Finished Coverlet and Happy Cats

Cossie on CCC

I’m pleased to say that I finished the Crazy Catlady Coverlet on Sunday and the moment I  placed it on my bed Cosmo occupied what he regards as his rightful place in the household.

Boys

 

This was followed by my flatmate, Cosmo and Pepe all deciding to test its comfort – it received a resounding “paws up”.

Peps on CCC

Pepe has also decided that it is his favourite spot for a morning snooze.

I decided on a coverlet, as it has been a very hot and humid summer here in Sydney and I wanted it to be light enough to leave on while I sleep.  I also wanted to be able to wash and dry it quickly – so no batting and also no binding.

After working out a few measurements to ensure that it would drape over the sides so that it stays in place when the Boys jump up and off the bed. It ended up 78″ wide by 72″ long with the side drape and I didn’t want to tuck it in at either end. The side borders of cat wonky stars are my favourite part of it.

CCC

All in all a happy first finish for 2018.

 

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Slow start to the year and coverlet in production

After having a lovely couple of weeks break over Christmas and New Year I’m now back in the daily grind of work doing a new job for the next 8 months.

I managed to finish the baby quilt for Samuel on New Years Eve   He has just returned from visiting  his grandparents in Colombia  and I hope to be able to deliver it this week. It looks yellow in these photos but the colour is Kona wasabi  which is more citrus yellow.

Front Sam Quilt

Sam back

 

I spent a lot of time improving my quilting on this one and did lots of echo quilting of the various shapes and I’m pleased with how it turned out.  I must admit quilting is my least favourite part of making quilts but I hope to overcome that when I have more time in future.

 

I also now make a carry-bag for each baby quilt so that it can be easily taken out and about.Sam's bag

It’s been a slow start on other stitching but I do have a project in full swing.  “The boys” i.e. Cosmo and Pepe love to snooze on my bed which is more than fine with me but they do leave lots of fluff behind!   I usually place an old quilt on the bed so that my good quilt and bed clothes don’t get covered in fur, but summer temperatures here in Sydney make it too hot.  I therefore decided to stitch a lightweight coverlet (no batting, just a front and back) which can be easily washed and dried.

CoverletAs the idea started with “the boys” I decided to make it with some of the cat fabrics that I had in my stash. Friends regularly give me cat fabrics and I tend to buy it if I see it.  Hence, the Crazy Catlady Coverlet has been in production.

I had no real plan at the start and was restricted by having mostly fat quarters rather than yardage and I have made it up as I go.  It has morphed into an improv log-cabin(ish) style and will be about 72″X 78″ finished.

I ran out of fabric for the width and decided to make wonky starts for side borders so that it will drape over the side of the bed. These are 12″ square and I’ll need 6 for each side.

Cosmo testing

Of course Cosmo had to be involved – I think this means a seal of approval before it is even complete!

It’s been making me smile and I’m looking forward to a finish.

See you again soon with more photos of the finished coverlet.

Slow or no stitching

Unfortunately there has been very little stitching or creative activity happening as I have been experiencing prolonged illness over the last 3 months.  The good news however, is that after a proper diagnoses of the problem, and now receiving correct treatment,  I’m starting to feel better and hope to be stitching again soon.

I have managed to make some fleecy rugs for our local asylum seekers centre – adding satin bindings and a little machine blanket stitch applique, which wasn’t too taxing and will be delivering these this week.

My only recent ‘quilty’ outing was to the annual state Quilt Show in late June. As usual there was a stunning array of quilts on display. There seemed to be more applique this year and slightly more ‘modern’ fabrics and colours.

These were a few of my  favourites.

Dress CodeI just loved this quilt DRESS CODE by Alan R Tremain  – both for its precision and skill and for the cleverness of the design and the pun.

FlowThis one took my eye because of the colours and striped and curved piecing – FLOW – PARCHED LAND by Margaret McDonald  and Susan Campbell.

Inside OutCatherine Butterworth’s FROM THE INSIDE OUT was a stunner – so many things to admire here – the use of fabric, the piecing, the applique and the quilting – just beautiful!

Lastly my quilting group’s (SydModSquad)  entry in the show.  It was designed by Selena, one of our members who pieced the centre, and then we each pieced two sides.ModSquad Quilt 2017

Freemotion catI also had the pleasure in June of a one-day workshop with British quilter Janet Clare who creates beautiful whimsical collage quilts. It was my first attempt at sketching using a sewing machine – this is my rather abstract cat.

I hope to get a chance to practice these skills again soon as it was rather fun (and I definitely need more practice) – not to mention the luscious morning tea!

Glasseses

 

I have managed to make one small thing – I need glasses for reading and detailed work, but do not need to wear them all the time.  I am forever getting them in and out of my bag when I’m shopping, at quilt shows or when travelling, so I decided to make myself a small quilted pouch that I can wear around my neck for ready access to them.  It has worked a treat and now planning on making a brightly coloured one to wear around at home.

 

The shortest days of winter are now over – we have been lucky as the weather has been mild and I’m looking forward to a creative Spring. Hope all is well in your world.

 

 

So far, so good

Hello friends and welcome to another year.  My, how time flies when you are having fun.  I had a relaxing break over the Christmas period – some time with family, friends, my beloved Cosmo and Pepe and lots of reading, playing tennis and some creating and sewing.

I’ve now been back at work for two weeks and am gearing up to another busy year. Unfortunately I’m not going to Quiltcon this year so I don’t have that to look forward to although I am thinking of a quilty/sewing trip later in the year.

I can now reveal the secret sewing project I was working on for the latter part of 2016 – it was for a friend in Brisbane who has been experiencing some health problems and it was gifted at Christmas to a happy recipient.

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I must admit I am having trouble recalling my initial concept for this quilt apart from wanting a summer garden and cool colours (unusual for me) because Brisbane gets very hot.  I had some success, but those bright pinks still managed to find their way in there. I ended up making economy blocks which I haven’t done before and have now added another skill to my repertoire. This quilt also stretched my skill in using prints, but all in all I think it was a successful outcome.

1855As you can see I used a variety of florals, solids and some tone on tones. I then added some corner blocks using pieces from a recent Kaffe Fassett panel. The green solid was chosen to coordinate with the green leaf in the corner panels – who knew I was a trend setter just before the announcement of the Pantone colour of the year – Greenery. Not the correct tone, but on trend nevertheless!

image.jpegI had great trouble getting decent photos because I didn’t have and “quilt holder-uppers” around on the days I finished it which was just before I flew to Brisbane.

imageFor the back I used some Tula Pink and some Anna Maria Horner with a couple of coordinating Kona solids.

I have now started on a 52 week project for 2017 inspired by the Brooklyn Haberdashery Instagram feed and have chosen to do a Brigitte Giblin Tessellations quilt as an EPP project. I’m still deciding on colours so I’m trying out the first rounds of a couple blocks before I commit to stitching.

imageThis is one I tried last night which got lots of likes on Instagram so I think it’s a winner!

Plus another work colleague’s baby girl has entered the world and another baby quilt is in the wings – all in all it’s been a creative start to the year.  I hope yours has been too. I have a couple of new books to share, but I will leave that til next time.

Happy creating everyone.

Lois

A catch up before Christmas

Time flies when you are having fun (or are very busy)! I’m behind on my blogging – Instagram has been my only online presence lately.

So now on to a short round-up of recent events. My trip to Melbourne in October also included  The Thin Line textile exhibition at the Tacit Contemporary Art Galley.  I splurged and purchased one of the works who is now safely at home.

image  Scout  is  the work of Melanie Hill who goes by the name of textileallsorts on Instagram and he will be installed on my walls at home this week-end.  He is made from vintage fabrics and combines embroidery, crazy patchwork and more than a touch of whimsy. I love him!

On the stitching front I have been busy stitching gifts which need to stay secret until after Christmas! 🙂

My most exciting news is my recent fabulous week-end of creativity at the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild show.

On Friday I did a foundation-piecing workshop with Carolyn Friedlander when I produced this tiny work of art.image

It tested all my creative skills as I had never done any foundation piecing before and this little creation was quite tricky to produce, but it was a great day.  Carolyn was a very calm and generous teacher. As you can see from the photo below we all produced some great shirt combinations, plus some houses and a tree.

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Then on Saturday I did a workshop and attended an evening trunk show with Anna Maria Horner which was an absolute delight.  The workshop was called Mod Corsage and involved talking about and designing a quilt which combines patchwork and applique.

Anna Maria bought along a collection of her most recent quilts using these techniques. imageimageimageimage

She is such a warm friendly person who clearly loves her work and teaching . It was an absolute delight to spend time in her company with “quilty” friends.  We don’t often get the chance to do workshops with international visitors in Australia as we are considered to be too far away here.

imageThis was my feeble attempt to start a block design.

I can’t wait to continue to work on this over the Christmas holidays. I really enjoyed learning some new techniques, including my first bias binding to use in stems and it was a wonderful break from work and computers.

I hope you are all not too stressed with the lead-up to the holiday and I plan to be back soon.