Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fat Quarter Swap - Birthday Club Thank You

It was a big month for birthdays over on Fat Quarter Swap - we had 3 this month, and I was one of them :)

Birthday Squishies
BD Stash
close ups
close ups

look at the lovely elephant - I have an idea for him :)

Thanks heaps to Jessica, Arlene, HelenP, Lyn, SharonJ, LeAnne, Diana, Raelene, WendyBobW, Kim, Debbie, Anna, Colleen, Justine, Stephanie



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More block swaps :)

Ank was my QBSA July partner, who sent the lovely starflower blocks below



but recently, I received another block from her


it seems Ank felt bad about misunderstanding my colour preferences and sent a replacement block!  This new block will fit in perfectly with the other blocks I have received, but the lovely blue & purple starflower blocks will not go to waste - I will use them on something else.  So thank you Ank, you didn't have to send a replacement block, but I am very glad you did :)

The Christmas block I sent to Kerri, for September has arrived - I posted a tease photo earlier, but here is a colour photo of what I sent

Here is what Kerri sent me
this is the start of a new Christmas Quilt - I think I will make a Disappearing 9 Patch

Hoping to spend some more time in the sewing room over the weekend :)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt Blocks

I was able to make a dent in my CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt Swap backlog

August Block - Greek Cross
Greek Cross for Mandy - August

Greek Cross for Merry - August

September Block - Nelson's Victory
Nelson's Victory for Mandy - September

Nelson's Victory for Merry - September

Oh Susannah (Oct) from Mandy
Only two more blocks for me to make, Oh Susannah for October, and our choice for November.

I will be putting all of the blocks I have received on the design wall soon - this CraftMad Christmas Quilt is going to be so bright and colourful when it is finished :)


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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

catching up on block swaps

It seems like an awfully long time since I spent time in the sewing room - so I was very happy to have the opportunity this week to get some sewing time :)

Do Good Stitches - July 2014 - Improv Strips
Cherish Blocks - July 2014 #1 Cherish Blocks - July 2014 #2

Do Good Stitches - August 2014 - Boy/Girl Log Cabin
Cherish Blocks - August 2014 #1 Cherish Blocks - August 2014 #2

These blocks are ready to go in the post :)

I finished my Christmas Block for Hope, my October partner.  Here is a tease photo :)
colour pic will be posted when it has
arrived - hope you like it, Hope :)

I realised I had not shared a photo of what I received in the Mini Quilt Swap from Susan
here it is on my wall - thank you Susan, I love it!!

I gathered my FQs for Fat Quarter Swap Birthday Club
Birthday Love for Arlene
Birthday Love for Jessica
I also spent time catching up on my CraftMad Family Christmas Quilt, but will share photos tomorrow :)



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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Baby Quilt | Lifetime Quilt #11

I am in 'holiday prep' mode and have been busy crossing things off my check list  :)

I fly to Brisbane on Friday for a Crafty Weekend with my CraftMad friends :)  then from Monday, I am staying with a friend and having a girly holiday, starting with a trip to Australia Zoo for my birthday  :)  Crafting, Birthday celebrations, wining, dining & shopping and catching up with some old and very dear friends ........... how good is that?!!!!

I have been able to spend some time in the sewing room and made a baby quilt for my husband's niece - I actually bought the fabric shortly after the pregnancy announcement, but took a while to decide on what to make, and then took a while to actually cut into the fabric ........ at $20.00 per metre, I wanted to be sure of what I was doing.

I posted about my fabrics HERE in May 2014 - I actually started cutting on the 19th September 2014 in preparation for the Baby Shower on 28th :)

initial layout - not really what I wanted
this is next layout - I prefer this one

here it is - a complete flimsy

basted ready for quilting

then I experimented with quilting lines (on the PC)
straight down and across

in the ditch

cross hatch

I ended up doing one line of diagonal quilting and not cross hatching it :)

the obligatory quilt binding roll photo :)

the backing was Peter Rabbit

opening quilt :)

it will fit perfectly with the nursery ..... such a relief!

the card I made :)

I am so excited about my holiday, I just hope I get everything finished in time :)  I have completed my Swap Co-Ordinator duties for the Christmas Block Swap, Halloween Block Swap and Fat Quarter Swap.  I need to bake some goodies for Mr Fixit to take to work on Thursday for his birthday, and make sure I have a few things in the freezer for him to have while I am away.


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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FNSI - show and tell



Next FNSI - 17th October 2014I missed FNSI last month, and was really looking forward to sewing with my friends this month :)

Just in case you don't know ............... FNSI (Friday Night Sew In) is a virtual sewing get together currently being hosted by Wendy   It is held on the 3rd Friday of each month.  It is a wonderful opportunity to set aside some sewing time and then share your results via blog land :)

My Executor duties seem to have slowed down for the moment, so it was really nice to be able to do some creative stuff.  I posted the other day about my cheery sewing for the 12" mini quilt swap, and after a bit of a tidy up and much needed clean, I was ready to go again.
My old Boss in the Jeans Factory would be ashamed of me!
Here is my sewing room at the moment - it is always a work in progress as I find better/easier ways to do things.  I was gifted a Horn sewing machine cabinet from a family friend and I am using it as a return next to my sewing machine.  The bonus is that I can extend the top and use it to support any larger items like quilts :)

this is from just inside the doorway
It also serves as a better place to put my quilt rack - in front of the fabric cupboard was not a good place
this is from the other direction
Here is what I worked on for FNSI - well a tease photo at least :)
This is a Star & Pinwheel block for KerryB
my September partner for the Christmas Block Swap

I was also like to catch up on some pics for other swaps too :)
FQ swap from Leonie for July
August FQ Birthday Club for Deb
Here are the GORGEOUS purple 9 patches that Kerry from QBSA sent me  - Thank you so much Kerry :)

purple 9 patches from Kerry

They will be cut up and placed on this quilt to finish it off!

Here are the lovely rainbow starflower blocks from Ank for July QBSA 

Well that's it for me - I'm off to see what the other FNSIers have been doing :)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day - any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
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