Monday, July 28, 2014

Log Cabin addiction, PSQ blocks, WIP's and finishes

As you may have noticed, I have not blogged for 2 months! I've had a terrible dry spell from blogging and I believe we all do at times, don't we? 

The most important and happy news is that our beloved cat returned home after 2 weeks! (See my previous post). We are quite sure someone in the area had taken him! Fortunate no wounds, but he had lost weight and was so hungry and thirsty when he returned. It took him 3-4 days to recover and those days he didn't want to go outside.  Needless to say how happy we are to have him home! 

These two months have flown by too fast. In June I celebrated my birthday with a hike in the Black River Gorges together with dear friends. At the end of June DH & I did another long hike in the Gorges and this month we met our German friends who spent their honeymoon at one of the Beachcomber hotels here. First time we met Grit was in 2009 when she stayed with us for about two weeks. After 5 years she's back together with her husband - newly weds - isn't that sweet?! 

I've been busy sewing and here is just a few of my WIP's and finishes.
I got a lot done during the weekend and here is the scrappy disappearing pinwheel quilt thread basted and ready to be quilted. The flimsy was done in February, so it's time to finish it. Still not sure how to quilt it.... Any suggestions?  

Progress on the Postage Stamp Quilt!
Here are 8 new blocks - 288 2.5 inch squares. 

I have 26 blocks - 36 squares in each block - 936 squares! (One block I didn't add on the photo). 
Love the scrappy look! 

My latest addiction is log cabin blocks! 
This is one I started working on earlier this year, but ran out of the light purple fabric. I have got more and can continue. Not sure what I'm going to make or how to do the pattern, I shall see when I have more blocks. 
It is black, white and purple... Far outside my comfort zone, but I find it interesting. I think it's going to be a beautiful quilt when done. 

A scrappy Christmas log cabin quilt - it's going to be... 
Yet to decide on size and pattern on this one too. 

A few finishes...
Christmas table topper

Rooster mug rug

Rooster mug rugs - set of 2

Rooster wall hanging
I have used leftover fabrics from the custom order I made earlier this year. Feels good to use up bits and pieces and these roosters are just too cute! :) 

A Loralie mug rug

Feels good to do a blog post after such a long time. 
My coffee mug is empty so I think it is time to do some serious sewing, unless I get sidetracked! :) 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Custom order - Table runners - Charms PSQ Swap - Log Cabin Quilt

GASP! It's more than 3 weeks since my previous blog post! My intention is to do a blog post once a week, but it seems that isn't always possible. Some finishes, gardening and a couple of hikes have kept me busy. 

UPDATE: I started working on this blog post about two weeks ago. Then we lost our beloved Birre-Liten (cat). He was such a special and loving cat and we miss him tremendously. It has taken me some days to gather myself; life has to go on.... 

The customer order is done and on the way to Canada!
(Received by now and the customer is very happy - makes my day!) 

Four placemats

Teapot cozy - front

... and back - or your choice :) 

Four lined napkins

I love these fabrics and I loved doing the customer order! I have some fabrics left and I'm thinking of a table runner... 

I have a few other finishes; 
an olive green check star table runner. 

.... and a pink/light cream HST table runner

I don't really have a sewing room... My 'sewing room' is the dining-room table, the fabrics and notions are stored in the studio and bedroom. A couple of weeks ago I decided tidy up / clean the studio. I had stored quite some containers and a couple of baskets in one corner of the room - because there are no other place to keep them! Years ago I bought a basket on Rodrigues Island (10th district of Mauritius) and since it is quite big a lot of things can be kept in it. On the top there were lots of plastic bags... Why have I kept all those plastic bags?! 

I removed all the plastic bags and guess what I found?!
Charms!!! 2 and 2.5 inch charms from a swap in 2012! Most of them from the US, but also Australia and Canada. Earlier this year when I collected all the 2.5 inch charms from several swaps, I thought I had them all... I had totally forgotten these! What a treasure! :) 

... and speaking of charms... I have received all the charms from the first 2014 PSQ swap; 900 2 inch charms; from England, Canada and the US. 

I've been working on the green/light cream/yellow log cabin quilt again. My idea was to make it a queen size by adding a 'flying geese' border, but I didn't have enough of the light cream tone-on-tone.... Instead I added two strips to the first border I had already added and it is now a good twin size quilt. Fabric for the back as well as batting is on the way from the US. I was fortunate to get fabric to half price and batting 20% off! 

I had a couple of leftover blocks from the log cabin quilt and made them into table toppers.

Love using up bits and pieces!
Set of 4 coasters.

Set of two black / gray coasters

Our 'hiking season' has started and here's the link to one of the hikes we've done recently.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WIP's and a couple of finishes

I was supposed to finish the table topper AND runner from my previous post... 
I did finish the table topper, but not the runner. I had such problems with the thread tension so I just put it away. 

I finally hemmed the coffee table runner

Since my previous post, I've started a new project; log cabin blocks! I bought these fabrics at the end of last year, just because they are so beautiful! Purple has always been outside my comfort zone, but I fell in love with these fabrics. So far I have 8 blocks and I will definitely need more fabric to finish up the quilt. 

Old jeans from a friend and cloth rice bags from Pakistan,

this is going to be an upcycled grocery bag. I just have to pull out some more jeans from a box... 

Working on a Christmas custom order; 4 placemats

Yesterday I was cleaning part of the sewing / studio, where I have most of my quilting fabrics, books, magazines etc. I have a huge buffet that is filled to the brim and 'of course' some containers stored on the floor - to hubby's despair - lol. After the cleaning yesterday I felt a little bit lazy today and just wanted to go through some of the containers. Started with a basket I thought contained of things to be thrown... Wrong! Well, it was things at the top that was ready for the bin and what else did I find? Bits and pieces of fabrics from projects that were finished at least 2-3 years ago and lots of HST's!  I started to sort it out and now I have a nice little heap to be cut into 2, 2.5 and 4 inch squares and 1.5 inch strips. There are some orphan as well as error blocks too, which I'm going to re-cut and I will use most of this in a super-scrappy quilt... one sunny day! :)