Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Look what has arrived at my house!

here is the gorgeous prize, I was lucky enough to win for participating in FNwF 
doin' a happy dance

here is the gorgeous prize I won for taking part in the A4A Quilt Along
doin' another happy dance :)

these are the GORGEOUS paper pieced blocks from Kerry for the Paper Piecers Club



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November blocks sent

I have been busy doing a bit of secret angel sewing, but have managed to complete my November block swaps before the end of the Month!

So I don't spoil the surprise for LoriB, here is a tease photo :)

Pinwheel #7 for LoriB

Sawtooth Star for Melanie
Melanie has let me know it has arrived safely - and guess what?  she likes it :)


Log Cabin for Encarna (QBSA)

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Monday, November 18, 2013

October catch up

Well, I am not too sure what happened to October, but it certainly seemed to disappear very quickly.

I was so very late with most of my block swap commitments.

Hear are my feather blocks for Do Good Stitches - they will be in the post today :)

Feather blocks -01

Feather blocks -02

Thanks to Sharon for providing the background fabric, and the link to this pattern.  The first one took a while, but as I got more comfortable with each block, the quicker I became :)
EDITED: to include a link ;)

This would make an excellent project to use up scrap strips :)

Now onto my November commitments :)


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

November - sent and received

CathyC from Diana

CathyC from Raelene


CathyC to Diana

CathyC to Raelene

birthday FQ to Narelle from CathyC

Birthday FQ to Carol from CathyC
 Lorraine, my previous month's partner from QBSA suggested we swap some fabrics, and this is what she sent - look at the lovely purples.  I will be sending her some in return at the end of the month ;-)
from QBSA Lorraine
 I also received these lovely 5" charms squares as part of a Rainbow Charm swap  - I am getting quite a collection of rainbow 5" charm squares and am looking forward to making something fun with them.
rainbow charm swap
Melanie is my November partner for Christmas Block Swap and has already sent this stunning block - it is just gorgeous, the photo does not do it justice!


Thanks heaps Melanie, I will be onto yours very soon :) 

must be off, we are out to tea to celebrate with family - SIL's 50th birthday
and BIL & SIL 23rd Wedding Anniversary :)


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

FNSI - show and tell

I managed to spend some time in the sewing room yesterday - along with about 40 others :) (see FNSI link in sidebar)

I am a bit behind in my Do Good Stitches blocks - I managed to complete one of my 'feathers' for October's block.  This block was a bit frustrating in that the directions were not really clear on what size the end result of the block should be - Sharon provided our background fabric, and I really wanted to be sure of the various dimensions before cutting - however, with some consultation with the girls via the Flickr group, I was reasonably confident to start cutting and sewing.

here is my first feather :)
Feather block
one down, three more to do :)

I also did some other sewing, but that is secret for now and will be revealed at a later date :)

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Quilting Gallery Show & Tell

I have entered this week's Quilting Gallery Show and Tell - Quilting Close-up

http://quiltinggallery.com/2013/11/08/vote-quilting-close-up/

Please go visit and see the most wonderful examples of quilting ;-)
Mine is just so very simple by comparison :(

EDITED:  many thanks to those who voted for me ........... I got 23 votes!


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Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair

I went to the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair yesterday - lots of walking around, lots of lovely things to see, lots of inspiration, but I was very restrained in my purchases .............. only getting what was 'needed' ;-)

This is what greeted me when I arrived :)


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Friday, November 8, 2013

my very late block for Delphine revealed :)

As I posted earlier, my October block for Delphine was so very late :(

it has now arrived, and I can share a colour photo ;-)

Twisted Star
Thank you Delphine, for being so very patient and courteous during my endeavours to get your block to you :)  I certainly hope my tardiness has not put you off our wonderful swap group :)


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My Secret Mini

I took part in Cheryll's Mini Quilt Swap.

The task was to make up a Mini Quilt (complete with hanging pocket) and the theme was Flowers.

I posted a tease photo earlier. 

Some of you may remember my post about the 9" Tulip Block I made for a block swap partner - well it bothered me that I couldn't work out the maths, so Mr Fixit very patiently sat down with me and helped me :)
My calculations :)

my quilted detail

the front

the back (complete with hanging pocket - my first :) )
It has been posted, I do hope the recipient likes it ;-)

I enjoyed being part of this swap and look forward to next year ;-)


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Sunday, November 3, 2013

October QBSA blocks - sent and received

9Patch from Lorraine

Tulip Block for Lorraine
I am getting really close now to making up my 'Purple Patch' quilt.  Now that I have finished the top for the A4A QuiltAlong, I can put it back on the design wall and sew it up.

Design Wall as at July 2013

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

FAwF/FNwF show and tell

Another FAwF/FNwF ............ where are the weeks going?  It will be Christmas before you know it.

I have come down with a shocking head cold - blocked sinuses, sneezing, sore throat, aches in places I didn't know I had places - the whole box and dice :(  and while I really wanted to get a whole heap of sewing done, after running around doing some errands that couldn't wait, and spending a bit of time chasing up some 'one-sided' Christmas Block swaps (that is a post for a later date :( ) I sewed a little, but mostly just faffed around the sewing room   ;-)

I completed a very late October Christmas Swap block for Delphine, who has been most patient with me.  Not a very good introduction to our swap group, when your first swap is late and from the Swap Co-Ordinator herself, no less!  Not a very good example to set :(

Anyway, here is the block I made - you get to see a black and white version - so as not to ruin the surprise, I will post a full colour pic when it is received by Delphine.

a Twisted Star Block for Delphine
I did a blog post about receiving Delphine's block HERE, but will post the picture again, because it is such a beautiful block ;-)


For FAwF/FNwF, I did get a few things done though, I:
  • picked out FQs for 2 birthdays, and 2 swap partners for Fat Quarter Swap for November
  • picked out fabrics for my Christmas Block Swap (x 2)
  • picked out fabrics for my QBSA Block swap
  • played with a layout of blocks in preparation for some secret sewing ;-)
  • applied the finishing touches to my 12inch Mini Quilt top - it is now ready to be put in the mail ;-)
tease photo ;-)
who is it going to?


My day was made a whole lot better when Cheryll sent me an email letting me know I had won a small prize for FNwF for October ;-)

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Friday, November 1, 2013

CraftMad Family Quilt Block Swap

I thought it was about time I posted some pics of the blocks sent and received for the CraftMad Family Quilt over the past few months.

September blocks - Frosted Star for Mandy and Merry
Frosted Star block

Frosted Star block

from Merry

Arrowhead Puzzle for Mandy & Merry
Arrowhead Puzzle block

Arrowhead Puzzle block

from Merry


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