Waiting In The Wings

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Colour, colour and more colour........

In the past two weeks I haven't been sewing, not on my own quilts
at least, but I have been quilting and binding a small colourwash piece
which I bought last year from
Wanda at Exuberant Color



I've always loved the stunning colourwash quilts made by Wanda and when
I saw this on her blog I quickly sent off an email!
 Just quilted vertically, the emphasis being on
the colour and placement of fabrics rather than the quilting.

I just had enough of the batik for binding but made a stupid mistake with the scissors
when I came to join the two ends together so
there are a couple of wonky bits, I am waiting for more of the
fabric to arrive then I'll resew.

In the package was a surprise gift of one of her
mug rugs


and what a beauty it is!

For a little colour co-ordination


this day lily is out in the garden,
it doesn't usually flower until August/September,
how come it's putting on a show in March is a mystery.

In the mail today


this will make good bedtime reading tonight and would
have looked a lot better if the postie hadn't
folded it in half when leaving it in the box!

Thanks to all for your good wishes, hope I've not missed
replying to anyone!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time Out

I'm going to be taking a break from posting until Saturday week.
I have quite a number of health issues to deal with permanently
but a couple of them have been causing me some grief lately.
So, I'm going to just relax and enjoy pottering around. 
I have some
things I should like to re-arrange in my sewing
studio, I need a little time relaxing in the garden before
Autumn kicks in, more time for reading and just to
work on my quilting at a slower pace for a few days.
I guess my batteries need re-charging, they're feeling pretty run down!
The above isn't referring to my pacemaker batteries!

All the above hasn't stopped me buying a little fabric the other day
when my DH took me to look at a sewing/quilting cabinet. Opened out it gives 5'
of quilting space behind my Bernina, plus space on the left,
a great swing out section with a cubby  and deep drawer
and compartments on the RH side. One is now on order for me.



These are Tilda fabrics and not my normal colour choice
but I thought it's always good to try something different.
Reading your blog posts will, of course, still be on my agenda!!

Take Care
Maureen 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cutting out and Computers

Why do computers cause grief just when we need to edit photos
and write a post!!
I haven't been able to check my reading list properly for
a few days and the darn computer totally closed down on me
earlier this afternoon, hopefully it will keep working until
I've finished this.

 First up I've now sliced up 8 and 1/2" strips for Chinese Coins
and been playing around with added solids


and  many years ago we bought six of these large Chinese Coins below
in one of those ethnic shops, presently used as mats for hot mugs
of tea/coffee, I intend to  incorporate the shape
into the quilt. Possibly raw edge applique or even photo transfer.


More cutting for Kaleidoscope


more spot fabrics for the four corners and plain cream for the
alternate wedges.
I also pulled more strips from my clean up cut bin and started
on those.


It's great fun just feeding these strips through the machine
without thinking of trying to co-ordinate colour or pattern.

I ended up with rather a good plateful - thanks to Julie for a great idea!



 I was looking at the Japanese Maple in the back garden this morning
and noticed the colour was just beginning to turn,


eventually we'll have lots and lots of the little two winged seed capsules
floating all over the place, I thought back to when we were kids in Autumn
 in England,  there would be thousands of these things falling
from the trees, whirling around and around - we just called them aeroplanes,
I guess because of the similarity to propeller blades, just like the eight "blades"
in the kaleidoscope block.

Not what I would call a stimulating post from me but
before my computer packs up on me again I'm off to try and catch up on two days of blog
posts, hope you're having a good week free from computer glitches!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Chinese Coins - a start

It's a start in that I have most of the fabrics together.







The solids and hand dyes are being played around with presently,
still need to make a final decision.

I'm cutting 8 and 1/2" across the width of the fabrics,
cutting these into half again, keeping one set as spares
and starching the remainder.


My new trolley is coming in handy here, this is not an Ikea, which I would
dearly have loved in their turquoise colourway, but given that they
seem to be around US$25 or so for quilters in the USA
and the price here is NZ$169 I went for a local made trolley, this is
a soft green and a lot cheaper!

Now I've had a break to write this it's back to the cutting
and starching.

Maureen


Friday, February 10, 2017

Gypsy Wife

Slowly working on Section 9 presently.
I had to change out two of the strips which follow down the
length of the quilt, just breaking for blocks here and there.


The strips on the RH side above were the originals but I wasn't
happy with how they looked, I kept the two narrow middle strips
but added different fabrics either side along


with another strip element and a bordered
pinwheel block directly below.
It's really important to keep in mind which fabrics are
going to hit each other, something you think will work well
doesn't when you actually get the pieces on the wall.

You can see some of the top part of the quilt below,
I don't stitch the individual elements together until I have everything
for that particular section up on the wall, so you'll be seeing threads and
pieces which need trimming.


Taking me away from the machine were two new books



as different as chalk and cheese, as you can
see from the covers,  but both beautifully presented.
I'm setting aside some time to sit and read through the
Judy Newman book, or a good part of it, this weekend.

Maureen




Monday, February 6, 2017

That Was The Week That Was

I'm using the title of a TV show from way, way back
for this post.

Almost two weeks since I last posted, it's been a bit hectic around here.
I've not been well, add to that a doctor check up which showed
my blood pressure at 196/90 - doctor not best pleased - and she
promptly doubled the dose of one of my meds.

That same evening very late at night our daughter
called me from the emergency department of the hospital.
She had been admitted in a hurry with a bad kidney infection!
A worrying time but after three days they allowed her home
with oral antibiotics (she'd been on IV during her stay).
She's slowly beginning to feel better.

Needless to say, we've been very busy and my quilting has been
on the back burner, but today I spent a little time on these
two special pieces.

Pukeko

There is a story behind these two littlies.
In a post February 2014 HERE I showed two photos of
a pukeko, a New Zealand native bird, beautifully coloured and
a real character.
Sally T at The Objects of Design
loved the birdy and made a block.

Fast forward to August last year when I was the winner of a Jelly Roll
in a draw on Sally's blog. I received the package and tucked away in there
were three surprises for me.

One  was the pukeko above, he's been living in a drawer in my
studio, today he was liberated and had two borders added, now he's going back
into the drawer until I can baste him - with needle and thread!

The second surprise was two cat blocks, each with a mouse in the tummy.
Sally and I had been having fun with cats and kittens during
the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, these two were obviously
escapees. They were stitched together today and
two borders added, again they're waiting to be basted.


Surprise number three will be revealed in a later post.

Fingers crossed that life can get back to normal for a while, I am
suffering from quilting withdrawal symptoms!

We've had some hot days recently, today is terrifically hot, and
thinking about a dip in the sea I brought up this photo below,
 the view from the front lawn of a friend's place taken
three weeks ago


I'm feeling cooler by the minute!

Have a good week!
Maureen