Waiting In The Wings

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Stamping Along

Somehow I have been able to put together
a brief post and apologise in advance for the photos,
especially of my blocks which have not been trimmed!
I lay the blame squarely at the door of my second Covid 19
shot two days ago. and it's effect on my whole body!!

So, the blocks are for my take on a quilt seen in the new book by
 Kaffe Fassett mentioned in my post

Below is a photo of the original quilt which inspired him

to make
his version below
Stamps and Bricks

I was hooked!
But as usual I decided not to follow exactly either of
the two quilts.

Here are a few of my blocks for the central portion

which all need trimming but until my body stops this incessant aching
they will stay just as they are and I've done a little cropping!
Another 14 to go if I stick with the size in the book, but I'm not
too keen on making a 74 and 1/2" square quilt, I may add another
row of blocks so the set will be 5 across by 6 down which will give a little
more length, or I may go smaller!

The only other exciting happening this week is receiving the backing
fabric for Matt's quilt - I went with the KF Hydrangea in Purple,
and I'm very happy with it.

I'm heading off to down a couple more pain meds but here's one of
the roses in the front garden - can't remember the name.

Happy Quilting

Monday, June 14, 2021

Paintbox - quilted and bound

Paintbox has been waiting patiently to have the hand quilting completed
since - believe it or not - 2015!!!
I quilted up the last block four days ago and had the binding on
two days ago.

I should have quilted in the wider border and only really noticed
the wrinkles when this photo was taken - I think I can very carefully
hand quilt following the straight line design of the machine quilting.
Hopefully it will work because I'm not taking off the binding.

The hand quilting is minimal, the centre 'petal' in each  small square
is quilted in the ditch, difficult to see, and machine quilted good old
straight lines in the sashing.
The block design is Windmills from the beautiful
Cultural Fusion Quilts
Sujata Shah
click on the link above to see more quilts.

Two more photos

You can see I still need to work out how to have standardized  
lettering on all my photos!

I used this colourful butterfly fabric for backing.

Paint Box measures 40" square
Cotton/bamboo batting 50/50

We're well into the colder, wet weather here now, our Japanese Maple
is dropping leaves like crazy

and the large oak next door is bare, I now have a reasonable
view of the sunset.

"When the sun is setting, leave whatever you are doing
and watch it"
Mehmet Murat Ildan

Enjoy the week

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thoughts on Thursday and Green Diamonds

 May 6th was my last post!

I have been trying to get around to writing before this but the last
month has been a round of medical appointments and quilting seemed
to be left behind unfortunately, also reading your blog posts was on hold I'm afraid.
Back to catching up tomorrow.

I have been filling and sorting out my
fabric baskets as time and energy allowed, I have full yards and
half yards tucked away in these and I can now see which colours I have aplenty
and which are somewhat lacking. Yellow/orange/brown below.

My larger pieces are stored in a good sized cupboard. and quarters
in sliding drawers.

I keep all my Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics separate from other ranges,
I also give the Spot and Aboriginal Dot ranges their own basket,
also the multi Zigzags and Diamond Stripes and similar types.

Let's get on to the Green Diamond quilt, I think it should be known as
the Green Diamond Disaster!
You've seen it in progress here on the blog, small diamonds which of course meant 
bias edges were involved. I cut on my Accuquilt, I starched, I pinned and still
have ended up with a slightly wonky quilt top!!! The occasional missed
match up of points doesn't worry me too much but the stretchiness does,
here's a quick photo on the wall before I decided to bury it in a drawer

for the foreseeable future.

I was given a quilt a few weeks ago,  made by me 18 months ago for a dear friend 
when she was nearing the last few months of her life.
Her husband came around for a lunch with us a few weeks ago and towards the end of his
visit said that he and the family felt they would like to return the quilt to me
in memory of Dianne.

Greatly treasured and I couldn't help the tears.

On a happier note husband and I celebrated 53 years of marriage last week
and I was given a beautiful cheery bouquet of sunflowers

such a glorious colour.

That's all from me right now and will close with a photo of a
beautiful sunset a few days ago

just look at those colours.

Oh, forgot to say husband and I had our first Covid 19 vaccine last week, Yay!!