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Rabbits

ok, I’ve been reminded that I’m not very good at blogging. Here’s a glimpse of what I’m working on. More later.

First picture….sweet little rabbits. Second picture….after Mr. W had his way with them. 🙂 Third picture – with their party dresses. Next up….overalls. And shoes. Perhaps we have COVID-19 fever????

Favorite words

This pieced started with the center panel given to me by my friend Candy. When she sent it to me, she said she couldn’t wait to see what I did with it. I think she was expecting me to free motion quilt it. I hope she isn’t disapointed!

I started by embroidering the circle. The mandala. Then I did a radiating outward circle of my favorite words. Then some motifs. And squiggles. I needed more words so I sent out a couple emails to friends and family asking for their favorite words and added them.

On Instagram, I saw these really cool blocks and a tutorial by Evquilts of Durham, NC so that was the inspiration for the border blocks. (Hers fit together much nicer than mine.)

It’s about 60″ square. I used Quilters Lite for the batting and hand quilted it. Both the embroidery and the quilting are done with Cottage Garden threads.

So, another isolation finish.

By Annie Bags

A couple years ago, a friend and I took a 2 day workshop down at Steph’s in Moruya (now in Broulee) with Annie – designer of ByAnnie bags. Although Annie was under the weather, it was an excellent workshop. We walked away with (almost) finished professional looking bags. We jokingly said they were the most expensive bags we’d ever had.

Fast forward a couple years and I’ve made several ByAnnie bags – as has my friend. Not only are the bags great, but the patterns are wonderful. Out of the 6 or so patterns I’ve made, I’ve only found one typo. They are step by step and supplemented by online videos if you are confused.

Below is the laptop bag. It was very convenient for solo coffee dates to lug my computer. It also was very handy when I had in person piano lessons. (Now I stay home and the bag sits on a shelf waiting for the days when I feel comfortable going out in public for frivolous adventures.)

Above is the Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0 and below is Take a Stand and Running with Scissors. The Ultimate travel bag is perfect for weekend get aways. Now it stores fabric scraps. The Take A Stand and Running with Scissors will be perfect for loading my sewing supplies in and then heading out for sewing days at the ANU.

The three little beauties above are called Clam Up. Perfect for gifts. I use mine for a make-up bag as they are washable. AND, you could put plastic in the inside if you wanted.

These were made with some beautiful Tilda fabric which is available from my sister Kay Michelle. She can’t sell to anyone in Australia but if you are in the USA, be sure and check her out. Her monthly Tilda boxes are the bomb! It’s a present to give ourselves. Kay also does a Facebook Live most weeks which is fun to watch. (ok…ok….some may think I’m biased….who ME???)

Above is my first bag, using the pattern Get Out of Town Duffle. And below is one made by my friend Annabelle for my birthday called Catch All Caddy 2.0. This caddy sits by the couch in the TV room and holds all my embroidery supplies.

So, that’s it. My ByAnnie collection. I had left over supplies so I’m sure I’ll be making something else or if nothing else, more Clam Up bags. I encourage you to give her patterns a try. Who knows, you may become hooked too!

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Oh, how she loved to be home (alone).  This is a resounding refrain I have heard over the last few years.  Not that women don’t enjoy their children and partners – but many rarely have any time at home ALONE.  And when we do, it feels different.  Not better, just different.  And good.

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I dug into my bin of ‘romantic florals’ and pieced together a back as I no longer have any large pieces of fabric in my stash.  (What a great feeling!)

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The triangle border inspiration came from Nicholas Ball‘s book Inspiring Improv.

Color palette was my beige scrap bag plus raspberry & caramels.

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Lettering was done with the help of my friend Brooke.  I knew what I wanted (a specific font) but my computer program wasn’t working so she printed the letters out to size for me.  I layered two fabrics on top of each other and shifted the back one to give the shadow effect.  Then I button hole stitched the top fabric (rust linen) leaving the under layer to fray.

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I quilted her with the Sweet 16 that was on loan from a friend with a doodle style.  I have some words quilted into it but mainly just a lot of doodles.  Some might think I’ve ‘quilted the snot’ out of it – but I like it and I truly enjoy the quilting process.  Sweetie has gone home now.  I will miss her but I won’t miss quilting big quilts.

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One problem I need to resolve….see that faint orange line?  I used the Dritz 3095 chalk pencil to write the words before I quilted them.  I’ve used the orange chalk before without problems, but this time….PROBLEM.  This was hanging outside during our latest rain storm and was totally saturated but when it dried, the pencil mark is still there,  Faint – but there.  Oh well….

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This final picture is the results of three HUGE fire damaged trees being removed.  Our little house/studio is on the right.  I have a wide open view of the side paddock now.  A few days after this picture was taken, we had a terrible storm with high winds and 12-15″ of rain and three more trees came down.  You can read more about it on Mr. W’s On the Grapevine.

Table runners

Here are 5 table runners/wall hangings I made from my batik scrap bag.  I was trying different string piecing ideas.  They were intended to be on the table for sale at the June 2020 Milton Quilters quilt show.  We raise money for the local hospital auxiliary.  The show was cancelled.

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