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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Piecing in Portland 3

Vicki brought new and old projects to work on.  
This is a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern using their curved ruler.
Vicki had started the wedding ring on a previously sewing weekend with us in Bordertown.  So it was very appropriate that she got to finish the top in Portland.  
Vicki continued with the curved theme and started making this modern masterpiece using her curved ruler.
Which grew from a few blocks to this!
It is as stunning as the local scenery.
Portland, Victoria, Australia.
Mum used my Go Cutter to cut the stripes for these Courthouse Steps blocks.  She has a great collection of Kaffe Fassett fabric and chose to work in this bright red tone with shades of pink and orange.  A few more new fabrics from Periwinkle Patchwork were purchased especially for this quilt, but work was slow going as you have to plan which colour is going where, so it all matches.  It is a clever pattern, but you need to have your thinking cap on when you make these blocks.   
Happy quilting Sue.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Piecing in Portland 2

Lisa brought new and old projects to Portland.
This quilt got way bigger then expected, but all came together on the weekend which was nice.
Lisa then worked on these blocks cut from a layer cake.
She put the borders on a quilt for her sister.
Lisa loves to make bags.  The large bag is for her tablet and the smaller a clutch purse.
She had pre cut all the pieces for these cute little fabric buckets.

And then very generously gifted us all one each.
I will always remember that Lisa gave me this cute sea gull bag on our first sewing trip to Portland!
Happy quilting Sue.





Sunday, June 12, 2016

Piecing in Portland 1

When a girl goes sewing with her Mum and two friends for the weekend you know that you are going to do some serious "finish it up" sewing OR start a new project.
I opted to finish some projects....because I have more UFOs hanging around then I care to admit.  
I only started this modern quilt a few weeks ago, but I wanted a back up project that was easy.
We didn't have room for a design wall, so we had a design floor!  But realistically I just randomly pieced this and didn't not over think where the colours or prints were going.
So here it is with the borders on - a flimsy finished!  
The pattern and fabric colours are not my usual style or taste but it was fun to work outside of my comfort zone and easier then I thought.
Following our weekend of sewing I had a week away with work, which resulted in the purchase of backings.  This is the backing I choose for this quilt - which I am going to call Barcelona, after the fabric range.
Happy quilting Sue.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cot quilt - a lovely finish

 I am really happy with this finished quilt.
Love the simplicity of it
And I love the quirky zigzag quilting on the border.
I was disappointed to not be able to stitch down the binding, but thems the breaks.
I would rather save my arm/hand pain for something else.
Thanks Mum for coming to my rescue, so another cot quilt is finished!
Happy quilting Sue.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

a new beginning?

Due to the pain I am having pain in my right shoulder I have been looking to reduce activities that aggravate it.  However I had a days sewing booked in, whats a girl to do?
With minimal time to prepare, I tore through my project boxes looking for an "easy" project for the day.
Alas everything required either fabric purchases (which means a road trip) or was more complicated than I had the brain space for. 
Except for this layer cake, and length of charcoal shot cotton I had bundled together, with a pattern!
 Yep, I started a new project!  With a few turns of the Go Cutter I had my layer cake and background cut into 2.5" strips.  And then I could settle into some mindless piecing.
All that piecing resulted in all these long stripes, which I have also sewed into pairs.
That took all day, but all I have to do is sew the pairs all together and I am 3/4 finished!  
This is the free pattern I am using;
and I have pinched the photo of the finished quilt (68" x 80") by the 
designer Jo Kramer from her blog: Jo's Country Junction
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A very simple strip quilt, but perfect for my days sewing as everything came out of my stash and I didn't have to think beyond sewing five different strips together.  My colours are very different from this photo, so hope to have a finished top to show you next time!
Happy quilting, Sue.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nothing to see here!

I am a bit overloaded with a head cold, paid work and volunteer tasks at present so have not achieved a lot of sewing.  Well the truth is I haven't done any!  But my darling Mum has been hard and work and finished the binding for me on this sweet citrus table runner.
I used a nice orange for the backing.  Orange is a rare fabric in my stash so I was almost a bit sad to hide it on the back.
But it did show up the quilting rather well.  Nothing terribly clever, just stitch in the ditch and more zig zag along the edges to replicate the design.
My terribly clever boys brought me a new house, a Lego house that is for Mothers Day!
We had fun making it together.  I enjoyed a cooked breakfast and the next day enjoyed a even bigger present.....a new fridge & freezer!  
It was not really my mothers day present, but I am having fun telling people that I got white goods all the same!  And it is so nice to not hear that rattle and hum all night of my old fridge as it was slowly & very loudly dying!  
Happy quilting Sue


Saturday, April 30, 2016

So you start with a pile of fabric that screams "use me!"
And you search the web looking for inspiration. 
Source:http://celebrate-creativity.com/my_weblog/2009/11/fall-harvest.html (blog by Lisa Tutman-Oglesby, pattern by Moda Bake shop).
And then you think "Oh yeah I have made this pattern before, but in blue.  Look I even quilted it myself!  
Hmmm I remember it being a bit fiddly because the pieces for the flippy triangles were little.  
I am in a hurry, I want to use up some stash and create a new quilt NOW!
Oh look the cutting sizes are bigger.
Oh, look I made a quilt top!
Autumn is the best time of the year - so I made a quilt to celebrate.
It had absolutely nothing to do with wanting to use up some brown fabric, nothing at all! 
Happy quilting Sue ; )