Monday, June 18, 2018

Another UFO bites the dust....

I certainly need deadlines to aim for, in order to get on and finish a quilt. 
I latest one I started some months ago, but with another grand daughter's 16th birthday looming, it gave me the hurry up I needed to finish her quilt. 

I machine appliqued this one, which is my go to way of appliqueing, when its for a child/teenager ( washing alot and maybe a rougher life etc)
I would rather make a quilt this way, so its not so precious that they cant use it. 
I stitched Ric Rac on the raw edges of the petals.

Also showing my not so perfect machine quilting, which I also do for durability.
I used 50 weight Aurifil brown thread on the top and 50 weight Aurifil cream thread  in the bobbin.
My trusty Bernina 710 (which I love) did a pretty good job tension wise, as I thoughtlessly bought a backing which required a different colour. 
The only thing is, I wished I had used 30 weight, as I personally prefer the look of the thicker thread.
Sometimes the quilting shows up better on the back.

 Below: sideways hanging on the clothes line, as it was too long up the right way.

Below: with DH standing on a chair.
Not good light on the day, as it was raining on and off.  

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Humble Quilt Annual Doll Quilt Swap

Well here we go again, apologising for the tardy blog writing. Never mind here I am.
I have been sewing the latest in the Annual Doll Quilt Swap run by Lori of Humble Quilts. I think this is my 4th year of swapping, and its really exciting waiting in anticipation for that parcel to arrive in the post.
This year for the second time ( accidently) I swapped with Sharon Tucker from Blaine WA.

It appears as though Sharon forgot to take a photo of this before she posted it to me, so I hope this will do for her album. :-)

The quilt she sent me is lovely, and I could be tempted to make one using the same block pattern. Sharon also sent me some  lovely cards and an American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
Leafing through the magazine, I found a really nice quilt that tickled my fancy with the thought I might make one. I was blown away when I realised the pattern was an original by Sharon herself!

This was the quilt I made and sent to Grace in USA. As it was nice and small I hand quilted it.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Catch up!

Hello Everyone

Its been so long since I posted on here, I have almost forgotten what to do. :-)
I have been looking through my photos to see what to blog about, and came across this photo of the quilt I made for my 15 year old grandson's birthday in March. The photo is not very good,as I forgot to take one at my home, and this was taken on his bed in the evening.

 I bought the fabric for this cushion when he was 13 and I thought if I dont make it soon now it won't be worth making for him!

A new roof going on the house! Scaffolding all around the edges in case of an accident. Funny how you do these things before you want to sell. 

 My EPP effort at a pattern called Isobella by Donna of Donna's Quilt Studio in NZ. Not quite finished.

Easter came and went, and I tried my hand....once making some Hot Cross Buns. They came out absolutely perfect this year, and didn't last long. Dough was made in the breadmaker, and I have discovered an excellent the second rise in the oven at 70degrees celsius. Works like a charm!

Well, that's all for now, so thank you for stopping by and not forgetting me!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Latest Baby Quilt

is finished. I decided to try and baste this little quilt on my design wall, which turned out to be quite successful! 

I used some 9 patch blocks that I had sitting on the drawer for a zillion years for the backing. It saved me buying fabric, and used up MORE stuff.


I pieced this quilt, using one of the new methods I read about online. I joined 4 squares together...a 4 patch. I made two of these, the placed them right sides together. I sewed around the 4 edges, then cut diagonally through them twice, as in a large X.
The only problem I had using this method, was that all edges are on the bias.

All in all I don't think I enjoyed this way of making half square triangles.

 I used an orange peel template to draw around, and quilted using my free motion foot.

 I quilted it from the front, and was really pleased to see how it turned out on the back. Actually I like the back of the quilt more than the front.

 From the photo it looks like I colour washed it, but its the camera in my phone that's done that, and the fact that I have a very large window off to the right of my design wall.

This is now winging its way to another Great Grand-daughter in Western Australia.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Prize

I had to do a post about the fabulous 2nd prize I received from Festival of Quilts for my 30's Stars Quilt. 

I was so lucky to receive a voucher from FABCO for $200 worth of fabric.
Melanie from Fabco is such a generous sponsor of FoQ  and I want to say a big thank you.

On a trip last weekend to Taupo, we called into Melanie's warehouse  for me to choose. It was really hard to do, being surrounded by so many fabulous fabrics.

Here is what I chose. 8 metres worth.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Some Favourite Quilts from the Festival of Quilts Show

These are by no means all of my favourite quilts that were on display. I was going to take more photos on the 3rd day of the Show, but the need for me to be at home, and help with tree clearing on our really large property required me to stay away. Keeping the husband happy.
They say happy wife, happy life, but in my case ....A happy Italian makes for a happy life. haha!!

Anyway here are some of the photos I took.

Unfortunately my photo doesn't do credit to this amazing work. The quilting was fabulous.
Annie won a Bernina Sewing Machine

Dianes Patchwork of the Crosses won 1st Amateur Large Quilts
Diane won a Bernina Sewing Machine.

Liquorice Allsorts pieced and quilted by Judi Schon

 I hope you have enjoyed the photos. Until I blog again
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