Saturday, February 27, 2016

Back by popular demand

Hey there everyone!  Long... long time, no talkie talkie.

Well, what have I been up to?  Not much.  I have read, and read... like I did when I was a teenager, to the exclusion of all else, and have turned somewhat hermit like.  But boy, have I been enjoying it.

I have been having the odd sneaky patchworky moment... so figured it was time to start sharing again.

Last year I did very little sewing.  I did finish the train quilt I was commissioned to make.  Although it was three months past deadline and went from being a birthday gift to a Xmas one!  This started as a colouring page... which grew into something about 75" long x 55" wide.  It was major and just sucked the life out of my quilting mojo.

I used one of the freaky stitches on my sewing machine that I've never used before to emphasize some of the applique elements.  This three step straight stitch worked really well for these wooden planks.

I also got my quilt pattern published in Down Under Quilts.

Does anyone remember this secret project?

With Monika moving back to NZ, our trans-tasman block exchange became a much more local version.  I had dramas with the fabrics for this exchange... long story, but finally got underway over Xmas.  This block did end up finished...

And this was Monika's version.

Today I went to my favourite shops New Years Launch - this is where The Country Yard showcase new projects for the season... have a very lady like cup of tea and munchies... and I catch up with friends.  So a few new fat quarters came home with me, and no, they have no purpose at this stage.

And those patchworky moments are centred around my Sugar Club blocks.  I think I have an idea I would like to develop, but I'm not ready to reveal too much at this stage.

Exciting huh?  I'll make a huge effort to be a bit more ME this year.  Hope you stick around.