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Monday, October 26, 2009

Little Sisters progress

I started working on the little sunbursts of this quilt. They are a bit fiddly, but a good project to take on travels. So far I have 4 made and 2 cut out ready for my trip to Sydney later this week. Apart from the flight, I have 2 hours each way on the train to Newcastle. maybe I had better cut out some more!
They will be placed between the legs of the feather/fans

The centre is now complete, and very pleased to have that applique all done! It was hard going, but I am happy with the result. Now I just have to get 3 more corner blocks made, and work out what to do with the bird/flower applique edges.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Churn Dash Block Swap

This is my latest completed quilt. It is a collection of Churn Dash blocks from the ReproFabricLovers block swap from last year. Love all the beautiful colours. Some blocks have 2 fabrics, and some have up to 5 fabrics - so strong in diversity.

The Editor of the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine saw the photo and it is being published in the mag next year - about March. I got an email from them last week reminding me of the deadline, and I had to get it quilted real FAST - like in 2 days, then another day to do the binding. It is just simple machine quilting, but makes little difference for the photos, as the design will take centre stage.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Stars in My Eyes - new BOM

I have decided to create a block of the month, including fabrics, to add to my website. It is actually a Border of the Month, not a block. First month is the centre star, then each month, for another 5 months you get pattern and fabrics to make the next border. The final border you can have in either red as shown, or the same print in brown. The fabrics are Moda Civil War range. The finished quilt 52" square. I have used assorted shirtings as well. The design idea came from this very early Civil War cot quilt that I made a couple of years ago. It is a bit busy for a BOM, so I toned it down a little.

I will add it to the website to start in December, so please let me know if you would like to book a place. www.legendandlace.com

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bling Bling Workshop

The Bling Bling workshop at the weekend was a geat success. These girls are now convinced that they can tackle anything! Well done girls
Cathy's block
This is Glenys' block

This is Helen's block



Cathy with the beautiful smile, and only new to quilting. Helen who is a very experience quilter but has not done applique before.



The group working dilligently


This is part of one of the blocks of the quilt

This is the inside of Karen's shop - the Sewing Sanctuary at Aldinga Beach, in South Australia.
We did the applique workshop at the weekend. I don't know about the other girls, but I had a ball. Lots of food as well - and wine to finish off the last day.
These were very talented ladies - fun and enthusiastic.
What more could I ask for?!








Monday, October 5, 2009

Feathered World Without End - Finished





I finished the very last of the quilting on my Feathered World Without End last night. My hands are so sore and need a big rest. Today I washed it and my granddaughter, Skylar, came to "help Nanny" block the quilt.

I wash the quilt in mild detergent in the washing machine and lay it on the floor, with a sheet under it. I spread out the quilt and pull and pat it into shape, then pin all around the edges with straight pins. By doing this the quilt is flat and smooth and if there are in inconsistencies in the borders or piecing they disappear as the quilt dries. Leave it pinned as long as you can - a couple of days would do the trick. In colder months you could put a blow heather in the room and close the door. In the summer I leave the windows open to help with the drying.

By blocking quilts I have turned really wobbly quilts into very flat and square quilts. Try it - you will be surprised at the result.