Saturday, July 24, 2021

arches

 


Borders. I had no idea how I was going to quilt them but after some extensive browsing on the interwebs these arch designs “spoke” to me.

Now I just need to figure out how to transition around the corners. Let’s hope inspiration comes soon.

Happy stitching


Saturday, July 17, 2021

repeat

 

My blog posts are pretty boring these days I’m afraid.  I’m working on my RSC2017 quilt at the moment.


I’m using my Westalee quilting rulers on this one pretty much as a practice piece.  Getting used to handling the quilt and the ruler. Trying to think of designs.

So far I’m really pleased with the results. My quilting is not perfect by any means but the rulers do make it possible to work on a large quilt and I am aiming for finish here - not a show quilt. 

In other good news, the wool/poly batting has arrived. Purchased from a young farming family in Victoria Hollyburton Organic Farm.

They also make wool doonas.  I’m fascinated to know what you call a doona. I think they call it a duvet in the UK.  

Lockdown has been extended for another two weeks although I am required to go into work, so far. At least I have plenty of quilting to keep me occupied on the weekends.

Happy stitching!




Sunday, July 4, 2021

enough

 

I’m calling this one Just Enough.  I believe that the block is called Solomon’s Temple and it came about after I searched for a block to use up all the leftover corners from making the Abundant Baskets quilt.

They were too good to discard. I had just enough to make these five blocks. Just enough of the green print for the blocks.  Just enough of the other green print for the alternate blocks and a border. I had just enough fabric for the backing and binding.

I made a mistake with the layout on one of the blocks and decided to give it centre stage. I’m just impressed (amazed) that I got the directional print running all the same way!

So far I have just done straight line and in the ditch quilting on this.  I will add some more quilting to the Solomon’s Temple  blocks once a design reveals itself.

It’s 62 inches square and I used the bamboo/cotton batting. FYI - it tends to crease a bit when folded. 

It’s good to have another quilt top finished.

Happy Stitching



Sunday, June 27, 2021

babyblue


Thank you for the lovely comments on my last blog post. They really boosted my confidence.

Well, the quilt is finished and while I really like the texture this quilting gives, I still would have liked a scroll pattern.

I used the bamboo and cotton (with polyester scrim) batting which is lovely and soft but does create a wee bit of fluff.

We’ve had no internet at home for the last week and a half - you realise how many things you need it for these days. I’m also learning to drive my new iPad and this post is being created on it. I can’t actually see what I’m typing until I minimise the  keypad on the screen so apologies if it’s jibberish*

Due to an outbreak of the bug we are in lockdown now for the next two weeks.  Not much fun for families as it’s school holiday time here. 

I’m keeping busy preparing the next quilt for quilting. I won’t be using the pool noodle method again. I think it only works if you are spray basting your quilt. 

Back to clamping on the table. I get a good result from this method. 


* apparently I just need to turn the screen around to portrait.  Doh!

Happy Stitching



Monday, June 14, 2021

babycino

 

Babycino.

Cafes did very nicely out of selling cups of froth to frazzled mums. Still, sprinkles. . . 

Another work colleague has become a new grandma (it's raining babies around here) so a quilt is called for. I've had the top finished and sitting in the cupboard waiting for the right occasion.

It used fabric leftover over from this quilt.


I've made a table mat, pincushions, little zippered bags and there is still fabric leftover. Hope I have enough for the binding, otherwise I'll use the backing fabric.


Decided to give the pool noodle basting another try but still not happy with the result.


If wishes were fishes, I would like to have quilted a flourishing scroll to echo the pattern on the backing fabric and on the blue/chocolate print fabric.

We shall make do with zig zags. I'm sure baby won't mind a bit.

Happy Stitching!