Monday, May 31, 2010
I hope you are all not so surprised by the end of the month as I was. From a chilly New Zealand, warm hugs. - Miche'le
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Happy to show you: Yes,block A is ready! I have made a decision on fabrics,was quite easy in the end,deceided to keep my fabrics that was in that big lid I showed you in the start. Used most of that Moda range,and I like it. Well,there are so many lovely blocks among us and I almost could have chosen any of the fabrics :-)
I have booked space the professional quilting for later on. I am not a very good hand-quilter,so I think it is wise.
Oh,by the way: if you watched the Eurovision Song Contest,I am sure you agreed that the young German girl deserved to win.Hurrah for Denmark,they became no 4. I deleted the post here on the young Norwegian "Pavarotti" Didric.
He became no 20 out of 25,but I still think his sings wonderfully!
Lovely,warm and sunny here today. My DH is on this huge yearly Aircraft Show. I managed to finish this block and starting to pick out fabrics for the house block. A whole month to decide and changing the fabrics around. May be I am the only one that keep switching pieces around here and there?
Take care and Happy Stitching to you all.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Lynda ( bettsylyn)
we just passes 200 posts!!!!............can you believe that..........Chookyblue
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Warning :- Please read this with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
One of the things I like about blogging is the chance to learn about cultures other than my own. So I think it is time for a bit of Aussie cultural history. This might even be a history lesson for any of you young Aussie city girls who may never have seen or used what I'm talking about.
While I was putting this block together (which I might redo as I've just seen two bits the same together), I was reminded of my childhood. I was looking at the potting shed, surrounded now by roses, just like the one I knew. Even the colour of its walls is similar.
Remember what? A potting shed? No. Our old outhouse or dunny as we used to call them. Don't ask, I have no idea how that name came about. Does anyone? You might have spelt it dunnie if you were posh. Most of us up here in Queensland didn't get an indoor toilet until the 1960s. We used to have a little shed in the backyard with a can - no flushing. The nightsoil man would come to change the can. Heaven help you if he arrived while it was in use! Ours had miniature roses growing around it. That's what trigger the walk down memory lane.
Many were converted into potting sheds when indoor loos were built. I remember renting an old house with 2 girlfriends in the early 1980s. The dunny had been retained as a potting shed and the real toilet was in a tucked away, hard to find spot. We, straight faced, sent many a young man 'out the back' to our dunny only to fall about laughing when they returned very confused.
A friend of my father's blew his up with a stick of dynamite. Townsville was close to being a frontier town in the early 60s.
Anyway I hope I have not offended anyone. :-)
As for the quilt, I have decided to try but not get too stressed about my corners matching. And I know this block has turned out a bit too yellow in the corner. So what, I'm enjoying doing it and I'm not entering it in any competitions.
Take care everyone,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I would love to hear your quilting choice!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Well,it is so long since I wrote to you all,that I just couldn't resist showing you my progress. As you can see these two blocks are still waiting for fabrics,although I almost have made up my mind.
You might also notice that I use stem stitches when embroidering. I have yet to learn the back stitches properly,as I find it difficult to make a straighter line if that is to be done.
Anyway, suppose I am following the plan of attack suggested by Chookyblue. And thanking you ever so much for letting me into the group so a Gardener`s Journal one day will be up on my wall. I am looking for a space almost every day;must really reorganize to find a super place!!)
We are having more and more spring up here closer than most of you to the North Pole!
Summer is just around the corner. Looking forward to be sitting outside with this stitching on my lap,glasses on my nose and a nice cup of tea close by(+ a little biscuit). I do enjoy belonging to this Stitch-A-Long group:-)
Happy Stitching to all from Oslo in Norway.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I am prompted to post this by Satu's post a bit earlier.
Today one of my local quilt stores had a special day for their loyalty members, with 20% off. I have been waiting for this day to get my border and backing fabric. I had some tough decisions to make. If I had just been using fabric from my stash or a mix it wouldn't have been as important but as I am using only Moda's Garden Party I knew that I would need to buy the fabric soon so that I could get what I wanted. If I waited until when I finished the quilt I might not get my choices. I decided on the green large flowers for the main border - this design really does lend itself to the wide border - you can see in Satu's post she has chosen the darker plum colourway. I was tempted by the pink spot which Satu has but decided that it was a little too busy and went for the pink cross stitch fabric. The pattern won't show up too much as the inner border is fairly thin, but the colour seems to lift it. The light fabric in the right bottom corner will be my backing fabric. Now I can happily stitch and know that I have everything now to finish my quilt.
I have finished my stitching for this month and I only have to sew it now. So hopefully there will be a photo soon.
Lynda ( bettsylyn)
I've been enjoying seeing everyone's efforts.
I am enjoying this blog so much, reading each one's post and watching their progress.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Happy Stitching Fiona@Dragonfly-Crafts
Satu's Block A is finished!
Before I fetched my camera, Fenix was already inspecting the block A.
I'm not sure, if he approved it,
but he said something like this: Mniau... mniauminau...
Which one of the border fabrics is better...
...green or red?
I would be happy,
if you could help me with the decision.
See you and lovely weekend!
I was a bit concerned when stitching the embroidery that the background fabric was a bit dark and the embroidery detail would be lost, but after making up the block, am quite happy with how it looks.
Bye till next time
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Looks like this doggy needs some more washing...
Monday, May 17, 2010
A better photo of Block C
The starting of Block H.
I am making great progress with the blocks and every day when I visit the site I am amazed at all the wonderful blocks being made and the comments everyone is receiving.
This is such a great project to be part of.
Cheers for now
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Its fabulous to see so many finishes on this quilt and so many great colours and fabrics.
Keep up the good work girls.
it means that I have stitched the little blocks and
sewn those (difficult for me) little squares together.
And tomorrow I'm going to piece the whole block A together
...I'm quite happy and proud of this;)
It's so stimulating to make this quilt together!
Greetings from Satu;)