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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Little Sisters - few close up shots

After a really hectic couple of weeks I finally feel like I can relax, and then I got a cold!  Enforced rest for me.  It is only a cold, but it makes you stay inside and take it easy, with a bit of hand sewing and reading.  Currently I am reading "The Book Thief" which was made into a movie, which I have not seen.  I will finish the book, then see the movie if it is still on anywhere.

Some one asked me for close up shots of the Little Sister's quilt.....I guess to inspect my curves, and quilting stitches :-))  I have done my best for you, but the camera is old-ish, and not taking as good photos as I would like.  But lets give it a shot anyway!

The photo above shows one of the side motifs, one of the stars and some of the quilting.
 The background quilting I drew free hand with blue wash out pen, then quilted and sprayed it with water before washing.  It is mostly trails of vines, leaves and flowers.
 These little suns are 4" across, and the centres are 2".  Each one I hand pieced using template plastic, and drawn on the back with a pencil, then hand pieced together.  The centre I made as a circle over a Perfect Circle 2", then appliqued over the centre of the legs of the stars.  The completed stars, were then drawn up over one of the Larger Perfect Circles and pressed, then appliqued in place between the feather/fans.
 Here is a bit more of the quilting in the background.  On this quilt I used a YLI quilting thread coloured Ecru....actually I use Ecru on everything.  It shows up the stitches well.  I am about to move to Auriful for hand quilting, so will see if I like that as much, better, not as much?......I bought the 20wt in a similar colour.
 This picture is not so good, but it shows some of the legs of the feathers, and the vines between
 One of the corner motifs.  I made these seperately to the rest of the quilt.  Cut out the templates and pieced by hand, then turned under the edge of the block and appliqued in place in the corners.  Then I cut away the back of the block.
More close ups of the stars and the quilting lines
 The border is lots of smaller fans/feathers/leaves...what ever you want to call them, on a 1" wide vine.  I did some quilting in the feathers, and just lots of different motifs around.  I used hearts, paisleys, leaves, flowers etc
Where the main part of the quilt joins the border, I put in this skinny 1/2" border, and quilted right up against it so that it would stay flat, and put a few other motifs about the place.

There was no plan at all with the quilting, except for the wavy vine that went all around the large feathers.  The idea was just to fill in the space.  And, now that I have it home I can see more spaces to be filled.
 This is the fabric pack that was a part of my prize.  Very pretty but not really the fabrics I would choose.  I plan to make a quilt for my granddaughter, Skylar.  I saw this Paper Doll Quilt in a Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur book, and I think it would be perfect.
These are the very fancy rosettes I got to bring home.  I gave them to Skylar to wear last weekend when she cam to visit me.  She thought she was just the ants pants!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Adelaide Sewing Stitching and Handcraft show

After my big week away, I am now spending this week getting ready to attend the Sewing and Stitching Show.  I went last year and took my small business, including all the lovely Karen Kay Buckley Scissors and Perfect Circles.  Yesterday I started sorting things to take with me, and today I am pricing and checking I have everything I need. BTW, all prices have been reduced for the event, so you will get a bargain as well.

My daughter, Natalie, is helping me to set up on Thursday, and work with me on Friday, which was the busiest day last year.  Then my friends Mary and Marilyn will lend a hand Saturday and Sunday.  Natalie was so funny last year.  She is not a sewing person, and had no idea what half the things were for.  By the end of the day she was saying, well I don't know what it is, or what you use it for,  but I do know WHERE it is and how much it is!

If you are planning on going, come and see me at Stand S25.  We will have the samples for our upcoming workshop on August 8th on display.

About the next part for the Tiptoe Through the Tulips and the Pom Pom Tree......they are late!  So please forgive me, I have just taken on too much this month.  I will have them done by the end of next week.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

surprising week

Last Friday, 4th, I went to Sydney to visit with my family for a few days, and catch up with a few friends at the Sydney Quilt show.  Lots of exiting things happened.  A few weeks back I had posted my Little Sisters quilt to be in the exhibition.  When you send these things off you never really expect (but often hope) that they might like it enough to give you a little award.  Because I am a teacher, and I earn some income from quilting, they make me enter as a "professional", so it gets harder!

On the night of the judging I got a phone call from the president of the Guild asking if I was likely to be at the awards presentation.  Well, I said I expected I could be there, and she said "I highly recommend that you attend if you can".........intriguing wouldn't you think?

 I received 2 awards.......one as 3rd place in the Traditional Quilt category, then I was awarded "the Best Hand Made Quilt" in the show! 

My friend Maureen was sitting next to me and had been involved in the judging day, not as a judge, but as a helper.......and she knew!  After I got the smaller award, she suggested I not relax too much.  It was really a huge surprise and a real treat.

Maureen's Big Birds
It is also my birthday week, so I bought myself something to celebrate.

I have more photos from the show, but I have to get permission before I show you.  I do have some Sydney shots though.  I stayed with my cousin at her beautiful harbour-side apartment.

How would you like to wake to this each day?
This is my niece Julie, sister Di, and me....out to lunch on a windy day in Newcastle

For more images from the Sydney Quilt Show you can go to the website

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tulip Basket - last one

for the time being anyway.  I am going to have a bit of a break from the basket blocks for a while.  There were only ever going to be 12 of them, to go with the Rose Garden BOM.  I never dreamed they would be so popular!
I have made so many new friends with this little project, and I do hope you will stick by me.  I plan something else a little later in the year, but in the mean time we have to get those blocks finished and into a quilt! Right!  The Tulip Basket is ready for you now on the Legend and Lace website.

The Tulip Basket, being the last, I thought I would challenge you a little.  It is really the trickiest, with set in seams.  Break it down into 4 segments, and it does not look quite so hard.  These instructions are all in the pattern sheet.
 Mine is all done!  I changed my mind about the border fabric.  I totally loved the large print fabric, but it is so hard to work with, and just overwhelmed the whole thing.  I showed it to a few of my friends and they agreed that this blue and pink paisley was a better idea.
 It is a print from the Moda Collection for a Cause, and I have half a bolt here.  It just looked right, and did not take away from the work in the centre of the quilt.  Sorry Sheila, I did try....
You can see a close up of this fabric.  A number of people I know have not been able to use this print either.  It is really beautiful, and I REALLY want to use it, but it is being rejected so many times now.  I might end up making a shirt out of it! Or a pair of trousers.......

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Looking over old projects

With Winter firmly in South Australia, and the outside is wet and dreary I am spending more time looking at what sewing I want to finish off.  The Little Sisters is done, and I dug through my projects and came out with the Calico Paradise that I started a while back.  The is a pattern created by Dawn, Collector with a Needle, recreating an antique quilt.  The pattern is in Dawn's Etsy shop.
The pattern is huge! and really hard to trace the whole thing in one go, so I have been doing it a little at a time.  Not all these pieces are actually appliqued in place, but tacked ready to applique.

 The sheets are full size and hard to handle but extremely good quality
The centre has been done for some time and you can see where I posted about it before here and here

 I have traced the design onto the back of the fabric, ready for "back-basting". 
Some of the pieces in place ready to go.  I plan to take this to Sydney with me next week for my quiet time sewing.  None of the people I am staying with are sewers, but we will do lots of sitting about talking.  I am staying with my sister for part of the week, and we never run out of things to talk about.  Her DH has been very sick, and she is not able to go out much, so there will be lots of sewing time.

Talking on sick husbands, mine is on the mend.  We missed our visit to Melbourne which was suppose to happen TODAY.  He was simply not well enough to travel.  Well, he was probably ok to fly, but then would just sit about the hotel room all day, while I am out enjoying myself!  We got a refund on the hotel and now waiting to see if the airline with come to the party with a credit.  Fingers crossed on that one.

I will have the last basket block ready for you next week before I go.  Keep an eye out.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Come and try......

A date for your diary - 8th August 2014 - a workshop where you can try 4 different blocks.  The Flyer is posted below.

Come and Try………..

Would you like to make a few new blocks, and perhaps turn them into a quilt, or cushion or a table runner?

We have some new ideas for you.  Try one, two or three different blocks on the day and see what you come up with.  All can be made from your scrap bag or fat quarter stash.


Double Wedding Ring

The Propeller uses 2 ½” strips, the Criss-Cross 5” squares. Abacus and Double Wedding ring use Fat Quarters plus background and setting squares.

Friday 8th August
St Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall, McLaren Vale SA
9.30 to 3.30
$50 for the day includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea
Extra $30 for curved ruler for Abacus and Wedding Ring

Contact Mary – 0403005552 -  email - kamrothe@internode.on.net      
Or Wendy  - 0417084245 – email – wdwhellum@iprimus.com.au         

Yes, I know many of you live outside Australia, but you never know who is reading this, might just be someone passing through the region who would like to spend a day with like minded people.  


Sunday, June 22, 2014

baskets and roses together

Sometimes it is a blessing when you can not go out.  I still have the DH mostly house bound with the Bronchitis that stopped us going to the Clare Valley a few weeks back, but I have got a LOT of sewing done.
I decided to use the time to combine my basket blocks and rose applique into the one quilt they were always meant to be.  I had to make one more rose block so that I had a nice even 25 blocks to get a good setting pattern.  The blocks are available on the Legend and Lace website under Rose Garden and Baskets Galore.

He has one week to get better as we are booked to go the Melbourne next weekend.  I am going to the quilt show, and he is going to do whatever he likes!

For some time I have been putting aside my scraps of shirtings with this setting idea in mind.  I first saw it in Jean Kimballs book Old Voices New Impressions.
There is not actually a photo of the whole quilt, but photos of the blocks in the setting
These blocks are far more intricate than mine, but it got me thinking about the idea.
 I used my trusty EQ7 to get the setting just right.  I planned to use this blue fabric all along, as the quilt was starting to look a little too "pretty" if you get my drift!  I needed to tone down the "pink-ness" of it.  I did all the triangles and the setting squares, then just cut off the squares on the edges to make it fit.
 All ready for the borders.  It was always going to be a hard job to decide
 the large floral is a "must" as it has the right colours, and it has been in the cupboard for ages just waiting

I tried the shirting on its own to start
 Then the creamy stripe which I like
But I think I will got with the pink stripe.....having said I want to have it not so pink but I think I like it best of all. 

I am going to go out this afternoon with a friend.  She has had a sick hubby for a while as well, and we are going to escape and go window shopping, or something else that takes little money and makes us feel good.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Labels for quilts

Do you hate making labels for quilts?  I do.....well I did, until my friend Mary showed me how to make a really nice one.

Have you all seen that fabric for printing photos from you Inkjet Printer?  I never looked at it as I never had any intention of making a quilt with photos.  Apparently they are good for other things as well.

This is the one put out by Matildas Own - an Australian company, but I expect there are others available. They have the instructions on the back of the pack.  You type up what you want to say, and then run it through the inkjet printer.  I have the put mine in face down, but all printers are different.

I only needed to print on half of the sheet, so I can use the other half for something else.  In this case I used it for my name and address details, as required when you enter into an exhibition
So, I cut the label to the size I wanted and cut a few strips of fabric for the sides. These were from the scrap bag, and already 2" wide.  2 strips each side, and then top and bottom.  Trim as you please.
 Cut a piece of fabric about the same size as the finished label, plus 1".  I used a light fabric, as I did not want to to show through my quilt, but any fabric would do the job
Cut it in half, then sew a 1/2" seam, leaving a gap part way for turning

Press the seam open, and lay the right sides together.  Trim if needed
 Sew right around the edge, clipping the corners if needed.
Turn it out the right way through that hole you left in the back seam
 The hole is still there once you press it, and you do not need to sew it together, as it will be hidden once attached to the quilt
All done!  Now you can just slip stitch in place on the back of your quilt and it looks very neat and tidy.

You can use a fancy "font" and pictures from Clip Part if you want, but I just left mine a bit plain.

Thanks Mary for showing me how to do this.  There is no blog for Mary, so I can not give you a link