27 August 2014

I'm still here

Sorry I have been a bad blogger but I do hope to get back in the swing of things next week when the boys are back at school.  Our closing on our house will happen this Friday and we are all moved into our temporary apartment till we fly out in November.  

I set myself up a little sewing space in the corning of the living room so I hope I will be able to tackle some projects before I have to pack my sewing stuff up to go on the boat mid-November.  

I did manage to put together this months Classic Block Variable Star that Caroline @SewCanShe host every month on her Facebook group.  I love this linen fabric with the deer wearing glasses.  Not sure what I am going to do with it yet maybe a mini for my hopefully new sewing room when we get to Brisbane. 


This morning I made myself up a little sleeve to put my sunglasses in.  I keep forgetting them in my husbands car and I really need to wear them when I take the dog out for walks.  This way I will be able to just throw them in my bag and will always have them when I need them. I just used some scraps from the bin and ended up with this.  I did some straight line quilting just to give it a bit of structure.  Nothing fancy mix of yellow and gray lines.  


Hopefully I will have more to show in the next week or so.  I am missing sewing and blogging. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby


11 August 2014

Southern Cross

Well things are in full-blown craziness around here with the moving but I still managed to whip up a quilt.  Really this last minute stuff is becoming way to stressful and all stress that I put on myself for no reason.  Maybe that will be a goal for next year to plan better.  

This quilt came about because my oldest son's best friend asked me to make him a quilt of an Australia flag.  I didn't want to make a copy of a flag but making my own version is something I thought would be a great challenge.  Here is my sketch that I did on graph paper after a couple of days of thinking on what I would want to create.  


I used the Southern Cross constellation from the Australian flag for my primary for the quilt.  I broke up the background to give it more interest.  I turned this sketch into a paper piece pattern by using some quilters' paper.  I broke up the background into manageable pieces and cut out squares and rectangles to match.  Then I drew random lines on the paper. I pulled a selection of blues from my stash of prints and solids.   The seven and five pointed stars are also paper piece patterns that I found online for free.  I had to enlarge them a bit to be the size I had planned. 

This is what I ended up with -

I am very happy with how this turned out and actually went together very quickly.  I pieced, quilted and bound this in less then a week.  My son gave it to his friend on Friday afternoon right after I sewed on the label.   The finished size is 53" x 66".  It is backed with red flannel with white polka dots and bound with a stripped Denise Schmidt fabric from Joann's. I used variegated blue thread for the quilting. 

Here are some close ups of the quilting - 



My son's friend loves it so that is all that matters.  Oh here is the label I put on it.  I picked this small panel of Australian themed quilt labels when I was in Australia last.  Perfect for a Southern Cross quilt.  I just realized I should of added my city and state. Darn.  This is the first quilt in a long while that I actually remembered to put a label on so that has to count for something. 


This was all my entire goal for this month A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Plus I do not think I will really get much else done this month.  I do have two Round Robin quilts to add to and I hope to pull fabric before I pack it away. That will be the most I will do for August I am sure.

Now it is time to pack up my long arm machine to finish preparing to move.  We have to move to a small 2 bedroom for 3 months while we wait for our dogs to finish clearing import into Australia. I have pulled some small projects to work on and I am hoping to be able to whip up some carry on size bags for us to use for the plane ride.   

The best part about moving to a small apartment is the local quilt shop is a 5-minute walk from my front door.  hehehe  I bet my husband did not realize that.  I see many more yards of fabric migrating to Australia too. :)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

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04 August 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - August Goal

This month is going to be crazy if the sale of our house goes through so I have debating for days what I would do for my goal.  The inspection was this weekend so just waiting to hear if the guy still wants it.  I will have to pack the house up this month, find a rental, and get the kids ready to start school in September.  So I think things are going to get a bit crazy to say the least. Since this is not my first move I am sure everything will be fine just and I have September to look forward to as the kids will be back in school and I will have more time for sewing. 


Before I pack my long arm up I want to make one more quilt.  My oldest sons best friend asked if I would make him a quilt for his birthday this month.  Sure thing.  So I designed a paper piece pattern, cut the pieces and I have the blocks all made.  The stars are free paper piece patterns I found online.  I will give more details once I have completed the quilt.  

August goal to piece the top, quilt and bind it for my goal this month.  



Sorry for this really bad picture but I have to stand on a table and hold the camera above my head to get a picture as the long arm was in my way.  Guess I better get going pulling paper.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

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