I love to sew, mainly quilts and bags. I am 61, married to Fred and have one son, Matthew who is 23. I enjoy embroidery and applique and prefer to machine piece and quilt my projects. I love my vintage Singer sewing machines especially my Featherweight 222K. My love of sewing I believe comes from my Grandmother - I still have the drawings she made for me to embroider on tea towels many many years ago!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

TUMBLING MONKEYS!






Hello there!

This is the project I've been working on during the past few weeks.  I found the pattern in Quiltmaker magazine (July/Aug '11).  I used fusible applique and hand blanket stitch.  My latest method of this stitch is somewhat different to the way most of us do it   (at least, I think it's different!! - it is to me anyway!!).....   take a look at this illustration     HERE   I do this stitch from bottom to top, i.e: working away from myself and in an anti-clockwise direction.  I poke my needle DOWN on the edge of the applique and then UP within the applique - this really makes a difference as usually you do it the other way and after a while, the edge starts lifting up and it's back to the iron you go.    (BTW.. I'm right handed)     This version is great for kid's quilts which will be getting lots of washing - the stitches won't roll-over!

I'm still getting over my cold and my concentration levels are zero so when I did the joining of my rows, the sashing didn't line up as it should but it's okay.

I'm sure I've mentioned this here before, but I use Bonnie Hunters method for adding borders, click   HERE    Perfect borders EVERY time!!  It makes sense really, if you cut the border fabric using the quilt as your base.. you just can't go wrong!  The book "Borders and Bindings" by Mimi Dietrich is also a wonderful "how to" that I just can't do without.

I will be pinning this quilt tomorrow and then on to the binding..... yes, the ALL MACHINE way!!  You know I love that method!!

Remember THIS QUILT?

well, today I finally got around to pinning it ready for quilting.   This quilt has been hanging in the "to do" cupboard far too long so it will be good to see it finished.

Of course, it hasn't been "ALL SEWING" around here.  Fred went in to Hospital for his first dose of Chemo last Monday through to Wednesday.  He's sort of okay, feeling a little crook, but sleeping well and still doing a little walk around the tennis court every day.  Meals are a challenge but we are working hard at finding things he feels like eating.   He didn't have an allergic reaction or any heart problems, so that was good.  Unfortunately, he goes back in again Monday week, so not much of a break.

Matt is back to normal... need I say more?   He is a typical 18 year old -  I want to know who invented the 18th birthday party?????  there seems to be one every week!   It's the same idea as our 21st, but that seemed more special to me.... anyway, he's out more than home, put it that way:-)  He goes back to the hospital this Tuesday for his final check up and then hopefully he can go out and get some work as he can't go back to College until February next year.  He's trying to be helpful at home and trying to be understanding about his Dad, but at his age it's all a bit scary I guess.

So I will be back with some completely FINISHED quilts to show soon,

Happy Sewing!!






8 comments :

  1. So glad you are getting some sewing time in between all the other comings and goings.
    So happy too that the 'boys' are all progressing as they should and that the toughest times will soon be behind you xxx

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  2. Love your quilts Helen, you are getting a lot done considering everything that's happening. Good to see the boys are improving.Happy Sewing xx

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  3. Great to hear about your men and to see that you've been able to get some sewing done. Interesting about the blanket stitch. Hope your week goes well.

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  4. The tumbling monkeys is so cute.

    I am sure that Matt's reaction is perfectly normal for his age and all that he has been through lately.

    No, that is not much of a break from the chemo routine. Glad he tolerated it well this time.

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  5. Love the quilt. As always, thank you for your tips.

    Hope your husband does well with his treatments and so happy to hear abut your son.
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  6. Your monkey quilt will be so loved! You have a lovely space here - so nice to really meet you and catch up a bit. I will keep your husband and son in my prayers - and you, or course, for keeping the whole family running! You have such a beautiful positive attitude - it's a pleasure to ready your posts! Hugs, Larissa

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  7. Your monkey quilt will be so loved! You have a lovely space here - so nice to really meet you and catch up a bit. I will keep your husband and son in my prayers - and you, or course, for keeping the whole family running! You have such a beautiful positive attitude - it's a pleasure to ready your posts! Hugs, Larissa

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  8. Your monkey quilt will be so loved! You have a lovely space here - so nice to really meet you and catch up a bit. I will keep your husband and son in my prayers - and you, or course, for keeping the whole family running! You have such a beautiful positive attitude - it's a pleasure to ready your posts! Hugs, Larissa

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