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Quilt for Carisbrook

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Stacy and Erolyn helped me sew this quilt back in March and then I posted the top to Wilma in Carisbrook and she quilted it and it was donated to someone affected by the floods.  I was really pleased when I made contact with Mary Kaye, because she took the photos of all the quilts donated to Carisbrook and she generously send me a CD of her photos and gave me permission to include her photos on my blog.  Its amazing what a difference quilting makes to your quilt!  Mary took all these photos and I have found a few quilts that I want to lay claim to on behalf of the Quilts from the Heart group.  I am sure we sent 12 quilts over but I cannot find the pictures I took, they are somewhere on DH laptop. The green nine patch on the top left was by Quilts from the Heart and the quilt next to it, with cats and pumpkins looks familiar but I am not sure.  Sue Z makes a lot of quilt tops at home and then often brings them in for borders or just quilting ...it looks like one of hers but I will have…

This week in pictures

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Hmm, a week as gone by and I haven't posted, downloaded pictures from my camera or checked any of the blogs I follow!  Yes I have been a bit unwell this week, but also lost the fight for "the stick" to use the Internet with DH...well he does work from home, so gets first priority!  It took me two and half hours this morning to catch up on the blogs I follow, which might seems like a waste of time, but it did fill me with inspiration and block out the screaming fighting over the "new" toy we borrowed from the toy library...I am so going to cancel my membership!
So last Saturday I had a lovely time sewing with friends and managed to cross off a few things off my to do list.  And this is what my fellow quilters were up to...
 Stacy pinned and started quilting a quilt for her MIL.  I love the colours in this quilt, not sure that the photo does them justice.
 Brenda loves blue and started making log cabins.  I am not sure if these are from her stash, but I think she d…

Just a peek

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This is one of the quilts made by the charity group Quilts from the Heart, that I belong to.  The blocks were given to us by Alan, he said they were "left overs"!  Hmmm, wish my discards were so beautifully pieced!  You can view more HERE.
I have "All Day Sewing" tomorrow, so the plan is to;a) put the binding on my Waggab) sew the extra 20 cm of bias I need for the last Celtic block c) piece the last couple of rows on Luck of the Irish to "finish it" and then add a border, or at least work out what sort of border it needs.d) eat food not included in any diet a dietitian would approve ofe) escape the kids, housework and thoughts of chores for a dayf) have some fun...!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Eastwood Stars Wedding quilt, finished!

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In late 2004 we moved from country Victoria to Sydney and I attending the Hunters Hill Quilters.  Then I got a job and had to find a night group.   So I joined Eastwood Patchwork Quilters, who are sufficiently large enough to warrant one night and two day meetings, weekly!   We got married in 2005, so I hadn't been a member very long, but these generous ladies presented me with 50 blocks to help celebrate our wedding.   The four pointed starts are largely hand pieced (a specialty of many of the Eastwood quilters) and the theme was "country", so you can see some blocks have chooks and others houses, all very appropriate as DH had chooks before we moved! 
 I was so thrilled with the blocks that I went especially went to a hand quilting class, thinking that I would hand quilt the top.  But squeezing in a class BEFORE I got married was a bad idea, as I was so busy organising a wedding (in Victoria) from Sydney that I didn't even get started on the piecing.  And then I ca…

Quilts for Japan

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 This was the easiest quilt to make, nine different transport fabrics, sew into a large nine patch.  Cut into four, turn blocks, sew back together and add borders!    As posted previously I had made the mistake of stippling it in dark colour which looked awful.  I pulled this out and re quilted it in straight lines in mono filament and I was much happier with the end result. 
 I was very happy with this quilt, Bright Stars, it is bright, cheerful, I got to practise my FMQ on it (LOL!) and I finally got over my fear of using white fabric!  You cannot tell but the white background actually has little black stars all over it. 
This is the cot quilt that started me on the long long journey of UFOs!  I had always intended this quilt to be for the child of one of my oldest friends, who resides in Japan, married a Japanese man and had her first baby 10 years ago!!  So when I finally finished it in February it was certainly my intention to send it to Japan to keep someones baby warm.  The sce…

Celtic Quilt, four down, one to go

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This morning I got some time to play with the camera...I am a bit excited as I finished the fourth Celtic block last night.

So now I am wondering how to put the 12 blocks together...this would be nice but small (48" x 64").....
 But if I add some green sashing it makes the blocks "float" and will make the quilt bigger...
 But perhaps a blue sashing will make the indivdual blocks stand out more?
Or I could put them on point ... with blue or green setting triangles?
 OR the final and largest option - on point with plain blocks in between with some feature quilting?  I quite like this layout (not necessarily in the blue) but some of these blocks look a bit funny on point (last two on the right hand side)?
Food for thought... 

This afternoon DS2 had a nap (fell asleep playing on the floor!) so I got to make the bias I needed to make the LAST block!  Happy quilting Sue.