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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Definitely Spring and more on my Medallion

We have a very old orange tree in our front garden,
it sits at the beginning of the path to the front steps


and it may be a good age but my word we have great oranges
from it, husband makes the marmalade (which is delicious) and the blossom is just beginning to open.
The perfume is almost gloriously overpowering, I love it! Spring is definitely
here.
I have a few bluebells out so I must remember to take a photo of those
later this morning.

You might remember I made a start with the
Gwennie Inspired Medallion and  had reached the stage below,


 this was taken on a pretty dull day, it shows
in the colours here.

Anyway with lots of things going on I didn't keep up with
the monthly schedule so the Medallion was shelved.
Yesterday I decided I had to finish it but just doing my own thing.
I've  added a couple of sliced borders, patched in a couple of
places because I had only a smidgy strip of the dark fabric (top and bottom) left
which I intended to use all around. After all  improvisation
can add a bit of interest.

Oops I never cropped the photo!

Fortuitously an order of Moda Grunge fabric arrived yesterday afternoon
and without realising it I had ordered the perfect lime green, so I added
a very narrow border. The next round will be pieced, but as yet I have
no idea of a design - I'm really making it up as I go along.

Back quickly to the fabrics - these are gorgeous, there are well over 100
colours in the range, the ones I ordered are below.


I am guilty of having been on a spending spree lately with
books and fabrics,  come to think of it that's a silly thing for me to say
because I actually don't feel guilty! There are many things I don't or can't do,
 some due to health problems and these include
not taking expensive holidays, or sometimes any holidays,
 I can no longer enjoy a glass  (or two) of lovely
rich red wine - which I loved - and I'm not a big buyer of clothing. The
first two are out for health reasons, the last because I'd rather
have fabric, or buy plants for my garden.

So given  the above you may be seeing more fabric and a couple
more books over the next few weeks!

I'm linking up with
Kaja and Ann
At Ad Hoc Improv Quilters

Back to the machine for me - enjoy the last few days of the week
and happy quilting.

Maureen

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gypsy Wife and beautiful blooms

For two weeks I've been battling with two infections and coping with the
effects of the antibiotics to clear the infections!!
Not the best and no sewing was done for a good 10 days or so but Wednesday this week
I headed off to my machine. 

Gypsy Wife - now completed Section 6 - hooray!! Here I must say that it
was partially complete, I certainly didn't do the whole thing
in two days!


Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, the odd point missing etc.
this was a mammoth job and one I very much doubt I would do again.
Just four more sections to go and then the task of putting all
ten sections together - what fun!

Mine is quite a busy quilt, I guess some would say a bit of a jumble, but I
wanted to try and create the feel of the Gypsies of old and the ones we used
to come across in my childhood. Research on the colours they used show
that rich colours were favoured and mixed  happily together, especially
in their clothing - no co-ordinating required here!
Their traditional caravans were beautifully painted, once again using
rich, bright colours. 

Keeping with the subject of colour look what arrived for me yesterday


a feast for the senses!!
I intend to spend some quality time this coming weekend with my head
buried in the pages.

More blooms - but pastel this time. Tulips are up in the garden

just opening


second day

a peek into the centre


fading today
I think that's it from me until early next week, have a lovely weekend!
Maureen

Friday, September 9, 2016

Kaleidoscopes

It's an absolutely beautiful Spring day today, although extremely cold and yesterday
we actually had hail and horrific cold blasts.

Cherry blossom is out in the garden, guaranteed to lift the spirits,
regardless of whether they are in need of lifting or not.


A few more kaleidoscope blocks were added to the growing collection
yesterday. A few sets, mix of Kaffe Collective and batiks




then cut and sewn, with a few left over pieces just
to mix things up a bit.




So, progress is being made but I need to ramp things up a bit
with this project, in fact I need to ramp up on a lot of projects! 

Today I'm getting on with a few improvements - hopefully - to my working
set up in the studio. I have a large board to cover after I post 
which gives me a larger area
for ironing, this will sit on new cubes which we bought yesterday, 
they're 40cm square, four of them and stacked two together
gives me a good height for my padded new board.

The sturdy fabric boxes which fit inside give me a heck of a lot
of scope for fabric reorganisation.

That's me for Friday, have a good quilting weekend!

Maureen

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Gypsy Wife blocks, fabrics, cats

There were a few things this week which interfered
with my quilting, sum of progress on 
Gypsy Wife only three blocks.





One of the above mentioned distractions was time spent stroking new fabrics,
all are from the Kaffe Fassett Collective guys.
I'm waiting patiently for the new range to be released.

Aboriginal Dot is a good one instead of
pure solid.


The ones below are half yard pieces, I used to buy
quarters but found they disappeared pretty quickly. 


I bought yardage of these ones below, I'm using a lot of the bottom
five fabrics in Gypsy Wife but was down to teeny pieces and
needed more.
The top piece is the green colour way of Dream, I realised
I didn't have any in my stash, remedied that now!


Not a chatty post I know but I have things to work on this weekend and
it's 9.30am Saturday here in NZ, almost time for a morning cup of tea
before it's head down to the machine.

One quick photo of Leila in a command position watching out for the huge
Maine Coon cat from next door who calls over now and again to
check her out - something she's not too comfortable about. 
We had one of the microchip cat doors installed when she began
to go into the big outdoors and she can hop back into the house
quickly.


Enjoy your weekend.

Maureen

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cross Cut

Cut and stitched the piece from my last post HERE.
Just needs quilting.



This is a tutorial from Debbie at A Quilters Table, and in her sidebar she has two posts -
Cross Cut showing 1 and Cross Cut showing 2, do go and check these out there are
some beauties!!

Lessons learned from making this:

1. when sewing the cut up sections
make sure you keep them in the orientation intended!
Botton left - this block should have been placed with the arm on the
right of the block pointing upwards towards
the block above, the corner would then have been better balanced.

2. next time I would make more  original blocks to
give myself a few more options and possibly use
lightly patterned fabrics for the background.

A larger one is definitely on my
agenda, the one above is 22" square and as a practice
piece I'm happy with it, great fun to play with.


The latest Kaffe Fassett book arrived in the book shop
late last week, wonderful photographs of the quilts
on location in Italy and a few are earmarked as possibles!
Now I'm waiting for the next book "Blooms"which
should be out next month.
Methinks I may need extra shelf space!!

Enjoy the week, I now need to decide which project/projects need
my attention for my week!




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Something New

I have, like many others, lots of projects on the go and
all of them need my time.
Today was set aside to work on Gypsy Wife but over breakfast
I was thinking of a quilt seen a few weeks ago on
a blog I follow, this blogger has a great tutorial.
Breakfast over, no Gypsy Wife blocks being cut but
this Cross Cut piece was!
Below is the first stage, this is just a practice piece, and the
second stage will come tomorrow. I'll wait until tomorrow
before giving the link to the tutorial.


I have a feeling that this photo is going to be a bit fuzzy, sorry about that but it's
early evening already here and the light is going.
Two pins are in place where seams meet, or
rather don't meet, and I'll work on those later,
or as it's a practice piece I could just go with the flow and
leave as is.
Measure twice and cut once is a saying I should have
taken more notice of.