Sunday, 8 October 2017

Roll the Dice Update

About a month ago I decided to do what my friend Jenny does, and choose 6 projects / UFO's to check off the 'to do' list.

  1. Caravan Quilt top to quilt
  2. Brown Bag Mystery to finish
  3. "???" baby quilt to start
  4. Row by Row top to quilt
  5. Halloween Mystery to finish
  6. "?????" baby quilt to start
So I am very happy to say that I have completed 2. Brown Bag Mystery Quilt by Simply Colorful, and it is adorable. I really like the way it looks, and if I every make another one - which I probably won't, as it had too much paper piecing - I would swap the orange for bright pink. Shock, right, LOL.
I must say that looking at the individual blocks I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but look at it - wow.
So now I need to quilt it, so I'm making the new 2. Brown Bag Mystery - to quilt.
Also No 3. and 6. I might use Color Wheel mystery as one baby quilt, and Peace and Love mystery as the other.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Under my needle...

I've made a lot of progress with the Brown Bag Mystery the past few weeks while at home. Then we were able to go on another short two week trip to the central coast of NSW for my Auntie's 80th, so I started another challenge -100 hexies in 100 days, created by Sew Foxy Mama. I know, so many projects on the go, but I needed something simple that I could easily pick up and sew, a few stitches at a time.

With the hexies, each week is a different theme, so that took a stop at two LQS's and Spotlight to find some of the fabric to suit the themes. Luckily I found some scrap bags and was able to make some of the hexies needed.
Now we are home again I'm back to the Brown Bag Mystery and also the new mystery quilt by Colour Wheel Quilts - Scrappy Square Dance - sponsored by Simply Colorful. All caught up and waiting for Friday's new clue.
 Now back to brown bag mystery....

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Roll the Dice ......

I have been working on catching up with ModaBlockHeads, and once caught up I didn't know what to move onto, as I have so many UFO's.
Some months ago a blogger friend of mine Jenny, mentioned in her blog about rolling the dice to decide what to sew next. Great idea..right! Well, I had so much difficulty trying to work out which 6 UFO's to put on the list, that it has taken me this long to work it out, but here it is
  1. Caravan Quilt top to quilt
  2. Brown Bag Mystery to finish
  3. "???" baby quilt to start
  4. Row by Row top to quilt
  5. Halloween Mystery to finish
  6. "?????" baby quilt to start
As you can see I have two quilts to start, two quilts to finish, and two quilts to quilt. Happened by accident, but still I think it will be a good idea to keep this pattern. I will still be doing Farmers Wife blocks by hand, and Moda BlockHeads each week, as well as any other mystery quilts that take my fancy, but when not doing these I will be choosing one of the above, and if I can't chose I will roll the dice.
Also interesting with the above, 1, 2, 4 and 5 are all Simply Colorful mystery quilts or inspired  by Simply Colorful.
So, as I have caught up BlockHeads, I am going to continue with 2. Brown Bag Mystery.
This time last year I was in the middle of this mystery and two things happened. One, I needed a fabric panel that was difficult to find in Australia; and two we booked a last minute Trans-Pacific Cruise. OK, I'll find the panel in Hawaii, or so I thought. No luck, so move on. The half complete quilt has sat in it's box on my sewing table for a year.
A few months ago while walking through Spotlight 
(OK, deliberate visit to Spotlight to buy more fabric that I don't need),
I came across a purple graduated fabric, so as it was like the panel I needed, I bought two metres. Now I am ready to go - after I find the final clues - and start pinning all the templates onto the purple fabric - woo hoo!! Luckily I saved all the clues so spent a great deal of the afternoon tracing and pinning the labels onto the fabric.
 
Once labelled I cut each piece and I'm ready to go onto finishing Clue three.
The only problem now is the pattern is so complicated that I need to adapt the English Paper Piecing to make the blocks more machine user friendly. To do that I need a printer, and ours is out of ink. So to wait for Peter to come home with new ink.
Maybe I'll cut out some Farmers Wife pieces for hand sewing on our next trip.