Friday, January 30, 2009

Mystery Quilt step 6

At last this morning, I found time to stitch the strips together of my mystery quilt. I am really pleased as the seams matched up perfectly which is not always the case and I usually have to unpick some along the way and restitch but not today. I have posted some photos below to show what it looks like so far.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Australia Day

Yesterday was Australia Day. We spent the morning helping to put up a cubby house for my grandchildren in between the much welcome rain. It looks great and the boys couldn't wait to play in it. Their Mum has given it a coat of paint, blue and cream, a change from the pink and purple it was painted when they bought it. The boys are off to school today. It will be Jake's first day at Prep and Tom will be in grade 2. They are growing so fast. My two eldest grandkids will be in Grade 11 and Grade 7. Starting to feel old here so time to change the subject. The afternoon was spent catching up on step 5 of the mystery quilt. I sort of figured out how it might go together but will have to see when Helen posts the next set of instructions. It is looking good. Just have to iron all the seams so no photos this time.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A good day's work

I have been busy stitching Pretty Christmas by Sonya Cormaux-Jones which I was lucky enough to win on her blog some time back. I have just finished it and I think it looks great. It is done in softer colours which is a change from the reds and greens usually used at Christmas although I still love to use those colours as well.
Today I have completed Step 3 and Step 4 of the Mystery Quilt. The blocks are looking good and it will be all systems go when Helen posts the next installment. I have really enjoyed doing this and can't wait to see how the blocks will go together. I have posted photos below.

Boy, how humid was it today. A good excuse to stay in the air-conditioning in my quilting room and get all this work done.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

January WISP completed

Today I had a productive day of quilting and finally completed by WISP for January. I started this Coffee Mug Bag last year along with another one with a tea stitchery on it which I completed at the time and use when I go to my quilt group. This one though, sat on my cutting table for the last few months with the stitcheries done but little else. I had this idea last year that if I started a small project I would make two at the same time so I could have some gifts to give if an unexpected occasion came along. I'm not sure if that theory worked out that well but anyway it is now finished and here are the photos to prove it. Hooray!!!! I also finished off the Gail Pan Christmas BOM so also took a photo of that. I am using Robyn Pandoff fabrics called Holly Go Lightly for the borders. When Gail said she would be using red and green for the borders, I thought these fabrics from my stash would be just perfect. I have also done some work on my Summer Mystery quilt but didn't quite finish off adding the triangles to the corners of the rectangle blocks. I have also prepared the Willowberry Designs stitchery so I can stitch that at my next quilting group day. Tomorrow I have my 2 grandsons coming over for the day so it will be a day of swimming, playing games and lego building. They go back to school next week so their Mum is covering school books. I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore, I could never get that darn contact on without numerous air bubbles in it.

Above are the photos of the Coffee Mug Bag, sorry they are a bit dark.

I love how this looks already.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Blocks finished

Here is a photo of the first 5 blocks for the mystery quilt.

The above photo is of the next 16 rectangle blocks. It has been good putting them together as Helen has made the instructions easy to follow which is great.

Have been working on my Pretty Christmas stitchery and also the Gail Pan Xmas stitchery which are now both finished so just have to add backing and buttons to one and borders to the other.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Making Progress

Wednesday I had a good day and managed to get Block 8 of my Sunshine Frolics BOM completed. I also got the first lot of cutting done for the Summer Mystery Quilt and today I cut out the rectangles for the second set of blocks. They are sitting on my sewing cabinet ready to sew. I also took a photo of the fabrics I am using so will try to add it to this post. The block sewing will have to wait until Sunday though as tomorrow, Chris and I are going to a car show at Carrara (we have a 1928 Model A Ford Roadster, built by my hubby). A car show is a great excuse to take it for a spin. Just hope it isn't too hot!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More fabric!

Have all the requirements for the Mystery quilt except one. Measured the piece I had set aside for Fabric C and it was a bit short so picked up another piece of green today. Will take a photo of the fabrics I will be using and try to post it. Tomorrow I intend to have a day in my quilting room. I have finished the stitchery for Block 8 of Sunshine Frolics so need to cut out the fabrics so I can piece the block together. Block 9 should arrive soon, then only the borders to go. I'm hoping I can start on the Mystery quilt then and cut out the first blocks. We'll see how much I get done! Yesterday I had a lovely day as my quilting group recommenced after the Xmas break. We all had lots to talk about as we hadn't seen each other since mid December. A lot of laughing was done with a bit of stitching thrown in. We meet at a local church hall every Monday. The group is called The Jimboomba Quilters and Stitchers and we have been meeting for about 18 months. I have met some lovely ladies there and have formed some wonderful friendships. Last year my daughter was very ill and I was amazed at the support everyone gave me at a time when I really needed it. Well must go, hopefully will post some photos of what I am working on soon. Noela.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Free Christmas BOM

Here is another free BOM, this time from Gail Pan. Check out logo on side bar. It is available around the 7th of the month on Gail's blog. The designer's are very generous with their free giveaways, don't you think. At this rate I may not get too many of my wisp's done (only joking Kris and MaiBritt). Have made some progress with my mug bag yesterday while sorting out material for the mystery quilt. Will have to take some photos and then try to work out how to put them on here. That should be fun. Cheers Noela.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday already!

Here it is Friday and I don't seem to have achieved much this week. I have had a quick look through some of my unfinished projects and have decided to work on a coffee mug bag for my January Wisp. I have the stitchery finished and the materials cut out so just have to put it together. I have also been working on Block 8 of Sunshine Frolics by Natalie Bird and have nearly finished the stitchery part. I have the other 7 blocks finished. Only one more to go after this and I can put all the blocks together. I have been doing the BOM through Honeysuckle Cottage. The quilt uses pinks and soft greens in it and is turning out quite well. These are not colours I have used much but I really like how it is looking. I have also been looking through my stash for fabrics to use in Helen's Great Summer Holiday Mystery Quilt ( check out logo on side bar ). I'm hoping I can find enough fabric and be ready for next week to start this project. Well must go, till next time. Noela

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Giggle Buttons Club

I have added the Giggle Buttons Club logo to my sidebar as I have joined this year. The first mail out is in February and Sonya who is the designer and owner of Giggle Buttons has been busy working on our first project. You can check out a sneak peek on her blog. All Giggle Club members can join an on-line blog so that we can share photos of our projects or other Giggle designs we may have stitched and also help each other out if someone needs it. It should be great fun.

Monday, January 5, 2009


I am feeling pretty pleased as I have been trying on and off since yesterday to put the Logo for the one project a month challenge on my blog and I have finally worked out a way to do it. Hurray!! Now I must go and sort out what I will work on for January's challenge. I hate to say it but I have lots of Wisp's in my cupboard. Thanks Kris and MayBritt for thinking up the challenge.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My First Post

Well here I am at last, my very first post. I am on a very steep learning curve as I am not so good at finding my way around the net. I can only hope that I will get better as I go. I want to use my blog as a way of sharing what I am up to with my quilting friends, keeping track of where I am with my quilting projects and to be a bit more organised so I can finish some of my UFO's as well as new projects I have waiting to be started. I have just moved into my new quilting room in the shed which my hubby has built, so now I have everything in one place, I won't know myself. I look forward to a wonderful 2009.