Friday, February 20, 2015

february fnsi.....

It's FNSI time again......  to sign up for this fun evening, just head on over to Wendy's, here.....

This is always a lovely evening of shared creativity, and lots of thanks to Wendy for hosting again.

Hope to see you there! xx

Monday, January 26, 2015

fnsi..... sewing with bonnie & camille

FNSI saw me working on a new quilt (as you do; even though you only plan to work on UFOs and gifts, and not start anything new!).  I actually started it a couple of weeks ago for FNWF, after I got Camille Roskelley's book 'Simply Retro' from the library and fell in love with this quilt, 'Fresh'.  

Star quilts are a favourite of mine, and I thought this one was gorgeous.  And having a little stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics, mostly 'Bliss', and along with buying a few extra bits and pieces from some of their current ranges to round out the colours and designs I have, will hopefully make this a beautiful quilt.

Not a lot of sewing so far.... lots of cutting, a little bit of sewing, and laying out a few blocks ahead.


There are a lot of pieces in this quilt, so I imagine it's going to take a while to make, but I am enjoying the process.

Hope you had a fun FNSI too.  To see what everyone else got up to, pop on over here; thank you to Wendy for hosting another great night.

Tania xx

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

hello..... and fnwf

Well hello!   It has been awhile.....

First of all, a belated Happy New Year!!  I hope it is a wonderful year for you all.

No sewing news to report here.  The last few months have been a bit of a challenge healthwise; a trip to hospital at the end of August for a simple operation and overnight stay, turned into three weeks in hospital, two fairly major operations, and a completely unexpected cancer diagnosis.  I am now having chemo, 8 sessions down and 8 more to go, and the possibility of radiotherapy after that.

I have really been very lucky with not too many side effects from the chemo, just a lot of fatigue and insomnia. My hair is thinning a little, but I am not losing it completely, and I have not had any nausea which is fantastic.

So, on with the new year.....  I am hoping to do lots of sewing this year (which I say every year, but don't actually do!); I really do want to get some quilts finished this year though, working on some UFOs, and some new quilts too.

And a good place to start is with FNWF this Friday night.  Want to join in too? Head on over to Cheryll's and sign up here.  It's always a fun night, and fun to see what everyone else got up to as well.

Hope to see you there.... and wishing you a year filled with quilty adventures too!

Tania xx

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

a challenge or two... or three.....

Well, I'm going to be a busy girl.....
I have signed up to two challenges/quilt-alongs, as well as organising one of my own..... must be a glutton for punishment... and possibly a little overenthusiastic!  Fortunately, these are year-long quilt-alongs, so I do have some time to organise myself!
They do sound like lots of fun though, so here are the details, if you feel inspired to join in too.....
Firstly, my 'Simple Shapes' QAL...
I recently borrowed this book from my local library, and loved it; I find Kaffe Fassett's use of colour and pattern very inspiring, and it occurred to me that it would be a great basis for a quilt along.  I was originally inspired in this idea by a blog post written by Kim, and with Kim's permission, I used the same idea for this project, as it sounded like so much fun.
 The idea is, you choose a quilt out of the above book that you want to make,
but it must be kept secret…..
The quilt is to be made over a period of 12 months (now 11 months....), with the ‘big unveiling’ on Saturday 20 June 2015 - 'in person' for the local ladies, and a cyber unveiling for those elsewhere.
I thought this was a good book to use, as they are all quilts made with basic shapes, and with many of them there is no great level of difficulty for those that may not have so much experience with piecing.  I also think the quilts in the book lend themselves to being made in any style of fabric, and can be made to a size that suits you.

I invited a few friends to join me, which they did, and many of them, and myself, have now purchased the book and are ready to start creating wonderful quilts.

So, if you would like to join in, please do; and of course, if you want to invite someone else to join in who you think would enjoy this QAL too, go right ahead -  the more the merrier! And Kim, who wrote the blog post that inspired me, is joining in too.  So far we have ladies joining in from Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK - which for me personally, is very exciting!!

What do you think?  Are you in?
Another challenge currently running, with the unveiling on 29/30 August 2015 is 'The Gisborne Quilters Great Shirt Challenge', organised by my lovely and fun friends, Tracee and Marg
Details of this challenge are on Tracee's blog, here.
The third quilt-along I have joined in with is the 'Quilt like an Eagle' project, organised by Audrey and Angie.
Quilt Like An Eagle
Although I am here in Australia, every Fourth of July I admire all the lovely patriotic red, white and blue quilts on so many of the American blogs I enjoy reading, and I often see fantastic 'eagle'  quilts.  Audrey and Angie had each always harboured a desire to make one too... and thus the Eagle Quilt QAL was born.
A blog has been started just for this quilt-along (must remember to do that...), and lots of ideas are already percolating..... 
The 'show and tell' for this quilt along is on 4 July 2015.
Phew!  Three fun QALs/challenges, and lots of fun to be had, and with a year to make a quilt - or two..... maybe you might be inspired to join in too!?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

joining in ~ fnsi & christmas in july swap.....

It's my favourite night of the month again -
I plan to be working a couple of blocks for my Underground Railroad quilt project, and doing a little gift sewing.
If you are joining in, I am looking forward to sewing along with you!
Many thanks again to the lovely Wendy for hosting this fun night.....
Earlier in the week, these went off in the mail for the Christmas in July swap, hosted by Cheryll.  This was so much fun; hope my recipient likes what I made!
  A few extra little goodies of the yummy kind went in the parcel too....
Thanks to Cheryll for being an amazing Swap Mama.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

flimsies, minis, and pinnies.....

A little catch up on the latest sewing adventures....
A flimsy completed over the last couple of days - more to come on this one later in the month.....

Minis have been sent and received - thanks once again to amazing Swap Mama Cheryll!
this is the gorgeous mini I received from Sisbabe Stitches, and I love it.  It is very hard to see, but all the seams are sewn over in lovely decorative stitches.  And I love the saying; the first time I read it, I felt like I could relate!

And this is the mini I made and sent.  I won't reveal to who it was sent, as I know they have not been able to check their mail over the last week or two, but hopefully it is there waiting for them when they can.....
Don't these thread colours just look gorgeous together?
And my first project out of my new Gail Pan book, the 'Bloom' pincushion - I love this book, I want to make everything in it!
I did sign up for FNWF with Cheryll last week, with plans to again spend it with Sue, Tracee and Marg, working on our Underground Railroad quilts.  Most annoyingly, a migraine prevailed and I was out of action. So there is some catching up there to do - more on that soon!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Huckleberry Stitches/Kathleen Tracy quilt along - june 2014

As you know, I joined in with Tilda at Huckleberry Stitches in her Kathleen Tracy 'Prairie Children and their Quilts' quilt along.  

June's project was the gorgeous little log cabin quilt, and here is my version - just a flimsy at the moment....

I really enjoyed making it.

Size:   14 1/2" x 18"

All the fabrics are from my stash, with the exception of the pink centre squares and some of the olive greens which came from a charm pack of Primitive Gatherings 'Floral Gatherings' fabric.  Just love the pink...

I haven't yet made up my mind whether to machine quilt it or hand quilt it. I think hand quilting would really suit it.   In any case, I better make up my mind soon before it ends up in the UFO pile!

Can't wait to see what we are making for July.....