Friday, April 18, 2014

Help for my Orphans

Lately I have been quite out of sorts with my sewing, feeling that I had lost my mojo and simply could not get on top of things.  Lack of "the necessary" to buy batting and things was really getting on top of me!

So yesterday I was sorting through my linen cupboard, and came across this old bought bed quilt which was threadbare and torn. All the stuffing inside it was lumpy and, really, it was good for nothing. I was about to throw it out when

I had this brilliant light flash in my head!!

What if I grabbed all my orphan blocks, orphan quilt tops, bits and pieces, and made a new quilt out of it all, using this old thing as batting, along with an old sheet for backing!!??

So, with great purpose, I set about pulling all my orphan blocks, all the orphan tops, all the bit 'n' pieces out of my sewing room in the house, and out to my sewing room on the side patio.

I used my bed as a flat surface, to place the bits on top of the old bed quilt, and set about sewing them all together.

Well, I have enough orphan bits to make at least four quilts from, so this is a real challenge!

Here's some pics from today:-


Here is the orphans quilt, waiting on it's final border to bring it up to 79" x 85".


Sewing all the pieces together for the final border


Attaching the final border to the quilt.

This quilt will be too heavy for me to handle to bast, so I will have to get Alan to help me tomorrow, so that I can start the quilting on it - somehow I think it will be just straight line quilting because it is just to big and I don't know how easy it will go under the machine foot! I'll find out tomorrow!!

I have included in this top some blocks from an old swap in 2009! That's why I have so many orphans!!

I'm really excited about finishing this quilt, it will be so colourful and fun to look at.

Hopefully, my mojo will return now, and i can finish the puff quilt for Alan's seat, start some blocks for my friends wedding quilt, and sew some baby quilts for Alans great grand daughter, due to be born at the end of May!! 

I'll show you how I'm going with this tomorrow.
Have a nice day.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Doll Quilts Monthly Swap

Today I received my doll quilt from my partner for March, Julianne from California.

She has made it so gorgeous, and from scrap fabrics! How did she know??


Isn't it simply adorable?

I have also finished my dolls quilt for my April partner, Vickie from Salina in USA.   Our theme for this month is "diamonds are forever".  Here's just a sneak peek, but only of the back. Hope she likes scrappy!:



So there are my claims to fame today - apart from madly piecing for my next scrappy quilt - more to come on that one though!

Hope you all had a nice day!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 14 of 52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge

I am seeing some cute dogs with last weeks word - they are all beautiful, because they are canines!

The word for this week is:- "point".

I'm sure this will be just as easy for everyone! I think it's time we had some easy ones, don't you?

Don't forget, anyone can join in at any time. All are welcome!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge

Well, how is everyone this evening? We are great, because it is drizzling rain here and we needed  it just so badly! It more that likely is from Cyclone Ita, which sort of fizzled out a bit when she hit land over the weekend. But that's ok, as long as we get some rain!

So anyhows, our word for this week was "canine" and here are mine:-


Our beautiful little Priscilla Poodle (Please ignore the weeds!!):):) She is 7 years old now, and weighs in at a massive 4.2kg.  In this photo, her and Tommy have just come home from the groomers, so they are pretty naked...



But dear old Tommy Poodle wanted to get into the picture as well - so here is his back view! He is now 10 years old and 12.3kg.

They are both terribly spoiled, of course, and rule the house with paws of iron! ( do I hear you say "and that's how it should be"?) Well of course i did if you are a canine lover!!

So join in below with your canine photo,and I will see you tomorrow evening for our next weeks word.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Week 13 of 52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge

Hi everyone! This weeks word is just so much simpler than last weeks, i'm sure you will relax and enjoy this one.

Any guesses??

Here it is:-

The word for Week 12 is:- "canine".

Have a good time with this one, and I'll be back through the week.  Don't forget that you can join in at any time , no problems.

And welcome back Janet, hope you  had a lovely trip down under!!




Sunday, April 6, 2014

52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge

Hallo everyone, good to see you here!

I found this weeks word to be really difficult - it's not a word to tamper with, this one, is it?

So, I looked up the dictionary and this is what I found:
Free- unrestrained, casual, informal.

So that gave me an idea:=


Above is a piece of fabric that I made, and to me, this fits the definition of "free" perfectly!  It is unrestrained in it's colour palette, is is casually pieced and also informal in it's piecing.  So to me it is "free" pieced!!!

I hope you agree with me, or have something even better than I!! I truly don't mind being outdone, and if you disagree with my interpretation, just say so, won't you?

So feel free to join in below with your photo, I'm really interested to see these ones!
{Let's hope that this weeks word is a little less intimidating than that one!!!)


Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 12 of 52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge

Hi once more, I've really enjoyed our "stretch" photographs so far, looking forward to seeing more maybe.

Our word for Week 12 is "Free".

Don't forget that you can join in any time and photograph along with us.

Our new modem has arrived and I'm about to fit it up, so let's hope I know what I'm doing.

Will see you next week with our  free photos!