Sunday, June 24, 2012

Update on Twister Runner

Can't believe where this week has gone so thought I would give a quick update on my FNSI table runner.  Prepare for a photo overload as I have tried to take progress photos as I did each step.
This is the prepared runner top.  5" squares surrounded by a 3" border
Twister template positioned on the seam line between blocks and border. Note angle on template.

First row cut.   

Two rows cut out and pinned, see photo below. 

Nearly there, only three rows to go.

 Rows ready for stitching.  You need to straighten the blocks before pinning which makes the pin wheel appear .

Above and below  the top is finally stitched together.

These are the blocks that are left over from between the blocks.  About 35 in all. 
Not sure if I will use these blocks (which need a bit of trimming) in a narrow pieced border or finish the runner off with the same cream already used.  Will see how it looks first.   The template was easy to use and the blocks went together quickly so all the ladies who left a comment on my last post, saying they had one of these templates, get it out and use it.  I am so pleased with the look and you will be too.  Till next time Happy Stitching.......

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday Night Stitch In

Last night I managed to stitch this charm pack into a table runner.  I am going to use the template below to cut the runner up to make the squares into pin wheels.  The pattern below shows how to use the twister template tool to cut out the blocks and join them together again to achieve this.  On my last quilting camp one of my fellow quilters was making a quilt using this method so I have been interested in trying it out ever since, just had to buy the template which I found on line.  Thought I would start with a smaller project just in case I make a mess of it.   

The other project I started to work on was the cute owl pot holders in the bottom of the photo.  By the time I had cut out all the fabrics required, found some circles the right size for eyes and wings, traced and ironed them onto the fabric, it was getting quite late so decided to call it a night. I'm pretty happy with what I achieved. Thanks Heidi and Bobbi for hosting FNSI again.

Friday, June 15, 2012

FNSI on tonight

I have signed up again over at Handmade for Heidi's blog for tonight's Friday Night Sew In.  I am sorting through my projects today so that I have myself organised and be ready to work on them tonight. An early dinner and then a undisturbed night of sewing I hope.  If you want to join in you can pop over to Heidi's blog  and sign up, just click on the link and you are there.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cooli Rocks On

Last Saturday Chris and I headed down to Coolangatta for the annual Cooli Rocks On  festival.  It goes for a week culminating in a weekend of rock and roll dancing, a parade and a hot rod /car show and shine in the streets.  It was an overcast day so we decided not to take our hot rod which was just as well as by lunch time the rain decided to make an appearance.  Luckily the parade was over by then.  The photo below shows one of the floats with one of the Rock and Roll groups, demonstrating their dance steps, on board.  

Lots of people attended despite the rain

Love this car.  

Model  A

This big boy was enjoying his morning walk.  He was huge.

Feet hurt from all the walking,  one of these would have been handy.

Love this camper with its sea theme artwork.

This is our new project, a 1928 Model A Tudor.  It needs a little work.  Can't wait till it looks like one of cars above.  Yes, I think red paint would be nice.  

And of course a day out wouldn't be complete without a bit of retail therapy. There were lots of stalls to look at.  This scarf and ornament just had to come home with me as a reminder of the day.
I have been sewing this week so will post a few photos tomorrow, no finishes as yet but lots of prep work done.     Till next time........Happy Stitching

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brissie Blog Meet

Last Sunday, I headed off to Cleveland to join other bloggers for a get- together at The Grandview Hotel.  It was great to catch up with like minded ladies who share the same quilting passion as I do and who enjoy sharing their quilting journey with others through their own individual blogs.  I had such a lovely time with new and old friendships, made and renewed. I think we were all amazed at how quickly our five hours together went.  Also a big thank-you to Susan who organised the meet.
Susan, De, Michelle and Marilyn

Susan, Teresa, Lynda, Michelle and Helen

Mary with Cheryl who won the raffle doll Mary made.  
Mary made all of us a surprise gift in the shape of a very cute shirt using 2 t-towels, some buttons and a bow. Thank you  so much Mary. 

Lynda, Michelle and Fiona looking at Marilyn's embroidered tablecloth.

Fiona's Bag

Susan's  My Favourite Things Quilt, a work in progress. 

De's Quilt - Marilyn and Mary look on

Mary's Quilt held by Marilyn

Michelle's Wall hanging (her own design)
A wonderful day, thank you for your company girls, can't wait for the next one.  Bye for now............