Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dear Jane II

……….continues:
I have all the between block sashings stitched down now.
DSCF2839

Rather than just stich straight lines I have run diagonal lines through the sashing. This makes an elongated star appear. Can you see it?
DSCF2841
….looking good
DSCF2843
As I worked my way down the quilt I kept looking at the blocks and thinking about how I will quilt them. I have been looking at the “Dear Jane” book and I see that the original is quilted in quite a minimal style. I will have to try to not quilt Jane to death!
I’ve started some ruler work on the borders. I have decided to do piano keys at ½” intervals along the outer border. That’s about 150 lines per border. Phew!
 DSCF2845
I’m happy with how Jane is looking so far. What do you think?
Bye for now

Please allow me to introduce

Dear Jane
DSCF2820

She’s been visiting at the Razzle Dazzle spa for a while now.
In all her tiny piecing glory:
DSCF2826
DSCF2822
Thursday it was time for her to start her beauty treatment:
On to the spa bed she went:
DSCF2827
A gentle start with basting stitches top to bottom.
DSCF2832
Oh, look at this pretty corner block at bottom right.
DSCF2833
This will be the last block I will stitch. I’d like to stitch it right away but it’s back to the top for more foundation work.
More tomorrow……
Thanks for popping by

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

add a dash of lime

Remember when I told you about receiving a new ruler from America? Well this is what I made:

DSCF2813

The ruler is from Jenny at Sew Kinda Wonderful.She has several different patterns you can make using the ruler. The ruler is a very cunning tool. First you use it to cut fabric, then after sewing a block it becomes a straighten up and trim tool. Very clever! The curves are not too difficult to sew once you get the idea. How Jenny thought this all out I will never know – my head hurts just thinking about it! Jenny has excellent videos on her site to help you through the process.

The pattern I have used is Urban Pods. I love the way the blocks flip over half way down the quilt and create that row of curved diamond shapes.

upcentraldiamonds

The curved border is just a little add on of mine. A nice opportunity to add some piano key stitching.

DSCF2815

Some modern quilting:

DSCF2785

Don’t you just love the texture?

DSCF2809

Next up for me will be the Urban Birthday quilt. I have the fabric already.

Thanks Jenny for sharing your creativity with us. As you can see I love my quilt so much it has become my new banner!

Thanks for popping by

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ain’t love grand!

Our two cats Kaiser and Koko have been together for 14 years now. We often think they are like an old married couple:

 DSCF2766

Besides loving on our cats I have been stitching. Cat of Catalina’s Cottage sent me a Opshop treasure top to quilt. You’d like to see a sneak peek wouldn’t you?

DSCF2779

I’m so excited about how this quilt has stitched up.I think it’s a “Mintage” quilt. Vintage fabric meets modern quilting. More photos later when Cat has seen it.

Thanks for popping by.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pattern Testing II

Team work will get your there every time.

Remember this?

Well Andreena finished her stunt sewing and today I have been quilting the wall hanging:

DSCF2746

It was fun to quilt, quick and easy and my machine just hummed along.

I was wondering what to do with those small red corner stones in the sashings. Then I realised a bit of magic had happened – the lines in the sashing create a wee star around each square. Can you see it?

star round square

Just the binding to go and we’ll have a nice piece for show and tell.

DSCF2750

Thanks for popping by.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pattern Testing

This year I have the role of Librarian at Taupo Quiltmakers. Recently we received some new books. I have distributed them to “pattern testers” The idea is that the first person to read the book commits to make something from the book, bring it along to Club for Show and Tell and review the book.
Andreena (member of Sweet Peas) loves all things Christmassy so she was the obvious tester for this book:
ChristmasWH

I spent yesterday morning at her house helping her get this under way:
DSCF2660
She’s going to complete the assembly and I’m going to quilt it.
BTW this book is hot off the press. We bought it through the Book Depository. It has some very nice projects in it. Let’s hope our efforts get some of our members inspired to sew for Christmas.Our next meeting has a Mid Winter Christmas theme so this will be very appropriate.
Got to get a wriggle on now, it’s my morning for the Opshop.
TTFN

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Time for a change

Remember Sunbonnet Sue?
Golly she was our Summer pinup girl. We’re in the depths of winter here! Time for a change:

DSCF2652
The big quilt is Peggy’s “Back to Front” Kiwiana modern. I wish I could show you better photos of this quilt but being so dark it doesn’t photograph well.
DSCF2654

DSCF2659








See that jam jar quilt on the of front the rack? I made that many years ago (2002). One of the first tops I machine quilted. Back then then it was difficult to buy themed fabric – so some of the fabrics are a bit bizarre.
DSCF2662
The quilt hiding at the back is “Amish Wildflowers” which I made for Mum in 1992. Loved and faded. Back then I couldn’t get 100% cotton solids for everything and some parts are part poly and they have faded more than the cotton parts.
DSCF2679
However check it out – it’s hand quilted!!!
DSCF2665DSCF2666
Today we had a yummy lunch of Beef Stroganoff accompanied by a nice red wine. It’s a dreary rainy day but life in Taupo is good!
TTFN

Friday, July 13, 2012

While we were busy at the Quilt Exhibition…………

……….we remembered that a very special cousin would be celebrating a Birthday this coming weekend. Peggy and I decided a quilt would be in order. Monday we pulled the fabrics, decided on a pattern and got stitching.
By Monday evening we were well on the way and ready for Cat scanning:


DSCF2641
Tuesday we finished piecing and Wednesday I quilted.
DSCF2644
DSCF2646
Thursday Peggy stitched the binding on.
Ta dah quilt finished:
DSCF2642
How’s this for back art?
DSCF2649
If you think you’ve seen this pattern around here before you have, it’s Pineapple Blossom which you can find the pattern for on Bonnie Hunter’s site. This pattern has become a favourite go to for a quick but always interesting quilt.
In the Post and on its way.
Happy Birthday Special Cousin
Love

Monday, July 09, 2012

Kiwiana quilts

For my final show of quilts from our exhibition I took some photos of quilts with a Kiwiana flavour.
DSCF2624

DSCF2594

This stunning New Zealand Baltimore was made by Kathy Mc Caffrey. Kathy does the most exquisite work. All needle turn applique and hand quilted. The two birds are our  Tui and Kereru (wood Pigeon)
DSCF2617
DSCF2620
DSCF2618
For more Kiwiana you may like to pop over to Peggy’s blog and check out her Kiwiana modern quilt.
To finish I just have to show you Margaret’s Kaffe Fassett quilt – so vibrant!
DSCF2613
That’s it – no more show photos. I hope you enjoyed them.
Thanks for popping by

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Taupo Quiltmakers Exhibition….

…………….More about the Black and White Challenge:
This is how the challenge worked. Members selected a colour from a box crayons, they could use that colour plus Black and White to  make any sized fabric creation they liked. The entries were so varied, big quilts, small wall hangings, cushions, bags, runners.
The winner was
Evening Joy made by Barbara Lovie
DSCF2571

2nd Milton Friedman made by Kathy McCaffrey
DSCF2575
That Challenge Bag made by Fiona Hussey
DSCF2576
and a little peek at some more entries:
DSCF2581
DSCF2582
DSCF2585
DSCF2579
This is a personal favourite. Go Hurricanes!!!!!
DSCF2564
…………..more eye candy coming up

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...