Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with great plans

Alas, we're back to marginal progress on the sewing front.

But there was a little forward movement!




Another flower done! Slowly sewing!

And I've started receiving flowers, too:

Boy, the #threadbastersgroup for #hexiedownunder are fast! Thanks @patchwork_gecko @nadine62 @asprinklingofthings and, of course, @bendigolioness! I fear I will be much slower at getting mine out!

Aussie Handmade Birthday Swap #ahbcparty3

Finally started making my backlist of gifts!

Starting with the 1-Hour Basket by kelbysews.

Really simple, very effective, and I must try it in patterned linens next!


And there's a bit of an extra 'surprise' in there. I couldn't give it alone as a gift, but with something else that's finished, I think it's okay.

I have notes for making the next three gifts, although at least one of them has no notes for her entry whatsoever, just her name. I shall have to go back and double-check the mail from a year ago.

Other things

no movement
1. summer dress
2. Soroptimists' quilt
3. #plainjanepassacaglia


I have this weekend entirely free. There will be a great deal of sewing.

1. finish the next gift for #ahbcparty3
2. finish sewing together the Soroptimist's Quilt
3. finish the summer dress
4. start another summer dress

I also want to start working on outfit for the Superheroes Ball at DragonCon - like the Marvel Avengers dresses that Her Universe are putting out, only for my favourite character:


Maria Hill, as played by Cobie Smulders. Whom extremely few people notice, or could even name from the movies.

The dress spec (as described by me):
Agent of SHIELD dress: halterneck, close-fitting bodice with waistband and flared skirt to be worn with petticoats. Black/dark-grey silk with gunmetal/silver overdress/lace edging, and embroidered/beaded/appliqued SHIELD logo to either be on skirt or else as a back cutout (underarm zipper), with HYDRA-themed underskirt.
I have four weeks to do this.

Never let it be said that I'm not ambitious.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday.

What have you done this week?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with progress!

I haven't done one of these for a couple of weeks. Life just seems too busy. And too cold.

(Hint: I'm not a fan of winter.)

But I did get four quilt backings put together and sent off to my quilter. It made a mighty package:

Four quilts headed for the quilter. Mostly older ones that are finally going to get done. #gettingitdone

And I signed up for the Lizzy House Meadow Quilt workshop later this year:

Now I just have to hope all my details are correct. I did it on my phone as the train pulled into my home station...  ��

However, I have gotten a few things started, and a number of projects are in WIP status right now, waiting to be finished.


Soroptimists Raffle Quilt

My mother retired a couple of years ago, spent a year poking about, working out what kind of clubs she would join in her old age, and decided on the local chapter of Soroptimists International: an international volunteer organisation that helps women and girls all over the world in various ways.

She's asked me to make a quilt for them to raffle off for fundraising.

Today's project! #showmethemoda

I've had this layer cake of Domestic Bliss for a couple of years now, and when paired with Kona White in a Camille Roskelley pattern, it makes a pretty, modern quilt that should interest enough people to buy a raffle ticket or a dozen!

Ahhh, Domestic Bliss fabric and Camille Roskelley pattern all good! #showmethemoda

I better put a costing sheet together for this quilt, because I anticipate lots of women asking, "How much do you charge to make a quilt?" and then being doubtful about my pricing.

You know the type I mean.

Plain Jane Passacaglia

Still going - another rosette completed!

#saturdaynightsewing #saturdaynightcraftalong #tobleronecocktail  #plainjanepassacaglia #millefioriquilt #lapassacagliaquilt #latergram

The cocktail is because it was completed at my hockey trivia night down at the RSL Club (RSL = Retired Soldier's League - the club is like a pub/sports bar/bistro combination, all under one roof). I sat at the table all night, with my hands busy while I chatted and answered trivia questions!

My hockey team-mates are accustomed to my sewing peccadiloes. (I made one of the coaches a quilt a couple of years back - she'd coached me for two or three years at that point - although it was a gift to her from the whole team, we collected money for it and they paid me.)

Hexie Flowers Down Under

Bendigo Lioness has started a Hexie Flowers Swap for Australian sewists, and I've decided to join in. (Passacaglia notwithstanding.)

We've been divided into 'thread basters' and 'glue basters'. I listed myself as 'didn't mind either way' and got sorted into the 'thread basters' group. I take it lots of people like the ease of glue basting, then. (I do: all those teeny tiny star points in the Passacaglia? Totally glue basted. But I thread-baste the larger pieces.)

There are 18 people in the thread-basters group, and a week later, some have already finished all their hexies!

@bendigolioness #hexiedownunder C+S and Kate Spain okay?

I think I'm going to be taking just a wee smidge longer than that...

Other things

Okay, so you know when you keep putting something off because you're scared of it and then it just becomes overwhelming?

That's kind of where I've decided my Birthday Swaps have gone. I'm three months behind and struggling to get on top of it all.

All I want to do is snuggle down under a quilt with my cats.

When #cats feel you need a warm lap... #catsofinstagram

Well, me under the quilt, the cats on top of the quilt and me...



What have you been working on this week?

Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2105 Finish-Along: Q3 goals!

1. Get all my AHBC Birthday Swaps Done: I think I have April, May, June, and July yet to go. This is partly because I'm terrified of not making something nice enough, and partly because I don't want to just make the same thing for everyone!

2. Quilt two quilts: And by 'quilt' I mean "me, myself, and I using a longarm to FMQ".

Current options are Honey Honey, The Promises Of Spring (Snowflake), and French Farmhouse, all of which have significant negative space that needs attending to.

3. Finish Domestic Bliss Quilt Top:

Ahhh, Domestic Bliss fabric and Camille Roskelley pattern all good! #showmethemoda

This one is going to be for a raffle run by my mother's chapter of Soroptimist International - a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. I think the proceeds are going to the local women's shelter. I kind of hope so.

4. Those Damned Curtains for the front room:

I even have the pattern for them - the Concerto Quilt Pattern - scrappy, diagonal, adjustable for size... Mirror the pattern for the second quilt and it's perfect!

5. summer dresses

I'm going on a trip in just over a month - to Vietnam (HCMC), the UK (London), and the USA (Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco), over the space of a month. Where it will be summer, and warm, and I can wear comfy cotton dresses around the place!

Of course, I have to actually make the comfy cotton dresses.

6. Costume for Dragon*Con Atlanta

I really want to have some cosplays for Dragon*Con. I just don't think I'll have the time to get them done beforehand. :(

2015 Finish Along - Q2 failings

So, I feel like Q2 failed miserably. MISERABLY.

Partly because I did my calf muscle in while playing hockey, which meant I had to drop out of the Sydney Quilt Show entirely *sadface* and partly because I am a crazy overachiever.

Although I guess I can add "my calf muscle" to the list of Things I Did in Q2?

Swarm - top done, backing done, off to quilter for pantoquilting (since it's not going in the show, I decided against quilting it myself)

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

Snowflakes - top done, backing done, going to quilt this one myself, have to find time.

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

Tula Pink Mini Swap - done!

Tula Pink swap

With a close-up on the octopus 'cos she's so damn cute!

Tula Pink swap

1920s dress - done and worn!

Yes. I suck at photoshoots, but the dress is done! Although I think the hem needs shortening... #montecarlodress #fridaynightsewin #dressmaking

Next job on that is to do some beadwork across the bodice...

quilt backings

Four (4) quilt backings made and sent to the quilter!

Four quilts headed for the quilter. Mostly older ones that are finally going to get done. #gettingitdone>


(And then they'll all come back and I'll have to bind them. *eeps*)

In Conclusion

Not as much as I wanted done (when is it ever) but still a decent amount.

Up for Q3!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

C+S Aussie Charm Swap!

Ms Midge is running another charm swap for the Australians out there!

Ms Midge

...I still haven't used the charms from my Amy Butler charm swap. Although they might do quite nicely for the pieced curtains I'm planning for the lounge room from the Concerto quilt pattern...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with all the things I haven't done

So, that thing where I had a great long list of stuff to do? Yep, none of it is even close to being done.

Life and work and the quilt show and more work and work and ugh...


Backing for USA Hurray is on the way!

It's known the world over as #catspotting #cats #catsofinstagram

With cute cat for size comparison.

The Sydney Craft And Quilt Fair happened. I went twice - once on Wednesday and again on Saturday with a US friend who was visiting at the time.

I bought a lot of fabric - dressmaking fabric, mostly: some black-shot-green dupion that I've been hunting for years, and a lovely green-and-purple silk chiffon. Both were cheap as chips!

The far... Plus, um, some Liberty lawn. No quilting fabric yet.

And some glass beads and bag handles and Vilene/interfacing and 6m of Liberty lawn...

...the Liberty lawn will hopefully turn up in time for me to make a couple of dresses out of it - and then possibly scraps? Which I'll probably sell because I have too many scraps already.

Speaking of the Sydney Quilt Show, while I couldn't get my quilts completed for that due to a torn calf muscle, I did have a small hand in the Sydney Modern Quilt Group's 2015 group quilt:

The @sydmqg group quilt... And my row! ������

That pink row is done by me! Including the Mendocino Mermaids!

And the arrival of a bundle of Far Far Away reminded me of a Heather Ross fabric print I'm looking for: the original Munki-Munki print gnomes in any colourway - not the Spoonflower, please. I've heard that the Spoonflower prints are not very lasting at all!

I'm looking for some more Heather Ross gnomes in any colourway, but I've heard that the spoonflower prints aren't all that lasting. Thoughts? Opinions? Do you have any gnomes? How have you found the spoonflower fabric?

If you have gnomes, please drop me a mail: seldear at yahoo dot com. I will happily swap 1:1 (or more) for original Mendocino Mermaid prints...

Oh, and while I was at the Quilt and Craft Fair, my, um, credit card slipped and now the Plain Jane Passacaglia has competition!

Yes. Yes, I did. #shush #millefiorimadness #millefioriquilt

But I'm steadily working away on the rosettes... Just not as steadily as I'd like!

That yellow looks really strong against the aquamarine... #plainjanepassacaglia

Other things

Finally, let me leave you with a laugh (well some of you, since this picture will make no sense to anyone but an Aussie, or someone who spent their young adult years in Australia):

Goon box cover, anyone.


How's your week (well, fortnight, it's been that long for me)? Gotten anything done? I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday (as I always do).

Monday, June 15, 2015

to do list - June

Good Morning, Monday!

Before we get to the list, have a pic of me and my friend dressed for the popup speakeasy in Melbourne Gaol for the Festival of Phryne (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries) on Friday night:

Popup speakeasy in Melbourne Gaol. A bit chilly! #cosplay #festivalofphryne #mfmm

Unfortunately, my SD card failed on Saturday morning and I lost a heck of a lot of other photos of us from that night - including pretty much all my photographs from the last six months, which I'd stored on the SD card in question (and didn't back up, DAMMIT).

I'm really very annoyed about that - and annoyed with myself for not backing up more often.


Anyway, here's the mid-year TO DO list. (You know what they say about aiming for nothing...)

- The Promises Of Spring
- Swarm
- Honey Honey
- French Farmhouse

- USA Hurray
- King of Bling (red letter day)
- Under The Sea (Mendocino quilt)

- Odyssea (binding)
- Darling Violetta (binding)

Aussie Handmade Birthday Club
- April
- May
- June

Yes, ambitious, I know, especially since there's really only two weeks of June to go. But it's DAMN THE TORPEDOES AND FULL SPEED AHEAD!


- Camille Roskelley 1
- Camille Roskelley 2
- Imagine Greater (Heather Ross)

Clothing (for August Round The World)
- 2 summer dresses
- 2 cotton trousers (1 elasticised ankle/waist, 1 loose ankle/elasticisted waist)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WIP: the one with 1920s fashion

So, I have been doing almost no quilting this week - just a little handsewing and dressmaking.


Millefiori Madness

One more rosette complete!

WIP Wednesday - June

Still a ridiculous number to go...

WIP Wednesday - June

It would probably be better if I did it every time I stepped on a train. But i'm not stepping on trains quite so often lately...

Other things

I have a friend who is hugely into the Miss Fisher Mysteries - a TV series set in 1920s Melbourne, and made in Australia. With looooovely costumes.

A number of events are taking place for fans of this show during June, including a Popup Speakeasy in Melbourne Gaol, several walking tours around the city, afternoon teas, and a dinner with one of the actors - Miss Fisher's Butler.

My friend figured that since I was down here and the costume tour was down here, she'd make the trip from the US, and so on Friday night we're going to the Popup Speakeasy in Melbourne. Appropriately dressed. (Well, as appropriately as one can given it's midwinter in Melbourne and 2015.)

I purchased two patterns from Ageless Patterns 1920s clothing patterns - the Monte Carlo dress, and the Paris Promenade dress - and have spent the last week or so umming and aahing about making them. I've finished the Monte Carlo dress and am working on a wrap for it.

WIP Wednesday - June

We'll see about the Paris Promenade dress - TBH, I'm wondering if I could get away with doing it in cotton instead, as a kind of afternoon tea dress... :)

But here's me in the Monte Carlo, with a few accoutrements:

WIP Wednesday - June

The hair will have to be different, of course - I think I'm going to do a Gibson Tuck, although it might take an army of bobby pins and a lot of hairspray to get it to sit properly. My hair is coarse and thick and doesn't play nicely with about 90% of pretty Pinterest how-to-do-your-hair tutorials...


Still thinking about what I'm going to be doing re: patchwork quilting in the coming weeks. It takes a lot of effort...

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with very little

So, the sprint turned into a hobble. Friday and Saturday were bad days for the leg, so I didn't end up getting the quilts done. Finding a commercial quilter who could do at least one of my show quilts within a week proved problematic, so I've dropped entirely out of the Sydney Quilt Show. :(


Still Swarm By Sel and The Promises Of Spring. They have backings, the issue is now getting them quilted. I have a very specific vision for The Promises Of Spring, but Swarm by Sel could be done in an all-over panto pattern if needful. If.

Anyway, while my board is clear and my space is clean, it's time to get back to backings and bindings...
- USA Hurray
- King of Bling (red letter day)
- Under The Sea (Mendocino quilt)
- Odyssea (binding)
- Darling Violetta (binding)

Oh, and the AHBC Birthday swaps for April and May, in which I've let myself get bogged down in uncertainty and self-criticism.


I may have to get a move on: I have a friend coming to stay from the US on Saturday and the only place to put her is in the sewing room!

Millefiori Madness

Still sewing slowly on the commute, although I'm liking the current rosette - gold diamonds and magenta centres - so pretty!

Millefiori madness

Other things

June-July quilts

1. 2 Camille Roskelley quilts
2. Imagine Greater: Heather Ross quilt


Linking up to Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with sprinting

It's been a month of finishes - or it will be, once I actually quilt and bind my two show quilts. Rush rush, time's getting on!



At the Sydney MQG sew-in:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

Complete! (With butt-stamp of approval by cat.)

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

A glimpse of the 'feature' block:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

And choosing backings:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

I think I'll go with the bees and the butterflies and the flowers to separate them...

The Promises Of Spring

a.k.a. "The Snowflake Block quilt"

Y-seams are exhausting things; especially when you've cut the corners on your blocks!

I swear this quilt is mostly fixes. It'll look long as you're standing back... #snowflakeblock

But the overall effect is pretty stunning:

Never speak to me of y-seams ever again. EVER. #snowflakeblock

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

Although I'm not looking forward to filling all that whitespace - especially since I tore a muscle in my left calf at hockey on Sunday and am now limping through life - and will be limping for at least the next month... Free-motion quilting on a longarm is usually a breeze...this time, it's probably going to be a chore...

millefiori madness

Very little progress on this and no photos...


Do you ever get depressed by how productive other bloggers are? Those women who have photo after photo after photo of quilting and crafty things in a neverending stream? I'm feeling a little flat about my own output lately.

So how are your WIPs going? Linked up to one of the linky posts of the week?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with Tula scraps

Not much to report. Kind of did myself in with all the sewing the other weekend; this week has been The Writing Week instead.


Tula Pink MiniQuilts

Yeah, I kept going with the scraps after my #aussietulapinkswap was done.

WIP Wednesday may

The quilting is very experimental, although it looks great from a distance. I'm just...I feel bad about giving it away as a gift to a quilty person who I feel will be all "ugh, they're giving me this - but it's so bad!"

WIP Wednesday may

I've been the recip of an "ugh, this was badly made" gift before; it's not fun, and so I try not to be That Person.

WIP Wednesday may

I have another set of half-square-ish triangles blocks which I'm going to use to make another one.

Swarm By Sel

Or: why I will never win a show.

My seams are entirely too flexible.

WIP Wednesday may

WIP Wednesday may

Another six rows put together. And I'm running out of small triangle blocks. Which means a whole new set of making is going to be necessary.

It's going to get messy...

Other things

1. Thinking of buying a Bernina 750 QE - assuming I can get one at Kim Bradley Creations' VIP Sale tonight. Not sure I'll make it in time to snag a machine, though. I also need more of the C+S neutral basics to finish Swarm.

2. Going to need to do a lot of sewing this weekend. I was hoping to have Swarm done by Quiltmarket, just to have something to show off amidst the stream of fabric envy posts.

3. I really don't like the new Flickr update - in order to share a picture now, I have to select the 'share' button, select the size, select the code, and 'cut' it for pasting to, say, a blog post. That's four discrete actions, as comapred to the two it used to be. The size used to be automatic to the last setting, and the code was already selected.

Why the extra steps? Unless they plan to put advertising into the whitespace, like they do everything else. I'm a computer programmer, I know about user experience - and this is BAD user experience.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday...