Sunday, 20 May 2018

I’m Still Here

I’ve been missing in action for the last few weeks. Well, you see, we’ve been having fun. I’ll update all soon.

In the meantime, the lovely Julie has returned my quilt and I’ve added the binding. I just  have to stitch it down before the end of the month. Very achievable.  



Tuesday, 1 May 2018

One Monthly Goal for May

It's time once again to make my monthly goal over at Elm Street Quilts.

This month's is a bit of a no brainer.

Having made the quilt top last month, this month my goal is to finish the quilt.  It is being sent off to Julie to work her quilting magic this week, and then it will be up to me to add the binding.  I think it is quite achievable.

In the background, as usual, is the goal of completing my three RSC blocks.  This month's colour is pink, so there should be lots of pretty blocks on show.

Once again, I would like to finish an old UFO, but I'm not quite sure if that will happen, as it is a busy month.  Things should start to slow down a bit next month, as the weather gets colder and the days shorter.  That is when I hope to have a big push on my older UFOs.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

April RSC Challenge Completed

The colour for April's RSC Challenge blocks was yellow and gold.  I had a hunt around a came up with a few.   

I got these stitched a couple of weeks ago.  They are for the Squared Away sampler.  This month's block was called "4 X Star" in the Ladies' Art Company catalogue in 1895.

I just had to make a feature of the fun coat hanger fabric.

I'm linking up with So Scrappy.  Pop over and see what the others have been up to.

Thanks girls for organising this.  It's great fun joining in each month.

Now to see what colour for next month.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

April One Monthly Goal Achieved.

My goal for the month was to piece the top of my Picnic in the Park quilt.  I had hoped to get it done on our retreat to Baradine for Scrub Stitchin', but that didn't happen.  I did get the blocks made and sashings added to join the blocks into rows.  The rest happened back home.......eventually.

The original quilt (above) had the external corners of the sashings cut off and I didn't want that.  Also, the original had bias edges on all the setting triangles.  I wanted to have the edge of the quilt on the straight some maths was required.  Retreat wasn't the place for maths.

Eventually I had a brainwave and searched Pinterest.  Lo and behold, there were several charts showing the exact size to cut triangles for corners and the sides with the straight grain.  So much easier than just hoping you get it right.

I had planned on adding a couple of borders, but in the end I added just one.  It was all it needed and brings it up to 73 inches square, which is a nice, practical size.

So..... ta da!!

I'm happy with how it has turned out.  Mick reckons it's "a bit wishy", but that is just a boy thing.

Now to send it off to Julie to work her magic.

With so much happening this month I really didn't think I would achieve this month's goal, but that extra push was well worth it.  Thanks so much to Patty for giving me the incentive to get it done.

It isn't too hard to guess what my goal for May will be.

I did also get my RSC Challenge blocks done.  I'll post them soon.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to work on any of my UFO's, but that is OK, because this isn't going to become another one.

I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts here.  Pop over and see what the other girls achieved.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Anzac Day

The day we remember all who have served our country.

This is my dad (on the right) and my uncle with their mum, ready to go off to war.    Uncle Jim served in the Northern Territory when Darwin was bombed and then went to Borneo and Japan in the aftermath, while Dad went to Singapore and  became one of the many POWs.  Fortunately, they both came home.

This morning Mick and I attended the Dawn Service and this afternoon I took Mum out to the wreath laying at the site of the army training camp, just out of town, where Dad trained.

Lest we forget.