Thursday, December 24, 2009
For everyone who celebrates the festive season I wish you all a very merry christmas and safe and quilty 2010.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This past year my quilting group exchanged 10inch charm squares as well as patterns each month. My original intention was to have the members fabric as the centre square surrounds of my ohio stars. Unfortunately this wasn't a success as a few of the fabrics did not blend with my own fabric of choice for the points. To overcome this I used some of them but others were used in nine patches which divided the stars. The result is left and I am quite pleased with the result. It never pays to have a definite plan in mind when exchanging fabric.
I have always admired clever quilting ladies 'Dear Jane' 'Dear Hannah' and 'Dutch Blue' quilts, knowing that I would not even attempt any of them.
However I have decided to undertake 'Sylvias Bridal Sampler' from the Elm Tree Books. I'm not sure whether it is the colours on the front cover of the book which captured my attention or just the challenge and it will certainly be a challenge to do some of the blocks. My decision about fabric has been very serious but have decided to go scrappy as really my true love of quilts is 'scrappy'. Perhaps you might like to come back in a month and see where my journey is taking me.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
This is my 'Seattle Strets' Quilt. It the second one I have done and I love the technique. All credit must go to Lauria Beithan for posting this on the internet. Her instructions are excellent and you can find it via 'Stashbusters'. A really great way to use up left over strips of fabric. As you can see from the photographs uploaded today I am no photographer but I have been busy at the sewing machine. Now to get my sampler quilts finished. They along with the above will be given to our local Hostel. All residents get a quilt of their choice, so a few ladies are continually sewing to keep up the supply as we like to have at least 6 all the time so they have got a decent choice.
These are the latest two of my own design in 6 inch blocks. I'm a bit sorry I haven't been doing them in cream backgrounds as I have decided to do Sylvias Bridal Sampler and I could have used these.
This is the latest one. Only one more to go but I will need to do some extras to make my quilt. I will get it done over the weekend hopefully.
Here is my latest block for my friendship group swap. I have been very slack with this blog lately. I have been busy sewing instead.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
As a member of Stashbusters I am trying to make my quilts without purchasing too much fabric. Most of the time this is okay but for my granddaughters latest, she wanted lots of green and orange and as I'm definitely not a green person a trip to the stores was in order!!! I've decided to do it 'quilt as you go' so I don't have to wrestle with it on my machine.
I've been doing some reading of other quilters blogs and wow are there some very talented ladies out there, both with their sewing and their blogs.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I have just had word from Melinda that she is thrilled with the quilts we sent for the bushfire victims. I thought she would be as there was some lovely quilts.
Back to my own quilting now. I am currently doing 'Laurie Beithan's "Seattle Streets" design' which can be found via the Stashbusters website. It is great fun and even better I am getting to use up all my hand dyed fabrics. At present I am just doing the strips. When I have put together some blocks I'll put them up.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I can now get down to catching up with my blocks for my friendship groups pattern and fabric swaps. I made a mistake in my calculations and haven't got quite enough fabric for the design I have decided on for the fabric swap. Have been able to get some more but is a much lighter dye lot. Presently I am trying to darken it with coffee dye which isn't too bad. I know I could change the whole design but truthfully I don't want to so will use a bit of creative license and use the coffee dyed fabric even though it is not strictly the same.
Our pattern this month is one called 'Little boys britches' and is it a difficult pattern to do my machine. I'm sure it was designed to do by hand. Not one I will be doing again.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here we all are last month with machines and fabric everywhere making quilts to send to Alexandra for distribution to bushfire victims.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Here is my latest offering to the bushfire relief. It is an I Spy type and probably geared more for a boy with dinasaurs etc. Tomorrow is my friendship group's normal monthly meeting and I am hopeful that members will have quite a few finished items which were started last month at our 'working bee' for bushfire quilts for want of a better term. We will be visited by another group from 'over the water' tomorrow and they always have a lot of show and tell so hopefully my ladies will keep up with them this time. They are a wonderful bunch of ladies and we enjoy visits to and from yearly. I am hopeful Melinda from Alexandra will be the recipient of quite a few really nice quilts and tops for her groups effort of delivering quilts to a few of the smaller towns effected by the bushfires.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I have been working diligently on another quilt for the bushfire relief. This time an I Spy type probably suitable for a young boy. I decided to use Keryn's method of Quilt As You Go which is shown as a tutorial on her blog www. quiltingtwin.blogspot.com. Her instructions are excellent and I find the method, although a bit more sewing than Jan Macs way, very neat. The only thing I did different was omit the part where she joins the two blocks together with a zig zag stitch. I found my machine tended to distort the blocks and really they all went together very well without doing this. All up to the individual, like most things with patchwork. With a bit of luck I will get it finished today and be able to put a picture up during the week.
What with the fires and also extreme flooding up north, and another cyclone approaching, I think we will need to keep at the machines. So many in need at the moment in this vast land of ours, and from one extreme to the other.