Waiting In The Wings

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Squirrel Alert

I have another squirrel arrive in my studio!
Still slowly working on Red is a Neutral and UandUQAL
but an unexpected quilt is in progress.

I'd forgotten  a commitment made some time ago to put a couple of quilts,
and possibly cushions, in a small joint exhibition with my husband,
he's a painter, beginning 1st May.

So, new Kaffe Collective fabric arrived, free pattern
from Free Spirit on their web site, this would be a good size to hang at
45" x 63"
as the display wall is not huge.

Luckily I had some of the required fabrics in my stash
and the remainder came from my order.
I fell for the Stoneflower pattern and had ordered
yardage in all the colourways.

This is Lavender Stoneflower and below is the true colour, the photo
above shows possibly a little bluer. Twelve 9 and 1/2" pieces all fussy cut.

Small squares cut in both light and dark - black cat once more
deciding to try and snuggle up to the fabrics.

I couldn't resist sewing two blocks up rather than waiting until
all the hsts and squares were together.

I'm mighty happy with the look of this and hoping it doesn't sell
in the exhibition! You notice in this picture the Lavender once again 
shows slightly darker.

Whilst I was cutting fabric my package of the new
Anna Maria Horner range arrived and I love it!

I have plans for this later in the year.
Quite different from my favourite KF but it's always good to step outside
our comfort zone now and again.

Now I don't use much brown in my quilts but in a blog post
she asked was there a colour that we don't buy and/or
don't use, I replied mine was brown, but see what I bought, the AMH fabric below!

Had it been an out and out brown it would have been a no-no for me.

There we have the sum of my quilting activity since my last post,
pain is doing me no favours presently so I'm taking things slowly. 
A wander around the garden showed the effects of
Autumn being upon us but the storm lillies are flowering,

tiny wee flowers only about four inches high but always good to
see them at this time of the year.

Happy Quilting until next time.


Friday, March 1, 2019

March aka here comes Autumn

Yes, officially the 1st of March is the start of our Autumn
down here in New Zealand, the leaves of the
Japanese Maple are already showing their colour a little

and the hydrangeas, once richly pink and blue, have
now begun their journey down the road into the antique colours

and still as beautiful as ever!

All things quilting - not a lot actually, I've been down
with an infection which stopped progress.
The sum of my achievements covers five more blocks for
Red is a Neutral
 invitational with

I intend to sash these blocks to negate stress on the eyes!!
A fabric has been chosen but I need more than the small amount 
on hand, another order should be here within the week.
I do quite like them just as they are but when I have 20 blocks
measuring 14" the effect could be pretty overpowering.

Found my unfinished piece
with the name

As I only have four more small kaleidoscope blocks
to add, along with four corners, it would probably
only take a morning to finish, better get on to it!

By the way, all the photos will enlarge if you give
them a click.

Oh, of course the Kaffe Fassett Collective have a new fabric collection
out now, needless to say I spent some time ordering!
One package arrived yesterday - yummy colours -

and the opening of the package was supervised by
my little helper who 

 doesn't have the tip of her left ear missing, she just
moved her head as I was taking the photo. After
sitting quietly watching proceedings she took matters into
her own paws to check out the fabric

and  was swiftly ejected from the cutting table.
She is an ardent KF fan.

Another non-quilting job was a trip down memory lane.
John's Mum had given me a box of buttons as we left England
in 1980, these were gathered by her grandmother, her mother and
mother-in-law over the years. They came from items of clothing dating
back to the late 1800's  and she could tell me, for example, that the horn buttons 
came from a coat made for my husband as a child,
buttons from dresses worn by her grandmother - you
get the picture.
My children used to have great fun visiting their Gran
who would let them rummage through the box.

I thought this one here was very special and very old,
measures almost 1/2" with

lovely intricate detail.
Perhaps the Downton Abbey era.

Well, after sending you all to sleep with multiple
photos and not much progress I shall head off to
the cutting table.

See you soon, have a happy weekend.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ready for Red is a Neutral and quilts on doors

Dealing with Red is a Neutral first off.
This is the invitational with
and the back story is on their blog.

I'm going with a Liberated Wedding Ring
inspired by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran. 

Today I stitched four 7 and1/2" blocks using
a stack of reds, a heap of scraps and Vilene as the
foundation for the strips.

Four of the small blocks form the ring as below

but the effect of twenty of these larger blocks with all the red could
be a bit too much for the eye so I'm going to sash them

more of these are set down for tomorrow.

You might remember the two small quilts shown below.
It's pretty impossible to have quilts hanging in our living room,
we have two large sets of glass doors, but our entrance and
hallway is a good spot and  my two "top" ladders are in there

I came to the conclusion that small works would look good
hanging on the doors - laundry and the first bedroom
leading off the long hall.

Sailing Through Suez

Chinese Coins

The doors look as if they need a good clean, but I can assure
that's not the case, they're off-white and the
angle of my photograph throws shadows here and there.

Apologies to those who read this blog and also AHIQ
as I have a post over there as well! 

Happy Quilting


Monday, February 11, 2019

Unconventional and Unexpected & multiplying quilt ladders

Remember the photo in my last post
of the new quilt ladder, five quilt tops waiting to be quilted displayed.
Now there are two ladders

and ten quilt tops!!
Bit of shock to see them all hanging there, but I could work my way
steadily through them.

I had forgotten my large quilt ladder

with two more!

Okay, only twelve - oops,  I had also missed the ones hanging on
a wooden towel stand - another five - by this time I couldn't face taking
another photograph of any more unquilted tops, nor the three basted and
ready to go under the needle!!

A little time was spent playing with more blocks for
the UANDUQAL (short version), as well as taking care of dear husband (actually 
quite a lot of time)
who, for reasons unknown had once more developed swelling in one
elbow the size of an orange! Visit to doc who thought just bursitis even though
last time this happened he ended up a day later on IV antibiotics.

Guess what, same procedure. By the next day he had developed cellulitis almost down to
his wrist, and yes you guessed it again,  over the next three days daily IV
infusions to knock the infection on the head. followed by oral antibiotics.
Presently he's on another visit to check if the infection has gone into the bone,  my
fingers are firmly crossed on this one.

Onto lighter matters - playtime with blocks below.

Excuse the wonky photography.
These blocks are not placed as they will be when all 20 are completed,
it's just easier to have them on the wall to help me work out fabric choices
for the remaining 11 blocks.

That's it from me for today but here's a lovely little rose 
surviving pretty well in the heat we're experiencing here. She just developed 
black spot on her leaves, as I don't spray with chemicals it's too bad!

Have a great week and happy quilting.


Saturday, February 2, 2019


Not a very inspiring post title I know, we've been having a heatwave all week
and it's been too hot for me to think of quilting, at least serious quilting.
This morning I'm rushing because I'm off to check out a new iPhone
I've been thinking of buying.

We did make a brief visit to a store to buy this bamboo quilt
ladder, $NZ 27, not bad. I just needed something to use for
hanging some of my quilt tops, it's presently sitting in the
entrance hall and providing some colour, goes pretty well with a
pastel art by my hubby and the old desk.
Wish I had bought two!
Side by side they would have hidden the wire you can see in the photo.

I had two quilts returned from

 shame about the sun on the RH side.

Backing is the KF wide fabric  below

just needs binding now but I'm waiting for a cooler day!

The other quilt I'll show soon.

The only other sewing was a few blocks for the
two below

more to come later posted here and over on
Basket full of Scraps.

All for now, must get to the store.
Happy quilting!


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quilts, Quilts and more Quilts..........

I laid out my plans for the year in my last but one post,
but I was a little low on the number of planned quilts
and ones already in the cutting stages. I'll cover these as I work through them.

First off is my change of plan with the
Unconventional and Unexpected Quilt Along
hosted by 

I went with my original choice and
below I have a few of the blocks for the quilt 

which is
"Cross"/Four Patch
page 80
the book by Roderick Kiracofe
Unconventional & Unexpected

The second is I've 'signed up' for the 
invitational with 
I'm cutting triangles presently for this one

which us going to be a
Liberated Wedding Ring
from the book 
Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again

Click on the hashtags in labels at the bottom
of my post to catch up with what's happening
with these two exciting projects.

This would be too long a post to list the other projects that seem
to have suddenly appeared
so I'll end here and save the remainder for future posts.

Two quilts came back yesterday after quilting and I'll
post these when I have the binding on.

Closing with a photo from the garden, a heck of a big hydrangea bloom!

Happy quilting and see you soon!