Friday, August 31, 2012

Fathers Day Mini Quilt Swap

It is Fathers Day here in New Zealand and Australia this Sunday.  I participated in the Mini Quilt swap again and the theme this time was to make a quilt for Fathers Day.   Below is the one I received from Raelene and it has a nautical theme.  Raelene had googled the area where I live and seen that it was on the coast.  It is just perfect..each day as I drive up and over the hill into work I get a view of the any time you can see boats, windsurfers and rowers out practising.  Raelene had added a label on the back of the quilt which explained why she chose this design.  A great idea..
And now below is the mini quilt I sent to Shez.  I saw this design in an old magazine and as soon as I saw it I knew that it was what I wanted to make.  I liked the saying..."A father is someone you look up matter how tall you get "  I chose the check fabric because it reminded me of the old world look of the teddies.  I can show it now as Shez has received it (and it was a close run thing..just arriving today in time for Sunday) Phew!!
It is a great swap to be a part of and I am looking forward to the next one.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Friday Night Sewing...

I linked up for Sarah's Pre Cut Party and it was also the Friday for FNSI so I worked on a project that fitted in with both events.  First, I needed a pattern that used precut sized fabric.  I had bookmarked this Zig Zag Quilt Pattern from HERE some time ago with the intention of trying it out sometime.  I needed to start with 2.5 inch strips..
.then I sewed them together in pairs
Cut them into 4.5 inch segments..
Joined these pieces at right angles to each other
Then joined these units together into strips of increasing length first one on its own, then rows of 2, 3 etc..(the photo below is not the final layout)
Finally I started to sew the rows together..the rows run diagonally....and this is as far as I got for the night...
The quilt in the pattern is larger than I will probably make, so I will add rows until it is the size that I want..all I will need to do then is trim the sides so that they are straight, quilt and there is a bit of work to do yet..

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pre-Cut Party

I have just been over to Sarah's blog and she and Roseanne are hosting a pre-cut party on Friday night...might be just the thing to get me sewing again.  If you want to join in the fun then click HERE to go and visit Sarah to find out more.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I wonder why.. motivation, of late, to stitch and blog seems to have fallen into a big black hole of nothingness.   I have so much on the go and my work has just been sitting in a basket untouched for weeks now.  I needed something to kickstart my stitching again and perhaps it has been the sound of a whip cracking that may have got me going again today.
Mind you the way the weather has been the last few days (cold, drab and wet) would not excite anyone.  The creeks and rivers are up and there is a lot of water on the roads. On the news tonight was a piece about what some university students got up to on this stretch of water that passes by the university.
They had hooked up a rope and were taking turns on a surfboard, as the rest of the group waited by the concrete wall for their turn.  Needless to say the police soon put a stop to it.  What did they think they were doing??