Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Color it Red Blog Hop



Here we are gathered together around for the Color it Red Blog Hop. Thanks to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for hosts us. Red is the natural colour for February as Valentine Day is in it and for me in South Australia it is Summer so we often have scorching hot days. So I was thinking I may need a colour themed wall hanging I could hang out for the month of February. Hearts were first to pop in to my mind for the project but I found a couple of red and white prints in my stash that was screaming out to me to use. So for some unknown reason the hearts went out the window and I ended up with this simply layout with the two fabrics.


A close up of the two fabrics. Yes only two fabrics cut into 3 inch squares. Why don't I have more of that red stripe in my stash? That's right I have used it a couple times now.


Then I added a small red border to the top and bottom from the red stipe cut the other way, followed by a piece of the red and white print larger piece at the top and a smaller piece at the bottom.
More red and white on the back some simple quilting hanging sleeve and binding to complete my latest wall hanging.

All the fabrics came from my stash, I don't quite believe I had that much red in my stash but I got there. It's quick and easy project to make and you could make a few different one to hang at different times of the year.

Here is the list for the whole blog hop. So pop around and say hello and check out what everyone has made.

February 17th

February 18th
Cynthia's Creating Ark You are here !

February 19th

February 20th
February 21st
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, February 10, 2020

Temperature Quilt 2020 Starting

I have decided on an English paper piece flower block for this year's temperature quilt. I am hoping it will be easier than last year's. Not that flying geese blocks are hard. What was hard is getting the time at the sewing machine to make them. So in theory I should be able to put a few together in the evening when I sit down before bed, if I am not too tired.


This is how it will work. There is 8 petal and 1 centre, so 9 all up. I was thinking weekly but that would be 52 blocks. Doing it this way I think I should have 42 blocks to work with, which should give me a 6 x 7 lay out. That works for me. I still have to work out the block size that I will applique my flowers to but I will make a few flowers before I decide that.

The first flower is only be half a flower as the year started mid week.

I will mark the starting petal as I piece the flowers so I know which way the flower will sit as the starting point of each flower will be at the 12 o'clock position. Also I will put a number to keep the flowers in order. Each flower on one of the papers will have 1 - 1, then 2-1, 3-1 and so on, that way I know the order they will sit in the quilt.
The second block done. I really like my first block, so you may see a few more just to make my quilt more interesting.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Sunday, February 9, 2020

My Diamond Dance Workshop

On Saturday I hosted a group of ladies, all keen to learn how to make this Missouri Star Quilt Company Diamond Dance pattern.
My sample quilt hanging in the classroom.

This was a day workshop in store and we have more Missouri Star Quilt Company workshops planned. Here is the link to the workshop list if you want to join us in the future workshops.

 The ladies hard at work cutting their fabrics in the morning.



 By the end of the workshop  we had some of rows together  showing us the difference between fabrics selected.





They are going to be stunning when they are finished. 
We have spots in many of our upcoming workshops, so don't be shy about joining us in learning something new or advancing your skills. There are workshops for all skill levels, so beginners are welcome.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

One Monthly Goal- February's Goal

What to set myself for February? I know I have those old UFO projects to complete but I want a little goal for February.
So with that in mind I am going to bind my Dragon quilt.
I collected it from Valerie(House of Valerie) when? A good question. Technically I collected two quilts that day and I have only pulled them out yesterday.


The quilting design is dragon's breath (flames)
I have cut the binding strips ready to go today for this one.

I have link my post with Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over and check out the goal's everyone has set themselves.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, February 1, 2020

350 Block Report- January's Report

Here we are at the start of a new year. We have reset back to zero. 350 blocks to make over the course of the year. Hopefully there will be a lot more than that, but you never know what may happened during the year.
This month's total is 15 blocks.

I started the year with these five blocks.

Plus all these pinwheel border for a quilt 63 in total. Quite a few more to come.

16 blocks and 3 borders for this baby's quilt.

This month's total is 87.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, January 31, 2020

One Monthly Goal -January's Completed

For January I set myself the goal to turn these blocks into a quilt top. Here is my original post if you want to check it out. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, as halfway through the month we were off on holidays. That meant no machine sewing after the 15th January. So I had to completed by the 15th January. My blocks at the start of the month.
Sashing were cut ready to go. Yes cut, not cut and pieced. That is the fabric, It is a Riley Blake Designs fabric, perfect for instant sashing and borders.
With sashing and borders to go on I finished the quilt top in the nick of time. An interesting little quilt in the end and now on to quilting on binding. This one is a long term UFO so I am very happy to see it at this stage.


I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilt post, so pop over and check everyone else did this month. You may be inspired to join us in February.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Lucky Dip February

February is basically here and I want to have some fun during February. With Februaury being the last month of Summer here, I thought I would get Frosty to give me a hand with a Lucky Dip. He will be in charge of the tickets. So be nice to him when you see him sitting on the counter.

Here's how it will work. Spend a minimum of $20 in one transaction and Frosty Walkers, my trusty assistant will let you pick out one of his lucky tickets. There is instant prizes and discount vouchers to use on the spot. There is a few exceptions, discount vouchers can not be used on discounted, sale items, clubs or workshop/class fees. Every time you spend $20 or more you can pick a ticket. So you can visit as often as you like during February. Discount Vouchers are for 10%, 15% and 25% off  your purchase excluding the above mentioned products and the  Lucky Dip instant prizes start at $7 in value and could be fabric, notions or threads.
Now if you place an order online or over the phone I will pick a ticket for you.  Everyone is included as long as you spend $20.

So I hope I will see or hear from you during February, so we can have a little fun and I can treat you.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Thursday, January 30, 2020

It's time to get back to work.

As I write this blog post they have forecasted 45 degrees for us today. Not a good day to go back to work. We just had 2 weeks off and some fantastic weather while travelling and at Tamworth, New South Wales where we were there for the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Besides getting caught in a dust storm last Thursday week we had a  good mix of weather including some rain, lots of sunshine, a few cloudy days all very nice to be out and about. So we didn't have to endure 40+ degree days until we got home. We got to see lots of musical acts, the sights around town, even venture out to Nundle and had a tour of their Wool Mill, the last mill to process wool from  the start (raw wool) to finish products, balls of wool to finished goods. I even visited a number of quilt shops in our travels, imagine that. Then we had a leisurely trip home.
Tamworth from the look out.


Peel Street 

Now I did take my hand sewing with me but not much got done as you can see.


So now it's back to work and there is lots of exciting stuff happening this year. There is Paradise in Bloom starting on the 16th February and I still have a couple of spot left if you are looking for something to challenge yourself with this year. You can find more details here.
There is a few new Block of the Months starting, more details to follow shortly. Lots of new workshops for you to try something new, different or expand your skills.
Do you have too many unfinished project? We have our Project Uninterrupted sessions(Sit and Sew sessions) three times a month for that uninterrupted sewing time.
 Do you need expert help on a new project or are you stuck part way through a project? We have increased our Patchwork 101 (Use to be our Basics class with a teacher in charge to help you as needed) sessions this year  to 3 times a month on Fridays and twice a month on Saturdays. This one suits all skill levels.  Current program can be found here.

Plus I am cooking up something special for February with Frosty. Stay tuned for more details on what we are up to in the next day or two.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia




Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop



Welcome to the Winter Blues Blog Hop. I am here on a special mission.  I am here to warm you up. How you ask? It may be cold wet, windy and maybe some snow hanging around your places. But here where I am in South Australia it is the middle of Summer. There is plenty of sunshine, blue skies and heat here for me to brighten your day. Today's temperature is 39 degree (102 fahrenheit) where I am.

Here is the schedule for the blog hop so pop over and check out everyone's posts. A big thank you to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting us.

Monday, January 20th


Tuesday, January 21st


Wednesday, January 22nd


Thursday, January 23rd This is our day.

Cynthia's Creating Ark you are here.

Friday, January 24th
Now blue is my favourite colour and what a great way to finish 2019 and start 2020 with a blue project. I had one in mind and those who follow my blog will recognize little glimpses as I worked on it.
It is a Quiltworx pattern called Prismatic Star. A pattern I have had my eyes on for a while.

Look at all those lovely blues
A little test on my blue floor. Yes it is blue. Just to double check the background.


Now a quarter joined together. I had to lay it out on a different floor so you can see it better. I stock this pattern and run regular Quiltworx workshop in my store.
Here is my blue star at quilt top stage. I look forward to seeing this one finished.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 Temperature Quilt

I have to admit I am still working on 2019 Temperature quilt. I will get there, but I am hooked and recording temperatures have become part of my morning routine and  I am recording the temperatures out of habit, so I will need a new design for this year. I plan to use the same scale as I did last year, but with a new lay out and different technique. The quilts will look totally different but will have the same colour palette with the addition.
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- 45 degrees Red
46+ degrees Black

This year I want something I can do by hand, I find it hard to find machine time and when I do there are more important projects under my needle. My hand sewing work load is a lot smaller. You may realise where I am heading with this, that means English paper piecing is back on the table. I didn't do a lot in 2019, beside a few pin cushions and Abbie blocks which I will be continuing on this year.

Finding a shape that will work for me has been an interesting excersize. I was thinking I would work in weeks as monthly with 29, 30 and 31 days isn't going to work but 7 or 14 wasn't working either. I can do 4,5, 6, 8 10, 12 or 16 in a block. So let me show you the break down and may be one of you might have a suggestion that may help me solve my problem.

Let's start with 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10  these are all diamonds that form stars when pieced together which in turn will give me 91.5 blocks with the 4 pointed star,  73.2 with the 5 pointed star,  61 with the 6 pointed star,  45.75 with the 8 pointed star and 36.6 with the 10 pointed star. Now the blocks would be small probably around 4-5" in size but only the 6 pointed star divide out nicely.

Then we have the dresden shapes which gives me 6, 12 & 16 depending on size, and once again you have 6 = 61 blocks, 12 = 30.5 blocks and 16 = 22.9 blocks. The size of these block widely vary between 6" to 16" blocks. So 23 x 16" blocks will create a large quilt around the 80" square.

I am going to have to made a decision very soon so I can start, what shape would you use? Is there a shape I have missed that you think would work better. Let me know, I would love to heard your thoughts.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Project Quilting Mystery Quilt Along Part 3

We have reached the last clue of Persimon Dreams Mystery Quilt Along. I have enjoyed this little Mystery Quilt Along. Sometimes a little project is good to do. In a week we have a quilt top ready for quilting. A lot of scrap fabric used but no where near making a dent in my scrap boxes.

All my blocks made up with the background fabric, ready to join together.

My threads have a shelf to sit on. It was great to find the wood grain fabric, it was left over from another project. I did have to join it, I think I have done a good job to make it look like one piece.
I have link my post with Persimon Dreams post, so pop over and check out everyone else's version.
Once I quilt it and finish it I have the perfect place to hang it. It is nearly time to change the projects hanging above the door.
If you have only just found the 2nd Annual Project Quilting Mystery Quilt Along click on the link above and you can collect Kim's clues and make your own version.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia