Sunday, April 30, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree I love you!

I love everything about this quilt!


I wonder if that has to do with the relative ease it 

came together!


Yes it was a lot of work, but I had no real problems 

with it from start to finish...

Well, maybe these were a challenge- I don't do wonky!

Even the machine quilting, which initially I thought 

was horrid, 



seemed to relax, with the stitches meshing into the 

background.

Hand quilting at Christmas 2016

After making over 80 quilts, I always struggle with 

finishing the binding.




This time I used this tutorial - I did it the first time, 

and got a perfect finish!



I remembered to prepare and add the label while

attaching the binding.


I did stars in amongst the swirly quilting

Thank you Elizabeth for starting me on this journey!



Ok, enough of the teasing progress shots....



Here it is...


Mr PnP obligingly helped with the photo shoot today!

These photos were taken outside the school I work at...

I couldn't find any Christmas trees for a back drop, 

so these topiaries will have to do...


Now I just need to think about whether I store this 

away til December, 


or display it somewhere to look at everyday!


I'd love to know what you do, 

Elizabeth or Wendy?


They ran an awesome QAL last year,

and made beautiful quilts here and here!


Finished details:

Pattern by Wendy Williams
Machined pieced and hand appliqued
Machine and Hand Quilted
Final Size: 54" x 63"



Happy sewing!
SUZ



Friday, April 28, 2017

A Bee for the Queen Bee!

Rachel is the Queen of May-

well, Queen Bee of our Gridster Bee for May!

As she is away for much of May, she released her block early!

It is foundation paper pieced 

from the Piece by Number website...


so I made a sample block first!

It will be 6" finished.

But Rachel wanted hers to be 10" with a purple 

background...


I found the perfect fabric in my stash with bees on it!


Here are the two blocks together....


I still need to embroider the antennae on Rachel's 

block!

I am making an extra block for each month of the bee,

 to make my own sampler quilt...


I'm loving this so far,

and am looking forward to seeing the future bee 

block choices!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pulling out a WIP!

I decided it was time I pulled out my 

New York Beauty blocks

One of the new ones is here....
and add to them!


While they do take some time....


they are very satisfying to make!


playing with the fabric combinations!


I do love how they look together!

They are only 8" finished, so it won't be a large 

quilt...


I am now thinking about how I might sash them,

which may involve flying geese.

I think they need some breathing space!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Show and Tell!

I am back from my little beach getaway...


where we did lots of walking,


and people watching!

This is what I managed to sew, hand stitching in the 

evenings.

My first Delilah block!
With another one cut out ready to stitch.


Amitie is moving soon so I decided I needed to take 

some fabric off their hands...

for Delilah, of course!


and the batting is going to be used soon for my 

"Chucky's In Love" quilt,

Five metres of Lizzie House, "Castle Peeps"
because I found a fabulous fabric for the backing!

This is my first block for the Gridster Bee...


designed by Nancy herself!

With fabric cut and ready for the next...



Plenty to keep me busy!

Happy sewing! 

SUZ

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Inspiration!

While not there has not been much sewing happening here at Patchwork n Play....

more work than play really!

There is still inspiration and planning going on!

I found this scrap amongst some fabrics I had 

forgotten about...


and decided that was the perfect colour palette for 

my newest 'start' - the Delilah pattern...

The book, on the left,  I recently won!


So I had great fun pulling these from my stash.


And I had a credit at my local fabric store....


so these cost me the princely sum of $5!

I'll be hand piecing the Delilah blocks for this 

month....

the perfect project to take on my little beach sojourn!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Roller Coaster!

Yes, I have changed the name again...

but it's a finished quilt top, at least!

Life as been a bit of a roller coaster while this was 

being pieced...


Here are some of the last blocks I made...


before I put all this craziness together!


Here are some shots of it finished...



It wasn't the easiest to piece, because of all those 

pesky points!


Now to buy some batting and backing to get it 


properly finished....


You know what they say-  


"It's not a quilt until it's quilted!"

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Monday, March 13, 2017

Testing, testing....

I've been testing a new pattern for Allison who blogs 


Quirky name, hey?


This pattern has everything...

curved piecing, lots of HSTs and even applique!


The blocks finish at a large 24" square.

 I was never going to make a whole quilt but love 

the simple graphic nature of this block....




 so I have hand quilted it...


to make a pretty table topper!

I love the gingham and the stitching on white fabric- 

so crisp and Spring-like!



All I need now is a bunch of tulips, but they will have 

to wait a few months here!


I don't even have autumn leaves to show you!


This David Hockney picture, from the recent

 exhibition here in Melbourne, seems to fit the bill!


The pattern is due to be released this week if you 

want to grab a copy of yourself!

Happy sewing!

SUZ


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