Sunday, 28 January 2018

No more projects ......

That is what I keep telling myself - no more projects LOL. But it is so hard not to start new and very pretty projects. That is why I started the 'roll the dice' for when I have finished a section of what ever I'm working on, I have something to go on with. Make sense?
Anyway, I was able to get a few blocks of Ringo Lake Mystery complete before we went away in the van, so I'm keen to continue with them today after this post. 
While I was away I started a new challenge 😊 - Fussy Hexie Challenge on Instagram #fussycuttingsewalong with Naomi Clarke. Each month there is a theme, January is Purple. 
Week 1 - Jan 1st - central purple motif.
I still have to do this one. As we were in the van, I didn't have a lot of fabric with me. I had taken the box of Farmers Wife Blocks, but not much purple in there, and my small container of hexies to make flowers for a small lap quilt, and not much 'fussycutting' purple in there either. I must REMEMBER to take a stash of scraps next time in the van. 
Week 2 - Jan 8 - purple lines. 
While in a small country town we came across a Big W, and as they sometimes have fabric we had a look. This town, once had two quilt shops and now has zero. I was lucky to find a FQ of purple with green leaves, and a FQ of green with some 'almost' purple. As we were in Parkes, where the Radio Telescope is I decided to embroider a scene of the telescope. I loved the idea of this for our travels, and think I will need to make a lot of calico hexies to embroider places we have been. I used the lines of green leaves to depict the stars moving through the skies.
 I haven't done any hand embroidery since high school so I'm pleased with this result. Improvement will come with more practice.
Week 3 - Jan 15 - purple flowers.
I had found some more fabric in Spotlight in Tamworth, so made a flower. I really need to get fabric that is suitable for fussy cutting. Here are the bargains I found at Spotlight.
... and here is my week 3 flower.
Week 4 - Jan 22 - purple section.
This one does need different fabric, so it had to wait until I got home and to my stash. February theme is love, and now that I'm home for a few weeks I should be ok.
So while still in the van I decided to use some of the fabric to make a quick 'Ghosts and Mosts' quilt top. 
I love my little Elna machine and my machine cover. 
I didn't get a lot done, as we had to head home. If you follow my travel blog, or FB page, you would know that we came home early from our trip as our daughter was likely to have her baby (our 4th granddaughter) early. This meant that I had only a few days to finish her quilt, which I did two days after little Mackenzie was born. I had previously made the top 'Scrappy Square Dance' so only had to sandwich, quilt and bind. I finished the binding last night, so today I gave the quilt to 3 day old Mackenzie.
A few months ago I started another challenge - 20over20berrybirdy - it is about doing a different technique every week. It started Oct 14, so when I started I wasn't too far behind. Week 1 was an owl, and I really enjoyed using some scraps from my blockheads to paper piece this owl. Berry Birdy made her owl into a bag, but I made, well started to make an owl placemat - work in progress.
I only recall seeing one other 20/20, a water colour block. I'll have to research where they are and catch up. Meanwhile, here some updates.

Roll the Dice Update:
  1. Caravan Quilt top to quilt
  2. Brown Bag Mystery finished - top now to quilt
  3. Maddison's baby quilt FINISHED replaced with En Provence to finish, quilt
  4. Row by Row top to quilt
  5. Halloween Mystery to finish
  6. Mackenzie's baby FINISHED replaced with Christmas Countdown to finish, quilt
Projects I'm working on:
Ringo Lake Mystery 2017
Moda Block-a-thon
Bonnie's Leaders and Enders 2017
#20over20berrybirdy techniques
1930 Farmers Wife Blocks
Hexie #fussycuttingsewalong

Projects finished 2018:
1. Elvis coasters
2. Mackenzie's Baby Quilt


  1. Congratulations on the arrival of a new little baby into the family. How lovely to welcome her with her own quilt!

    1. And she is beautiful Jenny, so tiny and beautiful.

  2. You have some pretty fussy hexies going on there. I am trying hard NOT to get the hexie bug. I JUST cannot start any more new projects until my UFO list gets smaller. Congrats to you on your new granddaughter and to her family. The quilt you make for her looks pretty.

  3. I know exactly what you mean Dar. I have too many UFO's, but I'm determined to work through them. As we are traveling a lot more now we are retired, I find hand sewing hexies the easiest sewing to do. I'm not good at fussy cutting but getting better.