27 May 2024

15 Minute Challenge A Finish and Progress on A Quilt

 Its been another busy week.  It was Mo's boyfriend birthday and it seemed like we were driving her everywhere this week what with work pick ups now that it is dark when she finishes and needing to be places. I think this week will be quieter.  

The Cove is finished. Luckily it has been unseasonably warm this week apart from being freezing in the mornings so only 3 days to dry on the blocking mat.  I'll take nicer photo's on the weekend or maybe sooner as it is supposed to start raining in a few days.  

Now that the Cove is done I have returned to La Cropte which I started in the class last weekend.  I have just finished the centre block.  There is now lots of hand piecing to do and a bit more appliqué for the next border.  

That's it for this week short and sweet.  I'm off to first aid training tomorrow the pre learning took up most of yesterday afternoon which I had planned to binge watch something and stitch instead I read about CPR and Snake Bites.  

Head to Kates to see how everyone is going.  

20 May 2024

15 Minute and Wonderful Weekend

 A couple of months ago I decided to enrol in a quilting Class with Judy Newman and Margaret Mew.  I wasn't really aware of Margaret's quilts but loved the last Judy Newman class that I did which was before COVID hit.  There were quite a few students around 25 maybe close to 30  but with 2 teachers it didn't seem like we missed out on anything they worked together like a well oiled machine.   There were lots of demonstrations and lots of talks about their process, how they choose colour, hand applique, quilting and hand piecing.  Many of their quilts are coverlets which is an epiphany so I think I will be making coverlets in the future even if it is just so they are easier to store.    

All in all the venue was great, the people were lovely and I had a wonderful time its just too bad I had to go back to work today I think I would have loved just having a couple of more days to just play with fabric.  

Below are pictures of some of their show and tell at the beginning of the class.    The extra large pictures are of the quilts that were being taught.  

I finished the centre appliqué of Judy's quilt and am starting on the 2nd border of octagons.  

I really want to get the Cove finished before I get started on the quilt for real.  
2 and a bit rows to go and it will be done.  As it has got really cold I do not know how long it is going to take for the blocking to completely dry.  Fingers crossed it will be done by this time next week.  

I made a purchase just before Mother's Day.  We got a new lounge suite and I wanted something nice to put my sewing stuff in to make the room the room a bit more formal.  So I went to the local disposals for 2nd hand furniture and found this.  I'm not sure if it is very old I think it is a reproduction of some kind but it is english and it has proper joins not just nailed together or stuck together.  I was a bit scratched in places but a bit of stain helped that.  It fits all my sewing stuff apart from a pile of quilts that use to be in the ugly plastic cupboard that this replace.  So I might have to make another trip for a something to store them in but I have seen a few things on facebook marketplace that are tempting but probably not tempting enough to go down that rabbit hole.  

06 May 2024

15 Minute Challenge - Quick Update

The weather has been rather glorious the last couple of weeks, though morning's have been really cold which makes it hard to get out and go for a walk but I have been keeping it up.  We should be getting rain now but it has been mostly dry.

Mo is going to do a couple of markets at the Uni for the next 2 days.  Now that we have a minion at work I can take the time off and help her.  Hopefully she will be able to get a few Mother's day sales so that she makes some money.    She has been working on her set up over the weekend, so we don't have to think too much when we get there.  

The Cove CAL is slowly moving along, I have 3 sides of the small squares done and halfway through the last side, then it is only a few rows and it is finished.  It has come out a nice size lap blanket which will get lots  of use in Mo's room when its finished.  The next project I want to start is a blanket for our new Lounge which arrives tomorrow.  

I have been pulling fabric for the Judy Newman and Margaret Mew's Class in a couple of weeks time, it has taken a couple of weeks of pressing / sorting fabric and I think I have changed my mind a couple of times.  I don't really want to take my car and I am having DH drop me off so I'm not sure how much fabric I should take.  At the moment 3 large piles that need to be whittled away.  

That's it for me this week head to Kate's to see what everyone is up to.