Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Latest Baby Quilt

is finished. I decided to try and baste this little quilt on my design wall, which turned out to be quite successful! 

I used some 9 patch blocks that I had sitting on the drawer for a zillion years for the backing. It saved me buying fabric, and used up MORE stuff.


I pieced this quilt, using one of the new methods I read about online. I joined 4 squares together...a 4 patch. I made two of these, the placed them right sides together. I sewed around the 4 edges, then cut diagonally through them twice, as in a large X.
The only problem I had using this method, was that all edges are on the bias.

All in all I don't think I enjoyed this way of making half square triangles.

 I used an orange peel template to draw around, and quilted using my free motion foot.

 I quilted it from the front, and was really pleased to see how it turned out on the back. Actually I like the back of the quilt more than the front.

 From the photo it looks like I colour washed it, but its the camera in my phone that's done that, and the fact that I have a very large window off to the right of my design wall.

This is now winging its way to another Great Grand-daughter in Western Australia.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Prize

I had to do a post about the fabulous 2nd prize I received from Festival of Quilts for my 30's Stars Quilt. 

I was so lucky to receive a voucher from FABCO for $200 worth of fabric.
Melanie from Fabco is such a generous sponsor of FoQ  and I want to say a big thank you.

On a trip last weekend to Taupo, we called into Melanie's warehouse  for me to choose. It was really hard to do, being surrounded by so many fabulous fabrics.

Here is what I chose. 8 metres worth.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Some Favourite Quilts from the Festival of Quilts Show

These are by no means all of my favourite quilts that were on display. I was going to take more photos on the 3rd day of the Show, but the need for me to be at home, and help with tree clearing on our really large property required me to stay away. Keeping the husband happy.
They say happy wife, happy life, but in my case ....A happy Italian makes for a happy life. haha!!

Anyway here are some of the photos I took.

Unfortunately my photo doesn't do credit to this amazing work. The quilting was fabulous.
Annie won a Bernina Sewing Machine

Dianes Patchwork of the Crosses won 1st Amateur Large Quilts
Diane won a Bernina Sewing Machine.

Liquorice Allsorts pieced and quilted by Judi Schon

 I hope you have enjoyed the photos. Until I blog again
thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Auckland Festival of Quilts.....

A great weekend with over 200 quilts on display. After scribing for one of the Judges for 2 days, I arrived on Friday morning to help on the door.

Thursday night was pretty special, as after I arrived home I received a phone call to say I had won 2nd place in the Large Bed Quilt category with my 30 stars quilt.

 I asked the quilter to quilt a small flower in the large white hexagons, and to do simple quilting, which I think worked for the era of the quilt. I have used a different 30's fabric for each star, and in some cases I used some original feed sack fabric that was given to me by a friend in USA.

My evenings over the last couple of weeks has been spent watching Overlander on its a fabulous series. Quite raunchy but a lovely love story so far.

 Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

While watching this, I am covering 5/8" hexagons. No design in mind yet, only the colours I want to use.

 If you are reading this, and are local, it would be great to see you at the Show.

Bye for now