Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waltzing Matilda aka Rainbow Blur

I now have this quilt top finished and all ready
to be hung in the closet waiting to be quilted.

My quilts have names and as this one was based on the
travels around Aussie by Anna Maria Horner I'm calling it
Waltzing Matilda!
This will be gifted, I have someone in mind but just in case
they read my blog I'll not mention the name.

You might remember I reduced the block size so mine
is 60" x 75", at the limit of my capabilities at the moment.

The pieces are a great size so it goes together pretty quickly.
Below is one of my favourite squares 10" finished and
making up a part of the 15" finished block,

but my all time favourite fabric from this range is below

three yards are tucked away in my stash!
You  can see it's a large pattern, but glorious!!

In my last post showed a photo of the lovely poppy fabric from KF Collective,
a Philip Jacobs design, I love to see the fabrics from these three guys
in strips, two clean up cuts below

they play so well together, every time.

 Now, one of the blogs I read is by Maria Cook 
Maria works magic with indigo fabrics, beautiful rich and moody blues,
but one day she had few little pieces on her blog in cream/white. One of these
gems showed three little girls skipping and wow, I was back
with my friends all those years ago in Lancashire! Within a few minutes
of spotting this it was mine.

Here are the girls photographed on a piece of black felt.
Measuring 4" x 7.5", I'll mount it and have it framed.

Although we're now in Autumn here one of the pleasures of this season
is the view from where I sit at my machine

one of my early flowering camellias, it's always a joy to
look up and see this, a great way to rest the eyes.

It's link up today 
Linda and Julie
hope you'll stop by and visit them.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Moving along

Moving along but at a pretty slow pace unfortunately.
Plagued again with health issues leading to
an urgent cardiac appointment last week, rheumatology this coming
Saturday and the icing on the cake will be a visit
to the Orthopaedic Spinal clinic,
I'm also waiting now for a CT Cardiac Angiography.

Due to the above my Anna Maria Horner quilt has
not progressed as I would like but with
chain piecing the blocks do go together easily.
The two bottom blocks are stitched and then sewn to the bottom 
of the 10" finished square then the three on the left are stitched.
There are two 5" finished blocks and a four patch.
These change block by block 

you can see here below how the order of squares and four patch are moved around.

So, I have two rows of blocks stitched and the bottom two
just placed on the wall ready for stitching, gives
shows pretty well why the quilt is named Rainbow Blur.

I'm trying to be better organised with planning my quilting projects
and tomorrow is allocated to putting together the backing
for Frog Frenzy and sending it off for quilting and hopefully finishing
up the third row of Rainbow Blur.

We had a massive storm here overnight, lots of damage in both Islands
and Auckland (where I am) was really badly hit, I think I managed to sleep
for around only 4 hours! We knew we were into Autumn but
surely not yet into Winter, temperatures have fallen dramatically.

Leaves are covering the lawn, but look at the colors

and also spotted this morning

a disorientated Mrs Tiggywinkle, I fear the poor
little thing may be unwell given that it's out and about during the day.

A few new Kaffe Collective fabrics to finish up the post

I love the poppies!

An early bed time is on the cards for me, hoping to
catch up on sleep.

Enjoy the rest of the week and happy quilting.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

AHIQ #31 - the start of a utility quilt

Whilst many may not think of this quilt I'm making as
a utility quilt, if I go off some of the descriptions I've read I'm
thinking it is.

One I read:
'a functional quilt that usually contains a simple pattern'
'a quilt that was made to be used daily knowing
that someday it would be used up'

sadly I'm not sure where these came from originally but I had them written down
on my little studio notice board.

 My Anna Maria Horner fabrics arrived

and I had printed out a free pattern ( Rainbow Blur) from Free Spirit using
these Sweet  Dreams fabrics, two blocks, one just a large square the
other a mix of different sized squares.

The pattern called for the block size to be 18 and 1/2" - a little on the
large size for me, I just want this to be a cover up quilt for keeping us
warm in the winter months, not worried if it needs washing
every week, kids and cats welcome to use it!

I sized the block down to 15 and 1/2", four blocks across and
five down.

Looking at this now, had it been my own design and improv it
would have met the Scale Challenge - four different sized squares!
I'm still cutting the pieces and they're living in their own plastic bags
marked A through to X, 24 lovely fabrics and there will be enough left
to make something smaller afterwards.

As we're now into Autumn I was happy to see two of my early
flowering camellias blooming yesterday

this bottom one was a pure dark pink originally and now most of the blooms
are opening streaked here and there with white.

Back to my machine now to sew more strips for the Frog quilt
and sew more on Rainbow Blur - I think it may be quite
Linking up now with 
Kaja and Ann
who host AHIQ
why not visit and see who's meeting the scale challenge
and who's on utility!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Frog Frenzy, Fabric and a Four Legged Friend

Not a very productive week at all at my place!

I stitched one of the chinese coin panels for grandsons's quilt
Frog Frenzy, here's a quick photo - the blue background isn't showing
quite true,

and a close up which shows the frogs a little better.

I'm finding it difficult working with only a limited colour palette,
but it was his choice and that's the important part of the process.

Carrying on with fabric sorting I'm asking myself why
I bought the fabrics below, it must be all of 10 years ago and whilst
I do love the soft colour I don't think I could make a quilt with
them now. 

My idea of putting away a heap of strings on the cutting
table was rudely interrupted

Leila thought they'd make a comfy spot for a nap.

Here she is below, resting up after chasing her tape measure, tied in knots
the better for her to hang on to, trying to catch me running around the house with it,
one way to exercise.

So, as you can see hardly any sewing this week but
I'll still visit 
Linda  and Julie
who host
to see what goodies have been posted!