Monday, November 7, 2016

Let's s face it.

Last month I never even attempted my OMG though it was meant for a certain special event. My machine came back from servicing a bit too late for me to sew anything. But I did prep a lot of work and this month have been working on them. Two are close to be finished - they will be the gifts for dh for his 60th birthday on saturday. I had intended to one more wall art for him - all birds as he is a avid birdwatcher but I think I may not get it done in the next few days.
Anyway finishing four wall arts that are in various stages is my November goal. First is to add a sleeve to this quilt that I just finished facing yesterday.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Cover up those walls

I think without OMG I might give in to my laziness and not blog at all. Not that I don't have anything to write about. It just never gets prioritised and before I know it the month goes by. I must admit that OMG has also increased the number of blogs I follow and I am constantly amazed by the talent on display. The upside of it is the desire to emulate or at least attempt to emulate. It feeds my desire to make some more art quilts. I was quite happy with these two that I made recently.

And so this month's s OMG will combine my desire to do some more art quilts with the need to make a gift for dh. He is celebrating his 60th this year and it is usually a big celebration in my part of the world. But since dh hates fusses of any sort we will not have the customary celebrations.
And so it seemed I should make an attempt and do something special for him. I am planning to try and make an art quilt out of a photograph of a kingfisher. Bobby was a special bird and one of our first feathered friends here at the farm. He used to follow us as we watered plants waiting for insects to be disturbed and swoop on them. I think we used him as a subject for many of our photographs. It is one such photograph that I hope to render into fabric.
Finding space on a wall will be a problem though! The living room walls are already taken with my framed cross stitches and also paintings by my step- daughter and well loved purchased art. Looks like we may need to build more walls in the house to hang stuff!
And that will be my October OMG! Did I forget to mention that I am hoping to send my machine to be set right next week? I might get a stand-in from a friend on condition I get it working. It should be something minor I think as it is a hardly used new machine!

Cover up those walls

I think without OMG I might give in to my laziness and not blog at all. Not that I don't have anything to write about. It just never gets prioritised and before I know it the month goes by. I must admit that OMG has also increased the number of blogs I follow and I am constantly amazed by the talent on display. The upside of it is the desire to emulate or at least attempt to emulate. It feeds my desire to make some more art quilts. I was quite happy with these two that I made recently.

And so this month's s OMG will combine my desire to do some more art quilts with the need to make a gift for dh. He is celebrating his 60th this year and it is usually a big celebration in my part of the world. But since dh hates fusses of any sort we will not have the customary celebrations.
And so it seemed I should make an attempt and do something special for him. I am planning to try and make an art quilt out of a photograph of a kingfisher. Bobby was a special bird and one of our first feathered friends here at the farm. He used to follow us as we watered plants waiting for insects to be disturbed and swoop on them. I think we used him as a subject for many of our photographs. It is one such photograph that I hope to render into fabric.
Finding space on a wall will be a problem though! The living room walls are already taken with my framed cross stitches and also paintings by my step- daughter and well loved purchased art. Looks like we may need to build more walls in the house to hang stuff!
And that will be my October OMG! Did I forget to mention that I am hoping to send my machine to be set right next week? I might get a stand-in from a friend on condition I get it working. It should be something minor I think as it is a hardly used new machine!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Never too late

It seems like there is some kind of jinx whenever I set a goal for the month. Last month I had no internet service and could neither blog or upload a photo. This month I completed the quilt top very early in the month and spent a week making gifts and stuff for family. I was going to my hometown and nowadays feel like nothing can compete with a handmade gift. Trip over and I was back to quilting the Old McDonald quilt top or flimsy as I believe it is called.
As you can see from the photo it is all applique and I had decided that I did not want to quilt it all over. It would interfere with the applique I felt and decided to tie the quilt using single stitches by machine.
That should have been a simple exercise except my machine started acting up. My needle was going beyond the slit in the needle plate and after breaking about half a dozen needles I am at a standstill. Straight stitch is no problem but for some reason when I thought I would fmq small flowers again a needle broke.
There is no sound more jarring than a needle breaking I feel. I have set aside that quilt for the day and am just catching up on my Splendid Sampler blocks. I often notice that when my machine has issues in fmq going back to regular sewing seems to make my machine sane. Tomorrow I will try the quilt again. I still think that I should be able to complete the quilting at least as this month's target though not the binding.
Linking with OMG
And the good news is that I managed to coax my machine into cooperating and the quilting is done. The quilt is still in need of cleaning and so I won't post a photo of it right now. Like I said it is Never too late to meet your goal. Just got to keep at it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Come September

I have become quite lazy about writing blogs. Perhaps it is because the keyboard on my laptop has issues and writing on a tablet is not very easy. Last month I waited till the last day to pen out my monthly target and as luck would have it had no internet starting from the 7th till almost the end of the month. Not that I learnt a lesson. This month we are on 7 the and here I am writing my blog!!! But on the other hand I do keep up with my sewing which is all that matters ultimately.
I did finish the train quilt and it has reached the intended recipient!

This month I am working on another quilt for a child and again it has a lot of scope for creativity! The theme is the Old McDonald song and I expect it to be very colourful! Hopefully I will finish it and make a start on a gift for dh who will celebrate his sixtieth this year!
Linking with OMG

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July - a train to catch


It is time to share and thankfully this month I have something unlike last month when I did not even attempt to have a go at my target. This month I was to do a train quilt for a two year old and though I would have liked to have finished it in total, I am content that the top is done to my satisfaction. I am waiting to get my hands on batting and so the quilting was delayed.
Linking with OMG

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Plans for July

Last month I did not get to do my monthly goal. Forget not finishing I did not even start it. I think it some kind of mind block for I did do other stuff. Anyway this month I have already started a child's quilt and quite realistically if I finish it I would be happy. I have already changed the dimensions of the strips and also some of the design elements and since there is a lot of applique involved it is going to be a protracted project.
So that then is my OMG for July. Linking up with Red Letter Quilts.