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...

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Sampling with Pink & Green - Part III

The last five blocks in the patchwork block of the month(ish) at local branch of The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, are sewn...with number 12 coming together today...
The 12 blocks all together...
 ...well all together lying on the floor as a group of blocks...what the final all together will be is still to be revealed - not least to me, I've no idea yet...but the fabrics in the blocks are the only fabrics being used so it depends on what I can do with what I have left (except for the background fabric which I've metres of).

For now though, task done as far as the blocks being made...

Happy stitching...

Saturday, 30 December 2017

More Anna Progress...

The last post about Anna really was how she was about 3-4 months ago so while it might seem like progress in a short time...in reality...not so much...but to end Anna's 2017 journey she now has...
the four corner six-pointed stars!

Not quite there yet.  There is one more shape to go to finish off the borders - I think there are 24 to make before they can be stitched on so it will still be a while before she is done as a top...onwards she will go into 2018!

Happy Stitching...

Friday, 29 December 2017

Quilters Christmas Swap Part II...

I've shown what I made for PH in the Quilters paper bag Christmas swap and someone else made for me, if I could just remember her name.  Because I can't go to the day group I don't know a lot of the members and while some of the day members I have met along the way, or look they familiar from other interactions, the lady who made for me was someone I had never met before (and I have to admit I am hopeless at remembering names, it take me ages).

Like a lot of the members I couldn't remember what fabric I had put in that paper bag way back in January except that maybe it was burgundy or maroon or something on that part of the colour wheel...so part of the surprise was not only what was made for me but also what fabric I had asked for it to be made out of.

I opened my parcel to find this neatly tied compendium...oh yes, I remember that fabric now!
Perfect fabrics chosen to compliment the one I provided and perfect for toting a small embroidery project I think. A zipped compartment to hold the work and threads, a good sized pocket for the pattern, a place for scissors and needles in the centre and that strip to the left is held down by a press stud at the bottom which is a great idea. I've given it a test at threading through my small embroidery hoop and it works a treat, will be nice not to have to scramble for the hoop because it has come adrift from the project again.
I'm sure I will get good use out of my present...

Happy Stitching...