Thursday, September 12, 2019

My Favourite Quilt Block Blog Hop

My day on the My Favourite Quilt Blog Hop. I thought this would be an easy one to choose until I put some thought into it. There are so many I love a couple of times I thought I would feature my current project because often at the sewing stage it is my favourite. Then I thought what about the blocks I return to time after time for what ever reason I need a block, Four patch, half square triangles. How many have we made of them over the years?
In the end I decide the Log Cabin block is a my favourite. It has a number of different layouts and depending on how you use it some times it doesn't even look like a log cabin block.
This is my first log cabin quilt and my all time favourite.

 The blocks are 6 inch and I hand pieced them as my take anyway project over a couple of years. It is full of my batik scraps and believe or not I still have some bags of precut strips left over.

Recently I was string piecing a bag of blue strips for another blog hop project and thought that is the end of the blue strips. Well I was wrong I found another bag of blue strips when I was looking for one of the other leftover colour strips for a bag project I wanted to try. Would you believe it? Do you think I use a lot of blue? lol

Make sure you visit everyone on the schedule as you never know what block might take your fancy to try or fall in love with.

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Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, September 2, 2019

September's One Monthly Goal

I am away on retreat for 3 days during September, so I am wondering about set myself a big goal for September. Do I risk it? I have to keep in mind I am in charge when on retreat, so am I really going to get as much sewing done as I think.
I did take a look at my unfinished projects list I posted back in January and was wondering about picking one of them to see if I can cross one of them off the list. I have been working on my Folk flower blocks that I started in an Anna Maria Horner workshop last year. Progress is happening on that front with a good amount of blocks made but that has been my hand piecing project lately. With the chance of good machine time should I choose something else.
In the end I have selected my Fractured Paintbox quilt. It is a Quiltworx pattern and I am halfway through the blocks. Only 24 blocks to go.


This is how the blocks go together. My goal is to complete all the blocks for this project.
I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilt post, so pop over and check out what everyone is working on.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, August 31, 2019

350 Block Report - August's Report


This month's total is 35 blocks.
10 border blocks for my Vintage Rose Quilt plus 4 stripey borders

5 Improv piecing blocks

1 inner border and 4 pieced piano key borders for this reproduction sampler quilt.
4 more for this panel quilt
3 more folk flower block.

4 test blocks which i can't share at the moment.

This month's total is 35.
Until next time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, August 25, 2019

August's One Monthly Goal Completed

Heading into the last week of August I am happy to say I have completed this month's goal of finishing this little sewing pouch. Here is my original post.

Though twice this month I sat down to complete it and I had a problem. The first time I can't find my copy of the instructions so I was sure what I was doing. It got put aside. A week later I found my instructions and tried again, this time I couldn't find my purple thread which I used on my journal cover. I should have put it back where it belonged. So on the third attempt all the stars aligned and I was able to finish it off. I did make one mistake but it's not that noticable I hope.


So now it is ready for me to use.

I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilt post, so pop over and check out what else was acheived this month by the group and I will  start thinking on what I want to set for Septmenber. I will be off on retreat for 3 days and I am wondering if I set myself a slightly larger goal for September. What do you think?
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Sunday, August 18, 2019

What I have been Stitching

This year I have had trouble finding time to blog. Now it is really good that I am busy but I wish I could do a little more blogging.

So I thought I would pop in and just share what's been under my needle recently.
Two new panels have arrived in the shop this month. They are totally different, one for the reproduction lovers with Meridian Star by Karen Styles a panel and four bolts from the range.
With this panel I just  added an inner border and pieced a piano key border to go around it.

The second one is from In the Beginning Dragons range. Now in I had two panels to play with and 4 bolts from this range. So I was able to create a larger quilt perfect for another Dragon lover out there.
The other project that has been taking up my time is my Vintage Rose Quilt. We had the last workshop last week and we are all piecing our quilts together. So of us have borders still to go on but it is good to see good progress. I still have another 10 border blocks to make but at least the centre is together.
I am tempted to leave it just like this but since I have started on the border blocks I may as well continue. Don't want to waste the fabric I have cut up, do I?
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Sunday, August 4, 2019

One Monthly Goal- August's Goal

We have reached August. July was a bust month, I didn't get anywhere near July's goal. I wasn't sure what to tack this month but I made these blocks for a pouch project from our embroidery club. So I would like to finish it before we meet at the end of the month.


So the plan is to turn these in to the finished zipped pouch.
I have linked my posted with Elm Street Quilt post so pop over and check out what everyone is working on.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

350 Block Report -July's Report


This month's total is 39 blocks
A slow start to the month but I able to get away for a few days sewing with the girls which saw me complete 96 blocks and borders on a Diamond Dance quilt for 100

Then I whipped up 36 blocks for another quilt

and 12 blocks in a crazy Lime green combo Which I have turned in to a table runner

1 more Folk Flower block.

2 EPP blocks with stitcheries centres for a zipped pouch I am making


July's total is 151 blocks
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

One Monthly Goal - July's Goal

What to select for July's goal? I have a number of option to select from. Plus I know I am having a full weekend of sewing so I could select something big to work on. Some are nearly finished, some I have more blocks to made and some I have fabric selected with pattern waiting for me to start.

Last month I completed this block as part of the One Monthly Goal challenge, so let's see if I can complete another one. It will be with the same fabrics but in different places. Let's see how different it will look. I need to make at least 4 blocks in total.
I have linked my post to Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over and check out what everyone is up to during July.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Monday, July 1, 2019

350 Block Project - June's Report


This month's total is 35.
Two blocks for my Temperature quilt.
This little quilt using a panel for a total of 13. Oops I think my picture is sideways.

8 of theses blocks for my Vintage Rose Quilt

Plus two other blocks for that quilt no picture.

1 Abbie block

2 Flower blocks, it has been a while since I have worked on this project.

This month's total is 28 blocks. A little short but at one stage this month it was looking like I was heading for a big day zero.
Until next month
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, June 30, 2019

One Monthly Goal- June's Finished

Here we are at the end of June and I am here to share with everyone how my goal went this month. I only myself a small goal as I knew it was going to be a busy month. Here is the link to my goal setting post.

Here is a progress picture as I made each Dresden using the English Paper piecing technique.
My completed block with some fussy cutting involved. There is more blocks to make.
I have linked this post with Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over and check out how everyone went with their goals.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, June 10, 2019

My Temperature Quilt Part 7

As you can see I am still way behind in my temperature quilt but here is March's blocks completed.
10-3-19- 28.5 - Yellow
11-3-19- 26- Yellow
12-3-19-28.1- Yellow
13-3-19- 31-3- Orange
14-3-19-29.4-Yellow
15-3-19-28.3- Yellow
16-3-19-31.6 Orange

17-3-19- 32 - Orange
18-3-19-33.9- Orange
19-3-19- 32.4- Orange
20-3-19- 29  Yellow
21-3-19- 30.3 - Yellow
22-3-19- 35.2 -Orange
23-3-19- 26.3 - Yellow

24-3-19- 28.1 - Yellow
25-3-19- 20.4-  blue
26-3-19- 21.6 - Green
27-3-19- 26.5 - Yellow
28-3-19- 30.9 - Yellow
29-3-19- 23.1 - Green
30-3-19- 17.5 - Blue

31-3-19- 22.7 -Green
1-4-19- 23.4 - Green
2-4-19- 27.6 - Yellow
3-4-19- 29 - Yellow
4-4-19- 33.6 - Orange
5-4-19- 34.4 - Orange
6-4-19- 22.7 - Green

Then I was able to get into April's blocks.
7-4-19- 25.5 - Green
8-4-19- 24.3 - Green
9-4-19- 20 - Blue
10-4-19- 19.5 - Blue
11-4-19- 23 - Green
12-4-19- 26.4 - Yellow
13-4-19- 23.9 - Green

14-4-19- 29 - Yellow
15-4-19- 31 - Orange
16-4-19- 34.1 -Orange
17-4-19- 32.7 - Orange
18-4-19- 23.7 - Green
19-4-19- 35.3 -  Orange
20-4-19- 32.8 - Orange

Here is my legend
9- 15 degrees Purple
16-20 degrees  Blue
21-25 degrees Green
26-30 degrees Yellow
31-35 degrees Orange
36-40 degrees Pink
40+ degrees Red
Another good batch completed. I am still behind but at least there is progress. I am hoping it won't take long to get the next batch together as I have a bunch of flying geese blocks ready to layout.  I'm only about 8 weeks behind as I write this post. Lol. At least the machine is set up and the Temperature quilt box is there by the machine ready to go if I find the time.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, June 8, 2019

My Temperature Quilt Part 6

I have been recording the temperatures but I haven't had time to stitch any. I finally got to the sewing machine and stitched up  four weeks worth of blocks.
10-2-19- 24.5 - Green
11-2-19- 27.4 - Yellow
12-2-19- 21.4 - Green
13-2-19- 23 - Green
14-2-19- 25.5 - Green
15-2-19- 31.8 - Orange
16-2-19-33 Orange

17-2-19- 37.1 - Pink
18-2-19- 25.1 - Green
19-2-19- 24.2 - Green
20-2-19- 24.4 - Green
21-2-19- 27.8 - Yellow
22-2-19- 33    - Orange
23-2-19- 35.1 - Orange

24-2-19- 38.9 - Pink
25-2-19- 39.5 - Pink
26-2-19- 38 - Pink
27-2-19- 39.5 - Pink
28-2-19- 39.8 - Pink
1-3-19-  42.6 - Red
2-3-19- 41.5  - Red
I thought we were going to have a week of pink flying geese bouncing up and down for the week. Not quite with a couple of red ones to finish it off.

3-3-19- 36 - Pink
4-3-19- 36.3 - Pink
5-3-19- 25 - Green Yeah finally got a break from the heat.
6-3-19-21.3 - Green
7-3-19-28.4 - Yellow
8-3-19- 30.9- Yellow
9-3-19- 29.8 - Yellow

Here is my legend
9- 15 degrees Purple
16-20 degrees  Blue
21-25 degrees Green
26-30 degrees Yellow
31-35 degrees Orange
36-40 degrees Pink
40+ degrees Red
More coming shortly.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, June 3, 2019

One Monthly Goal- June's Goal

Here we are at the beginning of June. I haven't been much of a blogger this year, but I am trying to do some sewing.  It seems a never ending juggling act which something loses out. I have been trying my hardest to keep up with everything but it's not working. Now I have set myself a tiny goal for June, just because I am trying to find a balance.
I want to complete one block, in particularly this block. It is the first block of maybe nine blocks, we will see what happens.

It is from Sue Daley's Abbie pattern packs. It is #3 in a series of 9. It is a English Paper pieced pattern so it will take a little time. Another reason for only 1 block this month. It is a pieced dresden design and you can see what the spokes will look like from the 2 I have made up so far only 14 more to go. Then sew all them together, with finally appliquing to the background square. I will need to select a fabric for that, but I will wait until I get the dresden joined together before I decide what that will be.
I have linked this post with Elm Street Quilt goal setting post, so don't be shy, pop over and check out what everyone is working on.
Until Next Time
  Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, May 31, 2019

Road Trip to Mt Gambier

We headed off to Mt Gambier for the Craft Alive Craft Fair. We left a day early so we could do a little sight seeing along the way.
Topping our list was the Naracoorte Caves. We got there before lunch and we explored the Stick Tomato Cave which is a self guided tour.





A break for lunch which was delicious we went on a guided tour of the Alexandra Cave. The best part was we were the only ones on the tour,so we could ask all the questions we wanted. It's not the first time we have had this pleasure. It is a much better experience with only 3 in the cave instead a larger group of people.





Then we were back on the road for the last hour of our trip.
More to come from this cold part of our state.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia