Monday, 28 June 2010

Tail Feathers Block 3

  Yesterday I was able to get outside and take some pictures of Tail Feathers block 3.

This little stitchery is called Bird Statues.

Each block has an Applique Bird

 My favourite part of block 3 is the Tree House stitchery.

After dreading satin stitch for so long, I have actually started to enjoy these sections ... as long as I do them during daylight. (Even with a lamp I find it too hard to see at night time!!)

Here are the first three blocks all sewn together ... a sign of progress.

Back soon with block 4.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

A Little Retail Therapy

 From Sarah ... patterns from Figtree Quilts and Thimble Blossoms to use up some of my collection of jelly rolls and layer cakes ...

 and Lynette Anderson's Scandanavian Christmas pattern set. I've had my eye on this one for a while .. love the red stitching with the applique.

 From the Quilt Patch in Launceston ... fat 8th rolls of Rural Jardin. This range is rapidly becoming my new favourite.

 I took some pictures of some recent stitching but they were so awful I'm going to have another try today while the light is better. I'm NOT a fan of winter and the cold, grey days that accompany it!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Tail Feathers Block 2

While on holidays, most nights I've done some handstitching on my Tail Feathers blocks. These are the mini-blocks which go together to make up block 2.

Applique Bird

 Bathing Beauty

Nesting Pods

... and the completed block.

Most of the bits for block 3 and 4 are are also finished .... just need to find the time (and energy!)  to sew them together.

Today I've been trying to get the house clean and tidy before going back to school on Tuesday. As usual the holidays have flown by ... just as I start to relax, it's time to start preparing for the next term. 

I had a fun day out in Launceston and Exeter on Friday with my Friends in Stitching and fellow Tassie bloggers Vicki, Sarah, Roseanne, Cathy and Leanne. We visited some quilt shops, ate yummy food, shared some show and tell and talked a lot. FUN. 

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Pink Heart and Colorado Beauty

This stitchery heart is from Rosalie Quinlan's book A Stitch in Time. I like the look of the variegated pink thread on the white Kona cotton. Last time I tried to do chain stitch I gave up in disgust! This time I perservered and can definitely see an improvement.

 The fabric on the back is from the Caramel Town range by Lecien.

While on holidays I've been trying to catch up with a few projects (and NOT start any more new ones!!) This block is called Colorado Beauty. Now I'm only one block behind in our Friends in Stitching BOM.

Will share some more bits and pieces soon.

Saturday, 5 June 2010


I have a finish for June ... my Friends in Stitching birthday quilt. Lynda sent me the fabrics and spool block pattern in February so I'm quite pleased to have this project completed well inside the 6 months allowed. The only fabric I added was the dotty sashing fabric ... think it works ok. I was able to use up most of my scraps in the border.

The quilting is very simple ... mostly in the ditch except for in the plain pink sections.


The backing and binding are both Simplicity .... leftovers from previous projects.


And as you can see it has been throroughly scrutinised by the resident quilt inspector!

Bye for now.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Thank You Roseanne

This is the oh-so-cute bag Roseanne made for me in our Friends in Stitching bag swap.

I used Allspice Tapestry in the bag I made Peg and amazingly Roseanne used the same range for mine. 
Love the rice-rac around the heart and the pretty appliqued blue bird.

The pattern is called Fruit Salad and is a Natalie Ross design.

Aren't these pink handles cute? Must learn how to do that.

Thank you Roseanne ... I love my cute new bag. Been working on a few bits and pieces .... will share some pictures soon.