Saturday, September 30, 2017

Winners and Losers Today

The shop was quiet today. Most of South Australia was preparing and watching the AFL grand final, with one of our local team the Adelaide Crows playing the Richmond Tigers.

So this allowed me some time at the sewing machine with the radio on. Unfortunately the Crows lost but I did manage to get the binding on my Gypsy Wife Quilt after I collected it  from Val (House of Valerie) yesterday who quilted it for me. As always she has done a great job.

I went with a dark blue for the binding. So a few nights in front of the TV will see it finished off. I might take it with me on retreat next week.
 Next I did some more quilting with the Westalee rulers on a table runner that I had started quilting but didn't know what to do in the border. Today it just fell into place and with the Spin-E-Fex template I finished the quilting off and whipped on the binding.

What is this? These are strips from a Rolie Polie bundle from Penny Rose Fabrics Meadow range. I may have started sorting strips for a new project. Don't tell anyone.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September One Monthly Goal Finish

Hi everyone! This was the project for September for me to decide on borders and quilt it. It is my Scrapdance Tango Table runner.

All pinned ready for quilting. It did take me a little while to get started on it with boring sew that had to ome first but once that was out the way I was able to set the Pfaff up and get in to some quilting using the Westalee Rulers. Practise is the key to using the rulers.
 All done with the quilting and the binding was next to do. I had made the binding from the left over fabrics from the bundle that I didn't us in the backing of the table runner.
 A little look at the quilting I did in the sashing. It is hard to see as I was using Aurifil white. That way any wobbles in my quilting will not be so noticeable.
Then a couple of nights to finish the binding off.
That fact I got the binding on means I did get a little further on then I thought I would so in the end I am happy.

I have link this post with Elm Street Quilt who host the One Monthly Goal so pop over and check out what else has been finished this month
Time to select October's Project.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Busy Busy Quilting

It has been really busy here. A lot has been happening that I haven't been able to share with everyone as it is secret retreat business. Our first Project Uninterrupted retreat is less than 2 weeks away and I am trying to be one step ahead on myself. I don't want a last minute panic if I can help it.

With that said I still had a couple of sessions of sewing in store that allowed me to slip into a free spot and join in the fun of the classroom. I need to do some ruler work quilting using the Westalee Designs rulers for a demo/ workshop next month and I have some projects that need to be finished.
This table runner is the first one on the pile and the smallest project.
I only used two Rulers to quilt the table, the blocks were quilted with the 6" spiral ruler from the sampler set and the sashing borders were quilted using the ruler that comes with their ruler foot.

By the end of the day I managed to finish quilting the table runner and got the first part on the binding on. Now I am ready to trim it up and finish it up.

Until next time
Keep Stitching

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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  4. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017 with the exception of the Calibre Art giveaway, those will be available after each featured day, starting September 06, 2017.
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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

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.
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 

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 

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