Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WIPs Wednesday!

I cannot remember the last time I wrote a WIPS 

Wednesday post!

So here's what I have been up to...


I have finished piecing the backing for 

my Modern Amish,


with the arrival of Elizabeth's siggy block.

I now just need the inclination to baste it all 

together!


I have been slowly piecing my Triangle Quilt,

which is proving to be a challenge,

matching up all those points!


Stepping around it on my 'design floor' is also 

a challenge!

Finally I have made a bunting from some 


sweet novelty prints!


What have you been up to?

SUZ

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My week....

I visited my sister at the weekend, 

and she had a little surprise for me!

Children's sewing machines!




The Singer is from the sixties 

and made in France;

The green one, a Japanese model!

I was thrilled to find they both work 

when battery powered!

The Singer even came with it's instruction booklet 

and spare needles!

The mailman delivered a much anticipated parcel 

this week too...

I forgot to include the lovely piece of fabric in the parcel.

from my sweet friend Mary 

Mary's equally talented daughter Molly,

made the embroidered hoop with my initial!


Isn't it beautiful?

I had a couple of hours in my sewing room 

this afternoon....


and decided my oft-used threads 

would look great in the sewing carrier!

I also did some sewing

(yes, that's a novel idea!)


Can you guess what that will become?

I hope to have a finished quilt ready to share 

with you soon too!

Happy days!

SUZ

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Busy bee-ing!

I have entered my third year in the 

Mid-Century Modern Bee, 



and boy, do I love this Bee!

I have made such a variety of blocks and made such 

wonderful friends!

Elizabeth was Queen for January,

and this is what I made!


I loved cutting into my Echinacea fabric for this...


"Memory" star.

And for February I baked Carla a cake,

following a tutorial found at Ellison Lane!


After recent events I was sorely tempted to pop a 

candle on the top!

Why "Mid-Century" I hear some of you ask?

It is because all the members are of a certain, um....


vintage!

If you'd like to read more about the blocks and quilts,

we have a blog here!

Happy sewing!

SUZ




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Somethings gotta give!

With both Tennis and work commitments, 

sewing has taken a back seat these last three weeks.

I'd really like to get this quilt quilted...

Slightly disguised as I'm pattern testing this one....

At least I have batting and backing sorted!

I did start this....


But have progressed no further than some stitching, 

cutting and playing!


Small windows of sewing opportunity were 

spent creating Olive.


A RicRac design!


I'm having another weekend off, 

this time to spend it in the city with Mr PnP....

There may be a birthday to celebrate?

Happy days!

SUZ

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Presenting "Rosetta"

I have set myself a challenge this year by joining 

the "Four-in-Art" mini group over on Flick'r-



We have decided that we will explore the 

theme of Literature this year.

For my first mini I have narrowed this down to look 

at the development of written language.

Last year, while in France, I visited a museum 

dedicated to Jean Francois Champollion



who deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphics 


Symbols inside the Museum

of the Rosetta stone.


Outside the Museum in Figeac a larger than life impression of the Rosetta Stone

unlocking the secrets of Ancient Egypt.




At my friend Elizabeth's suggestion,

I did some sketches first.





Can you see the elements I have decided to use?

angles, symbols, squiggles, colour....


The colours are a bit washed out here..

I was able to raid my small stash of text prints...

with script, barcoding and numbers.

And trim too!



Anyway, I am glad to have this one finished- 



it was much harder than I thought it would be!

(Although MrPnP liked it!)



the back...

Now to think about where to go next?

Suggestions gratefully accepted!

Please make sure you stop by the others

 in the group to see what wonders they have created:

Betty at a Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com
Catherine  at Knotted Cotton
Elizabeth at OPQuilt.com 
Jennifer at Secondhand Dinosaur 
Nancy at  Patchwork Breeze
Rachel at The Life of Riley
Simone at Quiltalicious

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yoo-hoo!!!

Yes, it's me!


This is what has kept me busy...

Margaret Court Arena

No, not playing tennis but acting as patron services 

for the Australian Open.

I have seen very little of Miss Juki these last few 

days....


She has had her yearly holiday service,

and helped me put this together-


The five siggy blocks from my

MCM Bee buddies have 

formed part of the backing for my 

Modern Amish quilt.

I intend to write the names of the other 

block makers

in lighter coloured sections of the star block.


I'll be back on the weekend with my first 

"Four-in-Art" mini quilt.

Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

SUZ


Friday, January 16, 2015

I.B.B.B

that stands for Itty Bitty Block Book!

About 3 years ago I belonged to a Flick'r group 

where we made and traded 3.5" 'themed' blocks....

"Pirate" theme
This week I decided it was time to make something 

with them!

I initially thought I'd make mini quilts, but really 

I have enough of these....

Polaroid Calendars
Four years ago I made a fabric "Colour" book for a 

friend's little girl...


So that's what I have made this time!

I bordered sets of four blocks with an inch of fabric,


sandwiched them with some batting,

made a patchwork cover...


And voila!

An Itty Bitty Block Book!

The detail in some of these blocks is amazing.


Here are some of the "Black and White" set 

and "Pirates",  


 and "Bird Houses"....



With a fabric square to make up the numbers!




I don't have a recipient in mind for this.

It is so pretty, I might just have to keep it myself!


Happy sewing!

SUZ

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