Monday, July 28, 2014

Kansas Troubles...

The other post I wrote a couple of weeks ago and then didn't get around to finishing...here goes...

An old UFO prepared for hand piecing on the train to/from work in the City (bear in mind here, haven't done that for coming up 8 years so who knows when it was prepared) was lost in the Overgrown Forest of Projects.  It made its way into the light about 12 months ago when, in order to move it from a bag of patches, I changed it to machine pieced. This meant much pinning and stitching line matching but the blocks went together nicely enough at the time and blocks were put together in three out of the four colourways.  With the final six blocks in the fourth colourway to be pieced it was then put aside again. A few weekends ago when it was raining and feral and definitely not the weather to put even a big toe of the door into the great outdoors I set to to finish up those final six blocks...and unlike the other blocks they did not co-operate...at all!

So, in the end, after spending an entire day on those errant six blocks, I abandoned the pattern layout, went one row less, so rectangular rather than square, and put the top together...
Kansas Troubles block table centre from Country Patchwork and Crafts magazine (only identified by the page header on the photocopy of the pattern with the patches, who knows from when or who by, so sorry but can't give credit)...

Those blocks weren't called Kansas Troubles for nothing...trouble they certainly did give!

I'm going to use remainder of the border fabric as the backing but as there isn't quite a big enough piece some piecing in of something else is required...when I get around to it.

I ditched one of the unco-operative blocks altogether but couldn't bring myself to throw them all out, they were wrong but still useable so...

Four into a top to become a placemat...
 And one a mug mat (coaster)...
A top, a basted sandwich and a finish...so not a bad tally for a wet and windy weekend...

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Miniature Family Complete....

Um, two weeks after writing up a couple of posts...here goes at pushing the Publish button (yeah yeah don't rush me)...

The last of the Miniature Family is done and dusted...
Miniature Log Cabin Quilt 10" square
The whole family...

When I decided to make them four mini's instead of the original whole quilt project I also had a plan of how to hang them ... which is proving a tad more difficult to source than first imagined ... so until I get that sorted they sit and wait (and if Plan A eventually fails there is a Plan B which would be kinda cute).

Happy Stitching...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Take That Mocking Purse Frame...

Purse frames have been mocking me from the sidelines for many moons...I finally took one on...and won! So flippin' easy I don't know why I let it get away with poking its tongue out at me for so long...take that curved sew-in frame!

100mm Curved Frame Puff Purse by the awesome Nicole Mallalieu

Of course being a Nicole Mallalieu Design pattern it went together like a charm, the purse body only took a couple of hours from go to whoa - the chocolate strip choose itself by conveniently presenting a scrap of the perfect size and orientation, what to put with it, yeah that took a while...stitched up and halt! a roadblock...the frame is glued before stitching...the glue had turned solid (don't use it often)...so a week later, after finally remembering to get another bottle of glue, last night I set about tackling that frame...I choose the "with seed beads" method as I didn't fancy the way the thread is on the outside with the "beads optional" method for my first attempt...did I mention so flippin' easy?...glued and stitched in the frame while the veggies were taking their spa treatment for tea...

Without the benefit of knowing how difficult it was to attach the frame, I didn't want to create any bulk so used patchwork cotton for both the outer and lining with the interfacing supplied with the pattern (a sort of kit with interfacing and frame in the pattern packet) and didn't add any batting but there is plenty of space in there and a light batting wouldn't go astray and/or a thicker fabric would be fine as well - next time with this type of frame...

The glue & squeeze frames are re-thinking their mocking behaviour now fearing they may be next!

Happy Stitching...

Penultimate Miniature Family Member...

Three down...one to go! Yay!

Miniature Flying Geese Quilt - 10" square
Happy Stitching...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Here's One I Prepared Earlier...

When I posted my miniature Grandmother's Braid quilt there was a short conversation with Susan from her comment that it would work as a full sized quilt...a top of which I just happen to have living with its friends in The Quilt Top Cupboard...the weather this morning nice enough for an outing to the backyard to hang on the fence for a photo shoot...so...for Susan...as requested...

Grandma's Braid with Goldie's Twist (Strictly Goldie)
Yes I see the two that are upside down, I'm choosing to ignore that
 
Started in a class in Williamstown some time in the distant past with Goldie of Strictly Goldie (I don't think she operates as a designer anymore, she mainly designed cloth dolls & bears) I found some photos (not blogworthy) dated Anzac Day 2007 so that must be when I finished it.

Mmm, I said it had been in the cupboard for about 10 years (although that could be when it was started, can't remember), it's only 7! Whew, that takes the pressure off actually quilting it, still aged in a single digit!!! *LOL*

Happy Stitching...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Two Down...

The second member of the Miniature Family is quilted and bound...
Grandmother's Braid - 10"

All this finishing is starting me make me queasy....think I need to take a wander through the land of new possibilities and spend some time with the fabric in the stash boxes to retain my equilibrium...

Happy Stitching...

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Other Finish for May...

My other finish for May...now it is dried from its bath...

Rainforest Flowers - 20" square
The colour has come up way too yellow but the grey rainy day was most unhelpful in the decent light for a photo department...

The Small Quilt Talk yahoo group challenge for May was to use a flower block (based on the snowball block) by Kathleen Tracy (it is her group) any way you liked.  Being an American based group most of the members were chatting about it being Spring and Spring flowers. I pulled out the stash boxes but nothing was right, no inspiration at all...until I spied the little box that holds Australiana pieces...the frog fabric I used for the border reminds me of rainforest (not that I live anywhere near the rainforest) so it's now called "Rainforest Flowers".  I wasn't very creative when it came to the setting.  I did go way outside my usual "I"m very good at straight lines" machine quilting, going through my quilting design books and using a spiral centered sunburst one for each flower block and a cable design on the border with a variegated dull green Signature thread.

Onwards to the June Challenge - well, once it is announced. (*Edit - it's been announced and the scrap bins went wahoo! I love using scraps!!)

Happy Stitching...