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

One Monthly Goal- May's Report

I set myself an easy goal for May as I have been struggling recently. Click here to visit that post.

I only had to finish the binding on my Fire Island Hosta and with a few days left in the month I got it done. Such a light coloured quilt and black cats are not a good combination
Here it is hanging on my stand at the Craft Alive Fair in Mount Gambier.

Sorry there is a few things in the way. At least it is done.
I have linked this post up with Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over and have a look.
Until next time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

One Monthly Goal -May's Goal

I was missing for part of March and all of April. Just struggling with life, so I took a step back but I need to get back in to it. So this month goal is to finish the binding on my Fire Island Hosta quilt. I thought this would have been done already, but it hasn't. Part of the reason every time I pull it out to work on it a black cat (we won't mention names Cisco and Poncho) want to claim it for themselves. As you can see black cat and this quilt are not compatible.

A close up of the beautiful quilting done by my friend Valerie Slater from the House of Valerie.

This is most likely the whitest quilt I have ever made. I say white but it is not a true white with hints of colour through it. You can just see it in the close up
I have linked my post up with Elm Street Quilts as part of the One Monthly Goal, so pop over and check out what we are all working on this month.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


350 Block Report 2019-April's Report


This month's total is 22 blocks. Yearly total stands at 87. I am at 137 blocks for the year so I am a ahead at the moment but from the middle of May to end of July may see me lose the lead on the total. I can't see a lot of sewing time there besides maybe some hand piecing.

So what have I been up to this month.

1 star block to finish my  Improv table runner but I have pieced more fabrics together for a quilt but I will not include that until I make the blocks. Trying to use up some of the scraps in the scrap box which is full and are now overflowing in to plastic bag.

I sewed the last 4 rows of blocks together then sewed all 9 rows together for a total of 13.

Our Vintage Rose workshop and homework saw me complete the following 4 spikey bits and 2 mountain sections. Sorry no picture.

3 Diamond blocks on a new project. Here is one of them.

8 diamonds for the Be a Diamond Blog hop with two borders for 10 and this Lone Star Table topper was created.

My total for April is 33.
Until Next Time
Keep stitching
Cynthia

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mystery Maze

If you have visited the shop over the last 2 weeks you most likely have heard we are running the Mystery Maze Block of the Month program. If not here are the details.

The theme is Sew it to See It. It is a mystery so you won’t see the finished quilt until a year from now.
Signup fee is $45 and must be paid at the time of signing up.  Mail order participates will need to pay a once off $15 Postage charge on top of your $45 so you can receive your blocks in the mail.
Mystery Maze begins on the 24th May & 25th May in store with the first demo starting at 10am. Attending the demonstration is not mandatory. However you must come into the shop on the designated days and bring your completed block to pick up your next kit for the following month-Free of charge. After those dates there will be a $10 fee for the next block or if you don’t bring your completed block.  With that said you will be able to sit down while you are in store to finish the block before I give you your next block. I will also issue everyone 1 Get My Next Block Free Pass. So if something happens and you can’t collect your block on the Mystery Maze days, you will be able to use your pass once to get your next block free.    

 Don't live close enough to visit us monthly? You can still participate by emailing your completed block each month by the Demo Days and I will put your next block in the mail to you. You just need to pay a one off $15 extra to cover the postage for the whole program.

The quilt is an original design by Sue Daley created for this program.
Mystery Maze patterns are not meant to be shared with anyone who is not enrolled in the program. They are copyrighted and will be published as a purchasable pattern at the end of the program.
There will be time when you need to pay $10 and they are:
You do not complete your block from the previous month.
You send someone to pick up your block
You can’t make Mystery Maze demo day
You don’t bring your completed block to show us on the demo day.
The program is designed as a skill builder where you will be introduced to tools and products that make sewing the blocks easier while you learn and perfect several different piecing and applique techniques. There will be times throughout the year that you may want to purchase tools to aid you while you sew this mystery quilt. This is optional.
There are limited places available for this program so contact the shop asap to sign up or visit my website to sign up. ( On the website it will be  listed at $51 instead of $45 as I have a set shipping rate of $ 9. So the program is $45 +$15 post = $60, on the website it will be $51 + $9 post = $60) No matter what you will not be charged more than $60.
We hope you will join us on this adventure.
Cynthia
 PS There is a clue to the fabrics in the logo. Shhh! Don't tell anyone.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Be a Diamond Blog Hop💎

We have been enjoying Diamond projects all week.  A big thank you to Carol from Just let me Quilt for hosting us. Here  is the whole schedule so if you have missed any, pop over and check them  out.
April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26
 For my project this time I had two ideas swirling around in my head. So my plan was to make some of the blocks and then decide which way I go. 
 With a test block made, something wasn't right. Oh boy! I made a cutting error, cut 2" instead of 2 1/2" a good thing I didn't cut them all out. Once I cut another set I was all good. 

So in my head I had rows of multi coloured diamonds sashed together into a quilt. The other idea was to make a Lone Star table topper.  It has been a long time since I made a Lone Star project. As you can see the Lone Star won out this time. 



I then was wondering if I should make 4 blocks and sew them together for a quilt or just leave it at 1 block for a table topper.  In the end it was a table topper that won out.
Now I just had to quilt and binding it, but I hestiated. Does it need a  border or two? I left it sitting on my table for  a few days to think on it.

Now because I couldn't decide, it means I didn't get to quilt and bind it but I do love it even more once I added the borders.
A little close up for you.

I hope you are enjoying all the projects featured in this blog hop.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Vintage Rose workshop Update

I have been very quiet here on my blog. I have been struggling to keep up with everything recently and something had to give. I am trying to get back on deck. On Sunday we have Workshop #3 of our Vintage Rose Quilt with Quiltworx CI Elizabeth. We are making some good progress on our quilts.
 Some action happening. The workshops are intense, we have a lot to learn each time. With that said this workshop was a little laid back than the previous ones.
We also took the time to lay out everyone's progress, so we could all get a taste of what our quilts will look like.
 This one is Tina's.
 This one is Maureen's
 This one is Joanne's.
 This one is Marjorie's
 This one is Judith's version
Lastly this one is mine.
Next month we go in different directions. Three of us are doing the queen version and we have lots of work still to do. Two ladies are doing a stripe border like Elizabeth's sample and one is keeping it as simple as it can be.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, March 29, 2019

Under the Pressure Foot # 33

It has been a long time since I have done a Under the Pressure Foot post July 2017, but today is the day for a post.
Let me start at the beginning. It is Friday 29th March which is my Demo Day in store, the month sees me demoing Ruler work quilting, answering questions and setting quilters on their way on their own ruler work quilting adventure using the Westalee Designs Ruler foot and templates.
The First group of the morning often set the tone for the day when I do a Rulerwork demo. I need to get an idea of skill level before we start. There is no point showing them beginner stuff if they are already past that stage and often no point showing the advanced stuff to a group of beginners as it may scare them off. So the first group in were ladies who have done some ruler work quilting but were looking for something more then me stitching sample designs on 12 inch quilting sandwiches even those my sandwiches are 18 inches.
 After a hearty chat with a cuppa it was decided I was going to quilt a large quilt sandwich with an all over design. The sandwich ended up being 24 x 42 inches and could easily become a quilted panel as part of a bag project or if you just wanted to quilt a quilt with an all over design.

It is the principals on how to get started that are important here. There are some simple steps that make this more achievable. I think that is where some quilters get stuck. They try and things don't quite work out how they wanted it. With a few extra tips to keep them on the straight and narrow a wonderful all over effect can be achieved. That is the main key (straight and narrow) to quilting a large panel with an all over design. You must spend some time at the beginning to set yourself up for success. Get out the chalk pen and ruler and measure up your space and consider your measurement with the template/ruler you plan to use. The ladies chose the apple core template. I then did the maths and double check the measurement of the space I want to quilt by dividing it by the template size which was 2". You want to make sure you fill the space evenly. So I draw up my box then using the straight edge of the 12" arc ruler stitched the box I want to fill. This holds the layers together and keeps your work tight and flat.  I drew in some reference lines to help keep me on the straight and narrow or I will be off on a crazy angle before I knew it. I put in 6" lines both way. Then I was off quilting stopping a couple of times to explain what to do if there is a problem like if you twist your template and wander away from your template, broken threads etc. I think the ladies enjoy their visit.


There was no way I would finish the whole piece in the time allotted for the demo. It means the next group get to see what was started and I continue on with that piece for the rest of the day. Along with me doing some basic beginner's stuff for the the ladies who had come to see ruler work quilt for the first time.  By closing time my piece was finished and I had a few workshop ideas to work on.
My piece finished.



Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

All about Strings Blog Hop



Today is my day on the All about Strings Blog Hop. I must start with a big thank you to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting us crazy bloggers.
I have a lot of batik strips left over from my log cabin quilt which just happens to be hanging up.

 They have been living in my batik box for quite a while. There is a bag for each colour. For this project I am going to use the blue bag.
This is some of what was in the blue bag. Lots of strips between 1 and 2 inches. Since I rescued these strips I thought I would rescue some orphan blocks from a project that didn't happen. Look out for more projects with string blocks as there are bags with other colours and there is more orphan blocks that need to be used up.
The orphan blocks are 4 1/2" unfinished so my blue strips at mainly 6 1/2" work well.

String piecing is no thinking fun just keep sewing a strip on. I tried to be random and just work on don't sew too darks or lights in a row.
My sewing assistant had to be colour coordinated with the project. One of the extra long strips. No sewing assistants were harmed in this exercise and she did surrender her strip so I could include it in the project.
This is what I ended up with. I just trimmed up one long edge and cut my 4 1/2" string blocks using the 45 degree line on my ruler. In hindsight I would of been better off if I had 7-8" width strip.
It was a little tight getting my setting triangles out of the leftovers but I managed it.
The fun part of laying out all my blocks into my design, making sure my string blocks all ran the right way.  Then sewing them together keeping them where they should be, followed with a slight trim up to finish the top off.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to quilt it but I have some quilting ideas forming with the Westalee mini spin-e-fex rulers.
Now make sure you visit everyone else. Here is the full schedule if you have missed any days.
All About Strings Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th

ShirleyC

Wednesday, March 27th

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia