Showing posts from February, 2013

Pictures from All Day Quilting

Sam worked on foundation piecing arcs for a quilt by the talented team at Material Obsession. Love that fabric! Last year Lisa kindly made me a bag from this lovely floral print.  Brenda finished all her blue log cabin blocks. Shez showed us her big Twister top, made from a layer cake.  This has been a popular quilt in our group recently and I think this Shez's second one?  Erolyn stepped out of her comfort zone and stippled the border on this cute wall hanging.  Yvonne completed this looooong Dr Seuss quilt for her grandson,  which she cleverly had thought to buy a cute matching panel for the back.  Yvonne also worked on this Leanne Beasley quilt.  Therese was one of the many that pinned quilts. Which is going to be a warm and much loved quilt for a boy in the UK. Heather hand stitched stunning Celtic blocks.  Another quilt that Therese has in progress.  Elaine has been busy making lots of these beautiful big blocks to use up her strings.  Stacey worked hard to piece all the bl…

Seven Sisters unstitching progress

I have been working on my hand stitching project since Christmas.   I brought some new fabrics to make more starts and started tacking diamonds.  I carted it all the way around western Victoria, laid out all the pieces, admired it and then started unpicking!  So the stars had been looking like this - this is a "sister", seven six pointed stars laid out in a hexagon  shape.  Dont ask what I am going to do about the missing triangle..havent figured that out yet!
I was going nuts trying to pick seven stars that didn't clash, had the right mix of light and dark and didn't replicate colours.  I am not great at true "just throw it in, random scrappy" even though I am a big Bonnie Hunter fan.  There is no pattern for this quilt, I am just making it up as I go (a sure fire remedy for disaster!) using a traditional pattern. Recently my friends at After Dark Quilters approved my desire to give up scrappy and colour coordinate my reproduction stars.  Oh my heart is …

Two finished Heart Kid quilts

 These are the two quilts I finished this week, the one on the right is a panel, so I only had to quilt and bind it.  I donated these quilts today when we went back for the final Heart Kids quilting session.
I used the flannel backing left overs from the panel quilt,  to make a binding and machine stitched it on....both sides!  I never totally machine stitch bindings, but Heather told me that they are more durable, so I thought it was appropriate.  My free motion quilting needs some work, but it got the job done. I though big stipple would be easier, but it wasnt!
I am really pleased with the Blue Eye Spy quilt now it is finished.  All the fabric came from my stash, except the backing and wadding - so love the fantastic volunteers that pinned it for me two weeks ago at the last Heart Kids quilting bee.  I decided that stitch in the ditch was boring, so I quilted grids through the blocks, just eyeballing it.  Hmmm it is a bit wonky in places, but I still like the effect.  Next time I a…


I am linking up to Lori's blog Humble Quilts to share my version of her reproduction project, Abundance.  I was going to be slack and not quilt it, but thought better of it after seeing everyone else's completed quilts.  And I am glad I made the effort as it took such a short time to quilt, bind and label.  I also made good use of the other ladies hints, including an easy version of rod pockets, made from 3" squares folded on the diagonal, and stitched into the two top corners on the back.  Now I just need to decide if I am going to hang it on the wall or let it live with the teddies in my vintage pram?
 I don't like making half square triangles, so I made flying geese instead using flippy squares.  Not sure which bit of my brain was working when I decided that those tiny left over triangles were worth keeping?!  I stitched them together to make a little block to sit on my vintage machine.
 Bet you didn't know I had a vintage machine did you?!  Well to be honest …

What do you mean its February?

Jeez Louise where did January go?  Back tracking a few days (that I lost somewhere) this is what I have been up to...
Adding an extra row to the Blue Boy's I Spy quilt. cutting up more 1.5" strips ready to be made into spool leaders and enders blocks, Adding a border to the Blue Cowboy quilt top.  Unpicking leaders and enders blocks, because I was obviously not paying attention? Then attended the Heart Kids sewing session with my mother yesterday.  I was a team leader and our mission was to use novelty 8.5" blocks to make some quilt tops up.  Sandy and Denise were on my team and they knew each other.  Together they made the cute cowboy quilt blocks with log cabin sashing.  Rose Marie then added the red sashing and borders.
 Then team Sandy/Denise worked on this wonky log cabin version.  It still needs a external border, but was looking nice and colourful. 
Lyn worked hard all day to get this cute Maisey quilt top made.  Sorry you cannot see the right hand border, but …