Category Archives: OPAM

Round and Round…

Another Christmas present made its way to its new home yesterday so now I can add another finish to my OPAM list for December…Circles Tablemat…

The "top" side

The "under" side

Based on a Moda Bakeshop recipe…I say based because as usual I didn’t follow the plan exactly…I’ve decided I’m pathalogically unable to follow a pattern to the letter…ah, they are just guidelines surely…

So, the recipe called for a layer cake and a backing fabric…I used a charm pack instead, City Weekend by Liesel Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda and instead of a constant backing fabric simply used two charm squares for each circle so that the mat is sort of reversible…the recipe had the circles laid out into a kind of rectangular arrangement but I wanted something more circular as the table it is intended for is a round table…

Another pressie delivered and another finish to OPAM 2010…

Happy Stitching…

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A December Finish for OPAM…

Now that Christmas is done and the presents are distributed (almost) I can reveal finishes for December…the Pure range by Moda table mat…

…(sorry about the totally crappy photo…it was a quick snap with the phone to send a “yay done” MMS and then about 30kms into the 70km trip down to the recipient’s house I remembered I had wrapped and not taken a proper photo -phooey! – I didn’t have the camera with me to do anything about it either, so this has to do…I also forget to measure it so that I knew the dimensions for future reference…all in all I failed miserably in the follow-up department…oh well…

I continually over-thought the quilting portion of the exercise and finally just went simple with a 1″ straight line grid and a couple of straight lines around the border…worked just fine…the binding used up the third cut of the charm pack (well, almost, I do have some rectangles left that are joining their friends in the scrap box)…I like scrappy bindings…

So another finish for OPAM….the list just grew a whole lot longer for December as I can now add my presents to Marica in the Chookyblue SCCS swap as well…the month isn’t over yet so it may get a little longer yet…

The wind is howling outside and it is non too warm to boot so outside garden work has been once again put on hold, darn shame, may just have to retire to the sewing room for the afternoon…*vbg*

Happy Stitching…

What Happened to Last Week?…

I seem to have lost a week somewhere…bugger!…there are some things I just never find…you might need a coffee and a pillow…this has turned out to be looonnngggg!!!

Well, it seems that Herself managed to tell you all about Her Adventures in Ballarat and Mildura but not mine…darn dog!…

Now there really was a good reason for going to Mildura (head north from home) via Ballarat (head west)… I really really wanted to go Ballaarat Quilters Quilt-In. I’m so glad I did…it was a great day out…good company in Mistea and Ms R, together with four other ladies from my local sewing groups who also made the trek, so I had quite a social day thank you very much…the guest talker was Jodie from Ric Rac who had the room laughing along with her and her stories…there were a good selection of shops, lovely quilts hung on the walls to admire…and…

…I even managed to sew!  I know, amazing!!!  I started the day by attempting to continue work on my Chooky Blue Secret Santa project…I failed…big time…it just wasn’t happening for me…so I moved on to finishing the hand quilting lines on my Leanne’s House project from Immerse Yourself In Stitching and finished that part of the project…yay!…and then yesterday (skipping right ahead)…I finished the whole project…

Stitcher's Keeper

Very happy with how it turned out…it doesn’t fit my ruler for travelling as I had kind of hoped it would but never mind that, it will still be a most useful addition to the collection of “carry things about receptacles”…

So back to Ballarat…once the quilting lines were done I couldn’t go any further as the next step required P-faff’s involvement soooo I proceeded to flick through the latest issue of Homespun and found a project that would take care of a couple of swap inclusions and that meant I had to shop…right there at the Quilt-In from Sovereign Needlework I found the most gorgeous wool felt and some Threadworx embroidery floss to match…Mistea donated some paper from the part of her photocopy that she didn’t need, thank you Mistea, and with a sense of obsession templates were made and the project begun…I am in lurve with wool felt…seriously… well, all know the acrylic stuff is horrible…the wool blends are OK a definite improvement on acrylic…but pure wool….is …Bliss….simply gorgeous stuff to work with…

A sneaky peek...

Oh, and the reason why I had a copy of the latest Homespun with me…’coz I was skiteing…just a little bit ‘coz it’s not like I’m a big time designer with a project in there or anything but my little flower doily made it to the mail bag page…I was very excited…

I found me in here!...

...in the Mailbag section...

Earlier in the year when I put the finished project on my blog I received an email from the editor asking me to submit it to the mailbag…so I did…and then I thought it would never appear…and now it has…and they used my very own words as well…I was sure that if it ever did appear the words would be heavily edited to make sense but no…OK skite ends…but I just had to you know…

Mildura was lovely of course but the purpose of the trip wasn’t crafty though I did keep going with the swap project I had started at Ballarat and had coffee with a quilty friend who has relocated there.  I tried a little hopping for Jeannet’s Pincushion Swap on International Pincushion Day but it really didn’t work out and as I managed to lose this week in the debris of my world I’m hoping today to get to visit all 152 blogs…oh that would be 151 ‘coz I don’t have to visit my own, well, that makes it easier *LOL*…and see all the wonderful pincushions that were made…thank you to the lovely swappers who visited my blog last week and left a comment…most of you were no reply so I couldn’t answer but I hope to get around and leave comments on your blogs…it was a fun swap and if Jeannet holds it again in the future I’d be putting it on the list to have another play…

Oh, in a lovely surprise…a friend came back from two months in the United Kingdom (*sigh* wouldn’t that be wonderful) on Monday and along with the lovely china thimble from the Royal Yacht Brittania that I asked her to pick me up if she managed to get there…(I had regretted from the day that I didn’t buy it when I was there, the design is the beautiful embroidery in the Queen’s bedroom on the yacht)…she also bought me back the V&A Quilt 2011 Calendar…a beautiful hand embroidered bookmark from the The Lost Garden of Heligan and a postcard of the amazing tapestry “The Hunter” from Montacute House, Somerset

Presents from the UK...

Had a lovely night Friday stitching with some sewing group friends…thank you Andrea for hosting…and tah dah…the last hexagon diamond for the centre of Bumb’le Bee…wahoo! now only 162 sashing and seven feature hexies to baste so that the medallion can be assembled *sigh*…

All laid out on the "sashing" fabric...mmm, has promise...

I also managed to finish up a Gardener’s Journal stitchery for the Stitch-A-Long…

Chirp, chirp, little birdies...

…it’s from the September block…oops! slightly behind yet again…I completely lost my GJ mojo there for a couple of months, I can feel it creeping back ever so quietly…

This weekend I’m working on the latest incarnation of my Chooky Blue Secret Santa swap project…the original one failed so miserably I took the hint from the Universe and moved right along.  After much anguish (read: couldn’t make up my mind for the life of me) have finally settled on something else…

Another sneaky peek...

which has to be in the mail between the 19th and 25th of this month which only gives me a week or so!!!…so while LG is doing his thing making the clothes dizzy and as the weather is not clement enough to want to put a toe outside, my plan for the rest of Sunday is was to stitch and blog hop…instead I’ve spent most of the day fighting with the internet connection thingy convincing blogging platforms that uploading photos is a part of the plan…sheesh!…have almost finished the stitchery part of the exercise though in the parts where I was waiting, waiting, waiting…

Hope your weekend is a good one…

Happy Stitching…

It was raining and pouring….

…so what choice was there but to head to the sewing room and hibernate…he he he…

…Sunday’s rain (2″, 50 mm, 200 points – whatever way you look at it, a lot in 36 hours!)…meant these projects all got a look in…

The day started with making up the two little “signature” blocks in the top right hand corner…they are for a group project…can’t say what as while I’m sure my blog isn’t read by anyone who shouldn’t yet know about the project I’m not 100% on that one and wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise…

Then…in the spirit of cleaning up the mess that is my sewing space and finding the  cutting table top…the Quilt Top Cupboard received some new residents…the Never Ending Wagga (wahoo!) which only needed a strip on either side to balance it out and the bottom edge trimmed straight…the Christmas wall hanging which was ready for its two borders and got ’em…and the Holly Jolly Christmas Swap blocks from earlier this year assembled and borders on…the borders are the fabric which Mistea and I used for our swap 9 patch blocks…I’ve one of our fancy blocks that Mistea stitched and she has one of our 9 patch blocks which I stitched, effectively also a team swap from the returned blocks…

I got bored with UFOs between the Wagga finish and the bordering of the Holly Jolly blocks and looked around for something new to start and realised that I had nothing to show for OPAM for October…oops!…I did have a finish in Jeannet’s Pincushion Swap but the swap reveal day is 6 November so I can’t show that yet…so…as I bought Insul-Bright at Ballarat Patchwork a couple of weeks ago I wanted to have a little play with that having never used it before…and the Churn Dash Potholder was the result…OPAM for October…tick 🙂

Whew!  That is a whole lot of progress for me in one day…and I even did some prep work on my Leanne’s House project from Immerse so that I can continue to the next step (which is hand quilting) to take to sewing today…my goodness, if this keeps up I’ll need a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down! (and if you remember that you are old like me *LOL*)…

Happy stitching…

PS…for the OPAM thing, I did start this last night but the internet connection thingy would not play nice!…I’m blaming the rain…

Brrr-ring…Brrr-ring…

I got a new phone recently…one of those “smart phone” types…flat touch screen and all that stuff that I can’t drive yet…

Anyhow…this new phone is kinda slippery slidey and being flat and black hard to find my bag…so my solution?…

A little case for it…designed by me for my phone…took all of 2 1/2 hours last night including the stitchery to sew so a really quick project…this is the prototype and a bit wonky but it will do for now and given I made it entirely from scraps it cost nothing but a bit of time to draw up and sew.  The Rocky Mountain scraps are from A Gardener’s Journal which I’ve apparently abandoned…must rediscover my GJ mojo…

So that makes four OPAM finishes for September…mind you, the UFO pile hasn’t decreased because I keep starting new stuff *LOL*

Happy Stitching…

A Win and A Done…

The win…

…my name came up for OPAM in August and the lovely Kris sent me these goodies…aren’t I lucky…thank you Kris (& Peg)…

…and this is now done…

…ready to be sent off to GF K to join her other Georgetown Circle blocks…I hope she likes it…

Happy Stitching…

X Marks the Bag…

Remember the non-event of Friday Night Sew-In?  Well, it has progressed to a finished bag…

Ta dah!

The Xbag…by Four Corners Designs

I used dressmaking weight cottons to “test drive” the pattern before using the way more expensive patchwork quality fabrics I bought at Threadbear a couple of weeks ago and a thin polyester batting, without adding any quilting, so the red homespun doesn’t show through the white/red spot fabric.

So a new week…a new bag…and another OPAM finish for September (that makes 3…what is going on here!).

Happy stitching…

Pochette Production Series On Hiatus…

The mini pochette production line is now down for maintenance…the last one in the series finished (well, it has been finished for a couple of weeks but I’m behind schedule in the blogging portion of the show…so here it is…Mini Pochette – Chocolate…

It is lined with the same orange fabric as the back panel…I really like the fabric combination in this one.  Another present done – yay!

Happy Stitching…

One More for August OPAM…

One more mini pochette bag done and dusted…

First day of Spring tomorrow – gotta be happy ’bout that 🙂

Happy Stitching…

August OPAM…2…3…

Remember the pile of mini pochette bags I created a few weeks ago when I had mini pochette bag production line in full swing…they’ve reached the finishing section of the factory…two are ticked off as done…

The caramel/pink one doesn’t stand up as well – the fabric range is quite soft and fine, quality control recommends using a bit of interfacing in the gusset with that quality of fabic next time, it’s beautiful to work with but drape really isn’t what is needed in this project…a modification to be filed away for future reference.

And two more are still in production…I need to handstitch the binding down on one (the first one I put the binding on) as I wasn’t thinking and stitched it to the top like a quilt which was an oops as I need to top stitch the second edge down not bottom stitch it, it wouldn’t be neat on the top…only made that mistake once!  See, I can learn from my mistakes – occassionally…

That leaves one with the binding to be sewn on….it’s half pinned but I have to change the thread colour as it is totally different to the others and I couldn’t be bothered and went to bed…next time…

Happy Stitching…