Sunday, August 22, 2010


Saturday started bright and early, lots to do today.    Went to vote, then my faithful assistant (DH) and I went for coffee.     After a brief coffee break, it was on to filling my car with everything bar the kitchen sink, and then I headed off to what was to be another action packed 10am to 10pm session at our local community house.    Being the executive in charge for the day, I had completed a couple of samples and given everyone written instructions on the necessary preparation for the day.      The mystery for this quilt was the Disappearing Nine Patch quilt.   Lunch and dinner are supplied on these days enabling everyone to just get on with art of quilt making.   Jan produced a spectacular Sticky Date cake complete with gallons of sauce and cream (notice how I concentrate on the healthy portion of the meals).
As you can see from the following photos, everybody had a different theme.
Carol chose a stunning colour palette.  Lots of mustard, pink and greens whilst Helen went with a black and white palette, charged with a shot of fluorescent green and orange.  Many of us wanted to covet Helen's black and white stash.

Jan is another die hard fabric collector - her stash of Kaffe Fasset fabric has to be seen to be believed.  

Jan got to the point of sashing, before calling it a night.    The lime green and white just added to the fresh look of the whole quilt centre.

Liz from over at Teddlywinks is gearing up for grandkid  quilts.  It had a bit of an "I Spy" arrangement going on.
Vrinda in a sewing marathon finished the entire quilt top.    We both spent some time working on the corners to get a good pattern match going.   We were successful on EVERY corner!!

Vrinda also bought along her finished quilt top from our previous Mystery Quilt day.

Vicky was the speediest in finishing the centre, not being able to spend the full amount of time with us, her centre was done and dusted by 5 o'clock.    It would be safe to say that Vicki spent more time sewing and less time talking!

Elizabeth chose a coffee, cream and chocolate theme.   

Here is some of it sewn together.

Whilst everybody was busy beavering away, I thought (just for a laugh) that I might cut some fabric for another quilt.  After all, where is the fun in not having 5 projects on the go at the same time.   So I cut these -notice how they are pinned to my "design wall".

There is so much going on in this fabric that I have now had to come up with an alternate way of putting them back together again, so it doesn't look like the original fabric.  We will see how it goes.

The following are the samples I did for the Disappearing Nine Patch.   The first  sample I made was from furnishing fabric - why? - because it was there and it cost $5.60 (and there were enough squares cut at 6 1/2 inches that you could have covered a house with it.
I embroidered a few flowers that I digitised as appliques and it doesn't look that bad.  I am thinking of just putting polar fleece on the back  - it weighs rather a lot.    

 The second sample is once again in the purple vein.    I am going to add a flower border to each end to make it long enough to cover the window seat.   The colours have turned out to be all wrong here so imagine it in a different green and purple flowers.    Lot of work for the cat to sit on!

Sunday saw us (faithful assistant and I) off to pick up my latest prize for the week that I "won" on eBay.   I have been momentarily banned from any further eBay purchases, you will see why later in the story......
as much as some will think it horrific that I would entertain such an idea, I am going to paint this white and distress it.   The yellow flowers are a bit faded and naff, but otherwise the cabinet is fantastic and is not the cheap pine I was expecting when I won the auction.   (Won being such a subjective term, it cost money to "win").   So stay tuned on that one.   I am working on the elf at the moment to see if I can con him into getting busy with the sander - I detest the sanding part - then I will drag it upstairs to paint - it is too cold and damp in my neck of the woods to paint outside - I envisage puddles of paint at my feet.   The plan is that this will house my computer, printer and embroidery cd's and such, and hide the dust - again - refer further down and you will ask - "Does this woman really worry about dust?"

Now just for a laugh and this is why I am banned from eBay for a moment, this is my room - panoramic style.   I think I have a little bit of work to do - soon!!

Bye for now.    Sue xxx


  1. That's another great quilt pattern. There are some lovely fabric choices there. It must be a great feeling to get an entire quilt top done - or almost done - in one hit.
    I love the idea of such a lovely fresh WHITE cupboard holding all your 'office' stuff. Good choice.

  2. I want one! But I want one with shelves in it. To hold all my quilts, of course!
    And Sue - I'm really, really looking forward to the day that your sewing room is tidy!!!!!! (Was that the Earth moving?)


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