Posted on April 21, 2017 | 8 Comments
I enjoyed a lovely day at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. Perfect weather to walk through the garden to the Exhibition Building and enjoy the displays inside. This building lends itself so well to displays of this kind. It is worth going to just to look at the lovely restoration work on the building itself.
First up I met up with Rachael from Blue Mountain Daisy. Rachael is here for the four days of the convention and will be talking to visitors about her quilt, Whiz Bang. It was a delight to be able to share time looking at the quilts on display and enjoying a chat before Rachael had to set to work.
It was amazing to see her quilt up close and appreciate all the wonderful work that has gone into every block.
Rachael’s quilt won the NSW section, and the winner for Australia will be announced on Saturday evening at a gala function. Good luck, Rachael.
There was great variety in the quilts this year and I thoroughly enjoyed the display. There were many different sections but I will only show a handful here.
There was a Made in Australian section.
I saw these quilts early in the morning and then when I returned found that they had won prizes.
This kangaroo won first prize. If you are interested, enlarge the picture to look at the detail and the variety of fabrics used.
The possum was runner up. It was so life like that I could imagine it running on my roof.
There was a display of quilts by Luke Haynes. He also gave a lecture in the evening. These definitely need to be seen up close to appreciate the detail.
Obviously there are hundreds of quilts on display but here is one in particular that caught my imagination.
I spotted this one because of the detail and texture in the circles and didn’t realise immediately that it also had a 3D effect. When I stepped back I was even more excited about it.
I can see why it has won so many awards.
Look at the beautiful detail.
I have only given you a small taste of the display. It is well worth a visit.
I am sure many others will also show pictures from AQC, or go to the AQC site.
As always after these events I am inspired to stitch, so I have a sewing weekend planned. I hope you can squeeze some stitching time in, too.
Posted on April 11, 2017 | 10 Comments
Back to the UFO pile and some quilting! I was able to finish this quilt and complete the binding.
The fabric is from the range Countdown To Christmas by Sweetwater.
I wanted to make the star shape the negative space in this one so use the dots on a cream background.
Same fabric in the sashing.
The cream fabric went into the border as well.
I kept the quilting to straight lines. Tram tracks along the seams and then diagonal lines through the stars.
I haven’t done any quilting in the border as yet. I thought I would see how it sits and hangs after a bit of use. I can always add some quilting later.
I used a black with red stripe from the same range for the binding.
I happened to be in Spotlight after Christmas for their sale and picked up a perfect backing for the quilt.
The most pleasing part is that another UFO has become a completed quilt.
Winter has decided to arrive here with gusto. One day we are using the air con and the next we have the heating on. Brrr…. . And we had amazing thunderstorms and a lot of rain. The garden loved it. It looks like we will have to get used to that for a few months now so I will make the most of any sunny day we get for photos.
I hope you week is going well.
Posted on March 28, 2017 | 15 Comments
No quilt pictures today – but I am in the middle of quilting another one!
Today is all about yarn and crochet hooks. I have two finished items.
The first is a small blanket – probably lap sized throw.
Lots of crocheted hexagons made first and then all crocheted together with white yarn. It took me ages because I still feel like a beginner, but I made it to the finish line. It is very warm and snugly so will be enjoyed in a month or two when the nights are cooler.
And the second item is a crocheted bunny. Not quite as simple as I thought it would be, but again I took my time and was able to finish it. This one will be used as a baby gift.
There are dozens of things I would like to crochet, but at the speed I work, I will have to be selective.
Not a lot else, but I do have news of my quilt parcel. It arrived safe and sound at its destination. It only took five days from Australia to the USA. ( I know my Aussie friends will laugh at this because we can’t even get a letter from one suburb to the next in that time!). I ended up sending it standard post, with tracking and I insured it. So pleased to have it there safe and sound.
We are finally having some Autumn weather here to enjoy, but no signs of any Autumn leaves here yet.
Posted on March 21, 2017 | 10 Comments
Another week, another quilt. I am trying my best to catch up with UFOs.
I received this as a kit from the lovely ladies at Sewing Connection.
This quilt came together very easily, especially as I enjoy Sudoku puzzles.
The layout is based on the 9 by 9 Sudoku puzzle. There are nine 5 inch squares from nine different fabrics. Each block has a different arrangement of the fabrics in accordance with a Sudoku puzzle.
I was able to combine some fabric from my stash to create a pieced backing.
I quilted each block with a flower motif in the middle and the did echo quilting around it. I filled in the final space with pebbles. I did loops in the sashing.
The quilting may be easier to see from the back on this one.
I decided to do a simple flower with joining loops along the borders.
This turned out to be a lovely and bright quilt. It looks great over the top of a white bed cover.
We are still having warm days, thankfully not as hot as last week, and are receiving some rain. I am surprised that we are still picking strawberries and tomatoes so late in the season. But I am not complaining.
Posted on March 14, 2017 | 7 Comments
Choosing fabrics to make into quilts for children is always very tricky, especially when those children get to an age where they like to be particular about what goes in their room. Our grandie knew the design he wanted but not the fabric.
My solution was to point our grandson to a few quilt fabric websites and see what he liked. Our eight year old decided to follow his interest in Skylanders and chose themed fabric.
Here is the resulting quilt.
It was a little tricky to start with because he only chose two fabrics – the grey in the borders and stripes and the backing fabric.
To make it work properly with some contrast and interest I added the yellow and blue from the same range, plus some black.
That was my way of using a bit of quilter’s license.
The quilt design is based on the strippie quilt from Mary Quilts.
I have added extra length and a narrow and wide border.
I decided to use the second fabric of his choice as the backing so he can change sides when he wants to.
I had this one done with the same LAQ as the cat quilt from the previous post.
The quilting design is called Plush and shows up quite well.
I had enough fabric left over to make two pillowcases to add to the parcel.
This one and the cat quilt are the two quilts that are now winging their way to the states and I am tracking the parcel’s progress very closely.
I will let you know if they arrive safely and how long it takes. I have my fingers crossed!!!!
Posted on March 7, 2017 | 8 Comments
There are a lot of lovely pieced animal blocks around and Elizabeth Hartman has a great collection of them. I have adapted her cat mini quilt to make a full sized bed quilt.
This is one of her easier blocks but it still involved a little bit of fiddling around.
Every cat block is a different colour. The colour changes follow a path from the top left block and travel in a zig zag pattern to the bottom corner.
The true colour of the background fabric is an indigo blue, but that is difficult for the camera to pick up.
I used a deep blue for the inner blue and binding.
I was able to find enough fabrics in my stash to make sure there were no double ups and to be able to meet the requirements for gradual colour changes.
The backing is a great fabric from Ella Blue basics and is covered with Australian place names. I thought this was perfect as this quilt is going overseas to our grand daughter.
And the quilting shows up clearly on the backing, too. I had this quilted by my local LAQ. I think the pattern is popcorn.
Here is the quilting on the front, too.
I had two blocks left over so I turned them into cushion covers.
I have two quilts now ready to post.
I am after any ideas or suggestions for posting quilts overseas. I will wrap them in plastic for protection and then box them. I will make sure the address is inside the package as well as on the box. And I will insure it. When I write the declaration on the box do I call them quilts or is that asking for trouble? Do I simply call them bedding?
I welcome any ideas. It bothers me that I am posting items worth hundreds of dollars and that they could go missing. Even when I have posted small items to the US and have requested they be signed for, those parcels have simply been left on the doorstep.
Thanks in anticipation for your ideas.
Posted on February 28, 2017 | 12 Comments
Some quilts need time to sit for a while before the right plan comes along to finish them. This Bow Tie quilt was one of those.
I really didn’t know what to do with the white empty spaces. So it sat for several years until I came up with a plan and had the skill to do it.
I ended up with some big teardrops and lots of bubbles.
Same idea in the corners and side half blocks.
The fabrics are all from the one range -Fresh by Deb Strain.
In this design the bow ties are 3D.
You do have to take a lot of care with these when quilting – too easy to get hooked on them.
A bright backing and bright green binding to finish off.
We went to the movies yesterday to see Hidden Figures and loved it. What a great film.
I am hoping to get along to see Lion next.
Have a wonderful week.
Posted on February 14, 2017 | 11 Comments
Another bundle of tiny cushions has been completed and this time they come in threes.
The design itself, from Marg Low, has three trees. And then I made three cushions and played with each of the designs.
The first one was done with hand embroidery.
The second was with fabric stitched on by machine.
And the third was pencil colouring and machine stitching.
No particular favourites for me. I like each one.
I sent two large quilts out to get LAQ today. And I stitched on some binding to a smaller quilt as well. I plan to stitch the binding down for that one later in the week. Of late, my projects are either large or small – nothing in between.
Let’s see what the rest of the week brings.
Posted on January 31, 2017 | 16 Comments
It is probably not too early to be planning for Easter, although, like many, I am always surprised at seeing hot cross buns in the supermarkets the day after Christmas.
I have finished a little Easter mini from Anni Downs. The stitching was done last year but I had not added the borders and done the quilting. At least I am now ready for this Easter.
Now I will jump to another season. I also had a Christmas stitchery that had been finished a while back and is now a mini cushion. I think it is from Teddlywinks.
I am finding that making little cushions is a good way to display these smaller stitcheries, especially when display space is limited. They can go just about anywhere.
It is the last day of January and lots of families have children heading back to start the first day of a new school year. Good luck to all of them and special thought for all their teachers.
Posted on January 24, 2017 | 8 Comments
I am still not sure about what is working with my blog and what is not, but here I go regardless.
Today’s theme appears to be animals – purely by accident.
First up, Michelle’s lovely patterns have been turned into a cushion. It was going to be a banner but I liked this better.
I am currently working on others from the pattern.
Moving on to another animal grouping.
This is a design from Natalie at The Birdhouse.
I had finished the stitchery a while ago but hadn’t stitched it into a wall hanging.
It needed a small flange to frame the stitchery and then some quilting was added.
Now it is ready for next Christmas.
And to finish off the animal theme for today, here are the blocks I have been busy making.
So far 80 in all. I will play with the layout a little more then add all the sashing.
The block is a free design from Elizabeth Hartman.
The tennis watching has been interesting with so many top seeds being knocked out. Glad it is not me out there playing in the heat.
I do enjoy the air conditioner at home. Have a good week.