Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's been a while....

Well, life has sure been interesting around here for the past few months.  I didn't sew a stitch for 12 weeks, not that I was counting or anything, but it felt so bad.
I'm working hard to remedy that, so I've decided to finish a few projects that are almost done.  I guess I got so close to the finish line, that I lost interest.
Today, I started by getting out 3 folders of blocks for the "Just Takes 2" red and white quilt from a few years ago.  The past week has seen me finishing off 8 blocks, so now they're all done. 
Onto constructing the top.
My three bulging folders of blocks.


A good start.






And here is today's section finished.



Monday, June 30, 2014

A Quilt comes home...

I've been sending my large quilts off to be machine quilted for a long time.  Last year I sent several tops to KoolKat quilting in Queensland.  A long way from me you might think, but Koolkat pays the postage both ways, so no problem at all.
I was extremely happy with the quilting, so when I saw a KoolKat  Facebook competition with edge to edge quilting as the prize I was excited to enter.
Imagine my surprise to find I had won the competition!
I sent off my quilt 10 days ago, and received it back this morning!

 The quilt is approx. 80" square. I mad this many years ago with Gingko Fantasy by Lonni Rossi.
An inspired use of a border print and some co-ordinating pieces.


The quilt has already been claimed by DH, just need to bind it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gathering In The Barn.

Last Saturday, I spent a lovely day stitching with very Good Friend, Gerry.
We trecked off early in the morning to Wonga Park( Visa and passport at the ready!), for a wonderful day with The Quilted Crow Ladies.
The day started with a delicious morning tea and progressed upwards from there.
Gerry and I both started stitching the lovely felted wool applique design on cotton fabric.
This is such an easy method of applique- blanket stitching around woolen shapes.
Gerry hard at work on her project.  This was the first time that Gerry had attempted applique, I'm trying very hard to get her into quilting.
The shapes are all stapled down onto the background- I wasn't sure about this, but it worked really well.  The staples come out very easily, and didn't "cut" through the fabric threads.
My finished piece.  This class was very relaxing and enjoyable, the project so achievable.  Whilst I took a few days to get finished, Gerry finished hers on the day!!!
And with the frame I purchased on the day.  Now to find a place to hang it.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Block Book.

The gorgeous Quilt from the Quilted Crow ladies (The Cousin's Walk) comes complete with its own block book to store all the gorgeous bird blocks in as they are completed.
I must say, this little extra was a lovely surprise as a part of the BOM.
This first month sees construction of the pieced centre block, and the Block Book.  Getting my skates on to have these two finished before the next mailout of 4 blocks comes.




Gorgeous saw-tooth border around my block book.  The applique for this is felted wool on an interesting linen-like fabric.  A loose weave, but looks very nice.
Initially, I'd thought to do this applique by hand, however, time reality hit me , so by machine it is.




I don't think it looks too bad.

One side sewn, another pinned.  Only two more to go!

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Quirky Quilt.

A couple of months ago, I was perusing The Quilted Crow girls website.  Much to my enjoyment, they were offering a new BOM based on an antique quilt they'd purchased.
This quilt is quite "folk-arty", very chunky, and I found quite endearing to me.  I signed up with a little trepidation- this quilt is over 100" square, but I do like large quilts.  And I do love applique, so both boxes ticked.
Yesterday, I decided was time to cut into the background fabric.  I've never felt such trepidation at cutting fabric in my life!
Firstly, the borders-125" along the selvage of the fabric. Gosh, that was a scary cutting exersize.  Terrified I'd slip!

Thankfully, four borders cut and a tiny bit of left over.
A few hours later, and all the background is cut into various strips, squares and triangles.  And a little cutting of centre fabrics too.  Not nearly as stressful, though.  The pieces are much smaller.

Off to piece some centre strips now and get a move along with this gorgeous quilt.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Benjamin Biggs Block 3.

The next block for Benjamin Biggs has arrived.  Amazingly, I'm keeping up with the monthly stitching for these blocks.  Mind you, there isn't a lot of actual sewing so I have no excuses!
So, here's Block 2.

I printed out the pattern for Block 3, and traced it onto the back of my background fabric, very carefully reversing the corner buds.  Last month I also carefully reversed the buds but somehow still got them back to front!  Unfortunately I didn't realise until I'd basted them down.  Grrr.
How is it possible to be so careful this month, and still get them back to front?
Looks good doesn't it?  Unfortunately, this is the back, so it will be reversed when turned over the correct way. 
Moving on from my spatial disasters, now off to choose fabrics.  The best part.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Benjamin Biggs Block 2.

I was going great guns on Block 2 this week.  Finished the centre of the block by back basteing the large pieces, it's such a good method to keep everything stable and in place whilst stitching.
These blocks are 16" (finished), so lots of large pieces to fill the block.
Last night,I glue basted the outside corner buds ready to stitch today.
I was looking at block 1 this morning, and what did I see?
Luckily, I hadn't sewn the buds down on Block 2.
Back to the drawing board!