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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stipples, Signatures, Bags and Bibs (well Aprons)...

Had my normal fortnightly sewing "Class" last night.  I have Class in "" because it isn't your normal class.  We go along and take whatever we want our teacher to help us with and I took my "shattered notes Shattered Notes Quilt to work on.  I started the course to learn how to make this quilt as it is a Quilt as You Go method and I haven't tried it before.  Also it is made up of 16 blocks and I am planning to FMQ them all for practice.  Well, last night I started on the first one - I had trouble deciding what to do and after talking to some of the others I still couldn't make up my mind so I decided to go with stipple as I like stippling on some quilts and I want to get better at it.  So I stippled away and when I got to the end my teacher wasn't very impressed (cue bubble to burst!) and said she had seen me do better.  Hmmmf!

Problem is I like stippling and I like bubbles (see my hot water bottle cover) and so if I am not going to stipple every second one (which was my plan) I need some more ideas of what to do.  So, Anyone who has some suggestions....fire away.....it is time I bit the bullet and got the hang of this FMQ thingy!  And I still like stippling (don't say anything Ros!) 

So, on today - I spent an awful lot of time this morning pinning straps etc and fronts and back and preparing 12 aprons to sew.  It seemed to take me ages but it was worth is as after lunch I got stuck into sewing them and by the time I had to leave to take Fly Boy out i had done all the sewing and was ready to turn them all right side out - that is a job for tonight if I get to it or tomorrow morning (stay tuned on that one!)  Here they are stacked up and waiting!
Next I did the top sewing on all the bags that were turned right side out and pressed yesterday so they are all done and dusted and ready to be sent off!

it may not be the best photo but it is night time over here and too late to go outside and I was struggling to find somewhere to hang them - didn't think Guitar hero would model them!  I have only shown you four of them as I made four pairs, two of each print.
I had just enough time to finish sewing the blocks for a lovely young lady's signature quilt - I had to hurriedly bundle them up to go and play taxi mum for Fly Boy  but here they are...........
Doesn't tell you much does it......rest assured there are 60 blocks there and my job tonight is to cut corners and iron blocks and pin ready for tomorrow.  Pity I didn't get that far - but at least I got the extra triangles cut apart and that is a start!
Till next time...................happy stitching!


  1. Well, I guess there's always room for improvement in everything we do, but your stippling looks pretty good to me! Sometimes I get impatient doing all the "prep" work, want to get to the "real" sewing, but it's all a part of it, isn't it?!


  2. Wow! You've been crazy busy! I like your stippling...I still can't get the hang of it. Sorry for the lack of comments lately...I was having a lot of trouble posting comments on Blogger sites.

  3. Your machine quilting is great. Another busy day in Jan Maree house.

  4. I think you have done a great job on your machine quilting. I can not believe how much you get done. Always remember Happines is Homemade.

  5. Hey, that stippling is great.

    You know I had a problem coming up with ideas until I started getting the fabric on the quilt to help me. I look at the designs and "copy" that. I use a small white board to draw a FMQ design and practice it a little. My drawing are always horrible, but when I draw it with the machine, it looks much better. I can't explain that.

    In the meantime, practice with swirls or curly cues or even circles all touching each other.
    Good luck!

  6. Your stippling looks nice and even - for some reason, mine has gotten worse the last few years...I think the eyes have slowed down :o)
    Got side tracked by the delicious looking Pavlova...yum! When I visited Australia years ago, I quickly learned to love that dessert!
    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and commenting.


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