Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kim Diehl quilt top completed

I am back from my fantastic trip to the USA and Smooth Jazz cruise in the Caribbean Sea and my inspiration and desire to get back to my projects is as strong as ever.
There isn't enough time to do all the projects I have started let alone the ones I want to start.
So without further delay, I finished this top over the weekend.
The pattern is from Kim Diehl's book "Simple Appeal" and the pattern is called "Farm-Girl Finery".  I love all the projects in the book and I am already dreaming of making some of the other quilts featured.
Some of the fabrics are Kim Diehl's. and some of the circles are wool.
 Here is a close-up of the centre ...
I started the applique using a blanket stitch and needle turn for the stems but realised that it was going to take too long to finish, so I completed the applique by machine.
 I am quite pleased the way it turned out.
 I also finished the binding for  this quilt, which is going to be a birthday gift for a friend later in the year.
We have been getting some visitors lately and Lucinda could not pass an opportunity like this...
Others stay up high watching what's going on...

This handsome one was looking down at me from the roof.... hi there !

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Music Quilt, bags and coasters

I have been doing a few projects, so it was time to blog about it...
Most of them will be gifts.

Here they are:

This one is for a friend in the USA, who I am going to see in a couple of weeks time...
We are doing a Smooth Jazz in the Caribbean...

The fabrics are music themed...
 I had been saving these prints for a special quilt..
 This table topper is for my mom. The fabrics came from Portugal and are very traditional.
 The words on the fabric a meant to be love notes from long ago... really cute.
 Have been making a few pouches like this one with Aboriginal fabrics... another stash that I have been saving for ages.
 I felt like playing with scraps....
 And tried a new pattern with a recently purchased fabric...
 More little blogs to play with my new fabrics..

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year !

And best wishes for the world with less conflict and better health...

Since my last posting I have been keeping up with Bonnie Hunter's yearly mystery "Grand Illusion".
The reveal came and I joined four of the blocks to see what the effect would be.
I can't say that I am thrilled with it as it seems too busy for the stars to stand out.
I am going to leave it for a little while but eventually I will be put it together in some other way.

Just before Christmas I made this little table topper ...

Gardening is still going on albeit not as much as it is quite warm to be outside.
My hydrangeas have once again put on a show and my daughter was among them..

I haven't made any significant new year's resolutions but I do have my 'to do' list which is nothing new for me. I have some specific tasks I want to achieve in quilting and also develop more my music knowledge. I want this year to focus on a classical composer but continue to enjoy my other genre of music "Smooth Jazz".

This leads me to a very sad news which occurred on the 1st January, the death of Jeff Golub, a longtime jazz, blues and rock guitarist which I admire.
Here is a taste of one of his recordings;

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery - Part 1 & Caswell block

I have completed all the blocks for part 1 of Grand Illusion Mystery.

At the last minute I changed one of the colours I had set aside before; instead of blue I chose brown and instead of bright red fabrics I picked more burgundy reds.

But whatever colour I select, the full effect of my choices will only show it's full impact once the quilt is put together.
All the fabrics came from my stash and some pieces even came from my scrap box.
I have the Easy Angle ruler but I prefer the papers to make the Half Square Triangles .
I find paper piecing fast and accurate and I get free papers downloaded from the this website.

 I am linking up here.

I still had time to finish another Caswell block... long way to go to make 30 blocks and the border.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dot Modern Quilt

The pattern for this quilt came from the book by Nancy Mahoney, "Simple Circles and Quick Curves".
It was pieced sometime ago and I quilt it this week on the Handi Quilter.
I quite like the big variety of modern looking fabrics I have been collecting for a while.

I am ready to embark on Bonnie's mystery tonight; fabrics chosen, sewing machine serviced a couple of days ago, sewing studio tidy and weekend meals organised.  Husband and daughter will not been having too much of my attention.

No gardening this weekend; just me in my studio, my fabrics, sewing machine and music !
And occasionally looking out of the window to this view...

Friday, November 21, 2014

I have had a very productive quilty week !
While tidying up my studio I found this floral print and along with a couple of other matching fabrics I made this top.
I was planning to make a friend at work a quilt for her 60th birthday next year so this quilt will be going to her.
I think the colours will suit her home d├ęcor and she is always very interested to see the quilts I make.
She doesn't read my blog or Facebook, so I am sure it will surprise her.
I also made this little quilt with my huge collection of solid yardage and scraps.
I saw this design on the web and in no time at all I put it all together.
I plan to make another lap size quilt with the same design but bigger blocks and a lot more variety in the  fabrics.

I made a few more 9 patches for a new quilt I have started... that's all I am revealing for now......
 And lastly more gardening has been done and the flowers are putting on a show ....

More gardening over the weekend and if time permits a little stitching... and next week  Bonnie Hunter's mystery starts !


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Inspired by Tumalo Trail Quilt

I had a box of 2" squares and from time to time I have been making 9 patches for the fun of it. And then I decided it was time to put them into a quilt.
I went over Bonnie Hunter's books and Tumalo Trail  (Scraps & ShirttailsII) seemed to be the perfect design to use up these blocks.
In the book the squares are 1 1/2" so my quilt turned out bigger; I don't think I will be adding a border.
I am pleased the way it turned out. It's not going to be quilted immediately as I have another quilt in the longarm machine at the moment which I am hoping to finish in before the end of the month.
I have a couple of other projects on the go and these should also be completed before the mystery starts.
It was so fun playing with such a variety of fabrics and using up a lot of my scraps. Anything goes.

I had to cut more squares and cut other sizes for another scrap quilt that I also doing.
I am becoming quite a scrap quilter these days ! It's Bonnie's influence...
I continue to spend some time in the garden, maintaining and adding new features and plants.
This picture was taken last week (facing my sewing studio)... it's lovely to be able to look out and see the flowers in bloom.
 Some close ups of these beauties....




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mariner's Compass Wall Hanging and Grand Illusion Mystery

Finally finished my Mariner's compass top.

This is a Quiltsmart product and the pack included the instructions and marked interfacing.
Most of the fabrics are batiks.

I am planning to do Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery.
The first clue is starting on the 28th November and I can't wait. This will be my 3rd mystery from Bonnie in addition to a couple of other quilts. I just love how I can use up my stash with her patterns and at the moment I am doing another quilt from one of her books which I hope to have the top completed before the mystery begins.
I am not entirely following her chosen colours; instead went through my stash to see how much fabric I had and also which combinations I had not made a quilt on.


I have been collecting grey fabrics for a little while so I have decided to use these instead of white/cream. At this stage I am not certain if I should use several grey fabrics as per the above or use only one very light grey fabric that I have a large quantity of.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Caswell Block and a belated birthday gift

Although I started off with great enthusiasm with the Caswell quilt, I now only work on it on my lunch breaks, so I don't expect to have it finished in the near future.
Here is my latest block.
I have a couple of other fairly large projects on the go at the moment which I hope to share on the blog shortly.
My friend Lynne, who is almost finished with her Caswell blocks made time to gift me this very adorable pocket wall hanging. 
 Her stitching is so perfectly done and she used wool.
 Going around the garden early in the morning I loved this flower pot outside my studio.
And this is Noddy looking out in the garden enjoying the early morning sun today.