Waiting In The Wings

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bits and pieces

Definitely a bits and pieces sort of 10 days, barely anything
achieved on the quilting side - ongoing saga of back problems - but
I was able to spend a little time on a few pieces for the
dark quilt started a couple of posts ago here



and if you have the Judy Newman book - Quilts for Life made with Love - you will
 know that in her quilt Vintage Comfort there are no stripped elements.
I like to change things around a little.

I've been going through my old Hoffman fabrics and cutting them
into strips with my GO cutter, some must be 20 years old!


I needed to make room in my storage baskets making them easier to lift out.
This one below I couldn't bear to cut up


and I'm busy thinking of where I could use a decent
size chunk in a quilt.

A package of fabrics came from Glorious Color,  these are from
the Spring 2017 Kaffe Collective range, the ones below are still
waiting to be stored away.


I'm signing off with a sunset from a few days ago


Back soon, hope you're enjoying some quilting time.
Linking up with 
Linda  and  Julie
for
Sew Stitch Snap SHARE

Maureen

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Kaleidoscopes and colour - a bit heavy on photos!

A big thank you for all the encouragement you gave me after
my last post and the borders are on,
I couldn't get a good full photo so we'll have to make do
with a quarter shot


on a bit of angle - sorry.
  This is the third kaleidoscope quilt I've made and like most kids
I had a toy kaleidoscope which fascinated me.
A few years ago I bought a modern version of the kiddies
"turning the end"model and later another which relies on a huge
marble held at one end and manually rotated. I worked
out how to take photographs of the patterns created - not
an easy task - I've taken a photo of a photo to show you.



I have shots of some amazing patterns, the photos above don't do justice
to the colour.

I love colour, as you all know, in my fabric choices, the sky scenes
and garden flowers. Two days ago I noticed a stream of light hitting
one of my cyclamen and the stem seemed translucent


love this peep of red amongst the greenery.

My husband paints in oils, acrylics and watercolour, I love
watercolour and the strangest things attract me.
He was about to clean off his palette one day when I shrieked to him
to stop, I loved the effect of all the colours used
blending in together.



Another of my favourite colour fixes comes from posts by my internet friend 
Alison Crosthwaite  in the UK. Alison is a spinner and weaver and also a painter,
I rub my hands with glee when I see one of her posts, they explode with colour.
She's just published a book and whilst it's not about quilting I wanted
to quickly show you the cover.


If you're interested
you can see how wonderfully Alison uses colour by visiting
her blog
alisonsartweave.blogspot.co.uk

That's all from me, hope you've managed to get through
all the photos!
Enjoy the weekend.
Maureen

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope 2 aka Helicopters

Mmmm, I was hoping to show a finished top to join the 
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies link up, I've only completed the central
piece - and have a bit of a disaster on my hands.

You can probably see why in the photo below.


Two issues with this
a) my iron decided to spit out gunge on the cream fabric second row from bottom
b) the dark fabrics are showing through two layers of the cream by the seam lines,
in some cases.
I was extremely careful to trim away any excess knowing that it's so easy
to get a shadow effect, I should have used a heavier weight cream
fabric - lesson learned!



I am so cross with myself, I don't know whether I can bear to put
the border on! I guess I could quilt 1/4" away from the seam
which would hide any shadowing through.

My little companion cheered me up as we played in the garden


here she is against a backdrop of weeds and now just over one year old! Oops my
watermark has landed across her little white paws.

Off to join the link-up with 

Have a happy weekend.

Maureen

Friday, May 26, 2017

A slow two weeks

Definitely a slow two weeks!
Thanks to everyone for good wishes after my last post,
sadly the CT scan showed problems with my spinal canal have progressed 
so off for another appointment in two weeks time, until then I shall be very careful!

Quilting - two short sessions only. Last post I showed this photo


and decided pastels were not for me, I had decided to make
a quilt from a Judy Newman book below


in fact it was the one on the cover.

sent me links to this particular pattern made with some nice
splashes of colour here and there. This week I decided to play around
with fabrics again and this is the first row


I decided to go with a KF fabric - Dream in Dark - for the setting triangles.
Not a great photo, Gypsy Wife is on my design wall so this strip ended up on
the dining table.

I've been spending time reading, cutting the last of the roses



and enjoying watching the sun rise


I'm going to link up now with 
for
Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE

and hope I have more quilting to post about next week.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This and That

It's been a funny sort of week for me, not 
as in "ha ha" funny but a pretty frustrating one.

 I showed a photo of a book by
Judy Newman some time ago, beautiful old-fashioned sort
of quilts, soft colours. This week was the time
to begin one that I found particularly lovely.

I spent ages pulling fabrics - some below - and as I'm not known for my soft pastel colours
 it was difficult finding fabric to use, some are below but


when I had the first row in place on the wall, it just wasn't
me!! Didn't work at all, I needed a colour fix
so on to Section 10 of Gypsy Wife. Two small blocks sewn - one
obviously a bit on the too small side - and a few strips later
my tendonitis flared suddenly which put
paid to any more cutting or sewing, I made it just this far below.


I took a telephone call from the hospital where they asked me
to please come in for an appointment Friday (tomorrow), I needed
to be seen sooner than my scheduled appointment in a few
weeks time, so that didn't add to my week.

There was a bright spot yesterday with a package in the mail of two books
 ordered a couple of months ago.



The colour in these two is amazing, I think of the two my favourite
is New York Beauties and Flying Geese, full to bursting
with colour!
I intend to relax tomorrow before going to the hospital with these two.

So, not a productive week at all but I did take a photo
of one of my beautiful hibiscus


and hopefully I shall be back at the machine early next week,
fingers crossed!

Hope you've all had a good week with lots of quilting.

Maureen


Friday, May 5, 2017

Kaleidoscope - stripping again!

A little more work on the Kaleidoscope quilt - starting
with these strips of varying widths,


these then get cut into blocks


which then are sewn into a long chain and


using my Kaleidoscope ruler I then cut these into
the pieces below


and when I have enough variety these have spotty
corners added and join up with plain cream wedges below.



If I follow the pattern (Kathy Doughty & Sarah Fielke) exactly there will be a piano key style border as shown above,
possibly a little deeper than these left over sets shown here.
I have a few more partial blocks made but I forgot to starch some of the dotty fabrics
and ended up with terrible corners so more work's needed to fix these.

I'm loving grabbing strips out of the box and stitching up with no
matching of colour or width - great stress reliever this pattern.

Speaking of stress relief a wander around the garden
showed another of my Vireya rhodos flowering,


just what is needed in the Autumn garden!

Have a good weekend, back again soon.
Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!
Maureen


Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Taste of the Orient - Chinese Coins

Heading towards the finish line with this piece for
the AHIQ first invitational.

There is a background story to this small quilt regarding my choice of colour
and of design, stick with me please for a moment whilst I explain.

Two books influenced both of the above,
one by M M Kaye and the one below bought in 2013, this is by
the author of Wild Swans.


Note the colours  Cixi wears, we have yellow, red and touches of green
in her magnificent robe. What about the fantastical head wear and those two long
finger nail accessories!



The idea for splitting the original oblong pieces of fabric came from the book by
M M Kaye in her autobiography. She spent some time
in China in the very early 20th century and
describes the house in Peking where they stayed which 
had belonged at one time,
so she thinks, to a member of the  Imperial Family. She tells us that the door of the Spirit Gate
was green lacquer, the uprights and roof ends were lacquer red and the tiles
were Imperial Yellow. 

I just had to use these three colours and needed to try
and find a way of creating the effect of Yellow tiles.
You won't see perfect matching seams as some of these pieces were
cut freehand, it is my take on Ad Hoc Improv!

I have lots of left-overs


perhaps these could become something else set this way


AHIQ is hosted by
Kaja and Ann
and I'm linking up with them now.

Linda and Julie
are hosting
Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE
and I'm linking up here also.

'Til next time - happy quilting!

Maureen

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gypsy Wife - sections 8 and 9

Yes, sections 8 and 9 are together, at least for the moment. I'm not happy 
with the bottom block on the LH side, so there
may be a little time spent unpicking at some point.

It's just getting that balance right, trying not to have
too many dark blocks clustered nor too many light ones and I think
I've failed with the above mentioned block.


I felt as if I'd hit a brick wall with these two sections, don't know why, but I'm
not doing any more on this until the end of next week, maybe the brain
needs a break from gypsies!

I took myself off for a walk the other evening when I was feeling
particularly peeved off with the whole thing, just before dusk the sky was
a delight to see, good for the soul! After that I arrived home
feeling much less stressed.


This was the view as I walked along the ridge looking out to
Rangitoto in the harbour - I've decided to try and take that walk most evenings
just before dusk to blow away the cobwebs!

Hope you're all enjoying your week and your stitching.

Maureen

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

sew, stitch, snap, SHARE

I'm working on a very late New Year Resolution - finishing projects!

First off the block - my Teapots begun in RSC 2015, these two I appliqued
down today.


I've tried to get a reasonable match with the colour of thread
and the main teapot colour, not that easy with Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs 
fabric.


The three below were stitched down early last year,  when all 12 are finished
I can set them out in their allotted place in the row and
 add the sashing and border.



The eyes take quite a beating peering a few inches away from the
needle to make sure it hits just on the edge of the fabric to be
stitched down, two is all I can manage at one go.

Something new now

Linda at Koka Quilts
and
Julie at JulieLou

have joined forces to create a new link up
sew. stitch, snap, SHARE
I'm heading over  now to join the link and you can visit by going to their
blogs above.

Oh, and in the midst of this torrential rain we've been having here
in New Zealand this Vireya had opened up in the back garden
to brighten my day!



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Progress!!

Hooray - I feel I'm now "back in the saddle" with my quilting.


The yellow/green segment of Chinese Coins.
Starting on the red/yellow section Monday.

Concentration was needed with cutting the strips, it was so easy
to cut the original oblong fabric pieces in the wrong direction. so I now
have quite a few double ups in my parts box!

Measurements of the above segment 35" x 15".
I don't have a "set in concrete" plan for this small quilt,
I'll just play along and see where it takes me.

Is anyone else noticing that the list of blogs they follow
is becoming smaller?? I think a lot of folk are using Instagram
and Facebook, perhaps this is due to the amount of time
some quilters have available.

I love looking at the sky at sunrise and sunset this is 
one from a few days ago.


A truly "brooding" sky here!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Long Time Gone!!!

My post heading is nothing to do with the pattern
from Jen Kingwell which I wrote about a while ago.
This is giving a nod to my not posting for over two weeks - again!!
Let's start with a sunrise yesterday.


The reason for my continued absence
was my husbands'  health
problem, thanks to a mosquito bite right on the elbow.
Won't give the gory details but after visits to emergency,
three days on IV antibiotics for huge infection and three weeks of oral,
the elbow is slowly getting back to normal after growing to the size
of a grapefruit!

So, quilting once again took a back seat but I had been playing
with Gypsy Wife - two different versions of one block, deciding which
one will fit in best




My Chinese Coins took a back seat, way behind now as this week
was the last week for a link up. Below is a mock up on my
design wall from before my husband became unwell


I'm just playing around and have quite a bit more stitching to take
care of, hopefully next post will show progress - fingers crossed.

I have lovely hibiscus flowering in the garden, two below, and Leila now a one year old 
deciding whether to go up onto the roof  and watch the birds.






Back during the week - once again, fingers crossed!!
Enjoy the weekend.
I'm off over to visit Ann and Kaja
for a quick peek of my Chinese Coins so far.

Maureen