Sunday, 6 May 2018

Lots of Hand Sewing Going On!

We got back from a last minute 'bargain' cruise yesterday and today, Sunday, I am doing what I usually do on a Saturday at home - catching up on YouTube with Angela Waters Quiltalong and Midnight Quilter; as well as Simply Colorful; and of course Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company. While watching, I am catching up on social media with my Photo a Day and #fussycuttingsewalong and of course blogging.
I have finished the April theme of Spring in the #fussycuttingsewalong, and waiting on the new theme for May. These are hand sewn blocks, so are great when traveling and to pick up when watching a bit of TV.
Also the other hand sewing project - the new hexies is coming along slowly. Love a challenge, and I am getting good at making templates from many different recycled papers.
I'm about to start a new mystery quilt with Simply Colorful- and I am already 4 clues behind, but no pressure! Tonight I will not go to bed until I have at least chosen the fabrics.
Talking about Mystery Quilts, this week I re-discovered a couple of sites that have BOM or Mystery quilts: BOM Quilts and Quilt Doodle Doodles, so I have plenty to do 😀.
Oh, and I really should start Be My Neighbour blocks to use up some fabric scraps..... and .........

Saturday, 14 April 2018

April sewing

When I'm at home, Saturday's are the day I catch up on YouTube sewing - Midnight Quilter, Bonnie Hunter - QuiltCam, Missouri Quilts and Fibrecast - and cruising vlogs, currently my favourite is Sea Cruisers. After I'm YouTubed out I watch Netflix. I do this while I am sewing and catching up on my blogs. It is a ME day!! It was a habit I got into when working, as one needs at least one day a week to de-stress. Now that I'm not working it is still good to have a day to myself doing what I want (not what I should be doing). Today on Bonnie's it was really interesting, she was talking about the leader / enders quilt - REMINDER, I must sew all those blocks together - and so many other interesting and basic things. I really enjoyed it - even though Bonnie was having a bad day. It made me think about how Bonnie is 'sew' accurate (and I try to be) and Midnight Quilter is 'sew' stress free. So I aim for perfection, but certainly don't stress if the blocks aren't perfect. It is all about being happy.
I'm now in the fourth month of the fussy cutting hexie challenge, and I am learning a lot about fussy cutting. The theme for March was 'animals' - see above, and this month it is Spring. I guess the challenge is coming from the northern hemisphere 😇. While posting on Instagram I came across another hexie sewalong using 'new' hexies - so of course another challenge especially while traveling. The New Hexagon Book is an English paper piecing book with 52 different or new hexies. So here we go:
I'm not sure how I will put them together, or if I will make place mats, maybe? Any ideas will be gratefully accepted 💟.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Life is Good

I do sew most days, either machine sewing at home, or hand sewing at home and travelling in the caravan. At home awaiting the birth of our fourth granddaughter I was able to finish Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake Mystery top. I used Bonnie's colours and I am so pleased with it. Now it sits at home waiting for us to get back from this latest adventure so I can quilt it. I think this one will be for sale - we have so many quilts.
So while we have been away I have been working on hexies. I was very fortunate to have my Auntie and her friend destash, and give to me all the fabrics they no longer required - WOO HOO for me 👏💖😊. So we are now travelling with two very large trays of fabric!
With the #fussycuttinghexiesewalong I was able to complete my missing week 1 hexie flower at home. 
Week 5,  was also completed.
The last block for January was framing, and I switched from the 1 1/2" hexie to the 1/2" hexie.
The theme for February was LOVE. I think I am getting better at this fussy cutting - not good, but better. I didn't think I would enjoy it, especially with the wasted fabric, but I am - and I am also keeping all the left over to make a crazy block. Here are February blocks.
 The theme for March is animals!! One would think that with all the fabric I have been gifted I would have lots with animals ..... NUP!! Only one tiny bird print, already cut into 2 and 1/2" squares. So, I made Week 10 -motif - using 1/2" hexies and the search began for animal fabric ... and continues.
 I'm getting a collection of 1/2" hexie flowers so I do need to work out what I am going to do with them. I have been wanting to make a kaleidoscope type quilt, so thought I would turn Week 10's hexie flower into something else. What do you think? I'm not sure where I will go from here!
Week 11 of the March animal theme was section. My SIL found a pyjama top with these lovely Scottie dogs, what a find!
 Sew, the rest of the March blocks may include this fabric if I can't find any different fabric.