

Sewing with a grimace of concentration :)  one garden glove on and one quilt glove on ...
I tend to put on what I can find!

One row of blocks completed
Now back to some more sewing....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Home and Machine quilting

I dont think I have shown you this one ...it was sent as a gift for a very special person and I believe it has got to its new home now :)

This is the 'card'

This is Andrea and her Godmother Liz - having a giggle this weekend

Now I am off to work.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Machine Quilting

Over the last few days this is what I have been doing....  working on my friend Rosemary's quilt.  I have all the sashing done now... outlined all the applique and worked on two blocks.

Not too sure yet how I will do all the blocks - maybe I will put the applique in the circles and do something different in the middle bit to suit the apploique peices......not sure
The sashing...Free motion - though I did sketch it first roughly :)

Now I am off to get some cooking done - I have guests for the weekend.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Joanne's Quilt along

Joanne's Quilt along Process

Four more blocks completed...  as you can see, I managed to do one differently...its just too hot to sew really !!

Andrea prepared this delightful lunch for us.
It was wonderful.
I think I need to air conditioner on...dreadfully hot here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

More FMQ!

Playing on the new Bernina.

Andrea sews with her head resting on the machine...
with a pencil holding her hair up.
Its getting cut shortly!! Not too short though!!

We are having fun!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Machine Quilting

I have been trying to create pages - it doesnt work...

SO ... if you go  here you will see our friends from the USA and our time with them.  I have no idea how to connect the page to here!
In the meantime - here is some quilting I did very quickly to show my guests how I quilted freehand.

A small part of the quilt, which I am currently doing.

One corner.  I have drawn freehand around one border  with my blue washable Berol marker and that's what I am currently sewing...then I plan to quilt the actual fabric design around the edge.

Back to sewing.

Thursday, February 03, 2011


Very sadly - Andrea is unable to do her ballet for a full school term.  She keeps dislocating her knee
We have been adrived to rest the knee to allow the inflamation for reduce.

She also has some other concerns re her bones  not to mention her migraines  - which are behaving ...touch wood...and we can't get to see the Orthopaedic doctor until May.
She is very unhappy about this.

I am very excited - we are having visitors from USA who I have been chatting to for 15 years!  Off to the airport to pick them up soon - I will be away for the day.
Will get to the computer when I can.

I dont think much sewing will be done.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

On my design board

 I am not really getting much done, but thought I show you my Design board at present. I have my blocks from Joannes Quilt Along up and all the blank spots are waiting for blocks still to be made.

Cyclone Yasi has us all watching the news and waiting for the terrible force that is to hit Queensland tonight. They are saying it is the worst to hit Australia - ever! Catstrophic!

We feel so for the people in the vicinityy of the force that it will bring along the coast and inland for 400kms too.
There are 10,000 people in various evacuation areas in large shopping centers and other large sporting areas, and now they not to move from their homes if they have left it too late to evacualte, and must stay in one room only.
We are glued to our TV and feeling very helpless.