Quilting by Celia

Quilting by Celia

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Applique Wall hanging and a Table Topper

I started these blocks a couple of weeks or so ago and over the weekend assembled the quilt.


I chose the blocks from the latest Jo Morton book...
All needleturn applique.

Had some leftover flying geese blocks from last week's project, so I put this table topper together...
In spite of being Winter, there is some colour in my garden...
 I love Camelias..

 The most fragrant plant I have outside my studio is this one... Daphne.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Modern Mini Quilt & fabric Shopping

I'm having an extended weekend and with the weather at the moment being cold and wet, what I love doing most is .... sewing and listening to Smooth Jazz.

So here is what I completed today.  The inspiration came from looking at recent blogs and I just loved the simplicity of the design.
When my daughter saw it completed, she named it Hippie Quilt.

All the fabrics came from my stash.  I have been collecting modern and fresh looking fabrics for a while now.  
Like so many lovers of fabric, there ain't too many fabrics I don't like in spite of lately mainly working on Reproduction style fabrics.The newsprint fabric I purchased in my last visit to New York, The City Quilter.

For the quilting on the border, I used perle cotton by doing a running stitch of six different colours.

I got a a few fabrics earlier in the week from Kay England's collection called "Bread and Butter" as welll as others that took my fancy (cat prints). 
Lynne, who works at the store ( Darn Cheap Fabrics  ) where I got these, is always so inspirational with the possibilities of new projects to make with the fabrics she sells at such great prices, so I never leave the store empty handed !
Incidently, she does beautiful work herself and I'm trying to encourage her to start her own blog so we can all see her beautiful quilts and stitcheries she creates.

And now for some music...... any Smooth Jazz fans out there that read my blog ???

I'm sharing another American smooth jazz artist by the name of Euge Groove. 
I was lucky enough to see him live in California a couple of years back and he's a very dynamic entertainer. 
He'll soon be releasing a new album which I'll get getting, but but for now here is a song from his last album  "S7ven Large".

Sunday, July 8, 2012

CWB Block, Bag and iPad bag

Another completed block for my Civil War Bride quilt. I have a couple more blocks still to do and then the border which has a lot of applique as well. It's been a labour of love and a lot of work but I'm enjoying every minute of it.

My husband asked me to make him an iPad cover and since he's a chess player I came up with this ...

I like making bags, so this bag and matching pouch will be a gift.

And now for a change of pace;  I started another small hand-applique project from  the latest Jo Morton book and using fabrics from my stash.  I have 2 blocks completed and 2 ready to stitch.  Not sure of the final design at this stage, so I'll let the quilt 'speak to me'...

 And now for some music....

Rick Braun, another talented Jazz Fusion artist with great presence in the Smooth Jazz scene with  several released cd's to his name and with collaboration with other artists. 
I will be seeing him live in a few weeks time for the first time.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Visit to quilt store and Farmer's Wife Blocks

It's always such a treat for me to visit my favourite quilt store; Threadbear Patchwork and Quilting  in Castlemaine (appr. 120 kms from Melbourne).

They  have a great selection of fabric reproductions from the 1800s and they design many quilts in the in the style of the nineteenth century.  Many of their original designs are unique to Threadbear. 

I just loved this quilt and for some reason the teal fabrics just make the quilt so stunning.

My daughter also enjoyed herself when Sammy (dog) came out to greet us ...

I didn't buy a lot this time, about 5 fatquarters....

I sent my friend Teresa  these blocks as part of the Farmer's Wife blocks.  This time I used the foundation method to ensure accuracy.