Thursday, 31 May 2012

Doc in Delilah

Yesterday morning I got up a bit earlier than usual (I am terrible in the mornings!) so there would be time to take some pictures of Doc before I went to school. 

It was a really still morning but the light wasn't quite right. The quilt looks a bit washed out in the photo below but in 'real life' it is much more vibrant.

I like the red fabric with white dots but decided not to use it in the borders. It is a lot stronger than the other fabrics and I like it used sparingly. I also used some stripes in the borders that didn't appear in the blocks. (all from Delilah by Tanya Whelan.)

 I quite like this 'looking into the sun' shot. It really emphasizes the pieced nature of the quilt top.

 I know I say this every month but I'm eagerly waiting to see what our Schnibble pattern for June will be.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Doc is Done

Today I finished the top of May's Schnibble Doc. It was too dark when I finished to take a photo but below is one I took yesterday before the outer borders were attached. At least it gives you a bit of an idea of how the top is looking.

In last months Summer Day Schnibble parade on Sherri's blog, I was a very lucky winner of a Fat Eighth bundle of Hello Luscious donated by the designer of all the wonderful Schnibble patterns, Carrie Nelson. Carrie also included a Birds and Berries charm pack and a lovely card signed by her and Rosie (the Golden Retriever after which her pattern company is named) in my parcel. Thank you so much Carrie. I will have lots of fun with these gorgeous fabrics. Thanks also to Sherri and Sinta, the organisers of Another Year of Schnibbles. It is so much fun working with a new pattern and fabrics each month.

Aren't these pinks fabulous? I love the blues and greens too but forgot to get a photo.

 Another parcel that arrived this week contained Joanna's latest book. Regular readers will know of my love of all things Fig Tree.

It is full of lovely sewing and quilting projects. These pillows ...

 and the fabulous Cherry Blossom quilt are among my favourites.

Four more days of school for me before school holidays start. Last week my school choirs performed fabulously at the Burnie Eisteddfod taking home four first prizes. The kids were amazing and really impressed the adjudicator. It will be nice to take things easier for a couple of weeks after a very hectic term. 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Doc Block(s)

This morning I pieced my first Doc block from Delilah.
I was so pleased with the first one I made a couple more after lunch. Six more to go.

Not much to show for a weekends sewing but I did tidy up the sewing room yesterday. I don't know about you but I seem to get more done when I'm not surrounded by chaos.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Red and White Delights

Way back in February I had a birthday and received some lovely gifts from my Material Girls friends.
There are 6 of us in the group and when one of us has a birthday the others make them a gift. To make it a little easier to decide what to make we choose a theme ... mine was red and white.

Annie made me this gorgeous journal ...

with a very 'sweet' Cinderberry Stitches stitchery on the front.

 Christine M made this lovely pot holder ...
with a lovely Bronwyn Hayes design on the front.

 Christine does the most amazing button hole stitching (and she is really quick, too). Check out those beautiful satin stitch lips  ... adorable. There is no way a pot is going to be touching this beautiful piece ... it is strictly for display.

 Rosemary made me a lovely 'basket' for presenting rolls or muffins.

 This is the back. What lovely fabrics.

 Vicki made me a phone/ipod pouch from Janelle Wind's book. Gorgeous.

 And Lyndy made me a pouch from my favourite Etchings print.

Inside it has little pockets to keep embroidery floss and a needle holder. 

 Thank you, girls. I love all my beautiful red and white gifts.

The weather is appalling here today. I have tidied the sewing room and done a little bit of work on my Doc Schnibble ... mainly pressing and trimming squares. Hopefully tomorrow I can start sewing them together.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Gem's Dilly Bag

I have completed Gem's Dilly Bag, one of the kits I bought from Marg Low at AQC a few weeks ago.

 I really enjoyed making the felted flower detail on the front.

 The lining fabric is really pretty too. This was a really easy pattern and I'm sure it would look great in lots of other fabrics and colours.

 Today I had a play with the fabrics below .... Delilah by Tanya Whelan. The spotted background fabric is Sweet Shoppe by Michelle D'Amore.

 I am going to use them for this months Schnibble, Doc. Can you believe it's May already?

Hope your week was a good one.