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. 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

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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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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Happy Days but very hot...

I intended finishing my Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter, for my Grand-daughters wedding quilt, but then realised I had to add at least 15"to each side. They have a very large bed, and I wanted to make the quilt usable instead of just something that is put in the cupboard. 

This was made from scraps, and I decided it was too a big job to add so many borders to it, in the style I wanted, so I will finish it for our bed, which is a bit smaller, and I will make a different quilt for Chantelle and Conrad.  They asked for Grey, Black, White and/or blue.

I am making the big stars block from Missouri Star Quilt company.  The blocks measure 24.5".  The wedding is on the 25th April, so these big blocks will grow quickly.

 Not pieced together yet, just on the design wall. Prepping all the pieces to take to retreat this coming weekend...YAY!

Also at night I am making the felt flowers for my Don't Leaf Me quilt, by Wendy Williams. I love the fabrics in this quilt. I am machine appliqueing this, which is out of the norm for me, but I'm enjoying the process!

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy New Year from New Zealand

My first post for 2020. 

The weather here today is fabulous, and very hot, for us anyway. At last our summer has arrived, but we are getting low on water, so have to start conserving. Catching buckets from the washing machine, and kitchen sink for the garden at least. You'd be surprised at how much waste water goes down the plughole in the kitchen sink!

I have finished mainly hand piecing, with a little machining, Jen Kingwells  'The Avenue' and now have it pin basted for big stitch quilting. 

 I started handpiecing this quilt by making and drawing around templates I made myself, but after making a few realised they were not very accurate, which bugged me no end.  I then sent for her templates ( they don't include them with the pattern) and found by cutting, then stitching the blocks were much more to my liking!
I tend to lose interest if the blocks aren't accurate, so this has been a while in the making.

I was hoping that this would fit on a lovely wooden hanger I have in our bedroom, so I can at least change the quilt that has been hanging there for about 13 years. 

I am tired of looking at the same thing. Well, The Avenue has turned out about 4" too wide, so back to the drawing board to make something smaller. 

I have so much trouble making small quilts! :-)

I have now made a start on machine appliqueing my kit from Wendy Williams called 'Dont Leaf Me!
Love the fabrics in the kit. 

Bye for now

Monday, December 16, 2019

Another Baby Quilt , A Block finished & A Christmas gift completed.

Another Baby quilt finished for my niece this time. I was fortunate enough to take a class at the Auckland Symposium, with Angela Walters, which was such fun, and gave me the confidence to try different quilting, other than my stock standard large stippling. I really enjoyed trying out different stitches, and also using my rulers. I still need loads of practice, but when the binding is on, it looks pretty OK. Baby quilts are a good way to practice...not too large! The pattern was from an idea I saw on Missouri Star Quilt Company,

I have also managed to finish a block from another class I took. This time back-basting applique with Wendy Whellum from Adelaide, Australia. This is such a great way to needle turn hand applique.

And, to finish off two cushions made as Christmas gifts for a daughter-in-law. She doesn't look at my blog, so I can show them on here.  The hexagon one was made with advise/instruction from my friend Linda at Flourishing Palms in Florida.

 Kelly's favourite colour is teal. I made both of these 16"cushions with a flapped zipper, which was so easy.

I got the idea for this from Scissortail Studio: How to make a Perfect Zippered Pillow on you tube.

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for stopping by

Saturday, September 21, 2019

A beautiful Spring Day!

The time flies when you are having fun, so they say!  I sew almost every day which is so wonderful. I am very lucky having such a large space in which to do this, although I don't seem to have alot to show at the moment. 

One thing I have finished is two cot/baby quilts for our new neighbours, who 8 weeks ago had a little girl.  They also have a 2 year old boy, so I thought I can't make for one and not the other! 

I managed to buy a panel of a unicorn, and added some sawtooth stars made from my 30's stash.  I also pieced the back using the same stash cut into 5" squares.

I must say it was a perfect rectangle, but my hanger leaves a bit to be desired! LOL!  I had to chop out his fingers and slippers! Not literally of course...haha!

 Unfortunately I didn't get a close up of the machine quilting, before I gifted them.

You can see it on the animal quilt. I did wavy lines about 1 1/2" apart, and then went the other way, which made it more like criss cross.

The sashings were from my stash again. YEAH!

 The backing was one that went with the panel fabric, so it was nice to get it matching. I had to join of course to be large enough.  Both quilts measured approx. 45" x 50"

The mum of these two littlies sent me a photo of them both with their quilts, and the 2 year old loved his!

I always remember my mother, who was a dressmaker, saying it was much harder to alter a garment than to make a new one from scratch.  Well, in my opinion the same could be said for adding onto a quilt.  I made a quilt for my grandson who was 15 at the time, see here.
 About 6 months ago he moved into a large bed ( he is now 6' 2" ) and I found his quilt in the cupboard, cause it was too small for the bed. I brought it home, and added a strip after removing the border on the side and top and bottom. 

It looked and sounded easy, but I wouldn't want to do it again!  Anyway he now has a quilt he can use. I've always liked this quilt, so felt it was worth doing, and of course I still had plenty of fabric in the STASH! 

Photo taken on my spare bed.

showing the border.

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