Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tamborine Camp

Well, I haven't had time to post from my camp last week-end at Boonah so will have to do a big post when I return from this week's camp with the Beaudesert Quilter's at Tamborine.  This camp starts tomorrow afternoon and finishes Sunday lunch so I will be able to continue on with the things I started working on at Boonah.  It has been a hectic few days as in amongst all the quilting, Chris and I celebrated our 17 th wedding anniversary.  I left Boonah early so we could go to see Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on Sunday night at the Entertainment Centre at Boondall.  WOW, what a great concert, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing them live. Here is a picture of them on the big screen.
 Well, till next time..........Happy Stitching

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Camp Prep & 3 OPAM Finishes

This week, I have been preparing some quilting projects for my group's Boonah quilt camp this week-end. At our last camp in October, we had to take along an ugly fat quarter (or at least one we thought fitted that description) to swap.  I think most of them weren't really that ugly, but anyway, I ended up with a piece of fabric that had a black background with yellow hibiscus over it.  Our challenge for this camp was to make a pillow case using the fat quarter.  You could use as little or as much as you wanted in the finished case.  Here is what I did with my mine.  Quite bright, but I am happy with how it turned out and it should help keep me awake for all that late night sewing I want to get done at the camp.
I also spent about an hour last night trying to work out the placement for the blocks in the photo below.  The blocks have been sitting in a box waiting to be put together since last year. Still not sure if this will be it  but I need to get this one finished for my grandson. He has a king single so this should fit the bill when the sashing and borders go on.  I love this fabric by Sweetwater, one of my favourite designers. Their fabric lines always look so fresh and I have to admit I have lots more of their fabric in my stash. These blocks are made using a layer cake.  
Below are 2 more finishes for this month, a baby quilt and another mug rug.  My son has a new niece, Crystal, born in January. He asked me if I would finish off this panel he bought from Spotlight and add a label with his & the boys names on it.  So here it is below being held by my grandson Jacob.  I just love owls at the moment, they are so cute.  Hope Crystal enjoys lying on this when she gets a bit bigger and of course 'Congratulations' to the new parents.

I made this mug rug for one of my special quilting friends. I gave it to her on Monday as she will be holidaying with her family on Friday, when she celebrates her 70 th BIRTHDAY. Have a wonderful day,  I will be thinking of you and will miss you at our camp this week-end.
Well, that's about it for me tonight.   Till next time..........

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Toowoomba Hot Rod Week-end

Last week-end we headed to a destination about 2 hours away from our home to attend a hot rod weekend hosted by the Toowoomba Hot Rodders.  We have been going to this event for several years and always have a great time.  We stayed at our friends' place and here we are below heading off for breakfast at the show grounds with the rest of the group on Saturday morning.
After a breakfast of eggs, sausages, grilled tomato and bacon, we headed off on our rod run to the Army Air Museum at Oakey about 30 minutes away.  Here we were given a tour of the museum and workshops where many of the planes have been restored and others are in the process of being rebuilt to their former glory by a band of volunteers.  The tour guide had lots of interesting stories to tell us about the planes and in all we really enjoyed the informative morning.  I wasn't really aware that the army  flew and maintained their own planes.

Sunday morning we all headed into the city for the Show and Shine in the main street.  Below are just a few of the cars on show.  We had a lovely time catching up with our friends and checking out some new hot rods we hadn't seen before.  The weather was beautiful, a wonderful end to our weekend away.

Our car  1928 Model A Roadster

1928 Model A Tudor

Model A Pick-up Roadster

1932 Tudor
Will be back soon with a couple of finishes...........  Till then.....    Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Give-away Win, New Goodies

A couple of  weeks ago, I entered Teresa's, of All Things Vintage, 3rd year bloggerversary give-away and I was lucky enough to win. Yesterday, I received my gift.  The above photos don't do the journal justice.  It is just beautiful with lace and a cameo button on the front. I  have known Teresa for a number of years and have always admired the things she makes so thank you so much Teresa. I look forward to using the journal to record my quilting progress and am sure I will find something special to make with the charm squares and buttons.
Below are the goodies I bought from Pauline of Quilters World when we had our class on Monday.  I have been thinking of getting a sew slip mat to make FMQ a bit easier so that was number one on my list when I saw it.  Some of the other purchases were things that were used in the techniques demonstrated.  I can't wait to use the glue on my applique pieces, no more viseofix sounds good to me.  

Till next time..... Happy Stitching

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mystery BOM, Workshop Day

Last week we made the second block in our Mystery BOM quilt. A Double Star Block. Above are some of the blocks made by  other group members. Below is my block for February. I'm quite pleased with my points.
Today at our quilt group we had a workshop run by Pauline Rogers of Quilters World.  Pauline spoke about  and demonstrated several different topics including quick ways of making 4 patch squares and half square triangles, how to use glue instead of viseofix to attach your pieces when doing blanket stitch applique, her quilt-as-you-go method  is great, all done by machine, no hand-sewing. She gave us lots of other handy hints to make our quilting journey much easier including how to make bias tape without burning your fingers by pinning the end of the tape, then using a small iron to push the bias maker along the strip.  We were also shown how to use a glue stick to attach that bias tape to a quilt ready for stitching. Another interesting thing she talked about was the fact that all rulers don't measure the same and can be out a little.  This effects our blocks and could be why we have trouble getting our points to match sometimes.  Room for thought there. Lastly she gave us a demonstration on Free Motion Quilting.  In all the day was fantastic and I came home with so much buzzing around in my head.  I bought quite a few goodies but forgot to take a photo so will show them next time. Below are some photos of the day.

Free Motion Quilting.  Sorry the photo is a bit fuzzy.

One of Pauline's quilts

Quilt-as-you-go above and below work in progress

Above & below : getting ready for a fun day of learning

Well hope I haven't done a photo overload.... Till next time..... Happy Stitching