Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL

Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL ~ Center Reveal!

Humble Quilts 

 All of those participating in the GIMQAL will be sharing their center blocks today on the link up with Lori over at Humble Quilts
Lori set the theme for the center block and the theme she chose was  baskets.You could interpret this any way you wanted; it should just be inspired by Gwen Marston’s work.

Even though I have about 3 other applique projects on the go, I couldn't resist this challenge. 
I started looking through my very old Ladies Patchwork magazines and found numerous articles written by Gwen Marston. 
This is what I have come up with...I think I'll add a bird somewhere. I also need to trim down, but will wait until I decide on the next border.
I don't know why my photo has come out pinkish - its cream fabric. 

The next theme is…

This is meant to be a very open theme to be interpreted however you like - it is your quilt!
Your childhood; your folks' childhoods; the children in your life now or back when; children of the world;
For example....
  • Anything that reminds you, in any way, of any aspect of childhood!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Friendship Medallion revisited

Last Sunday I pulled out this top that has been languishing in the pile of UFO’s for some time. If you want to see how this started click on the link below.
I am embarrassed to see the date on this!
I laid it out on the floor and realised straight away, why it had been put to one side. It wasn’t laying flat, which means my seams were out somewhat, and in a medallion quilt this just doesn’t work.
At first I thought …ah it’ll quilt out, but it really bugged me to the point that I had to undo and resew!
Unfortunately I could see the problem was at least 3 borders back!!
This wasn’t the worst of it, but it was the only photo I took. So,   I undid it back to the black border! 

So, undo it I did!IMG_1633IMG_1634IMG_1635

After 5 days of unpicking, and remeasuring and resewing I am up to here….which is where I was before I started.


In doing this exercise I realised what the problem was…..2 different sewing machines, plus me doing a scant 1/4”seam instead of a regular 1/4”seam. Most of my seams were about 1/16th of an inch too small, and on a border like the zigzag border that had 19 seams per row, that made a difference of over 1”.
On any quilt this wouldn’t have been a problem with me sewing the whole quilt, but a Medallion quilt each border has to fit!!
Now to measure and fit the last 2 borders.
All done, but I could only manage to photograph 1/4 of the quilt as its quite large, and after laying it on the floor ( we had to shift a blanket box to get enough room) to measure and remeasure every seam and ending up with threads for Africa all over the carpet, I wasn’t going through all that again!
DH was very good and didn’t comment once about all the threads that were on the floor for about 5 days, but once I’d vacumned ( my most DISliked job) I decided 1/4 of the quilt was enough to show! Haha!



She's now off to my long arm quilter to be basted, so I can practise my domestic machine quilting on this quilt. Wish me luck. :-)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Umm not sure

 about my fabric choices for this block, which is from month 4 of my Sarah Fielke BOM, called 'Happy Days'. Also the next time I make a reverse needle turn applique block ( I think there is another one coming up) I must choose my fabric more carefully as far as the fraying ability of the fabric is concerned. The green wasn't too bad, but it could have been better. 
Also I thought the green on the gray background would look pretty funky, but I think looking at it now,  one of the fabrics should have been quieter.

The pieced block worked out fine.  Now to get my basket of flowers applique block basted and stitched.

I'm also participating in a Gwennie inspired QAL which is an original ( for me) based on the style of folk art quilts by Gwen Marsdon. This challenge is organized by Lori and friends. The first part of the challenge is on Humble Quilts.


Way back in the 1990's I collected as many old and new Lady's Circle Patchwork magazines as I could, and although over the years I have culled many mags. these are ones, that I just couldn't get rid of. After leafing through many, I found lots of articles written by Gwen, and her methods of applique,  patchwork and quilting are just do your own thing. She sometimes, but not very often included patterns, but described how to make your original work.

I have been quilting for approx. 25 years and this is only the 2nd or 3rd original quilt I have ( or will have ) made. 

Last but not least here is the loaf of bread just taken out of the oven. No sugar or oil. I make this alot and you only need 2 slices for lunch to last you until dinner time!  haha. Its very filling!

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Doll Quilt Swap

In the last couple of months I participated in the 3rd annual  Doll Quilt Swap organised by Lori of Humble Quilts.
The fabrics to be used were to be  1775 - 1910 style.
No larger than 24"square, but can be smaller.

There were 90 participants, and Lori put all the names together, then told each of us, our swap partner.
I really enjoy doing this swap, and most times don't want to post it on. :-)

This is a photo of the quilt I made and sent away to my partner

I machine quilted ( only cause I ran out of time to hand quilt it) using my most favourite pattern - Baptist Fan. Slightly different in size to my normal large quilts. 

 This is the quilt I received from Judith in California.
This is a beautifully made quilt, and I also received a delightful Cathedral window pincushion.
If you go on over to Lori she having a linky up party. you'll be able to see the rest of the quilts

  Now, back to my hand applique.  :-)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

A wonderful weekend

 I was very happy when two of my quilts were accepted for the inaugural, biennial, Great New Zealand Quilt Show which was held in Rotorua this past weekend.

As it was my DH's birthday on the Friday, we decided we would take a road trip down, stay a night in Rotorua, visit the show, then go over to visit with family for Mothers Day in Taupo. 

It was an excellent exhibition with approx. 85 juried quilts on display.

Imagine my delight, when on Thursday evening I got a phone to say my Quilt 'Mrs Billings Returns' had won BEST OF SHOW!!  To say I was excited is an understatement. 

I was so lucky to be presented with a series 5 Bernina. Thank you Bernina!

I would love to know what he said to me! ( I can't remember)

When Natalie rang me on Thursday night, as I said I was very excited, but then she said....'but, wait there's more'!

My Nearly Insane Journey won Best Bed Quilt!

 What an amazing feat! 2 quilts and 2 prizes!

I am so grateful to Quilters Lane from Masterton for sponsoring the 1st Prize for this category.

I couldn't get a shot of the whole quilt with the ribbon as I couldn't get back far enough.

Sorry if I sound as though I'm doing too much bragging, but its a once in a lifetime achievement for me and I'm pretty chuffed as you can tell!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Playing Catch up

This year I decided not to make a large quilt, that needed umpteen hours spent on it, but to make smaller projects. Well, I’m not sure how small they’ll end up, but I signed up for at least 3 online BOM’s and a doll quilt swap with some girls in USA.

One of the BOM’s is Sarah Feilke’s ‘Happy Days’.

I am really enjoying this project, as its sort of modern, which I haven’t done much of. 20160210_152210 1_thumb[1]

You’ll see I have made 2 versions of the same block, as I decided the lighter one, may be too light for me, so it may go on the back of the quilt. My colours are greys/blacks on the background and a mixture of bright colours for the applique.

Three of these20160415_092507_thumb[2]blocks are only basted, and I have 12 more stars to do to catch up.

I now have to do some prepping for my 1857 Sampler Quilt blocks. I have only managed 8 of these blocks so far, and am way behind. I am really enjoying sitting and hand appliqueing these BOM’s in the evenings.

This BOM is so totally different, but alot of fun.


You can find the BOM on Sentimental Stitches

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I am having a most enjoyable time....

fiddling around with different applique and piecing blocks.
As I have made 2 fairly large intricate quilts over the past 2 years, its really nice to just decide each day, what I am going to do, and not have anything absolutely needing to be  finish.

I have embarked on a BOM with Sarah Feilke.
From what I understand this is a modern quilt, which will be different for me, and I am looking forward to making it over the next 10 months. I am intending  trying to use fabric ONLY from my stash, and am using all sorts of greys I found.

The start of my fabrics, but I’m sure more will be added as I go. I am using some of the fabrics that I have for my Kim McLean Flower Garden Quilt. 

I find when I have them stored away for a quilt I forget they are there, and as one ALWAYS has more fabric than is needed I decided to scratch through the box and use some, along with whatever else I can find.

Sarah very kindly gave the pattern and instructions for making a block album to store the blocks as they are made, but I decided as I had this scrap booking box, I would use that instead.

Here is a photo of the first block ( made twice) and 8 stars. I decided the dark block wouldn’t really go with my greys, and I would have had to buy more fabric anyway, so I’ll keep it for maybe the back.

Now back to some more applique, as I am up to date with my BOM.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

1857 Sampler Album Quilt

After completing 2 finishes for the year ( so far) I think I can condone starting another couple of quilts.

As well as loving some Modern Quilts I also love Reproduction Quilts so......... 

Gay at Sentimental Stitches is reproducing a sampler she owns and here are my first 3 blocks.


  I have so much trouble ( sometimes) with my photos- I can't turn one of so I've left it sideways!

At least I’m up to date with these which is a good start!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Another UFO finished....

for 2016. This is a small quilt I started way back in October 2012 in a QAL run by Lori of Humble Quilts. 

Its only small and I can’t believe its taken me over 3 years to get back to it and finish it!
I had done over half the hand quilting, and it just got put back into the cupboard, as I seem to have had more pressing things to do. 

I have quilted through all the logs, and its now hanging on the wall. Yay!!


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