Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Growing up....

Gosh, can't believe we are nearly at the end of the year.  I haven't even started my Christmas baking yet and Christmas is only 10 days away.  It's such a glorious day outside today too, that I certainly won't be going near the kitchen today either! Summer has finally arrived.

My son, who is 13 had his End of Year ball at his school to farewell the Year 8s before they go onto high school.  He scrubbed up pretty well...



I haven't had an urge to sew at all over the last couple of weeks.  It's always such a busy time of year with Christmas parties and get-to-gethers.  I did, however, start on my bee blocks. I ordered some books from Fishpond and they arrived when I was in Melbourne....a couple of FMQ ones by Natalia Bonner and Angela Walters,  Hexa-Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher and Carol Doak's 50 Paper Pieced Stars.  I can see me making lots more from this book. She has a CD with the book that just explains paper piecing brilliantly. My fav is the Colorado Star so I will be making this for my bee members. This is the first one...

Erika wanted bright blues, greens and pinks

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Granny square quilt and bee blocks

A wee while ago I joined a Granny Square swap on flickr.  We had to make 24 granny squares: 8 on Snow, 8 on Charcoal and 8 on white and then you would get 24 squares back in your chosen base colour.  We all followed the same tutorial by I'm a Ginger Monkey so that our blocks would all turn out the same.  Unfortunately 3 of the blocks were too small, so I redid 3 in similar colours and I will put the 3 small ones on the back of the quilt. I guess everyone's quarter inch seam is not always a quarter inch. Anyway I love how this has turned out and hopefully will baste it tomorrow. I think I will FMQ it all over in a meandering way.


The other sewing finish I have is my last block in the Modern 99 bee, using blocks from Modern Blocks book.  This has been a fun bee, and I have attempted things I have never done before like free piecing and paper piecing, but I have learnt lots and met new people along the way. This is Jane's block in bright fun solids. I have put together a mosaic of all the blocks I have made for the Modern 99 below as well. Thanks everyone; it has been a fun bee.

The Potager block


Modern 99 blocks

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