Monday, December 19, 2011

At last some sewing time…

to make this little quilt for a dear friend of mine Sharon, as a Christmas exchange gift.
It is a pattern called Fanfare from Sarah Fielke’s new book ‘Quilting from little things’ and I had a lot of joy making it. I hope to make a few more little quilts this year.
This quilt is machine pieced ( not foundation) and hand appliqued and hand quilted.

We had our Family Christmas lunch last Saturday, so yipee! it’s all over rover for me. I can now just enjoy some sewing time, once we close the office on the 23rd December for 4 weeks!.
I Love it when the grandkids come. There were only 3 of them here this time, but my MIL the Matriarch at 93 was at the head of the table. She’s not sure why now, or who every-one is, but she is healthy in her body and is still enjoying her life.
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  I am way behind on my Civil War Blocks – about 12 weeks I think, so that will be my next project.
Thanks for dropping by, and in case I don’t blog again before Christmas, have a wonderful time.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Umm! where to start

After 5 x 12hour days – 2 spent helping set up the Show and the other 3 attending and packing down, I feel I could sleep for a week, but life won’t let me! The annual quilt show – Calico Christmas 2011 was a great success once again. I have managed to take photos of a few of the 269 quilts we had on display.
I have a lot of catching up to do quilt wise. My 2 or 3 on-line projects, the wedding quilt which should have been finished 3 months ago, and the 2 x 16th birthday Grandies quilts that are needed for 2012.
Firstly though I need to catch up on some sleep, so I can tackle the wonderful weekend retreat that I am off to this coming weekend. I feel its just what the doctor ordered.    smile

7 days later……….Back to some sort of normality now, although at the moment we have family staying from Albany WA.  I haven’t done any sewing apart from my weekend away, so soon I’ll be having withdrawal symptoms.
Here are some photos of the show that caught my eye. Unfortunately I don’t have names for all the quiltmakers.

Best of Show – made by Colleen Burr


All Doilied Up made by Jocelyn AtkinsonIMG_2704 IMG_2700
Both the quilt above – Blue Rose and the quilt below  - Surfers Paradise were made by Ansa Breytenbach

This quilt ‘Lost Worlds’ was made by Ansa Breytenbach IMG_2705 IMG_2698

Below ‘Kitchen Blues’ was made by Chris Behersing
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Below – ‘A Wedding Ring at Last’ made by Donna Cumming

Above - Indian Rhapsody made by Hazel Foot - (President of the Auckland Patchworkers and Quilters Guild)

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This quilt was made by the members of the APQG as a raffle quilt. I have had to crop the photo as there was a chair in front of the quilt, but the quilt was a queen size. We sold out of the raffle tickets early Sunday morning.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

So Busy….

The last week or so has been very busy, and will be for the next 3 weeks or so. I am on a couple of Quilt Show Committees. One of them - we are starting to organise a Quilt Show for July 2012, -  this is a relatively small show. The other is arguably the largest Quilt Show in NZ and this is the first weekend in November, so its all go. I have managed to quilt a couple of quilts in the last week, but I’ll tell you more about that later, and post some photos. This post is just to let you know that I am still in the land of the living. Smile
Bye for now

Friday, September 23, 2011

Spent a very enjoyable day….

with 12 friends, doing a One Block Wonder Quilt. This is an amazing quilt to make, as every-ones fabric turned out totally different blocks, from what you would think. My fabric was as below. I was a little apprehensive as I thought it was probably too dark. I think it would have been better with more  black background. This fabric turned out to be a bit tricky as there was no repeat across the fabric with which to line up the ruler for cutting.There is a 24" repeat going down the fabric.IMG_2492 IMG_2508 These have not yet been sewn together. They are just placed on a flannel wall. I have lots  more to make yet.
I photographed some of the other class participants blocks.
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As you can see there was a wide variety of fabrics. Every-one thoroughly enjoyed the class, and as soon as I get some photos of the finished tops I’ll post them.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Another couple of blocks…

for my Civil War Collection. I think I have caught up, then we get a curly one, which I put in the too hard basket for another day, then before you know it, I am behind again!
Yesterdays was real easy, so I whipped it up between making the blocks for a Wedding Quilt I promised to make.
Block 38 – Ohio Star
Block 38 Ohio Star

Block 36 Kentucky Crossroads
Block 36 Kentucky Crossroads
Block 35 Star of the West
Block 35 Star of the West
Block 33 – Indiana Puzzle
Block 33 Indiana Puzzle
Block 29 Railroad Crossing
 Block 29 Railroad Crossing
 I will post a picture of the Wedding quilt block when the batteries in my camera have recharged.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Taking a breather from….

my cursed office work – namely my GST return. I spent most of yesterday afternoon on it, and when it didn’t balance, I checked every entry – 3 times - still no good. By this time about 3 hours had passed and I was getting one of those “STRESS” headaches.
I decided enough for the day, so left the office, and went down to the house and sewed a very easy Nearly Insane block. Amazing how the headache went and I forgot all about the GST.
Sometime very early this morning when the wind outside forced me to get out of bed and close the window, I decided I would delete all yesterdays work and start again, which I did, and now alls good! 
So, I can show you all the blocks I have made in the last couple of weeks.
This was the nice easy one I did after a stressful day.

Block 13

Block 7
Cut one piece a bit short at the bottom, but I’ll have enough to fudged it when sewing together.

Block 7 - Nearly Insane
Block 26

Nice and Easy
 Block 26 - Nearly Insane

Block 36

I never noticed until now that two of the green diamonds go the wrong way. Grr! 
Or are they?

Block 36 - Nearly Insane

Block 42

This was an absolute pain to do as I kept sewing the strips together the wrong way around. I didn’t just do it once, but at least 3 times. Then after piecing the centre I had the two vertical rows of geese going away from the centre instead of towards it. Ah well….
 Block 42 - Nearly Insane

Block 66      
I really like this block.
 Block 66 - Nearly Insane

Block 60 –
Another nice one. I’m trying to have my colours not too drab.

 Block 60 - Nearly Insane

Block 48
This one is a bit different. Some of the blocks are so easy, and some are very difficult.

Block 48 - Nearly Insane

Block 54

I really like the star blocks. I think they are my favourite.

 Block 54 - Nearly Insane
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