Friday, August 15, 2014

Disappearing Hourglass, Caswell Block and my garden

For sometime now I have been wanting to make the Disappearing Hourglass block.
I made this table runner for my friend Stan who has a birthday this week; I hope he likes it.

Finally finished another Caswell block and I have started another one.

In the past couple of days I sense a hint of  Spring. It is still very cold but when the sun is shinning and some of the plants in my garden like  the sweet pittosporum, daphnes, gardenias and even the daffodils are giving a beautiful fragrance  I can't help but feel a little exhilarated.
But these are my pride and joy camellias... 

Yesterday I took a photo of this gum tree in my backyard before sunset; I like the colour of the foliage as the last rays of the day's sun project on the tree.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Scrap Star Quilt and more...

I don't post as often as I once did because the projects I am working take a lot longer.
The Caswell blocks are hand-applique and they take a while to complete and also I can't stop playing with my scraps.
I am left now with a large box of small scraps but these are being put to good use.

I made another 38 mini-log cabin blocks to add to the quilt in progress. 

 I have quilted my Spring quilt which I pieced recently and loved the way it turned out.
 And this is another reason why the recent projects are taking quite a while to finish.
A lot of seams to join in all the blocks.  Each block comes from 'made up fabric' so it stands to reason that it takes a fair bit of time to complete each block.
And the other thing I noticed is that these quilts are bigger than what I intended them to be...

 But it's heaps of fun playing with all the scraps... wait until I play with the stash !
Actually I am waiting for this years mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter when I really get stuck into my stash and end up with lots of scraps too...

Are you going to participate in Bonnie's mystery later in the year ?


I am working with 2 projects at the moment, so I'll post again when I have at least some significant progress to share.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Finished Scrap Quilt

Finally finished the top that I have been working on for a few weeks !
But before I show you the entire quilt here is the fabric I used for the border...
When I set eyes on this fabric I just loved the quirkiness of the design and had to have it.

The fun part of doing these quilts is the excitement of playing with lots and lots of fabrics.
Going over my stash and selecting fabrics that read as 'white' to contrast enough and still have as much variety as possible.
And this is the other block.
I love scrap quilts more and more and this time I gave these blocks some 'controlled scrappiness'. 
And here is the entire quilt.
The original pattern is called "Roll Roll Cotton Boll" designed by Bonnie Hunter.  The original pattern had  different border but after trying various options I settled for a one fabric border.
This is my third quilt using Bonnie's patterns and I have another one started which is not a main project but to be done when I feel like playing with my scraps.
One of things I learnt from Bonnie's style is to look as all fabrics as useful and not in isolation even when they are dated.
And here is the final quilt !

My aim now is to quilt it in time to have it in my bed by Spring !

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mini Log Cabin - playing with scraps

I have been making these 4 1/2 inch blocks for a while to use up some of my tiny scraps.
I used thin interfacing as foundation.
There were over 100 blocks stacked up so it was a good time to join them up.
I wasn't sure what configuration to place them as they had been randomly sewn, so this is what I came up with. I hope you can see a star in the centre...

This is a close up of some of the blocks....
I used fabrics from all collections, some I no longer like, from leftover projects and some are years old but when it's all in the mix they look just fine.
I think I will continue to add more blocks as I enjoy making these cuties....

I also completed all the blocks for my current scrap quilt  (Queen size) but haven't decided what the border is going to look like. It has been a fair bit of work with so many scraps in each block but it has been worth it !

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Catching up after a long absence - quilt, books and fabrics

It's been several weeks since I last posted on this blog but it does not mean I haven't been quilting.  In fact I have been working with a lot of fabric !
For those quilters who are familiar with Bonnie Hunter  it's well known that her patterns take a large amount of scraps and some of the blocks have many pieces which take a fair bit of time to make in spite of using quick piecing techniques.  And that's precisely what I have been doing.
The blocks are all done but not pieced together; so until that is done I will not post any pictures but here are a few clues; the colours I chose are very different from Bonnie's quilt, the pattern comes from one of her books and there are a lot of strings in the blocks....

To give myself a break from this quilt and also because I wanted to learn how to do a "faced binding" on a quilt I made this small quilt using an old charm pack and some other matching prints.

Then I loaded it on the long-arm and quilted it.  I'll be sending it to my mom.

Let me also tell you what else I have been doing;
Yesterday I went to see the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show.  They had a lot of varied and beautiful quilts. It was very inspiring to see all the quilts including the member's challenge display (see below, some of these). These girls are very creative and many have exhibited and won many prizes in the USA.

One of my small quilts has been featured in the latest Down Under Quits magazine.


I have taken advantage of a couple of book and fabric sales recently;

For sometime now I have been wanting to build up a collection of batiks so I started with this collection by Benartex  (Fossil Ferns) and a few others to supplement.
The box includes 90 fat quarters and I also got some other batiks.
I have a few projects in mind to use them but until then I am happy to feast my eyes on these beauties.


The books I got have some interesting projects as well as techniques to learn so I am looking forward to start one of the projects from the book 'Angles with Easy' and the ruler.

I am expecting to be very busy at work in the next two weeks so let's see how much I am going to achieve to be able to blog.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Celtic Solstice Quilt Completed

This is my version of Celtic Solstice quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter.
The mystery began on the 29th November 2013 and I managed to keep up with the clues every week.

Once the blocks were done I got involved with other projects as so many as us do but having a four day weekend I decided to load it on the Handi Quilter and get it done.
Even the label is attached !!!
This is my second of Bonnie's mystery quilts and really enjoyed using up my stash.
I have started another of her patterns from one of her books with a variety of scraps.  Once I have a few blocks done I'll post some pictures.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lone Star Quilt and new books

I was given a jelly roll with gorgeous bright fabrics which I have put to good use in this quilt.
I have never tried the Lone Star block before so I remembered that I had enrolled on a Craftsy class by Kimberly Einmo where she teaches this block and decided to give it a go.
This was my first block...
Made another...
And used up the leftovers for borders and still have some scraps left..

These are my recent book purchases, lots of new things to learn and inspire.

I have attended two quilt shows recently; unfortunately I was told that pictures of any of the quilts would not be allowed to be posted on the blog.  I was quite surprised by such an edict as in the past I have never had an issue with adding a few photographs.  I am not sure what the reasoning is behind such a ruling. These are local shows and the standard of the quilts, in my opinion, is quite average with nothing new that I haven't seen before.
I wonder if the actual quiltmakers are aware of such a ruling or is it a guild decision....
I can't help but think sometimes that, the Australian groups, have such a long way to go in certain aspects of our quilting community.

Here is a beautiful perfumed rose from my garden...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I have been published..Down Under Quilts

The quilt I made for my friend Jorge last year  is published in this month's Down Under Quilts magazine! 

The photographs were taken on location (Portugal) by another mutual friend and passed to
the magazine editor.

When I made the quilt I had not been approached by the magazine so it was a nice surprise.

This is the cover of the magazine.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Small projects

Lately I have been doing little projects but didn't get a chance to do a blog post to show you what I have been up to.

I made two bedside table runners to replace the crochet ones I had been using for quite sometime.  I still had these blue fabrics from a previous project and would have been such a shame not to use them up.

They turned out so well and I still had quite a few blocks left so I decided to make a table runner for the dresser to match.  I didn't have enough fabric for the border but it still matches the smaller quilts.

 I love playing with my scraps so I made this cosy for my pencil case cup.

Another view with a cute button.

 More scrap playing and ended up with this cushion ...

 And 4 more mini log cabin blocks to add to the ones I already have.
Autumn is slowly making it's presence and I love it... my favourite season...
My garden is still blooming.


And I continue to enjoy my cosy studio, even in the evenings...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lynne's Caswell Quilt

My friend Lynne and I decided to make this quilt together. The plan was to make one block a month but she has been so inspired with the blocks and the fabrics she has now completed quite a few blocks in such a short time.
This is my second block...

But all of these below are hers. Go Lynne !!!
Absolutely beautiful !