Sunday, June 6, 2021

3 More Finishes

I am pleased to say I have managed to donate 3 comfort quilts and send one to my 92 year old Uncle.

I showed his one as I was making it.See here
I quilted wavy lines on it and used scraps for the backing.



This one below was made in 1990ish and has been in the cupboard ever since. Machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted. To enter a quilt in The Great NZ Quilt Show, we were asked if we could donate any quilts we either just made, or that weren't being used, for a local charity.


Back of quilt below


 
 Another scrap donation quilt.
 
 
 
 
The No Knead Seed Bread I always make which is a great recipe by 





I had to include a photo of our lovely old Border Collie, Jess. She is 15 years old, and although is slightly deaf ( selected hearing sometimes) she is fit and well. She is /was a working dog, but now that we have sold most of our land, she is a household pet. She is so obedient, that you only need to talk in a normal voice to her, and she will do as she is told straight away.




Bye for now and thanks for reading.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hi everyone

 

I can't believe it is so long since I posted. I knew it was awhile, but never dreamed it was so many months ago.  

I have been very busy making a very large quilt.



I managed to sneak down to my studio every morning at about 6am, so I didn't wake my DH to make a block, which took some time. No templates, just cutting random sizes to end up with a 16" block. Totally unplanned scrappy. 

I also bought a Mystery Quilt kit from Quilters Lane in NZ. I don't normally buy kits, but as I loved the Anna Maria Horner fabrics, and am not used to this style of using bold fabrics, I thought it was a good way to get started. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting the fabric, PRECUT I might add, each month, and stitching them up, not knowing how it would end up.

This is as far as I have got, putting the blocks together, as the baby quilts had to be made first!

In the meantime, I have been knitting and have made these little gifts for my Great Grand-daughter, due in April.

 


I have also made these six bibs, which turned out pretty good. Right and wrong side showing.

 


An update: I found out 6 months ago, that two grand-daughters are expecting babies. The youngest girl due in late March, and her older sister due in April.

So, I had to get on with making a couple of baby quilts. I don't go to alot of effort for these, as I hope they will get thrashed in the washing machine. Their first bed quilts I take alot of time and effort over. 


Close up of the back.

 



 Backs of the quilts


 I ended up making 3 baby quilts, so now have one in storage until needed.

The babies have been born, so I will write about that next time.

Bye for now

Sue

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Life is Ticking Along

There seems to be a run on new babies in our family. My sister's 3rd great grandchild arrived, and is a lovely healthy little girl.  I used some of my pastels, of which I don't have many, and made her a cot quilt.



  It measures approx. 40" x 48"


I love making these scrappy backs, which uses up more of the stash and orphan blocks.

Sorry about the photo quality, and although this quilt hadn't been folded long, it seems to have kept the fold line.

The local quilt group I am in makes cushions for the Heart patients at the city hospital. These 14" cushions are held against the chest when they have to cough after surgery. They get to take them home and use them under their seat belt in the car.
I managed to make 8 from my stash. Obviously they have to have inserts.

My friend and neighbor and walking mate for 15 years has just moved to another town which is great for them, but not for me. :-(
I wanted to give her a quilt, for her bed, and decided 30's stars was the one.



She had packed up most of the house, but I wanted a photo of it on her bed.

I have just finished piecing and appliqueing   'Don't Leaf Me' by Wendy Williams
I did this using Invisible machine appliqueing for the stems and leaves, and hand applique for the felt flowers. 




Thanks everyone for dropping by.

Would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment. 😉💓

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Fruit Salad and Turkish Delight!

The lockdown hasn't made alot of difference to our household, except we can't go out for lunches, and I have the most terrible hair. It has grown about 1"since I last had it cut, and gone is the style I used to have. I shouldn't complain though because alot of people are in a much worse situation.

I am so thankful I have my sewing that I love to do, and the time just flies.

I was invited to join the making of a Mystery quilt hosted by the Adelaide Quilt Guild of South Australia.

Thinking I had more things on the go that I needed to finish first, but being inquisitive, I joined up. I thought I would lurk, and just see what everyone was making.  But.....it got the better of me, and I decided to join in, making not one but two quilts of the same pattern, only using totally different fabrics. The reason being, it looked easy and I need to use up more old fabrics

I misinterpreted the values, so when it came to putting all the small blocks together to form one large 22" block, it became clear the mistake I had made. 

In Fruit Salad I just went with what I had made.
The flying geese were paper foundation pieced.


Deciding whether or not to sash.


I decided not to sash, as it was quite busy, and I didn't have a large enough piece of any fabric to use.

Fruit Salad
Fruit salad measures 66" square.


 As I was piecing the second quilt at the same time, I made the same mistake, not realising, but I managed to get it right .....sort of... in the end.

Turkish Delight
Turkish Delight measures 85" square with the sashing and borders.

 Both the photos show the quilts lighter on the right side at the bottom. This is because my design wall is next to a ranchslider ( window/door that goes to the floor)

I like this one better and it was good to use up some fabrics that I had bought about 20 years ago.

Into the pile of tops/flimses they go, although I will probably sell Fruit Salad as is. 

If anyone is keen on the pattern to make this, I have been told I can share it.

This is the site   
http://www.saquilters.org.au/2020-casa-felix-mystery-quilt.htm

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Retreat at Vaughan Park February 2020

 Every year a group of us get together, usually in June/July at this fabulous retreat centre. This year we decided to give February a try also, but it was so hot, and not as many could make it , so we'll stick with July at this stage.

This is a convention centre, not just for quilters, so no quilts on the beds. 😉 We often share the centre with other people, but have our own rooms and space for sewing.
All meals are prepared for us, and bedding and towels all provided.

It is indeed a place to relax, and do what you want. Even go for a swim. The beach is about 100 metres away. (guess! )


 View towards my bedroom from deck.

 View from the sewing room.


Long Bay on the East Coast of Auckland.



 I was standing on the deck outside my bedroom looking towards the sewing room.


 We usually have approx. 18 - 20 people attend, but this time only 9, so plenty of space to spread out!



Some of the work the girls were working on in between eating!
















 I managed to sew the 12 blocks above, now to sash, and get ready for the long arm quilter.

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