Waiting In The Wings

Sunday, July 14, 2019

One of those weeks .........

Ever had a week where nothing seems to fall into place
on the quilting side of life??
Mine was last week!

First thing was after binding three quilts (one later in this post)
I had the great idea to play with solids, something I really don't do,
I decided to use the Crossroads block from
my dismal results are below, no reflection on the great instruction in
the book, just my me not concentrating. 

 They just were not me, my cutting of the curves
was way off too so I decided to revert to colourful pattered fabric.
Come in Tula Pink Zuma!

Bit of a disaster here too, top right, second row left and third
row right - didn't keep the blocks in the correct order, you can see what happened
compared to the remaining blocks.

Still not doing anything for me with the Zuma fabrics, I just don't want to
carry on making these but I'm not wasting the fabric, I'll make five more
blocks and have a large cushion.
Husband liked the solid blocks so with the addition of a dud
from mine he will have a large cushion as well.

On a happier note I delivered a quilt on Friday
to a long time friend of mine who is not at all well, she loves pastel colours
so this one

had been sent off to 
for quilting.

The rain spoiled any chance of taking a full photograph of the
finish but I took a couple indoors

you can see the beautiful quilting by Leeanne.

Measuring 77" x 84" it was a devil to bind, I used a lovely
soft blue Spot from KF.
The quilt now has a good home and D loved it.

Later that afternoon I received a beautiful
display of flowers from her, here being inspected by

That's all from me right now, I'm spending some time trying to decide
which fabrics I may sell on at my fabric sale early August, I think
there may be a selection of solids and Zuma added to the mix!

Off to read your blog posts now and hope that all who are
in the path of this huge storm, fires or earthquakes in the USA
keep safe!


Friday, July 5, 2019

Something Old, Something New and a Finish

Something old begins with me sorting through
a huge box of scraps with pieces going back some 25/30 years!

Here was this small piece

 from yardage of a Hoffman fabric around, I guess,
1989/1990, it's showing darker than it truly is on this photo.
Around that time I made a few waistcoats using Hoffman
fabric and strip piecing.
The main Auckland newspaper had an Arts section and
 approached a local quilt shop as they were gong to run a feature on clothing made
using Hoffman fabrics, did she know of anyone?
Yes she did - me!
Did I have anything special on hand, no not at that moment
but I had just gotten hold of a Turkish Coat pattern, how would that work,
yes please, when do they want to photograph - in THREE days!!!



Front open
showing the fabric lining, all these panel seams were covered in different
strips of fabric hand sewn to hide the raw edges.

This is still hanging in the closet, I have worn it twice, but as you can
see it's not the sort of coat you wear out regularly!

Something new is fabric, I couldn't walk away from these

I had picked out a soft light aqua rather like the Grunge fabrics, 
 and then spotted this brilliant magenta colour, straight under
my arm and heading off to pay I walked
past the KF Collective display and here was this magnificent
Philip Jacobs Japanese Chrysanthemum - how had I missed this before??
You can see the pops of rich turquoise green and a little 
yellow peeking out on the fold there.
I feel there may be a squirrel on the loose in my studio!

A Finish
Rainbow Blur is now back from  
and I finished binding yesterday.

Sorry for the rough photo I'm trying to balance on crutches whilst
getting the whole quilt in the photo, missed some of the edge off.

Measuring 60" x 74"
Cotton batting
Quilting pattern by Leeanne is Yodel - double click the photo
it's a great geometric design.
Binding is Anna Maria Horner Source Code.

Time for an afternoon cuppa, I hope all who celebrated
the 4th July had a happy day and enjoy the weekend.
See you soon.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Memory Quilt Series No 1 - Dale Head Farm

Computer problems have held me up from posting until
today, but here is No 1 in my series.
You have had glimpses of this one some time ago but now I have a
finished quilt, with a story,  those who like to know the story behind
a quilt then please read on.

Dale Head Farm
High Peak

As a youngster between the ages of 4yrs and 10 years, I spent
many happy holidays with Mum on a relative's farm in Derbyshire, England.
Dad's cousin (known as Aunty Alice to me) and her husband had the farm with a herd of
dairy cows - Friesians - and a decent sized flock of sheep.

These holidays were some of the happiest times of my younger years.
The marriage of my Mum and Dad was difficult and
time spent on the farm were balm for the soul of a little girl. 
The journey involved a train ride from our village in Lancashire, another 
train from Manchester to Buxton followed by a ride on  the one bus of the day
which would take us up on to the High Peak and drop us off at the
top of the long lane to the farm, then a long walk!

I would be up in the morning at 5.00am to help with milking, no machines
then just a three legged milking stool, a pretty large pail clasped between the knees - a bit
tricky for a little girl - and knowing how
to get the milk going! How I loved that part of the day. Anyone who
hasn't had the chance to perch on a stool in the shippen (cowshed), pail between knees and
head resting up against the flank of a warm, steaming cow doesn't know what they are missing.
I also learnt how to miss the odd forward back leg kick, mostly anyway but there was
the odd accident with the pail of milk.

Arriving at lambing time was equally enjoyable, I would do the rounds with
Uncle Bob when necessary to check if any sheep were in trouble, if that was the case,
especially if twins were on the way, I would keep the sheep steady and
comforted on the ground while he delivered. What an amazing experience.

I learnt how to drive the tractor - an old photo below from about 1954

not very clear but thanks to good old iPhone it's a reasonable
copy from one in the photograph album.

The old black iron stove in the kitchen/living room warmed us, fed us
and had a copper kettle nearly always boiling hot ready for a drink.
The kettle had been used in my Dad's younger days by his Mum. I never knew my
grandma, she died when Dad was 15 yrs old. That old kettle, which by then was
almost totally black, sits now on a cupboard in our hallway, cleaned by my Aunt
when they left the farm. I like that I have something from my Grandma.

There were a couple of cosy chairs and two lovely oak carved settles - similar to
a church pew - along the walls. Luckily a few cushions were available for use, sitting without that padding
was pretty hard!
The huge wooden table in the centre of the room was permanently
covered in a homely cotton cloth, letters were written, freshly picked garden peas
shelled into a bowl, dough mixed for bread, butter made, batter for baking, all were
carried out on this table. And always a fresh jug of milk. sitting there - no refrigerator,
no electricity.

There was another smaller  room which had a piano sitting there, I spent hours
on that old thing, I couldn't read music then but I could play one or two tunes
by ear. For some reason The Minstrel Boy was constantly being hammered
out on the keys.

How I loved my Aunty Alice, she had a permanent sinus problem, very curly and
wiry hair and a wonderful happy smile. She always wore lovely old flowered wrap around aprons
which covered front and back, I wonder if that's where my love
of bright fabric comes from, hence the use of the bright flowered
KF Collective fabrics in the quilt, reminiscent also of the lovely
wild flowers in the meadows of the farm.

I close my eyes and I am back there again.
Happy Days

Now,  a couple more quilt photos.
Here is my favourite piece of fabric in this quilt, my last little bit of
an old KF.

You can see the lovely wavy quilting by
and the psychedelic backing fabric! 

I used another KF fabric for the binding, I thought it blended in with
the main fabric pretty well.

Cotton batting from Leeanne, also the backing fabric.
Original pattern by Judy Newman using pastel fabric - of course 
I had to go bright!
Measuring 66" x 78"

Needless to say this is a keeper!!!

Two more quilts should be bound by my next post, not memory quilts so
the post will be considerably shorter!

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy quilting.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Planning, Surprises and Sunrise - heavy on photos!

I have a total finish!!
The quilt for Bea's 20th birthday has now been bound, she doesn't know
anything about this surprise at all, I hope she likes it!!

Photos taken on the old deck

Two more quilt tops are on their way to Leeanne
for her to work her magic with the quilting

Rainbow Blur below

and my Tula Pink top

I'm just about to bind one of my Memory Quilts - quick peek at a
smidgy bit of it below.

I need to get down down to some serious planning on quilts to be made,
size, fabrics chosen and so on. It's going to be a hard task to decide which to play with
over the next twelve months. I'm having a sale at our Auckland Quilt Guild
early August, with the results of a serious de-stash.

An echocardiogram a couple of weeks ago gave us a surprise,
I have a congenital heart defect, not picked up before.
My aortic valve did not form correctly, instead of having
three leaflets (tri-leaflet) which peel back fully in order to let the blood flow mine
is bicuspid, the valve only splits into two flaps, looks like a round emoji with just the smile!
This, as you can see, is a
slight problem!
The  valve thickens and becomes stiff  (stenosis) and is a disorder which is progressive - 
presently mild but progression rate is variable, hence my decision to take stock
of my proposed quilting and fabrics, hopefully prematurely!

However, life goes on and just look at this sunrise two days ago,
took my breath away.

You can just see a peep of soft turquoise streaking in through the trees.

Have a great weekend, see you soon.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Red is a Neutral for AHIQ: Improvisational Utility Quilts

When I began this challenge I had in mind a throw sized quilt, but I stalled.
I really wasn't happy with it, I thought of sashing to break up the red and
various other ways to stop the red overwhelming everything else.

Yesterday I almost took the blocks down off the wall to throw them in the bin!
After mulling things over I decided I had to finish, so I've gone with the small number of 
blocks on hand and found a border fabric which
I thought seemed to contain things a little.

Even now this still plays havoc with my eyes, and no doubt
with yours, and I have very mixed
feelings on it, but at least
I have a top, which is best viewed from a distance!!!!

To give myself a break from it yesterday I spent some time
reading the book below which arrived in the mail.

Stunning photographs of Victoria's quilts and
paragraphs on her early life, her history in
art and how she came to this point in her life as a
quilt artist.
So very interesting.

I also received an order of fabric by Kathy Doughty
her latest range is 
Seeds and Stems

I am three missing out of the range right now, I'll order those tomorrow.

My favourite is this one below

and that's all from me tonight, tomorrow
I'm going to put time in for planning future projects and
deciding the order of quilts needing to be quilted.

A quick rose photo to finish.

Her name escapes me at the moment but her scent
doesn't - it's divine!

Happy Quilting

Monday, May 20, 2019

Something Old and Something New

I have a finished top with Chain Link Horizon (the new) and posting
photos of two quilts from waaay back (the old) and a couple of garden
photos added to the mix.

Chain Link Horizon is a pattern by
Kathy Doughty
I've played with my own colour scheme

by using quite a lot of FK Collective fabrics in my version.
Measures 60" x 72" so quite a nice size to handle.
I found it a super quilt to cut and sew, large half hexagons make
things much easier and I'm intending to make another one later this year
as a gift for eldest grandson, I'll be using more masculine colours in his.

The old quilts next - I opted out of a joint exhibition with
my husband who paints - but at the last minute there were two empty
walls so I hunted these two out.

Java Moon
 I made around 1993 following some time spent in Jakarta,
I fell in love with the traditional batiks, came home with quite a stash!
This is my own design.
The left hand side strips  are actually perfectly straight, I took three photos
and each one was off kilter.

Jungle Fever
I can't remember exactly when I made this one but I used commercial batiks,
Hoffman I should think, and I did have a pattern but unfortunately
can't locate it in order to give credit to the designer. 

To add more colour to this post I have two photos of gladioli
flowering right now. I brought a few corms home from my Dad's garden after
he passed away in 2003, they're now invading certain spots in
our garden, but I love the colour.

Here they are mingling with a few shrubs

and here's a close-up below,  I love seeing all the detail in the
individual flower. Stunning colour.

I'm heading off now to cut the binding for my large blue hexagon
quilt, a corner shown below.

The pattern is from the KF book
Quilts in Morocco
and it's a large quilt
80 1/2" x 84 1/2"
I'll post when the binding's on.

Happy Quilting