Sunday, June 17, 2012

On a roll!

The month of June simply does not have enough days in it ... 30 days hath September, April, June, and November.  Or perhaps because the days are cooler, after all it is almost the winter solstice, my hours of sewing have increased.

A table runner made in the quilting block, Card Trick because I rather like Card Trick, in its 12" block format.  Simple, yet very effective, and if I had 100 days in June I may have considered making a quilt!  Just may have!
Another swap, this time for a Christmas in July mug rug.  Having recently found Christmas FQ's at sale price, this mug rug presented few problems, except ... which fabric to use?   
When in my favourite fabric shop last week I noticed some gorgeous fabric designed [so I think] with mug rugs in mind ... tea cups with flowers.  Photos?  Not until the sewing fairy puts in more hours!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Potholders and dishcloths

I have recently been involved in a global swap ... in that the swappees came from many locations across the world.  The swap was for a pair of pot holders, plus a little something of the sender's choice.

I love swaps!  And a swap article made quickly I love even more!  The problem of what colour to use solved itself as I sorted through my [not inconsiderable] stash.  A bright print featuring cherries and flowers, teamed with red, would brighten any kitchen ... and be useful into the bargain.

I also forwarded a mug rug as 'the little extra'.

Often when involved in BOM's I find myself in need of a little break, an urge to actually complete a wee project there and then. 

Dishcloths fall into that category.  A couple more to add to my growing pile of instant gifts.  These dishcloths are knitted from a cotton bamboo yarn and I can assure you that they are excellent not only in their usage, but in their longevity.  I have been using two dark cream dishcloths [washing them in a cold water wash each wash day] and they show no sign of wearing out. 

Another swap I entered into was for a Christmas in July gift ... Walter the Snowman was a lot of fun to construct!  One or two more of them are high on my agenda.

Doesn't he look superb?!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fly me to the Moon

In the midst of a miserable winter's day what better thing to do, than fly me to the moon?

However, I didn't fly anywhere, let alone the moon.  I spent part of the day constructing Block 10 [only two to go!] of the Sentimental Journey quilt, and block 10 is called Fly me to the Moon.

This project has been challenging at times, and considering I have never attempted anything like this until the last couple of years, I consider I am doing OK.  Then again my Mother had a saying, 'Self praise is no recommendation'.  Oh well.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Asian teapots

Earlier in the year I began the Asian Teapots BOM but have been extremely slack in posting photos ... rectifying that now!

The first five are completed.  Recently when shopping in the northern city I came across a coffee shop that sells not only coffee in all its various styles [a window display featured coffee beans scattered on the base ... glorious!], but it also sells teapots/coffee pots and cups and saucers in a wonderful array of shapes and colours.  This BOM is reminiscent of their style!

I begin with a photo of the first one made, and carry through to the May BOM.