Sunday, 27 September 2020

Closing Red for the RSC

Each month Angela gives a different colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This year September has been red.

I posted my red Scrap Snap blocks a few weeks ago, and here are my Bead blocks:


I'm not sure how many blocks I made in previous months, I think six, but this month I have made 7. I don't think they will be enough so I shall be making more of all the colours next year too.

This week I also made two red blocks for another project, the Hemisphere Quiltalong designed and hosted by Sheila Christensen, the Mystery Quilter

These blocks are regularly pieced; they're neither English paper pieced nor foundation pieced. All pieces are cut using a 60° ruler.They are still half hexagons here as they will only be joined when the quilt is assembled row by row. The quiltalong continues into December, so, if you're interested, there's plenty of time to join in.

I'm linking to:

SoScrappy

Click on the button above to see 
more scrappy rainbow progress.

Keep safe and healthy

Happy sewing

Marly

 

Friday, 25 September 2020

September's goal achieved!

 

September OMG link-up is open! 

 My one monthly goal for September was to make blocks 1 - 8 of  the Hemisphere Quiltalong designed and hosted by Sheila Christensen. At that stage I had only made 1 and 2. 

All the pieces are cut using a 60 degree ruler and pieced regularly: no English Paper Piecing, no Foundation Piecing, simply sewing one piece to another with a ¼" seam. Cutting is important, but the sewing is straightforward enough!

Here are the first seven blocks:

and number 8

Therefore: mission accomplished! Yet there are more:

number 9:


And number 10:

Number 11 was published yesterday so I shall be making it today.

This is the first time in ages that I've achieved the goal I set myself at the beginning of the month. It feels good!

I'm linking this post to:

September OMG link-up is open!

Click on the button above to see more goals achieved this month.

Stay safe and healthy.

Happy sewing

Marly.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Red Scrap Snap blocks

Angela at Soscrappy has chosen red as September's colour in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Here are my red Scrap Snap blocks:

Until yesterday they were serving as leaders and enders, but in my current projects I can easily chain piece so only need leaders and enders at the beginning and end of the sewing session. At the rate I was going over the last 18 days I wouldn't be finished at the end of the month! Moreover these pieces were taking up too much space on my sewing table. I quickly finished the last five once I'd finished yesterday's project, giving more space for the next cutting round.

I'm linking to

SoScrappy

Click on the button to see more reds in action. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Happy sewing

Marly.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Hemisphere progress

In the middle of August I noticed that Sheila Christensen was running a mystery triangle quiltalong. The fun had started at the beginning of July, so I was well behind the schedule, and hadn't looked out any fabrics yet. I registered immediately, and I'm so glad I did. Sheila broadcasts live on her video channel weekly at 10:00h on Thursdays - that's 10 a.m. in New Zealand, and about 02:00h here! Fortunately for me the broadcasts are recorded and posted on her video channel. The block patterns are being published once a week for 26 weeks and during the broadcast Sheila shows how to make the latest pieced unit.

I posted the photo of my first block on 31 August and now I have seven blocks:

random layout; they are really half hexagons and will be completed in the final step.

This may look like EPP but, no way! I would never attempt such a complicated EPP design; for me that is for "patchwork on the move"! Apart from cutting strips of fabric - everything here has been cut from 1.5", 2.5" or 4.5" strips - all the pieces have been cut using a 60 degree ruler. The blocks look complicated, but really they come together easily, and the cutting is not hard once you've watched the video!

Last year I made the Mini Wonders table runner from a pattern Sheila had published in instalments in Make Modern Magazine, so I was already used to her method, but now I am learning the finer points and have more insight into the calculations. These blocks have so far been easier than the hexagons in the Mini Wonders table runner.

I'm linking up to

https://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2020/05/my-quickest-quilt-top-ever.html

so click on the button to see what more people are working on.

Have a good weekend, and keep safe and healthy

Happy sewing

Marly.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Red September

September's colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is red.
My red pieces for my Scrap Snap Quilts have been cut, but as yet none are sewn. 

I'll be sewing them as leaders and enders, but at the moment I'm sewing reverse appliqué that starts in the middle of a block, as part of the Bernina Sugaridoo QAL; no L&E required until I sew the row together. I hope that will be finished by the end of the coming week, so next week I should have more red to show.

I'm linking this post to:

https://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2020/05/my-quickest-quilt-top-ever.html    SoScrappy       Quilting is more fun than Housework 

Click on these buttons to see what others are making.

Stay healthy,

Happy Sewing,

Marly.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

One Monthly Goal for September

September OMG link-up is open!

 

 ... has several parts: to make parts 1 to 8 of Sheila Christensen's "Hemisphere" Quilt Along.

 
 
I joined the QAL a couple of weeks ago, more than a month after the start, and so far have made just two blocks.
 
Block 1; that's navy, not black
 
 
Block 2; it's still navy
 
Block 8 was released last Thursday; if I make two a week I'll reach my goal! Three a week !! and I'll have caught up altogether!
 
This isn't the only thing on my to-do list this month, so - fingers crossed!

I'm linking to: 

September OMG link-up is open!

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Happy sewing

Marly

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Granddaughter's shoulder bag

My one monthly goal for August was to make a bag for my nineteen-month-old granddaughter. I posted a photo of the pattern and the fabric I'd be using. But then plans changed.

It started with the partial collapse of a wardrobe, followed by the removal of the contents into storage boxes and the transfer of a lot of old stuff to the recycling and the dump. Among the mixed handwork items on one of the shelves was a little piece of machine sewn crazy quilting that I had tried my hand at eight years ago; just the right size for a bag for a little girl to put her hanky in!

No pattern, just improvising by trial and error:

 With a fun lining:


And a sweet little owner called Roos (pronounced Rose);

 
who wasn't sure about it at first ...
 
so her twin brother decided he'd like to try it

It looks like I'll have to make something for him too.

I'm linking to:

       https://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2020/05/my-quickest-quilt-top-ever.html        QPA

Keep safe and healthy

Happy sewing

Marly.