Waiting In The Wings

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

Maureen

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


Ranunculus
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!

Maureen

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
by
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
HERE
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.

Maureen



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!!!

Result:


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!

NOTE
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!

Maureen

Friday, August 2, 2019

A finished top and reading on the agenda

Somehow it's now the 3rd August - how on earth did that happen!
I  have a brief post, lots going on around here and sorting
fabrics and books and odd bits and pieces for my sale
at the Guild meeting tomorrow.

Moss Garden now has borders and the binding fabric
arrived two day ago, I've pinned a wee piece
up against the border just so you get an idea.
I'm intending to have plain diagonal crosshatching, this I can
handle myself as the quilt isn't too large.



Come Monday the grey check design flannel is coming off the wall
and an off white plain flannel going on. It will be much
easier to place quilts without the  white lines distorting.


Closer view of the binding, it's a lovely combination
of green on purple, not a dark purple, I went with the original from the pattern.

So, not much at all on the quilting side but I do have three
new books. The first one is the Kaffe release,



all Medallion quilts. Some are variations on quilts
from his previous books using different colour combinations and settings.
The quilt on the cover appeals to me and I'm not really an
Autumn colour person.
Quite a few of the quilts are on the large side but I guess a border
could be left off on some of them as long as it doesn't spoil the look of the quilt.

Two other books have joined the stack by my chair, the one
below covers English style of interior design, it was on special
at a great price.

  
Soft colour, relaxing classic design and oh so different from
 this one below!



The colour combinations are glorious but I have to admit
that some are a little over the top even for me.
Great ideas for quilts!

It's shockingly cold and really wet here today and would be a perfect
day to sit and sew but that will have to wait until Monday.

The camellias are being battered by the weather but some of ours
are in sheltered spots, the one below for example


caught during a brief lull in the rain. I now see
that the snails have been feasting a little.

Enjoy your weekend and happy quilting until next time.

Maureen

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A new quilt top - almost - mojo back!!

After the last week or so I have taken inspiration from the book below, bought
a few days ago,


very good quotes and I love sloths so it 's a win, win.

On the advice of the above little creatures I spent the weekend
putting together a simple new quilt, following the pattern,
following the makers fabric selection and enjoying the process.
At this point in time it was an ideal project.
Just the borders to go on today.


Moss Garden

A free pattern from Free Spirit
using fabrics by who else but
Kaffe Fassett.
I first made a quilt using the pattern from the
Kaffe Fassett Patchwork book around 17 years ago.
It was listed then as Leafy Rosy Quilt, different fabrics of course, and I stitched away
as my Mum was dying of cancer back in the UK, the process kept me sane.
Unable to travel to be with her then due to my health at the time,
when I came across this pattern again I felt it was right to make
one during a happier time in my life.



There are so many ideas for quilts buzzing around in my head right now which need listing 
and prioritising, some will not make the list as I was going into overdrive!

The weather is ideal for quilting as it's been so cold and wet but
today the sun is shining, although still very cold, and I've just wandered
through the garden.
Flowering and multiplying is a plant brought home with me
from Dad's garden in Napier 16 years ago, I wasn't sure exactly what it was.



Seems to be a Celandine according to the book below


comprising of illustrations of Victorian flower paintings found 20 years ago in
the attic of Frampton Court in Gloucestershire, UK.
Painted between 1828 and 1851 by three sisters and their aunt they are of
native plants from their area.
A wonderful book for plant lovers, given to me by the local
bookshop owner who retired 18 months ago
after 34 years!! As you can imagine I was a frequent visitor during those
years, my bookshelves can prove that fact!

Gosh, I have rambled on a while, this was intended to be a short post 
however I do have one more photo of a sunset -  pure heaven to me - from our deck a few evenings ago.


 Oak tree in Winter, wonderful colour in the sky and the newish moon visible between
the bare branches. I find the moon in all it's phases quite magical, a joy to see every night and it saddens me greatly to
think that perhaps one day rockets will take more and more enthusiasts to
land on the surface. Tragic.

Signing out now!!

Happy Quilting
Maureen

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
Leila.



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!

Maureen