Donated quilts and WIP

I forgot to show you the quilt top that Therese quilted for Heart Kids SA, after the sewing bee.  She gave it to me and I put the label on and handed it in last week, along with my Red Cowboy quilt top. 
I  got as far as finishing the sashing and adding a border for another Heart Kids SA top, that didn't get completed at our quilting bee.  I now have some backing and wadding so I can pin and quilt it.....hum, well it is in the sewing room queue to be finished! 
I did manage one finish though, a quilt top I made last year (here) with some of my After Dark friends and I managed to pin and quilt last weekend.  Gasp horror, I know, its been sitting in the cupboard for months!  I just didn't have the motivation as I thought it needed a border and the pattern has piano key border, which is one of my favorites.  However all this fabric is from my stash (cut into 10" squares last year in the big stash reduction effort) and I had run out of most of those fabrics. 
 The pattern is called McGuffey and from the book "Schnibbles Times Two (quilts from 5" or 10" squares) by Carrie Nelson.  This book was a gift and I must say has been awesome, as this is the second quilt I have made from it...I have a few quilting books, and  this is only the second time I have I made multiple quilts from a book! This single bed quilt goes in the mail to Chooky Blue on Monday for the Caring with Quilts appeal, for those who lost their homes in the Wambelong fire, NSW.  

Yesterday I finally stitched the new curtains for the two doors in my sewing/guest room, (LH side) the old gingham to (RH side) the new Ikea print.  I am no seamstress, but the job got done and I am pleased with the results!
I just love this fabric for the hint of green and leave prints....love leaves and birds in fabric!
Then yesterday I heard the doors had open on the new patchwork store Widebacks in Flagstaff Hill and I couldn't resist a visit and Elaine came along to help me spend my money!  I got 4 charm packs...well they were on special!  Actually I decided that I am going to add a piano key border to the Indigo Crossing big twister quilt top - because it needs to be a tad bigger.  There were no more jelly rolls available in this fabric range, so hopefully the charm packs will do the job.  The other two charm packs are going to be made into quilts using my Schnibbles book.
 The important purchase I made was the background fabric for my Dresden Plates.  I was aiming for pink dots on white.  Hmmm, well at least they are dots!?  I am yet to decide on the colour for the centres.  Perhaps they can be pink?  This quilt is for a teenage girl.
 A short drive away is another quilt shop (opened last November) called Cotton Stitches in O'Halloran Hill.  We had a quick stop there, played with the Go fabric cutter machine they sell and I finally got some milliners needles for my EPP (to hopefully prevent the pain in my hands - apparently you need a longer needle) and some fabric out of the Kate Spain range (sorry no picture) for the first border on my Dresden quilt.  Right got to go and finish making the sewing room into a guest bedroom for our Easter visitors.  Happy quilting, Sue SA.

3 comments:

  1. What adorable Ikea fabric you found.... and I love those dresdens... precuts are such fun.. and those are lovely quilts...
    Hugz

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  2. You have been working getting all those lovely things made. The curtains look great. I bet its nice having something new and different to look at. I hope you are having a lovely Easter break with your visitors.

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  3. Those Dresden plate blocks are fantastic!! Pink centres would be nice or even a denim blue or a nice red would work too!

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