Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Just a little bit frustrated...

Last night my machine started skipping stitches. In vain I tried a new bobbin and a new needle, but it didn't help... Today I rushed it into the Bernina stockist in Wellington to have it serviced only to find out that my poor machine won't be serviced and returned to me until the 20th of January! What to do? What to do? I will need to borrow a machine. I have a few outstanding bee blocks to finish and I want to keep up the momentum with the pinwheels! I am slightly tempted to buy a cheap backup machine - shhhh... don't tell the DP!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mendocino Pinwheels

For my birthday last year, the DH said I could buy some fabric for my present... which was pretty convinient since I'd just discovered Mendocino for sale on Etsy and felt my fabric stash would not be complete without it. Dramatic I know.

It's been sitting in my fabric drawers since then. Occassionally I would take it out and look at the pretty mermaids and the colours, and then put it away again. I could not decide what to make with it. So in search of inspiration, I looked through my Flickr favourites, of which a large number are pinwheel quilts.

Dana over at the Old Red Barn Co made this quilt a wee while ago which I absolutely love... Actually I pretty much love all Dana's quilts. Anyway, last week while watching Son's of Anarchy for the first time, I began cutting squares. 256 to be exact. So here are my blocks in the making...

7 down. 57 to go. I am motivated though. This is my the first quilt I am actually making for me! Not to give as a gift or donate! A quilt for my bed. For me! 

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. We sure did. Lots of eating. Laughing. And gifts. I'll post a few pics of Christmas shortly. Until then - happy sewing everyone :) 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Finally finished...

This one has been a long time in the making... but it is done! At last! A lovely lady from work and I did a crafty exchange. She knitted gorgeous jumpers for the boys for the wedding, and I made her wee grandson (also an Oliver!) this quilt. Lesley chose the fabrics and design. I just did the sewing.

This post marks my 100th post! Check back for a giveaway soon. Also - my pay it forward people... surprises in the post will arrive soon... I am sorry for taking so long.

In case I don't get back here before Christmas (which is highly likely as I have two hams to glaze, a few gifts to wrap, a house to clean from top to toe, a chair set to build, children to feed etc... basically a lot to do in the next 48 hours) - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The DNP & Me...

A wee trial run with Gus' cot...

Wee Play love :)

The backing - a favourite Dick & Jane print.

This quilt has to be one of my all time favourites. I can tell you that wrapping this little quilt today to give to my cousin for her wee guy Theo for Christmas was pretty hard... a small part of me wanted to keep it. But our Gus will be out of his cot by February and with 2 cot quilts already it seemed a little silly to keep it. Especially when I made it for Theo too. So hopefully he will love it and it will get a lot of use. And I've still got a FQ bundle and 2 jelly rolls left to make a single quilt for Gus. I can't wait!

I love the disappearing nine patch. It's so easy but looks fabulous. I also made a table runner with the same pattern below for Aphra's mum and dad. They are so good to me. I hope they'll love the Christmas table runner. I had it quilted with an all over snowflake pattern (the same as last year) and I love it.

Now all I have to complete is another shorter runner. Although I forget who I set out to make that one for... Hmmm... I think it might be Gus' teacher. I'll have to consult the Christmas shopping list! Oh and I've got a quilt to bind tonight! I will post pictures tomorrow.

Just over a week until Christmas! Exciting! How are you spending your Christmas? With family? Friends?