Monday, July 6, 2015

My Melbourne Meeting.

Yesterday was a lovely day at my AQA quilters meeting. We celebrated the 90th birthday one one of our founding members and the occasion was celebrated with warm tributes to the birthday girl, an insight into the history of the group, and of course a lovely cake.
It's always good to catch up with like-minded quilting friends and I also managed to back baste two blocks from my Chester Criswell County quilt. I have all the patterns now and a few weeks of concentrated stitching will see them finished.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Two UFO Finishes.

 I took a two day class of Stained Glass Appliqué technique with Dianne Johnston, about 8 years ago. I completed the floral wall hanging in the first day so I bought one of her patterns and completed the Pelican wall hanging on the second day. All I had to do was stitch them down and complete the quilting. The technique uses raw edge appliqué which I haven't done before as my favorite technique is needle turn appliqué.
    Maybe that is why it took me so long to finish them but most likely it was because there was a need for me to finish donation quilts at the time. I had shown the Pelicans on my blog recently but I hadn't finished the edges then.
    I'm very happy to have these two UFOs off my long list and it has spurred me on to complete some more so I have pulled two more UFOs out to work on. I'm going to try to be strong and only quilt 3 or 4 donation quilts each month and get some more of my own quilts completed. It's hard to break the habit of 20 years and not just make quilts to donate but I'm going to try.
    I also have cross stitch UFOs I want to finish and I was doing well with them when I set aside a day a week to work on them so I probably need to get back to that system. Does anyone else have a plan which works to prevent the buildup of UFOs? Please let me know if you think it will help.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, July 3, 2015

Time For Some Finishes.

 These tops have all been finished this week,and will be donated to warm the needy. Our nights are cold here now and I'm very grateful for my warm bed, especially as I have a chest infection and lots of coughing is happening here. I didn't feel well enough to quilt but I'm happy I made the effort and my chest infection is improving now.
    The last quilt was made from various orphan blocks and the first two were donated tops. I left to find the labels and when I returned I found that the cat in residence had found a warm spot to rest.
  Now I am working on a few more finishes so will have more to share very soon.
Hugs Jan Mac

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Family Gatherings.

Before we left on our latest trip we all got together to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday. There was lots of chatter and laughter as well all caught up with family, cuddling new babies and hearing about the family's news.
   It was also a good opportunity to hand over one of the quilts for the new babies. They had flown down from Qld and it was lovely to finally meet the newest arrival. The quilt was made in colours selected by the new mum and she was thrilled with it. Using such a limited colour palette made it difficult to find a variety of suitable fabrics but she was happy so that's all that matters.
  I didn't get the second baby quilt finished but they live locally so a finish wasn't as urgent.
  We're home again after a lovely trip which was cut short due to me getting sick and we decided to finish the Simpson Desert part of the trip when the school holidays are over. Now I'm getting over the chest infection, it's time to finish off some more UFOs and quilts to donate.
 I hope you are enjoying some warm weather wherever you live.
hugs, Jan Mac

Monday, June 15, 2015

An Appliqué Day

 We had a lovely time at our appliqué meeting which was based on a Royal theme. The Queen blessed us with a visit and she brought along baby Charlotte and a corgi as well.
It was great fun and the quilts shown were lovely and much better than my photos indicate.
I was stitching my La Passion hexagon top and have almost two thirds of Round 3 done now.
 Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Home Report

 I couldn't resist sharing some photos of our seven resident kangaroos. We were coming home from taking my Dad out for his weekly coffee when we found them grazing in one of our top paddocks. Luckily they didn't take fright and I had time to get my zoom lens into action.
 I'm sure they have only taken up residence because we don't have a dog at the moment.
I'm working nights again and trying to finish two baby quilts- or at least start them, as they need to be done by next weekend. All the family are coming home for my Dad's 90th birthday so it's a good chance to catch up and hand over the quilts to the newest babies in the family. Then we are off to the Border Track between Sth Australia and Vic for some sand driving and then on to crossing the Simpson Desert again.
Thanks for your comments and for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UFO Week.

 In between working nights again I have managed to complete quilting two more donated tops. The first one was very large so I made it into two tops and still have the second one to quilt.
  The second top was made from orphan blocks and finishing up more UFOs means that I'm also using up a lot more fabric for backings. It's good to clear out some of my older fabrics too.
  Yesterday I dropped off 3 crocheted blankets to a youth respite centre and they were very happy to accept them. I'll try to get a few more QAYG quilts finished for them as well when time allows. I can't see a lot of spare space in my fabric tubs yet but will keep trying to downsize and make more room for more fabric. Lol
Hugs, Jan Mac