Mother Patchwork; a place to share my quilting journey...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red and white rocks!

I have wanted to make a Pinwheel in a churn dash quilt - as demonstrated by the gorgeous Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company - using a Midwinter Red layer cake.  My weekend in Bordertown was the perfect opportunity, or excuse to start a new quilt!
Firstly I matched up lights and darks and made big pinwheels.  Then cutting in a similar fashion to split nine patches, you end up with the final pinwheel inside a churn dash block.
I think these blocks will benefit from some sashing but as I don't have any in the Midwinter Red range, I set these blocks aside for the rest of the weekend.
My long hoarded red jelly roll (not a Moda one, was made by a quilt shop) came out for some fun.  Because I had the red roll in my stash I brought a neutral roll - which was from Moda - Floral Gatherings shirtings by Primitive Gatherings ages ago to accompany it.
I stitched and cut, stitched and pressed and then we ran out of time in Bordertown.  A busy week didn't see me enjoy any quilting until Friday.  But it wasn't until Sunday that I had the beginnings of a final dresden to show you.  
And guess what....yep I am short, only have 11 Dresden's, so back to stitching to make up the 12th!
But on the bright side, for the month of July in the Rainbow Scrappy challenge the colour is RED!  I will have no problem this month, lots of red scraps floating around my sewing room :)
Happy quilting Sue.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Patchwork Camp

 A lovely weekend was spent sewing with friends. 
Some projects just needed a border to finish them.
Others needed a few rows stitched together.
This raggy quilt needed space to be laid out, before stitching it together.

Others grew like Topsy and became a top!
Some projects were kits that had sat in cupboards for a long time
But they really shone once they had the chance! 
Others just quietly grew and 
with some new fabric purchases multiplied some more!  

Lots of individual blocks were stitched by machine, some by hand,  there was dressmaking and even mending...sorry no photos of outfits, couldn't find a willing model ; )
Layer cakes became completed tops.
Lots of laughs, chatting, catching up on old and new news and ever present the hum of sewing machines busy at work.
None of these quilts are mine....I will show you my work in the next post, 
until then happy quilting, Sue.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June is Light Blue

I have been on the couch (or the bench as my footy mad kids would say) for ten days suffering from the flu.  Next year I am going to get a flu shot, honestly what a complete waste of time that was, not to mention horrible!
I was so sick I couldn't sew...literally had no interest and couldn't concentrate.  But yesterday, I felt well enough to crank up the sewing machine.  
The colour for June is Light Blue in the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.
After I made these leaf blocks I got out the remaining 2.5" blue squares and cranked out some more nine patches.  I started out with light and mid blue and then made dark blue as well - because there were so many lurking in the box.  
I have nearly used all my blue squares, only a couple of dark blue left.  But loads of half square triangles are going begging.  I will leave them for another day....might make a nice border, if I ever figure out how I am going to use all these 9 patches together!
I might have been feeling better, but my brain was obviously on holidays.  This is what happens to your normally round stick blender...if you puree the pumpkin soup while it is still on the heat....yes I know to turn it off, but I am still adjusting to electric stove tops and how slow they respond v gas!
Big oops!
Happy quilting, Sue.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Scrappy Bargello in red and purple

 I  spent time sewing strips last week...then cutting strips...and resewing strips!
Scrappy Bargello in Red and Purple - free pattern by Bonnie Hunter.

Last Friday at my new Sit and Sew group I got two more panels finished.  Then was able to finish the last panel and sew them all together that night.  

I have found the right fabric for the first border in my stash, but the second border will require a trip to the shops.  I am not sure going to the shops is a good idea...I think I had better stick to working on some more UFO's!
Happy quilting Sue.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Green and Gold

Its the last weekend in May and the last chance for green blocks in the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.
 I found these blocks yesterday, when I was looking for borders for something else.  Its not a good sign when you find a UFO that you had forgotten about!  So I set about to sew the unfinished blocks and then sew it all together.  Now I am back to looking for border fabric!  This quilt is for Aussie Hero's, hence the Australian animals and green and gold combination.
Happy quilting, Sue.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sit and Sew

 I organised a Sit and Sew session at a local hall ...when moving into a community I think it's important to meet new people and rekindle old friendships.  We had a lovely mix of local ladies and quilters that I some I didn't know!
 Some of the ladies knew each other...others didn't, but it was noisy...from all the chatting!
There was hand piecing .....
...machine piecing....
....machine applique....
binding stitched on and 
 pin cushions made!
Everyone agreed it was a good day, so we are going to do it all again next month! 
Happy quilting, Sue.

The Beatle Bag

I am linking up to Chooky Blue's blog as she is having a party this weekend...and we all like to party, right!
As it so happens we can kick off with the new sewing bag I made to attend the party this week.
I brought the pattern from Periwinkle Patchwork at our recent exhibition, and it is called The Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane quilts.
 The pattern came with a set of sturdy plastic (eg not supermarket sandwich bags) zip lock bags.
So you can safely cart all your bits and pieces to sewing with you.  Plus two big pockets for your scissors and rotary cutter.  Plus a detachable pin cushion...nearly used all my crushed walnut shells up now!  And I used more scrap fabric from the stash eg two of three of the fabrics I used were left over backings fabrics!
And then I "made" this apple needle keeper.  I say "made" as its not technically finished...there is suppose to be a button on the back as well...but it was a kit and the kit was short of the button and some fabric...which being wool I couldn't easily replace out of my stash....which is why I brought a kit in the first place...grrrr :(
Still its a nice needle keeper, it fits in my new sewing bag...and when I find my button collection (which is in hiding/perhaps not been unpacked? since we moved house!) I will finish it and probably make a pear one as well..just to keep my pear themed thing happening!
Happy quilting, Sue.