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Friday, April 17, 2015

the Log Cabin finish

I cannot believe that I forgot to post pictures of my completed Log Cabin!  It has been sitting around waiting for the binding to be hand stitched down for so long, that once I had, I just got use to seeing it sitting around!  Oh and then I had to stitch a sleeve on it...because my new group are having an exhibition in two weeks, so this baby is going on show very soon!
Here it is close up, so you can see the wonderful quilting Vicki Jenkins did.  I do love a baptist fan!
The colours are a bit darker here then in real life as I took this inside at night.  Life has been busy working towards finishing projects for the exhibition and school holidays.  The kids are back at school this week and we are slowly getting into routine.  I am off to Quilt Convention for a weekend of quilty fun with my Mum and meeting friends there.  I have never been before so I am really looking forward to see everything and perhaps doing some shopping, like I need more fabric!
Happy quilting Sue.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter surprises

Surprise No. 1
DS1 wanted to do some sewing....DH is inspecting his work.

Surprise No. 2 
Good Friday afternoon I managed to finish five Rosalie Quinlan bunnies...I was aiming for three, but the boys both wanted to make one and I couldn't say no!  I had to sew their faces, and put them together, but the kids did the stuffing, machine sewing and pattern tracing.

Surprise No. 3
Lovely gifts from my friend Lisa...a cute bunny pin cushion (put to immediate use as I was sewing bunnies!), a sweet 2.5" charm square pack and some yummy chocolate!

Happy Easter, Sue

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Money was made round for rolling

I have been spreading the love around our local rural quilting shops...eg spending money!
I brought some reds for more little baskets in Warracknabeal.
And some reproductions for my stash in Warrnambool, 
along with some modern prints and patterns.
Wool and linen from each store plus a pattern from Horsham.  
And the left over fabric from Geelong...
....is patiently waiting for me to stop driving around the countryside long enough to stay home and quilt!
Happy Easter, I hope your enjoying some family and stitching time, 
Sue.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March is Yellow

Yellow is the colour for March in the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.  I haven't had a very productive month of yellow and we only have a few more days left of March!
I only made nine leaves.  I must say that I like yellow but struggled to find a sufficient number of scraps so I had to resort to cutting up some stash - not that it is a bad thing!  
Lisa pointed out to me that she has been adding the bottom row of background squares to her leaves as she goes.  So I spent a lot of time leader and ending a row of background squares to previously made leaves.
I did use rather a lot of yellow in this project (AFL Hawthorn football quilt for DS 8 yr old)....but it was brought especially....so didn't make a dent in the stash at all :(  Please excuse the wonky photo DS 6 yr old was more interested in watching cartoons then happy snaps!
In my reproduction stash I had two chrome yellows.  The April 2015 Quilt Mania magazine featured a reproduction mini quilt pattern (Framed Nine-Patch Doll Quilt by Ann Hermes) based on the antique pillow/cushion cases the author collects....it seemed sensible to start a new project at the time...in the effort to use more yellow!  
I am not sure if the instructions got lost in translation or I lost the plot (they include inches and centimeters in the pattern), but the measurements were a bit off and I struggled with this pattern.  Mum told me she didn't like my colour choice for the border...I thought brown was "safe" after following their colour choices of poison green, chrome yellow and hot pink...the border was suppose to be red!
We had in a mini beach holiday.  Warm enough to get sunburned during the day and cold enough to affect DH chest at night...nobody expect it to be 2C overnight on the coast!  Luckily my friend was able to loan us a heater to use in the caravan and we were toasty warm.
The kids are now on school holidays, so I am hoping to get lots of machine quilting done to finish off some of these quilt tops.
 Happy quilting, Sue.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tigers live in India

Do you remember the fabrics that my friend gifted me, which included a panel of animals - I made it into a top a few weeks ago.
So here it is all quilted with a stipple all over.  I could not decide on a name for it....I thought they were all African animals, but the kids tell me that tigers live in India not Africa!
Obviously watching all those David Attenborough documentaries, they have learned something!
When you make a big twister quilt you end up with approximately 4" square scraps from the centre blocks and triangular shapes from the border.  All on the bias.  
Waste not, want not...especially as I also had the two squares that were not quite 10" left over.  I popped them through the Go Cutter, using my 3.5" triangle die.  I started sewing half square triangles and stopped when I ran out! Very pleased to get two quilts out of this fat eighth bundle....oh and yardage of white homespun and pink polka dots for borders....and specially purchased pink flannel for the backing!
Oops better get back to using up the stash!
Happy quilting, Sue.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pretty pink cot quilt

When I was in Geelong a few weekends ago I brought some pretty fabrics...I need to make a baby girl cot quilt.
And because the shop had Emma Jansen's range of  fabrics, I brought a few more fat quarters - hopefully they match in with what I already have.
I then undid the pretty fat eighth bundle I bought - so I could cut each fat eight into 2 x ten" squares.  That was good in theory, except that one fabric which was a smidge too narrow.  Which meant my quilt had to be one row short, all because the shop owner RIPS instead of cuts the fabric :(  
Sorry I know I shouldn't use bad language, but the R word makes me mad.
Sewed on a white border and then brought out the Twister ruler.
On went the pink on pink spot fabric I bought at the same shop....yep it was ripped.  Clearly I was so enamoured with the contents of the store  I didn't hear her doing that!  It was a clandestine shopping trip - I was suppose to be JUST dropping off my sewing machine for a service ;)
New baby cot quilt top done!
I do think I have to confess to a new crush on white homespun with pretty and clear colours.  I will be buying more very soon : )
Happy quilting Sue

Friday, March 20, 2015

Table runner love

I sent a sample of the too short binding to my old local quilt shop....of course she didn't have it anymore.  So I went to my new local quilt shop and brought some fabric!!  Mind you they were shocked that I would unpick all that binding...wanted me to make it scrappy!?  No way it was easier to do new and put the old binding in the 2.5" strip bin.
I am very happy with this table runner AND it used fabric out of my stash....well except for the binding! 
This is what I brought, green for binding, red below it (already cut) for binding my log cabin, yellow for another Hawthorn footy quilt and reproduction reds for wee basket wall hanging.
  
Here is the red binding machine stitched on the log cabin.  I don't like it :(
We spent ages picking out just the right red...but it wasn't a reproduction....and it has roses on it...shock horror - I don't like florals!  I really don't know what I was thinking buying it!! 

Here's something I do like... my very old UFO is now my finished hexagon reproduction table runner!
It just needed a little hand quilting...for the last couple of years....I know I don't usually hand quilt, but it deserved it...but also why it has been in the UFO bin for so long!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.