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Saturday, September 13, 2014

A few finishes from the pile

This quilt was made by someone else for Heart Kids SA and I just had to quilt and bind it.
 Ditto with this one.  But I wish I had made it, The scrappy log cabins were gorgeous.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  I still have a log cabin on my to do list.  Please note the kids took these photos, but it was my dumb idea to stand with my back to the sun!
Finally finishing the binding on these two in front of the TV at night prompted me to finish some other tops so I had more binding to do!
This orphan block became a FMQ practise piece and is now going to find its way onto my wall of miniatures....when I get enough mini's and a bigger wall!  
I hand stitched the binding down  yesterday while having a relaxing stitch and chat session with Shay but it still needs a hanging sleeve. 
I love making kids cot quilts, they are quick, easy, no think, mojo boosters.  I have a huge pile of novelty fabric and every bit of this quilt came out of stash.  The border fabric is left over from my pieced Dresden and the backing is also left overs from another child's quilt.  
I love scraps, but using scraps makes me even happier  ; )
Happy quilting Sue SA.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cot quilts catch up

I haven't been slack in my blogging so much as my camera went on a holiday...with DH to India!
Well he did go for work, but had one day off to visit the sights and  pretty impressive sights they were too!  DH brought me home a very beautiful red pashmina which more then made up for "stealing" my camera.  Besides he gave his digital camera to his Mum, when hers broke a few months ago, he is such a good son, hubby and father.  : )
Meanwhile back at the ranch I overcame my aversion to pinning long enough to pin a cot quilt.  I have since finished quilting it and just need to sew the binding down.   
I brought a new ironing board cover and some cute knobs for ....?  Well I guess they will come in handy one day!

 Remember the pair of Dresden sunflowers I made?  Well Mum made one into a cushion (sorry no picture) and I snaffled the other back to make it into a table centre.  Both have been donated to a silent auction to raise money for palliative care services.
I have been busy sewing up more scraps out of my stash.  I made this cot quilt and finally got the purchased minky borders on yesterday.  If you think opening a jelly roll creates a lot of fabric "dust", then don't go near minky!  I have purple fluff everywhere and only had to make three cuts!  Minky is a bit more of a pain to sew onto cotton then I had anticipated, but it was the best colour fit (lighter then in the photo) for the scrap purples.  And surprisingly there wasn't much in the way of purple fabric suitable for a cot quilt at Tricia's....and she has more fabric then you can poke a stick at!
Got to go cook DH a hot breakfast for Fathers Day!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Next Aussie Hero quilt

Last week I started a new quilt for Aussie Heroes.   I finally got the "right" split nine patch layout...using a two colour palette combo really helped to see the pattern, but more importantly was having the expertise of Pennie and Mary who have made this pattern before - and brought over a sample!
I took this quick shot so I would have a picture of the layout to use.  As you can see I don't have enough variety of Australiana fabrics.  Then there is the problem of getting the animals facing the right way up.  I have run out of fabric, so I  need to buy some more Australiana prints that are non directional...could be interesting!
My friend Lisa and I have decided on a new leaders and enders project - Scrappy Sprouts.  I hadn't kitted up the pieces until recently and with all the little kids quilts I have been making I had enough progress to show you what they look like.  I have a large collection of green  and blue scraps.  But trying to increase (cut) a range of other colours for a more interesting result.  
In the meantime I am having a big sort out in my sewing room. I need to declutter and that means sacrificing some scraps, patterns and other items that I don't want/don't use/don't need.  
Don't worry I will share/give away if I think it is still useful to someone else!
Happy quilting Sue SA.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kids Quilts

Not quite sure what has driven this recent obsession with starting more kids and cot quilts, but I can assure you I am not pregnant/nesting! I have precut a large amount of squares out of my novelty stash.  When I want some "mindless" piecing I open the box and go for it.  
I love four patches, and even though the animals heads sometimes get cut off, 2.5" squares in the smaller prints looks effective.  I didn't have enough of the little squares to make a whole quilt, so I teamed them up with the 4.5" cut squares.  While I like this layout and it uses up some more stash, it is a very busy pattern.
So I thought I would make one in a split nine patch format with some colour to break up the pictures.  But I couldn't work out how to make "the pattern" AND keep the animals up the right way.  I am not sure that this layout is anymore soothing to the eye!
SO I found one novelty print (which I swear I did not buy - must be from Mum?) and teamed it with some left over pinks out of my stash.  There is not a lot of pink in my stash so I was pleased to have a "girl" quilt.
AND THEN I found my 2.5" strip and square box.  There were some orphan pink and white four patches in there.  That started a whole new sewing session of four patches.  Which then lead to this quilt top!  So while I now have four new WIP, I think will consider it a glass half full - because there is a whole lot less fabric sitting in my stash!  
Next step is to find them all borders and backings....from the stash!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August All Day Quilting - in the Pink

On Saturday we had All Day Quilting - with a pink theme, to raise money for breast and gynecological cancer research.  We raised $180 and had lots of fun!  There was pink food.
Pink show and tell.  This is Brenda's first quilt she ever made, looks pretty good to me!
 Bronwyn made this quilt, cute isn't it!
 Stacey made this braid quilt. 
 Monique (on left)  was inspired by the quilt that Sam (right) made.  Sam had to borrow this quilt back from her neighbour, whom she had gifted it to.  Wish I lived next door to you Sam!
There were pink and non pink projects in progress.
 Bronwyn got a yellow border added onto this machine pieced hexi quilt.  I have a new found love for yellow.
 We talked Bronwyn out of a another border for this to love those giraffes!
Stacy challenged herself to a jelly roll race and won!
 Stacy was very productive and started a second project,  following the Missouri Star Quilt Company YouTube instructions for 
 a Disappearing Pinwheel Churn Dash Quilt.
And incidentally won the prize for best dressed - nobody could come close to 8 pink items of clothing!
 Monique was sewing up her Sashiko stitchery.
 Vicki was making a modern version of 9 patch.
Sam was using her curved ruler....I am going to watch this quilts progress with interest, as I have avoided curves for a long time!  But  Sam said they were "easy", so I could be tempted.
 Heather was making a a raggy quilt in red, black/white and grey.
 Cathy was repairing a raggy quilt - which belongs to her dog and he loves so much he has chewed a bit.  I think making a quilt just for your dog is a good idea if it stops him chewing the ones for you!
 Sue (not me!) was working on her beautiful needle turn applique.  
And I was mucking around, playing with disappearing nine patch blocks,  starting new cot quilts with various bits of novelty fabric.  Pretty happy with this, given it was all from the deep stash and made from scraps.
Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Red and white school house blocks

In January I made these red and white school house blocks and turned them into a cushion.
At a later date I made more blocks, but smaller and all the one tone. And got stuck.
Then I attempted to make them into a wall hanging.  Which I hated.

So more recently I have pulled them apart AND have been been considering....
a) another cushion for the four white on red blocks and
b) a wall hanging with the red on white blocks - with a blue star, or 
c) a wall hanging with the red on white blocks - and a red star.

The answer seems a bit more obvious to me now...I had been lacking contrast? Sometimes I need a bit of distance from a project o decide which way to go.  

Either way I think that once I stitched these blocks love affair with the school house block will be over and I am ready for a new beau.

Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quilts from the Heart August 2014

I have just posted an update of the latest lot of quilts donated to charity by the Quilts from the Heart group on their blog.
You can find them HERE.
Happy quilting Sue SA.