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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Thursday, January 21, 2016

How the Time Fly's..

I cant believe we are almost at the end of January, and I haven't posted since November when I arrived home. We seem to have been busy just mucking around these last 4 weeks of our holiday break, but have had some lovely family time, with my dear son and daughter-in law here for a week from Brisbane.

One of the projects I was determined to finish, so they could take it home, was a quilt for my grand-daughter in Australia.
So...this is my first finished project for 2016.


I was so chuffed that I managed to do the machine quilting on my Bernina 710, and I was very happy with the results.
I used one of my hand quilting templates to draw the design on.
My grand-daughter wanted a white quilt, but I just couldn't do it :-) so I compromised and did a lovely tone on tone white backing. The quilting shows up really well, so she has the best of both.

Washed and dried and in the suitcase for the trip to Aust.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Home again

after a wonderful Quilters Companion/Travelrite Quilting tour of Canada, USA and Japan. In all 5 weeks away. I have a multitude of photos, and I’m not sure how long its going to take me to sort them all out, so I’ll post photos as and when I can.

Our two tour leaders for the Canada and USA trip Michelle Maher and Michelle Marvig were excellent and on the Japan leg of the journey Michelle Marvig together with Kazuo Yanagawa our Japanese guide were absolutely excellent! Taking us to as many patchwork shops that our wallets would allow. :-)

After a 6 hour flight from Osaka to Singapore, a 3 hour layover then another nearly 10 hour flight to Auckland, I arrived home. Surprisingly I don’t seem to be suffering from jetlag, although after getting to bed at 2am I slept until nearly 12 noon!

I had a very happy event happen while I was away –
My quilt ‘ My Nearly Insane Journey’ won 1st place in the Traditional Bed Quilt made by more than one person. I had this quilt machine quilted by Judi Schon.  The show was the Auckland Festival of Quilts.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Trip of a Lifetime

Hi everyone, for those who were hoping to see some photos on my blog, it hasn't been easy to do, so please check me out on Facebook to see the progress of our trip.Having a wonderful time, and have today arrived in New York.  It's a hugely diverse city and the traffic......we think Auckland bad - whew!
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

My Nearly Insane Journey is over!

I managed to take some quick photos at hand in day for the Festival of Quilts Show in Auckland.
The photos are not the best but I'm hoping some-one can take some better photos for me at the show.
I won't be at the show this year, for the first time in about 20 years as I'm going on a Quilt Tour to Canada, USA and Japan. I will be in Houston at their huge show, but am also a little disappointed I won't be seeing NI at our show after all that work.
I started piecing this quilt in June 2010 and finished it in July 2015 with a lot of down time in between.
A couple of the photos are a bit blurry I'm sorry to say!

'My Nearly Insane Journey'

Unfortunately the quilting doesn't show up in the photo, so I tried to take some closeups. I had to be quick, as they were photographing all the quilts for the show.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Last weekend

I attended a class with Kathy Doughty, a very inspirational tutor from Material Obsession in Sydney. She was teaching her Modern Wedge class. 
Lots of fun, especially with the fussy cutting. Actually the decision on what fabric to use, and how to use it, takes the most time, as the blocks are very easy to sew.

Here are a few of the class wedges.

 The one above, is one that I would love to make. All scraps - I think this would be alot of fun!

 Below is my attempt and I must say I was pretty pleased with it. I just have to applique it down.

 I'm on the countdown now to my trip to canada, Houston and Japan, in October, so I'm making lists of things to do. Hand work to take, Food in freezer, food in freezer,,,,,,:-)

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