Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vintage quilt

Don’t you just love the patina old quilts develop? This is the first vintage quilt that I found in an Op (thrift) shop.

A sneaky peek inside revealed that it was once chocolate brown and orange. How 1970s is that? The chocolate has faded to a soft brown/pink and the orange to a lovely soft yellow. Six blocks by five this is quite a substantial sized quilt. All beautifully hand quilted.

The edges are finished by turning to the back. Reminds me of the first quilt I made 30 mumble years ago. Back then I couldn’t find any information about how to finish a quilt so I decided that was the answer.

I just love old quilts. Can’t resist them, if I see a lonely old quilt I just want to bring it home. I’ll be showing you more of my rescued treasures as time goes by.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Revamp Reveal

Hi di hi
Well it's taken a day or two to get there, here's the new look garage/studio:

Just a few more things to do, a notice board to put up and some more treasures to pop on display.It’s looking a little bland right now. 
Wonder how long it will stay that tidy? I have this theory that you cant be creative and tidy at the same time.

You want to know what's on the frame don't you?

It’s another hearts for Christchurch quilt. It’s quilting up lovely. One more to go and I will have quilted  7 for Christchurch.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Who says Mother Nature isn’t tidy?

I stepped out onto our back cobblestone area today to find Mother Nature had been tidying up for me:

Wasn't that good of her? Now I just have to scoop them up for compost.



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

Yes folks I am still here. I'm feeling very guilty about the promised tute. I do have a good excuse. Do you want to hear it? Of course you do. My DB Alan has been visiting. He is our Mr Fix it man. Our Studio AKA garage has long been in need of a revamp, so I seized the chance to get on with it. This means that my sewing machine has disappeared under a lot of "stuff". Speaking of "stuff" we have lots of it! It's all going to be so much better but this is what it looks like right now:

It's getting better, I did get a lot of stuff squared away yesterday.
Oh if you are wondering why I have an Ice Cream container lid hanging from a cord – that's my clever device to get the car parked in just the right spot.
Check back soon for some stunning after pics!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Share, show and tell

My good friend Debbie popped around yesterday to show me her latest:
This is a construction machinery  themed quilt – all the applique is hand stitched. Debbie machine quilted it. Isn’t it stunning? She’s so clever.

Debbie plays great attention to detail when designing her blocks. BTW she will be popping this up on Trade Me.
She’s also been working on a green and pink quilt based on Judy Hoowarth’s Scrap Sensations technique. I helped her to baste this one together ready for quilting.

My camera has been playing coy, it doesn’t want to share pictures with my laptop. Grrrrrrrrrrr so Rug Mug tut will follow when I can get that sorted

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Another Quilt completed

It is always a pleasure to finish another quilt. This quilt was the first big quilt made by Lyn. I fell in love with at first sight, because – guess what it is purple! I used a lovely variegated pink,mauve,purple rayon thread to quilt it. I just dwhirled and swirled across the surface of it and it turned out just grand.

She was thrilled when she saw it. It now resides in Perth with the niece that she made it for.
Isn’t it lovely?
Bye for now, thanks for dropping by
Linda -
who hasn’t forgotten she promised a rug mug tutorial – it’s coming!

Up and Running – or should I say typing?

After much procrastination I have finally got my blog ready to go. Thanks to sister  Peggy aka Crazy Quilter and “Blogging for Bliss” by Tara Frey. Tara’s book is inspiring, I recommend it to anyone thinking of blogging.
My latest stitching craze – like many others in the quilt world is making Mug Rugs. After admiring them on other blogs I decided I just had to give it a go. I didn’t really fancy binding such a small item so I worked out an easy no hand sewing technique. Here are some of my finished rugs:


Now just in case that has made you keen to whip up one (or several) of these little beauties I am creating a tutorial for you.
WARNING!! These rugs are like potato chips – one is not enough.

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