Thursday, 13 December 2018

Peacock Party and my Gingerbread Needlework Shop

Hello, and welcome to the second edition of the Peacock Party.  Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.  I know it was a little tricky for some, so I hope this week is easier.

I've been busy with work this week, so I haven't had much time for sewing.  I am desperately trying to finish one more building for my Gingerbread Village.  I had accepted that it wasn't going to get finished in time for Christmas 2018, but then someone said they had faith in me to get it done, so I decided to give it a good try.

I've modified the pattern for the Gingerbread Needlework Shop slightly, and I think that's why I was stalling on it.  It's always easier to stitch to the pattern than to try and make changes.  However, I was reluctant to make the roof removable because that requires a high degree of finishing on the inside.  So, I've made the walls higher and moved the signage onto the walls.

If you'd like to read more about my Gingerbread Village you can find all of my posts under the Gingerbread Village tab at the top of my blog.  They are all beautifully designed by Thea Dueck who owns the Victoria Sampler in Canada.

Now it's time for another Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up what you've been working on lately.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Good Fortune - Part 3

It's week 3 of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt and we're making green chevrons.  I'm not as far along as I was on the previous two clues, but that's OK, because it's a very busy time of the year and I always knew I might not be able to keep up.   

This week we made chevrons (and some bonus HSTs from the off cuts).  I'm certainly learning some new tips and tricks from Bonnie's instructions.  She has provided instructions for multiple ways to make each of the clues released to date.  I like that! We can each choose the method that works for us, but also learn that there are different ways to get the same result.

I do admire the people who have changed up the colours, but my brain just can't cope with that at this time of the year.  I don't want to see Bonnie using red and have to remember that I'm doing green for those sections, and when I see her using green, remember I'm doing blue there.  Maybe in the future, but not this time thank you.

I see all the snow at Bonnie's cabin, and am very grateful that we're going into summer in New Zealand.  Here are some beautiful hydrangeas I've seen in my neighbourhood this week.

and some fairy roses too:

I'm linking up to Bonnie's linky party here where you can see all the chevrons other people have made.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Introducing the Peacock Party

On 16 December it will be exactly five years since I started blogging. Since then I've published 366 blog posts - an average of 1.4 per week - and gained many loyal friends and followers.  What started out as an online diary and way to share with family and friends, has now become a means to connect with quilters all over the world.  Thank you everyone who has taken the time to read my posts!

My largest single source of blog visitors has been from Crazy Mom Quilts blog, via her finish it up Friday link party. However, this Friday is going to be the last ever link party at Crazy Mom Quilts because Amanda Jean is closing her quilting business, and won't be blogging anymore.  It certainly will be the end of an era and I thank Amanda Jean for hosting the link up for so many years.

I know a lot of people will miss the Crazy Mom Quilts link party, so I've decided to dip my toes in the water and start a link party myself.  Fellow bloggers can link up to my brand new Peacock Party each weekend and share what they've been up to.

Why the name "Peacock Party" you ask? Well, a number of my friends call me Mrs Peacock because I love of the rich jewel tones found in peacock feathers.  I'm not especially fond of the birds themselves, but I do love the beautiful colours in their feathers. And a link up party is a way to show off our accomplishments to anyway who is prepared to look - much like a peacock does when they fan their tails!

The Ehrman tapestry I stitched called Peacock at Sunset

I'm going to keep the Peacock Party quite simple, because some days we have more time for reading blogs than other days, so:
- I'm not going to tell you that you need to visit and comment on other linked up posts
- I'm not going to demand that you mention my blog in your blog post
- I'm not even going to commit to visiting and commenting on every post myself!
- I'm not going to try and sell you anything because I don't have anything to sell

But I am going to provide a place where fellow bloggers can meet and share what they've been making.  Does that sound like a good idea?

The first Peacock Party starts now!  I intend to run one each weekend - starting on Friday PST / Saturday NZ time.  I do hope you will join me.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Good Fortune - Part 2

It's the second week of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt.

This week we made blue and white half square triangles.

Blue is probably my favourite colour, so I had a lots of blues in my stash to chose from.

After seeing all that red dye last week, I decided to prewash the blues too.

I also had a number of low volume prints with hints of blue on them, so I've used up some of them too.

I prefer to make my half square triangles (HST) by cutting squares 1" bigger than the finished size of the block.  I then mark a diagonal line with a ruler, and sew 1/4" either side of it.  I cut down the line and then press the two halves open.  I use my Bloc loc ruler and my rotating cutting board to trim up my HSTs.

Bonnie suggested a couple of methods in her blog post for making HSTs, but I'm comfortable with the method I've been using for some years now.

I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter's linky party here.  You can see everyone else's progress if you take a look at Bonnie's post on her Quiltville blog.