Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Well I fell of the wagon yet again. Had to go to my LQS to pick up some quilts I had in there and saw this divine pack of Black & Whites. Well, it's only a LITTLE pack and it will get used as I will be making a few B & W quilts this year. So had a little stumble on my FAD - Fabric Addict Diet, but considering my past I think I'm doing pretty good.
Not much sewing getting done around here at the moment so, when I should have been doing something else today, I rebelled and did a little on the B & W quilt. After I took this photo I realised some of the sewing together would be a bit tricky. And this is a throw together fun quilt so I didn't want to think too much so re-arranged bits to make it easier.

I'm on several ....AD's this year. I have my FAD - Fabric Addict Diet, my GAD - Gadget Addict Diet and my BAD - Book Addict Diet. This arrive in the mail recently but as I ordered and paid for it last October I don't think it counts.

Stashbusting January 2009

Well, no progress this week....very little sewing and no quilting. guess some weeks are like that.

Fabric added this week: .8 yard

Fabric added this year: .8 yard

Fabric busted this week: Nil

Fabric busted this year: 42.4 yards

Monday, January 19, 2009

Stash Report

Finished 2 quilts this week. Pretty Nines and Railroad Crossing. Pretty pleased with myself and can count this week as a minus. I only count my usage when the quilt is qulted and bound otherwise I would get lost with my calculations.

Fabric added this week: NIL
Fabric added this year: NIL

Fabric used this week: 8.3 yards
Fabric used this year: 42.4 yards

That's progress!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Things you find in the cupboards

A friend was around the other day and we were talking about "Unfinished Works". I commented I had bought this kit recently. Just couldn't resist. Had only ever bought one kit and that was about 8 years ago. And as I was getting it out of the cupboard I saw this package. Gee wonder what that is. Ooops it's a kit. Forgot I had bought this about 18 months ago. Don't know why it got itself lost in the cupboard.
Just cleaning up my files on the computer and realised I hadn't put up all my images of the Mystery BOM. I have a few more blocks to do so have to get stuck into that.

An Oldie DONE

I got another finished this week. Two done for January. This quilt has been waiting for quilting for a very long time. It's not very big - around 49" x 53". I was going to custom quilt it but in the interest of actually finishing quilts this year I decided on a panto. I quilted in a mustard coloured thread and it looks great agains the black.
I lived in a remote town when I started quilting and we had a tutor visit and we did a mystery quilt (haven't quilted that yet either - but that's the one that got me hooked). After the class she did a trunk show and I loved this quilt (and another, but can't remember that one for the moment). Anyway, the tutor told me how to make it and I scribbled down some instructions. So off I zoomed and made this quilt. 1/4 inch seams - what are they - had no idea you had to do that. And as you can tell I had no idea how to do the sides either. Had never heard of set in triangles so pondering how to do the edges I figured just do a full block and I could just cut the edges straight later.

So it's now quilted and bound (no fabric left from way back then) with a brownish fabric from a few years ago and ties in with the quilting thread colour. The bias edges played up a little but not too much.

I made this either 1994 or 1995 so it's great to be finally done. Have a few others from the same era that are waiting patiently for their release also. Just wish life would stop getting in the way of my quilting.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

First finish for the year

I'm so excited. I have my first finish for the year in the One Project A Month Challange. I had done some of the quilting on it and then it sat around for several days because I couldn't think how to quilt the rest. I had to do a customer quilt so that meant I had to get this off the machine. So thought I would do the border and then take it off. Then thought "Just get it DONE". Suddenly inspiration hit and it was quilted.

It's not the best quilting job in the world but it won't be going on display, or in any competition and ave I said it - IT'S FINISHED. But I must say I like the effect around the nine patches.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Stashbusting Week 2

Well, no sewing this week. But I did have a bit of a clean out. I donated a stack of fabric to Linus quilt ladies. I had planned to do this last year but then thought "No I'll use that fabric". Well a year later it's still on the same shelf and not one bit used. I have run out of room in my sewing room so time for a clean out.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Fabric Used this Week: 34.1 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date: 34.1 yards

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The thing about blogs

Having a tidy up in the sewing room I found a diary I got for last year. I'm not very good about keeping track of what I have done in quilting and so I had decided I would keep a diary so I could look back to see my progress. Well there wasn't too much in this diary so it went in the bin. The thing I like about blogs is that I now have a visual diary so will be able to look back and see how I have progressed and what I have made and when. Over the years I figure I have made close to 80 quilts.....but I can't remember when I did them. So now I have this record.

I decided that the only way to reduce the UFO pile was to actually FINISH off the quilts. I loaded one yesterday and had no idea how I would quilt it. So off it came today and I loaded Pretty Nines. At least I have made a start on it. Bit stumped as to what to do in the hourglass block but that will come.

The Two Colour Quilt is progressing. Just need to sew the rows together and figure out what borders to put on it. Pretty slow doing it as I pressed open all the seams except where they meet the plain blocks.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Two Colour Quilt

As the New Year was approaching and I have taken the Stashbusters Pledge I thought I had better start another quilt. Many years ago I wanted to make a Red & White Quilt and also a Blue & White Quilt. Very traditional, but then I'm a traditional quilter. So I purchased the Red fabric and also got the same fabric in Blue. This fabric has been sitting in my cupboard for at least 10 years just waiting to be made. So the other day I was out and passing a fabric shop so I wizzed in and got 5 metres (5.4 yards) of white as I had no idea what I was going to make, and had no idea how much of the red I had. Oops, I had also forgotten I had a 15mt bold of white in the cupboard. So got home and washed the white as I knew the Red had been washed. So for me that tells me the Red has been in my stash for many, many years as I haven't washed my fabrics for years cos I love the antique look for my quilts.

So got the Red out to iron and imagine my surprise to find I had 5 mt of that also. Ironed both lots of fabrics and thinking about what to make.

When I got out of bed the next morning looking at me from my bedside table was a Red & White quilt on the cover of Down Under Quilts made by Christine. So I knew what I would make. Similar but a little different.

Some of the half square triangles cut using the Easy Angle ruler

One block done