Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Collection 29 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 29
Doesn't the pink fabric in the background remind you of a young girl's Rosy Cheeks?
C29 Algae Blooms

The triangles suggested people sitting on the edge of the space, all scared they would be the wallflower of the occasion.
C29 Rosy Cheeks

Algae Blooms
Definitely a springtime block. Are you able to picture the stagnant creek beds where mosquitoes and algae thrive.
C29 Wallflower Fears

The slanted triangles definitely suggest Cats' Eyes.
C29 Cat's Eyes

The chubby baby would peer out from his Baby Bonnet in days gone by.
C29 Baby Bonnet

Flowers bloom and fill our gardens with many delights Before the Autumn.
C29 Fields of Heather

In truth I grew up with fields filled with Patterson's Curse but Fields of Heather sounded a lot more romantic. 
C29 Before the Autumn

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOM 29 - Algae Blooms

C29 Algae Blooms
And so we have reached the beginning of yet another month and so our next free BOM. This month it comes from Collection 29 and like all of the other blocks from this collection Algae Blooms is hand pieced. What a relaxing way to spend an evening. Even though most people don't like algae blooms you must say this is one of the prettier ones you have seen :-)

You can pick it up here and remember to use the free coupon code BOM4Me

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Joy's Central Block

Well I have finished my contribution to Joy's NYB quilt. The inner arcs were taken from the wedding quilt and the extra arc was designed to extend the circle from a 9in to a 13.5in circle. Should be interesting to see what fabrics Joy uses. 

One thing that did surprise me was the number of foundation paper sheets that were needed...24. That has to be the most that I have needed in such a small area. Although with the wedding quilt I did need two per block minimum which makes108 for the central blocks  and I'm still working on the borders.  :-)

Monday, February 23, 2015

What a difference a fabric makes - Joy's NYB

Well what do you think of this version of the wedding quilt? Joy has been making the New York Beauty blocks for one of her grandchildren for several months now. He has requested a quilt with paisley. Isn't it amazing what children ask for and what surprised her even more was that he actually knew what paisley was. She had searched high and low for something other than the traditional dull mud coloured paisleys we are all used to and one day came across the fabric in the background. Isn't it a beauty?

Joy had found a layout that she loved and wanted to substitute the NYB blocks for the circles in it. Only one problem with her original layout .... there was no where to showcase the fabric. So change of plans was called for. She decided that my wedding quilt layout would suit.... it also only needed another 12 blocks as opposed to her original design.

So a few days ago we sat down together to design the setting for her centre. Unlike my quilt, where I have many different backgrounds Joy has only one. We didn't want to bring in another to frame the centre and we didn't want just the feature fabric as that would leave the centre all lost and forlorn.

Joy chose four of my wedding quilt blocks and then I drew up various designs extensions to take the circles out to 15in. Thankfully it only took a few hours to draw ones that matched what Joy was looking for. Lucky she doesn't need them right away as I am flat out with other things I need to do, but if you check back in a few days I will put up the design here so you can see how different it is. It will probably take her another month to make the extra blocks and the centre then I will post that also.

Mind you after working on this design I'm considering redoing my wedding quilt middle...boy will I be glad when I get it finished and can't change my mind again 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cafe Creme & Thoroughly Modern Topsy

I said I would show you the quilt that I practised my FMQ on earlier this month. Most of the blocks in this quilt, Thoroughly Modern Topsy, were made by people from Nowra Quilters when I was teaching them how to do QAYG. 

We decided to also add some life to the back of the quilt and as you can see from the photo here on the right the backing looks pretty good too. After making the blocks various people, me included, added some extra quilting ... just to practise. It was a good practise size as the blocks are just 18in by 22in.

I then had the fun of joining the whole thing together.

The photo here at the bottom shows Cafe Creme, the original quilt .... which still needs extra quilting added ... someday. Still ditch stitching along at present and this has improved out of sight ... mind you improving was the only direction I could go from whence I started :-)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Margaret Foster's Fantastic Fabrics

 Just over a year ago I taught a class to women from Bateman's Bay and Margaret decided to make two of the classes that were offered. 

It was one of my Scrooge Quilt workshops where people can use any strips they have lying around. Any width, any length, any colour... just use up what you have is the idea..... that's where the name Scrooge Quilts came from. In the class I offered four different quilts that all start the same but then deviate quite dramatically depending on what you want. 

Margaret dyes her own fabrics and wanted to use those and didn't they come up beautifully. Oh btw if you want to do a dyeing workshop with her you can find out the details here.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Well my in the ditch is definitely improving. But it was a boring I had to send a quilt off and needed to add some more to the original so figured it was time to try real FMQ.

 The black, top right was my first go and it was simply wavy line in each strip. Next was top right and that was wavy anywhere ... would you guess I like wavy.'s easy and a bit like in the ditch but not as precise.

the two in the bottom show a bit more adventurous attempts. Left are gum leaves and branches...definitely easier than I first thought and one the right you have wavy lines and sunflowers. The big block to the right at the bottom shows the back of the sunflowers.

Actually should put up a photo of the quilt. It's not too bad :-)

The rest of the month will be more in the ditch ... but better. The wedding quilt will need to be started soon ... well the quilting on it that is ..... after I finish the border and ..... the new middle. The wedding is in June and wish as I might it won't be finished just by wishing.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sierra Leone

The adventures of the young. My youngest son Richard is in Sierra Leone with the WHO contingent fighting Ebola. He is a data manager and had set up a monitoring system to track people from suspected Infection to either recovery or burial..they have to track past death to make sure that people are buried in a safe manner.

 He was staying in a hotel but has now moved to a tent city as he and his supervisor got fed up with there being no food and atrocious living conditions in the local hotel. 

When Richard arrived he asked for light globes as his room had none. After a few hours they found some and he discovered why there were none in his room. The electricity isn't wired correctly and the only way to turn them on or off is to literally turn them.... as in screw them in or out of the sockets. 
There was only ever food for the first five people, after that it ran out. 
When you left the hotel in the morning you had to leave you key at the desk as they don't have spares. On the final evening that they were at the hotel Richard and his boss returned home at 8:00 after having been working since 7:00. No one could find the key to his bosses room and there was no food. After two hours they literally knocked down her door as key was still not to be found. So she spent the night in a room without a door. 

In the morning she hit the roof and told Richard they were moving to the Danish tent city. Richard says it is great ...... they have food and vegetables. He hadn't seen a vegetable for almost three weeks. He arrived in Sierra Leone just under three weeks ago. 

Days are very busy. Rise at 6:30. Breakfast between 7:00 and 7:20. One the road at 7:30. Work til 7:30pm. Then home, dinner, bed by 9:00. He looks totally exhausted but has learnt a lot.

They are very happy with his work and wanted him to return to Freetown to draw some graphs for them and then to move to another area and set up the same thing there. He refused as he said it will take him the better part of his remaining time to train some of the Brits to maintain the system. This is the first time  they have been able to get any reliable figures from this region. Once the Brits go it will unfortunately all collapse but hopefully they will be there for a few more months.

Plus he can draw the graphs from his present locality and email them up.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wedding Quilt Progress - Frames completed

Well have finally managed to piece the central frames and join all of the blocks together. I'm not sure if I like it or not but will now start to work on the border. I had initially planned to have plain borders but have now decided to return to a long ago plan of a spiked border ... also somehow incorporating curves. Will be interesting to see what I can come up with.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hilde's Camel

Yes the camel quilt is a true quilt. I found a series of photos of different camels, plus a few stitchery designs that I liked the look of. I contacted the original designers asking if they minded my basing my quilt on their designs and all were happy with that. 
I went out to a friend of mine who does lots of applique and she simplified it for me and viola we have the design for Hilde's camel. 
I have even collected the fabrics for it. I was going to say I bought them but in truth I had most of them already. I did buy the fabric for the background which are a mixture of creams and contrasts sewn together as a 1600 quilt. I went to a shop and asked them could I have a jelly roll cut out of fabrics I chose if I was willing to do the cutting. They were willing to let me and so 40 strips later I had the perfect background.