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

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I’ve been stitching

It’s amazing what can be achieved  over a long week-end and I’ve been very productive over the past two weeks and have finished both baby quilts which need to be gifted in early November.

imageI finished the wonky star quilt  which I called “Starry, Starry Night”. I  quilted around each square and then echo quilted around each wonky star. This was the first time I had tried to do this and was very pleased at how it turned out.imageI also love the frisky foxes fabric on the back which came from my stash.  I tend to buy a few fabrics which I think will work for baby quilts and keep them in my stash for unexpected events!

Details for “Starry, Starry Night”:

  • A variety of fabric from the stash for the star points.
  • Mostly a range of Kona solids for star centres and the border panels.
  • The main backing fabric of the foxes was Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman fabrics.
  • 43″ square

I had planned to make the second one as a medallion quilt with a print of city terrace houses as the centre with some wonky stars as the sky above.  After working on it and piecing a roadway  for the bottom, it just wasn’t working – so I abandoned it and started again.

After digging  through my stash I found two fabrics which I thought would work – and “Zebra Stripes” was born.

imageI really love how this came together and how the pop of the Tula Pink fabric really lifts the front.

I also think the back is pretty cool (I’m obviously a cat lover 🙂 ).image

Some details for Zebra Stripes:

  • Zebra fabric is Mini Zebras – Michael Miller fabrics
  • Top and bottom fabric band is  Crush in strawberry by Tula Pink
  • Backing fabric is Cats and Dots -Michael Miller fabrics
  • 44″ square

I’m now looking forward to a short trip to Melbourne on 20th October to see the Making the Australian Quilt Exhibition 1800-1950 at the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s the first time that many of the quilts have been exhibited and it’s great to see quilts getting the recognition they deserve in such a beautiful venue.  I’m sure a little fabric shopping will be fitted into the itinerary as well :).

Hoping you all have something interesting planned – happy stitching until next time.

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.

 

 

Putting it all together

Small DP pink and orange

I finished my last two small blocks last night for my Drunkard’s Path quilt and now I face design decisions which is why I haven’t joined the blocks together yet.  It may all change.

As you may recall I started this quilt to practise sewing curves and to use some of the lovely Alison Glass fabric.  I had no specific design in mind when I started and just let the fabrics and colour guide me.

 

Small DP yellow

Now I have to stop fluffing about and make some decisions!  I have even resorted to drawing a rough sketch which is unusual for me.  I’m thinking of doing a border around these small blocks and will do a test of that tonight. The word “small” is relative in this case as these four blocks end up making a 12″ square and the large blocks make a 24″ square so it will definitely be big and bold.

I have enjoyed making these blocks, but I’m now ready to finish it and to move on to the other five or six projects I want to try!

Winter has finally arrived in Sydney on the last day of Autumn for us – it’s raining and we have had a temperature drop of between 10″ and 15″ after an unseasonably hot April and May.  All the more reason to stay indoors and stitch.

Hope all is well in your world…

 

A “modern” day out

I spent Sunday down at the Modern Quilt Show in Kiama (about 1.5 hours drive south of Sydney) with two quilty friends.  We had a good day meeting up with quilters, viewing the quilts and, of course, doing a little shopping.

The show was held in a lovely venue near the beach. It had good lighting and high ceilings which showcased the quilts well.The Pavilion

As you can see there were grey skies but there was plenty of colour on display inside. I think there were about 80 quilts in the show and a range of styles and colourways.

Jen's quiltThe first quilt I noticed when I entered the venue was this beauty designed and made by Jen of our Sydney Quilt group. I think she did a terrific job.

As usual it was quite difficult to get good photos because the rows in the display were quite close which made it hard to get a full sized photo.  I only took photos of a few that really appealed to me.

Toxic BeautyI loved the colours in this one called Toxic Beauty by Melissa Gottliebsen.

Log Cabin FracturedI’m a sucker for log cabin quilts and these couple caught my eye.  The one above is Log Cabin Fractured by Liesel Moult. It used shot cottons and really shone! You can find Liesel on instagram as lieselquilts.

The one below with a similar theme is Lawless by SJ Rice.

LawlessI loved the quilting on Grated by Jane Rundle below, all done on a home domestic machine.  I was really impressed with the quilting on many of the quilts and most of them were done on domestic machines.

GratedJacarander on george below is the work of Deborah Louie in an art quilt style and has fabulous piecing and colour inspired by the blooms of Jacaranda trees along the Georges river.

De LouieGalaxyAnd now for my favourite quilt in the show, possibly because of my recent foray into fussy-cutting and English paper piecing.

This is the work of Jess Frost who blogs at The Elven Garden.  Jess has lots of details about making the quilt on her blog – it took her more than 100 hours of work and all was quilted on her home machine.

Galaxy 2Unfortunately the colours look very washed out in this photo- you can see better photos on her blog.

Galaxy 3

Isn’t the piecing and quilting just fab!

FootyThere was a football game being played on the oval next to the venue as we left and I just loved the sign.  Seems aggressive parents and onlookers are problems everywhere.  It’s a great setting as the oval is right next to the beach (the strip of grey above the fence is actually the ocean) so if the onlookers get a bit bored with the game they can gaze at the ocean.

Now that I have seen the entries I may try and make and enter a quilt next year.  It would perhaps motivate me to move my quilting up a step – it is my least favourite part of making a quilt and I need to improve it!