WOW or WIP’s 20th Nov 2020.

What’s right in front of me as I write my blog!

What’s right in front of me as I write my blog!

I think every morning how lucky I am to live in such a spot?

I think every morning how lucky I am to live in such a spot? Looking down to the river and across to the Kuranda Ranges.

I write the 20 th of Nov and realise there’s only 5 weeks till Christmas morning? ? I realise that all been well I will be at my Son and DDIL’s home ?and with luck will walk along the beach if I want to at Noosa one of the most beautiful spots in OZ!

But now I’m sitting??on my veranda looking at a beautiful view, and thinking about making leaves for my HOTYH Quilt , this is one of the most enjoyable quilts I have ever made, there’s so much in it, many challenges and oh the joy when you manage to do them LOL.

Today I will share in photos how I meet the challengers of making the tiny bouquets.

Glorious Yellows

Glorious Yellows? I dyed during the week. Its so much fun seeing the fabric change?

Spent a couple of days dying greens till I got the colour shades I liked

Spent a couple of days dying greens till I got the colour shades I liked

Glorious colours of soft silk

Glorious colours of soft silk all over dyed silk from the one? kimono.

A great mottled green for the light 1/2 of the big leave may be?

A great mottled green for the light 1/2 of the big leave may be?

Greens and more greens

Greens and more greens in the foreground is the silk I used for all the colours I made, it’s a very pale pink mushroom colour, it’s from a silk kimono about 1930’s ?it has a lovely weave pattern so gives lots of texture to the new dyed fabrics.

Made up 3 leaves first to see if they were going to look like what my mind was seeing LOL.

Made up 3 leaves first to see if they were going to look like what my mind was seeing LOL.

Going to be a perfect foil for this tiny wee flowers!

Going to be a perfect foil for this tiny wee flowers!

Now to share how I made those leaves using cut out shapes of washaway freezer paper.

First I traced all the leaf shapes on to the washaway freezer paper, numbered them , T for top of the leaf B for bottom, then added letters telling which one went where on the bouquet on both 1/2s. Last was a mark of 3 dots on each 1/2 where I was going to cut the leaf in 1/2 so I knew at a glance they were the middle join, when you have lots of 1/2 leaves it saves a lot of time?

First I traced all the leaf shapes on to the washaway freezer paper, numbered them , T for top of the leaf B for bottom, then added letters telling which one went where on the bouquet on both 1/2s. Last was a mark of 3 dots on each 1/2 where I was going to cut the leaf in 1/2 so I knew at a glance they were the middle join, when you have lots of 1/2 leaves it saves a lot of time?

Starting to iron on those 1/2 leaves I use small pieces of polystyrene to pin my pieces to as I go.

Starting to iron on those 1/2 leaves I use small pieces of polystyrene to pin my pieces to as I go.

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Making up my leaf shapes bit by bit so I can show you how I make them.

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Starting bottom right hand side ?First step is drawing my leaf shape by placing my washaway freezer paper over the leaf shapes, it is clear enough to see the pattern under it. ?Then cut the leaf shape out and add all the reminder points on the two sides . ?Step 2 iron all the shapes to the fabric cut out shapes this is where I use those 3 dots along the seam to remind me to leave a good 1/4 inch seam allowance? ? ? ?Step 3 roll back centre line of one side of the leaf where you added the reminder dots. You can use glue I needle baste. ? Look closely at photo and you will see that the right 1/2 is rolled back. ? ?Step 4 place rolled back 1/2 on top of the other seam, it will sit snug make sure you even these parts up perfectly, glue into place or like I do baste it!? Top row? from right to left first two have been basted together.? 3rd one I have stitched the two halve together and removed all basting threads it is now ready to applqiue to my block.? ? Happy sewing!!!!

 

Leaves slowly been added, I was hoping to have all the leaves finished for my first bouquet but they take longer to make than I thoughtLOL.

Leaves slowly been added, I was hoping to have all the leaves finished for my first bouquet but they take longer to make than I thoughtLOL.

On the right are the start of flowers for bouquet 2!

On the right are the start of flowers for bouquet 2!

Hope you were able to follow my wee tutorial, if not please drop a comment and ask me questions ?

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Looking at some of the leaves in my garden you can see where the leaves beside the bouquet in Hold On ToYour Heart idea came from specially photo ?11 ???

Thanks for dropping by to keep me company.

Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s 13th Nov 2019

I find it hard to believe that it’s Nov and to me this means 2019 is almost over as Nov and Dec seem take on a very excelerated pace and we don’t seem to have enough time to do every thing we want to do before Christmas arrives and the New Year rush’s in the door. ?But first I want to share how I have finally decided how I’m going to make ?up my bouquet for HOTYH . I will share it in photos as for most of us it is easy to follow visually.

Remember I can not use glue and starch here in the wet tropics as it goes mould on the fabrics and all so stains the silks, even pins rust here now in a few months during the wet season if left in the fabric, so you can not pin baste here it’s all needle basting?!

I did know I wanted it to be in the red colours

I did know I wanted it to be in the red colour tones, so I needed lots of washaway freezer paper circles a round 170 and fabrics.

But I did not have enough silks so I decided to dye some silk fabric.

But I did not have enough silks so I decided to dye some silk fabric. These are all the same fabric top right hand piece is the original colour. ?Love how the weave of the fabric stands out now I have dyed the fabric. ?Cheers

Just love this deep red I ended up with.

Just love this deep red piece I ended up with.

Next I need my pattern which I pinned to a piece of polystyrene so easy to stick pins in to, you need lots of fine sharp pins when working with silks.

Next I need my pattern which I pinned to a piece of polystyrene so easy to stick pins in to, you need lots of fine sharp pins when working with silks.

I started make the flower that was right at the back of the arraignment

I started to make the flower that was right at the back of the arraignment, I decided on tiny circles to solve my problem of not been able to use glue or starch when I saw Shelia’s beautiful Bouquet.

Using pins to keep each tiny piece in place

Using pins to keep each tiny piece in place

Made up a few wee circles and ironed from the back only so I wouldn’t flatten the front to much.

Made up a few wee circles and ironed from the back only so I wouldn’t flatten the front to much.

Next flower also sitting at the back

Next flower also sitting at the back

Making up. Few more wee flowers and having fun doing it.

Making up a few more wee flowers and having fun doing it.

Slowly it grows

Slowly it grows

Adding some more colour

Adding some more colour. These circles are small but not to small to make with ease. ?I will show how I make the smallest ones easy too if I have time today. ?It’s after midnight so Wednesday has started for me Down Under.

And now it’s starting to look like a bouquet

And now it’s starting to look like a bouquet

More depth is showing now I’m loving making this beautiful bouquet finally after months of procrastination

More depth is showing now I’m loving making this beautiful bouquet finally after months of procrastination

It needs yellow! And the leaves to give it some ump!!!

Two more flowers to mak e before I decide my final placements

Two more flowers to mak e before I decide my final placements it does need some yellow.

I have enough tiny flowers now to complete one bouquet, now to make 70 more wee circles and a few leaves? !

Update 10pm, I have enough tiny flowers now to complete one bouquet, now to make 70 more wee circles and a few leaves? !

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You I have so loved making this wee bouquet after procrastination over it for ?months?

 

So today I will be making more tiny flowers for here that’s 14 more circles for this bouquet and 70 wee circles for the other one?!

Thank you All for keeping me company with messages over the last 3 months of recover, I finally feel like I’ve joined the quilting world again. ? Still can not use my machine but I’m hand sewing and playing again.

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s. 6th Nov 2019

Another week has crept past fast and still not a lot of sewing done, except more beautiful rose blooms and I started making my rose buds the final part to this glorious border.

This morning I was up before 6 as I wanted to make up this corner of HOTYH to show new quilters how I set about making this border.? SO lay out the corner of the patten on my verranda see bottom photo of this group.

First make sure there are no fans that are going to turned on or that there is NO?nasty winds that can come at any time?????

My bias that I will use for my stems, this was given to me

My bias that I will use for my stems,? was gifted ?to me by a lovely lady in France who once had a haberdashery shop and these were still in boxes in one of her rooms, I have been using them for the last 10 years and these are the last of them.

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My dark purple I will use for my thick stems, pinky purple for the thinner and the brown for the thin stems. When ever I use Laure’s (DDIL) Aunty’s gift of these ribbons and bias rolls I just wish she could see the quilts they have gone in to making.

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First I made my leaves All of them over 300 if I remember right? ?I wanted lots of colour in my leaves so used all two toned leaves and all scrappy.

First I made my leaves All ofthem

Then it was the fun of making my rosehip heads. I showed how I made these in a earlier blog.

Then the excitement

Then the excitement of making my blooms thank goodness there were 40 of them as I loved making them, have another 9 to go I think I just love making them.? Hope I enjoy machine appliqueing them down!!!!!.

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last night I made my first 3 rose buds I needed 4 but its only 3 for to day to show you.? ?Adding the yellow inside the middle of the full blooms just makes these blooms POP !!!!

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Now I need to added these to my background border fabric.

Different full rose blooms

Same area different full rose blooms, most of them are different, Ive made extra pinks for my basket arrangements.

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On my verranda this morning to show you how I will build my HOTYH corners of the final border.? thank goodness it was not windy LOL

For you Dianna

Leave is made up of two halves.

Leaf is made up of two halves. I cut my template? shapes out off 4 layers of freezer paper for my templates normally? but one of my DS has a 3D printer and made me two templates on his computer and that made life so much easier to make 350 of each of these shapes!!!!!? One 1/2 I add a good 1/4inch on to the middle of? it, so one 1/2 is the same size as the pattern the other 1/2 is quiet fat,? this extra 1/4 of an inch slide under the normal piece.

For you Dianna

For you Dianna You can see a mixture of finished leaves. At the top left and right are cut out leaves from scraps of irononfussing fabrics,? ones on the right are the same shape as the leaf pattern, left all have that added 1/4 inch to the middle of the leaf.? middle of the top row right hand side,? two 1/2s facing each other, left side, right? 1/2 is lying on top of the fat leaf this is how it stays till I press it, my leaf is made!!!!!? ? I did discover that good quality hairstraighen irons? make great irons for ironing these leaves??????

Thanks for dropping in, and thanks to Esther’s BOM group that keeps me motivated to write my blog.? So thank you so much those of you who drop in.? ?Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 30th Oct 2019

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WOW or WIP’s 23rd Oct. Rebuilding stack and slash fans

Hello every one making my blog so I don’t forget what I have been doing? ? I miss linking each Wednesday with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s but we just need to send her DD lots of prayers that she gets well and we see our Dear Esther back home soon.

I will share this blog as I’m writing it as I’m so late doing it?

Last week I unpicked all those seams on the 3 stack and slash fans and started to rebuild a new quilt centre???

This is where I was up to till I decided I was not happy with where it was not going toLOL

This is where I was up to till I decided I was not happy with where it was not going toLOL

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Have to share this HH with you from Dianne. She does such beautiful needle skills and to see them with my own eyes is incrediable.? The stitches are so fine even with my glasses on I could not see them clearly, I looked under my magnifying glass and still they were so fine to count, ended up with 12 plus stitches to the inch!!!!!!? Thank you Dianne for such a treasure can see why your applique looks so realistic.

This is what I call mini mini stitches I can not see them?

This is what I call mini mini stitches I can not see them? Even from the back it was hard to count those tiny stitches?

To day I have been building my pieces for my big blooms in the final border of HOTYH showing the below for any one new ?to doing iron on fussing when making thes blooms

Building my HOTYT blooms on a tephlon sheet

Building my HOTYT blooms on a tephlon sheet, first I made the double fabric petals see at the left .

Slowly it grows

Slowly it grows, those double petals look so beautiful when the bloom is completed.

Don’t rush this part of ironing your pieces to make your bloom

Don’t rush this part of ironing your pieces to make your bloom

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watch closely at all joins before ironing? See just left of the centre blue petal there is a touch I did not cover! I will cover this with my machine applique, but it does make a weak spot so will add a tiny piece of fabric behind that spot.

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TTwo blooms down Yayyyyyy I’m so happy.

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now to play with them before starting two more !

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This ?is my dinning table Imusing as I’m not able to go down and work in my studio space yet? I just have every thing in dishes or boxes so I can clear the table quickly??!

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so this is where they belong, ?notice my leaves I like to use lots of colour learnt that from Nancy ?(Paris), loved how her quilts glowed

Up till yesterday all I have been doing since my knee replacement 9 weeks ago is quilting, and doing sashiko quilting on 3 different quilts and some fine quilting on another. ?It was some thing I could see??? ?I found up until recently I was having trouble focussing, now I’m not on so many pain killers m y sight is improving?and I can sit longer, so all been well I will be doing more applique soon?

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Sashiko quilting this quilt.

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I’m liking the feel of the quilt after I’ve quilted it, I thought it might be stiff but it’s lovely and soft. ?

 

 

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WOW or WIP’s Wednesday 9th Oct 2019

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Have to start the blog off with some thing positive so will share this beautiful palm with the sun kissing it. With our beautiful blue sky behind it.

Plus Jennys Beautiful Quilt:-? This is Jenny Henry’s (from NZ) beautiful quilt called NZ Bridal Quilt, which is Jenny version of the Civil War Bride by Corlisse Searcy; it won first place for Traditional quilts at the Quilt symposium 2019 in Auckland last week.? Jenny added all animals, flowers, and birds you would find in NZ?Image may contain: indoor

This week has been one of endless visits to specialist, Drs and Physio’s One I would like to forget.? SO very little sewing been done. More unpicking than any thing????

My brain has kicked into gear if nothing else has the last two days LOL

I had this lovely kimono fabric that I stacked and slashed?several years ago to show students how it was done. ? Then some time later finally made one lot up and showed you All, but never got much further as I was not happy with the way it was going? ? This is where I was up to??

Just was not happy where this was going too. Just did not excite me?

Just was not happy where this was going too. Just did not excite me? You can see the original design top left hand corner, bottom left hand corner how I was going to make these slashed pieces up!!! ? Top right hand corner two sets sewn together to make in to blocks? ?Bottom right hand corner 5 or 7 sets to sew?

While sitting in bed yesterday my design brain started to tick, ?it meant unpicking all the sewing I had done on these pieces so yesterday and today Tuesday has been unpicking day?

I need to unpick all these pieces?

I have unpicked ?all these pieces?

Trying to put the slashes back in order to the original lay out

Trying to put the slashes back in order to the original lay out

Finally back in place but some hVe been cut shorter how will I solve that problem? Was thinking 1/4 circle but that will be too solid?

Finally back in place but some have been cut shorter how will I solve that problem? Was thinking 1/4 circle but that will be too solid?

Now I have this Ta Dummmmmmmm!!!,!!

Who says YES??? Less is best???

Who says YES??? Less is best???

I think I will make up blocks by doing iron on fussing and try invisible thread to machine applique the slates to the black back ground. ?I could end up with 9 blocks this way?

It was a great end to a endless day of unpicking?

A lovely HH slipped through the mail a couple of days ago, that I’m going to share all though I was not going to keep showing them, this one has to be shared as I’m sure many of you will use the lace that?Sue made on my HH??? ? Thank you so much for All those tiny stitches you did Sue, I love it and it arrived when I was having a blue day too!? ?I wrote Valerie instead of Sue,? so so sorry Sue I had you in my mind but wrote Valerie for some reason unknown??????? ?I’m talking about our dear Sue Taylor!!!!!

Look at that lovely soft blu e lace

Look at that lovely soft blue lace?

See close up NO lace but tiny stitches in back stitch to give the ellision of lace then the random

But look up close? ? ?See NO lace but tiny stitches in back stitch to give the illusion?? of lace then the random Lazy Daisy stitches. How incrediably beautiful is that ???? Sue you have the patience of a Saint????

No photo’s of the garden I’m house bound to day, leg was very sore yesterday so have to behave to day no gardening????? or even wondering around the garden????

Thanks for dropping by. Cheers Glenda who is still sleeping 1/2 the days away!!!!! another 5 weeks and I should be up and running????

 

 

 

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WOW still recovering from knee replacement 2Oct 2019

Oct has slipped through the door which means Spring is here and only 3 months left of 2019??

My last 6 weeks since I had my complete knee replacement has been revolving around exercises to get my knee and leg working. After 3 weeks in hospital I have had 3 weeks plus home, lucky for me my hubby had made lots of gadgets to help me at home with the knee bending.

Built to help bend my knee

Built to help bend my knee

In the bent position

In the bent position

Covered with a sheep skin.

Covered with a sheep skin.

Getting that leg bending?

Getting that leg bending? From this position the foot moves towards me and bends the knee with out an weight bearing

Icemachine, pad that is strapped on to the knee and tubes from Bunnings and a car Eskie filled with ice water

Icemachine, pad that is strapped on to the knee and tubes from Bunnings and a car Eskie filled with ice water

Inside eskie is a fish pump to pump the ice water through the knee cover it’s gives so much relief to the pain in the knee.

Inside eskie is a fish pump to pump the ice water through the knee cover it’s gives so much relief to the pain in the knee. Great having a macanical hubby, he made both this and the knee bender for me. Plus the wee skate board for using while sitting in a chair , my foot rests on it and I push it backwards and forwards to help bend the knee.

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My bike treadle and a tiny skate boardLOL.

My little companion, she follows me ALL day?

Wearing hubbys hat?

Wearing hubbys hat?

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Some more lovely HH they all arrived when I really needed a boost, ?they have helped me so much over the last 6 weeks more than any one will know. ?Every one was so different. ?So if you have ever wondered did they help, for me they got me through some tough ?moments! ?And have given me so much pleasure looking at them each day.

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The stunning one Below is one from Susan her name is there just hard to find.

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From Inez who was going on holiday the next day but took the time to make and post me this lovely HH.

From Inez who was going on holiday the next day but took the time to make and post me this lovely HH.

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Working on a small Huskstar sewing machine, hoping to get it running again after cleaning and oiling it.


Oiling and cleaning a little EQ 10 Huskstar hoping I can get it running again?

Oiling and cleaning a little EQ 10 Huskstar hoping I can get it running again? A friend visited me on Monday and gifted me the lovely roses.

only sewing I can do at the moment is some hand quilting, eyes can not see to do any applique, hoping when I stop the medication for my knee I will be able to see clearly again?

Buried under my 1930’s GMFG and my little dog is too

Buried under my 1930’s GMFG and my little dog is too, ?doing some hand quilting inside those tiny hexagon. I’m quilting inside each one.

Sashiko quilting my Mothe rs and war quilt when I can stay awake?

Sashiko quilting my Mothe rs and war quilt when I can stay awake?

Close up of one of the flowers from my GMFG quilt

Close up of one of the flowers from my GMFG quilt

Garden is looking dismal as I have not been able to do any thing in it the last 6 weeks and we have had no rain for 2 months. ?I did put the sprinkler on yesterday?

One day Iris, these are little self plantings and yesterday there were around 40 of them flowering, they all flower within a week of each other? Then it’s all over

One day Iris, these are little self plantings and yesterday there were around 40 of them flowering, they all flower within a week of each other? Then it’s all over

Stunning red Lilly that all ways gives me a good show

Stunning red Lilly that all ways gives me a great show!

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One day Iris, ?great colours for a quilt!? ?Cheers

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Native orchid it has been here the last 23 years never seems to get any bigger or smaller?

Last of the cosmos but still looks lovely in the late afternoon sun?

Last of the cosmos but still looks lovely in the late afternoon sun?

Thanks for dropping by and hopefully I will be dropping by your way again to soon Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther. 11th Sept 2019.

Seems strange that I have not done any sewing for nearly 4 weeks. ? Now when I could my eyes won’t focus I’m hoping it’s the drugs I’m on ?and when I stop taking them I can hand sew again.

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THe background is cut from a 1950’s dollie and the embroidery is lovely,the. The hearts and corners are cut from a 1970 1980 serviete that’s been hand dyed by Val very lovely. ?My mum used these and I still use them?!

I have found my self on the receiving end of Healing Hearts instead of sending them . ?I never thought this would happen.

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A Beautiful KF heart I love his colours but have not worked that often with them, but I did a weekend retreat with him on knitting in NZ about 35 years ago and I admire him so much, I learnt so much about colour that weekend?

I often wondered if these wee hearts did help and here Iam now able to say how much they DO help,

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I love the back ground in this wee heartblock, ?Nancy has raw edge machine appliqued these wee pieces. ?Again it arrived in the mail when I needed a good boost.

Every heart that I have received has arrived when I needed a boost. ?They took me out of my pain or feeling sorry for my self back in to how wonderful life is.

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Then just when I was in so much pain one after noon Mary’s lovely hearts ?arrived to make me stop thinking about my self, I remembered using the lovely Japanese blossom in one of my quilts and just loved that fabric.

Ive enjoyed looking up where the HH came from and learn8ng a little about the person who sent it and now they are more than just a name to me.

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Yesterday on our way home from having a brain MRI ?we stoped to clear the mail and there was this lovely Heart made from the Pohutikawa flower, ?this is from a tree that grows on the coasts of NZ and is often called the Christmas tree as it flowers mid summer and that’s Christmas time in NZ. So it brought back lots of lovely memories and made me for get the pain.

Below is where I’m sitting in bed looking out. Isn’t it a stunning and beautiful place to recover in ???

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Looking??down the veranda from my bed.

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Looking to my right from my bed, down to the river and across to the range, just beautiful.

Well not a long post but a post?

Thank you All for all your best wishes they sure helped to keep my spirits up over the last 3 weeks.

Off to join Esther’s WOW or WIP’s.

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 22nd of August 2019

This will be the shortest blog on record for me LOL.

10 pm sitting up on my hospital bed about to starting

Hubby brought my iPad in to the hospital at 8pm now 10 pm sitting up on my hospital bed about to start to make a mini mini logcabin. I cut the strips on Monday, had my operation for a full knee replacement yesterday afternoon Tuesday, now Wednesday??? ? The medical world has come a long long way in the last 10 years where knee replacements go???

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I Did manage to all most make one block but eyes, hands and mind were not working well together LOL. ?May be tomorrow will be better? ?

Happy sewing all off to link to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s ?Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s 15th August

When looking for some thing last Wednesday I came ?across a pile of WIP’s ? I kept this one out below and have started to sashiko??quilt it finally. ?It’s call Mother’s ?in war? ? ?It’s all ways the women who suffer so much in a War, regardless of who is winning or loosing? ? All the dark maron fabric is from a very very fine wool Kimono fabric about 80 plus years old it has been constantly darned with patches, ?an old Japanese lady told me that she sold all her Kimono’s except this one during and after the war to buy rice to feed her children, her husband had died and she had to sell the kimono’s for that rice. ?The kimono was also dyed many many times to make it so dark people would not see the darns or patches??? ? When she showed it to me I was so so sad and I just loved the colour so much, it’s not deep blue but a deep maron blue as it was dyed over a colour not a white fabric? ?She could see how much I loved it for the story, the patches, and darns and gifted it to me . ?I was determined to use it patches darns and holes in a quilt, then I found the beautiful blue fine wool kimono and Mothers in War was born and just grew?

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This is a quilt for me to sleep under. ?I loved making it, I’m loving quilting it and I will love it on the double bed?

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InnSashiko quilting using DMC 5 threads , plus 3 threads from a DMC normal embroidery thread on the large flowers. ?Thread is a very deep maron colour and shows up beautifully.

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Close up

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My first triangle all most completed. ?It’s taking me 5 nights 8pm till 12pm to quilt one triangle.

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Two triangles done 6 to go LOL.

 

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Working now on a corner of the blue wool kimono, it’s not showing up like on the plain colour but it will be nice.

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Sashiko stitches are a tiny bit bigger here than on the maroon?

This Lo vely??old lace I’ve just washed and pressed is about 50 years old ?and machine made, will use it on some of my heirloom blocks.

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Close??up of the lace, it is about 4 inch’s deep?

Brushing down an old old cottage chair of Sandra’s. Every year more paints peel off, their must be at least 7 different layers LOL.

Sandra’s cottage chair

Sandra’s cottage chair, have rubbed it back now it needs a good clean with bleach after the long wet we have had.

Seat is carved to fit around your thighs?

Seat is carved to fit around your thighs and it’s an extremely strong chair for sitting in, Not flimsy like many chairs today?

This is a wooden chair that came from the farm in NZ I think, Rods constantly reglu

This is a wooden chair that came from the farm in NZ I think, Rods constantly reglueing that back in??? ? It’s Rods every thing chair but a chairLOL.

Thanks for dropping in. ?May be absent for a while, having a knee replacement on Tuesday, in hospital for 10 days then 3 to 4 months recovery? ?So may not have that much to blog about LOL.

Off to link with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s.

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIPs 8th August 2019 with Esther

A very low week on sewing. ?During the week I went shopping for some iron on fussing but they did not have any, but this some how was in my bag when I left the shop? ? LOL ?must admit they are all small pieces?

Love full blooms for Borderie Perse?

Love full blooms for Borderie Perse?

Fabrics for applique

Fabrics for?applique each piece is 10inchs square.

Borederie Perse fabric

Borederie Perse fabric

Fillers such lovely colours

Fillers such lovely colours

Have started to sew down the tiny birds on one of my WIL blocks.

Starting to blanket stitch down my tiny birds they are less that 1inch square?

Starting to double blanket stitch down my tiny birds they are less that 1inch square?

Tried a few colours before I finally choose this one to applique them down.

Tried a few colours before I finally choose this one to applique them down.

How I make tiny tiny circles the below ones are?smaller than the top of a colouringing in pencil. You need to use batics or silks so the threads don’t unravel.

First cut squares with a good 1/4

First cut squares with a good 3/4 inch around the circle shape.

Draw a circle 1/8 th from the edge of the circle

Draw a circle 1/8 th from the edge of the circle Then do a running stitch on the line around the circle make sure those stitches are only 2 or 3 threads or it won’t work if your stitches are big, I use a number 11 needle and silk or bottom line thread.

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running thread starts and ends behind the fabric.

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cut away the fabric only leaving a scant 1/8th of fabric outside the stitches.

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use some thing that is smaller than the circle to hold the template in place then pull thread in and around it.

Pull thread tight and gently remove the pen or pencil and slowly pull in thread and sew a knot . Gently work in to a perfect circle with you needle and fingers?

Pull thread tight and gently remove the pen or pencil and slowly pull in thread and sew a knot . Gently work in to a perfect circle with you needle and fingers?

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Back of the tiny circle

Some finished wee circles rightside up and pulled in frills under neath the circles.

Some finished wee circles rightside up and pulled in frills under neath the circles.

Those tiny circles appliqued down here

Those tiny circles are appliqued down here.

Off to link with Esther no garden photos this week.

Thanks for dropping in.

Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther. 31st July 2019.

WOW or WIP’s is over on Esther’s blog for this week again!

Hello All where ?ever you are or what ever you are doing I hope it’s fun. ?This week past has mostly been fun after last week? ?I started my wee houses for Esther Aliu’s BOM Hold On To Your Heart on Sunday avo and have managed a little more each day. ?It’s so lovely to be back sewing on the machine, I never thought I’d say that, but with Jenny’s help I have learnt to love my machine and to machine applique. ? This week I’m sharing how I’m building my wee houses on my HOTYH for new applique Quilters. ?I hope it helps some of you? ?I first made my little house, I was having so much fun making it I forgot to take photos.

Starting to build my wee houses?

Starting to build my wee houses?

I wanted a pink and blue house that rem8nds me of the South of Italy.

I wanted a pink and blue house that reminds?me of the lovely memories I have of the South of France and Italy.

Slowly they grow.

Slowly they grow.

These wee house s are twice as big as I thought they were so much easier to make.

These wee house s are twice as big as I thought they were so much easier to make.

Love how the nestle in the green leaves.

Love how the nestle in the green leaves.

Finally I have two wee houses beside each other

Finally I have two wee houses beside each other

Placing my wee houses on to my centre fabric.

Placing my wee houses on to my centre fabric.

So lovely to see these wee houses in there place of HOTYH.

So lovely to see these wee houses in there place of HOTYH.

Love my wee houses. Thank you Esther.

Love my wee houses. Thank you Esther.

All my pieces are just laid there not fussed on yet? ?I iron down a piece then applique it down, humidity is so high and I use a very light weight ?fussing so the pieces just fall off with all the twisting and turning. ? If you press iron fussing to often it goes hard so be careful about pressing you applique pieces to often.

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I started by ironing down my blue house ?first. ?Then machine appliqued all the otter edges. ?I have a light weight interfacing behind my backing fabric centre.

My perimator of the wee house all appliqued down

My perimator of the wee house all appliqued down and starting on my shutters. ?These shutters remind me of opening my bedroom shutters early in the morning in Italy to hear the church bells ring out at 6am . What a lovely memory.

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JbbEndless threads as I use lots of different coloured threads so have to constantly stop and start?

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I’ve just spent 1 hr pulling the shutter and window threads through to the back and weaving them in the back? Still another 2030 mins need to do the top left window.

Close up of one of the wee windows and shutters, the little bottom frame is 1/8 wide?

Close up of one of the wee windows and shutters, the little bottom frame is 1/8 wide? ?I stitched a very tiny straight stitch out and back in dark maroon for each shutter line. ?These wee shutters are 1 1/2 inch’s by 1 inch !

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Starting to add my leaves this is the fun parting seeing it grow in to a wee picture.

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My stems are in a deep maroon in ?feather stitch, it is the ?smallest stitch I could make it

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It’s starting to look so sweet! But ohh those endless threads to pull through again LOL

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Threads be gone so I can see down more leaves. I pulled them through last night 1 1/2 hrs!

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II wove all these threads through last night. ?So I won’t get any tangling to day when I do a double blanket stitch around some of the leaves.

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I managed to do the edges of 12 wee leaves in blanket stitch and attCh 7 more leaves by using feather stitch for there veins. ?Now 2 1/2 hrs of pulling threads to the back and securing them down? ?

Up date nearly 5pm. out in the garden is very little colour, but what is there is so intense.?C9FC6CA2-06B1-413D-B61B-FACC57E1EB09 A4D06859-2967-4E2D-9EA2-5B7F9F1CFBC0 D92E3C03-6F45-462A-8930-392BDD62FFAA 0DD40472-DFE8-40BB-BCA4-BDF73B88AEA7 545BD81F-161A-4E8C-8284-1C7B71FC57B6 8583352B-BB44-4FC9-B05D-901BC3BCAF99 19853042-8709-4827-99BA-335EA2B7C46F DBABF899-162F-4795-BC8D-BD6CE767E33E BCA958C8-5668-43EB-8973-A6A5A54B665C

Im going to add my link to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s ?now and will go for a walk around the garden and see if I can find any thing to share this week. ?Thanks for dropping by I do enjoy chatting with. Cheers Glenda

 

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 24th July 2019

Hello every one and thanks for dropping in.? Its WOW or WIP’s over on Esther’s blog again.? My week has been spent in bed with a virus but think?I’m over the worst now. ?So no sewing done but a few more stitches on my falcon wall quilt. ?But a few are better than none.

It’s keeping me warm as I write this???

It’s keeping me warm as I write this??? The panel is from an antique ?roll of fabric which would have been used for lining a man’s jacket. It’s made off 100% wool extremely fine weave.? For my borders? I’ve used heavily woven silk fabric from Obi’s which is sooooo difficult to stitch through, even with my special Japanese needles? ?So each stitch takes time?

I’m doing sashiko stitches and so far have not broken my needle, it they were English needles I’d have given up as they would of been breaking so often?

I’m doing sashiko stitches and so far have not broken my needle, it they were English needles I’d have given up as they would of been breaking so often?

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I started ?with a pile of pulled reds from the lightest to the darkest for my sashing to join my WIL blocks

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LOts were discarded as the tones were wrong, ?all my blacks were different too?

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This was my first lay out, with the lights starting from the centre but this did not work with my out side light border, so I swapped it around bing it worked?

Some times you have to see the whole picture to make sure it’s working?

Some times you have to see the whole picture to make sure it’s working?

 

Machine appliqueing down my flowers

Machine appliqueing down my flowers

Back of my work

Back of my work

It takes time changing the top threads but worth it for what look I want.

It takes time changing the top threads but worth it for that look I want.

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Finally I add the last colour pink on the outer ?petals and the yellow and orange to the centre of the flower and my flower is finished?

Have not been out in the garden to day my feet are wobbly Ive had a virus for the last 5 days???? ?So sorry no flowers or creatures yet for this blog.

Update managed to walk around the garden and some of what I stopped to look at? ?6B23F804-CC7E-44A6-B708-95696019B0C2 17C413BF-40FA-41C4-81EB-F30ADFC315C7 6B0AFD58-04DC-457F-B594-6487D2C923A9 73CF699A-0798-4720-911E-F5F649BF9D4B 6BBC7D4E-FD47-430D-953A-C4598E1111BC D3A88080-7B45-4A3B-B5FA-D6619CF58A93 2561D832-03AC-4F26-A4BA-9F5C33ED7CC5 0F652D35-F0AE-49F4-BC11-2CB7F03AAD09

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all though it looks so inviting the water is so cold to me at this time of the year? ? But my friends from down South jump in no problem? ?

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MY plant died waiting to find a replacement for this large pottery?inthe mean time I have made a stone flower??

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where I’m sitting right now looking at this view!?

Off to link with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s now.

Thank you for dropping in Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther. 17th July 2019

This blog is about how I started and finished Part 6 of HOTYH. Doing the applique with?iron on fussing, it’s a tutorial in photos for any one new to it? ?I hope it will help some one?

 

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First I cut and pasted a full pattern and started with my frames. ?All my fabric all ready has iron on fussing behind it.

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Step 2 this small circles I’m using silks for this part!

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Circles are all from the same fabric but the light places tricks with silk fabrics and makes them all look different.

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Thought about butterflies but could not find the right ones?

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Then choose some very tiny Chines silk embroidery yellow flowers with blue satin backing and love them. ?My DGS’s partner gav3 the fabric to me how sweet is that?

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Two completed Frames.

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I even thought of antique buttons in my frames? ?But they were two dark and not round?

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Next was to make my Catus plants, I was thinking rust or orange tones? But no these fabrics jumped out at me ?

 

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Added some bright green flowers picking through the catus. On to??some stems each side of the catus, again not my choice in colour but the blue leaves called out loudly to me?

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Two toned star flowers just fitted there so perfectly.

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Placed my diamonds in to get my true felling of the block ? ?I’m so happy with how it grew, by this time it’s midnight but I cannot stop?

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So two flower heads added for effect

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Then two more?

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A few tiny leaves this is allbeen ironed on to Teflon sheets.

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My first bird is made and added, ?my blue birds we’re going to be delft blue???

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My second bird is made and added, again not a delft blue LOL. But I love her.

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These wee birds are adorable, how much fun I have had with this beautiful block Esther, thank you so much.

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Finally finished at 1.45am?!

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Next day I placed all the pieces on to a felt board till I would need them?

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Finally What my Part 6 will look like on my Hold On To Your Heart quilt when I get around to appliqueing all of them to my centre of HOTYH?

Hello??? Any one reach this far. ? LOL

During the week I was given some fabric in a bag and told, not sure if you can use this? ? I could not wait to get back home and see what was in there, it’s such a lucky dip when friends do this. ?Well I sure struck it lucky, ?there were two large pieces of flannel but first all these fabrics are over 50 years old and plus, have been put away in a cupboard all that time? ? 2 metres of thin cotton that looks like it may have been 1930s child’s fabric.

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Such adorable fabric, have placed a machine bobbin on it so you can see how small the little creatures are.

Then there were two pieces of tartan fabric?

Red and green tartan

Red and green tartan, it is a heavy weave wool and would be soooo warm to wear. ?It’s a double weave and there is 6 metres . ?Lots of moth holes on the edges were it had been folded but as it’s a heavy weight wool it will not matter.

Soft green and blue with a wee yellow tartan

Soft green and navy blue with a wee narrow yellow strip tartan. This one is a light wool and very soft. ?This pieces has no moth holes that I have noticed yet? Double weave also and about 6 metres ! ? Not sure what I will do with either of the tartans? ?But one day I will LOL.

Bag one finished

Bag one finished

Bag two finished also now.

Bag two finished also now.

Only garden matter this week is a large white tailrat we caught as it was getting too friendly and wanting??to come inside!!! ?After it ran over Hubbies foot twice he set ?the trap?

He was a very viciose fellow!

He was a very viciose fellow!

Notice his long whitetail. He now lives else were?!

Notice his long whitetail. He now lives else were?!

thank you for dropping in and making it finally to the end . ?Going to link up with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s now. ? Hope to see you all again next week. Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 10July 2019

This week went to toooo!!!!! ?quickly for me. ? So I’m going to have to make this blog go quickly also? ?LOL. Things that are just around me is my blog today?

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A very very beautiful black fine lace shawl

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A wall hanging almost finished doing sashiko quilting on it?

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Lying?around so I might finish it?

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A finish waiting to go in the mail

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A 1960s jewel box has a new lease of life for me?

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It now holds prepped applique leaves LOL

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Lynette Anderson’s design, love her whimsical designs she is a Australia designer.

I’m working on part 6 of my HOTYH at the moment all most finished

I’m working on part 5 of my HOTYH at the moment all most finished, was hoping to finish tonight but remembered I needed to do my blog?

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1930 Grandmothers garden on my day bed , ?I’ve been hand appliqueing this for years???

So that’s it for this week, no garden as it’s pitch black out side, it’s 11.30 pm now?

Thanks for dropping in as I know so many of you are so busy in your gardens or summer travel now. ?I’m off to link to Esther’s WOW or WIP’s

Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 4th July 2019

Hello from still a wet Kuranda in the FNof QLD?????

This week I’ve spent machine appliqueing down ?the flowers and fish on my Wrapt in Love Block, it’s slow going but very fast compared to hand applique.

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I accidentally iron down my pink tulips upside down!!!!! they looked like barracuda fish to me so they? have become Cheshire tulips? ?Remember my WIL is called Alice ?

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Fish are slowly growing, I can not iron down more than two at a time as they just fall off in this weather with all the turning of the fabric? ?All these bubbles are machine appliqued down. I used a aqua metallic thread.

Ive just finished one of my men’s tie shoulder bags and the other only 10 mins sewing on the machine, may be today?

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Two halves of a bag, ?just need to join these now and this bag will be finished too.

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Top bag is now sewn together and ready for a new owner?

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A sweet wee doily again makes a lovely wee pocket.

Large buttons added to help the wear on the bottom of the bag plus keeps it clean when put down?

Large buttons added to help the wear on the bottom of the bag plus keeps it clean when put down on the ground????

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Little ?dollies make fun and interesting wee pockets for inside of the bags, there is beautiful fine crochet around these ones?

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This is one of the mens ties which forms the gusset of the bag. I leave in labels for interest, even though it’s inside?

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One Finished bag.

A friend gave me this partly made wool floor rug, some one gave to her, who ever last worked on it, made quiet a few mistakes in the top left corner so I will have to unpick an area and start again, hopefully finish it this winter?

A friend gave me this partly made wool floor rug, some one gave to her, who ever last worked on it, made quiet a few mistakes in the top left corner so I will? unpick that area and start again, I started on it yesterday, ?hopefully finish it this winter? ?Even the hook was still in the box. Such a lovely floor rug to be?

In the garden this week?

Right in th e middle of the photo two white cockatoos are stripping off the seeds from this palm, not to eat just stripping them off!!!

Right in the middle of the photo two white cockatoos are stripping off the seeds from this palm, not to eat just stripping them off!!! they are such destructive birds and so so loud????

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Repotted my desert rose tree, it’s been so wet I nearly lost it, hopefully now it’s sitting in shingle it will bounce back, those are rock crystal boulders on the top, front ones if you zoom in are cut in 1/2 and you can see the crystals?? Those paves need a lot of help to, its been so wet mould and moss grow over night?????

 

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I just sat here yesterday avo enjoying the late afternoon sun . We have not seen a lot of sun this year????

Thanks for stopping in to visit me.? I’m off to sew now. Cheers Glenda

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 26th June 2019

Where is this going to take me???

Where is this going to take me???

This block ended up been the first one to get its stemwaves and fish !!!

This block ended up been the first one to get its stemwaves and fish !!!

Added bubbles as I don’t have near enough fish and it also needed some depth added to this border?

Added bubbles as I don’t have near enough fish and it also needed some depth added to this border?

Right now sitting appliqueing down the first stem wave, using a contrasting thread to define the eagle of the stemwave?

Right now 10.45pm I’m sitting appliqueing down the first stem wave, using a contrasting thread to define the eagle of the stemwave?

Close up using featherstitch to applique the stemwave down!

Close up using featherstitch to applique the stemwave down!

Hello All, ?this year ?is disappearing so fast, I think I have only blogged 50% of the weeks ? ?So going to try and record more on what I’m doing quilting wise any way.

some times something extra special happens when you need it the most, this happened to me on Monday After-noon after been in to the city for a MRI I arrived home sore cold and feeling sorry for myself LOL ?there was a parcel in the mail, I opened it and there was this lovely Gift for me???

A special friend had sent me a flannel minky???  I Wrapt myself in it and was instantly warm and felt so special!?   Thank you Nancy so MUCH !

A special friend had sent me a flannel minky??? I Wrapt myself in it and was instantly warm and felt so special!? Thank you Nancy so MUCH for all ways been there for us??

I’ve ?just had a birthday and was so spoilt, ?my sons gave me new tools!!! ?What more could a quilter wish for? ? First was a Large cutting sheet,

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This new cutting board is the best board I’ve ever used once laid on the table it does not move? has a wonderful surface very smooth but the fabric does not move once placed,wonderful for free motioncutting? Notice my new suction handle and the old one that just was NOT practical at All on any thing bigger than 6inchs?

then in the mail arrived a glass suction handle???

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I laughed when I first saw how big and heavy it was but I stopped laughing when I sucked it on to my long cutting ruler, it added so much stability to the ruler, it was so much easier to line up on my fabric. Lines up so easy then cutting is a breeze. ?This is a real glass suction holder!!! But works like a gem on my ruler, buy one if you have arthritis in your hands cutting will be come a breeze again?

and a Stripology Ruler.

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First ?I went online and watched several utube demo on how I could use it, I was about to start lining ?up my 4 patch beginners and enders??so thought may be I could use my new Stripology It worked like a charm after lineing up 9 blocks the cutting was a breeze, ?you just have to put the blade in on a slight angle and slice Bingo in a few minutes I had 9 squares done?

Both have proven to give me a lot more control over my cutting now my hands have osteoporosis. ? I’m truly blessed with my boys

Next new toy was hair Straighteners??? ?Two came in to the Opp Shop I work in, we get a lot handed in? ?Just before going to work I had been sneaking a few moments ironing 2 toned leaves together and had a burnt finger from doing it? ?While testing the ?hair straightening irons I picked up a piece of fabric that was on the table where I was sorting the goods and press it with the hair iron?to see how hot it was? ?A light bulb moment, how would this go at ironing those wee leaves together?

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I bought both irons home and both worked like a charm?

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Both irons had a very smooth teplon finish so the iron on fussing does not stick to the iron?

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in no time I had all those little leaves done

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back view.

Esther mention she had a new work table and her family was saying NO more tables? ?I looked around at my work tables?

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My big work table see left hand back corner up against the wall is another table so I can make this work area big enough for a king size quilt to be sandwiched for quilting?

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MY ironing table which I’ve just placed a new Kingsize sheet on fold in to 6 layers, ?when they get too stained or gluey, I wash them and add a new sheet, ?I buy them from Opp Shops when I see them? ?Those two hair irons I tried out and they work so well, also great for pulling bias through if it needs pressing again?

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my Free standing ironing board and small table on wheels? ? And I still want more tables LOL. Once I just had a very small kitchen tableLOL.

Thank you for visiting and reading this far LOL. ?Going to link with Esther’s WOW or WIP’s now. ?Cheers Glenda.

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 19th June 2019

Back machine Appliquing WIL

Back machine Appliquing WIL now ?I have a machine with the double blanket stitch?

 

You sure don’t appreciate your machine till you don’t have it?

You sure don’t appreciate your machine till you don’t have it?

Im still working on rescuing my winter jumpers, my last one turns out to be chewed in so many places and some big holes??? ?So lots of Darning first?

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From this first darn I kept fining more and more holes !!!!!

My merino jersey was chewed up the worst, I have darned and then embroidered about 1/2 so far?

My merino jersey was chewed up the worst, I have darned and then embroidered about 1/2 so far?

My last darn then may be 7 flowers to cover this big darn and may be 4 to finish the darn above it?

My last darn then may be 7 flowers to cover this big darn and may be 4 to finish the darn above it?Don’t be afraid to use contrasting shades of thread.? My mum all ways said make a statement when covering some thing up, make it art????

Below some of the bouquets that were given to me last Friday for my birthday?? Thank you all for your lovely messages on my FB, timeline, email, Messenger and Esther’s group.? My house is like a florist shop still as we are having such cold days the flowers love it??? . ?I was very very spoilt?

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This week I was making some repeat small pieces for a border and I was fussycutting the fabric, my fabric now looks quiet interesting ? LOL

How your fabric looks after you have been cutting out fabric for fussy cutting a piece of applique LOL.

How your fabric looks after you have been cutting out fabric for fussy cutting a piece of applique LOL.

Wrapt In Love is back on the table at last? ?Now weeks of machine appliqué can happen I hope, I have a small electronic sewing machine again with a double blanket stitch which i like to use the most, just as well as it doe snot have the single blanket stitch?

Some fabrics I hope I can use to join my WIL Centre blocks?

Some fabrics I hope I can use to join my WIL Centre blocks? I will need nearly 200 2 1/2 inch squares if I do it like I want too?

My old 1023 Singer now has the original belt and bits and pieces, My girlfriend was cleaning out her pantry and found them LOL. Now All bCk witheach other?

My old 1923 Singer now has the original belt and bits and pieces, My girlfriend who gifted me this darling old treadle was cleaning out her pantry and found them LOL. Now All back with each other? Pkt of needles and a flint brush still in there sealed holders? Even has the oil in a pkt???

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My DGS’s lovely partner found these some where and bought me these two cousins as she was sure I could use the embroidery pieces in Broderier Perse in my Quilts, I dated them at around 1970’s 1980’s . ?I cut the centres?out leaving a good 1/2 inch and my girlfriend did what you see below ?

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beautiful stunning embroidery.

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Margaret has joined the two cousions ?together to make a shoulder bag? ?Added ?Prairie Points where I removed the embroidery plus in the seams around the outside???

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she is one very creative lady?

In the garden today?

A very young giant treefern she is about 7 years old

A very young giant treefern she is about 7 years old

 

She now hangs over the path completely

She now hangs over the path completely

In the garden Moss and fungi are growing like?weeds?FF9FA944-8E00-4EB4-928A-DE6FDE3B8D7E 476D9D91-B9D8-4D1A-B4D2-3B616A96456C 9FDDE0B7-983F-432E-906E-4BE1BE792E51

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As fast as I gurney these blocks the moss grows back after 7 months of rain the bricks are full of the moss spores?

These blocks are meant to bed a deep red?

These blocks are meant to bed a deep red?

We call these ferns Birds Nests?

We call these ferns Birds Nests?

This trunk has grown itself around the post and planks?

This trunk has grown itself around the post and planks?

Some Mere acts hidding in the leaves?

Some Merecats! ?hidding in the leaves?

This is a very very old plant, I’ve just noticed termites are building a nest around it?

This is a very very old plant, I’ve just noticed termites are building a nest around it?

Termite nest?

Termite nest?

Cleaned up this area last week

Cleaned up this area last week

Very little colour in the garden at the moment, just our lovely lillies

Very little colour in the garden at the moment, just our lovely lillies

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I even do flower arrangements out side in pots?

I even do flower arrangements out side in pots?

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Our little local tourist train just went past

Our little local tourist train just went past at the bottom of our place.

 

Thanks for dropping in, If you made it this far you deserve a medal LOL Made it out side as you can see and took lots of photos.? See you again next week hopefully? my days and weeks go so fast now????

Off to link with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s this week.

Cheers Glenda from DOWN UNDER????

 

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WOW or WIP’s with Esther 12th June 2019.

What an artist!

What an artist! She is incrediable.

Halfway through June and I did not realise it was even June. ?I’m still back in April LOL. But it does say June on Esther’s blog???

Finally have my machine again after 6 weeks of no sewing machine, working on appliqueing down my pansy blocks

Finally have my machine again after 6 weeks of no sewing machine, working on appliqueing down my pansy blocks

I have been drawing and cutting out two toned leaves this week each evening, I find them very relaxing to cut out but not so easy to draw any more with my hands, my DS came up with the idea of printing me some 3D templates with handles so I could just press down on these and I could see and draw much easier? ?Well it works I’m sold on the idea and can wiz these leaves out now and no sore knuckles or fingers?

Making two 1/2 leaves, love them they add so much depth and lots of colou if you want to add it?

Making two 1/2 leaves, love them they add so much depth and lots of colour if you want to add it?

Drawingthose shapes with the 3D printer templates?

Drawing these ?shapes with the 3D printer templates?

All cut out and joined thanks to my 3D templates.

All cut out and joined thanks to my 3D templates.

moths were bad this year , chewed 2 of my favourite jerseys, ?on lovely cashmere from Scotland and a fine merino from Australia.

Moths got two of my jerseys this year, spent several hrs well many!!! Mending the holes?

My Cashmere jersey? ?Have spent several hrs well many hrs!!! Mending the holes?

My merino jersey was chewed up the worst, I have darned and then embroidered about 1/2 so far?

My merino jersey was chewed up the worst, I have darned and then embroidered about 1/2 so far?

My friend will completely cover this basket with buttons? Using waxed thread to stitch each one on!

My friend will completely cover this basket with buttons? Using waxed thread to stitch each one on!

What to do with a lovely woven basket that has seen better days?

What to do with a lovely woven basket that has seen better days?

Here I have been cleaning the duckbill drain run of from palm seeds and sand. Now

Here I have been cleaning the duckbill drain run off from palm seeds and sand. Now it can rain again?

Sun is shining at last but sadly To was only for two days and it’s back raining again?

Sun is shining at last but sadly it was only for two days and it’s back raining again?

These leaves remind me of the big leaves in HOTYH?

These leaves remind me of the big leaves in Esther’s design HOTYH?

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Our local tourist train just went past, it tells me the time in the avo, one goes past at 2pm andanother at 3.30pm?

Our local tourist train just went past, it tells me the time in the avo, one goes past at 2pm and another ?at 3.30pm?

Off to link with Esther on her WOW or WIP’s

Thank you for dropping in. ? ?Cheers Glenda

 

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WOW or WIPS with Esther 29th May 2019 Bias strips?

427DF0DA-E78B-4EA1-94B9-83E32B99DB22You can buy 1/2inch bias no problem but it’s not so easy to buy 1/16th !!! ?But you can make it from a 1/2 inch strips? ?take the colour of your choice and cut a strip longer than you need,

Choose the colour bias strip you want on you work

Choose the colour bias strip you want on your work

Carefully cut off a fraction on the right hand side if you are right handed.

Slither of fabriccut off right hand side of the bias strip

Slither of fabric cut off right hand side of the bias strip, to do this sellertape the top and bottom to the cutting board to help keep the bias strip open?

Then I carefully fold the edge back down only to the size I need,

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Third strip from right is folded over and pressed after removing a?smigeon of fabric, 4th strip of bias top and bottoms again taped down with selatape and then I have carefully cut down the centre of the 1/2 inch bias tape,

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5th strip from right I have pressed the centre edge (where I cut the strip in 1/2) back behind the piece I have been making. It’s just a little smaller than 1/4 inch strip now. ?last strip is a perfect ?bias the same size as Esther’s stems in Part 6, ?now to make the other 1/2 the same way, so if you are careful you can make two strips of less than 1/16th bias ?from the one 1/2 inch strip of bias.

Two done 38 more to do LOL. I’m using a satin bias strip here, but you could use cotton or silk?

Two done 38 more to do LOL. I’m using a satin bias strip here, but you could use cotton or silk?

You could not use Roxanne’s glue to spot touch the back to hold these tiny bias pieces in place or pand hand s

You could? use Roxanne’s glue to spot touch the back to hold these tiny bias pieces in place or pin then? hand or machine appliqué down?

Im very behind on both my BOMs life has got in the way of my sewing and then my machine I use for my applique failed so will be with out my machine for a month or more? So I have opt for doing as much prep as possible. This week when I’ve had any time it’s been making my circles for part 5 of HOTYH

Finally settled on these colurs.

Finally settled on these colours. Have since added a deeper mauve?

Then it was those wee flowers, these are the colours Imgoing with one Dow 7 to go?

Then it was those wee flowers, these are the colours I’m going??with, one down 7 to go?

Leaves chosen I just need to cut them out, cutting out 90 wee petals to make up my flowers

Leaves chosen I just need to cut them out, plus cutting out 90 wee petals to make up my flowers???

Then one Bow drafted and cut out?

Then one Bow drafted and cut out? I’ve used two shades of yellow, my back bottom part of the bow is darker to give more depth . ?My bow is made up of 7 pieces?

Getting ready to cut out my bows.

Getting ready to cut out my bows. Notice that the full circle part of the bow is cut through at the centre this makes it easy to cut out the centre part of the bow?

When stems are less than 1/8th they are fidly

When stems are less than 1/8th they are?difficult to handle.

Making my stem draft, most of us find it difficult to draw a straight line or draw a very narrow stem shape, instead of drawing a line just dot along the line it is so much easier and then you cut through each dot ? ,

Making my stem templates, most of us find it difficult to draw a straight line or draw a very narrow stem shape, instead of drawing a line just dot along the line it is so much easier and then you cut through each dot ? ,I’m using a light weight plastic here for my template.

Now we try and cut out these narrow narrow stems and our template keeps moving, we need a third and fourth hand, take two tiny pieces of seletape and tape the template on to your fabric near the end of the templates? and start drawing out the shape?

Now we try and cut out these narrow narrow stems and our template keeps moving, we need a third and fourth hand, take two tiny pieces of seletape and tape the template on to your fabric?each end of the template? and start drawing out the shape?

Now to make up 3 more?

Now to make up 3 more?

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Back of the flower head

Back of the flower head

 

Sadly nothing to showing? in the garden its been just too wet for any thing to bloom, just as well I have blooms in my quilts???

Thanks for visiting and making it to the end of my blog this week. Off to link with Esther now.? See you All next week.

Happy sewing All Glenda

 

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