Friday, October 20, 2017

Mystery QAL

Before I went to Christchurch I was participating in a Mystery QAL with Lori from Humble Quilts.  I always enjoy sewing along with Lori, be it a mystery QAL or a Doll size Quilt swap.

The name of the quilt is Palmateer Point and is based on an Antique Quilt. It measures approx. 21".

This is still only a top, but will be hand quilted when I can.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hand In Day

 I know its been awhile but I still have photo issues, and I need to talk to some-one younger than me to get it sorted. The problem is, it puts me off blogging cause I know it'll take me so long!

This is a quilt I started nearly 20 years ago. It is hand pieced and appliqued. In the days when I started this there were no plastic templates, so every piece was cut out of card i.e. all the cards that came in quilt magazines, christmas cards etc. I did use a rotary cutter for cutting the fabrics. I English Paper pieced all the stars, and glue...stitching through the card. I used 30's fabrics, and I think from memory there are no two fabrics the same. The quilt is not here at the moment, as its in storage for our quilt show in November.

When it came time to deal with the edges I put it to one side, and it lay in a blanket box still with all the papers in, until this year when I decided it was time to finish it.

My initial thoughts were to hand quilt it, but as I had gotten over this quilt a long time ago, I decided to send it to my long arm quilt lady.
This quilt measures approx. 90" square. 

In October I was lucky enough to attend the NZ Quilt Symposium which was held in Christchurch. 

I took a class which was very different for me, as I like to plan what I make and this class was all about freehand rulers allowed...After cutting wedges, and sewing them together,you got what you got! Then do the same with some more fabric. 

Below are some of the class work in progress.

Workshop run by Sherri Lynn Wood from USA. A great tutor!

The start of My effort.

 This is what I came home with. Need to get on and finish it!

 I actually quite enjoyed it. The pink on the left was a piece of fabric from the class stash, that the tutor put down. I would never have put the 2 pinks together, but she said it was fine, and the class moto seemed to be, to use what you had!

Now that I'm on a roll I'll try and blog tomorrow about my other class!

Cheers Sue

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Doll Quilt Swap

Each year for the last 3 years I have been a participant in a Doll Quilt Swap organised by Lori of Humble Quilts.

I have just received the most delightful quilt made by Debra Stebbins from Loveland Colorado. 
I love this quilt and amazingly Debra chose the pattern she would use before she knew who she was making it for. 
The pattern she used is called Susan's Coverage from the book Civil War Legacies 111. 

Its beautifully pieced and quilted, and although I have emailed Debra, I want to say thank you again!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Kelly's Quilt

 I had been collecting grey and teal/aqua fabrics for some time with an idea to make a quilt for my daughter in law Kelly. Aqua is her most favorite color and when I found a simple but effective pattern I decided it would be perfect.

It was quite fun making this quilt. I quilted it on my trusty Bernina 710.

10"squares with a random cut vertically, then horizontally.

Initially I intended making this for their caravan, but I think Kelly decided it was too good for that, and it went straight on their bed.

Sorry the colors dont show up the best, but I hope you get an overall idea of the quilt looks like. The squares and strips that look black, are in fact a dark grey.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Hello again

Hi everyone who is still reading my blog. :-)

I have had so many issues with photos, that it has stopped me writing this blog, but it now appears as though alot of the problem has been my own lack of knowledge.
I got a new phone for Christmas, and after spending the best part of a day trying to get my photos from my phone and tablet onto my computer to put in this blog, I found that they were all there in google photos automatically. GRR!

Anyway all smiles now. I finished another Grand-daughters 16th birthday quilt, just before Christmas, and in time for her birthday. 

This is my Friendship Medallion Quilt which I started back in 2011.

 It is quite hard to photograph my quilts as they are usually pretty large. 

Athough I am still trying to refine my machine quilting, I was fairly pleased with what I managed. I love my Bernina 710 as I may have mentioned before, and it was not difficult, as long as I have a large table in front.

I also made a bag for a friend of mine for Christmas. She chose the fabric and left it to me to decide on the pattern. She was very pleased with it.


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

How time Flies

I have been quite busy with my quilt making, but had nothing much to show for it.  Now I have. 
I made this bag using fabric I bought in Japan, for my sisters birthday in August. 

It was a free pattern called Phoebe designed by Beki Lambert available on Craftsy.

 I made these two little bags for quilty friends who both had their 70th birthdays in August. It is a free pattern here 

 I also finished this quilt for one of our grand-daughters 16th birthday in August. Its a Sarah Feilke pattern from her book  Material Obsession

 I had to hang it sideways on the clothes line so it wouldn't drape on the ground. 

Its really hard to get a good photo with a large quilt unless its hanging.The colours are not good in this photo.

 This is the back of the quilt. I quilted cross hatching and a large stipple. I used King Tut variegated thread # 936. 

Also I have finished piecing a nine patch scrappy quilt for another grand-daughters wedding in Australia. Its not a super pretty quilt, but a practical quilt, given she has 4 children already. It won't be a problem if they are jumping all over it.
Its now at the Long Arm Quilter

After I finished piecing it, I had to lay it on the spare bed upside down, as it left threads everywhere!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Village Green Quilt Show 2016

The local quilt group I belong to had a very successful show this past weekend. I'm not sure of our numbers, but I think we have approx. 50 members, who produced 90 quilts for the show, which we hold every second year.
Here are some of the quilts that caught my eye...

The display below  are three classes taken by Helen Godden from Australia.


I'm afraid I wouldn't win any prizes for my photography, but you get the general idea of some of the quilts in our show. Alot of the comments from the public were, that it was lovely to see such a diverse range of quilts. Not too many double ups.

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