Waiting In The Wings

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Taking a break

I haven't posted now for two weeks due to bad hand and arm problems
I;m splinted up and hope to see my rheumatologist asap
I'll be back soon and will be reading blog posts and leaving comments when able.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

More blocks and a Block of the Month adventure

Five more blocks done for UANDUQAL, I would have had them all sewn up by today had
it not been for developing tendonitis in my left forearm!!!

Here are the latest five

I need to get all the blocks sewn so far up on the wall and find a good balance before
making a start on the last seven.

The inspiration quilt had mixed strip borders but my border idea is a little different
and I've already decided on the fabric, I think.

You see there is a Block of the Month mentioned in my post title, I hesitated for ages
before deciding to go with this.
Kathy Doughty at Material Obsession
always has a stunning choice of BOM projects by different designers.
Deciding to try something outside of my comfort zone I went with
Flying in Circles
by Sue Rose
Block 1 below

lovely movement in this block and the idea of a hexagon flower in the
centre appealed - then the envelope arrived with fabric and pattern and the
papers for the hexagons 

and gosh are they tiny!!
Hopefully if my arm is more comfortable I can make a start this coming week.

So, it's been a quiet week for me on the  sewing side but I've been catching up with reading and
re-watching my Downton Abbey series before going off to
see the film tomorrow. I'm a huge fan!

Gardening has been a no-no of of course but I had a wander around
the garden and took a few Spring photos.

The Japanese Maple is just breaking into leaf

and we had a trip to the local garden centre, I spotted something I had
been hoping to have in my garden for ages. 

Michelia Gracipes

Delicious scent, Winter and Spring flowering and just look
at the colour of the cover on the new flower buds, they feel like silk.

Such a delicate flower

I'll post a photo of the plant in the ceramic pot I bought to
plant in when I next post.
Got to dash now I'd forgotten I had a programme I really needed to watch on TV
so see you soon!!
Happy Quilting


Friday, September 13, 2019

Scraps on Friday and other things

No actual sewing has happened since I last posted, I decided to begin
the organisation of my studio by sorting my scraps.

A huge shock was in store for me because I had six
of these bins below tucked away under my large extension table.
You can see they are literally bursting!!

Scraps date from present day to way, way back.
Each of these cardboard bins are full, I weighed each one,
 12lbs give or take a few ounces under or over,  I calculate
that within each bin sits approximately 36 yards of fabric!!
By my reckoning six bins gives me approximately 
216 yards of fabric scraps.
I am drowning in scraps!!!! I was so overwhelmed that I 
promptly replaced them under the table to sort next week and moved on to
opening a package in the mail - not more fabric - but I think
the most delicious book I have ever seen!

From QUILTmania comes
this treasure below,
text in both French and English and is a book about the collector
and his quilts.

Just look at this quilt below

I saw this book pop up on Instagram a few days ago and was hooked.
If you do have the chance to turn the pages of this book you will see why.
Time will be set aside each week to spend reading in a quiet corner.

More fabric selections for my UANDUQAL quilt
have been selected and will be under the machine next week.

A walk through the garden yesterday revealed below

one of my clumps of bluebells. These harbingers of Spring, along with crocus,
are the flowers of my childhood days playing in the fields at the side of
my home in Lancashire.  Nostalgia sweeps over me when I
see and smell these blooms.

Dawn is here much earlier now and I love to be up 
watching the sunrise. At 6.30am yesterday I took this photo
of the sun hitting the bare oak branches giving them a golden glow,

sights like this are the perfect start to my day.

Happy Quilting


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Spring 2019 - planning projects - top heavy on photos

Yes, Spring is officially here!
Down at the beach on a beautiful day, the water looks so inviting
but still on the chilly side so I'll wait until Summer before paddling.

My sewing studio is in quite a mess and desperately in need of tidying
but I'm still pressing on with more blocks for
Unconventional and Unexpected

I love the zigzag fabric around block 4.
Just 12 more and my target of 30 will be reached and I
can begin sewing up the rows.

Project planning - my head is full of quilts
I really want to get on with and after the five blocks from yesterday I
had to have a little play with two of the new fabrics from Philip Jacobs,
pattern and results below of the beginnings of a mock up of

Hex Star

a pattern from Victoria Findlay Wolfe
and I'm intending using PJ's big, bold prints for the stars.

 Continuing on with the floral theme in the two fabrics above
are three photos of soft, pale flowers in bloom in the garden right now,
colour quite the opposite of the brightness above.

Camelia Lovelight

Arum Lily

I bought three of the plants above and we're heading off again to the garden centre
for a few more, I have a lot of gaps to fill in our front garden bed.

Off now to cut more blocks so see you soon.

To readers who are presently in the unpredictable path of
Hurricane Dorian you're in my thoughts, keep safe!


Sunday, August 25, 2019

A few more blocks for Unconventional and Unexpected - progress!!

If you cast your mind back to January you may remember that I was
joining other quilters invited by Sujata Shah to take part part in her
Unconventional and Unexpected Quilt Along

Our posts are on her blog
Basket Full of Scraps
with our quilts being inspired by the ones
in a book
Unconventional and Unexpected
Roderick Kiracofe

and I chose the one below.

"Cross"/Four Patch

Not wanting to make a straight copy of this beautiful quilt I began my own take on it
 using quite different fabrics to the ones in the photo above, the first six were on my blog
and then life intervened, as it does, and no further blocks were made until
two days ago.

These are my latest ones, and I'm loving them!

I prefer these to my original blocks so I'll be continuing on
using a mix of lots of Kaffe Fassett Collective
and Anna Maria Horner fabrics plus a few others.
So many new designers are coming out with super bold and colourful
fabric lines now.

I have been planning future projects so not much playing with fabrics
unfortunately. I have pulled my Tula Pink quilt

out of the drawer
and hope to make a start on the binding tomorrow.

We're coming to the official end of Winter here in New Zealand,
I'm definitely looking forward to Spring and the colour in the garden,
but we do  have some beautiful flowering hibiscus still blooming

and brightening up a rainy day.

That's it from me for now, wishing you all
Happy Quilting until next time.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Playing catch-up with Playtime and re-stocking

Last time I wrote I was busy preparing for my de-stash sale
at our main Guild here in Auckland.
I'm pleased to report that the sale was extremely fruitful in terms
of cash for some of the new range of fabrics on the market.
I have just a brief look further along.

The last post showing Playtime - the quilt in progress below -
was in March and since then it has languished in a drawer.
This was the result of the challenge to create a Medallion quilt with
Ad Hoc Improvisational Quilters.

I thought it was about time I revisited this project.
I made more Kaleidoscope 6" blocks as per the top row in the photo for
the opposite side. By the way the photo is not orientated correctly but you'll  see this
further along.
Here I have to say that apart from the four centre blocks
I was 'flying by the seat of my pants' and fitting everything to work
around the centre and not measuring accurately.
The flying geese had to be different sizes in order to fit, that's ok
it is Ad Hoc Improv after all.
Things began to come unstuck when I started on the kaleidoscope blocks,
however I pressed on and added four corners losing points and
gaining odd shapes along the way. 

Then I decided to add borders.
I realised at this point that I had
committed two cardinal sins in all this, swapped from the original machine
to my older model and then used two different tape measures and rulers!!!


Not Good
The borders are pulling in, at least on the left, right and bottom
so these are going to have to come off and I'll re-do them.
You will have no trouble spotting the irregularities I'm sure. 
Truth is that it was in the rubbish bin three days ago but I decided to
pull it out before adding the borders and when I've sorted these Playtime
will be going back in the drawer to hibernate!

Change of plan  - now added to quilt tops waiting to be quilted!

I watched a video interview with Kaffe, Liza and Brandon two days ago,
they were asked whether they were concerned with perfection
in their quilts, both said no they were not, Kaffe said that perfection was sterile,
well he may have changed his mind had he seen this quilt of mine!!
Time to move on I think.

A package of Vibrant Blooms by Shannon Newlin arrived
on the doorstep four days ago

and yardage of this one

the pattern is ready and waiting and I'm hoping to make a start next week.

Meanwhile as soon as the new Kaffe Collective range appeared
I was on the computer like a shot ordering, they arrived yesterday and
I'll put those up next post but a peek below of two which I 
am in raptures about

and the largest flower is almost 8" perfect for a quilt
needing a show stopping feature fabric.

So there we have my post for this Thursday, not a lot to show really apart
from my additional fabrics - do I need more fabric you may ask -  No,  do I care that I still
fall in love with the colours and designs and add to my stash - not a jot -
I am feeding my soul.

And that's it from me today apart from a garden photo, I have lots of clumps of these
little white cyclamen

just a little damaged from all the rain.

Bye for now, back next week and hopefully in a better frame of mind and 
on to another quilt!