Waiting In The Wings

Friday, May 26, 2017

A slow two weeks

Definitely a slow two weeks!
Thanks to everyone for good wishes after my last post,
sadly the CT scan showed problems with my spinal canal have progressed 
so off for another appointment in two weeks time, until then I shall be very careful!

Quilting - two short sessions only. Last post I showed this photo


and decided pastels were not for me, I had decided to make
a quilt from a Judy Newman book below


in fact it was the one on the cover.

sent me links to this particular pattern made with some nice
splashes of colour here and there. This week I decided to play around
with fabrics again and this is the first row


I decided to go with a KF fabric - Dream in Dark - for the setting triangles.
Not a great photo, Gypsy Wife is on my design wall so this strip ended up on
the dining table.

I've been spending time reading, cutting the last of the roses



and enjoying watching the sun rise


I'm going to link up now with 
for
Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE

and hope I have more quilting to post about next week.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This and That

It's been a funny sort of week for me, not 
as in "ha ha" funny but a pretty frustrating one.

 I showed a photo of a book by
Judy Newman some time ago, beautiful old-fashioned sort
of quilts, soft colours. This week was the time
to begin one that I found particularly lovely.

I spent ages pulling fabrics - some below - and as I'm not known for my soft pastel colours
 it was difficult finding fabric to use, some are below but


when I had the first row in place on the wall, it just wasn't
me!! Didn't work at all, I needed a colour fix
so on to Section 10 of Gypsy Wife. Two small blocks sewn - one
obviously a bit on the too small side - and a few strips later
my tendonitis flared suddenly which put
paid to any more cutting or sewing, I made it just this far below.


I took a telephone call from the hospital where they asked me
to please come in for an appointment Friday (tomorrow), I needed
to be seen sooner than my scheduled appointment in a few
weeks time, so that didn't add to my week.

There was a bright spot yesterday with a package in the mail of two books
 ordered a couple of months ago.



The colour in these two is amazing, I think of the two my favourite
is New York Beauties and Flying Geese, full to bursting
with colour!
I intend to relax tomorrow before going to the hospital with these two.

So, not a productive week at all but I did take a photo
of one of my beautiful hibiscus


and hopefully I shall be back at the machine early next week,
fingers crossed!

Hope you've all had a good week with lots of quilting.

Maureen


Friday, May 5, 2017

Kaleidoscope - stripping again!

A little more work on the Kaleidoscope quilt - starting
with these strips of varying widths,


these then get cut into blocks


which then are sewn into a long chain and


using my Kaleidoscope ruler I then cut these into
the pieces below


and when I have enough variety these have spotty
corners added and join up with plain cream wedges below.



If I follow the pattern (Kathy Doughty & Sarah Fielke) exactly there will be a piano key style border as shown above,
possibly a little deeper than these left over sets shown here.
I have a few more partial blocks made but I forgot to starch some of the dotty fabrics
and ended up with terrible corners so more work's needed to fix these.

I'm loving grabbing strips out of the box and stitching up with no
matching of colour or width - great stress reliever this pattern.

Speaking of stress relief a wander around the garden
showed another of my Vireya rhodos flowering,


just what is needed in the Autumn garden!

Have a good weekend, back again soon.
Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!
Maureen


Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Taste of the Orient - Chinese Coins

Heading towards the finish line with this piece for
the AHIQ first invitational.

There is a background story to this small quilt regarding my choice of colour
and of design, stick with me please for a moment whilst I explain.

Two books influenced both of the above,
one by M M Kaye and the one below bought in 2013, this is by
the author of Wild Swans.


Note the colours  Cixi wears, we have yellow, red and touches of green
in her magnificent robe. What about the fantastical head wear and those two long
finger nail accessories!



The idea for splitting the original oblong pieces of fabric came from the book by
M M Kaye in her autobiography. She spent some time
in China in the very early 20th century and
describes the house in Peking where they stayed which 
had belonged at one time,
so she thinks, to a member of the  Imperial Family. She tells us that the door of the Spirit Gate
was green lacquer, the uprights and roof ends were lacquer red and the tiles
were Imperial Yellow. 

I just had to use these three colours and needed to try
and find a way of creating the effect of Yellow tiles.
You won't see perfect matching seams as some of these pieces were
cut freehand, it is my take on Ad Hoc Improv!

I have lots of left-overs


perhaps these could become something else set this way


AHIQ is hosted by
Kaja and Ann
and I'm linking up with them now.

Linda and Julie
are hosting
Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE
and I'm linking up here also.

'Til next time - happy quilting!

Maureen

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gypsy Wife - sections 8 and 9

Yes, sections 8 and 9 are together, at least for the moment. I'm not happy 
with the bottom block on the LH side, so there
may be a little time spent unpicking at some point.

It's just getting that balance right, trying not to have
too many dark blocks clustered nor too many light ones and I think
I've failed with the above mentioned block.


I felt as if I'd hit a brick wall with these two sections, don't know why, but I'm
not doing any more on this until the end of next week, maybe the brain
needs a break from gypsies!

I took myself off for a walk the other evening when I was feeling
particularly peeved off with the whole thing, just before dusk the sky was
a delight to see, good for the soul! After that I arrived home
feeling much less stressed.


This was the view as I walked along the ridge looking out to
Rangitoto in the harbour - I've decided to try and take that walk most evenings
just before dusk to blow away the cobwebs!

Hope you're all enjoying your week and your stitching.

Maureen

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

sew, stitch, snap, SHARE

I'm working on a very late New Year Resolution - finishing projects!

First off the block - my Teapots begun in RSC 2015, these two I appliqued
down today.


I've tried to get a reasonable match with the colour of thread
and the main teapot colour, not that easy with Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs 
fabric.


The three below were stitched down early last year,  when all 12 are finished
I can set them out in their allotted place in the row and
 add the sashing and border.



The eyes take quite a beating peering a few inches away from the
needle to make sure it hits just on the edge of the fabric to be
stitched down, two is all I can manage at one go.

Something new now

Linda at Koka Quilts
and
Julie at JulieLou

have joined forces to create a new link up
sew. stitch, snap, SHARE
I'm heading over  now to join the link and you can visit by going to their
blogs above.

Oh, and in the midst of this torrential rain we've been having here
in New Zealand this Vireya had opened up in the back garden
to brighten my day!