Waiting In The Wings

Friday, January 17, 2020

This and That

Not a wildly exciting post I'm afraid due to
a gastric bug which laid me low for a while.
Luckily I was good for my grand-daughter's wedding on the
11th of this month - a super, super day!

I have all the pieces for my friend's quilt up on the wall,
tweaking is definitely needed and I feel
as if I lost my way as I reached the bottom

but I can play around some more during the week
Most of the diamonds are made up of two pyramids using
two different fabrics but with some with just the one

I've been using my electric GO to cut squares ready
for my Colourwash, the ones going through the machine
first up are from a 6" pack. The machine does have a little noise
during operation but the fact that it cuts with really
not much effort is a bonus.

The garden is very dry at the moment but the nasturtiums
are enjoying the heat

and I picked a few to brighten up the kitchen bench.

Back during the next week, hopefully with more to show!

Happy Quilting


Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year, New Decade, New Word

I wonder what this next decade will bring for us all and
for the planet!
The disasters happening presently around the world and
close to home in Australia are unbelievable.

However, enough said on that subject, on to things to lighten our hearts.

My word for this year is a little different in that it's Greek

and there is no English equivalent word!
Basically it means to do something with soul, creativity, passion or love,
to put a piece of yourself into what you're doing.
It could be applied to so many things in life.

I don't remember where nor when I came across Meraki, I've hunted
for my Greek language book from aeons ago but can't find it. 
I looked for translations on the internet and they more or less all
have the same interpretation as above.

For me right now I'm putting Meraki into the making of the quilt shown
in my last post, and below, for my friend who haas cancer.

A few more mixed diamonds are on the wall, I will be shifting
them around when all are up there, but given the layout above
measurements would be
49" across x 72" down
and I don't want to go any longer but wonder if the width is sufficient
for a lap quilt, feedback would be welcome!

That's all from me today, I'm hoping to have more quiet time to work
out quilting goals and projects for this year over the next few days.


Sue and Elle, thank you for your comments, I am unable to reply as you are showing as noreply-comment bloggers.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Last post before Christmas

I've been sidetracked with my quilting due
to the news a week ago that a darling friend of 39 years
has been undergoing treatment for cancer - first thought
was  -  she needs a quilt!

Lots hanging in the closet for quilting but I wanted to make a start
on one especially made with her in mind.

Looking for something simple I had a look through the
Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston collaborative books and
yes, pyramid shape would be perfect. One had a border the other not.

I was thinking of the layout above at first, then
remembered a quilt in a Sarah Fielke book,
the quilt below is named
Love Beads
love the layout but not wanting to deal with the hexagons
centred in the large diamonds.

So still playing on the design wall with this layout below

going with the Love Bead style but using
a mix of fabrics, two different pieces in each diamond.

Side tracked also watching the young blackbirds coming
along to feed, at first they were screeching for Mum to feed  them
but now they're good to go on their own

here is one of the latest three, just about two feet away from me.

I've been feeding birds for a long time, two blackbirds, male and female, have been
visiting me for a few years and raise their chicks in the
trees in the garden, poor old chap is now looking rather

He comes and sits right outside the window where my cosy chair is
and lets me know he would like food!

Christmas Day tomorrow and I'm wishing
you all a very Merry Christmas, and see you in a few days.

 Oops orientation of book shots going across when they should be going down!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Refreshed and ready to quilt!!

My three weeks enforced leave of absence
to have had the desired results, but
hardly any quilting has been done apart from binding my
Tula Pink quilt

I used up a variety of the striped fabric in the her collection 
for the binding, luckily they all seem to work well.

the quilting lines actually go across the quilt, I just forgot
to rotate!

measurements 58" x 68"
quilted by Leeanne at

I haven't been wasting my time, I have been
spending some sitting in the garden here, especially in the early morning
and late afternoon

with a good book

which arrived only one week ago and is a treasure! I'm limiting
myself to reading about one quilter each day, I definitely recommend this one
and what a Christmas gift it would make!
Quite a lot of the featured quilters are new to me, which is good,
lots of variety in the use of colour and design.

The good side of having a rest is that the mind quietens and ideas
come steadily and clearly, I have found that I'm forming
a way forward with my quilting next year.
Scrap quilts are definitely on the agenda, colour with Kaffe Collective
as usual and I'm waiting for May when the new range
from Anna Maria Horner hits the stores, lots of brights!

Time out has also made me realise that I have bought fabric on  a whim
sometimes, fabric which really is "not me" so I am going to sell these.
Also I'm definitely not going to 'follow the trend' with regard to quilt patterns,
these too have been collected with gay abandon and
I realise now that I will never make them!

More on the above next year, but below I have snaps of three of
my hydrangeas which are performing nicely and along with
the other flowers in the garden gave me such pleasure
over the last little while.

Another benefit I have found is the time to really look, not just pass
by and glance fleetingly but really see what beauty there is in
the smallest gift from the garden

will you just look at the colour and detail in these
tiny wee seed capsules from the Japanese Maple lying on the
old table on our deck. I also enjoy seeing all the clumps of
lichen taking a hold.

Gosh, this has been a pretty long post but I hope you
made it through to the end!

Happy Quilting

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A beach visit and blocks both new and old

I shall make a start here, after an absence of more or less three weeks,
with a photo taken yesterday at our local beach. 
This is Cockle Bay beach and the name is self-explanatory,
this particular beach is known for it's cockle beds, accessible
at low tide and sadly now being depleted by folk coming along
and collected bucketloads of the cockles. Moves are thankfully
underway to try and put a stop to this.

Now onto the subject of blocks. At last I have the UANDUQAL
blocks stitched together, but, there will have to be a little time spent
on unpicking two or three blocks!

I became unwell just after my last post and without boring you all
with details I ended up with an urgent visit to the cardiac unit!
All seems to working well now - thank goodness - but it was a mistake to
try and get these blocks sewn up whilst unwell.
I fiddled around with my intended fabric for a border, didn't work,
tried lots of others and still not happy so it will remain
borderless and just bound.

Do you remember these blocks begun with a Rainbow Scrap Challenge?

There are two more, a blue and a yellow.
We have a local Howick Art Group in the village, an old cottage with
rooms displaying the artists work and as a member I'm going to join in with
two small quilting pieces, hopefully each month.
My first one is underway using the yellow block

a little quilting, trimmed, then narrow binding and mounted on a
painted canvas to match the yellow - hopefully.

The pattern for these came from a magazine a number of years ago,
the design is by
Cynthia Brunz
link below

I think that's all from me, things have been pretty quiet on the
quilting side of things but hopefully I should be back to normal
by next week!

A flower photo before I go

my favourite Epiphyllum on a rainy day hanging in the
'catio' by the living room!

See you soon.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Thirty blocks on the wall at last

A quick post today because I have the blocks for UANDUQAL finished!!!
Up on the wall here - all in place.
Bear in mind that these are just roughly pinned on the wall.

Yes, quite bold and full of saturated colour compared to the original but I focused
on the pattern rather than the softer fabrics used in the book.

I am so pleased to have them completed because I decided on the border fabrics
six weeks ago and can't wait to have these blocks sewn up
and borders on. I'll say now that the main 
fabric of my choice is naturally a little different.

Before I head off  once agin to catch up on reading your blog posts - going
back to my old routine of heading to the computer in the early morning with
a cup of tea to read new posts in future - here are two more
photos of roses in the garden.

Perle D'or

Princess Anne

All for now, enjoy your weekend and happy quilting.