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Busy Weekend!

It has been a busy few days for me here. A good, quilting kind of busy.
I finally got my Tales & Tidings quilt kit fabrics all cut up, and am almost done with the block piecing, except for the borders. I’m missing the backing for the quilt though! Was going to get it on during the sale but it is

sold out 🙁 Anyone any ideas where I can get a good deal for it online??

And on Saturday, I attended a quilt session with a couple of my quilting mates. We started with a Trip Around The World – and it was so much fun! But I also spent some quality time with my seam ripper because of the boo-boos I made (piecing wrong sides together, skipping one strip, etc). BUT I made good progress that evening when I came back and its up on my design wall! Still left some piecing of strips to do, and borders to cut. But all in all, I’m pretty happy with it. Not too saccharine sweet, just nice for me ;>

Off to a trip to the land of Smiles (Thailand!) this Thursday through the weekend with family and some friends. Hope to buy some beautiful fabrics back! :>

New star on the block!

Gosh, talk about being on the roll. Done with Star QAL block 2 last night! YAAY!

But I caught the flu bug – woke up feeling really horrid. And I’d really hate for Benji catch anything from this episode. So DH had to send him bright and early to my mom’s. 🙁 Will probably stay in bed to catch up on some sleep and then continue with the hexagons in the room!
Want to get well soon so I can cuddle my boy again, and of course, there is the sale at the quilt shop tomorrow too ;>

On the roll!

For the past few evenings, I have been browsing craft blogs, reading quilting/sewing books, and getting the sense that the Bernina is beckoning me to the worktable… Finally, I got round to visiting the quilt shop and bought fabrics and hexagon templates so that I can actually START SEWING instead of marking out the pages for ‘future projects’.
It is week 2 at Crazy Mom Quilts’ Star Quilt-A-Long and I’m just done with week 1’s block. Will be working on the 2nd block soon, I hope! I’ve decided to make this a ‘yellow’ quilt. I don’t have much yellows at home, but I think it will go quite nicely with our Birch dominant theme in our home. :>

And I got into English Paper Piecing and I’m working on the hexagon flowers with the template I picked up from the shop. I was going to start off easy, picking out a big-sized hexagon template (2.6cm), thinking of making coasters, table topper, etc. And I’m using the 1930’s themed fabric for this project. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’m just going to keep at it… who knows, it might just turn out to be one of those ‘grandmothers garden’ quilt! :> I keep the project in a clear plastic file box and it is so easy to bring along and work on it while I wait at the clinic, etc.
AND I’m been ‘inspired’ to join Bonnie’s Orange Crush Mystery as well. I think I should begin with gathering the scraps first, or perhaps stop looking at the craft blogs ;>
Anyway, this Saturday is the Colourwash workshop. Will be working on a ‘trip around the world’ quilt! AND there will be a sale starting Thursday at the quilt shop. A good start to the month, eh? :>

Soft book

I’m almost done with the soft books which I bought from the shop almost a year back. It is not rocket science, and I have no idea why it is taking me so long to get it done! Benji’s almost over the soft-book phase! Yikes!

Now, to get to the ironing board and iron out the seams, close the openings and then join the pages. How long will that take me?

New addition

Finally! The Aurora 440 has landed! Actually it arrived at the shop earlier, but I could not pick it up because Benji was really ill earlier this month. Anyway, it is home with me now. Happy as can be. I have not done much sewing with it as much as I’d like to. But the BSR is a dream! I tried it out on a scrappy piece of quilt sandwich and it is much easier compared to my old Singer machine. Of course, I will need more practice with it to make decent stippling, etc but already I can feel the difference.
The instruction manual is marvelous too. Very detailed and also very clear – and that helps a lot too! The machine looked quite complicated, but it is quickly de-mystified with the instructions. Will be spending quite a bit of time playing around with the settings, the stitches, etc. I’m definitely looking forward to that ;>