Showing posts from October, 2012

My entry in Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival

This is a first for me, but I decided the timing was right to enter a quilt into Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. This is my entry, the quilt you have been watching over the last five months, a pattern by Two Kwik Quilters called Kwik Scrappy Star.  It was beautifully quilted by Elaine Kennedy of Pine Grove Quilting Studio, with butterfly's and swirls, machine pieced by me and it all started in a workshop with tutor Heather Ford in June.  I put the last stitch in the binding and label today!  I made this quilt for the daughter of one of my friends from High School.  We live in separate states, visit rarely, but have maintained a friendship over many years.  I suggested the pattern, as I had seen one made in red/blue by a friend that I loved.  She nominated her favorite colours and I had to pick the fabrics...daunting when you don't have a daughter and are trying to buy fabrics that you hope will stand the test of time...from primary school aged now to hopefully to at …

Ted and B1 see some outside action

It is a lovely sunny spring morning in Adelaide.  Ted and B1 voted for a turn in the garden...but     because B1 was only wearing PJ's he needed a nice completed dolls quilt to keep him warm.  Ted
 complains of the cold, but at his age (40 is old for a bear) a knee rug is to be expected.  Ted is awaiting surgery, as a small girl chewed off his lovely black nose many years ago...poor Ted, such a pity that the waiting lists for plastic surgery at public hospitals are so long!
 Ted and B1 sighted some lovely art in their ride around the garden.  They fancied a seat in their old friend the rocking chair, but DH decided it needed a new home and after 20 minutes on the verge, it was granted one!  Lots of memories of breast feeding woes and sleepless nights, (and howls after knocks to poor wee bub's head on those #*@! arms), gone forever..yippee!

Ted and B1 admired the lovely finished basket table runner amongst the budding green of the hibiscus bush.  Its amazing what you see if y…

Little projects take time

DH has made us two raised veggie garden beds.  I am very pleased with the results, so fingers crossed that my efforts result in some fresh veggies for eating in ... ?? weeks....I am not good at waiting!  But in the interim I am taking a ridiculous amount of pleasure in watching the tiny seeds burst out of the soil and watching the seedlings getting bigger.

There is a  Dolls Quilt is on my To Do list.  This is NOT the actual pattern I was originally planning to make, but whats not to like about nine patch on point?!  This is a free pattern from Kathleen Tracy on her website Country Lane Quilts HERE.
I had a ridiculous amount of trouble trying to find a border print....the fabrics are all out of my stash, and I generally only buy fat quarters of reproductions, so trying to find a suitable piece big enough was the problem. 
I went back to the shop and did some shopping (but forgot to take the dolls quilt) and got home and  started a NEW project.  Which resulted in some pressies for othe…

Dinosaurs Galore - finished

Well here it is, Dinosaurs Galore, all finished and ready to give away!
 This is a decent single bed size quilt.  I had the dinosaur fabric in my stash, but only had a metre so the pattern and size were dictated by this.  I thought cutting them up too small would just loose the effect of the different dinosaurs.  As it was I had lots of tails and heads without bodies!
Here is a close up of the all over Dinosaur footprint pattern, quilted by my local Long Arm Quilter and friend, Elaine Kennedy.  I used the pattern for easy attic windows out of my Ursula Reikes book, but made the blocks larger.
Dylan tells me that his favorite colour is blue. Sew I hope there is enough blue and dinosaurs here to keep him happy and warm! Happy quilting, Sue SA.

Basket Table runner

I had high hopes of a needle turn applique project this year.  I have wanted to make a basket pattern for a long time.  In fact I was steering clear of pieced basket patterns, they looked too hard!  So once I got hooked on what is now going to be a big pieced basket quilt, I thought I really must tackle the appliqued basket block that I found HERE by the lovely Christine from Once Upon a Quilt who kindly sent me her pattern (you might need to check that she is still prepared to send her original design). 
I use to needle turn applique, not sure what happened over the intervening years, but my skills were lost, try as I might I could not get it to work.  I gave up, this was only going to be a table runner and made from my stash, so I let visions of needle turn go, got out the visafix and switched the machine on.
 I haven't used the buttonhole stitch on my machine as much as I had anticipated.  However it is very handy to have.  This is the "double" or thick version, whic…

Summer Basket Quilt - block progress

These are the basket blocks that I worked on last weekend.  I am as yet undecided on the basket handles.  They are a bit thinner then the pattern ones (which I like) but I machine stitched them on...with a straight stitch down both sides...not your standard applique method!  I ended up doing it that way as I was completely frustrated with my prior attempts.  I made just the two handles (cut on bias) and then went back to completing the basket bases, so I didn't get really wild and give up.  Some straight forward piecing soothed me, but I think I am going to ponder these a  bit longer before I tackle the next step. 

Before I could get back to the baskets I got a little distracted. Firstly it started with a small purchase, because although I don't NEED this fabric (with the writing on it), at $10 p/m it was a bargain and I WANTED it......then I WON three cute blue fat quarters - which were donated from the shop Heart and Soul Patchwork.    Let it be said that since I have been …

A Wood Post

I love wood, but I am happy to admire and appreciate...I would mostly likely cause some bodily harm to myself if I worked with it.  I admire people who can build things in wood - surely it is much hard to "fudge" then fabric, which has some give?!!  I deliver the appropriate sounds of appreciation, when I see something beautiful - because as a creative person, I admire others who create in different mediums. 

My darling Dad is a modest man and quietly goes about making me beautiful things, all in wood.  This is a fairly new hobby to him, but his father took up wood turning in his retirement, so even as children we would troop off to the workshop to see what Grandpa had made.  Now we take our children into Papa's shed to see what he is making...its a bit like Santa's cave though because he
also makes toys!
My most recent gift from my father as this quilt hanger/towel rail for the sewing room/guest bedroom, which I absolutely love.  It was a requested piece, but I wa…

Ohio Star Papillon lap quilt

This was the completed Ohio Star quilt, binding all ready for stitching down.  I really wanted a pink for the binding but the dusky shade of pink was too hard to match, so we settled for the brown/grey print purchased at Hettie's Patch. 
I started sewing and hated it...I had purpose purchased this fabric for this quilt... these are not my colours, its a gift for someone else...I still couldn't do it.  I reverse sewed.

Later in the same day, in between loads of washing, cooking and avoiding cleaning ...I found the left overs of the border fabric in my stash....amazingly stupidly I had forgotten that I had purchased enough fabric for the binding too...and put it away .....does anyone else do this?! 
So now its machine stitched on, hand stitched down, label attached and ready to be gifted.    
Happy Quilting, Sue SA. PS just realised now that DH has his own camera I can turn the date stamp off...cos this camera is MINE!