Sewing bag done and dusted!

I completed the blue sewing bag and I absolutely love it! There are deep pockets on the back of the bag and heaps more inside the bag. This bag will be used a lot

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Cat quilt done

The cat quilt is done, and it even comes with authentic cat hair! It is lovely and warm with the cuddly minky backing. I had to order the fabric for the backing online and, of course, did it without measuring the quilt first. It was a huge relief when it was just enough! I am planning to use the quilt as it is freezing cold here in New Zealand. We are definitely experiencing a very cold winter this year

Also had a lazy day in front of the embroidery machine today. Decided to make myself a needlework bag. The eight blocks which will be used for the front of the bag are all completed and ready to be turned into a bag. And because I am making it for myself I could go into blue overload!img_0582.jpg

2018 – the year of quilting

It is funny how I suddenly find myself in the middle of four quilts! The cat quilt topping was made last year and then put away. I have now added the batting and done the quilting, just to add the backing and binding and it will be finished! As with the SS quilt I decided to give it a minky backing. The moment it arrives (I ordered the fabric online as we the closest fabric shop to me is nearly 4 hours away) I’ll finish the quilt and it will be ready to be used. Mollie already tested it and I think it has her approval.

The second quilt is the Sweetest Things Sampler QAL. A third of the blocks has been completed and joined. One block a month is released and block 6 will be released in July. In the meantime I am making the Irish Chain blocks. Five done, eight more to go. I have a feeling this quilt will also get a soft and cuddly backing

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And then the Splendid Sampler QAL. Block 3 will be released tonight. I am completing the blocks as I go, back and front, and crochet a border around each before joining the blocks

I have another quilt topping completed (Going to the Zoo), it just needs backing and binding. I am definitely planning to complete this quilt soon too, it has been put away since last year.

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This is turning into a quilting year, not what I expected at all!

Splendid Sampler 2

Can’t believe block 2 has just been released – we only started with block 1 the other day! I decided to use the Splendid Sampler blocks for a crochet fusion quilt instead of a normal quilt. I usually enjoy making the blocks, but do not enjoy finishing off the whole quilt, and I am not really very good with it. But in the past I enjoyed making fusion quilts. This way I complete each block – with minky fabric on the back of the block and crochet around each block; these blocks can then be joined and I can add as many blocks as I like. With the previous SS QAL I completed just over 50 blocks and used it for a quilt. My aim this time is at least 49, for a 7×7 quilt, but it will be possible to add more if I feel like it. And then crochet a border around it

So here are my first 2 blocks 🙂 The main colour will be blue, with a touch of yellow, green, white and navy; and of course white around all the blocks as well as the border eventually

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Sewing the blanket stitch around the block before I could crochet was a huge problem for the first block. I used the same yarn for the blanket stitches and it was really difficult to get the needle through the layers of the block. For block 2 I used DMC for the blanket stitches – it was much easier to do and actually looks better. I am going to leave block 1 as it is, but will use DMC for all the future blocks. I think this is going to be a pretty quilt

Quilting or knitting?

It is a well-known secret that I don’t like knitting. It is also well-known that I said I have retired from quilting. But I am itching to do something different. And I was tempted when I went on the Splendid Sampler FB group – they are starting Splendid Sampler ll in June. So here I go again! I really enjoyed this QAL when I did it in 2016, and also I didn’t make all 100 blocks I was still very happy with the quilt I made.

So fabric ordered, book ordered…….I am ready for the June kick-off. This is going to be a blue quilt, with a touch of green and yellow

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In the process of choosing fabric for the SS quilt, I came across the Sweetest Things QAL 2018 and fell in love with the blocks already published and, as I was now in quilting mode, decided to do this one too 🙂

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