Waiting In The Wings

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Projects - present and future - and a visit to sew stitch snap SHARE

We're still in Winter, at least officially, but this beauty
was flowering yesterday

and heaps more all ready to open, the scent is out of this world.

I've finished my Golden Strips top

I had to lay it on the floor to take the photo, not enough room
on my design wall and the morning light was brighter than
I would have liked for photographing.

Here's a close-up with one of my favourite fabrics with
the gorgeous roses in Yellow Floral Delight, a Philip Jacobs design.

I 'd decided there was no more room on my book shelves for any
more quilting books but then I succumbed to this one,
it arrived in the mail a few days ago

and it's another glorious publication!!

One of the first quilts which caught my attention was this one

and it really is brighter than it looks here.
I have lots of the KF  stripes and his shot cottons so
this is on my list, the best part is I don't need to think about spending
on fabrics.

My Little Bits blocks are coming along slowly, there's quite
a lot of cutting in this one. Placement is supposed to be random, it is a scrappy quilt
after all,

but I'll make all the blocks before putting them up on the wall
and play around with them.

Paying a visit to 
Linda and Julie
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Moving forward

My Golden Strips quilt only has 5 more strips to go up

this should be all sewn tomorrow.
I'm still getting the hang of my new computer and all the gadgets,
 this photo was taken with my iPad and the light was not
very good, it's not coming up as rich a golden as it truly is.

You all know how much I love the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics,
one of the reason I enjoy working with strips from these guys
is the serendipity which can come from randomly sewing the strips, check out 

Shoal on the left hand side with a strip of Pastel Brocade next to it,
I love the way we almost have a secondary pattern where the centre of the 
Brocade flower meets up with the top of one of the fish - not cut and matched I have to say.

I had a new book arrive yesterday, I missed out on this at the first printing
and they went to a second print

and I'm looking forward to some practice over the next week.

Another project for next week is to gather my scraps from Gypsy Wife
and join in September with Ann  at Fret Not Yourself blog,
Ann thought it would be a good idea to make scrappy butterfly
blocks, I'm joining in with her 'cos there's
 no shortage of scraps at my place!!

I'm just going to post a photo of  lovely camellia -  Guilio Nuccio -
it's a practice run for adding text with a new editing system,
things may not work out too well on this first trial.
Here goes

well I can just about see the text bottom right,
a little more work needed methinks!

All for now, enjoy the rest of your week
and happy quilting.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE

And so another Wednesday has come around and
this week is another link up with
Linda and Julie
sew stitch snap SHARE.

Not a whole lot going on in my little sewing room,
just something easy and straight out of a book!

From a Kaffe Fassett book, pattern named Golden Strips!!
Pretty self explanatory.
I'm not too convinced about the Grey Brocade fabric, I'll sew up a few
more strips and see how I feel about it then.

The time since my post last week has been spent taking stock of
a few things, being up before dawn to look
at the planet Venus which is beautifully clear just before dawn
in the Eastern sky

just a tiny pinprick on this photo, but followed by

a beautiful sunrise.

Trying to walk on a very marshy lawn to see what's flowering in
the garden beds - one of my favourites is this

and if my memory serves me right this is a primula - correct
me if I'm wrong.
And that's it in this brief, barely quilting, post.
Don't forget to visit with Linda and Julie - links above
at the top.
I'll be back in a few days after upping my game with
the amount
of quilting projects I'm posting these days!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gypsy Wife and one hungry cat!

I had a change of mind over Gypsy Wife, I figured if I put her away in a
drawer it would be quite a while before she came out again!
So here she is, all stitched up, not perfect by any stretch of
the imagination but she is mine!
I can't get a good full on shot, to get this pic below I had to practically
re-arrange my sewing room.

 Would I make another one - no. I would not.
I am tempted once again by Long Time Gone, I've studied the pattern
and think it would be easier than GW, need more time to ponder on that one but
it would use up a heck of a lot of the scraps in my boxes.

I have four projects on the go, I have quilts to quilt and a few
UFO's tucked away in the cupboard, but I find
I am tempted constantly to begin more quilts, especially
using my favourite fabrics - you know whose - KF and friends.

So, guess what I have just been doing

 only cutting strips for another quilt.
This is an all strip quilt in a KF book, and at 3 and  1/2inches wide
a great change from 1"ones. 
Just what I need right now.

Our little Tuxedo cat Leila is a real character, so very
different from the others we have
been privileged to have as part of our family.
Here she is telling me it's time for her dinner

that's one hungry girl!!!!

That's all for now, I am feeling positively euphoric
at having achieved a finished GW top and feel I need to sit
and have a cup of tea, a large glass of a good Shiraz would
suit me better but that wouldn't be a good mix with my medications.
Hope you're all having a good week, see you soon.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last section of Gypsy Wife now sewn up - at last!!

Just finished sewing section 10 and two words
used sometimes by our two grand-daughters sum up my feelings tonight -
I am "so over" Gypsy Wife!

This really needs to be seen in place with all the other sections, but I don't have
the room at the moment and I'm afraid she's not very
well placed in this photo.

GW has been in the works now for 18 months, I was off to a great start
but sections 9 and 10 saw me hitting the wall a bit, just
couldn't always get the mix of colours I wanted, lots of breaks were
needed then I would usually come back and things
would fall into place.
A four legged feline has also slowed me up at times.

The sections won't be put together for a couple of weeks,
I just want to put it away somewhere and catch up on all my other

So, I'm going to sit in a quiet corner with this
lovely little rose by my side

and this on my lap

spotted two days ago in the local book store.
I'll tell you all about it next time I post, if the cover is anything to go off
I think it's going to be a wonderful read!

See you sometime next week.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

A little more Gypsy Wife and fabric goodies

It's been one of those weeks where a lot of time has been
spent on thinking about WIPs and projects I should like to
make a start on over the next six months. Problem is there are so
many quilts on my "hope to do" list.
Added to the mix is the need to really sort out my fabrics, seriously my
scraps boxes need attention,
also I've been looking at up-dating my Mac computer to
the new model, this needs quite a bit of thinking time.

I did make a little progress with GW and below is the
far left hand side of section 10, I've changed out two of the
square in square blocks and made a wee kaleidoscope.

Three more blocks ready to go, the first one has a fussy cut
of the new range from Anna Maria Horner - a bit blurry for some reason

Goodies in the mail and brought home from the store, the
first two photos are store bought locally 

This one below are three of my favourites from AMH received in the
mail with a few others.

I fell in love with the patterned fabric below after seeing

the dotty fabrics I picked up again at a local store, not
particularly to use with the tropical fabric but just because I liked them
then when I was taking these photographs I thought
they looked quite good together.

The weather here has been atrocious, wild and wet and cold!
Today the sun is out, still very cold and impossible to walk
on the grass in the back garden, but in my front garden
my favourite camellia is blooming - Lovelight

and was I surprised to see these little beauties peeping out

my lovely tulips from last year, I can't believe they're coming up so early!

I'm off to make the most of the sun by putting a load of
washing in the machine and hoping I can hang it on the line
to dry.

My weekend is going to be spent dealing with everything
mentioned in my first few lines of the post so I'll head off and make a start,
possibly a nice cup of tea would help the process!

Enjoy your weekend and happy quilting.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Quilting weather and a another project

Yes, another rainy day here in Auckland, the lawn is more
like a marsh at the moment.

On to the quilting, I've re-arranged the setting for my latest quilt, 

I decided to have the row of stars between the large and small rows
of square in a square. Three, maybe four rows to be added.

Working on this quilt layout and dealing with the
intricate piecing of Gypsy Wife I decided I needed something
quick and easy to play with.

A jelly roll won from a giveaway with
Sally T at the theobjectsofdesign,
plus a roll bought many years ago were perfect for this
strip and half square triangle quilt.

Strips divided into roughly lights and darks

then sewn

and cut

onto the half square triangles

these are put together to make a four inch block, then
four blocks sewn together and I have the
block below.

I think the finished size is supposed to be around 78" square
so I've quite a few more blocks to sew up!
The pattern is in a book by Edyta Sitar

I'm off now to link up with
Linda and Julie
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Happy Quilting


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Memory Quilts - Happy Days 1

A few things going on around here has meant
that quilting has been on the back burner, however,
this gave me time to really sit and think about my quilting.

I love making quilts that have a story, I've long thought about
a series of quilts on my childhood memories, 
places and people who meant so very much to me.

The one in progress here is the first
Happy Days 1
the story I shall tell when the quilt is sewn together.

Above are the first two rows with strips separating, the
blocks in the second row are not yet sewn up, I've been
playing around to get them in an order which pleased me.

The third row is just beginning and those of you who read
my blog regularly will remember my stars begun for RSC 2016
but never completed!!

These are a perfect fit for my story, still a work in progress
so not a chocolate box photo shot

and the small square between the two stars
will be appliqued.

Apologies for the oversized letters, no time
left tonight to resize them.
I eventually have my camera in working order again but
now see I need to reduce the font size after having used the camera
set up on my iPad for a little while.

That's all from me for a few days, see you soon and have
lots of happy quilting time!


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
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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

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