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07 December 2017

November Quilty 365

oh my - its the second last month of our Quilty 365 blocks - of course I'm late in posting but we'll overlook that, shall we !!


I was pretty busy in November as I moved from Tumbarumba in New South Wales to Tasmania but I still managed to pick out the fabrics for my daily blocks.

november quilty365 blocks

november quilty365 blocks

november quilty365 blocks


This special little heart block is for my mum whose birthday was on 1 November

november quilty365 blocks

and I chose this apple fabric as it was perfect to celebrate my arrival in Tassie :)

november quilty365 blocks

I also have quite a few Cotton and Steel fabrics this month as I'm making Jen Kingwell's Steam Punk quilt with them.

november quilty365 blocks

as well as some Tula Pink prints

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and of course what would the month be without flowers !

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well, next month is the last month in our 2017 #quilty365 sew along and I promise I'll be on time :)

   


06 November 2017

see ya Tumba - hello Tassie !

well its official - I'm finally going back home !

after years on the mainland and the past 16 and a half years in the little country town of Tumbarumba in New South Wales I'm heading back to Hobart, Tasmania, and I'm so excited !

I'll miss Tumbarumba and the friends I've made here, but with the announcement of the merger of the Tumbarumba and Tumut Councils last year I knew I needed to make my dream of going back to Hobart a reality.  From my point of view, the NSW Government got it so wrong with the council mergers and its been a pretty exhausting time !

I'll also miss seeing the gorgeous Mt Kosciuszko and Snowy Mountains all covered in snow...

view of the Snowy Mountains from Chisholm Street Tumbarumba

but I'm very excited that in just a little while I'll be walking on the beach at Primrose Sands - oh such bliss !! we had a shack there when I was a kid and I have such fond memories :)

It will be so nice to go home to the place I was born and spent my childhood but its changed so much too that it will be fun to check out all of the new things - "moving to Tassie" has become quite the trend in the tree/sea change over the years so there will be lots of surprises, especially in the food and art scenes :) but of course while there might be more actual houses at Primrose Sands now, the beach is still exactly as I remember it !


this view of Hobart is always hard to take too - haha !! My beautiful Mount Wellington, the Derwent River, and the Tasman Bridge - its the view that greets you on driving into Hobart from the airport and I never grow tired of it - in fact, this photo was the screen saver on my work computer :)


I'm going to try and get some quilting done (for the last quarter of the finish-along) when I first get there and then look forward to spending christmas with my family - my cousins and aunts and uncles - before getting back to reality and trying to find a job in the new year !

01 November 2017

October Quilty 365

Its the first of November - wow - another year almost disappeared ! its also my mum's birthday today so happy birthday mum xxx

and its time for another month of quilty 365 blocks


My block choices are pretty much as usual - a mix of flowers and animals and spots and stripes - but I did have fun using some different colour backgrounds as well as some patterned backgrounds.

I've used some of my favourite DS fabrics as well as Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie and Cotton and Steel - there's even a little bit of Liberty this month !


Tula Pink, more Cotton and Steel as well as Momo and my favourite Violet Craft fabrics - my friend Bert's birthday is celebrated with a Violet Craft flower :) and of course I had to include a halloween block - orange bats from another project - just right !

 With only 2 more months to go I'm getting excited about seeing all of these blocks together - still working out whether to put them in date order or just scatter them about !

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08 October 2017

the last quarter of this year's Finish-A-Long

I had a list of proposed finishes for the 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long and of course didn't get any of them done - its been a bit hectic around here lately !! as there are still a few hours to link up with the last quarter Finish-A-Long I'm just going to repost that list - I'm hoping to have some time in November and December to get these long overdue quilts actually quilted and finished !!

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I'm hoping to finish at least these six tops listed - all except one have appeared on at least one Finish-A-Long list !!

Nested Churn Dash quilt - a Care Circle quilt that has been sewn together and needs quilting and finishing.


Star blocks quilt - this quilt top needs quilting and finishing.


Polka Dot Circles quilt - blocks need to be sewn together into a top, quilted, and finished !


Scrappy Plus quilt - blocks need to be sewn together into a top, quilted, and finished !


Pink Pez Mod Pop - this quilt is from my first Finish-A-Long post back in 2013 ! I had a quilting plan that I tried a couple of years ago and it didn't work so it was put away - I've now got another quilting design in mind so fingers crossed this one works :)


Mango Dreamin' - this quilt design is Jacquie Gering's Atomic Squares Quilt which appeared in Modern Quilts Unlimited and I just loved the mid century mod design ! I still need to organise thread and a backing for this one but I have a simple quilting plan in mind so hopefully it will get finished !


I'm pretty confident that I'll have these done by the end of this quarter and I'm hoping that will set me up to get a few more finishes done next year :)

Linking up to 2017 Finish-A-Long

04 October 2017

September Quilty 365 blocks

Eeeeeep I'm late, I'm late ... due to technical issues I'm a couple of days late with this post - well actually, I had issues when I went to post on Sunday so I thought I'd post on Monday and here it is Wednesday - ooops !!!



so without any further ado, here are my September quilty 365 blocks !!


I used some coloured backgrounds - I didn't want to end up with an all white backing so it will be interesting when I go to arrange the quilt !!


I found a few more Tula prints that I haven't previously used - as usual there are a few animal prints - it really will be like an I spy quilt :)


Can't believe I haven't previously used my favourite Denyse Schmidt fabric - the pink one above - its an original Flea Market Fancy fabric and its the perfect shade of pink ♥♥♥

and a few more favourites from this month ...





and how perfect are these spring lambs for the first day of spring !!


Hope you are making good progress with your circle blocks - only a few months to go !!


   
   

01 September 2017

August Quilty 365 blocks

Its the first of September - that means its time for another month of Quilty 365 blocks and it also means its finally springtime here in the southern hemisphere !! I'm so looking forward to some warmer weather after a cold winter but I think it will take another couple of weeks - we've had very big frosts for the past week !



I'm happy to say that I picked the fabrics for my block every day this month which is a bit more organised than last month !!


I have some cuties again this month including my favourite Dr Seuss one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish !!

I'm actually amazed at how much novelty fabric I have in my stash and I'm looking forward to going through my Cotton and Steel collection and also my favourite Heather Ross fabrics over the next couple of months !


We're now 2/3 of the way through making these little round blocks and I'm getting excited about putting them all together !

I'm looking forward to seeing your cute blocks so link up below !


   
   

01 August 2017

July Quilty 365 blocks

gee another month has zipped by and its time for the July Quilty 365 link-up !


It seems that I was too busy trying to get some free motion quilting done to do hand sewing this month and I even failed to pick a fabric every day !!


I did manage to get one block sewn - this fabulous shark fabric block !


and although I didn't pick a fabric for each day I did pick a selection of fabrics for the month ! I'm having to keep checking on my previous monthly blocks to try and make sure I don't repeat any of the fabrics although if that happens I've decided that I can always add them to the backing :)


I had fun picking out some fabrics in keeping with the winter theme including this sweet winter dress - wish I could fit into it - its so adorable !


and some cute duck fabric - or are they geese ??


and also this cute bird in the tree hollow - looks a bit like me trying to keep out of the rain and cold !


On a brighter note I have finished all of my May blocks - I'm going to do another post this month with all of my blocks so far - I'm dying to see what they will look like all together.

I hope you had a bit more success with your blocks this month !


19 July 2017

Photobucket fail !


Just a quick post about the recent goings on at Photobucket - a formerly free image hosting site. If you've wandered around blogs and the internet lately you might have noticed previously lovely images have disappeared and in their place are these ugly notices !!


They very quietly changed their 3rd party image hosting policy earlier this month and its gone from free to $400 US per year - add another $100 to that in Australian dollars ! Photobucket has now been accused of all sorts of things including blackmail after images just disappeared across the internet !

My blog buttons are still showing but I did get a notice today (3 weeks after the policy came into effect) that I needed to update so I've moved my Quilty 365 blog button to Flickr. I've updated the link under the blog button so if you've used this link you might like to update it - just copy the new one and paste over the old one !

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The Photobucket link is still working for the moment but I'm sure it will disappear soon and I'll use Flickr for any other images that I need to embed in the future :)

So now that is sorted I can get back to some hand stitching !

08 July 2017

2017 finish-a-long Q3

Its time for the third quarter in the 2017 Finish-A-Long - I'm joining in this quarter with a list of quilts that need to be quilted !

Over previous years I've joined in the world wide event that is the Finish-A-Long and I wasn't really that successful in getting finishes done but I'm a bit more determined now (read - my UFO list is out of control!!) so I'm willing to try again - haha !!

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I just checked back and discovered that the first list I made was for the 2013 Finish-A-Long and I'm very happy to say that two of the four quilts that were on my first list are actually finished (yay !!) however the quilting still needs to be done on the other two (boo !!).

I might go back through the previous lists and dig out the projects that still need finishing (hopefully there aren't too many) and put them on the last quarter list but for this quarter its all about the quilting and I'm hoping I have time to finish at least these six tops listed - all except one have appeared on at least one Finish-A-Long list !!

Nested Churn Dash quilt - a Care Circle quilt that has been sewn together and needs quilting and finishing - I can't decide on the quilting which is why this one has never been finished - I think I'm just going to do wavy lines with the walking foot if I don't come up with another idea soon !


Star blocks quilt - this quilt top needs quilting and finishing - I've got a free motion quilting plan for this one !!


Polka Dot Circles quilt - blocks need to be sewn together into a top, quilted, and finished !


Scrappy Plus quilt - blocks need to be sewn together into a top, quilted, and finished !


Pink Pez Mod Pop - this quilt is from my first Finish-A-Long post back in 2013 ! I had a quilting plan that I tried a couple of years ago and it didn't work so it was put away - I've now got another quilting design in mind so fingers crossed this one works :)


Mango Dreamin' - this quilt design is Jacquie Gering's Atomic Squares Quilt which appeared in Modern Quilts Unlimited and I just loved the mid century mod design !  I ordered the fabrics - Michael Miller's Cotton Couture in Tangerine, Star Fruit, and Mud - not long after I bought the magazine back in 2013 and since then its been waiting to be made.  I started cutting the pieces sometime last year and then finally pulled it out again a few weeks ago - changed my mind on the block and colour combinations I'd originally planned - and made the top!  I kind of have a plan for the quilting and I also have a plan for a few more of these quilts in different fabrics!


That's my list for this time - hope I can make my UFO list just that little bit smaller !! good luck if you're trying to get some finishes done too :)

Linking up to 2017 Finish-A-Long