"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt show.

Today I visited the show with my friend S. and we  had a wonderful time as always, admiring the work of a very talented group of quilters.  At the Merchants hall I restrained myself somewhat and only bought what I really needed....sort of.  I was pleased to find a stall selling inkjet fabric sheets, as I have run out of them after I made the bike quilt for Ken's friend (the quilt is finished, I just haven't had a chance to photograph it yet).  At the same stall, they were selling Sashiko patterns and threads, and although I have some in my stash, I only have the white thread, but after seeing the stunning result of using variegated thread on one of the quilts in the show, I had to buy some for myself!

One lady was demonstrating English paper piecing techniques using a heat sensitive coated template paper (instead of freezer paper), and it looks useful, so I bought a packet of that.  My final purchase was a stitchery pattern by Sally Giblin, called "My Button Garden", it is a cushion with flowers and a tree embellished with buttons - very cute!  I won't make it up as a cushion, it would get wrecked with the cat around, so I'll make it as a wall hanging.

I am about to post my photos of the show on my Needlecraft Shows blog here, so by the time anybody read this post, it should be done! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Vintage unworked linens

I have been given a stack of old linens and knowing how many of my blog readers like to see these, I have cleaned them up and taken photos.  Some of the ladies at the Quilt shop group were keen to take these off my hands! but we'll see.  I'll be keeping the aprons and the crinoline lady doilies of course, but will think about the rest.  Some of them are very faded, so they might be indistinct on the computer, sorry about that.

The cloth below is one of my Peacock collection cloths, and I put it on the kitchen table last week when one of Ken's cousins came over to visit with his wife, who is part Indian, part Malaysian, and she loves anything with peacocks.  She certainly loved this cloth!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Messing around...

Things are tough around my home at the moment.  Ken is not in good health, and I'm "on call" 24/7.  He isn't bedridden, but isn't able to get around much, although he keeps up with our exercise routine 3 days a week when he feels up to it, as it does help his breathing somewhat.  Anyway, you don't need to hear all that, but I mentioned it to explain why I am making some 'silly little projects' instead of getting on with bigger projects that have been started.  Sometimes I just need to fiddle with small things that are a bit of fun - that or bury my nose in a book, which annoys Ken even more :-(
But I have to have my own space sometimes.  So here is what I have done this week:

I borrowed some magazines and books from the library, and because you only have them for a limited time, I am making some of the easy projects now, rather than photocopy the pages and never get around to doing them!  This issue of Homespun magazine

has several cute items in it that I want to make before it goes back to the library.  The cherry pie pincushion that I posted on this blog a few weeks ago was from this issue.  Now I'm working on a cushion cover featuring mushrooms and toadstools.
Not that I am a big fan of fungi, but the little faces on some of them appealed to me!
Here are mine pinned to the background, ready to applique (my first attempt at needleturn)

One of the library books is this one - "Scrappy Bits Applique".
I've seen lots of books on applique, but this one is quite different, and a lot of fun.  I find it so because the author makes the fabric pictures in the style of paper collage, which I have done in the past.

I am doing the project below, but I put my elephant on a plain background rather than make up a patchwork background like hers.

Finally, I've started a small patchwork runner for a friend of Ken's who is into bikes.   I copied photos of bikes from old calendars onto inkjet fabric, used some leftover bike fabric to fill in spaces, and will give this a border in black, then a wider border in another colour.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Assisi table runner

I found this lovely example of perfect Assisi stitching for $1 at an op shop recently, and decided it must join my collection :-)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

A very special birthday for a special person!

I am sure most of you know of Linda Steele, one of Australia's most talented quilters, a patient tutor in the classes and workshops she conducts, and simply a delightful lady.  It was her 60th birthday this week - I know she would get a kick out of hearing from some regular bloggers, to wish her happy birthday :-)    Go here:  Linda Steele

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Two quilts finished.

Well, not quite, but as good as finished.  The photo below is of the small opshop UFO quilt with the binding clips holding it in place ready to hand sew.  I completed that this afternoon and am very happy with it, even though I decided not to used the HSTs I'd started making.  They were just too damn fiddly and I figured the quilt looks just as nice without them.  It is now residing on the back of the couch in the lounge room and looks much better than the one it replaced, which was very pretty with bright colours, but didn't really suit our decor. 

This is the handkie quilt which I am delighted with now that it has been professionally quilted!  Jenny of Sunrise Quilting did a fantastic job.  The binding was pinned to the quilt when I took this photo yesterday but I have already hand sewn one side of it and hope to finish it in the next day or so.

Today I went to the Embroiderers Guild for the first time in over a year.  I had resigned from my volunteer role at the office, due to external factors, but I still miss going there, seeing the monthly displays, and the friendly chit chat with the other members.  This exhibition held a particular attraction though, and I was determined to get there.  The exhibits were from the Guild's Asian Collection, and included a wall hanging that Ken's Mum had donated to the Guild a few years ago.  I had it at home for a short while but it was so unique I felt it shouldn't be locked away any more in a private house, and Mum agreed with me.  So I collected Ken's sister Lorraine on the way over there, and we had a lovely time looking at the exhibition as well as admiring "our family wall hanging"!There was a notice stating no photographs allowed, but I had my membership badge on, and when I explained to the lovely gallery hostesses that we had donated that hanging, we were allowed to take a photo of it.  Wish I could have photographed all the other items too; they were all absolutely breathtaking. Sunday was the last day unfortunately.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A few notes:

I have finally posted all the photos I took at the Quilt Convention on Friday.  I have altered a few posts on that blog, as well as this blog, so if you have time, do go back and have another look if you are interested.

I got a message from Jenny at Sunrise Quilting - my handkie quilt is finished!  Can't wait to see it!  This morning I bought more of the blue fabric that I'd used for the sashing, as I will use that to bind the quilt when I get it, hopefully early next week.

My friend Glenda LOVES the snow scene table runner that I made for her.  She has been putting it all over her house, on the piano, on the coffee table, kitchen table, she can't make up her mind where to put it :-)

Playing with my new toys.

Hi Jane, Sharon and Shawne, nice to see you popping in so regularly.  Motivates me to keep posting about my sewing adventures :-)
Today I spent some time playing with my new quilting ruler/templates.  Here is what I came up with using the Wave ruler.  I cut two pieces of fabric (sorry they are both yellow, one should have been darker for contrast,duh) with one straight edge and one wavy edge.  Then I machined them together.  The first photo shows how I sewed the straight edge of one piece to the top piece, using one straight line of stitching sewn on the other (wrong) side.
The second photo shows how I used zig zag, then blanket stitch to join the same fabrics, but by sewing on the wavy edge of the top fabric.

Then I cut two more pieces and sewed them together on the straight edge.  I just wanted to see what I could do, that gives me ideas of what I might achieve using better coloured fabric and various stitching.

Then  I played with my Scalloped edge ruler.
I'm glad I stayed to watch Robyn, the demonstrator, as this was a bit more tricky.  I made a scalloped edge using different fabrics the way she showed.  It makes a lovely edge and I think I might use this for a cushion.  I took a photo of the cushions she had made, and I'll post one here.
So this is my scalloped edge.

I was going to discard the offcuts, but played around with them too:

Here is Robyn at her stall, with a beautiful crinoline lady quilt behind her.  She is a lady after my own heart - specialising in old fashioned embroidery designs :-)
 And here are Robyn's pillows - aren't they gorgeous!

If you want to know more, you can visit her website at Bella Embroidery Designs.