Sunday, December 03, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
.....I've actually finished a quilt for me! Last year our Sweet Pea Group made the "Bloom" quilt designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. I used the technique that Lori uses, one of our Sweet Peas used fusible webbing and one made hers with wool. This is the biggest applique project I have ever made. I have to admit that I am not enamored with applique. I enjoy the hand stitching part but all that tracing and preparation makes me feel brain dead.
Anyway without further ado here it is:
Lots of doodling going on in the background of these block:
The backing is quite cute too.
Thanks for popping by
Sunday, November 19, 2017
I read so many blogs from the Northern Hemisphere that sometimes I feel confused about what season I am in. Especially when I see these colours out in the garden. How Autumnal are these colours?
I never cease to amazed by the kindness of other bloggers. When Nancy of Wyoming Breezes mentioned recently that she had made a shawl that she thought was too bright I put my hand up and said “Not too bright for me”. Nancy very kindly popped in the post to me. I just love these colours. Our weather has been so dreadful and cold I think I may get some wear out of it before next winter.Do pop over and visit Nancy’s blog. As well as knitting Nancy makes quilts. She has just completed quilt #125 for Quilts of Valour
We watched the All Blacks play Scotland this morning. Hershey was not at all impressed. He was more concerned about getting feed.
On the frame today this colouful Christmas Cactus Quilt
…and just to get me in the mood I have been listening to this hot of the press CD.
Last but not least we have had the pleasure of hosting two wonderful willing workers at our house. David and David from Germany.On their last day with us we cooked them a real Kiwi dinner. Roast Lamb with all the trimmings, followed by rhubarb tart. Here they are looking full up and happy.
Yes, this is a repost of yesterday's post.Thanks to my readers who let me know my photos weren't all visible. Please let me know if you can see them now.
Friday, November 17, 2017
……recently we heard about five and a half month old Finley who has been spending some time in Starship Hospital, Auckland having heart surgery. We knew immediately that a quilt was required.Peggy delved into our stash for blue and whites and quickly made this:
and I quilted it.
Sweet Dreams are happening
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Vegetable garden all tidied up for summer, tomato plants in with their good friends marigolds close by.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Andreena is also constructing these fabric baskets for her Christmas Day table setting.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Thanks for popping by.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
When Jenny gave me her beautiful Candlewick quilt to stitch my mind went into a creative spin. So much space to play with!
After a chat with Jenny we hatched a plan. The first thing I did was cut a piece of batting to place behind each stitchery. This was to give extra puff to create a Fuax trapunto effect. I spray basted these to the back of each block before carefully loading it onto the frame with Soft and bright batting through the whole quilt. I wanted that candlewicking to pop.
Here are some before and after photos to show how that worked.
These love birds are so romantic:
I think this butterfly is my favourite block:
The centre block presented its own challenges as it required a repeat of the outer sashing quilting. Almost a a miniature quilt.
Different patterns for the sashings/borders:
I always get a kick out of how a simple piece of calico can be totally transformed with quilting.
Of course you would like to see the whole finished quilt wouldn’t you?
Please pop on over to Jenny’s blog to read her story about this quilt.
The back of Raspberry Ripple looks super too. Almost like a whole cloth quilt. Two for the price of one!
Thanks for popping by on what has been a dreary grey day. I have heard that spring is coming but it seems a little overdue.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
A wee while ago I spotted Bitty Blocks on Quiltmakers site. I found the Bitty Houses very appealing. I thought stitching a few of these a day would be the idea project to make me take a wee break away from my quilting machine. Five a day I thought. Well that soon turned into monster! These blocks finish at 3”, super cute, super addictive.
Peggy a I have a scrap harvesting system which means we have lots of pre cut squares available. This made it easy to find a large variety of fabrics very quickly. This where I am up to with my Bitty Houses production:
I figured that joining these Bitty blocks in rows might end up with a hot bendy mess so I am building villages, 3 blocks by 3 blocks.
Then I will move onto Towns and finally my City will come together. I’m loving using fabrics which have been in my/our stash for up to twenty years!
It takes a village…..