Saturday, October 3, 2015

Collection 37 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 37

There is always a special private temple within the public one that visitors see.
C37 Temple Within

Yes I agree I have never seen a Fish Kiss, but it does look they are kissing if you squint yoru eyes.
C37 Fish Kiss

Not as hot as our Summer Sun but you can still see the heat radiating out.
C37 Stolen Threads

Two birds sitting on the window sill watching as I sew. A thread is dropped and down they swoop.
Summer Sun

Every parent has hopes for their children but at times are discouraged and feel bound within. 
C37 Alexander's Gold

Alexander IS gold. He is a delightful child who will have many battles in life.
C37 Bounds of Hope

The maze may have been easier seen had I used two colours, but then who wants and easy maze?
C37 Twisting Maze

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOM 37 - Fish Kiss

C37 Fish Kiss
I know that no one has ever seen fish kiss but this is what I always envisioned a fish kiss would look like. What do you think?

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Topsy Star - APQ

Several months ago I was asked to make a block for Patchwork and Quilting's birthday celebrations. They had decided that they would ask people to make a block each and combine these into quilts for an aged care home. The blocks were HUGE... 24 1/2in each. Made it easy to make a full quilt as it only needed four blocks with sashing and borders to make a quilt suitable for the establishment.

I had designed this star for Val who you can see sewing it just here. Val wanted to learn foundation piecing and I figured well why not simply blow it up bigger and use that. So both Topsy and I made the circling geese and then I finished it off while she started on a smaller version.

Looks totally different to what I had in my head :-)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ocean Waves

A few years ago my friend Terri started a class using a wedge ruler. After she finished making all of the wedges the project sat in her 'to be finished' pile long enough for her to buy a new table. This one was long rather than circular and so the planned circular table cover was not going to suit.

 So off she went and played with her finished blocks...... the result was a gorgeous runner which Patchwork and Stitching thought others would like and so published the instructions for it. 

I recently received these photos from Susan of the results of a sewing day she had with a few of her friends. Funny isn't it how Susan has completed the cycle, joining her wedges into a full circle as per the original class.

The circular table centre is by Susan Flynn, while the red and green runner belongs to Judy Smith and the purple one in the same photo is by Linda Allen.  These three women all belong to Clermont Patchwork and Quilters Group. The single runner was made by Sandra Galvin from Walcha who visits the Clermont annually whilst her husband is gold prospecting.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Collection 36 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 36

Doesn't everyone just love raspberry syrup swirled through their vanilla ice cream? 
C36 Raspberry Ripple

Yes I realise that it should have been golden star bursts but apart from the colour it looks perfect. 
C36 Starburst

I made this after a trip around Turkey(?) where I had watched some dancers whose costumes flowed in and out inviting others to join.
C36 The Dish

The Dish is an Australian movie retelling the roll of the men working at the Parkes radio telescope in the first landing on the moon,
C36 Twirl With Me

Surely the title, Blue Diamond, came from the shapes and the image of light radiating from the middle. 
C36 Blue Diamond

The fabric suggests a storm radiating from the middle in Eye of the Storm.
C36 Nine to Five

Yes I did watch the Dolly Parton movie Nine to Five and laughed right through it.
C36 Eye of the Storm

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOM 36 - Raspberry Ripple

C36 Raspberry Ripple
Don't we all just love Raspberry Ripple ice cream in a waffle cone!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Collection 35 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 35

How to make a label.

Open up a new Word document and write whatever you want in the label. I used Edwardian Cursive size 48 from memory. Don't forget to include your dates. I know you should also include boring info like washing instructions and materials used but I saved that for a small label on the back.
C35 Raconteur Label

No Way Out - doesn't it look like the perfect maze to occupy a lot of time. For a time you actually get the feeling you may be going somewhere but you're not. A lot like some days at work!
C35 No Way Out

Bamboozled - this block came from a mixture of two quilts I'd made before, Flying Geese and Circles. Another day of going nowhere fast. This wasn't a fun time at work but things did improve.
C35 Reflections

Pebbles dropped into slowly moving water form ripples and then Reflections. I do enjoy skipping stones.
C35 Bamboozled

It was a restful time when Free Time was made. That was why I could have so many tiny pieces in such a small block. 57 pieces in fact.
C35 Free Time

I just love sitting on the machine and mindlessly Stringing Away. I have so many strips but have now thrown out most of the small ones I used for this type of block.
C35 Winter Blossoms

I just love it when you see the first of the blossoms appear as Winter comes to a close.
C35 Stringing Away

Friday, July 31, 2015

BOM 35 - Winter Blossoms

Winter Blossoms
 I just love those blossoms that appear towards the end of Winter .. cherry blossoms and others. I suppose the Japanese fabric suggested the title for this one. Oh it isn't that hard a block ... give it a try.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Colour Variations

Mixed collection variation -  Snippets

C60 variation - Post Scrip

Thursday, July 9, 2015

2016 South Bay Quilters Guild

I was contacted a short while ago by Sue Glass who is the quilt show chair for the 2015 and 2016 South Bay Quilters Guild of Torrance California.  

For their 2015 show, the challenge was 12 ½ inch red and white blocks, and one of those submitted used my block “Patrice’s Gift” from the Quiltmaker 100 blocks magazine.

Since then they  decided to use those challenge blocks to make their 2016 opportunity quilt, which is really lovely (red and white of course). The quilt will travel around the Southern California area and be displayed at their quilt show. 

I just had to share the photo. Isn't it a beautiful quilt. Patrisse's Gift is the second block from the top on the right hand side, just below the 's' in quilters. What an honour.