Time flies

Hi there – it seems ages since I have had time to  write a post. A bout of pneumonia, a trip to Canberra and a starting a new job have all  conspired from keeping me from blogging and stitching.

None of the above have stopped me doing some spending though, especially on my trip to the Quilt Exhibition in Canberra where I purchased quite a bit of fabric for my stash and several beautiful books.

Canberra stashThe stash purchases included some Anna Maria Horner, some Amy Butler and various other prints in a similar colourway.  I have a vague idea in my head for a future project for these.

Although I have just found out that another two of my young work colleagues are expecting babies in December and as it has become a ‘tradition’ that I make a quilt for the first baby, it looks like I will not have much time for new personal projects in the coming months.  I hope to start on the baby quilts this week-end when I  go to our monthly SydneyModSquad meeting.

Bold Blooms

Books included this beautiful eye candy from Kaffe Fassett. It combines needlework and quilt inspirations and the photography is stunning. It also gives some background to the design inspiration.

PiecekeepingAnother book purchase was Piecekeeping by Amy Butler which also has some beautiful photography and some interesting projects apart from quilts. i hope to make some Christmas gifts from this one.

My big news  though, is that Anna Maria Horner and Carolyn Friedlander are coming to Australia in November and I was lucky enough to secure a place in a one- day workshop with each of them!

I’m really looking forward to it – I’ll be doing foundation piecing with Carolyn which will be a new technique for me and Anna Maria’s workshop is called Mod Corsage and will involve some patchwork and fussy-cutting floral fabrics.

Speaking of things floral, Spring has arrived in Sydney which is always welcome news although I read in the paper today that they are predicting an extreme pollen alert which is bad news for allergy sufferers like me.  Looks like I will be sneezing my way through til summer.

Cosmo and Pepe are already shedding fur to get ready for the warmer weather and are looking very sleek.  I wish I could say the same 🙂

I hope all is well in your world and you are getting some time to relax and create.

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Almost there

I finished (?) piecing the top of my Drunkard’s Path quilt on  Saturday.  It has had almost as many twists and turns as the circles within it. It’s rare for me to actually have a specific plan or pattern in mind when  start a quilt and this was no exception.  It started with the Alison Glass fabrics being the inspiration.  The prints are quite large and I thought they might work well with the 12″ Drunkard”s Path template.  I had never pieced circles before and as you’ll know from previous posts it took me a while and quite a bit of unpicking to get it right.

DP Top

The photos were taken under fluro lights which have washed out the colours. I’ll do some decent shots when it is really finished.

The next challenge was to decide on a layout and this took the longest – it has been in various permutations on my design wall for more than 6 months.  On the weekend I decided it was time to finish it, even if I wasn’t completely happy with the result, so finish it I did at 11.30pm on Saturday.

It has certainly been a learning experience, both from a stitching and design experience. I’m about 85% happy with it which is not too bad!  There is one small piece I’d like to change and if I find the fabric I want I may well replace it!

DP BackYesterday was my monthly quilt group meeting  and I managed to piece the back, also using Alison Glass fabrics with a few tonal solids as well.

Now it’s time to hunt for the perfect binding – I’m thinking of adding some stripes for that.  I’m off to Canberra for the annual quilt show there this coming week-end and I hoping I might find some binding fabric there.

My design wall looks very strange being completely empty!  I  have already started on a black and white log cabin top which can now move onto the wall.

It’s sunny here today after almost a week of rain which as brightened up my mood. I’m looking forward to Spring – I’d never survive long and really cold winters.  Hope the weather and all else is well in your world.