Get a wiggle on!

For those who don’t speak English every day, that’s slang for hurry up!

The Grey Nomad quilting is under way, and it’s all wiggly lines. I’m having the lines go in alternating directions on adjacent blocks. Easy, freehand, walking foot stuff, which is why I’m making good progress –or getting a wiggle on, if you like…

grey-nomad-quiltingI looked at half a dozen different colours before I made my choice of quilting thread. Originally my thought was to do it in grey to match the borders. The quilting would recede totally on the borders, but I didn’t like how it looked on the postage stamp squares. I looked at turquoise, grass green, orange and pink. Lovely against the grey, but too ‘loud’. I’ve settled on a pale greyish blue, which recedes well on the grey but is pale enough not to be too strong on the squares. I did also to a test piece using some variegated grey Aurifil thread but it looked dreadful – patchy and weird. I like variegated for hand quilting, but definitely not here, on the flat grey background.

I have enough batting squares cut to finish, and half the backing squares I still need. It’s 40% quilted already, and once all the blocks are done, I’ll be starting to cut fabric scraps for the joining strips.

The postage stamp squares took a very long time, but now it’s really going fast!

 

ScrapHappy April

That’s more like it!

AprilScrappy1 AprilScrappy2AprilScrappy3A lovely trio this time, and actually well in time, shock horror.

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host  ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month?

Either email me at the address shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commit-ment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at):

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Viv at https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

 

A cushie for your tushie

Now that it’s in the hands of its new owner, I can reveal the Secret Sewing I’ve been working on..

I follow a blog called The Kitchens Garden. It was the first blog I ever followed when I started blogging, and it’s still my favourite of all time. The blog’s resident genius, Cecilia, posted a while back about the joys and ways of saving for something you really want. In her case, it was travel, to visit her far flung children on the other side of the globe.

Cushie frontOne thing she said was that her writing chair was becoming bony and uncomfortable. Normally, she’d be thinking of replacing it, but she was Saving, so it would  have to last a bit longer. I knew right then that a Chiconian cushion was going to make its home on the seat of that bony old writing chair.
Cushie backHere’s how it’ll look once stuffed – I’ve given her just the cover to reduce bulk as she’s travelling. She can insert a pad when she gets it home. If you want to know where the name for this post came from, just read the comments on her Saving blog!

 

A double bonus for us, the lucky few, having lunch together and meeting a mutual hero!

A sneak peek

This week, I have been assembling a gift.

It’s to be handed over on Monday 29 February, so I can’t show the whole thing till then, but here are snippets to give you some idea.

Closeup1 Tag Closeup2After our big trip south, it has been surprisingly hard to get back into my ‘sewzone’; many distractions, a lot of dirty, dusty house to clean, but finally I’m making some progress. The patio paving has sprouted a thicket of weeds, the vegie beds have disappeared under a thatch of nutgrass, the lawns are mid-calf length, thanks to all the lavish rain that appeared just as we went away. I look at all of it, and resolutely turn my back and sew, before I realise that it’s time to make lunch, or supper, or bring in laundry, or make a cake because the Dowager is coming round for coffee.

Once we’re into March, and my next short trip to Melbourne at the end of this month is over, normal service will resume. I think… I hope… I have F2F blocks to make, some Selfish Sewing and a couple of items of clothing to finish.

Speaking of F²F; the first year is coming to an end in May. For the 2016/17 session, the participant list will be finalised in April and the next round will start in June this year, so if you would like to join in, let me have your name, blog/email address and contact details and I’ll add you to the list and send you some information. We can easily do it with more participants, but any less and either everyone has to make more than three blocks 😦 or there will not be enough blocks at the end to make a good sized quilt 😦

CaneFinally, I just wanted to share a lovely piece of non-fabric loot. I have widespread arthritis, especially bad in my left hip (replacement one of these years, I hope) and my hands. On bad days, I lurch along with a cane to take some pressure off it. Up to now I’ve used one of those collapsible telescopic canes that you can fold up and put in your bag. Trouble is, they’re not very rigid, a big defect when you’re putting most of your weight through it. My lovely BIL down in New South Wales, a talented cabinetmaker, has tailor-made me my own cane. The shaft is American oak, there is a small collar of Australian oak at the top, and then a hand carved rosewood handle. How lovely is this?  Solid as a rock, elegant, and made to fit. He’s planning to make more to show and sell in the local Easter Art & Craft show. I reckon he’s onto a winner. And he takes commissions…

Right, back to the chores.

ScrapHappy January

It’s that time again, people!

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Postage stamp block 13Another postage stamp block for Ella Dee’s quilt. I’m not getting on very quickly with this one, mainly due to The Cloths of Heaven and a couple of other private/secret projects eating up all my time just now. And February’s going to be a busy month for travelling, so it may be even more inadequate next month! We’ll see…

I have a plan and a drawing for the postage stamp quilt, something a little bit different. There are 13 blocks completed now, and another 12 to go, and then I can start assembling things.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance whether you’ll have something to show.

Lorij quilt top Lorij quilt backHere’s a couple of photos of a project made by Lorij from strips of scrap fleece; look at that lovely neat hand quilting on the red back! Lorij doesn’t have a blog but joins us occasionally here in photos.

Linking with

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Viv at https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com (in English)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au

 

ScrapHappy December

Wow, I almost missed it!

I’ve been hard at work sewing (nothing I can show yet) and the 15th of the month has crept up without me noticing. Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Sewn

Finished – just in time!

Unsewn

Waiting to be sewn up

It’s another postage stamp block – there should have been two, but the secret sewing has gobbled up all my time and I only managed to get one finished and one placed and ready for sewing. I now have a purpose for all these fun blocks. They are going to become a lap quilt for my friend Dale of Ella Dee, who has just taken a courageous but empowering plunge into a quieter life in the country after years in the city. She and her other half are now living in a gorgeous old house with wide, gracious verandahs and a fabulous view, 30kms from the nearest shop, post office or other urban amenity. It’ll get a bit chilly in the winter in her new home, so I reckon a nice snuggly quilt will be a very necessary addition to her household.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance whether you’ll have something to show.

Linking with

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Susan at https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Annett at https://knettycraft.wordpress.com (In German and English)

 

ScrapHappy October

Well hello again.

Once again, it’s the 15th of the month, the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance whether you’ll have something to show.

Postagestamps15Sep15

That’s a 12 inch (30cm) ruler at the right, to give you an idea of the scale of my new scrappy growth rate.

Scrappyworkstation

The assembly line

Here’s this month’s contribution – several of them, in fact! I have fallen victim to a serious addiction to the postage stamp blocks I posted about earlier. I enjoy the contemplative, peace-ful activity of cutting 25 just-short-of-2-inch squares on a small mat with a little ruler and a tiny cutter, the selection and placing of complementary colours and patterns, and the revelatory moment when I turn the block over and inspect all those perfect corners!

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The offcuts: nothing bigger than half an inch wide.

It’s a fun, portable project I can take to my sewing group, put in an hour here and there, and best of all, it’s munching up my littlest scraps and forcing me to sort them out, bit by tiny bit. Win-win!

 

 

 

Linking with

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (In English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Annett at https://knettycraft.wordpress.com (In German and English)

If I learn of any other participants I will update this post as the information comes in!

Jill Hat 1 Jill Hat 2Jill didn’t have time to write a post for this month’s show and tell, so her gorgeous hat contribution is shown above – I adore that shade of blue! Do hop over and take a look at all her lovely stuff, which you can find at https://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com (In English)

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.17.14 amFinally, LoriJ, who does not have a blog, has joined us, and the cute ScrapHappy bag she made for her lucky grand-daughter is also guest-featuring to the left. If you’d like to comment, please do so at this email address: designsbilorij(at)yahoo(dot)com (address disguised to fool the spambots).

See you next month with more scrappy loveliness!