Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stars and Hearts Quilt Finished

"Stars and Hearts" designed by Ann Petersen for the Craftsy class Continuous Line Quilting.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Walking Again

Yesterday I bought a new walking foot. It walks! I sewed most of the binding to my latest project:
I did the last little bit (joining the ends) this morning, with the help of instructions on the Quiltmaker web site. For some reason the joining method won't stay in my mind from one quilt to the next. I have a book I usually consult but it is still packed in a box somewhere.

So far today I have hand-sewn the binding down on a bit less than half of the quilt:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Old Fabric

Today I cut the first pieces from some fabric I have had in my stash for a while:

I have pieces of eight fabrics from this range, which I purchased very cheaply at Lincraft in Northland's closing-down sale in 2001. Someone asked me at the time what I was planning to do with them. I didn't know, but I've finally found the perfect project.

And I know there is a Lincraft at Northland, but that's a "new" one that opened a few years after the original one closed.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Last Sections

Today I got to the end of the Continuous Line Quilting Craftsy course. As it turned out, this was the last exercise:
This one involved turning a non-continuous design into something that can be sewn all in one go. I traced the design on some "Golden Threads" quilting paper, and sewed through it. The above photo is half way through removing the paper, and below is how it looked with all the paper gone and some rough echoing around the design:
When I got to the end of this lesson I was surprised to find that it was the end of the course, as I still had one empty section of my quilt. But as I went back over things, I found that I had missed the very first lesson!

So here's the one I missed:
I did it the same way, sewing over the traced design, then removing the paper. So I went from the most difficult exercise to what was meant to be the easiest. It is nice to have them all done, though! Now I need to get a working walking foot to add the binding, and mark this one off my list of unfinished projects.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Blue Tongue

This blue tongue lizard (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides) was soaking up some warmth from the sun as I went out this morning:

The middle of the road wasn't the safest place for that, but a little touch with the toe of my shoe saw it off the road quite quickly.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Real Rain

It seemed everyone was getting rain except us for a while, but today our turn finally arrived!

There had been 2.2mm of rain before I woke up this morning, which was nice for the garden, but not a lot of good otherwise. But it wasn't long before some decent rain began. Here's the weather station's verdict just before 9:00am:
Cats and dogs, apparently!

The garden got more than just a little drink.

When the rain stopped, we'd had 19.8mm. A very welcome 20cm top-up for the water tank.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

More Quilting Fun

A couple more lessons completed, and a couple more filled-in areas:

Craftsy class "Continuous Line Quilting" by Ann Petersen. Only three areas remain to be filled on the quilt.