Thursday, 11 October 2018

Quilt Show This Weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday...our biennial show...
Lovely quilts on display...raffle quilt (pictured)...shop stalls...refreshments...only $5.00...come along, you don't want to have to wait another two years before the next opportunity!!!!

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Flourish Class...

A couple of weeks ago I played at this year's workshop put on by Stawell Craft Shop...love these workshops. I missed out last year as I was so sick with flu I couldn't get out of bed (literally) and I was determined not to miss out again.

This year the technique was English Paper Piecing with Sharon from Lilabelle Lane Creations, who took a block from her Flourish quilt to give us a cushion version for the day...on the day I got this far...
which for me is achievement in a class...I love how it looks like a starfish...all the centres were looking fabulous on the day. I've seen my friend M's finished block - in French Generals - and it looked so good, a bit of a kick along to keep the block from getting lost in the sewing room.  I've almost finished covering all the papers and really enjoyed fussing cutting the pieces.  It is a big block (something like 18") and I don't yet know whether it will become the cushion or something else but I'm sure it will tell me when the time comes.

It was such a great class, Sharon is so lovely and her quilts are gorgeous...in fact we all loved having class with her so much Mandy is having her back for next year - yay! looking forward to it already.

Edit since I wrote this post yesterday - progress!
 This is a fun block!

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Secret Sewing...

There hasn't been much stitching going on since the Great Eye Drama except for secret stuff - swap quilt for on-line group and secret quilt friendship blocks for local quilting group.  Both the swap and the more complicated time-consuming friendship block were due when I couldn't see properly to sew for more than about 10 minutes a day.  Then a couple of weeks ago a second friendship block with a three week deadline! Fortunately the blocks were simple, machined and the co-ordinator had done all the preparation work giving us cut-to-size patches to just construct the blocks (for which I was mightily grateful).  As of last night all deadline sewing is done...even if the deadlines weren't all met before due dates.

First Friendship Block combined two of my least favourite techniques - machine foundation piecing and crazy patchwork...we were given a bag with material scraps (my bag was blue fabrics) and a piece of paper cut to size for the foundation with notations as to which way was up and how the colour was to flow...mine was blue/aqua down to blue/mauve...the instructions also suggested picking a theme...
My block being blue suggested water and then rain/weather...I did enjoy the decorating once I got into it but I'm still not a fan of the crazy patchwork technique.
 
The second friendship blocks...easy but pretty...I think all the blocks have different centre squares although I've only seen mine and one other set...
I hope the recipients like their quilts when they are presented.

Happy Stitching...

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Coming Soon...

Interested in planning a trip to the Grampians/Wimmera in October?...as well as all the other things on offer in the region the weekend of 12-14 October 2018 includes a Quilt Show!
The quilt is the raffle quilt...Stawell Quilters hosted a lovely day for the VicQuilters Autumn Gathering a couple of weeks ago and it was displayed - the first time I'd seen it put together and an opportunity to snap a photo...typically a photo doesn't do justice...
Each flower is one that is found in the Grampians...35 in all...a snapshot of the region's flora.

Raffle tickets will be available closer to the date and, of course, at the Show...just sayin'...

Happy stitchin...

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Small Hexie Garden Quilt...

Back here I posted about a little quilt of a garden of small hexie flowers...at that time that was the whole wee quilt...it grew...I looked at the original nine patch with a border square and thought...mmm, maybe another border...and it went from there...and became a challenge to myself to see how far I could get using just those two stacks of fat 16th's...
It measures 21 1/4" x 27" (it isn't actually wavey, it was folded over and I just pegged it straight up for the photo) with scrappy binding and using as much as possible of the balance of fabric as a pieced backing...only some of the small prints that can easily be blended in with other fabrics left in the scrap box...
I quilted it in the ditch a couple of months ago and have been wondering what else to do and have finally decided that will be nothing...leave it as it is and call it done.

Happy Stitching...

Monday, 30 April 2018

Blackwork...a first...

Last year a group from local branch of The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, went to country meet which was hosted by Ballarat branch. After a lovely morning of sewing and chatting, lunch and an interesting talk by one of the Ballarat members a little kit was given out for a go at Blackwork. I didn't get much of the little project done on the day as two of us wandered off early to go visit the Apron Festival (Ballarat Heritage Weekend so lots going on).

It took a few goes at getting the counting right (it's easy to pull out at least!) and a bit of head scratching to then put the whole project together but it is done and now a (I think, cute) little brooch...
My first go at Blackwork (helped by no-one seeing the back!) and once my  brain cells decided to remember how to count I did enjoy the technique.

Happy stitching...

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pansies for Y...

A few weeks ago at patchwork/quilting group friendship quilt blocks were handed out to create for Y...we were given a square of fabric she had provided for the background and asked to create a block incorporating pansies (and some purple) using any technique/method we liked.  I immediately thought of a pansy fabric in the stash to create a broderie perse bouquet...great idea except clearly I used that fabric in the distant past as it isn't living in the stash anymore....mmmm....now what?  A stitchery? Does my Tea Party quilt have a pansy block - yes it does! Winner winner chicken dinner.  I enlarged the original pattern (Tea Party "Paula" - Crab.apple Hill) to fit the size of the block requested by Y...
I was glad of needing to finish this stitchery as last week I had emergency eye surgery (sleep over at The Eye & Ear Hospital in East Melbourne) and when I came home had to hold a particular position until I saw the surgeon again at the beginning of this week, which meant I couldn't do much but it was just right for hand stitching...there had to be a positive out of the eye drama...

I hope Y likes her block and it fits in with the blocks she has received from other blocks...

Happy stitching...