Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mini Quilt and New Rulers

I love making mini quilts and playing with scraps is even more fun.
So here is my latest project.

 I also need to practice a lot more with my machine quilting...
 I came across  Robin Ruth Rulers which allows me to make Mariner's Compass blocks from strips.  There are very clear instructions on Youtube so here is the test block I made.
The blocks can be made in 16 sizes from 6" - 36" using the exact same process.
I will be making a lot more blocks in the future.
 Another ruler that I have been wanting to buy for a very long time is Deb Hunter Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler. 
 Here is my block using that ruler.
I will make a full size quilt at some point....
Although it doesn't look like I have been doing a lot, I actually am working on a Bonnie Hunter quilt but won't post until the top is complete.

I also been using up more of my tiny scraps to make more Log Cabin blogs (4 1/2") and adding it to a quilt I started years ago. I'll just keep going until I have had enough.

I also played with another of my rulers I have had for several years but all that will be for another post.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Scrappy Bargello Quilt Top and AQC 2016

Just finished another scrap quilt.

This is another of the free patterns from Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville website.

Using 2 1/2" X 16"  strip pieces, that is all you need to assemble this top.
Miss Penny is posing ...
Don't let her sweet looks deceive you...

I had a lovely day at Australasian Quit Convention yesterday.
They had many quilts on show, many vendors and many well known quilt teachers such as Kimmy Brunner, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Laura Wasilowski, etc.

I took a few pictures but did not remember to note the maker's name, so here are a few..
CITRUS WEDDING by Jane Rundle 
FANCY FREE by Ramona Ressurreccion

STAR BRIGHT - Rachael Siorach

 There were several categories and all of the quilts shown were of the highest quality in every way.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Peekaboo Teddy Quilt


Made this baby quilt for my cousins daughter who is expecting a baby next month.
The nursery d├ęcor is teddy bears, so I hope it fits well.
I made this very same pattern about 19 years ago for my other cousin's son and from memory I think it was a McCalls Quilting magazine.
It was all machine appliqued, pieced and quilted with the exception of a little embroidery on the face.
 I am happy with the result.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Another finish !
This top had been completed June 2015 and it seemed a real shame not to be in use.
So I loaded on the Handi Quilter and got it done !
Really happy how it turned out.

All the fabrics came from my stash and they all have stripes or dots and I did not even use all from my collection; actually I did  not realise how many I had ! 
 Noddy is the 'pin up' boy this time....
 With the help of my daughter...
 Just relaxing...
I still many more tops to quilt because I keep making them.... In fact I have another quilt already loaded so next blog post I will show it.

I am also doing some blocks from two of Bonnie K Hunter's quilts; if I like them enough they will become quilts too...

Monday, March 7, 2016

A couple of years ago I participated in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. I had done a couple of her mysteries before so I was keen to do another one.
So here is my version of Grand Illusion.

There was quite a lot of pieces to sew and cut and although I did cut all the pieces and made up most of the blocks in the end I did not want to have such a large quilt.

This quilt is going to be a gift for a work colleague who turns 60 in a few months time.
He's a mathematician, so I think he'll appreciate the intricate patterns and shapes of the blocks. 

The quilting is very open and basic because too  much quilting would probably clash with the busyness of the many pieces.

I have a couple of other quilts on the go, mainly scrap quilts and a couple of other tops ready to be loaded on the Handiquilter.  Now I just have to 'squeeze' more time to get all this done !

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Quilted Kit and Aurifil BOM

My laptop has had some issues until today which prevented me from doing a blog post.
So here is my completed lap quilt which was purchased from Connecting Threads.
I really like the colours.

This quilt top has been completed quite sometime ago but sat on the pile of tops to be quilted.
So here it is ! Quilted and bound and it's going to a dear friend in Canada !

Some close ups of the quilting.

I was also inspired to make the first block published by Aurifil Designer of the Month for 2016.  You can check the pattern  'here'.
I have so much fabric that making these blocks will not deplete my stash.
The weather has been nice but a bit more rain would help the grass.... the succulents are doing very well.
As for the roses they never fail to disappoint !

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Call of the Elephants

I was inspired to make this small wall hanging from my collection of African prints.

The majority of these fabrics came from several African countries.
The South African prints were purchased when I travelled there a few times. I really like the one with the image of Nelson Mandela.

What I love about these fabrics are the vibrant colours, the designs and the symbols they represent.

For this quilt I selected a few of these fabrics and made a background in a crazy patchwork and then machine applique the elephants.
This quilt is a gift for someone who loves Africa and animals; hope he doesn't see the blog before he receives the quilt.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Summer Quilt

These blocks have been on the go for a while.
With the exception of the blue fabric, the squares are from my scrap 2" bin and other scraps.
The design was inspired by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. 
 I made this quilt for my daughter to celebrate her going into year 10.
As it was a nice day today and for a change I lay it on floor in front of my studio; notice Penny was watching every move I made.
 Some of the fabrics I have had for many years and I don't even like them but placed with other newer fabrics it all looks good.
 I did not have a large piece for the back of the quilt, so I pieced several blocks to make the backing.
Penny had to test it but jumping on it !

 And 'her' comment was "I like it "
And I had to agree with such a sweet face....


Friday, January 1, 2016

The New Year Begins .... 2016 !

I haven't made any significant resolutions nor do I have major events planned such as a major holiday to the USA as I did last year.
But I am sure there will be plenty of goings on...

We ended the year with a new addition to the family;
Meet Penny; our 11 week old kitten.  She came from the shelter and from the moment we saw her we knew she was the one.  Very alert, playful and so cute. 

She has made herself at home trying to play with our boy (cat) and girl (dog). I think they will eventually get along and will get used to such an active little creature. She is fully toilet trained, eats well and follows my daughter wherever she goes.  And of course made herself a little nest in one of my fabric scraps basket.

The past six months I haven't done much sewing.  I have spent my time doing a fair bit of gardening, including trying my hand at growing flowers from seeds and doing quite a lot of  home decorations and renovations as well as reducing the excess things in my home. It's quite liberating.

On the quilting front I completed the 2015 Summer Block of the Month, hosted by Craftsy and taught by Kimberly Einmo.  It didn't seem to take much effort as we only had to complete 4 similar blocks per month.
So here it is, the photo was taken a few minutes ago.
The fabrics came from my stash of batiks and it was real fun working with these....
I will not be quilting it just yet as I have a quilt I need to finish off for a 60th birthday coming up in a few months time.