Tuesday, October 3, 2017

backing


No sewing here for a while after I tripped over my own feet and hurt my wrist. No major injuries but some soft tissue damage and possibly some chipped bone. X-rays will no doubt reveal all.

So instead, I went out shopping for backing fabric to finish some long outstanding quilt tops when the wrist is back to normal.

Went to Spotlight (sort of like JoAnn's) and was amazed at all the fabrics on display. The quilting section is still small but I did find fabrics for the Crackle Quilt. This was made from some fat quarters cut into layer cake squares. 


a design by aneela hoey
better colours in this image
I also found a plain dark teal green for this quilt which picks up the dark teal green in those squares. This was made from a charm pack and some plain co-ordinating fabric.


a quilt for Aussie Hero Quilts
. . . and because nothing else stitchy is happening in these parts, here are some pictures of what's flowering in my garden despite temps being in the high thirties (yes, I know it's meant to be Spring) and there's been no appreciable rain for about two months.

Gardening on the edge people.
a pink climbing geranium
miniature rose - a $1.50 bargain at the local garden centre years ago


budding bottlebrush
blooming bottelbrush
The bees and native birds love the nectar these produce. This one flowers right outside the sewing room window.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

orange

 . . . is the colour Angela has chosen for the month of September in the RSC2017 challenge.

Now I don't really have a lot of orange, hardly any, in the scrap bin but I did have a selection of peachy colours.

I'm linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge here.


Made some small progress on the CW Scraps table mat. Yes, I'm still deciding on how to proceed with the big quilt. I know what I don't want and I don't want all that red. 

Decisions need to be made.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

sidelined

While I dither about how to proceed with the next phase of the Civil War Fabric Quilt (seriously, I need to get a proper name for this puppy), I started playing with the crumbs leftover from making that 32 inch medallion centre (see last post).

That nine patch centre measures 3 inches finished.  More of this to come. Didn't think I'd get any time to sew this weekend what with errands, chores and baking.

I made these . . .

(not my images as I'm rubbish at photographing food. If you want gorgeous images of food, visit sidewalkshoes.com. Pam takes terrific photos of food and other stuff!)

Lemon Coconut Slice from allrecipes.com.au
 and this
Sticky Melt Mix Fig Date cake from taste.com.au
Except I didn't have any figs so I just used dates. Meanwhile winter strawberries from Queensland were just too gorgeous to pass by.

Strawberry Muffins from delicious.com.au
and for dinner


Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs from food.com

 Well, that's the weekend done and dusted!



Monday, August 7, 2017

neutral

So the colour chosen by Angela for RSC August is - No Colour! Well, Neutral, so it's kind of a colour.

I'm joining Angela's Challenge here.

I've had two busy weekends and finding time to sew has been a wee bit challenging but  I managed to achieve more than I thought I would. Here's the progress on the CW Fabric Quilt.

This project is starting to get some size on it. Ruth, here are some measurements for you.

My centre section above is 32 inches square and based on rough measurements this quilt top without the last border should measure 68 inches.

Reproduced by kind permission of Quilt in Style
 With the last border I'm guessing it will be about 76 inches.


Not sure if that's big enough for a queen size bed Ruth.

I'll be putting this project aside soon to finish off one baby quilt and start another. That's okay as I'm still looking for a border fabric.

Did you get any sewing done this weekend?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

diversion

Whilst making the block for the CW Fabric quilt (I really need a new name for this thing), there were various offcuts sitting on the sewing table.

Seemed like a good idea to make them into something. A mat and a pincushion, as a thank you to the delightful Kelli whose thoughtful  gift started the ball rolling on this project.



These beauties and a box of treats are making their way State-side and should arrive soon.  

In the meantime, I've been prowling the internet for ideas on how to layout the 12 inch blocks I've made. I couldn't find the BOM pattern the original six blocks were from, but I did find this . . . 

 
I just knew this would be the layout when I tracked back the image to a blog by another girl named Kelli. Same spelling and all!

The pattern is a Lori Smith design. I found the pattern here at From My Heart to Your Hands. Lori has designed the quilt with 10 inch blocks but mine are 12 inches. I'm working on that centre medallion using 2 inch (finished) blocks. Wanna see?

Hey Leanne! Recognise the fabrics in that centre star?
It looks like piecing the top is going to be tricky, as I discovered when I found this on Quilt in Style's blog.

Reproduced by kind permission of Quilt in Style
There are quite a few mitred and Y seams there. I also don't like my chances of finding a border print for those outside blocks but I could make my own pieced version.

Plenty of challenges ahead!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

rotate

I got a new toy - a rotating cutting mat! Not sure why I haven't organised one before now but it's a handy bit of kit when trimming down all those  two and a half inch HSTs.

Thought you might like to see what I've been making - the last blocks for the CW fabric quilt. 


Number 9
 
Block 10

Block 11



Block 12




That's the main blocks all done. Time to start on the centre medallion. You'll have to come back again to see the quilt I'm making with these.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

blue

Yes indeedy, BLUE is the colour chosen by Angela for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.

I had most of the day to spend sewing (a rare treat these days) so I made another one. . .

 . . . and since I had lunch and dinner organised I worked a little on the Civil War style blocks.


When making HSTs,  I always make them a wee bit bigger and trim them back. 

How was your weekend? Any sewing happening?

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

makeover

I love those makeover shows on tv and not just because I'd like them to give my place one.

You might remember this block from a few posts ago. Well, I wasn't really happy with it. Not just because the points were off (I'm not a perfectionist by the way but these were irritating), I also wasn't keen on the lack of contrast.

So this block got a makeover.

Number Seven
That's much better! I'm not a big fan of unpicking but it was well worth it. Same with this block.
Number Six
For some reason, I didn't check the size of the four units that make this block. They weren't 6 1/2 inches at all (which might explain why this block looked whacky the first time around) so I unpicked, trimmed and resewed.

This is the sixth and final block of the six Kelli H gave me. Now I need to make five more (the other one above is number seven) so that I have twelve in total.

Searching Pinterest I found this block:

Hey Ruth - does this look familiar?
Yep, it's from Ruth's blog Country Log Cabin Quilter way back in 2012! Here's my version

Number Eight
The background fabric print has been washed out by the flash (it's a bit dark in the sewing room today). Thanks Ruth! I need designs that look good on point and this is just the ticket.

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

travels

Image courtesy of Visit NSW

I had reason to travel to the beautiful Hunter Valley recently - renowned for its vineyards, Angus beef cattle, thoroughbred horses and coal.

The mines aren't quite so pretty as this but the whole valley is one outrageously large coal deposit. Quality ore. Which we dig up and sell around the world.

Let's just stick with the pleasant images, shall we?

I stayed in a beautiful historic home, now a bed & breakfast. Segenhoe Inn is a classic Colonial Georgian two storey built in 1837 from the same gorgeous sandstone used to construct so many Australian colonial buildings. The Hunter Valley was settled not that long after the settlement of Australia in 1788.



The walls are about 12 inches thick with the door jams and skirting boards made from wide planks of Australian red cedar felled from the area. Large rooms, high ceilings, big comfortable beds -  it has the lot. There is also a cosy cafe at the back.



In nearby Scone, there was a terrific restaurant - The Cottage - housed in another heritage property. Delicious food!

It was nice to catch up with family, many of whom I haven't seen for far too long.  On the way home I stopped in at Glendoon Patchwork Cottage.

Fabrics at Glendoon Cottage Patchwork
I know, I know. I'm supposed to be quilting from the stash but . . . .

Well, there was such a lovely selection of Civil War Reproduction fabrics that I just had to collect a few for my quilt.



This is a good time of the year to visit another historic town - Morpeth - so I might just have to call in to Glendoon again.