27 April 2011

Pretty Scrappy Spiderweb

I started making my Pretty Scrappy Spiderweb quilt top over 2 years ago and really felt the urge to get on with it over the Easter break so in amongst visiting family and friends and usual household jobs, I spent a good deal of time in the sewing room.

I had a few blocks in the drawer from 2 years ago.

Sewing these spiderwebs is a messy job (for me anyway).

The finished quilt top - the weather has been really miserable over the Easter break and I'm hoping to take some better photos soon.  The white "stars" actually have blush pink polka dots.  I had some of the stripe fabric from Robyn Pandolph's "Butterfly Garden" fabrics in my stash to form the outer rings of the spiderwebs and was lucky to find more for sale last year so had plenty to use for the rest of the blocks, borders and binding.

The backing is made up of a 2 yard piece of Robyn Pandolph fabric "Captured in Time" plus all my leftover pieces of Robyn Pandolph blue fabric and the rest of the yellow stripe fabric.

The Binding
Next step is to work out how to quilt this.  It hasn't turned out too badly for something made almost entirely from the scrap drawer.

All Caught Up

Having 5 days off has been a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some sewing as I was a month behind with our 6-1/2" BOM.
Block 3 - "Pieced Star"
Block 4 - "Interlocking Squares"
and I was a block behind on Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.  I was so glad Diann chose an easy block.

Nine Patch

21 April 2011

Another Cushion

I finished this cushion a couple of weeks ago and posted it off as a surprise for a friend.  It's great to be able to really surprise someone.

I used some of the stitcheries from Anni Downs's "Simple Pleasures" book and Fig Tree fabrics.

My friend has a shop and she has it on display - looks so much prettier in the shop than on our couch.

18 April 2011

John and Vincent

For longer than I've known John, he's been a Vincent Van Gogh fan.  One of the first places we had to visit when we arrived in Holland in 1978 was the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.  The relatives thought we were crazy when we rode there from Eindhoven on our motorbike.  That sort of distance is nothing in Australia.

Quite by accident I came across this kit when shopping on-line for some other fabric - I knew John would love it, so I made this quilt for his 60th birthday present (along with a track day at Phillip Island, which will mean a trip to Victoria some time later in the year). 

"A Tribute to Vincent"
His birthday was yesterday and we had a party at home for family and friends.  I asked Elizabeth if she'd like to make her Dad's birthday cake and she used the photograph of John below (from 40 years ago) as her inspiration.

Such a fabulous cake - bottom layer is chocolate/ginger; middle layer is chocolate/guinness and top layer is chocolate fudge.

There has been so much going on in our lives lately.  On 1 April John retired from work after 32 years driving coal trucks. 

Presents for Me

Our on-line group's first swap this year had Anni Downs/Hatched & Patched for the theme.  These are the presents I received from Jane - beautifully made cushion and key fob.  The pretty colours look lovely on my sewing room chair.

My other partner was De and I made Anni's "Home for Summer" cushion for her.

This was a very popular design with 4 of us choosing it - one of the girls used the design for a lovely block keeper.

10 April 2011

Happy Birthday Diann

Today is dear Diann's birthday.  I posted this photo a little while ago.

It is one of the presents I sent to Diann.

"Love to Sew" Purse - Bronwyn Hayes

I'm looking forward to making one of these purses for myself.

The other secret sewing is now "secret quilting".

Hoping to continue this afternoon after I've finished the ironing.  The Big Birthday is next Sunday.  Feeling pretty confident now that it will be finished in time.

07 April 2011

Pretty Parcels

Some of the secret sewing is finished and was posted away earlier this week.

The main secret sewing is continuing - hoping to have most of it together over the weekend as the deadline is fast approaching.


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