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Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

More Blue And White.

Posted on February 3, 2024 | 8 Comments

There have been plenty of these Plus quilts around, but until now I didn’t have fabrics I wanted to use in one. Then I had a visit to Cutting Cloth and came home with a bundle. I combined it with the left overs from the previous blue quilt I had made with another bundle from Cutting Cloth.

And, yes, there are still some Christmas decorations on the fence. I always think I have put everything away, and then something like this is staring me in the face.

I made many of the blocks in one fabric each.

But then I also had a bit of fun with the centres of others.

That just shows that sometimes it is worth holding onto those smaller pieces.

I was able to use a lot of the lighter coloured pieces to make a small patchy border.

I had a piece of Tilda backing left over from another quilt. So two backings from one piece is a bonus.

I then found another piece from my stash for the binding.

I quilted a flower motif in each cross then did a looping meander in the white blocks.

I do like seeing quilts on beds. It ended up at just over 60 inches square.

Now that this one is done I am continuing on the scrappy blue and white blocks. I think I am at the halfway mark. I couldn’t resist having a play with the ones that are finished.

Unlike the rest of our country, we have had a very mild Summer. We are only getting a few hot days. It has meant that the garden and trees are doing extremely well, and the grass is still green. That is unheard of for us in February. We usually have brown grass and dirt.

Photos of blues skies, flowering gum and sunflowers.

We are very lucky to have them in our own backyard.

That’s it for now. Off to pick tomatoes and corn.

Enjoy your weekend.

Cheers, Karen

A Quiet Week.

Posted on January 26, 2024 | 7 Comments

A quiet week here on the sewing front, but extra busy with grandchildren staying over for several days.

I have been working on these blocks. Lots of pieces. I had to cut nearly 600 blues and 600 whites. That’s not bad for me as I am not always that patient. I admire those of you who make the gorgeous quilts with thousands of pieces.

In the week prior to the grandies visit I had a lengthy card making session with friends. I managed to finish these and only have the cut some shapes and stamp sentiments to make them ready to use.

Together with a group of friends I visited the McClelland Sculpture Park. We managed to catch a break in the weather to get outside and see many of the pieces.

I am ready to go back for a second visit on a fine day so I can take more time to look around.

It is the Australia Day holiday today and the men’s semi -finals are on for the Australian Open.

Plenty to see and do. Hope it’s the same for you.

Cheers, Karen

Sewing Some Storage.

Posted on January 12, 2024 | 5 Comments

Yes, sewing a few little projects for keeping bits and pieces.

I started with a small zipper pouch. It popped up on FB, so I had to watch it several times before I could remember all the steps. No link, I’m afraid. I forgot, then couldn’t find it again. Here is my first try.

It’s a small one, about 4 inches each way.

It has a bagged bottom.

So I figured I didn’t have to stick to the original measurements and found a piece of the Splash fabric – waterproof.

This is about 8 inches long. So now my head is trying to think of other ideas to go with these ones.

Then I was distracted by another design. This one comes from SewCanShe There are lots of patterns/designs on that site. This one is square basket with handles.

It uses two fat quarters and ends up at a good size. The base is an 8 inch square.

I put it to use immediately.

I had taken lots of black and white fabrics off the shelves. All the big pieces went back but I needed somewhere for all the small leftovers. Perfect solution.

This time of year is busy in the garden, but also very productive. The tomatoes have started to ripen.

Can’t complain about that!

Have a good weekend. Cheers, Karen.

Happy New January.

Posted on January 5, 2024 | 7 Comments

A new month, a New Year! Time to get into all the sewing projects.

I have a small quilt finish. It is about 45 inches, square.

This quilt was a very simple design at Cutting Cloth in Melbourne. I bought a selection of fabrics from them and came home to play.

I had forgotten how much preparation is involved in a small quilt like this, but I stuck with all the cutting out. Many of the fabrics are delightful.

The fabric combinations worked well together.

Every second block had simple running stitch done in perle cotton.

I found a soft green with white dots for the backing, and a blue gingham for the binding.

You can see the straight line stitching for the quilting.

It is lovely to have a finish early in the year. Let’s hope there are many more!

Happy New Year. Cheers, Karen

Merry Christmas.

Posted on December 23, 2023 | 3 Comments

This was not made as a Christmas quilt, but the colours do give it that sort of feel.

I had several pieces from the Under The Australian Sun range left over and wanted to use them in a simple quilt that focused on the reds and golds. A post and rail seemed the way to go.

The next picture gives a better sense of the true colours.

Thankfully I had enough to complete the quilt top.

I had a piece of cream fabric in my stash for the backing.

I used the red gum leaf fabric for the binding as well.

I am still working my way through the backlog of quilts that were waiting for my machine to be repaired. Quite a few still to go. Hopefully I can catch up in the New Year.

Everything here is ready for Christmas.

Christmas wishes to everyone.

Cheers, Karen

Merry December.

Posted on December 16, 2023 | 4 Comments

It has been a hectic time, but I am determined to do at least one December post!

Lots of shopping has happened, including these gorgeous biscuit tins. Love the way the bauble has been incorporated into the tin. And, yes, it spins!

The colour and the design on the tin could have easily fitted into my quilt. This is another panel being used and completed.

I have kept it simple with just a few borders added. Each of the squares have delightful images.

I found a lovely piece in my stash to use on the back.

The binding was a black with a small white spot.

The last few panel quilts I made have already been snapped up, so I am sure this one will be finding a home soon, too.

In between the busyness of Christmas we decided to visit a lovely home. This is the Bundoora Homestead which is located north of Melbourne. It was perfect weather to be out and about.

The rooms are being used as galleries for various artists. Great displays, but no photos allowed. The inside of the building was stunning and I could take photos of that.

This is a stained glass window in the ceiling.

Another ceiling.

Plenty of beautiful glass.

Something had us a bit stumped. What do you think this is for? I’d love to know.

The hand is holding a bar, so something could be tied around it. If it was near a window I would guess curtains. But they were in the corners of the room.

I found this fun pattern for Highland cattle, so of course, had to make one!

I finished all my little Santas to give away.

And to finish off, I am enjoying how well the garden is growing. Plenty of rain and not too hot – yet!

Not too many days left before Santa makes it here. Thankfully I am on top of most of the holiday preparations. I may even get to slow down a bit this week.

Hope all your plans are going well.

Cheers, Karen

Be Quick Before November Finishes.

Posted on November 24, 2023 | 8 Comments

Just a little bit busy here. Lots being done in November, but not all to do with sewing.

However, there have been a few small finishes. I have been asked to make some small panel quilts.

These small blocks came together easily with some red sashing.

I found a suitable Christmas backing.

Not a great photo for the colour, but the next photo shows it better along with the striped binding.

It was finished off with some simple tear drop quilting.

The next one was a simple flannel quilt. A few borders were added to reach the required size.

I think the backing may be a very old piece of a Thimbleberries design.

And then lots of outlining and swirly quilting.

I have been making more of these cheeky monkeys as quite a few friends have grand babies arriving soon. They are a lovely gift.

I am keeping busy with a lot of Christmas sewing, but none of that is finished yet.

The garden is loving the Spring weather. These pots and baskets are growing quickly.

The passionfruit vine is covered in hundreds of green fruits getting ready for Summer.

My weekend looks like being busy with visits to see family and trying to decorate the Christmas tree.

Good luck for your weekend. Cheers, Karen


Posted on October 28, 2023 | 6 Comments

I am a very happy Vegemite. I have one of my machines back!!! Yay!

As soon as the call came I was off.

I put mine and the loan machine together. I really have appreciated having the spare one from a friend, But you can see why I was happy to have mine back.

There was a bonus after the wait, too. Bernina acknowledged that the problem with my machine was a recognised fault and replaced the parts at no cost. That is good service.

So, of course, as soon as the machine came home I pulled out one of the many quilts sandwiched and waiting to be quilted.. I chose a super easy donation quilt ad started with a simple loop pattern. I knew it would take a while to get my eye in after a long time away from quilting. I was surprised at how awkward I felt at the start. Thankfully I settled into a rhythm and it was completed in no time.

The main block was made up of five pieces which created a square. The block could then be rotated.

I felt the separating squares were a little bland so I added a circle of theme fabric to each.

I added a spotty binding.

And a fireworks backing.

It feels so good to be able to do all this again.

On a different note, it is Spring here, and the garden is loving the weather. And so are the pots and hanging baskets.

It won’t be long before the weather turns hot and everything dries out. I am going to enjoy the green while I can.

I hope your weekend is going well.

Cheers, Karen

Kitchen Windows Repeat.

Posted on October 20, 2023 | 9 Comments

I finally have a quilt to share. Both machines are still at the repair man, waiting for parts to arrive. I ended up piecing this quilt on the little machine that I borrowed, then had to send it away for quilting. Thankfully I was also able to complete the binding on the little machine.

The quilt is called Kitchen Windows and I have made this once before. My sister liked the design and chose the colours. She had a zero birthday so this was a special gift.

I had a lot of trouble getting a photo as it was a breezy day.

It certainly kept me guessing. Those little guys peeking under the quilt are the latest addition to the garden. They turned into a flock very quickly after starting with only one.

I hope they enjoy the clover. It grows better than grass in our lawn. (No, they are not real!)

Back to the quilt. All the fabrics are batiks. The quilting panto is very simple but very effective in creating texture on the quilt top.

Not sure if it can be picked up in the photo but a variegated thread has been used in the quilting and it looks great.

I used the same black in the binding as was used in the blocks.

I combined two fabrics for the backing. I had some lovely sunflower fabric which I had used in another project (thanks, Joan). But there wasn’t enough for the full backing so I added a second to reach the size needed.

Last weekend it was rolled up, tied with a bow and gifted.

Great result with such a tiny machine.

I wish we had a place that hired machines out for when your own was being worked on. Wonder if that is a good idea for a business?

We have been making the most of the sunshine this week. Lots of time in the garden and a few visits to local nurseries for plants. Loving the Spring weather.

Hope you have a good weekend lined up.

Cheers, Karen

Stitching For Christmas.

Posted on October 14, 2023 | 7 Comments

It seems to be so far away, but I know from past experience that Christmas creeps up really quickly.

I am trying to get ahead, but I know it will still be a mad rush in the end.

I started with one of these decorations from a Bareroots pattern, Everything Nice Christmas Ornaments.

And then added a couple more.

They are a lovely collection. There are six in the set, so I have a few more to make.

The same design is on the front and back panel. The other two sides each have holly leaves.

Just to also explain, the little Bernina sewing machine is one lent to me by a friend. She went to a workshop/retreat at Uluru, and these are the machines they received. Isn’t the design on the front wonderful?

Continuing the holiday theme, I made these Santa decorations. I think they are a Two Brown Birds design.

These are the first two and I was trying different finishes. I think I like the black contrast stitching better than the matching colour.

Next part of the Christmas theme is making more cards. Not quite there yet, but not too many more to go.

I know a lot of people no longer send Christmas cards, but I still enjoy it.

And for something different, here is a picture of the Melbourne Town Hall with the magnificent organ at the back of the stage.

We were there for a concert by a group of musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. It was part of the Fever Candle Light concerts. This particular one was playing Queen’s greatest hits. I had to take a photo just as the doors opened, as once the concert started, no photos were allowed. It was a great night.

I hope your weekend is going well.

Cheers, Karen

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