I saw an idea on the "net" as one does for cosy bowl holders. What a great idea was the thought that crossed my mind as it can be a bit of a juggle taking hot bowls from the microwave and transporting them to the table. It does state quite clearly in the instructions to use 100% cotton for the project but I do not intend putting them in the microwave so polyester thread and whatever wadding was on hand was used. Mine were cut 2" bigger than the pattern as I wanted my pasta bowls to fit in snuggly and the wadding was trimmed down by 1/2" to reduce the bulk in the seams and here is the end result.
The photo below shows the pasta bowls nicely nestled down in their holders. So much easier to carry a hot bowl out of the microwave rather than trying to hold a bowl between a double oven glove and walk across the room. A great scrap buster project as well. A double bonus.
So that was my FNwF project. What was your project if you joined in with Cheryll and the others?
That was my little diversion from the hexie production line. To date all the hexies have now been sewn onto the background fabric and with my trusty Frixon pen I have marked all four corners of each block with two lines ready to do some quilting along those lines. This is what each block looks like now.
A close up of the quilting.
My OMG for November is to do the straight line quilting in each of the four corners of the 12 blocks and make a start on joining the blocks.
My OMG for October was to work solidly on my hexies and with the exception of stopping off to make a couple of small items this was achieved. So far this month 11 rosettes have been sewn onto the background fabric and can be seen below on the bed in no particular order.
And as you can see there is a hole in the bottom row
Which will be filled by this one but it is still in the construction stage.
There are still a couple of days left in October so this one may also catch up to the others before the end of the month.
I cannot complain as it has been 76 days since any significant rain has fallen in our area and the garden and lawn are certainly enjoying their long overdue drink. Having said that I had made plans today to visit the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition which stretches from Bondi Beach to Tamarama so I had to console myself by heading to the sewing room and make any early start on FNSI by doing some more work on my hexies.
As I said in my previous post progress is good but very slow.....it is taking around 1 and 1/2 hours to get each rosette sewn on. Firstly I start by sewing around the inside of the middle flower then move out to the outer edge. Once the threads have been pulled through and tied off it is time to then move onto the centre of each of the outer flowers. Once all those threads have been pulled and tied off I am then giving it a good press and then doing a zig zag stitch around the entire outside edge of the rosette.
The ones below have now been completed which leaves 7 to go. I can see why I kept putting this UFO to the back of the pile as it is very time consuming and quite tiring on the eyes. I can feel another small deviation project being finished before this is.....just to keep my sanity.
Thanks Wendy for organising FNSI again this month.
That you can make such cute little Christmas trees from circles of fabric? Not me until the other day when someone from my quilting group showed us how.
Start with an 8" circle, fold in half, stitch, leave an opening to turn right side out, stitch all around the outside and by folding this way and that, give it a good press and sew some ribbon on to the top you end up with this. Very cute.
After that lesson we were shown how to take 5 5" squares of fabric, fold 4 of them in half, leave the 5th one unfolded as it is the base upon which to layer up the other ones on and turn them into coasters. This would the perfect project if you had some pretty charm squares lying around.
After my little deviation it is back to hexies. Good but slow progress is being made with over half left to stitch onto the background fabric then I can begin joining the blocks using QAYG method.
Now I have said a couple of times no more new projects to be started until my hexie bedtopper is finished but good intentions do have a habit of getting off course however in my defence these small projects will be worked on at my quilt group tomorrow. Seeing that one of our group members is going to show us some "magic" which fabric that would be rude to not participate...don't you agree?
In my next post I hope to have some photos of what these end up being.
Yesterday Miss M celebrated her 4 birthday. Delving into a birthday bag of goodies
Each year her godmother makes a requested birthday cake. This year Miss M asked for a ladybug cake and she was lucky enough to get 3.
A great day was had by all especially the birthday girl who scored some lovely gifts from family and friends.
During the week hubs and I had an enjoyable day out when we visited the Ku-ring-gai wildflower garden. It was a perfect day weatherwise and as we were there early not many people were around so we virtually had the place to ourselves as we wandered around the shaded boardwalks.
Is always the first Friday night of the month and of course you guessed right I spend part of the day and last night working on my hexies. Slow progress is being made but it is progress. All the papers have now been removed, the backing fabrics ironed, all of the rosettes have now been pinned onto the white background fabric and sandwiched ready for quilting. All piled up ready for the next step.
I will start quilting in the middle and work my way out around each rosette and end up by appliquing around the outside edge. It will all be done by machine and I have made a promise to myself to pull through and tie off each of the threads as I go otherwise it will be a huge task at the end.
24 others joined in last night and due to the time difference between the southern and northern hemisphere some are most probably beavering away now. Thanks Cheryll for organising another fun night.
I forgot the small matter of removing all those papers in the hexagons. Three down and 9 to go.
For some diversional therapy I stopped off and had a play with a new thread rack that I bought during the week. Don't they look pretty all lined up. There are spaces for 60 spools and looking at what is still left in my thread box I need to buy another one. It is so much easier to match the thread to the fabric while they are stored like this rather than rummaging through a box trying to find the right shade.
Time to have some morning tea before heading back to those papers. I had a plain packet cake mix in the cupboard and to that I added blueberries, banana and plain yogurt. What a great way to jazz up an otherwise ordinary cake.
Heading back to the sewing room and on my way past the clothesline I will grab the backing fabric that was pre-washed earlier on.
This was the year to bring out all those UFO's that have been gathering in my sewing room and finish them off. All of the UFO's have been finished off with the exception of my hexies that were started back in 2010!!!!! and looked like this
They now look like this.
But they have remained like that for quite a few years so no more projects are going to be started until this one is finished. My original plan was to applique them onto white background blocks, QAYG and make them into a bed topper and after having a play around with them yesterday I will stick with that plan. This is going to be my October OMG and if I am honest it will be November's OMG also as there is quite a lot of work to still go before I can declare a finish.
Is on again this year over at Amy's Creative Side.com. Here is a place to gather and share some amazing work that has been created by bloggers during the year. First of all I would like to share my 365 daily circles. This was a fun project and used up a lot of those novelty prints to represent an activity that I did on each day of the year. I set it out like a calendar and it is a lovely reminder of a year in my life.
My next "net" challenge was the rainbow challenge. Each month we were given a different colour to work with and for some reason I decided to make 6 nine patch blocks of each colour with no clear direction of what would be done with them when finished. Once all the blocks were finished I realised that there were not enough blocks to make a decent size single bed quilt so 4 extra colours of my choice were added in and this is the result. The front
Is what I have called our new favourite dinner. I saw the recipe on the "net" a couple of weeks ago and as usual I did not have some of the ingredients but did some substituting as one does and ended up with something delicious. Best of all it is all cooked in one pan....that is my kind of cooking. I gave it the name "East meets West" because the vegetables are stir fried - being the East part and the West part being the pasta. The original recipe called for mushrooms but hubs cannot eat mushrooms so chicken was substituted nor did I use soy sauce due to the high salt content so extra lime juice was added. As you can see it was a big pan so lunch today was leftovers.
I was inspired after my spring walk on Tuesday to get my snowball blocks sewn together today. It will make an ideal runner for spring on the dining room table.
I still have just over a week to go before the end of the month so there is hope that this will be finished as it was one of the items nominated for September's OMG.
Tonight I spent the time making up pillowcases from the panel that was bought last month. After doing some measuring, re-measuring and then working out which way to cut the panel in order to get the best out of it I found that I needed to make the pieces a bit longer and a bit wider and fortunately there was some backing fabric left over from the rainbow quilt which fitted in perfectly as it was from a range called "Spot the dog". I ended up making two pillowcases with "Skye" on both the back and the front. Miss M can have one for home and one for here. These were very quick to make once all the measuring and cutting was done as I used the overlocker to sew them up.
During the week I had some time to cut out more of those snap top glasses cases and all that was left to do tonight was to sew them up. They have been added to my "giftie" box.
Head on over to Sugarlane Designs to see what the other 18 participants got up to during FNSI.
My first attempt was back to front with the snaps but once I had another look at you-tube and saw where I went wrong it was on to finish off two snap top glasses cases.
They are quick to make - around 15 mins each. I have an order for another one and can see more in my future. These can be made in any size or shape and would make great gifts. A good scrap buster project.
Hubs has just had one of those "0" birthdays. His brother is half an "0" older and I am half an "0" younger with all 3 birthdays falling within 3 weeks of each other so it was decided to celebrate this momentous occasion by getting together for a few days at Coffs Harbour. Someone whispered to the restaurant manager what we were celebrating and he presented us with the plate below.
The reason for choosing Coffs Harbour is because it is approximately halfway between where both parties live. This was our home for the time away.
Breakfast is ready.
Off for a drive to the rainforest and a walk out on the skywalk overlooking the area.
Time to head down to the beach and have a paddle. It will be sometime before anything above the ankles gets wet as the water was a bit chilly.
While we were away the garden did what the garden does in spring.
There was no time to do any fabric shopping while away but I was lucky to be given this delicious fabric for my birthday. I will enjoy patting it and having a think about what it will become in the future.
Back to reality with a thud this afternoon. The bags have been unpacked and the washing machine is doing its thing.