17 June 2019

15 Minute Challenge and a couple of finishes

Another 7 out of 7 week.  Its amazing how much you can do when you have a deadline fast approaching.

One of the finishes was this skirt for Mo, I started it last weekend and finished it during the week.  I tried one earlier in the year but it ended up to big in the waist and a bit indecent in length.  This one is just right... though she wanted it shorter but after I demonstrated how much butt she would be showing even with tights she let me do the length I wanted to.  There is now an order for a couple of tartan skirts... and I am lamenting the tartan I sold on ebay 18 months ago.

Block 4 which turns out to be Block 6 when I look at the quilt image was finished.  I have moved on to block 8 which is proving to be quicker to stitch and is well on the way to being finished.  Probably another night or two depending if I do some pattern writing tonight instead.



I've had a couple of sales of the block patterns already from  my etsy shop already and the offical start date hasn't even happened yet, so I am hoping this quilt is going to be successful.

This week I am having an extra day off to help my hubby with some errands and work life is cranking up for the busy time of year.  Hopefully I can keep everything running smoothly and stress free.

So how did you do for this week challenge.  Check in with Kate to see how everyone is going.


10 June 2019

15 Minute Challenge and Block 4 nearly finished

Block 4 is nearly done.  I’ve been sewing on average 2 hours a night and its another 7/7 week.  There is a lot of work in this block, I’m hoping that tonight it will be finished.  I’m going to go on to some of the blocks that a little less involved for a couple of weeks to get some more finishes under my belt and leave the other flower ring to the end.

I need to get onto the pattern writing as well.  Pattern 1 and 2 are ready to go but I still want to get most of the others ready by early July so that gives me plenty of breathing space to just concentrate on the borders while the BOM is in full swing.  Basic instructions are all the same for each block it is just progress shots and applique order that changes and the patterns and templates of course and it all takes time which takes time away from stitching.

It’s a long weekend this weekend for the Queen’s Birthday and yesterday it rained all day, but today the sun is out in full so I’m getting some more washing on the line early so hopefully it will dry.

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08 June 2019

03 June 2019

15 Minute Challenge Block 4 Progress

It still doesn’t look like much but there are a couple more flowers to start on and most of these will have another 2 or 3 layers added to them before the block is finished and a probably another few hours of stitching.

It’s been another 7 out of 7 week.

Here is last weeks block all finished

Got to say I am a little down at the start of this week due to some family stuff.  I’m sure I’ll shake it off as the week goes by but I’ve had a couple of kicks in the guts that I swore I wouldn’t let get to me anymore but guess what I am a little heartbroken yet again.  Luckily the family I made is there for me. What makes me smile now is the house is full of sounds of Mo practicing her ukulele and Maestro singing with his deep baritone to one his favourites tunes at the moment.  

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27 May 2019

15 Minute Challenge and Block 5 nearly finished

Another 7 out of 7 this week.

I have been stitching up a storm on this block and it has taken all week to have it nearly finished.  One more small flower to go and flower centres and the blocks all done.  I keep saying this is Block 5 but I looked at the image today and it isn't block 5 it's block 7.  Oh well.

My goal was to get 3 blocks finished in May and I think I will do it and make a good start on another block.  I'm behind on writing the patterns but I will get there, I think it is better that the actual blocks get sewn than the patterns get written.  I have all the templates printed off so that they can get scanned and edited.

My goal for June will be to have another 3 blocks finished, that will only leave me 2 for July.

12 months ago, we had our sewing retreat.  We planned to do it again this year, but we hadn't got around to planning it, we now have a date.  It won't be quite as long as last time but I'm sure we will pack a lot of sewing into it, just waiting on confirmation from 1 of the girls and we will book in to sewing down the coast.  Can't wait.

Mo's passport arrived last week so her Japan trip is getting more real..... don't know how I feel about that.

How'd you go this week see how everyone did on the challenge at Kate's.

20 May 2019

15 Minute Challenge - Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Another  7 out of 7 this week.

The Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM that I have been collecting from Amitie was a little behind.  I decided this week I would use the week to catch up.  I just have to do some berries on the last applique block and then I am up to date until the next block is due at the beginning of the month.  Here are all the blocks I finished this week.

Can't complain about the amount of fabric they give you for the BOM I have a lovely big pile and we have been given templates for the filler blocks so I can start on them anytime.

I will be heading back to my applique block this week.  The next one I am working on is another of the Vase blocks and it is pretty full on... I don't think I will get that one finished this week but I will make a go of it.

Mo has had the lurgy  and she ended up having Friday home from school, she has heaps of assignments due and they will have exams in a couple of weeks so she has been a bit anxious about everything.  Maestro has lots of assignments and test and exams coming up as well.



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19 May 2019

Free BOM Springtime Romance starting 1/7/2019

My new BOM is set to start on 1/7/2019.  I hope to get most of the patterns loaded in my Etsy shop before then.  3 Blocks are stitched and all the blocks have designs.  Block 1 is already available here.

They will be for sale in my Etsy shop for ever but will also be available for free from this blog on the Springtime Romance page for the first week of the month for each block of the month.  The requirements sheet and basic information can be downloaded from the Springtime Romance Page and  will be part of the dowload for each block so you will never miss out even if you start months down the track.

Block 1 is already available in my Etsy shop.



13 May 2019

15 minute Challenge and Block 3 Springtime Romance

Another 7 out of 7 this week.  One of those days was wrangling with EQ but I'm counting that towards this as it was printing off templates and finalising designs.


This week all of the stitching was for Block 3 of Springtime Romance which I finished yesterday.  This one was one of the simpler blocks of the quilt so I powered through.  I'm having a break from  Springtime Romance it this week as I need to get caught up with Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM and I am also signed up for Dear Jen.  The blocks for Dear Jen look like quite a challenge so that one might be on the when Romance is finished list.


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12 May 2019

Happy Mother’s Day

This is my present from Mo, it is one of her originals.   She does wonderful life like sketches but I love her cartoon drawings as well.  I think I am going to get it framed.


Had a bit of a disaster this week with EQ and my BOM. The project file got corrupted.  Luckily I was able to salvage all the blocks and it was just the quilts that are lost.  I had about 9 or 10 versions of the build up and had started designing the borders but I can get it back to where I was with a bit of work and things may change from now until then.  I have printed off all the templates for each file and have image files ready to scan for each block.  Luckily the borders were mainly still just in my head and I have already tweaked a couple of ideas so there isn’t much work lost.

According to EQ this is a rare occurrence but this is the 2nd time it has happened to me.  I think last time it was more of a disaster than this time.  Though it could have been worse if I couldn’t salvage the blocks.  I think the file corrupted because the Mac switched off while the file was open I have been have a few issues due to a Microsoft Office update that was stuck and was slowing every thing down and wouldn’t let me restart or force quite so I pulled the plug.  BLOODY MICROSOFT and its automatic updates.

06 May 2019

15 Minute Challenge Block 2 of Springtime Romance Finished

Another 7 out of 7 this week though some of those days I did only the 15 minute other days I went way over.

Block 2 is finished and I hope to start on block 3 tonight, though I did mess up with the backbasting and jumped the gun on the vase when I should have put the stems in first.  Going to see if I can work around it.

I went to sewing class this Thursday, can't go for a couple of weeks as I have appointments but it was good to sit and stitch for a couple of hours on my "free" day. I took my Green Tea and Sweet Beans block which I am doing with Amitie.  I have fallen a bit behind on Green Tea while doing Romance BOM so I though it was a good opportunity to catch up.  I have a drunkards path block to finish from last month and 3 from this month.  The first block Poppie had 8 templates for the 6" block it was a bit of a mongrel to get together and had me unpicking a bit.  I just have
appliqué the flower on now.  Once I got the templates round the right way it wasn't so hard to put together.

I have a goal to get another 2 blocks of Springtime Romance finished by the end of the month.  Block 2 was full on with the amount of pieces.  There a two more wreath block which are probably going to be as much work but I might leave them to a bit later and tackle another couple of vases this month.  I've traced all the blocks on the background so it is just basting and applique from now on and pattern writing of course.

I did some stash building as well this week, from a new shop I found on etsy.  She does the most beautiful wrapping.













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01 May 2019

Row by Row Putting it all together Discounted

 The final pattern for the Row by Row of the month is on sale now so head to the etsy shop and pick up the final piece to the quilt.  There are 3 putting it together options for you to choose.




29 April 2019

15 Minute Challenge

Another 7 out of 7 this week.

Made a skirt for Mo which turned out to be too big in the waist, will have to make some adjustments to the pattern.   I did hem it after this picture was taken.  

I'm well underway to finish Block 2 of the BOM, flowers to go and had some nice time sitting in the sunshine stitching Saturday and today.   I purchased border fabric, which wasn't my first choice but will blend in well with what I am using for block backgrounds.

Maestro is back at Uni today and Mo goes back to school tomorrow.  I think they had a good break though Maestro did work more than half the 2 weeks he had off.  Mo's boyfriend spent a lot of time here, which she wasn't too sure about at the beginning of the holidays as it would cut down on her vegging in her PJ's all day time but she must have got over it.  She spent a lot of time drawing as well and left a bit of time for homework.

Well that's me for this week, it was nice to have a short week last week with Easter and Anzac Day.

How did your week go check out who else met the challenge at Kate's place.



22 April 2019

Happy Easter and the 15 minute challenge

Its school holidays and uni break happens at the same time this term.  We did the big 6 months check at the dentist on Thursday and I've been enjoying a 5 day break from work.  I've been doing lots of stitching have worked on Eq starting to get the borders worked out for the BOM and finished the first block.  I have started working on the first block pattern.  It should be easy to get them all done before the start as the blocks are all the same size it will just be the templates that will change.

I had an idea for the big border the other day and it is starting to look beautiful on the screen hopefully it will look as good in fabric.  Here is the start of block 2 lot of leaves in this one and it is the first of the wreath blocks



Mo and I went to see the musical Aladdin on Saturday night it was wonderful.  I haven't been to see a musical in a long time.  It was something I always did with my Mum and it just wasn't the same.  We had a lovely time and Mo is hooked, I think we will be going to see more in the future.

The picture below is of Adelaide Oval from the other side of the river it was so pretty with it all lit up with Cathedral in the background.


With all the work above on the quilt I had another 7 out of 7 this week.   I also helped Mo with a birthday present she wanted to make for a birthday party she is going to this week and she made a scrunchie from some fabric we bought at the Quilt show a couple of weeks ago.

Lots and lots of sewing happening in this neck of the woods.








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15 April 2019

15 Minute Challenge Lots of Stitching Going On

Another 7 out of 7 for this week.  There is lots of sewing to do over the next few weeks so I'm hoping for lots more 7 out of 7's in the coming months.

I've made a big effort on this years BOM and given myself a deadline for the kick off to be the first week in July.  

I'm also going to try and get the 9 blocks posted in my Etsy Shop by the beginning so that just leave the final putting it together instructions to go up when the quilt is finished which won't be till later in the year fingers crossed all goes to plan and the wheels don't fall off.

Its school holidays, Maestro is also on a break from Uni but I think he will be working most of it.  Mo has quite a bit going on birthdays, sleepover with her primary school friends and her boyfriend apparently needs to see her a fair bit which she is still negotiating on as it cuts down on her days she can sit in her room and draw in her PJ's.  We also have to fit in her passport application as she is going to Japan with School at the end of the 3rd term.

My Green Tea and Sweet Bean's Month 3 came today so that is on the sewing agenda as well.  I left one of the blocks from last month to wait on the fabric for this month just to mix it up a bit.  And I'm nearly halfway through the appliqué for the border of  Pretty Circle Game.

As you can see lots to get on with so there won't be much excuse for not getting 7 out of 7 done over the next little while.





12 April 2019

2019 BOM

Sneak on over to the Springtime Romance Page to get information of my new BOM hopefully starting in July.  The 9 main blocks are finalised but final setting is just a guide at the moment and won't be revealed until later in the year.  Large border will be along similar line to Flowers for Alison.

Patterns each month will be free for a week and then available from my Etsy Shop.   I'm delving well into the stash for this one and pulling some tula pink, kaffe and some real bright oldy's.  The only think I have bought for the quilt is the background fabric which is black with silver script.  

08 April 2019

15 Minutes Challenge and New BOM Start

This week I cracked the mythical 7 out of 7 again.

It helped that I decided to dive into my next BOM.  I've been messing around with eq and have finished drafting all 9 blocks.  Now the stitching begins.  I haven't quite worked out the setting of the blocks as I want to do pieced sashing.

I'm using the back basting method of appliqué which I did a class on earlier this year.  I wasn't sure how it would go as I had my heart set on using  a black background and I was concerned with marking the pattern.  However I found a white Karisma marking pencil which is virtually impossible to rub off and is perfect for marking the back of the block.  My next concern was  that I wouldn't be able to follow the stitching line to turn the fabric under but all seems to be working out pretty well on the first block so it is full steam ahead.

All the blocks are uniform size and I think I will be doing a big applique border round the finished quilt but that is all a work in progress at the moment and will mean a few more hours at EQ to finalise the finish.

I've also stitched a few more semicircles on the borders for pretty circle game.




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01 April 2019

15 Minute Challenge Row by Row swap and A Finish

Well the 7 out of 7 didn't last and this week's total was only 6/7.  I did work way more than 15 minutes each day and have spent a lot of time designing a new BOM.  Two blocks left to draft and then I can get sewing.

Going to try back basting this one hopefully all will go smoothly.

Row by Row swaps today.  So if you are waiting on the next pattern to be discounted head to my etsy shop.  This row is my favourite row.


And the finish.  Last weeks class project is all sewn up.



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25 March 2019

Class Work and 15 minute challenge

Well I did it this week I managed 7 out of 7 for 15 minutes.  It was truly a wonder as I was pretty stressed out at work but I think the stitching at night helped.

Friday night I did a class with Kellie from Don't Look Now, who runs Cutting Cloth in Victoria.  She was over for the Craft Fair and offered Lorraine at Hetties a couple of classes.  Many years ago I did a class with Kellie so I knew what to expect.  Had a lovely evening, catching up with a friend who I haven't seen in a few year and working on a zipper pouch front.  Its  combines raw edge appliqué and a bit of free motion quilting/thread painting to create the design.

It was a fun night and I loved the finished piece.  Just have to make the pouch now.  I bought a cute zipper at the Quilt and Craft Fair to finish it off.

Hopefully I will have it finished for next weeks round up.









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