WOW or WIP’s with Esther 17th April 2019

My DGD 6 with her tote bag she finished making on this sleep over, so lovely to see her wanting to sew? Thats a tapestry of mine she choose to applqiue on to the front.

Centre of a big daisy? On a men’s tie shoulder??bag I’m making.

My week has been a mixture of ups and downs. I lost a very dear friend, ?same day my DGD decided to have a sleep over for a couple of days it was the best fix for my sadness. ?Sewing on the machine has been all most nil, but have added 100’s of tiny??stitch’s. To some DJ blocks.

Pulled my scrappy quilt and made up 40 more background shapes so I can add some more when I have time.? I will still need about 60 more after them????? This is one of Esther’s designs all so.

Changed my big flower bloom head

To this one, it goes better with the rest of my Alice theme?

Start of making block 2 of Wrapt in Love.

Love how the colours are working?

Changed these flowers to Borderie Perse fussy cut flowers, Alice would have?loved them?

And there we have it all ready for machine applqueing down.

Block 1 and 2 together!?

 

Making my diamonds that have a strip in them for HOTYH

First one made now I need to make another 3?!? I’m working on themLOL

One of my scrappy shoulder bags I have been making.? ?It was for some one special.

He came to visit us tonight about 3 1/2 inchs long, we call the green tree frogs, they love to go back to the same place each? morning for the day time. When we lived in PNG I had trees all around my verranda and I had 7 of them coming out each night and then slide back in to a wee knock for the day time and all ways in the same wee spot????? Biggest one we had up there was 5inchs when crouching. They were so use to me they would not move when I went up close and studied them?

Time I went and joined up with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s thanks so much for dropping in Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 3rd April 2019

 

It has been raining ?for weeks, on the 1st April ?that morning the sun tried to break through but didn’t make it? ?Cloud base was down so low it was at my front door?

1st of April and I had To go ?down to the city. I went and had lunch at my favourite wee restaurant which is at Muddies children’s water play ground right on the edge of the ocean, sadly the tide was out but I was happy to eat fish and chips with the best mug of coffee

I sat and stitched tiny tiny stitches on a DJ block and let the world drift by? Even when the rain drifted in from the ocean and blocked my view I just moved my table and chair back out of the rain and kept stitching??LOL.

I dropped in to a wee patchwork fabric shop near the Cairns Airport called Hooked on Sewing before going in to town and these Australian batiks were spilling all over the counter waiting to be put back on the shelf? I fell in love with them specially the blues and aqua’s . ?,

 

 

The owners daughter offered to make up a swagg roll of one of each colour while I was in town. A swagg roll is 5 ?1/2 inch’s wide. Now how’s that for service, it is not only a great wee shop with top quality fabrics but great service.

So if you are ever in Cairns and need a fabric fix drop in to see them.

These lovely lovely Ozzie batiks on the right and on the left is a swagg of Hoffman’s lovely fabrics.

Those Hoffman’s will be great for wee DJ blocks.

Nnow?isn’t that a sight for saw eyes if you are a quilter?

As soon as I saw these

I thought Tropical rainforest, sunsets, and the beautiful coloured fish and coral in the Great Barrier Reef which is on our back doorstep. ?We are so so lucky to live here?

I started DearJane blocks years ago, My hubby bought me the book I thought??? ?but it turned out it was the CD and the book how to use the CD Big mistake to try learning how to make DJ blocks and how to use the computer to learn to make the DJ blocks. ?How I hate that ET book not its fault all mine, ?I’m a visual person LOL ? I have a couple of dozen blocks made over lots of trial and error but now with a great many hrs of machine paper piecing and many many hrs of hand applique I can work my way slowly through some more blocks?

DJ. Block

I have been looking for my DEar Jane folder for months and a few days ago found it, where? On my bookshelf of course??? ?So I’m back making some DJ’s mostly because I know a lot more about cotton fabric and quilting than I did years ago when I started to make these wee blocks.

Back of DJ M – 13 ?I have cut away behind the wee square I appliqued in the centre and spiralled the hem to take the bulk out of that tiny square and it is sitting nice and flat?

DJ F – 9. ?Colours are no5 bright like this , taken at night time.

DJ F – 9 using the dark maroon from one of the new Hoffman fabrics I just bought.

DJ. ? F – ?9. This is very close to the true colours I’m using. Such a sweet wee appliqué Block ? Time consuming but with it. ?All hand applique.

 

I laughed when I really looked at my work table this morning? There are 7 projects lying there??? From sewing Lewis Bears Harris tweed hat back on, to giving Kangaroo a new nose, plus my Diamond Hill? in-fore ground designed by Esther I’ve just pulled after buying some more black fabric, of course I will find the original border fabric now I have cut some new ones? Tomorrow I hope to mitre the corners and irondown my stems.

Thats it for today ! I’m off to link with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s it’s great to be back blogging after months of just been to busy with endless cleaning trying to keep things from been distorted by the mould it’s been a long wet monsoon season this year and it’s still not gone?

Thank you for dropping by, it’s been a frustrating day as I have written this blog twice today, ?for some reason my iPad was showing it was been saved but it wasn’t, second time round I hope it is??? Yep all saved??LOL. ? Cheers Glenda

Going to link with Esther now over on her blog? ?for WOW or WIP’s?

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WOW or WOP’s with Esther 24th March 2019

Not much to show this week?

We found this old machine in very bad repair as it had been stored for years with out a cover may be in a shed some where. It was the first machine Brother made in Japan in the late ?1950’S. ?The bobbin plate and teeth plate are hinged and lift out as one piece???? ? So when you want to lift the bobbin plate it folds up and back on to the machine !!!!

It took a lot of cleaning but underneath the parts were all in very very good condition just need the rust removed and lots of oil and now she is running perfectly so so smooth. ?Rod took the attachable motor off and added a wee handle on the wheel so in any power cuts I can still sew if I want to?????

This is the back of the machine interesting thing and I think it must have been a mistake on the manufactures place, the threading parts are on the back facing away from the machine?????? ?SO you have to think back to front and work from the back to thread it?????

Cleaned, oiled, rust removed, and sewing like a charm

My wonderful sewing partner in crime can think out side the box with any fabric she see’s. ?She collects embroidered ?place cloths and doilies and she made her self this dress one day a few years ago?????

Back of her dress, those bird’s are done by crossstitch ??!!

All cross stitch/

Crochet bag made from a string onion bag????? ?Look at the lovely edge she added to finish it off?

She is now making scarf out of crochet ?tubes!!!!!!

Mini quilt in a Healing Heart? ?I could not settle to sew the other night so sat down and send 1inch squares together then they became a 2inch square in side a Healing heart? ? So I made some thing lovely.

Finally back working on my lovely Cherish one design I fell in love with on sight?

    Back working on beautiful Cherish ?again finally? ?I need to iron down all those leaves and small flowers and machine appliqué them down will not appliqué the big flowers down till later just to safe guard them from getting marked?

Finally have all the bits and pieces in sachets or wrapped around noodles and all in one box so hopefully I won’t loose any pieces this way?????

Lots and lots of hours ahead of me machine appliquéing all those tiny pieces down.

making up my dividers for the first border, I made mine up a little different. First I pressed my panel in 1/2 length ways and marks where my flower would be attached , next strip I have added a embroidery stem. it pulls the fabric up so you need to steam iron it ?back in to shape . ?number 3 strip Iv’e ironed down the petals ready for machine appliqué

I have 8 waiting to be appliquéd down now?

it’s midnight I will write up on each photo in the morning?, I’m so tired my eyes are going cross eyed and it’s hard to see???

Thank you for dropping in, I have linked with Esther Aliu on her WOW or WIP’s for Wednesday ? Happy sewing every one Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu HOTYH appliqued pansy

My first block of Wrapt in Love by Esther cut out waiting to be machine appliqued down! ?My goodness I had so much fun making this block, I call it Alice after Alice in Wonderland as I saw the flowers in the pictures of Alice when she was at the tea Party as soon as I saw the print out. Yes those are wee fish jumping out of the flower fish bowl, remember this block ?is called Alice? ?LOL.

I decided I WAS going to blog this week and link with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s but it’s 7pm and no blog written so I will share my Pansy journey instead that I wrote a couple of days ago, so many of you will have seen it? ? This is where I’m upto on my HOTYH. ??Esther Aliu’s 2019 BOM

As a moderator on Esther Aliu’s ?BOM group I receive the parts or pattern early, ?this is so we can pre make some of the designs to be able to answer question on it from members. So I have been working on the hexagons, using washaway ?irononfreezer?papers, then machine joining all the seams, finishing off basting by hand all the outer edges ready to be hand appliqued to my Centre. I was surprised how well the hexagons went sewing those seams by machine, I have to say it was tricky doing the one inch long seams, but the rest went smoothly.

It is going to be a beautiful and different quilt that’s for sure?

Close up of those hexagons before sewing them together by sewing machine, first time I have done EPP by sewing machine and hand??? ?This is my ?1st hexagon Block of 4.

Same centre just the light playing on the silks?

Tonight I finally managed to cut out my 52inch square for HOTYH Centre. ?My fabric was wide enough to cut it out in one piece, then I had to cut ironon ?interfacing for it and iron it on, that was the hard part it is so difficult not to get a wrinkle any where??? ?So there it is in all its glory ready of all the applique to be added??? What a wonderful quilt it is going to be.

Its interesting the things that make Quilters happy, on Tuesday a friend gave me something of her mums that she said she would never use?

Much to my delight they will fit my Janome and my 380 Bernina, she was surprised at how happy she made meLOL.

Then ?this morning a friend dropped in and said can you use these? Amongst the goodies was some irononfussing, and some iron interfacing both I was right out of and needed to do any work on The two quilts I’m working on, ?I did a little jig and she said they aren’t that wonderful? ?But they sure were to this quilter LOL

Starting to machine appliqué down my applique pieces for block 1 of Wrapt in Love by Esther Aliu it is her free BOM for 2019, a lovely happy fun beautiful design .

 

 

I was procrastinating over machine appliqueing down my sweet wee pansy faces then decided to make a sample with the same fabrics and backing fabric that mine were made off, here is how I tackled it with help and good advice from Jenny (Henry)

I started on the yellow centre doing a straight Stich to out line it, my stitch length was almost zero. I was sewing one stitch at a time to get around the curves? ?Yellow thread is a sulky No 40

Then I filled it in with straight stitch with the length at the same setting almost zero

Stage 3 I set my double button hole at my lowest settings and appliqued down the right side of my purple face then did straight stitches radiating from the very centre of the purple shape. ?This was my first mistake, I should of buttonhole stitched down the mauve central shape petals first then done the purple face??

checking with the camera to see how it looks, use your camera when you are not sure if you are on the right track? ?It will not lie?

ON to the left part of the purple face double blanket ?stitch you could use a very small zig zag instead, but I found I could place that straight part of the blanket stitch along the edge of the shape?

close up and I hold my breath till I see it’s working?

on to the bottom part of the face still using double blanket stitch but Stich length a tiny bit wider bite in and a long Stich length same colur thread which is a rayon no 40. ?Used this thread count through out.

On to the next stage I double button holed down top two petals using a fairly normal setting .

Both top petals done, I then did the light mauve petals that I should have done straight after doing my yellow centre. Again using double blanket stitch you can use the stitch you like using when doing your machine appliqué.

Last front petal was ?again done with double blanket stitch then I added the straight stitches to the petal and it was complete. ? I hope this helps to take the fear out of ?any of you worrying about machine appliqueing your pansy’s. ?Secret is to go SLOW?!

Thanks for all of you who made it to the end of my blog this week LOL off to link with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s ?hope many of you will join us to read the other links or to link your self.

Cheers Glenda


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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Feb 13th Feb 2019

This week flew in so fast with the arrival of my DGS and his partner for a week. How lucky are we to have them come to STAY. ? DGD ?loves doing crafts so I have given her a nice wee Janome sewing machine I don’t use so often now days a a course on using it, we are making a QAYG bag, ?we might as well make some thing useful while she learns the ins and outs of the machine.

Start out with a Huge circle then cut out a good bite for the top of the bag shape

Then cut two fabrics moon shaped for the lining of the bag. ?Pin well to stop movement when sewing the quilt as you go strips.

Place some wadding the same shape on top of the lining with right side facing down lay the first strip in the middle roughly on an 45deg angle

Pin a strip on top to the left of the fabric and sew down

Open fabric and finger press down,

Add another strip of fabric to the right hand side of the 1st strip of fabric and sew down

the above is my DGD’s now I’m going to switch to photos of how I made mine as hers won’t be sewn till tomorrow, I’ve done mine so she has a sample to follow. Her colurs are very different to m8ne LOL

Just laying some colurs to see how they go together

Starting to sew I start in the middle and work out too each side of the moon bag, my green with the shoes was my first strip .

Quickly it grows

Adding a couple of small pockets inside, Ive used two small circle doilies for the packets, turned over part of the circle to make them in to pockets, will hand sew theses on.

A larger pocket ready to be handsewn down?

My Front and back completed, now to bind them both then add the gusset, which will be two men’s ties.

Wish it wasn’t quiet so bright LOL. But that’s me!!!

Midnight her now so will so goodnight and link to Esther’s wOW or WIP’s and add things from the garden tomorrow if I have time?

Thanks for dropping in, I love seeing your names popping up, it makes my day. ?Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu 6th Feb 2019

 

I finally found my Churndash quilt top last week and have sewn on the last border, so wonderful to have it completed. Background of the churndash blocks are a silk and the pattern cotton. More I see it the more I like this quilt top? Loved making the borders for it.

Trying to find time to write my blog this week, now 8.30pm Wednesday evening. ?I will share some of what Iv’e done and ?doing and have received over January and now February, I’m ?not sure what happened to Jan???

Iv’e Just set out another memory block of my mums treasures. She use to make these ladies in the 1950’s placing one in each ?corner of a metre square piece of coloured gingham fabric, I still have one?some where?

I have removed all the little bits and pieces and sewing down the top lac e that reminds me of hanging wisteria, and the Crinaline lady using beads. It’s slow and relaxing, much more so than writing a late blog LOL. First I laid some dusky pink silk fabric then the share lace over the top 1/2 of the block with a 1/2 inch lace across the very top to anchor any thing up there to later on? ?Will take me 5or 6 days to addthe beads to her dress and the above sheer lace.

 

Stunning a exciting solids

A fabulouse and over whelming gift I’m still recovering from this beautiful gift a quilts dream come true?!

 

Who can go past cheeries

Fabulouse panel of fabric

I was hoping to get this wee beauty going this week but I have not even uncovered ?her.

Hubby’s going to put a handle on the wheel when we find the right one. This wheel is the heavy wheel that was made for a crank shaft, the lighter?ones came out in the 20s when they started to add the little electrical motors which were mounted on to the back of the machine?

After Hubby had adapted the above a friend bequeathered this beauty to me, some thing I have been wishing for since I was around 23? when we moved around the Pacfic Island when we often did not have power, so if you wish hard and long enough it happens.

my dream comes true she’s very old and needs a great deal of TLC but with thT a love she will go I’m sure?

She?has 6 lovely draws and one long one still. ?Only thing missing is one wheel

oh my goodness she does need help, I don’t think she has been touched for 30 or40 years!!!

But??with a wee clean she looks different all ready.

Love??the art Nouveau paintings?

Number??that tells us how old she is. 1923 so she is almost 100 years young LOl.

top is quiet damaged sadly.

Every?one of the additional parts for the sewing machine are there including the original box? Brings back lots of childhood memories as I learnt to sew on my mums singer treadle?

there are mudnests every where from the mud wasps.

it does need that top replaced sadly.

This?narrow long draw had dozens and dozens of mudnests.

this does not look good but we will see what we can do?

Very??sad to see how corroded this piece is, but I’m sure it will clean up?

Well I will close on some photos I took this morning off friends QAYG hexagon quilt top??

Thanks for lasting till the end LOL. Off to link up with Esther Aliu now on her lovely Wednesday session of sharing. ?Cheers ALL Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Jan HOTYH 30th Jan 2019

January flew in the door like a tornado with endless celebration of the New Year then birthdays one after the other. ?Esther Aliu released her beautiful new BOM for 2019 called Hold Onto Your Heart, I was not going to start any new quilts for a while but found my self that night it was released making it???? ?I was up till 2am !!! ?Yes you could say ?I like it ? LOL.

I’ll just print the pattern

May be I could see what it will look like if I just ironed a few pieces of fabric down on the Teflon sheet

I was a gonna the moment I printed the pattern LOl.

It started out by think I will just print the pattern to see what it looks like and how big it will be??? Then maybe I can just cut out the shapes?

May be I could cut out some fabric shapes too? ?Oh it so nice just a few more?

OH gosh those two shades of ?pink looks so good?

I want to add some gold and silver fabric for my star??? ?So I do!

 

ANd I just keep on cutting and cutting those pieces of fabric LOL

Then all the pieces are cut out and pinned and it’s 2am LOl. And I fall in to bed.

Next morning my block is not working? It’s the centre silver and gold fabric? It has to go as much as I like the glow it gives????

So I remove it completely and add two dark shades of silk ? ?I’m happy now it’s working for me.

So I went from light to dark, even the sunlight likes it? So

SO it is ironed down to form a flower on my background fabric, I start in the centre machine appliqueing it down . ?Mt diamonds remind me of when I became engaged I choose a saphire over a diamond? I just love colour. ?Cheers

Finally it was all machine appliquéd down and I’m happy, but I really wanted to make my HOTYH in cotton as it is for some one who will want it on her bed to be used??? So even though the silks are calling I may still make it in cottons?

Jhbb

Not a lot to see in the garden in January as the place is water logged after weeks of rain?

Lovely sunrises

January was full of beautiful sunrises

Found on the driveway on morning when it was not raining. I could not see why it had died but it had not been alive for very long as there was no damage at all to its wings, such magnificent creatures, I see them daily flying around the garden?

My DG son making a very tall block building? I was so lucky to have them many days over Christmas, New Year and all the month of January for the school holidays ?.?

Thanks for taking the time to drop in again and catch up on my news. ?Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther (Dec 2018) Wednesday 30th Jan 2019

Writing a little about what happened in Dec? so I don’t forget to much My blog is like a diary for me?????? I write each Wednesday to share on Esther’s blog this keeps me on track each week, but I missed all Dec and Jan due to my home been filled with my wonderful family who flock here for Christmas I’m so lucky!!!!!!

Cutting my main stems for the 4 borders of Love Always by Esther Aliu.? Ive ironed iron-on-fussing to several lengths of fabric then cut my stems out, storing them on a piece of swimming foam.? I use them all the time for rolling quilts around or like this?? Keeps the stems clean and tidy.

More Pulled fabrics these are cotton?though.

These colurs make my heart sing they are cottons I’m thinking of using for the 2019 BOM ?

Back ground fabric for my LA it’s 100 % silk woven with a beautiful design in the weave then dip dyed so it is a deep blue one side of the fabric and fades to a soft grey.

Have traced the pattern on to some kitchen cooking paper ?so I can cut this up instead of my main printed off pattern, I find this an easy way to mark my back ground. I cut out the stems on this sheet then mark the background silk with white tailors chalk.

Some times we finally get what we think we want ???? ?We ahve sooo many power cuts here during the wet and its frustrating when you want to sew that 5inchs of seam, it needs machine doing as its so thick so you can not do it by hand, well in Dec my wish came true????

I was given this machine that was electrical by adding a free attached motor on the back of the machine these came out around 1910? may be later may be earlier????? I do remember my mum getting one put on to her treadle when I was about 4 or 5?????? around 1948?? This one came out around 1960 looks like the Bernia’s that came out around? then, this was made in Japan though? These machines were built to last and be repaired not replaced LOL

Hubby removed the portable motor and foot treadle

Drilled a hole and added a knob till we fine a wooden handle to crank the machine. SO no more frustration when the power goes off? I can still sew?? Only frustration is I could not find time to try the machine out in Dec or Jan, have my fingers crossed I get to it this week?????

A wee Sunbird decided it liked our porch and started to build her nest on our hanging Christmas lights?

Dawns were so beautiful in Dec I would get up at 5am to watch?

Then the sunrises were just as magical

Had many cloudy days from mid Dec so the sun had to fight to find its way down to us here it is just peeping down a sun beam on to the fish pond? K

TAken just before the rains started 6 weeks ago, now we are water logged?

Some of the oldest living plants in the world, itis nearly 3 metres across! That ball in the middle is a new bunch of leaves about to unfold like a flower!!!

Reason we need ants???? ?they keep the place clean of rotting creatures in hrs this insect was nothing but a empty shell?

Our wee Sunbirds nest up close?

Thanks for visiting and catching up on a little of what I have been doing .

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Nov 2018 Wed 30th of Jan 2019 !!!

Hello again every one. ?No I’m not dead just family hit me starting of Dec so my sewing world all most stopped. ?School holidays finished this past weekend then we had a public holiday and finally now I think I’m back to normal or as normal is in our home LOL. ?I apologise for not answering my last messages, but life out side the sewing world just took over.

Where I left you in November

Starting to work on my 1st Love Always? border designed by? Esther Aliu?? This is where I left you in nov. 2018?

I made my 3 Rose blooms first, I’m so in love with the magnificent blooms Esther designed for the Love Always borders. I’m using mostly silks in these borders.

Next I made up the two toned leaves love making these leaves up. Those who know me in the quilting world will know I love circles and leaves when doing applqiue LOL

Making my bloom on top of a Teflon sheet that is over the shape of this bloom from the pattern. I place from the top of the bloom first which is the palest?lilac then my greys on the side, my tow purples then the deep purple? my leaves then finally the stem and iron them down as I go???

Adding lots of different coloured leaves but trying to keep this border dreamy and subtle????? Not my normal strong bright colours LOL

Love these bloom shapes!

Where I’m up to right now, all most 1/2. way machine appliquéing it all down?

Well that’s caught up with Love Always .

A little from the garden that was not water logged back in Nov 2018?

Thanks for dropping in . Now going to start another blog about my Centre I made for Hold Onto Your Heart ?Esther Aliu’s 2019 BOM which is going to be one amazing journey through 2019?

Happy stitching All Cheers Glenda .

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WOW Or WIP’s with Esther 9th Jan 2019

It seems I have lost a Month some how as it’s??a month since I blogged?

I have decided to make the border for LA. Love Always! by Esther Aliu. ?It was one of her 2018 BOM’s. ?Looking at using silks for the background I have a roll of Kimono fabric, just hope there is enough? ?It’s a light blue that faces across the width of the fabric to all most a soft pale pale grey, fabric is only 14inchs wide., the same width of the border?

My roll of kimono fabric and some silk fabrics I may use, all have iron on fusing behind them ready for cutting out to make the blooms and buds.

Going to use the Press’n?Seal??cling wrap to make the blooms, I will applique the pieces down by machine using ?a double blanket stitch.

First I number all the pieces starting with the pieces I will add first. ?I’ve printed my design on orange paper as we had run out of white paper!?

Tracing all my pieces on to the Press’nSeal using a fine permanent ink pen and have numbered them, this is important when some shapes are similar.

Cut out roughly

My cut out pieces cut with smooth lines and ready to be ironed down using a teflon none stick ironing sheet over the bloom .

Added my top pieces and those bottom pieces first then added the rest. I pinned the pieces in place. Behind ?the printed paper is a mini ironing board.

 

Rest Pined??ready to be ironed down over top of the first 4 pieces

I’ve pressed the cut out press’nSeal pieces Ive removed from the shapes??to the other 1/2 of the teflon??I may be able to use them twice if I’m lucky?

Irioned bloom peeled off teflon??and placed on the backing fabric. Make sure you let that bloom go real cold before peeling off the teflon or you will pull the pieces out of shape?

Now to make 11 more LOL. ?They will all be a little different depending what fabrics I use ?

Pin my garden or really my main house ?entrance this week, a little wee Sunbird built her nest?

It started with pieces of garden vegetation

She attached the pieces to our Christmas lights hanging in front of our entrance that were to come down that day???

She flew in and out from dawn till dusk for 6 days?

Here she is forming the entrance???

Carrying a huge mouth full to line her nest.

So so busy

Checking me out?! ?after one day she was not worried I was taking photos one metre from her.

Again checking me out before going to the nest.

She has gone now looking for a mate, if she finds him she will come back usually around 1 week to lay her eggs?

One glorious Dawn I stood and watched it in awe for 20 mins.

A beautiful moth found on the veranda floor one morning

Dawn breaking one morning

Sun filtering down through the canopy

Sun trying to break through the mist yesterday, it managed to peer through one hole and send a beam down ?

Off to link with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s

Thanks for visiting ?and sorry I was not able to blog for so long but Family, Christmas, and New Year filled every room of the house for the last 4 weeks it was wonderful. ?Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 5th Nov 2019

Look at the intensity of this colour???

Some how Esther’s Wednesdays come around faster than any other day of the week LOL Today is special as she has said on the weekend 2019 BOM will be released, I All ways get so excited when her beautiful beautiful designs are released. ? This flower reminds me of the beautiful designs she shares.

I have very very little to share sewing wise this week again. I’ve been working on sewing down the pieces on a memory Quilt As You Go block of Mums sewing treasures.

All most completed about two hrs of tiny French knots in the centre of the flowers that are in the bobbin lace basket in the centre, I was going to add bows around the edge of the block but the layers needed anchoring so went for embroidered daisies instead. ?Also adding around 60 French knots in those flower centres in the bobbin lace basket, using only two fine threads for these knots so it’s very slow, I may finish them tonight.

Lying on the silk Kimono I’m using to add the backing on these QAYG blocks, I hope to unpick enough of this kimono to day to add the backing to this block.

Two blocks completed, I used the sleeve fabric from the kimono for these two QAYG blocks

Trying to show you this beautiful silk fabric, it’s very tightly woven and very heavy, this quilt will be heavy and warm when or if it gets finished LOL

Kimono before I unpick it today? Takes me 2 to 3 hrs to unpick depends on who the seamstress was and how good her sewing was? They are or were all sewn by hand so the fabric was not punched by a machine needle, you can see the woven design clearly in this photo?

You can see the embossed weaving on the left of this block.

Also thinking of using my wedding train-lace as sashing’s and borders, it’s very fragile but may be OK if I use a iron on interfacing?

I completed the last border of my churn-dash quilt and now can not find the quilt, it’s completed except for this last border its so frustrating when one does this LOL I wanted so much to complete it before Christmas.

I can not find this quilt top to add the last border Iv’e just finished machine appliqueing ??? ?I so wanted to have this as a finish this year?!!

I did complete sewing all the blocks together of mums QAYG Hanky-quilt and it will arrive at its new destination to day or tomorrow. It will be loved I know.

Joining all these QAUG blocks by machine but with a flat finish no bulky seams.

These two hankies above had fabric applique added to them and the fabric had faded from green and a orange colour?to light brown see leaves on the left side, plus the threads around the main flower had faded, original?colour?was still showing at the back, so I used my silk paints to colour them in again close to the original colours.?

First?row across is joined and I was happy how it was laying so flat but firmly joined.

I choose the same embroidery stitch I’d used to sew down the turned edge on the QAYG seam. It’s quiet difficult to see the join.

Corners all have one of these beautiful pieces of embroidery. ?Mum made a lovely morning tea table cloth but the rats loved it too and ate the Centre, so I cut the corners off and have added them to this memory quilt of hers.

I used ?very long pins alternating which direction they were pinned

All sewn except for the last centre row? ? I forgot to take a photo when it was completed ?

some times I had to pin ever 1/2 inch or even 1/4 inch when the blocks did not line up by a good 1/2 inch, but it paid off as this easing can not be seen any where.

I picked up these charming??and delightful pillows in a local Opp Shop last Friday, it was so sad to see someones work in a shop but I was very happy to bring them home to enjoy. .

Also picked up 4 metres of this lovely fabric from the Opp Shop? ?Great to add to my stash. I love the tulips.

 

Seen In my garden this morning.

Desert Rose Incrediable colour?

Our main entrance where I enjoy sitting on the cushions and having coffee in the mornings.

Large Christmas arrangement of heliconias.

Small heliconia arrangement

Spider orchid still flowering.

Button flowers blooming so happy after I repotted it.

Coral palm tree flowers and seeds, which reminds me of snorkling off the coast and the coral out there?

Giant Brom flower to be?

Very heavy looking storm clouds this morning but still no rain?

off to link with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s and counting the sleeps till she releases her 2019 BOM this weekend?

Thanks so much for dropping in and staying to read this far LOL. See you next week , Cheers ?Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s 28th Nov 2019 with Esther.

I feel like I’m in a beautiful bubble and I’m scared it is about to burst!!!!! This year has been a wonderful one for me quilting wise, Iv’e achieved so much more than I dreamed I would regarding finishing quilt tops.? But I know in two days time it will be Dec and I’m NOT ready for it or Christmas!!!!!!? What I want to do I don’t have enough days left so I’m going to have to write a list and write down 1 to 10 and each day make sure I do one of them?????? How many of you out there are in the same boat?????

last week I was working on my 3rd and 4th memory blocks of my mums, using many of her treasures some of her grandmothers treasures and many I’ve collected.

Number 3 block as it was two weeks ago?

After adding some pink silk, some 1/4inch crosshatch machine quilting to the silk area and then some real pearls for a necklace that mum wore when she was younger? I still need to add some tiny ribbon bows around the outer edges. ?This is bobbin?lace ?which was around the edge of Carols grandmother hankie. ?A very very special pice of lace. ? So

Block 4.

Where I stRted with Block 4. This is h easy silk and it was a tiny pillow, badly marked with mildew, I unpick ed the pillow then soaked the fabric for a few days in a soft solution of exit moulde and water. All the Mideast spots disappeared.

Tried fine lace firs5 and did not like it.

Then started to play with bits and pieces much better.

Now close to completing the lay out?

Block number 5. Started it last night.

Start of block number 5 This lovely piece has the most beautiful embroidered flowers in satin stitch from I think may 1950’s?

Slowly building the block of number 5!

This week we had 5 days of a heatwave, broke all temperature records, highest recorder was around 1970 and that was 37.5c this week we hit 43C!!! ?Yes it was hot, I felt so sorry for the sick and elderly.

Taken moments before we were hit by an electrical storm last night.Which broke the heat wave for us., and we lost our internet, it’s back but slow!

A beautiful dawn this week.

Its late and it’s been a long week, so going to finish my blog tomorrow but will link as is to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s now . ?Happy sewing All.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 21st Nov 2018

WOW or WIP’s with Esther comes around to fast LOL

Hello every one hope its been a great week for you all Mine has been a great one family wise.? When I typed 21st of Nov it pulled me up short that means 5 weeks till Christmas!!!!? How did that happen?? This year has flown for me, I’ve been teaching my self to machine applqiue the last two years and this Feb I started to actually make quilts just in machine applqiue and I became so engrossed with machine appliqueing, every day, every week, and month has? flown? by and now its nearly December?

1st memory block completed now.

This last week has been mostly spent with families with graduations, school formals, birthdays, last week of school. school leavers off to Bali for a week,? so very very little sewing done.

Frangipani are now in full bloom and the fragrance is heavenly.

I worked on my Memory blocks and appliquéd down a few leaves on my last border? only a few!!!

One more border to make managed to appliqué down the autumn colours this week and started some greens today

A couple of you asked me about colour and shapes of the leaves

I just cut the shape of the leaves as I feel like it,? it’s random and randomly placed.

Thread colour, I like to add a sulky gold to one side of my veins when I use a vein like this I feel it adds a little light behind the leaves, then on the opposite side I used a cyclamen?colour for depth!

I now have 3 more memory blocks on the go at different stages this week!

Block 2 and How ?I build up my blocks

First I choose the main piece I want to use then start to add and add till I like the look of it all. Take a photo then remove it all but the bottom layer of pieces.

First I machine sew down the green 1/2 inch wide flange which ends up only showing 1/8th of the green flange Then I hand sew and quilt these pieces down, remember I have the wadding and some muslin as a backing on these blocks, the? background Im working on is heavily woven silk from a obi belt from Japan. Yes it is difficult to work with; I have to push the needle through and then push it back up as it is so tightly woven using? thick silk and silver threads.

Add some more background pieces and appilque all these pieces down. .

Now Add my main piece and many hrs later

Have added beads, embroidery, Sequins ?and scraps of lace .

Finally I add the backing and fold it on to the front as a final border and hand sew down. This backing is? a heavy silk also, its like a crepe brocade????? I hope I have enough fabric for all 12 blocks LOL? No? I don’t cut out all my pieces I will need for the blocks first, I’m to excited to see my first blocks made LOL

Block 3

This was a finished block around 10 years ago!!!!? I unpicked the basket and washed and bleached it a little to remove the stains.

First I added a peace pink circle of silk and iron-fussed it down.? Have started to add the first pieces of appilque to be?

Now I’m adding and adding to these blocks with tiny treasures of mine, my mums, my great grandmothers and friends bits and pieces

Block 4

This was a very small silk pillow? Sadly the back ground silk had spots of mould over it, it was kill or cure, so unpicked the pillow and soaked the material in a solution of exit mould for 12 hrs watching it closely, success all the mould spots are gone and colour has not faded at all.

Two lovely to discard so I cut a heart shape out, ironed on some? irononfussing on the back around the outer edge of the heart.

Ironed down Heart now to play, cut out some crochet from a damaged table cloth, sewed down the flange? ?

Trimmed the crochet? carefully and Yes I do like how it’s looking? More next week LOL

In the garden just a quick peak it’s to hot out there?

My flower ball sent up another flower

Love this flower it’s so perfectly round?

Hubby brought me home a button crispy two nights ago, I will repot it in to this blue pot so it’s roots can spread out.

Not real cherry?blossoms, it’s to hot to have cut flowers now so some little silk flowers for a few months plus tiny deep lilac birds!

This avernoon I did not latch one of the gates, the tree ants had been using it to bridge their path from the ground to their nest, ?it did not stop them they made a ANT bridge!!! ?Nature is amazing!

An ant bridge?

Thanks so much for dropping by.? Its very hot 32C going out to have a swim to cool down, it’s still as still !!!

Will link up with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s first.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 14th Nov 2018

WOW or WIP’s with Esther. ? This ?week has been completing my first memory block of my Mums using her treasures she had or made? ?I discovered Rhonda’s (CoxDort) lovely vintage quilts which she makes up as QAYG hexagons and thought that’s how I can solve my problem of very bulky seams if I sew these blocks together by machine, this way there will be NO bulk at all.

First completed QAYG Block for mums memory quilt to be?? This block is the first block top left hand ?corner in lay out below so you can see how it started?

How I’m planning on laying out the blocks! ?Started this several years ago as a mail swap with 5 other ladies.

Thought this was going to be my sashings but it is too green so may use a cream instead ? Time will tell

How ?it grew?

This block was in the top left hand corner of the lay out above. This?Centre circle of lace was used as a dress collar and would have been stitched lightly on to a dress neck when there was some thing special to attend, unpicked after and put away till another special occasion on another dress even. ?It must have been my Great grandmothers .

I want that collar to stand out and shine so added a piece of very fine lawn from a servette from around 1960!

Slowly??appliqueing it all down here.

Adding glass beads and pearls and some ribbon roses.

Here I have quilted the rose it took 2 1/2 hrs each stitch is about 16th of an inch. ?I had to push the needle through then pull the thread right to the back and push it back up to the front each time. ?Those are Colonial knots beside the rose.

outlined the tulip in deep pink stem stitch, using green glass beads

This carnation was disappearing in to the background so highlighted it in stem stitch too.

Below I have started to make up Block 2?

Starting Block 2 First I choose my main piece this time it is a fine crochet doilie.

I keep playing and adding till I like? a lay out of roughly the way I’d like it, I then remove all the top pieces then start Appliquéing the under neither pieces down first

Working at appliquéing ?down the back pieces now. Top left corner from an old hand embroidered hanky from China 1950’s, bottom left corner 1/2 a fine crocheted doilie, bottom right hand corner , corner of a grass linen servette. ?Centre pink silk from a kimono?lining

will show you how I’m working these QAYG blocks ?

My block 3 to be!!! First I cut my fine backing 1/4 of an inch bigger than my finished front fabric which is a 11inchs sqaure of silk, Iv’e laid the backing on a piece of? cotton batting

Cut the batting 1/2inch wider all round than the backing this gives plenty of room for movement. pin backing in place.

Turn over and lay your block in the centre of the cotton batting.

I cut my flange at 1inch wide fold in 1/2 and iron with a very hot steam iron.

Pin flange around the block make sure that flange fold is facing in to the block !!!

Block??is now ready to be?built on?? First I will remove the basket and add some colour behind it?? ? Hopefully I can show you how I add the final backing fabric and fold it to the front as a binding next week.

This morning I went to the beach and stopped and took some photo’s of trees in full bloom.

Sorry will add the beach and trees later my iPad battery is flat???

Update 8.30pm Wednesday.

Sitting by the ocean having a coffee this morning

Looking North

Looking South the beach in this cove is just over 1 kilometres so a nice walk.

Trees in full bloom ?I saw driving to the beach this morning .?

Off to link with Esther

Thank you for dropping in to visit I’ve had a wonderful week. ?Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 8th Nov 2018

My days are flying past so quickly I some times have to double check what day it is. ?WOW or WIP’s with Esther today has started, ?This week was a week of finishing off quilts completely.

Completed putting on the outside borders what a nightmare as all the edges were bias so I had to pin every 1inch to make sure the weight when sewing would not stretch that bias an$ get flutting???

Ready for sandwiching, machine appilqued the last 8 yellow petals on the corner yellow flowers that over lapped the seams now It IS finished!

Completed machine appilqueing those last 24 red circles last night after midnight so another complete finish top.

Finished the last 12 leaves this end of the border for my churndash quilt now to find time to do the 33 on the other end, then 3 more borders to go!

The machine appilque dies make a lovely edge to the raw edge applique pieces.

Close up of the double blanket stitch I’m using?

When machine appilqueing this borders I roll them in to where I’m working this keeps the borders neat, pressed and much easier to handle.

Yesterday at work came across these two items and brought them home?

My mother use to make these in the 1950 ‘s and 1960’s and add them to each corner of a morning tea tablecloth for engagement presents. ?Then she made her granddaughters ones when they became engageded. ?I still have m8ne but it has been WELL used.

A very very large table cloth that has been badly neglected has some big rat chewy spots and large mould stains but most of the ctochet can be saved to be reused in heirloom blocks.

Close up of one of the lovely basket of flowers in a crochet design this one I’ve never seen before?

I have also hemmed a large curtain but don’t have enough rings to complete hanging it so can not mark that one off my list yet

In the garden this morning, sharing close ups of flowers each are some lovely colurs that would work so well in a quilt and you can see why my quilts are so bright?

Sun waking up early this morning ?

Very ?Early this morning

creepy crawlies are back.

He’s a borer and rather large, when I was relocating him back out side on to some trees he was very frighten or aggressive and kept hissing at meLOL.

Thank you for visiting my garden and craft area, off to link with Esther’s WOW OR WIP’s this Wednesday. Cheers ?All Glenda.

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6and6in2018 Oct 30th 2018

I just remembered it was that time of the month again for 6andin2018?horrors of horrors next month will be December????

Just seems like I wrote up last months after forgetting for several month, well I did not forget just didn’t remember in time to link LOL. I can not even remember what I did this month will have to look at my photo’s, thank goodness I keep them all in my iPad.

Well it was spent finishing off lots of quilts that only needed an hours work to complete them and the rest was spent on my starts and enders scrappy quilt?? Oh and I hemmed 3 curtains for one of the spare rooms does that count as sewing LOL

Queens Garden. Made with 80%silk and 20% cotton This is a new project for 2018 Today I finished the last 8 petals I missed when adding the last corner yellow Daisies. 4th Nov 2018.

Some times borders just flow you don’t have to think about the design it’s just there, then you some times you just hit a brick wall? This is what happened when I wanted?to add a extra border to the top and bottom of my Scrappy Starts and Enders Quilt?

My first attempt was out of balance

I tried some left over pieces from another quilt top??? No to dark !

Tried adding a few circles? I love circles LOL but it was to over the top for the rest of the quilt.

OK those strong reds have to go??? Will try just circles and be radical? No!

I’ve all ways wanted to make squares in squares, ohhh No what a wall???

Let’s turn them? No out of balance with the rest of the quilt?

Yes in balance but not in harmony???

Sorting out this border took me longer than sewing up the centre blocks?????

If you at first don’t succeed try try again, in my case it was 8 tries LOL. Finally finished 4th Nov2018. Vicki suggested this border she was kind enough to send me a photo of this border and I liked it instantly.

Thank ?you Anne and Meredithe for encouraging us all. Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther Aliu 1Nov 2018

  1. Some how it’s Nov and I’m seeing Christmas trees and decorations for sale and I feel like I’ve just put mine away from 2017? ?I’m thinking of Christmas food to make when I’m cut

ting fabric, ?I’m thinking who will be coming?home this Christmas for Christmas dinner? ?Then I get so carried away with my quilt top my day has gone LOL. Then its Wednesday again and it’s WOW or WIP’s with Esther

This week it has been a week of making my scrappy blocks in to a quilt top then the challenge of making a top and bottom border. Fun of challengers is you get to play longer? My scrappy blocks are all starters and Enders when I’m sewing on my machine. ?Started doing this in Feb this year and by June had made 13 blocks.

It still need the last 3 seams sewn but I have got side tracked thinking about top and bottom borders?

Now I wanted to make it longer not wider for a bed top.

My first attemp but it was out of balance?

I tried some left over pieces from another quilt top??? A knew that Red was to strong but kept going!!!

Tried adding a few circles? I love circles LOL

OK those strong reds have to go??? Will try just circles and be radical? Nope TO strong like neon lights in Hong Kong! ?You just see the lights an$ not the beautiful harbour!

I’ve all ways wanted to make some squares in squares let’s try them??? ?Nope far to heavy. ,

Let’s turn them? No out of balance!

Yes in balance but not in harmony???

Vicki sent me a photo of a simple ?but lovely border that I felt would work but it would take quiet a few hrs to make??? ?So I stoped protastering yesterday and Bingo!!!

If at first you don’t succeed try try and try again, but for me it was 8 try agains LOL

those Scrappy squares are 2inchs cut, border is made of 2inch strips longest 3 1/2 inches long.

Making the scrappy 2inchs by 5 inch’s border strips there are 18 of these ones in each border.

So that was my week of sewing . ?Let you into??a Secret those last 3 seams are still not done LOL

Update Wednesday 9pm I have been ironing dry old napkins, hankchiefs, or sevettets made from Lawn, linen or cotton for some hexagon vintage blocks I’m dreaming of making ? ?I will use them as fillers so they will be cut up, so it does not matter if they have holes in them seams are coming undone or lace is eaten by moths in some parts?!

Old linen and Handkerchiefs been recycled into vintage hexagon blocks like Rhonda Cox Dort lovely hexagon blocks on Quilting Vintage.

I love this old hat box I found in a thrift shop.

It holds some of my old linen pieces.

Taken in my garden at 6.30am this morning.

Now some creepy crawlies, yes they are back again.

He flew on to hubbies back last night 2inchs long and had a nasty pair of nippers, he was not happy when I was trying to put him out side?

Advantage of dust on the floor here, centipedes get caught in it, on my bedroom floor this morning? Dead but it must have been in the unit for some time?

Update 11.30am Iv’e just been in the pool to cool down?

I noticed while in the pool the corner creeper left hand side was covered in dozens of buds the first time it has ever flowered like this ?

Buds every where!

These buds normal don’t open but this year must have been the perfect climate or it’s mature enough now after 25 years LOL

And the perfect bloom?

Thank you for visiting and staying till the bottom of the page LOL ?I’m off to link with Esther now on her WOW or WIP’s

Happy sewing or what ever you enjoy doing. Cheers Glenda

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Queens Garden WOW or WIP’s with Esther 24th Oct 2018

Queens Garden. Made with 80%silk and 20% cotton. Up until I added the final green border the salmon pink dominated this quilt top now the green border makes the 4 centre blocks the vocal point in my eyes?

To me in this photo your eye just sees the salmon pink borders????

My beautiful Queens Garden quilt top designed by Esther Aliu is finally finished. Thank you Esther for so much enjoyment over 2018.

My favourite block!

Loved how the buds turned out on this block.

Loved how the stems crossed over on this block and the blue flower heads, and those tiny wee blue flower heads.

These flowers were a challenge for me to get that tulip look?

Biggest challenge on my Centre was the crowns to look like wee crowns till Jenny told me to do a double row of appilque in those tiny dots!

Those crowns were a challenge? They are a silver and black silk fabric which frayed and was so difficult to photograph. Plus my yellow jewels looked dead flat till jenny suggested doing a double row of appliqué inside each other and it work a treat.? Zoom in to see?

Love these flowers, I added a dark pink double straight stitch on the edge of the petals inside the flower shapes.

Blue silk just glows in real life.

Close up of the double straight stitch.

Blue birds have been part of my life since I was about 2 years old and my Aunt let me grind the coffee using a delft coffee grinder that had the Willow pattern on it? She would read the story to me every night before I fell asleep?

Close up of those leaves for those of you who want to see that double applique stitch

Close up of my appliqué on the stems and the embroidery stitch I added in the stem for texture

In the garden this week.

This beauty was just opening last week.

To day a friend gave me a bunch of flowers just because!

That’s it as far as my sewing goes for this week, thank you for visiting, off to link with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s ?. Will take some garden photos and add them later in the day for you Gretchen!

Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s coping with back pain?

I’m often asked how do?I sew when I have a lot of back pain? ? First answer is I don’t work in the same position for long, I work on multiple??projects all the time. ?I don’t usual have many days where I sew but today is one of them LOL

This is what Im doing this morning!

Making ?up applique pieces for my QG Final borders. ?I stand to do this. ?These are for the QG below.

Update on my QG 10.30pm last night.

quilting in the ditch on this bargello, I sit on a stool on wheels and it is adjustable for height, so I can lower or left it depending on what I’m sewing.

IVe just stopped appliqueing down leaves here using my Janome, it also has a stool on wheels I find them much better than a chair on my back. Sitting on top of the sewing machine are 2 daisies I need to applique for my QG I will do those now to change my sewing position. ?Then it will be back to the leaves.

IM hand quilting this and it’s all ways out ready to add a few stitches when I need to relax my back.

Hanging over my rocking chair is some sashiko hand quilting for when I want to sit and also put my body in a different position.

Tomorrow it will be the same or may be some thing very different, today I’m thinking about QAYG hexagon antique and vintage linen and lace blocks so I may even start those to day LOL visited Rhonda Cox Dort’s ?blog today what an eye opener and inspiration.?https://rhondadort.com/

Cheers ?Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 17th Oct 2018

We have had two weeks of endless family birthdays which means lots of family gatherings which is lovely, but all sewing stopsLOL ? So nothing to show but a few photos this week and photos of the garden? Cheers

I finished sewing on the last two black borders and it just did not feel right??? Added a few leaves and red circles and it changed the whole feeling of the quilt top.

Happy with how it looks now with the green leaves and red circles and one wee yellow circle in each corner! I now have to find several hrs to appilque these extra leaves and circles down now, I have started on them so ?they will grow quickly now.

 

We have had so many family gatherings and outing the last two weeks very very little sewing has been done as I said above but I did get some progress done on mums heirloom quilt top to be?

I managed to cut and make the flanges and sashings for the memorial quilt top during the week.

Looks a bit like the Irish quilt ?now with all that green LOL.

I pulled my Queens Garden to add the final two borders and now have miss placed them, ?do you do this to? It’s so frustrating LOL. I wanted to finish it before Christmas?

Update 4pm

I had a win today I was looking for something 5 mins ago and found my borders! ?Now to get them sewn on before I miss placed them again .

Update 8.30pm

Update 10.30pm, this left hand side ?border has been a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be, I hope to machine appliqué the yellow corner daisies down tomorrow??

Tonight I have been doing more machine quilting in the ditch on my Bargello quilt, all though it is not difficult just endless pinning and endless turning the quilt it’s Soooooo boring LOl ?I wonder if I will ever see the light at the end of the tunnel on this quilting? ?I love the sashiko quilting I’m doing on it but the machine quilting!!!

Machine quilting in the ditch around every tiny piece of this Bargello is driving me nuts LOL

 

The lovely soft new leaves covering my Bonsia garden plant, it is around 25 years old and I prune it like you would a bonsai?

Only one Lilly came up, hoping more will spring up.

Below swimming pool is back in use our hot weather is moving in again. ?

just started to open this morning tomorrow it will look like the one below? ?It will be 4inchs across and 6 inch’s long magnificent flowers. Small Brom

Fully?open but much smaller flower.

Small Brom flowering stunning colours

Vanilla flowers slowly opening and hubby pollinates them so far the first two have set so we are hoping for lots of beans this year.

Gardenia ?in flower and??the perfume is heady and beautiful.

Our hot dry weather is back which means we live out doors more than in doors till the wet comes and the mosquitos drive us indoors again. ?Many meals are eaten out doors and coffee all ways.

This is the perfect weather endless days of sunshine and not to hot around 27C

I sat peacefully be side the pond this morning it was lovely quiet and peaceful and I was rewarded with the dragonfly visiting me several times.

Sitting beside the fishpond this morning .

Looking down to the fishpond

You need to zoom in he is on the tip of the Lilly leaf hanging down?

Thank you for visiting, I missed chatting back to you all the last two weeks with 8 birthday parties but hope to catch up with you all this week. ?I will link with Esther so you all know I’m still alive LOL.

Cheers Glenda

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