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2018 Begins.

Posted on January 9, 2018 | 21 Comments

Here’s to another New Year!

I do hope it has been a good start for everyone. Our garden decided it was the perfect time to be busy so I have been picking a lot of strawberries and blueberries . Most of the strawberries ended up as jam.

 

Strawberries and Blueberries

The blueberries ended up being eaten rather quickly. Thankfully there are still more ripening.

Then the apricot tree decided to be ready, too. Usually the fruit ripens over a couple of weeks, but our strange weather changed that and I picked fruit solidly for 5 days. Lots turned into jam and the rest was stewed and frozen for later use.

 

Apricots

I have not bottled fruit for a long time, but may need to re-think that next year.

On the sewing side, I am sticking to my plan of finishing off a lot of felt Christmas decorations that have been prepared but not stitched.

Felt Snowmen

And I am making sure this time to keep one of each aside for my collection.

Felt Stockings

Felt Stockings

I keep a few pots under shelter and have been rewarded with some lovely blooms.

Rose

Lisianthus

I have three quilt tops sandwiched and ready to quilt. No guarantee they will be done immediately, but at least they are ready.

I think I  am still in holiday mode. And why not!

Cheers, Karen

 

 




Little Christmas Bits.

Posted on December 20, 2017 | 17 Comments

This week is a good time to catch up on a few little bits and pieces.

I started these button stars a long, long time ago. For some reason they were hidden away. All the hard work of sewing on the buttons was done and all I had to do was sew on a backing. Glad I found them.

This was a little candle mat I made at the last day of Christmas Club. It is a design from Birdbrain. Very quick and easy to make.

Cards for Christmas were kept very simple this year. I saw the ribbons first and wanted to use them in the card design. I tried a lot of different layouts but kept getting back to basics. Just a couple of layers and let the ribbon stand out.

The forecast for Christmas Day here is low 20s. How perfect is that!

Hope it is looking good for you, too.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

 




Melting Snowmen.

Posted on December 13, 2017 | 14 Comments

It is super hot here today so no snowmen would survive. There would be a lot of puddles instead.

Thankfully my snowmen are made from felt and can withstand the heat easily.

I have not made this design before so this time I made enough to give away and one to keep.  I am only half way through my plan to make one of every ornament for myself that I have already made and given away. I will start off again in January.

Slow and steady progress is being made on the Aussie Christmas quilt panels. Love this one with the possums.

There are quite a few embellishments for the stockings but they will have to wait until later.

I am thoroughly enjoying the designs and the fabrics.

With the heat today producing a hot wind I decided to bring a couple of pots inside. They tend to burn easily so needed protection.

Hydrangea and aster.  I have been waiting for both to come into flower and did not want to see them turn brown in one day.

Lots of gifts have been wrapped here and I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope it is not too stressful where you are.

Cheers, Karen

 




Off The Radar

Posted on December 5, 2017 | 13 Comments

Summer has started here with a bang – as in storms and rain. Our state had severe weather warnings out and there was a lot of rain in some areas as well as flooding. No flooding here but a lot of rain and the garden is happy. I know the weeds are growing fast.

I have completed a full set of Lynette Anderson’s stitched decorations in time for Christmas.

Each one now has its wooden button attached and is ready to be used as bowl fillers.

Some knitting has also been completed.

This knitted as a size 2 in lovely yarn from Bendigo Woolen Mills.

Not a lot else to report from here as the last two weeks have been quiet on the stitching front. I have been off the radar as hubby had full knee replacement surgery. Lots of trips to visit hospital and then time at home. I must say that I am amazed at how quick the recovery is. No crutches needed anymore and minimal pain. Now that I am not needed as much I will get back to reading and commenting.

How many days until Christmas?

Cheers, Karen

 

 




A Red And Grey Extra Quilt.

Posted on November 15, 2017 | 14 Comments

This is a re-make of my Woodland Quilt from last month.

I wanted to make it in totally different fabrics so it was not a baby quilt. I went with the red and grey so it can fit with Christmas without actually being a Christmas quilt. I have used these fabrics in several other quilts.

Again, I kept the quilting to a simple all over meander.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backing was another grey from the range.  And the red continued into the binding.

So there we have it. Another quick and easy finish at 41 in sq.

We have had three lovely hot days here but I can hear the thunder rolling in. Hope it brings some rain as well as a change.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Cheers, Karen

 




Parallel Lines.

Posted on November 6, 2017 | 17 Comments

This is the last of a group of quilts I had quilted one after the other. There are still 3 sandwiched and still waiting, but I wanted to stitch the binding and have a few finishes.

This is a pattern I have used before from Leanne Beasley’s book, Romancing The Road Trip. I first made it in a red and grey Christmas quilt (Aug 31st, 2013).

I used fabrics left over from another quilt – Kitchen Windows ( March 26th, 2014).

I chose to straight line quilt with a multi-coloured thread. I have a lot to learn with this in regards to where to place the lines and how to prevent puckering. But I have to start somewhere and am actually quite happy with the end result.

 

 

I had a fun fabric for the backing. Not quite enough so I added a matching green to provide the width. The leaves in this fabric remind

me of the children’s story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

And it shows up the quilting quite well.

It was finished off with a bright blue binding.

This one definitely fits the description of bright and cheerful.

Hope your week is the same.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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Under The Sea.

Posted on October 31, 2017 | 11 Comments

An extremely easy finish for this quilt.

This one started as a bright and colourful panel that was purchased at a quilt show last year. I simply added the last blue batik border and then found lots of bright batiks to use in the piano keys around the outside.

I quilted the centre of the panel with wavy lines to hopefully look like water.

I then quilted loops, squiggles and fish in the borders.

I found a fabric for the backing that was the colors I was after. It is a Halloween theme but the colours worked so I used it.

It looks lovely on the bed with the sun shining in. Very cheerful.

It is Halloween and I know the neighbourhood children are getting ready to head out. They will have to dodge the showers this evening but I am sure they will still have fun.

Cheers, Karen

 

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Happy Turtles.

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 12 Comments

This is a quilt design from People, Places and Quilts that I found when we were in South Carolina.

It is the sort of design that can be used in so many different ways. The pattern only has a single block design to be made as many times as needed for the quilt size. Then there is the decorating of each turtle. The originals had ric-rac but I chose to quilt each shell instead.

I used batiks throughout and found that a black and white print background worked well against the vibrant colours. I quilted the background in white thread but used a multi-coloured thread for the turtles and the borders.

I found enough of this yellow spotty fabric for the backing.

I am now looking at different ways to play with this pattern. I wonder if I could have Christmas turtles?

The right fabrics and a Santa hat might just work.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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A Woodland Quilt.

Posted on October 15, 2017 | 8 Comments

Every now and then a particular fabric range catches your eye and becomes a must have. This quilt is a result of that must have.

It is small lap size at 41 inches square. I wanted to keep it simple so used the grey fabric in the large 8 1/2 inch blocks and the border.

I also wanted to repeat a few patterns. The green square in the centre is repeated in the first border and then in the binding.

I wanted the white squares to sit in each corner.

The smaller squares were fussy cut to make sure there were plenty of animals to be seen.

The green fabric features feathers. And the animals are super cute.

I used another green fabric from the range for the backing.

This close up looks better.

I kept the quilting very low key and meandered all over. I wanted the fabric to feature on this one, not the quilting.

I find it tricky sometimes when it comes to planning the quilting because many see meandering as an easy way out. I don’t want every quilt to be done that way, but I do think there is a place for it in a quilt like this.

I found this design very easy to put together and plan to make a few more as donation quilts.. I only needed 70cm of the main fabric and was able to back it with only one length of fabric as it was less than the WOF. That’s a bonus.

Loving the sunshine here at the moment.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

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Quilting In Spring.

Posted on October 8, 2017 | 10 Comments

Isn’t it lovely when Spring finally arrives!

 

The blossom has been falling like confetti on the garden and driveway.  So pretty.

It has also been much easier to get out to take quilt photos.

This quilt is a lovely reminder of our visit to Charleston, SC, as the fabrics were purchased there and remind me of that sea-side city.

I started with two charm packs which were are the HSTs in the middle.

And the yardage was used in the border. I had enough of the yardage left over to use in the backing in the centre.

I kept the quilting simple with straight lines each side of every seam of the HSTs – horizontal, vertical and diagonal. I used a neutral thread on the main body of the quilt. It gives the illusion of triangles being quilted inside each piece.

Glad I didn’t have to really do that.

In the border I did teardrops. Blue thread on the front.

And kept the neutral thread on the back. Navy binding.

Another finish done and dusted. Time for a bit of Spring cleaning too. Windows first!

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen

 

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