Monday, December 26, 2016

A Christmas Decoration on Boxing Day

I know Christmas has been and gone already but I managed to make another one of my quilt group challenge Christmas decorations today. I now have only one and a half decorations to go to catch up. Our 2017 challenge is going to be a jelly roll quilt broken up into monthly parts.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Is Here

Well it has been almost half a year since I last did a post. I have decided I am ready to get back into blogging.

I have also decided I want this blog to be about anything and everything but most especially my creative pursuits.

In about May this year I joined a local quilting group called Material Girls. We meet on a Monday night at 7pm and sit, stitch, chat and have supper together until we head home about 9.30pm and sometimes later. This year we have had a challenge of making a Christmas decoration each month. Below are the decorations I have made. There are still a couple on my to-do list.

Below are some stitcheries that haven't quite made it into decoration form yet - work in progress.

Something else that has kept me busy this year is supporting my daughter in her dance endeavours and playing the role of 'dance mum'. She has had a really good year and has really stepped up her dancing and my husband and I are proud of her efforts and enjoy travelling to comps and other events with her. The highlight of her year was getting distinction in her Elementary Jazz exam and being nominated by the examiner to attend nationals in October which was a great experience for her. At her dance academy wind-up earlier this month she also received a trophy for most versatile dancer. Before this year she had only ever received one dance trophy when she was about 7 years old. This year (now aged 14) she has received three over the course of the year - so proud of her and so happy for her.

Finally I have embarked on a weight loss journey. I have been overweight/obese for most of my life and I have decided it is time to make my health and wellbeing a priority. I joined Weight Watchers on-line six weeks ago and have so far lost 9 kgs. I am going to relax a bit tomorrow, Christmas Day, but will then get straight back on track. As well as watching what I am eating I am using my Fitbit to motivate me to go for walks to get my step count up. I have a couple of weeks off over Christmas and I am going to experiment with some new healthy recipes as well as try some other forms of exercise.

I wish you all a lovely Christmas.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Yet More Splendid Sampler Blocks

I am still doing The Splendid Sampler. They are up to block 33 of 100 blocks at the moment but I am a few blocks behind partly because I have also started to do one or two other projects and have joined a local quilting group which meets on a Monday night where we have a monthly challenge to make a Christmas decoration. 

I have also started a Foundation Piecing block of the month and I will cover that in a future post.

In the meantime here are some more Splendid Sampler blocks:

Block 7 : Snug as a Bug designed by Amy Sinibaldi

Block 18 : Lina's Gift designed by Pat Sloan

Block 19 : Measure Twice, Cut Once designed by Jane Davidson
(I need to redo some of the numbers)

Block 21 : Sweet Candy designed by Kris Thurgood

Block 22 : Goose on the Loose designed by Amy Smart

Block 23 : Hand in Hand designed by Kari Carr

Block 24 : Inspector Sidekick designed by Michele Foster

Block 25 : Sunday Best designed by Anne Sutton

Block 26 : Dreaming of Dresdens designed by Jane Davidson
Block 29 : Scrappy Happy Heart designed by Christa Watson

Block 30 : Simple Surprises designed by Amy Ellis

Bonus Block designed by Pat Sloan

Sunday, April 17, 2016

More Blocks from the Splendid Sampler

Yep, the quilting bug has got me. Went to a regional quilters day with a friend yesterday - joined the group which has about six regional days a year and was therefore able to borrow from their library. Jumped into bed early last night so I could lose myself in the magazines and books.

Off to a dance competition later this afternoon where my daughter is doing a contemporary solo but in the meantime I have a little bit of time to post the recent blocks I have made from designs from The Splendid Sampler.

Block 10 : Iowa designed by Sherri McConnell

Block 11 : Crocheted Thoughts designed by Alyssa Thomas

Block 12 : Checkerboard designed by Pat Sloan

Block 13 : Scrap Star designed by Corey Yoder

Block 14 : Flying High designed by Janet Clare

Block 15 : Family Affair designed by Janice Ryan

Block 16 : Pieces of Friendship designed by Lindsay Mayland

Block 17 : Family Stars designed by Kimberly Jolly

This was a bonus block I did for Easter based on a design by Pat Sloan

This is a mug rug I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday. I got the tutorial from here:

I had better go and make a quick alteration to my daughter's dance costume and sort out what we are going to do with her hair as she has had it cut from very long to very very short so I can't chuck it in a bun like I would normally do. Hope you are all having a great weekend.

My daughter in her contemporary costume from a previous competition.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blocks 8 and 9

Hi all. Blocks 8 and 9 of The Splendid Sampler.

I promise I will do something other than these blocks soon.

Block 8 : Friends Around the Square designed by Julie Karasek

Block 9 : Local Quilt Shop designed by Jane Davidson

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Yet More Blocks

Just a quick entry today to show the next few blocks I have made as part of The Splendid Sampler quilt:

Block 3 : Lots of Love designed by Melissa Corry

Block 4 : Happy Happy designed by Jen Kingwell

Block 5 : Simple Simon designed by Celine Perkins

Block 6 : Focal Point designed by Natalia Bonner

Will blog again soon.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

More Blocks

This week I have made two more blocks via The Splendid Sampler:

Bonus Block : designed by Pat Sloan

Block 2 : Wings designed by Jane Davidson

The top one is a bonus block and the bottom is Block 2. Block 2 comprises 46 pieces and it is only a 6" block - rather challenging for a beginner like me but I managed to pull it together.

Block 3 of The Splendid Sampler comes out tomorrow. Looking forward to it. I think I might be catching the quilting bug.