I’ve gone all wonky!

I’ve had a wonky start to September. One baby quilt has been pieced and I’ve just started on the other.

The first one is all wonky stars on the front. It’s my first time making these and I really enjoyed piecing them.

I didn’t know when I started if the baby was a boy or girl so tried to stay gender neutral in colour and fabric selection.

When I finished piecing the stars the square measured 39″ which I thought was too small.  After pondering what to do I decided to add a solid border matching the centres of the stars. It’s now around 43″ square and I like the extra colour too.

imageThe back has been pieced so almost ready to start basting, quilting and binding.

I found out tonight however, that the other baby quilt has to be complete by 3rd November (yikes), so I’ve moved onto making it. Given the short time-frame I’ve decided on a simple medallion style which was also a good excuse (!) to buy Gwen Marston’s Liberated Medallion Quilts book😊.

The centre is printed houses so I’m adding a night sky with a couple of additional wonky stars .image

I hope to finish the top this week-end as working 50 hour weeks is not leaving much time for mid week stitching.

Hope all your stars are looking bright.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Serendipity

I don’t know about you, but for me the internet and social media such as blogs, Pinterest and Instagram sometimes lead me down pathways to serendipitous discoveries.  I saw some embroidery that I liked in a gram by Annemieke Bears from the Netherlands on Instagram, which led me to her website where I saw a picture of a Dilly Bag  she made from from a Brigitte Giblin pattern.

Dilly bag I made a comment on the post about the embroidery and also asked about the bag pattern. Needless to say I then bought the pattern and the paper pieces.

Annemieke kindly responded and also recommended that I might like to look at another embroiderer and maker which led me to Cecile Franconie and her beautiful work. Cecile blogs in French and even if you don’t translate the text the photos of her work are are truly captivating.

imageShe uses a wide variety of fabric and then everything imaginable to embellish it – beads, thread, ribbons wool and so on.

Several weeks later I went to the annual quilt and craft fair here in Sydney and as I entered who should I see doing needlework in a beautiful display of her work was Cecile.

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Cecile’s visit had been advertised as part of the show, but I didn’t know anything about her work when I read the guide. I only put the pieces together when I saw her work at the show. Serendipity strikes again!

cecile Franconie

 

 

 

 

If you would like to see more of Cecile’s work she has a book which is published by Quiltmania.

Hope you are enjoying creating.

 

 

 

 

 

A finish and a happy recipient

Sydney has finally had some winter weather weather over the past weeks, all the better for sewing (too little), eating (too much) and curling up with “the boys” (impossible to avoid).

Front of Sal's quiltI did finish the birthday/retirement quilt for a colleague that was a joint project of my friend Anne and I.  We got together after work on an assembly line for a few evenings, one cutting and one sewing.

It was pieced from jelly rolls and a pattern from a library book which has long since been returned, so unfortunately I can’t credit the pattern maker.  Although it was a different style to my normal quilting I really loved the way the white stars pop!  I also added two borders to make it slightly bigger which I also think enhanced the overall look of the front.

Back of Sal quilt

 

 

I just improv pieced the back.

I even made a quilt bag for future storage and it saved on wrapping paper. Our colleague really loved it and shed a joyful tear when she received it.  It’s always such a pleasure gifting quilts.

Cosmo on sal's quilt

 

Of course “the boys” had to lend a paw in the process so I took some photos which were also passed on as part of the gift.

pepes Sal quilt

Group

 

The annual state Craft and Quilt Fair was held last week and my modern quilting group won a prize for our group quilt this year which has spurred us on to to designing our next group project. We raffle the group quilts that we do for the Fair each year and then donate the proceeds to a women’s charity.

Scrap quilt

 

 

 

I’ve also taken on a role of coordinating making charity quilts from our combined scraps.  I suggested we make the first one as a quarter log cabin. We finished nine blocks yesterday and have now done 20 blocks.

Strips

 

 

 

I cut the strips before our get-togethers  and then we each do some charity quilt sewing for 30 minutes at our monthly meeting. Five more blocks to go before I piece the top together.

More on the Fair at my next post.