Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Finally, I have something accomplished, though I'm not finished. First, here are some of my fabric choices:
Am I going to be the only one who will do everything backwards?
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
I am using a "Winterberry" charm pack for the 4.5" squares and some 2.5" squares with the remaining squares and applique from my stash. Instead of red/green I've been wanting to work using blues in a Christmas quilt and found a lovely blue/gold for the sashings and have gone with a pale blue base fabric for the blocks.
Doing "scrappy" is something I struggle with and need to have some control over fabric placement ... so ... prep, prep, prep. All the 2.5" squares and 4.5" squares are cut and layed out ... ready for sewing.
I also need a bit more of the blue/gold for sashings. My apologies for not following the plan exactly but I will start on the stocking shortly .... promise.
Backing and borders...
with my fabrics
First block finished...Not sure how I will frame my blocks yet...
Also another lovely blogging friend Jo sent me these great buttons to complete my candle mat...
Huge thank you to both ladies...
Friday, June 9, 2017
I opted out of the May small project but I have been secretly prepping since I signed up.
To be able to fit this into an already overloaded schedule (darn that I still work), I am "streamlining" my approach - machine applique and maybe no stitchery - still pondering that one...
Well over the last couple of days, I have been cutting two and half inch and four and half inch scrappy squares . Still have about fifty plus to go on the two and a half inch scrappy squares.
But out of the squares I have had cut, I decided to join a selection to my "Hang the Stockings" block.
Am looking foward to July.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
In the big picture, I am rather happy with it. I always like to put a little gold stitching on most of my blocks, so did the cross-stitches and straight stitches in gold thread, however, I may change my mind and purchase the recommended dark gold 860, see what happens when I go to the city.
Until next time, happy stitching.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
|I think these will work :-)|
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In past projects I have used fusible appliqué, but felt it was time to try something a little more challenging. I only hope that I have not bitten off more than I can chew.
I decided to use "Cottage Garden" threads in the stitchery part of this little mat, but alas the red one bled a little, this finished effort is a vast improvement on how it was before I soaked and sponged the run out.
So now my dilemma is whether to use "Cottage Garden" threads in the Holly quilt or my DMC threads.
I am unsure how to link this post back to my blog at Motherdragon's Musings, so will do just a small post there.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
I joined up for this project a little late and just got my book from Michelle. I have read it and am confused. Has anyone sorted out the background squares by measurements and tagged for each applique? Also where do I find the star and heart? There are numerous ones in the book but which is for the quilt? Here are the fabrics I've pulled from my stash and the cream for the background, although I may pick up some more Christmas prints when they come out in the stores.
Doing the projects with a group has kept me on schedule and enabled me to finish the quilts. I have been blogging since 2006 and now count many of you as friends.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
My name is Sheryl and my friends call me Shez,i live in a very small country town in Victoria ,Australia.
I have been married for 42 1/2 years we have 3 grown up children and 7 beautiful grandies rangeing from 3 years to 16.
I started sewing clothes for myself and the children after our home was burnt down ,that was about 30 years ago and i have been sewing ever since,except now i dont sew clothes i make gifts for friends and family.
I am using my stash of Nancy Halvorsen fabrics for Michelle's quilt.
I am not good at doing quilts,but i have managed to finish 2 from chooky's SAL (usaually they sit around for years) so these SAL's are good in keeping me on track and for motivating me to keep going,plus chooky keeps on my tail,lol and pushes me along.
I love Michelle's design's and i can think of no better way than to stitch this lovely quilt with friends.
Thankyou Fiona,Raewyn,Chooky and Susan for hosting this.
Cheers Shez xx
Thursday, May 18, 2017
I sewed clothes for many years but started quilting 1999 and find that more enjoyable..
Have blogged since 2009 and made many online friends and have had the pleasure of meeting some in person.
It's so nice to be joining in for my third Stitch-A-Long. Will be fun doing Michelle's " Holly Cottage Christmas Quilt" with Fiona , Raewyn ,Chooky and Susan cracking the whip if we don't get our monthly project done each month...
For May we were asked to choose a small project from Michelle's book and I made the "Candle Mat"
Didn't have 11 small green buttons to finish it off... Will go to the Op Shop and see what they have..
Hugz Maria :)
I'd like to introduce myself.
My name is Sharon, my blog is Motherdragon's Musings. I have been quilting since 2000, taking a three year break in 2009, when I went back to full-time study.
I was working full-time until recently, but due to health issues, I have had to give up work, still trying to adjust to this. Apart from health issues, my memory is going.
I am a Mumma to two grown-up kiddos. These kiddos have kiddos of their own. Daughter has two boys. Son has one daughter and a new bubba due 6 August. Do not know what colour quilt to make, so may wait until it is hatched!!
But I am going to sew like a dervish while I can.
My lovely book arrived the other day, just before I had to go to Brisbane to see a specialist, but when I was down there, I purchased these fabrics for my quilt, the light does not do justice to the colours.
These two are for the outer border.
These are for the applique and patchwork squares. The blue is actually green.
These ones I found in my stash, never knew I had so many Christmas fabrics.
More from my stash
So now I will be pressing them, it will probably take close to a millennium to iron all these pieces of fabric, some are good sized scraps, some are fat quarters, some are yardages.
I also purchased some more cream fabric to do the appliqué on.
Still have two weeks of May left to choose a small project, will look into that over a cuppa very soon.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Like Fiona, I know many of you from previous Stitch-A-Long projects - and you may have seen me cracking the whip on a few occasions in the earlier projects on behalf of Chookyblue.
I couldn't resist supporting Fiona, Raewyn and Michelle, so I am joining in too.
I am only using my Christmas stash. I will be taking a few short cuts (sorry to Michelle...but there are only so many hours in a day and far too many projects....)
I've included a picture of the Christmas stash here
- it will be interesting to see if it is any reduced after this quilt is made...I suspect not.
Status:I have the fabrics sorted, I have copied the pages ready for tracing and I'll sort threads as I go.
A brief bio:
Originally from Sydney, now living in Brisbane, Queensland.
(1 DH, 2 DDs, one dog, one cat)
Started on the patchwork trail in about 1984...some of my stash must be that old!!
I have many UFOs - although over a 2 year period I was able to finish off at least 24...the ones left need a fair amount of work, so they are slower to finish.
I am still in paid employment - work seriously hinders my crafting journey....and since I blog, belong to 3 sewing groups and find it hard to say "no"...(to patchwork things)....I have far too many things on the go all at once. I know that is not unusual.
My blog is here...in case you want to look, but it has been a bit neglected of late.
Welcome to you if you haven't joined in a Stitch-A-Long before - the group motivation is very helpful and the monthly timetable really will help to keep you on track....well that is the plan anyway.
The Countdown is on . . . 16 sleeps....
Monday, May 15, 2017
Groups like the Stitch-A-Long family keep me moving forward instead of getting stuck in procrastination world. I have only participated once before with Nature's Journey which is a finished flimsy awaiting quilting. I also made Tis The Season the year after it ran here.
This year I challenged myself to stitch Michelle's Calendar Bears by stitching one each month. April was a bit shakey being finished in May and now after a relaxing Mother's Day, I can share a finished Mumma Bear and cubs for May.
Here she is with her calendar friends.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
I'm a widow (7 years), a retired teacher, and a quilter for more years than some of you have lived. LOL I piece, applique, embroider, crazy quilt, and mix them all together, sometimes. I can't pick a favorite. I have several of Michelle's patterns, but I didn't have this book, so I ordered it and it just arrived at the beginning of the week. I have enjoyed looking over it. I doubt I get anything made before we start the stocking, though.
Here's a picture of me with my younger son (see mention below photo) at his work Christmas Party in 2015.
Many things are crammed in the last small room I have, so finding them may be problematic. I might be FORCED to go out and buy new ones! The shop hop here in East Tennessee is coming up the first week of June. Very timely, if I have to buy fabric!
Since there are already several varieties of Susan in the labels, I'm using dezertsuz, which is my e-mail addy. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all through your stitching and blogging here. Thanks for letting me join!
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
|Michelle with her re-created quilt|
|The back cover showing the additional projects.|
|Michelle's Country at Heart alphabet is what I've been working on most recently.|