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Friday, February 1, 2013

Fast Forward.... Fresh Sewing Day & Small Blog Meet

Modern Scallop clamshell applique pillow - detail

 

Do you ever feel like your life is in fast forward? That you blink and 6 months of your life have gone past without anyone consulting you about it? It's seemed like that here the past year or so. Though, once I find out who is responsible,  I shall be giving them a stern talking to!

Now apparently it's bad bloggy manners to apologise for absence(of any length) so lets just pretend that we haven't been apart and get back to the irregularly scheduled programme...  :)

In the summer school holidays, which have just finished here in Australia :(  I was lucky enough to have my annual summer sew in at Faye's house. The "sew in" part being very literal as the boys and I chose the hottest week of the summer to go. Most days were in the high forties. Of course the day we went home a cool change came through and by the time we were an hour from home it was 14°C and raining. Go figure.

 
Luckily she has a great sewing space and is happy to share. I finished making this feather bag which has gone as a present to a lovely friend of mine.



Tote Bag with pieced Feather - detail



I started making it as a Christmas teacher gift, but ran out of time, so sneakily made it for a friend of mine instead, all the while asking her opinion on how I should do it. The background is Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Charcoal, the feather is made from my stash.




Tote Bag with pieced Feather - Front



This scalloped panel managed to get finished also and is destined to be a large pillow. I used a faced appliqué technique, a variety of cotton and linen fabrics and my current favourite colour scheme: navy and pink. (Though Navy and green is vying hard for second place). These scallops are 3.5" across and that pink fabric at the top of the photo is for the back. I hoped to finish it in the linen I used on the front but of course they don't make it anymore and I don't have enough left. I'd love to make a bigger version for my bed, though TH might not like all the pink!

Scallop clamshell appliqué panel



The rocketship quilt for BB finally got some attention too. I took advantage of Faye's space to cut out the large lengths of fabric required and have been making stars and working on the rocket. More stars than are in the picture, just in case you were wondering.


Rocketship quilt background

No idea why I've left it this long and the fact that BB has been so understanding about it only makes me feel worse. I'm hoping that the usual burst of energy I get at the beginning of the new year is not too far away. This year I really need to finish some projects that have been hanging around a long time, 'cause then I can start some new ones!


I really find it hard to blog on anything like a semi- regular basis. I can easily read 50 posts in the time it takes me to write one, well, one that makes sense. I'm more of a born-to-read person rather than a born-to-write.  So this year I am aiming for a post once a month. That's only 12 times a year, achievable surely??

I guess we'll have to wait and find out!




Linking up for the first time in aaaaaages to Lily's Quilts - for:

 
Fresh Sewing Day
Lily's Quilts
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& Small Blog Meet
 
Lily's Quilts
 
If you're here visiting from the linky party, Welcome, It's nice to meet you, I've got virtual chocolate cake and a cup of tea to share with you!

22 comments:

Gemma Jackson said...

What a lovely bag, I really like the details on the side. Very happy to have found your blog through Fresh Sewing Day linky :)

todd ikey said...

Intrigued to see more of the rocketship quilt! (The link in your post isn't working). I know what you mean about time flying by, I can't believe It's February already... Scary.

Hitch and Thread said...

@Todd Ikey - Thanks for letting me know about the link. I've fixed it now if you'd like to take a look!

Adrianne said...

Oh wow, that scalloped panel is stunning! Your topstitching is so perfect too - very beautiful!

Betty said...

Your clamshells look PERFECT: well done you!
I love the tote: the first feather I really like!

Karen@littlebirdiequilting said...

the colour scheme for your tote bag is great- the blues and greens look really effective on the dark background!

Emma said...

Thanks for the chocolate cake :) Even if it is only virtual! The clamshells look lovely, and good luck with the 12-a-year blogging :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Wow the bag is gorgeous and I adore the clamshells! I really want to do some :) XX

Indianna said...

Thanks for the cake, cherry next time please.

Gwen said...

Wow! Those scallops are incredible! I know what you mean about blogging...it really takes quite a bit of time to put a post together. Good luck at quilting...and blogging about it!

joanold said...

Love that scrappy feather on the bag. And many thanks for the no calorie virtual chocolate cake. it was yummy!

Samantha said...

Pretty clamshells! I almost couldn't comment because it was so hard to read the green link color, I had to CTRL+V "post" lol. Maybe it's just my computer?

Just Sew Sue said...

Your work is so neat and precise. I love the feather and how you've quilted it.

a maidenhair fern said...

Your stop stitching looks great on all your projects. That takes patience. Congrats on the finishes.

Barbie Mills said...

You do beautiful work! I love your clamshells and your feather. Gorgeous.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your clamshells! The feather bag is gorgeous, too!

Annabella said...

Oh wow - I love your clamshells which are stunning, as is that gorgeous feather tote! This post is full of beautiful eye candy :-)

Heidi Staples said...

Vicki, I just LOVE those clamshells! I really want to try making a clamshell project this year too!

Beth said...

Love the bag and shells. Just as I was reading your post I had a piece of chocolate!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Love the bag with the appliqué and the three crosses on the side.

Rosie said...

Hi! I've just come from lily's- thanks for the tea and cake! Fabulous scalloped pillow. I'm pretty new to quilting and have only tried squares and triangles so far!

Gillian Grimmett said...

Wow your Pieced Feather tote is amazing! Found you through Lily's Quilts and its nice to meet another Aussie blogger.