Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jingle Bells- Christmas Caroling Row Along.


Christmas Caroling Row Along
 It is my day in the Christmas Caroling Row Along. Marion from Seams to be Sew has done a great job put this event together.  Plus all the sponsors need a big thank you too. Without their support these event would not happen. A special thank you to Northcott Fabrics for sponsoring this event and supplying us with some fabric from this year's Christmas ranges. See the ranges just above the Northcott Fabric Giveaway. I do have a few bolt from 'Tis the Season in my shop already if are tempted.

Today is my day to reveal my row, along with these other designers who are up today.
So make sure you visit their post once you have finish here and collect their beautiful rows and enter the giveaways they have as they are different to the giveaways feature here.
My row measures 12 1/2 x 30 1/2"
Jingle Bells was my choice.

When Marian suggested this year's theme I jumped at the chance of participating again after last year's Row Home Row Along for the first time. Jingle Bells was the first Christmas carol that popped into my head. That was it, the decision made right there on the spot. Make sure you download both files below. The first one is all your instructions and the second one has the applique shapes in it. 

 Download the pattern here
Download the Applique shapes here
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Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.
I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.                                                                                                                                      

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I hope you are enjoying the Christmas Caroling Row Along and enjoy the rest of the event.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Piping and Zipper Cushion Workshop

On Saturday we ran our Piping and Zipper cushion Workshop for the second time. We are looking at teaching people different techniques with a range of projects in our Expand You Knowledge workshops. This one is beginner's workshop so if you only have some basic sewing knowledge this one is perfect for you. In this one we are focused on learning how to make piping and insert a zip in a cushion.
Theses are the shop sample cushions.


This time I actually got to sit in the class myself. The first time we ran the class it was full, this time there was a spot if I was free. I wanted to learn how to make piping. It doesn't hurt for me to expand my knowledge too.
We all had fun learning these techniques and we finished one cushion each easily in the allocated time. As Pat  had made a couple of beautiful applique panels for her cushion fronts, she had a head start allowing her to finish both her cushions.
 The aim of the workshop is to learn the two techniques and finish one cushion in the one day workshop with the kit having enough fabric to make 2 cushions. That way if you finish earlier you can continue on the second one, as we did. We nearly finished the second cushion. It won't take long to finish them at home.
Really you need a pair of cushions.
Here are the finished cushions.
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Now if you are interested in do this workshop or want to see what else we have on offer pop over to the workshop page and have a look. New workshops are being added all the time and I am open to suggestions for future workshops.

Now the benefit of me being the shop owner allows me to stay and keep sewing if I choose, which is what I did and I only had to sew the front and back together to finish my second cushion.
   Here are my pair.

Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching 
Cynthia

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Christmas Caroling Row Along is Finally Here



After months of planning and work behind the scenes from everyone, Marian (Seams to be Sew), designers and Sponsors to get this event ready. The wait is finally over. Today A Christmas Caroling Row Along starts.
Here is the schedule for the event.

The Christmas Caroling Row Along Schedule

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
      (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Bloggers will be announced at a later date

Here is the link Marian post for the first day of rows for you to check out and collect. Don't forget each designer has giveaways with their post so don't forget to enter before you collect the row pattern. You don't want to miss out on entering the giveaways. There is lots of fantastic prizes to be won over the next 6 weeks.

I look forward to share my row with everyone on the 14th September.

In the meantime enjoy the fantastic rows  this event has on offer.

Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching 
Cynthia


Friday, September 1, 2017

September's One Monthly Goal

It is time to select my goal for September. I had a look at my long list of unfinished projects.                     What is achievable for September was my first consideration?
 Next what is close to a complete finish?

 There is a number of projects that I could see the next step of the project completed, but I think I want a complete finish. I have a couple of small projects that need quilting, one is a retreat project that needs to be finished but I can't share any pictures.The same can be said about my Christmas Caroling Row Along row which will be revealed in a couple of weeks so both are not good for my One Monthly Goal but they need to be done.
This brings me back to last month's project, my Scrap Dance Tango table runner. I need to decide if I am putting a border around it and the quilt it. This is my September goal.


 Do I make a border or not?

I have linked this post to Elm Street Quilts, pop over and join us or have a look at what everyone else will be working on this month.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, August 31, 2017

350 Block Report - August Report


August 's total is 16 blocks.

Two blocks for Scrap Dance Tango project then sashing added, making it a total of 3.


3 more for the Gypsy Wife quilt. Plus I sewed the remaining 8 sections together. Total of 4.

2 octagon block here is a picture of the second one.

2 round block.



3 Christmas blocks for this year's Christmas Caroling Row Along. Sorry I can't share any pictures at this stage. A little sneak peek.


2 chubby dresden flowers for  another pincushion.

Plus a little simple table runner for a retreat project which I can't share at this stage. So 1 more to the total.

This month total is 17. I made it.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Gypsy Wife Top is Completed.

Happy dance time! I finally got this beauty together. It has been fun, though I was a bit worried at the start on how all this goes together but it wasn't as hard as I thought.  The blocks went together fairly easily. As long as you take your time and layout out the whole section before you start the section, it was good.

There was a few spots I had to use the seam ripper and fix a problem or two but that is me. I always twist something around. At least I found the problems early, not after it had been quilted.

Now I do have the pattern in the shop if you are tempted to make your own version or I do have a few spots left in our Block of the Month version if you prefer. Visit Cynthia's Ark to purchase. I am happy to ship internationally as I am in Australia. Just remember the postage rate will be a little more.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Sunday, August 27, 2017

August One Monthly Goal Finish

It is time to report in for our August One Monthly Goal. August has flown by. I saw the post for the finish line up and I thought bugger I better get a move along in this month project. There had been minor progress on this Scrap Dance Tango table runner during the month. The blocks are completed.
I had pinned them ready to sew, but that is how they have sat by the machine for over a week. So today while working on my Gypsy Wife quilt I slipped these blocks through the machine so I could do some chain piecing. This is what I ended up with by the time I finished.
Now I could baste and quilt it but I still have fabric leftover so I am wondering if I should add a colourful border to it. What do you think? Does it need a border?  It currently measures 20 x 54 1/2".

I have linked this post up with Elm Street Quilts. Pop over and see how everyone else went this month.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, August 21, 2017

So Close but....

I planned to finish my Gypsy Wife quilt this weekend. Not a lot of sewing time so I knew I had to use my sewing time wisely.  I squeeze in a hour Friday before dinner and got three quarter through Section 6 which is the last section I had left but it is also the largest section.

As I had to take the shop to the Jubilee quilter on Saturday I thought about it but just wasn't able to get to it on Saturday night.

Sunday came and it was our Project Uninterrupted day(our sew and chat group) in store and I managed to complete it. So I thought. Pleased with the fact I only had to sew the sections together I laid the sections out in order to take a photo to share in the Project Uninterrupted facebook group and that is when I saw the mistake. I could of cried. I need to finish this project and move on to others urgently.
To look at this section on it own. There isn't a mistake but once you put section 6 and 7 together you can clearly the error.
Then it was like where the hell is the mistake I couldn't find it. I asked my husband if he could see it and we were not having any luck. Counting strips and checking the sequence at the top of the quilt compared to the bottom. We had to walk away in the end.

I did go back to it a while later as I was thinking of taking a photo and sending to my friend Maureen who is super good at spotting my mistakes but then I spotted it myself. It turns out I  made the mistake when I was sewing on Friday. I had missed a strip. How to fix it? There was only one way!  Use a seam ripper and and unsew all the section until I got to the mistake.

So now I have to resew this all back together.

Until Next Time
Keep Sewing
Cynthia

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Christmas Caroling Row Along Secret Sewing

I have been busy working behind the scenes getting my row ready for this year's Christmas Caroling Row Along hosted by Seams to be Sew. Marian has done a wonderful job organising this event and with all the sponsors on board there is some great prizes on offer for the giveaways that will be running over the course of the event. A special thank you to Northcott Fabrics for supplying us with fabric for this year's Christmas ranges for us to make our row with.
This is what I received from the Tis the Season with the additional neutral. That will be my background fabric.


Of course I can't share too much of my row until my day but you may see a few little sneak peeks before hand if you have your eyes open. The Christmas Caroling Row Along starts on the 5th September and I will remind you when it starts so you don't miss out on what it on offer.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All Over the Octagon Quilt Update

It has been quite awhile since I posted anything on this project. I am coming to the end of the octagon blocks. Well maybe! I may need a few more but we will see. I have decided to used Riley Blake Design Shades Linen for the squares. It has taken me forever to decide but the decision has been made for good or bad. Let's hope it is a good one.

With that said I am still working on one last block but I can't decide which fabric I should use in the centre so I thought I would share them here and see what everyone thinks.
Here are the options. Tell me your favourite in the comments below.







Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I am Getting There with The Gypsy Wife Quilt

Over the weekend I had time for some more progress on my Gypsy Wife Quilt. Considering the layout of the quilt it has been enjoyable to make. A few issues here and there but what quilt is ever finished without a seam ripper being used at some stage. The main thing is coming together.

I am piecing the sections together and sections 1 and 2 were the sections I was working on. They seems to be hard sections as they then are sewn together.  I got it done.



That only left me with sections 6 and 7 to go. I continued on with 7 as it was the smaller of the two sections. Now Section 7 turned out to be tougher than sections 1 and 2. I didn't quite get Section 7 finished but there is only 1 seam to go to complete it.


Now only 1 section to go and then to finish sewing all ten sections together to complete the top.

Stay tuned for more on this project.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Going Tribal this Month

This month in the Stash Building Club we have gone with Snow Leopard Designs Tribal fabric range. These fabrics would be perfect for fussy cutting in a project. I know I want to use them in an English paper piecing project. It would create some very interesting blocks. I will share my blocks with you as I make it up. This should be very interesting.
You can join us at anytime as our Stash Building Fabric Club is an ongoing club. Each month you receive 5 x 30 cm by the width of the fabric for a total of 1.5 metres. Plus 4 times a year you receive a bonus product with your fabric. It could be thread, notion, extra fabric, pattern etc.  Here is the link with more details if you are interested. I am happy to send international, just remind the postage with be more than my local postage rate.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August One Monthly Goal

Well what can I say! After a total failure of finishing July goal the same project is back for a second go. My Scrap Dance Tango Project.


Now there was some progress so technically I am closer to finishing than I was at the beginning of July. So I am set myself the same goal as last month. To get these blocks in to a top of some sort.
Let's hope I can achieve it this month.

I have linked this post up with Elm Street Quilts so pop over and check out what others are working on or join us.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, July 31, 2017

350 block Report 2017- July's Report


The target for this month is 29 blocks.

I am glad to say some sewing has happened this month.

24 blocks for the next stage of my Gypsy Wife quilt, blocks are done. Here comes the hard part sewing them all together.




I pulled out my Scrap Dance Tango project to finish so 2 more blocks for this one, but I need to look up the pattern as I am not sure if this layout is correct.


Two chubby Dresdens flowers that became a pin cushion for a workshop.
 

Borders went on a large wall hanging for 1 more.

Then some major assembling on the Gypsy Wife quilt I have counted each section I sew together as 1 toward my monthly total.
So 5 more as I have completed 5 sections 

One Round we go block

 Fingers crossed I can keep going during August with more sewing. 
So my total is 35 for this month.
Until Next Month
Keep Stitching
Cynthia