Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Cross Stitch Tuesday.

 It's very rewarding to be able to see how much progress I have made each week on this Christmas stocking for Jake.  I did spend a few hours stitching during the last two days as well as I know that as we get closer to Christmas time will be more limited. Also I think I have a good chance of finishing it in the next 3 or 4 weeks so that means it is high on my priorities at the moment.

I still have some more quilts to finish for Christmas donations and hope to share more photos soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Only Three.

 I had a busy week so less time for quilting but I did get 2 more quilt tops quilted for AQA. I'm also working on my cross stitching in the evenings so I can finish Jake's Christmas stocking in time.

I also finished another QAYG quilt made from donated blocks. This one will go to Peter Mac for one of their female patients. I've also been making more QAYG blocks to use up fabric and batting scraps.
   I need to have my donation quilts from Oz Comfort quilts finushed in time for distribution in 2 weeks time so I hope to get more completed this week.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cross Stitch Tuesday.

 It's a good idea to take photos on a weekly basis when you are under time pressure to get a finish as seeing progress does keep one motivated. It also keeps me to my practice of stitching most nights when I want to document my weekly progress.
Christmas is looming closer but I am working on the most involved part now so I feel hopeful that I will have it finished in time.

Jake has had 8 teeth errupt in the past few weeks and hasn't  been well this week bug hopefully this to will pass. Lol
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, November 19, 2018

More QAYG Block Fun.

 Finishing quilts from QAYG blocks is so quick when I have a pile of blocks just waiting to be put together, especially when it's such a busy time leading up to Christmas.  Even if I only get 20 to 30 minutes to sew I can still put a few rows together and it all adds up to finished quilts to donate.
   I love the darker sashing with the bright colours but really all colours work with these quilts.



 These embroidered blocks were made by Sue McP, from Victoria,  and they gave made a lovely child's quilt. All of these quilts will be going to Anglicare for kids in foster care.
Hopefully I will be able to get more finished in time for Christmas gifts.
Hugs,Jan Mac 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Back To Basics.

 While Ray is installing our new pool fence and deck fencing my pinning area has been out of bounds so I have used my sewing time piecing more QAYG blocks. I  have also been making up more quilts from QAYG blocks that I had on hand.
      These lovely quilts will be going to Anglicare to be distributed to children in foster care. Although our Christmas is in summer, kids can always use a warm hug from a quilt.
   Thank you so much to those generous quilters who have made and donated QAYG blocks over the years. They have been invaluable in getting more quilts donated to those in need. Hopefully I will be able to donate a big pile of quilts for Christmas.
   


Cutting up stash fabric for binding and sashing strips is also using up lots of stash too.
Also the question about the Post Stamp quilt- the size of the squares was 1.5 inches, so 1 inch when stitched together.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cross Stitch Tuesday.

 I'm making good progress with Jake's cross stitched Christmas stocking, despite only stitching most nights.  I plan on finishing it in time for this Christmas so showing my weekly progress is helping me to maintain my focus.
  I also have a stocking to make for my son in law and that is a few years overdue so I would like to have that finished this year as well. It's going to be a patchwork one and it's been delayed with our moving house etc so I really want to get it done this year.
  How are you all going with your Christmas sewing?
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Four More.

 With Christmas approaching rapidly my quilting group is also working hard to get quilts finished for donation to various organizations we support, such as Peter Mac Cancer Centre,  Anglicare and Vic Foster Kids.
    The first quilt was part of a larger quilt that I split to make 2 smaller quilts. I showed on in an earlier blog post. This one was the smaller of the 2 so I added borders.



This last quilt was also a larger quilt which I split into 2. I cut the side borders in half and now have enough for all sides of both quilts.
       We are also busy doing some home renovations such as putting glass fencing around the pool and using the existing wooden fence to surround the back deck so Jake can play out there without falling off the edge. It's almost summer and pool time so it will be good to have the work done so we can relax when it's hot.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cross Stitch Tuesday.

 I used to show my cross stitching on Tuesdays and thought I would establish it again now that I have started cross stitching again. Jake loves trains and I wanted to make an heirloom Christmas stocking for him. I thought that I had better get busy stitching as Christmas will be here in 7 more Tuesdays.
I started a couple of weeks ago and I am progressing nicely so I am pleased with it. My last finished piece of  cross stitching  was a wedding piece for Jake's parents and I enjoyed the process again.
I still have more cross stitch UFOs to finish as well as more I would like to start but in the meantime I plan to finish this one in time for this Christmas and not have another UFO.

 This delughtful young man is now 14 months old and has started walking. He has just had 3 molars descend and is also producing his lower eye teeth. He is remarkedly good natured despite all these teeth coming at once.
He loves reading books and his favourite trick now is now to climb up into Pa Pa's chair and have me sit next to him. Jake certainly brightens our days with his antics and he is sleeping for a couple of hours most days which has helped give me some time to quilt during most days.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac