Wednesday, May 16, 2018

On Wednesday

Wednesday and it's a wet one - again!

Frog Frenzy came back from the quilter - thanks Leeanne -
and is now bound and labelled. 

Photographed between the rain showers and with the wind blowing I
just couldn't get a full photo.


For the backing I used the last strip of Frog fabric down the centre, found the
yellow with stars in my stash and had to add other left over
pieces to bring it up to size for long arm quilting.


Bound using the excess inches trimmed after the quilting, see below.


Some of you may have seen this photo below on Instagram,
as I was trying to finish the binding I was joined by my
furry companion - the quality controller!


Due to wearing hand splints over the past ten days quilting has 
taken a back seat but in addition to finishing
Frog Frenzy ready to gift to Sam I was able to
sew the borders on the quilt from my last post.

Once again trying to dodge the wind and rain it had
to be photographed outside on the old deck.


The AMH fabric borders are 8" wide, this is a stunning print but
not possible to have two side borders exactly the same due to the size of the repeat
and the flowers all going in the same direction, not a good
look to have one border with flowers up and the other with
them down - I tried it!!
However, the top and bottom borders were easy to change
direction as they were running side to side.

A closer look at the borders below.


Splints are only needed for a few hours each day now
so back to the machine.

I'm linking up with
Julie hosting Sew,Stitch,Snap,SHARE
there's sure to be lots to see!
Hope you'll go visit.

Maureen

Friday, May 4, 2018

Revisiting a discarded project

Two or three years ago I made twelve blocks using the Rail Fence pattern
from Sujatha Shah's book,
Cultural Fusion Quilts.

I love this pattern, so quick and interesting but
the fabrics I chose were not my usual brights, they were
more subdued overall. so they ended up in my UFO drawer. 



Daughter asked if I had a quilt she could use just to cover a 
bed in her small office/guest room.
I have enough projects on the go at the moment so fell back
on this small top above,  16"finished blocks and 12 blocks in all.
Instead of making more blocks I decided on wide borders.
 I hunted through yardage of my
fabrics for something to tie all these different colours together
but didn't find anything that worked, until I
picked up this Anna Maria Horner fabric below


and it was perfect, I'm busy cutting for
the borders now.

Thinking she might like two cushions for the bed I
went with my more usual colours for
the two blocks below




waiting to have the envelope backs made.

The grey check flannel was always a nightmare to get
straight on the wall but I have the cream flannel
in the laundry so just having to go with the uneven grid
for now.

When I collect my new glasses I think more sewing will be done,
I've been having problems with close work, reading, computer
and of course sewing. Off to the optometrist later this
afternoon.

I have two more photos of hibiscus to show you







the bushes are just covered in these blooms.

I'm heading off to link up with
Linda at kokaquilts
for Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE #25
lots of lovely goodies to see!

Have a good weekend, see you soon.

Maureen

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sort of Improv Ad Hoc but definitely utility

I still haven't even begun to formulate a plan
for the AHIQ project of scale and time has almost run out!

However, four more blocks were added yesterday to Mardi Gras,
eighteen in total now, another eighteen to go! I need to make a concerted
effort to have these finished within the next two weeks.


For some reason I only took individual shots
of three of the blocks.






These are  only meet the criteria of Ad Hoc
in that strips are pulled out of the bin in an ad hoc manner, you can
see that not all the strips are even width and there is the odd
slip up in the placement in one block!

The above is the sum total of stitching over the past week.
I'm in the throes of sorting fabrics and trying to find a good
chunk of time at my desk to make a list of quilts to be finished, and in
order of importance.  Future projects need to be listed and this is the
difficult part, there are so many but not enough time!!

In the garden the Autumn colours are taking centre stage, in
addition to camellias at this time of year my hibiscus are in bloom,
I took these photos below this morning.








I have more but they can be saved for another post.

I'll end this post with a photo of my helper who decided I didn't need
to neatly fold any more fabrics for the basket, she would have
her afternoon nap in there, and she was not moving for anyone!


I'm off to visit 
to catch up AHIQ posts.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waltzing Matilda aka Rainbow Blur

I now have this quilt top finished and all ready
to be hung in the closet waiting to be quilted.

My quilts have names and as this one was based on the
travels around Aussie by Anna Maria Horner I'm calling it
Waltzing Matilda!
This will be gifted, I have someone in mind but just in case
they read my blog I'll not mention the name.

You might remember I reduced the block size so mine
is 60" x 75", at the limit of my capabilities at the moment.


The pieces are a great size so it goes together pretty quickly.
Below is one of my favourite squares 10" finished and
making up a part of the 15" finished block,


but my all time favourite fabric from this range is below


three yards are tucked away in my stash!
You  can see it's a large pattern, but glorious!!

In my last post showed a photo of the lovely poppy fabric from KF Collective,
a Philip Jacobs design, I love to see the fabrics from these three guys
in strips, two clean up cuts below


they play so well together, every time.

 Now, one of the blogs I read is by Maria Cook 
at
Maria works magic with indigo fabrics, beautiful rich and moody blues,
but one day she had few little pieces on her blog in cream/white. One of these
gems showed three little girls skipping and wow, I was back
with my friends all those years ago in Lancashire! Within a few minutes
of spotting this it was mine.


Here are the girls photographed on a piece of black felt.
Measuring 4" x 7.5", I'll mount it and have it framed.

Although we're now in Autumn here one of the pleasures of this season
is the view from where I sit at my machine


one of my early flowering camellias, it's always a joy to
look up and see this, a great way to rest the eyes.

It's link up today 
with
Linda and Julie
hosting
Sew,Stitch,Snap,SHARE
hope you'll stop by and visit them.