Saturday, December 17, 2011

Show and Tell from Narelle

Here's the Red Delicious block I started embroidering at our last patchwork day ... all done! Yes, I did unpick all the chain stitching and used feather stitch with a much better result.



Both the second letters 'M' and 'E' were posted this month for 'Home Sweet Home' so they've been traced and stitched. Here they are all together ready for sashings.



After lunch today I've managed a moment to trim and stitch the 2 1/2" squares to block 15 of my 'Because I Said So' BOM after finishing the applique last night and a little this monring.



What has everyone else been up to?  I'm sure we'd all like to see what each other is sewing over the holiday period so if you'd like to send photos to pinsandwhiskers@gmail.com I'll update our blog with your Show and Tells. They don't have to be finished projects ... works in progress will be lovely too!

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Joyous Christmas.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Farewell 2011

Today was our last get together for the year ... only 8 weeks and counting till we gather again.  Everyone brought a treat to share for morning tea and then it was on with the sewing.


Di was busy quilting on the quilt above while June was finishing piecing this lovely...just a border to go.



Ruth added the binding to this gorgeous machine quilting piece and Sandra made some progress with her Strips and Curves quilt.


The humidity had some of us wilting a little, especially Narelle who now will have to unpick half of the embroidery she managed to get done.

Till next year ladies ... keep those sewing machines going and your fingers stitching and may we have lots to Show and Tell on the 25th of January.



What will 2012 bring?

Check out some new additions to our sidebar.  Firstly are all the dates for our Patchwork days and then there's our Birthday List ... just a couple of things to help us.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

All In A Week

The week flew by and everyone met once more for a lovely patchwork day with a 'spur of the moment' lunch get together for an early Christmas gathering.

Margaret finished her lovely sewing carry-all and brought it along for show and tell.

Neatly folded


unfold once ...

and unfold again to reveal .... everything at the ready. Great finish Margaret!

Fay was able to finish the quilting on her scrappy star quilt and remove all the basting threads. Looking gorgeous in those soft florals.


Sadly our next patchwork day on the 30th of November will be our last for the year (unless we can s-q-u-e-e-z-e in an extra somwhere? Don't forget if you would like to, bring something along to share for morning tea.

Happy sewing until we next meet :o)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Who's For Some Extra Sewing Time?

Once Narelle got over this little hurdle it was onward to Patchwork day.

Margaret was making short work of some fabric and ric rac she purchased at the Brisbane Craft Fair.

Step 1.

Step 2.

This cute couple also came along with Margaret.


After our last patchwork day, Kerry went home and cut heaps more rectangles to continue with her scrappy braid quilt. Looking good Kerry!


Fay also made some fabric purchases at the Craft Fair and brought these lovely place mats and runner to continue quilting on.

Creating with one fabric!


These wonderful bags have also been made by Fay which she brought along for show and tell last time.

Not another scarf? I tend to get carried away with the latest knitted scarf each Winter. Here's a ball I bought at ... yep the Craft Fair.


Have you guessed that a few of us made it to the Brisbane Craft Fair ... 4 of us attended on 3 different days. Wonder what number 4 can share with us next week?

Monday, October 17, 2011

IMPROMPTU PATCHWORK

The hall has been booked for an extra patchwork day on the 26th October. Hope to share some stitching time with you!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Machines Everywhere and Scrap Quilts Galore




There's a storm coming so I must turn off.  Sorry but I'll come back later to finish the story.

OK back again. Still a few rumblings in the distance ... haven't measured the rain yet ... it's still coming and going and it's also very cold now.





Wednesday was patchwork day for the Mt. Perry gals and everyone brought their sewing machines ... that is everyone except Narelle. She had to pop out for a bit so only brought along her hexies to sew.

Ruth was busy painting with thread while Fay worked on her scrappy quilt and took some time out to do a bit of candlewicking. Kerry was able to stay the whole day so she got cracking on a UFO scrap quilt. Lyn continued to work on her Fairies quilt and Di was busy piecing her lovely purples quilt. Margaret popped in for a quick hello and a cuppa and Patty also popped in for a visit.

With scrap quilts quickly becoming a hot topic amongst the group I'd like to share some photos of some beautiful scrap quiltsI found in blogland. These have been made by Julia over at Julia's Place. Click HERE to take you to Julia's blog where you will find many more gorgeous quilts.

This is a Tumbler quilt that I was attempting to explain on Wednesday.
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Braid quilt like Kerry was working on.

This is Julia's latest quilt in progress. Just another way you could use up your bigger pieces of scraps.

Make sure you head over to Julia's Place where you'll find lots and lots of eye candy :)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Australian Quilt National Quilts on display

Opening Hours are 10am- 4pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am - 4 pm Sat and Sunday.
If you are interested in art quilts, could be worth a drive. Cheaper than flying to USA to see them.
Ruth

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Dye Painting with Ruth Wagner

Very very early Tuesday morning,Margaret, Narelle and Di headed off to Proston for a Dye Painting Workshop. 

After a quick cuppa it was heads down and full steam ahead.


After drawing our designs and choosing dye colours, it was time to whip out the brushes and begin painting. Here are some photos of the ladies busy adding colour to the fabrics.







It was a most enjoyable day with a lovely group of ladies. Big thankyou to our tutor Ruth and we look forward to some reveals at Patchwork this coming Wednesday.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flat Battery!

Yep! Here we are at patchwork day and the camera batteries go flat. I took 3 photos before this rude message flashed on the screen ~ "batteries exhausted" ... well aren't we all at some time or another?

Fay decided it was time for some scrap busting and created this gorgeous top in soft pastel and floral fabrics.

Sandra added a rod pocket to this darling little babies quilt ready to hang when bub arrives. As baby grows it will become a floor quilt with touchy feely tactile fabric cirles and each corner has something for little fingers to play and learn like a zipper and velcro tabs.


More show and tell when we meet again on October 5 and the camera gets new batteries.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Next Patchwork Day

Hello everyone. Sorry didn't take any pics last time :(

Next patchwork day will be the 7th of September ... hope to see you all there.


Here is Narelle's quilt top that she started last time.


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Patchwork Wednesday

YES!  It's patchwork tomorrow Wednesday the 10th of August in the Mt. Perry Town Hall.

Narelle has been plugging along and FINALLY got her log cabin quilt finished. Sorry ... can't bring it in for show and tell as it's on the bed!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Comings and Goings

After a change of venues for this month, 3 of us ventured outside and sat in the nice warm sun to do some stitching, chatting, magazine browsing and of course enjoy a cuppa.

Our local QCWA branch was holding a competition and hoy morning which involved a few of our patchwork ladies so we closed the doors for the morning and went and enjoyed a lovely morning tea and game of 'Hoy' (card game).

Narelle and Fay then headed back to patchwork where Fay continued to work on another block for her Candlewicking Quilt.



Soon they were joined by Ruth who brought along her dye painting for basting. Can you see the cute little birdie?

Narelle had to pop out for a bit and when she returned Sandra had also just arrived. What a difference sewing can make to a pile of fabric. Last month at patchwork Sandra was busy gathering fabric squares (see photo in previous post) ... and here's today's progress pic.



Margaret had also arrived and shared with us her lovely completed crochet rug.


 Margaret has also been very busy with machine embroidery ...


and more beautiful antique blocks.


Kerry was able to join in after work and all then all too soon it was time for us to bid farewell to another patchwork day ... one filled with lots of comings and goings ... loads of laughter ... and a little forgetfulness :)

Roll on August 10th when we gather once more.