Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A finish!

A small one, but a finish all the same.
I put the finishing stitches into 'Indigo Crossing' last night.
It fits beautifully on my table.
 I quilted it on my wee silver sewing machine, as I'm still having thread issues on the frame.
Simple straight lines look very effective.
 I found the perfect fabric for the back.
I love bears.
You can never have too many bears!
I'm not sure what my next project will be, but I'll keep you posted.
This morning I'll have a play in my stash and see what inspires me.
Maybe this afternoon, I'll sit with sleepy for a while.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Two out of three ain't bad!

 I managed to achieve two of the items on my short list yesterday.
First up, I did the ironing.
Then I could relax and enjoy myself.
Indigo crossing reached the finished top stage.
Belle helped.
After I had removed my helper from the room, well I say I did it...
Tony was cooking bacon for our lunch.
I just closed the door behind us.
After lunch I did find the right backing fabric.
I pressed it and laid out the three layers.
I even managed to put in 6 pins, yes, six!
Then Tony asked for help in the greenhouse.
I planted garlic, spring onions and baby beets.
That was it, after a quick scoot to the shop for teabags and milk, it was time to start dinner.
Hopefully I will get my Indigo crossing table runner finished today. And also make time to spend with sleepy.
But right now, I need another cuppa.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The plan for today.....

 Is to finish what I started yesterday!
 I pulled a kit out of the drawer. I bought this one while we were in Auckland last year.
 My favourite colour combination.
It's called Indigo Crossing.
I cut all the pieces and played about on the floor.
Belle was asleep in the sun.
Then I started chain piecing, I got about half way through before I had to turn the machine off.
So today I hope to get this pretty table runner at least to the layered stage.
Provided I can find a suitable backing fabric.
I'm hoping I will also have some time to spend with sleepy.
She is growing nicely.
But first I have to do the ironing.
Don't want that hanging over me while I try to have fun.
Happy Sunday.

Monday, 18 May 2015

I've lost a pattern!!

It was in a magazine. I'm not sure exactly which magazine, but definitely an older one, I recall seeing it at Parliament street, back on the Isle of Man, so pre 2012. In an Aussie mag, not a British or US mag. It was a wall hanging, with pieced poppies. 
I had saved the magazine, knowing that I would one day want to use the pattern.
Yesterday it struck me, with a little adaptation, it would make the perfect table cloth.
Can't find it!
But, in my efforts to find it, I did have a clear out of magazines, I've thinned out about a third of them, which is pretty drastic for us crafty types.
I also managed to find a suitable replacement pattern, in fact, it may even be a better pattern than the one I was seeking.
So I now have a shopping list. I have very little of the required fabrics.
Shame that!
After writing the shopping list this morning, I got on and did a little more to the Christmas Story quilt.
Block 4 is completed.
But there are two weeks of May left, and I won't start the next block until June, besides Debbie is a wee bit behind this month and I don't want to race off without her, This is her first ever sew along.
I'll contemplate what else I could be getting on with, while I cross stitch this afternoon.
 Maybe something Christmassy, or a wee gift project.
It's never too early to get on with those things.
I didn't get to do any sewing over the weekend, (Well I could have, if I hadn't been searching for a pattern!) But something else did happen in my room. On Saturday it was a drear day, very overcast and a few dribbles of rain. Not the weather for working outside, so instead I suggested that Tony might put my shelves up for me.
The Inspectors have finally been installed.
From their lofty perches they can oversee pretty much everything I do here in my room.
Maybe they will even help me finally get to grips with the quilting frame! 
The room is starting to come together. There are still pictures I want to hang and one or two mini quilts also to hang, but all in good time.
We also finally got some more pictures up in the entrance hall.
I have a collection of family photos spread about out there.
Feels good to have loved ones looking down on me as I move about my home.
We also went out and purchased a fancy curtain pole.
There is some debate about where that could be installed, you see it will not be going above a window....
Sunday was a better day for being out of doors, while I searched for quilt patterns, Tony and his dad went to get timber and earth for inside the green house.
It now has a central footpath, awaiting paviers.
We didn't put the earth in yet. One final squirt with weed killer on the base before that goes down.
Then I can fill it with earth and get some plants in there.
I'm off to stitch.