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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Block of the Month quilt and some more mini-blocks


I love Craftsy !
I have purchased quite a few classes not just quilting but also cooking, bag making and many others, so when I saw the new   FREE Summer Block of the Month I immediately signed up.

The quilt runs for 6 months and the blocks are made up of 17 star blocks with the quilt ending up 70" X 70".  The quilt is called Night Stars and the instructor is Kimberly Einmo.
I have some of her books and 2 of her paid classes from Craftsy .

The first instalment for July are 4 stars and these are mine.
All the fabrics came from my stash of batiks and I should have enough for the entire quilt.
 





 Of course I had to get my 'scrap fix' this week, so made a few more mini logcabin blocks for the ongoing quilt. They are so cute and I can't stop making them.



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bow-Dacious quilt top and other projects

The pattern for this top is called Bow-Dacious and it comes from the book "Adventures with Leaders & Enders" by Bonnie K. Hunter. My blocks are larger and all the fabrics came from my stash. 

I often think that I don't finish as many projects as I once did but then realise that projects such as these take a long time to cut with so many fabrics involved.
Each block has 10 different fabrics of the same colour family and then the background is the same throughout.

The bright green fabric I bought in Hawaai and the mustard border I have had it for many years.
The top is almost big enough for a single bed and I still have some fabrics left for the sashing so I may still end up adding another row.

On the subject of scraps, I have started the 'leaders and enders' project this year.
This is another of the regular yearly events that Quiltville puts on every year.
I have cut all the patches and pretty much have all the rows sewn up.
I used the Accuquilt machine  to speed up the process.
I am not too happy about the size (5") so I may end up finishing it up a lot sooner. 
 

I have been playing with my new sewing machine, trying out the blanket stitch and decorative stitches. I have used wool for the flowers and the bird but I want to add more hand embroidery and beads as it's looking rather plain.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dots and Stripes quilt and new sewing machine

Meet my new "playmate", JUKI F600 ! I have been thinking about a getting a new machine which can do more than just straight stitch like my 'beloved' JUKI TK98.


I collected her last Friday night just before the store closed. I used her over the weekend and am very happy with her features, quality and easy to operate not to mention the price.
The main purpose for buying her is to do more machine applique.  There are so many quilts I want to make that have bigger applique pieces which can be done by machine a lot quicker especially using wool.

I finished a top for a single bed last week. It will be going to Lucinda (my daughter).
I have a lot of strips and dot fabrics and as I like bright fabrics what better way to use them up; well there are still lots of fabric left...

 Close-up of some of the blocks...


 And a bit of fabric shopping at my favourite fabric shop Darn Cheap Fabrics...
I have 2 projects in mind for these; one I already started..

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Modern Quilt Finished

 
I have been thinking about my quilting activity this year and it feels that I am not achieving very much.
 
I am still inspired with all the projects I see, I still love my fabrics and tools but somehow I don't seem to be completing very many of the UFO's...
 
I have a little more time to sew but don't always make the best of that time; I spend time on the internet, look at books and magazines, listen to podcasts or watch quilting shows or do other activities not related to quilting or gardening.
 
Perhaps I am not giving myself credit for what I complete as some of my projects are rather large or I waste too much time trying new blocks such as the one below.
 
I realise that using with my scraps can be time consuming as some involves a lot of cutting and sorting and cleaning up afterwards.
 
 
 
So this weekend I finished quilting this top I had done quite sometime ago... I have 'promised myself' that I must do the binding this coming week...
 
 
It's quite a large quilt and the quilting is rather simple... I went as the mood took me...
 

 
 
A quiet spot in the garden....
 
 
 

 

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Playing with my scraps

I have a few large projects on the go, including a top loaded on the HandiQuilter, but I could not resist having a play with an handful of scraps.


And I came up with this little quilt to hang up at my work station.


Wanted to play some more, I saw this block in a magazine which uses scraps by colour.



From my box of 2 1/2" squares I made these two blocks.


 I got the AccuQuilt die for the Double Wedding Ring block.


On a sadder note, this poor chap (Sulphur-crested cockatoo) has been coming around for food each day and I don't know what to do. Yesterday he let me pat him and I am wondering now if he was a pet that escaped and is not being accepted by the others in the flock and of course having the beak the way it is, it makes it difficult to eat.
I wonder if I should try to catch him to take him to the vet or let nature take his course...


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kim Diehl quilt top completed

I am back from my fantastic trip to the USA and Smooth Jazz cruise in the Caribbean Sea and my inspiration and desire to get back to my projects is as strong as ever.
There isn't enough time to do all the projects I have started let alone the ones I want to start.
So without further delay, I finished this top over the weekend.
The pattern is from Kim Diehl's book "Simple Appeal" and the pattern is called "Farm-Girl Finery".  I love all the projects in the book and I am already dreaming of making some of the other quilts featured.
Some of the fabrics are Kim Diehl's. and some of the circles are wool.
 Here is a close-up of the centre ...
I started the applique using a blanket stitch and needle turn for the stems but realised that it was going to take too long to finish, so I completed the applique by machine.
 I am quite pleased the way it turned out.
 I also finished the binding for  this quilt, which is going to be a birthday gift for a friend later in the year.
 
We have been getting some visitors lately and Lucinda could not pass an opportunity like this...
 
Others stay up high watching what's going on...
 

 
This handsome one was looking down at me from the roof.... hi there !


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Music Quilt, bags and coasters

I have been doing a few projects, so it was time to blog about it...
Most of them will be gifts.

Here they are:

This one is for a friend in the USA, who I am going to see in a couple of weeks time...
We are doing a Smooth Jazz in the Caribbean...

The fabrics are music themed...
 I had been saving these prints for a special quilt..
 This table topper is for my mom. The fabrics came from Portugal and are very traditional.
 The words on the fabric a meant to be love notes from long ago... really cute.
 Have been making a few pouches like this one with Aboriginal fabrics... another stash that I have been saving for ages.
 I felt like playing with scraps....
 And tried a new pattern with a recently purchased fabric...
 More little blogs to play with my new fabrics..

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year !

And best wishes for the world with less conflict and better health...

Since my last posting I have been keeping up with Bonnie Hunter's yearly mystery "Grand Illusion".
The reveal came and I joined four of the blocks to see what the effect would be.
I can't say that I am thrilled with it as it seems too busy for the stars to stand out.
I am going to leave it for a little while but eventually I will be put it together in some other way.


Just before Christmas I made this little table topper ...

Gardening is still going on albeit not as much as it is quite warm to be outside.
My hydrangeas have once again put on a show and my daughter was among them..



I haven't made any significant new year's resolutions but I do have my 'to do' list which is nothing new for me. I have some specific tasks I want to achieve in quilting and also develop more my music knowledge. I want this year to focus on a classical composer but continue to enjoy my other genre of music "Smooth Jazz".

This leads me to a very sad news which occurred on the 1st January, the death of Jeff Golub, a longtime jazz, blues and rock guitarist which I admire.
Here is a taste of one of his recordings;