Sunday, July 10, 2022

reconstruction

 


I'd like to blame a squirrel but  . . . . 

Didn't mean to be away from the blog or quilting for quite this long but other activities distracted me. Now it's July. Good grief!

Thank you for your kind messages and please be reassured that I have not been affected by the floods that you may have seen on the internet/news.

Those poor folks have been hit with three floods this year and it's still raining.

Work has recommenced on this quilt.


So there was some funky math when I cut one of the borders on this quilt and I ended up with this mess.




Why I didn't fix it at the time - who knows, but it had to be unpicked and remeasured. That light blue border was 3 and a half inches longer that it should have been!

No design for the three borders yet but let's just stitich in the ditch for now and when inspiration strikes, I'll go back and quilt it with a design.

Now I have some catching up on your blogs to see what you've been up to.


Sunday, September 26, 2021

pivot


Ran out of thread. Ran out of ideas on how to finish this quilt. 

What’s a girl to do? ( apart from buy more thread and search the internet)

Pivot to mother project, of course. 

Yes, this is a project that was officially declared finished but I hadn’t quilted the main blocks. While looking for ideas for the red-white-blue quilt, I saw some designs  that I thought might work on this quilt.

I’m back to using a glove as I find it gives better grip on the quilting rulers.

Now, it’s really finished. 

At least some sewing happened around here. 





Sunday, September 19, 2021

backside

Sometimes, I think the quilting design looks better on the back side of the quilt than it does on the front.

There hasn’t been much sewing happening around here so this is meant to be a distraction.


Still haven’t worked out how I’m going to quilt the section which is the red borders around the stars. They aren’t same width because I wanted to square up the quilt. They are different shapes depending on what side of the stars they are against. Sure did make life difficult for myself. 

Inspiration must surely come soon.  



Monday, August 30, 2021

spirals


I ran out of thread. Ordered some online and the postage was almost the same price as the thread. To be fair, if I’d gone to the store I probably would have bought a coffee, a treat and a magazine which would be about the same amount.

It took me a while to work out a design to quilt in the red hexagons on this quilt but in the end I decided to quilt a simple spiral. Where the star points meet are rather bulky and I’m using a wool/poly batting which has a higher loft than the cotton or the bamboo/cotton in more recent quilts.

At least some progress is being made. Hopefully, before I finish the spirals, I will have an idea of how to quilt all the sashings.

I’ve got time. We are in lockdown until 25 October. Sigh.







Sunday, August 22, 2021

tricolour

 

Time to start working on the next quilt top in the pile.

Except for the sashings, this top is hand-pieced using the English paper piecing method. 

The design was inspired by a series of antique quilts which featured in an issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine from years ago.

I also liked all the patriotic quilts made by my online quilting friends that have featured on their blogs over the many years we have been sharing our projects. 

Although Australia is best known for green & gold the Australian flag is actually red, white and blue.

The stars are Crux, a constellation in the southern sky and the large star is the Commonwealth Star - it’s seven points representing the five states and two territories that form the Commonwealth of Australia. Finally, the Blue Ensign, with the crosses of St George (England), St Andrew (Scotland) and St Patrick (Ireland). 

I’m using my Westalee rulers to quilt it - the quilt that is, not the flag. 

I think I’m going to run out of thread and as we are not allowed to travel more than 5km from our homes, a quick trip to Spotlight is out of the question.  Let’s see what happens.