Saturday, February 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday #3 - Squaring Up

Well I'm still crossing things off my list. Still not quite blogging on a Wednesday! Oh well, finally sorted out the puckering on the back of this quilt and have re quilted the effected areas. Ends all tucked in between the layers, now for my least favorite part of quilting, squaring up.... Nearly at the end though! Already thinking about the next project. Whats your least favorite part of making a quilt?

Saturday, February 06, 2016

WIP Wednesday #2 - You have to have a list!

I took these photos on Wednesday but am blogging a WIP Wednesday post on a Saturday, does it matter? suppose not, I am still aiming to blog. I have a paper, write in with a pen diary. I have an iphone too like half the world but I can't get the hang of entering all my stuff in the calendar on there, so I carry around an A5 sized diary to write things in. I like it because I then get the satisfaction of crossing things out when I have completed them! I am writing in go to the gym and quilting so I will actually do it. So far it is working but I get much more done in the holiday rather than this week when we all went back to school. I have managed to unpick all the puckered areas of the quilt, now to just carefully quilt those areas again. Hopefully next weeks WIP will be an actual finished quilt!

Friday, January 29, 2016

WIP Wednesday #1 - Puckering Woes


In an attempt to get my sewing and quilting mojo back for 2016 I am going to start doing WIP Wednesday again. This was my WIP for this Wednesday even though I am posting it a few days later, Not a great start Helen! However I have finished doing the spiral quilting for this quilt. During bobbin changes and every now and again I would have a look underneath to check that the above wasn't happening.... Despite that checking it still did! I have three instances where this has happened, It's only small patches, two to four rows of quilting. The person to receive it would most likely not even notice it, especially with this chevron print. But I know its there!! So now I have the task of unpicking those sections, hiding the threads in the quilt, resewing the offending puckering, hoping I can pull it out as I go then hiding those threads in the quilt. Fun, fun, fun!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Getting Old.


Meet my new best friend when it comes to quilting. My new glasses. My new reading glasses. My new computer usage glasses. My glasses that when I wear everything becomes super crystal clear. I found out when I was 16 that I needed to wear glasses. I went for my drivers license only to fail the eye test because I couldn't read the eye chart! So I then realized that it was not normal to see a bury black board and I was short sighted. I have worn glasses to drive and watch tv ever since. My job last year changed a bit and I now find I am on the computer for a large portion of the day, after a few months of me looking over or under my current glasses I went and got my eyes retested and sure enough the optometrist recommended some reading glasses. He actually recommended bifocals but I don't think I am ready for that, So I have been wearing these while reading and every time I put them on I'm like WOW! I have started quilting this blue squares quilt and my new best friend is making it a breeze.

Monday, December 21, 2015

 
Its beginning to look like Christmas!
 

The cheesy Christmas decorations scattered around the house and the fact that I have finished something gives it away!
 

Hope all is well in everyone else's sewing world.


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Pink and Purple Cathedral Windows from 2012 Finished!


Well, I have finished this quilt and it has arrived in it's new home so I can blog it. I forgot to take the measurements before mailing it off but one of my helpers behind is about 150cms tall and you can't see her so it must be a bit bigger than that! As mentioned earlier in this blog, the blocks were received as part of a block swap back in 2012, the Bee FF 2012. I have kept all the cards and notes that I received with each block, thank you to Anita, Sarah, Karen, Saudi-Laura, Tia, Lynn, Laura and Louise. Its an amazing quilt and I can't believe I waited so long to sew it together.


The photo shoot didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped. What do they say? Never work with small children or animals? What about a 11 and 12.5 year old??! The girls are starting to giggle here and get tired of holding it up...


Grace asking can she go inside now. "My arms hurt Mum!"


And she is off! Leaving poor Milly wrapped up and me yelling "Don't let the quilt fall on the grass!!"

 
A close up of the middle of the spiral, with those famous combi vans! Once again I made the mistake of quilting in an anti clockwise direction. It got a bit bulking in the neck of the machine there for awhile.
 
Here are my quilting specs for next time:
Pressure dial on the back of the machine - 2.
Upper thread tension - 4.8.
Stitch width - 3.
Stitch length - 3.
Top thread - Aurifil 50.
Bottom thread - Aurifil 50.
Direction of quilting - Anti clockwise spiral.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Happy 11th Birthday Milly!

 
Matilda turned 11 today. Our beautiful, kind, loving, smart, artistic, musical, bookworm, minecraft loving daughter is 11. She still lets me do her hair in the mornings, she still crawls into our bed on the weekend for a "morning cuggle" and she asks me every night if I am ok.
 
We had a party down at the Country Club pool, 9 of her friends for pizza and a swim. We all came home exhausted! Happy birthday Milly Moo!