14 November 2012


Yes, I know it's been ages! 

I have managed to have a couple of weekends sewing in the last month, which has been wonderful.

The 2nd weekend in October DH and DS1 went to Bathurst to watch the Touring Cars at the Bathurst 1000.  That left Buddy (the replacement child) and I at home alone.........again!

What fun! Again the dining table was moved into the family room, the DVD's where lined up and away I went.

I had LOTS of cutting to do and I do mean lots......  I was woorking on My "Challenge" quilt.  I can't show any of it until reveal day.

Then a week later I had 2 weeks off.  One car had been sold and the next one hadn't arrived so I was pretty much confined to quarters.  That was fine.  Before I started on "Challenge" I needed to sew the last couple of rows on a scrap quilt I started about 7 years ago.  The rows were even pinned but for some reason they just didn't want to get under the machine and be sewn.  So I bit the bullet and got them done.  I found some border and backing fabric last week so I need to put that on but here it is so far.

Then I got stuck into Challenge.  I am proud to say by the end of the holidays, I had the top done ready for quilting.  Seeeew pleased.  There was a lot of sewing in it. 

Then last weekend I went to Talbingo Mountain Lodge again sewing with 5 other wonderful ladies.  A lovely relaxing, sewing filled weekend was had by all.  Laughs, wine, chocolate, sewing, away from home, and good friends, it doesn't get any better!  We even learnt how to play canasta.  Thanks Judy.xx  We did miss our absent friends though.

What was achieved you ask??

The very talented Trina was finishing the binding on her Feathered Star.  Here it is all done.  Absolutely gorgeous!  All hand pieced including the borders.

Here is a close up of one block and she had it beautifully quilted.

The she made (including the quilting and binding) a table runner for Christmas.

She also made a totally cute little hexagon bag, just big enough to hold her thimble, reel of cotton and small thread snips.  I didn't get a photo of that.

Judy got the top of her Double wedding ring done.  She started it at our April gathering and on the weekend got the last 40% for the blocks done and all the top assembled.  A massive effort Judy.  So striking in her different colour choice.

This is it with all but the last row of blocks made and laid out.

The first row is joined.

 Here is it hot off the press machine. The photo doesn't do it justice. A huge relief and a big sigh from JudyShe also said :"Never again", but we will see.

A close up of the block and her colours.

Rozie was working hard on what she calls her Talbingo quilt.  She really got motoring but didn't lay it out for me to get a photo.  NEXT TIME ROZIE!!!!! No hiding! lol

Next was Di.

First she worked on getting borders on her "Girls Day Out" blocks.  She had it packed away before I got a photo.

Then she worked on this striking Black and white braid.  We were auditioning different colours to use as a joining strip.  There was also purple, lime green and orange tried.  What colour will she choose???  We will have to wait and see.

Di then was working on sewing blocks for her "Whirly Gig" quilt which she also got packed before the camera was out.

Then there was Deb.

She was working on putting together her Sue Daly top "Faith, Hope, Love".  She just has the corners left to do.

Her second project was a layer cake and a flat roll and a bit of an idea as to what she would do.

She cut it out one night and the next day it was wrooom wroooooom on the machine.

The quilt that grew in a day.

Amazing what you can achieve with an idea and a day.  Beautiful!

So what of me you are asking.  Well compared to these girls,  it doesn't seem so much.

My Michele Hill Arebesque was on its third trip to Talbingo.  Finally all the blocks are appliqued.  To help get through it I was timing to see how long it took to go around some of the pieces.  For the 4 blocks in the centre the yellow eathers took 1/2 hour each and there were 16 of them.  Phew!!!!!  Just realised that's where 8 hours went.

And as would have it, when you go away, you always forget something and yes I left the set-in-triangle cutting instructions behind.  Thus no triangles were hurt in the making of this top.....so far.  I have the designs all cut and ready to go, so that will be my next available weekend project.  (Note to self..........where did you put the cutting instructions if not with the fabric, best find them!)  Here are the blocks all laid out.

Then for my next Michele project, The Arts and Crafts Sampler.  I had three blocks already prepped and 1 sewn.  All that remained was the next 6.  When you do one every month (as you are suppose to) you don't notice how long it takes to prep.  Well this is a good part of a day involved in the last 6 blocks and then the first month, 2 blocks of the next one.

Here is Arts and Craft all done, ready and waiting for the TV.  Just right for the coming hot weather.

Well that's it for now.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have been up to.

Take care and Happy sewing.



14 August 2012

My Time at Home Alone.

For 2 weeks over May/June I spent my very first time alone for longer than 3 days .  I had gone from living with my parents, to married then married with children.  Never in 50 years have I had more than 3 nights by my self.  Wow  is it different!  DH and DS No 1 went to England to visit DD and DS No2.  I stayed home alone.

So what did I do?  Anything I wanted!!

Apart from going to work, time was my own.  I made it my mission to try to get some of my quilt tops that were almost done, that much closer to being done.  ( I can't use the F word).

My first quilt top was La Naissance, a quilt by Susan Smith from Wodonga. I had all but finished it 2 years ago.  I wanted a Fresh, bright summer quilt. All it needed was 20 small hexagon flowers.  I found the fabrics and off I went.  It did take me a week, (slow going, I know) but I got them made.

Then it took 3 days to sew them onto the top.

Here it is ready and waiting for it's Flowers

All the flowers ready to go.... at last.

Mmmmm Is this how I want them????

Sewing the last stitch.....

Taa dah!!!!!!  Done!

It is now ready for quilting.  It is a large King size so there is no way I will be quilting it. 

Next on the list was the scrolls on My William Morris Sampler By Michele Hill.  It has been awaiting its scrolls for about 4 years.  So I spend 4 nights tracing and cutting them out.

Then another night was spent positioning them and ironing them into place.  If I thought tracing and cutting took some time, it is nothing to how long it takes to blanket stitch around them.  I am almost done but life and family have delayed the process .

I even did some stitching in the "No Patchwork Allowed" place, our new pergola.  It did take him a while to realise I was sewing while we watched the Football.

When this one is done the next is another Michele Hill top, just awaiting the last 4 corner blocks to be sewn.  More on it when this current one is done.

Last Saturday Linda and joined a bus trip to Canberra to the Craft and Quilting Show.

A couple of Patterns purchased from Somerset

Some templates

and a book I am very pleased to have bought.

Thanks for joining me on my journey and I will try to make more regular updates.

That should spur me on to keep achieving......



shouldn't it?????????

Happy stitching to All.


29 July 2012

More Boxes

Time just slips away....all those "Life" things going on that intefere with nice things like sewing! Here's a little update from me.

I've started hand quilting Lullabye a quilt by Karen Cunningham. JulieAnn has given me lessons on the "rocking method" which I'm afraid I can't get the hang of...so its the Linda method! Still a way to go, but am very pleased so far.

We do have some nice things to look forward to in August...hence the reason for More Boxes.

A Saturday bus trip to Canberra for the Craft & Quilt show - its always a great day out & we don't have to do the driving.

At the end of the month we're attending a workshop at Carolyns Quilting Room to enjoy a Trunkshow & class with Katrina Hadjimichael. Its Sew exciting!!

I've also started receiving Baskets for You BOM from Sue Daly. It is GORGEOUS...I am in love with this quilt...but for now, its in one of those boxes.

Thanks for seeing what we're doing.

Til Next Time

Linda xx

18 June 2012

One More off the List

Well its done! The top at least, however this means my quilting list is growing and several projects that are not quite Finished (our F word).

I hope you like my version of Mariners Madness, a Chris Jurd design. As you can see I didn't go with the smaller compasses in the corners, but am happy with the end result.

And I wanted to share with you William Morris Garden now hanging. This is my 4 Block version of Michele Hill's 9 Block design. I am so very happy with this one.

Til Next Time
Linda xx

12 June 2012

Just a Snippet

Time....goes way too quick....seriously lacking....I just can't get enough of it.

Hence no update for over a month!

JulieAnn is on a roll & achieving great things. I will let her share her excitement
with you....

I decided to get back into my Mariners quilt which we started in a workshop with
 Chris Jurd last year.

Centre Compass

In progress
Wedges Ready for the Border

I haven't decided what to do in the corners as yet - will I or won't I attempt
those little "compasses".
It really is so close to being done; hopefully I can share with you soon.

til next time
Linda xx

2 May 2012

Wine, Women & Sewing

Our little group recently enjoyed 5 days of absolute Bliss at Talbingo Mountain Retreat.

We have named ourselves WAGS, & no, it doesn't mean that! I think I can share with you:
Wine And Gone Sewing

We achieved much, laughed lots, we cooked, ate & drank....well, not too much.

At least once a year we make our journey to Talbingo. Deciding what to take, getting there & unpacking the sewing machine are all part of the excitement.

To create, to share, to be inspired, to relax & unwind with a fabulous group of women - Friends - is truly special. 

So what did we do; well here's a peek.

JulieAnn's Jan's Quilt
JA with her Pies & Tarts

Judy starting her Double Wedding Ring

 Judy's our resident Bag Lady!

Deb's Always Smiling

Deb's design...she's a very clever lady!

Trina - her work is amazing.

Start of Trina's Jelly Roll Quilt

My Arabesque top...a Michele Hill design

William Morris Garden wallhanging...another Michele quilt

And Where Were We:

Talbingo Mountain Retreat

The Colours are Amazing

Blowering Dam on the way Home

I hope you've enjoyed our first WAGS story

Til Next Time....Happy Stitching

Linda xx