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These are my new Quilting Dogs — Katy, Maya and Ivan Greyhound.  They are retired racing dogs that we adopted from a rescue charity, and they are the sweetest, most affectionate and loving dogs that we have ever lived with.  Ivan arrived first, then Katy a few months later, and Maya came to live with us one year after that.

Three babies

Katy, Maya and Ivan Greyhound

Nigel, my original Quilting Dog, passed away in November 2012, at the great age of 16.  I have read that dogs cannot see colours, but Nigel could recognise purple, and it was his favourite colour.  He would often take little pieces of purple fabric and hide them all around the house.  Every so often, I would find one in his bed or in the living room and wonder where on earth it had come from.  He had secret stashes.  😉

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Nigel with his own little purple quilt

My life changed about two years ago, and I haven’t been sewing.  I’ve only made two things in all that time — a birthday quilt for my sweet friend,

quilt-on-wall

and a wedding gift quilt for my niece to give to her maid of honour at her wedding last summer.  This is just the top — I forgot to take photos when it was quilted.

hannah quilt

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It’s nice to be sewing again.  I’m working on this simple “leaders and enders” project, a là Bonnie K. Hunter, that I started a very long time ago.  When this is done, I will start again on my mountain of unfinished projects — one quilt at a time.

Katy and Maya quilt

 

Ivan quilt

 

So far, my new quilting dogs don’t seem too interested in quilt construction, but they do like to be covered up with quilts, and I think they are really good at posing for photos!   😉

Happy Quilting!

Dianne  xx

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I’ve made good progress on the blue and yellow Crossed Canoes project this month.  All the quarter blocks are finished (168 of them!), which will yield 42 – 12-inch blocks.  They are going to be set 6 x 7, and the finished quilt will measure approximately 72 inches by 84 inches.  It’s not going to have any borders.

The first six blocks are assembled.  Just 36 more to go!  🙂  The blocks were pieced on Ruby, the Singer 99K hand-crank machine, but I’m assembling the components on Marie, the Janome 6500P.  It goes much faster on the electric machine, and now I am impatient to finish!

Nigel the quilting dog is staying “on top of things”, as usual!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

 

 

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Lately I’ve been sewing only in my sewing room on my two favourite electric machines  — Marie, the Janome 6500P, and Peggy, the Singer 201K from 1951.

Today however, my 10-year-old asked me if I would sew in the living room so I could watch Dr. Who DVDs with her.  How could I resist a lovely offer like that?!  😉

I didn’t want to move those heavy electric machines and worry about extension leads trailing across the floor, so it was Ruby, the Singer 99K, to the rescue!  Small, portable, hand operated, and she doesn’t make much noise — just right for TV watching while sewing.

We are working on an ancient Blue and Yellow UFO.  I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but I do know that I bought this fabric in Houston, Texas, when I lived there, so this might be 16 years old or so.

The pattern is Crossed Canoes, and the paper pieced pattern can be found here on the World Wide Quilting Page.

I had 11 blocks previously made, and now I have enough components to assemble 25 blocks.  There is loads of fabric left, so I might keep going until I have enough blocks for a large bed-size quilt.  Most of the people in our family are tall, so lap quilts really aren’t big enough for us to wrap up in while reading or watching TV.

And here is Nigel, the quilting dog, supervising the activities!  He and this UFO project are just about the same age!  🙂  He is always my Number 1 helper.

 

Happy Quilting!

 

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My Chocolate brown project for Judy’s Monochromatic Challenge is turning out to be lots of fun, and the blocks are going together very quickly — almost as fast as I could eat real chocolate!  And that’s really fast!  😉

Nigel the quilting dog is helping to plan the layout.  He likes the “design floor” much better than the design wall!  🙂

As with many things in life, this layout isn’t going exactly to plan!  But — I like it better than the original drawing.  Do you think that sometimes a quilt just “tells” you how it wants to be?

The first two rows are attached:

And all the rest of the blocks are made and waiting to be added, row by row.  The little white squares are the tags for the row numbers.

The pretty tulips were a gift from my husband.  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Good progress this week on my pink and green Summer Holiday Quilt!  I’ve made all 48 quarter blocks and have started assembling the large blocks.  Five big blocks are now finished.

My design wall is only tiny, so I have to lay out larger projects on my “design floor.”  And of course, Nigel the quilting dog is helping me by inspecting my work.  😉

My other block sets are lined up and waiting to be assembled.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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After we left our children at school the other day, my friend Jeanette asked if I could come around to her car because she had some sewing stuff in the boot (trunk) for me.

It was 30 metres of grey corduroy!  Some of it has been cut, but most of it is still on this huge (and heavy!) roll.  She had started recovering her living room sofa but got frustrated along the way and decided to just buy a new sofa and be done with it.  I don’t blame her — that’s a very hard job.

It’s lovely fabric, very good quality but too thin for clothing — so what in the world can I do with it?  Our living room is mostly jade green, so grey corduroy won’t work for us.  I’d really like to use the fabric for some kind of charity/donation project.

I thought about making reusable grocery/shopping bags for the next school fair and decorating them with brightly coloured twin-needle machine embroidery — but that’s my only idea so far.  Even Nigel the Quilting Dog is drawing a blank on this problem!  😉

And my biggest dilemma of the day — do I have to count this fabric in my stash report?  Yes, I suppose to be really “legal”, I should count it.  And then when I sew it up, I’ll get to count it as a big finish.

I have been sewing a lot this weekend but haven’t finished anything yet.  I’ve been using two of my favourite vintage Singer machines — that’s Nancy, the 185K, on the left, and Gloria, the 404G, on the right (and the corduroy in the middle!).  😉

Here are my figures for the week:

Bought this week:  0
Received as a gift:  33 yards (30 metres)
Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
Used this week:  0
Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
Used (net):  -24.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their stashbusting this week, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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Here are more purple and green blocks, but without the white squares this time.  Thank you for all your comments last week — it was unanimous to leave out the white, and you were so right!  I’m crazy for 4-patches, and I love the secondary 4-patch design that is emerging.   🙂

Nigel the dog has me SO well trained now!  Whenever I lay out quilt blocks on the floor, he runs straight over and sits on them.  Then he gives me a cute look.  Then I tell him how cute he is.  And then I give him a dog biscuit.  He’s a clever boy.  😉

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, head on over to Judy’s blog to find a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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When I was searching my stash for novelty fabrics last month to make grocery bags and pillowcases, I came across this happy little Heart print.  I’ve had this a while…take a peek at the date on the selvedge edge!  😉

Fabric companies don’t put dates on selvedges anymore, do they?

Anyway…I almost cut this fabric, but something made me put the rotary cutter down and set this print aside.  Perhaps it was a subconscious nudge, the faint and flickering memory of these little Heart blocks, which were packed away in a plastic storage box under the bed.  There are 128 of them, sewn into 32 four-patch blocks.

Sweet Nigel dog is helping me again.   🙂

For some reason, I have never thought about pairing these blocks with this fabric.   Probably because they were stored in separate boxes in different rooms.  If there is anything I really need to do in 2010, it’s to get my fabric stash in a centralised location so I can see everything at once!

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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I am now officially moved back into my sewing room after not having the use of it for a while this year.  My design wall has a new home, too, and it has grown to fit the new larger space.  It’s now half of a folded tablecloth, instead of a quarter!  😉

Sewing room1

This used to be our garage, and my husband had it converted for me a few years ago.   The room itself is 9 x 12 ft, and there is a 9 x 5 ft box room at one end.  No windows in there, so that is where my fabric stash lives, safely away from sunshine and dust.

At the front of the main room is a lovely large window, and there stands my Lillian.  She is a Singer VS2 (vibrating shuttle) treadle sewing machine, manufactured in 1888, and she sews a beautiful stitch.  I use her sometimes to piece blocks and make small projects like pillowcases.

Sewing room2

I found lots more UFOs when I was re-organising.

Sewing room UFO1

I’m glad I had the presence of mind to label these pieces.  Otherwise I might never have figured out where they are supposed to go now!

Sewing room UFO4

I found these colourful blocks and thought they would look cheerful and nice on display.  It’s great having a permanent design wall now — it’s very inspirational to see the blocks from a new perspective and also fun to use them for decorating!  😉

Sewing room UFO2

Here’s a larger group:

Sewing room UFO3

The fabric scraps from this project were used to make a very special quilt…

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for my little dog, Nigel.  🙂

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I had a little bath mat that was looking kind of sad and threadbare.   I could have thrown it out or given it to the dogs, but I’m on this recycling kick lately, so I decided to make something with it.   It is now a “New and Improved” Bath Mat!

Here’s the mat in its original state, with assorted fabric strips from my scrap bin.

Mat1

Using the bath mat as a foundation, I started piecing the strips from the centre of the mat and worked out toward the edges, using the “flip and sew” method.

Mat-first strips

And I just kept going, adding more strips…..

Mat-more strips

…until the mat was totally covered.

Mat-strips sewn down

I was sewing through a very thick, looped cotton bath mat, so I used my strongest, most powerful sewing machine, my Janome 6500P.   This is the machine I use for quilting, and I could never say enough good things about it.  It’s a wonderful machine.  🙂

Mat-machine

Then I trimmed around the shape of the bath mat…

Mat-trimming around

…and it looked like this.  Nigel the dog was helping me again.  😉

Mat after trimming

I bound the edges with bias tape, and then it was done!  🙂

Mat-finished

This project used approximately 1/2 yard of fabric, so my Stash Report for Week 43 is:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  0.5 yard
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  85.375
  • Net Used:  60.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times, to see how others are doing with stashbusting this week.

Happy Sewing!

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