Monday, July 14, 2014

I tell a Fib….

I said I wasn’t going to get side tracked by any other project whilst making Mrs Billings, but when I went to Brisbane in June, I had the perfect excuse to start hand piecing a quilt top in a challenge put out by Brigitte Giblin. Sorry, its closed now but here a a couple of photos from my progress.

The challenge is to make from ones stash ( of course)

 

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The centre HAD to be a red spot fabric and this was to be repeated at row 13 or 14. I am a little slow with mine as I’m juggling hand piecing with hand quilting at night.

 

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I have changed direction a little with my fabrics, as I realised after row 4 I wanted it to look more old fashioned and not so modern.

The hardest part is trying to work out what fabric to use in the next round. I have also been using Inkling to mark the backs of every second row, so I have an accurate stitching line.

There are about 100 people doing this Hand Piecing Challenge, and we had one person allocated to us to send a fat quarter to, and this is to be added to our quilt somewhere. Haven’t been told yet! Such fun, and we have a facebook page where we post our photos and see what everyone else is doing.

Now…back to Mrs Billings. :-)

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Monday, June 30, 2014

After well over 150 hours

of hand quilting my Mrs Billings, I realised I had a problem with one of the rows. The small squares on point were causing me some angst as in some parts of the quilting I was having to quilt 4 layers and as the area is quite small I was getting everything quite uneven, and I certainly did not like it!
It was making me reluctant to sit and carry on with it. Sunday afternoon I was feeling pretty fed up with that row, when all of a sudden something clicked in my brain and I thought why not just do straight lines across the squares. Brilliant!!!
So…….I have nearly 3 rows to undo but its worth it.
From this

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To this…..

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I am back to being a ‘Happy Chappy’ and looking forward to another days quilting!
Thanks for taking the time to keep looking. I’m looking forward to having this finished, as there are other things I would love to be doing, but have been very focused and not allowed myself to get sidetracked, which is not normal for me. :-)
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A little catch up….


to show you the progress however slow, I am making with Mrs Billings.
No problems as yet  with my fingers, but I have to get up every now  to stretch my back as that seems to be whats getting to me. Later in the day I take a walk to the road gate ( only about 100 metres ) to close it doing stretching arm exercises as I go.  Haha must look funny, but we dont have any close neighbours! :-)


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Ive had to undo some of what I’ve done, and redo it, as I’m still getting back into the swing of  hand quilting after not having done any for about 9 years. So hard to get those stitches  even…

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Now For The Last…

border. This will be another time consuming border, when I have to applique all my hexies down.
I have just finished piecing borders 13 & 14. I think the pressing of all the seams was the hardest part, and I started doing it so carefully I thought it would take me two days to do it, so I thought …,what the hell… just go for it, which I don’t usually do.

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Hopefully I’ll be able to handquilt it around all those seams!

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Thanks for keeping up with my progress. I still have about 10 large hexagons and about 20 small one to make, so better get with it!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Plugging away…

With Mrs Billings. I’m on my time target – I hope. Now onto Borders 13 and 14.  Lots and lots of cutting and sewing!
A photo to show my progress so far. Its very hard to take a photo of the whole quilt as its getting too large.
This is up to border 12
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I laid it outside ( hopefully no ants have sneaked into a seam) as I would have to shift the furniture to get a photo.
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This photo is 2 rounds of borders 13 & 14. Two more to go!
Thankfully I am walking with my neighbour for an hour every morning, which makes up for me sitting at the machine for about 6 hours a day at the moment! I am on a mission to get the quilt pieced by Easter, so I can get my quilting friend Judy to baste it, so I can start hand quilting. 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Cyclone Lusi is on her way….

A photo in our morning newspaper

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Remember the saying Red Sky in the morning – a shepherds warning!

I will be hunkered down sewing my Mrs Billings. Had a bit of a stop work on my quilt, due to having my sister stay for a couple of weeks. We were out shopping and site seeing nearly every day. Great time!

A photo of where I am up to with Mrs. B.

 

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I have sewn one corner, but have 3 more to do, so thats the plan for the weekend!

The trouble with leaving the sewing for 2 weeks, I thought I had done more than I had! Bah!

I also managed to finish off the Baby Quilt I was making for my sister’s Great Grand-daughter Skylah, so she could take it home with her for the baby. This will be great for the wee one to lay on the floor on, but will also fit on her first bed.

 

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Thanks for dropping by as I have been so slow with my blogging this year!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

happy days…

stitching with my grand-daughter.  I am happy to say that  after having 5 grand-daughters I was despairing that none of them had the sewing gene, but hoorah one of them has. :-)

Jenna aged 9 stayed with me the other day  when I had the builder here, and my MIL ( who needs care) . All Jenna kept saying was…Grandma when are we going to sew on the machine. So, after choosing some fabric we decided to make a cushion.

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Anyway back to the cushion – she chose the fabrics and sewed the straight seams. We then added a J stuck down with vlisofix. I buttonholed around it, then did some meandering. She then sewed the backing and front together.2014-01-23 16.10.052014-01-23 16.10.28 It was a fun project, to make ch together.  The cushion was a bit fat for the cover, but after she leans on it a few times, I’m sure it’ll be OK.  Before that we did some baking and made Peanut butter biscuits. 

For morning tea she managed to convince Grandpa to make his speciality – Omletti ( Italian word) which is the same as Crepes Suzette. Paper thin and delicious. I won’t learn how to make them, as its the only cooking he does. He is slowly teaching which ever grandchild wants to learn how to make them.2014-01-23 09.59.09

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All quiet today on the home front – still have MIL here but we have been watching the Australia Open Tennis. So good to watch. Now to stitch down some of my Mrs Billings hexies.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cutting, Marking, Stitching

my way through approx. 112 of these beauties plus any others I decide not to use

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28 done – 84 to go
On a roll now, and this is a great way for me to keep a record of when I did this quilt.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Which border??

Trying to work out the best colour for the 2nd border.
The Blue
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or the red.
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I want to keep the brown borders and the red at the top of the photo as this is going to be for my hexagon border, and I bought the fabric especially for it. Everything else is out of my stash ( bought with this quilt in mind) as I go.
Thanks for your help
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