In July, my friend Penny, opened her new shop at Victor Harbor, PennyLane Patchwork. The opening was on the windiest coldest day this winter. We all snuggled inside, and greeted the customers. The photo above is the new Block of the Month I have started to make for the shop. It is in Jen Kingwell "Lollies"fabric, and will be ready next year. All the blocks are circles of one kind or another. Some simple, some more complicated.
Making the Australian Quilt Exhibition. A few of the quilts are shown above, but I think there are restrictions on showing them, so I had better be good :-) You can read about it on the link. It is a must see exhibition if you are in Melbourne until 6th November.
So, we get to September, and we have SPRING!! Yay!! we had the wettest spring on record, with gale force winds, and floods across the state. It is still raining now, but we have been promised sunshine by the end of the week.
In preparation for Spring, I started to make these sunshiny blocks. They are made from a Layer Cake, but I added a few other fabrics that I had picked up along the way. The blocks are "Dresden Squared". I am making about 20 of these, or more, as I think they would make a great workshop idea. Simple cutting and sewing. The trickiest part is appliqueing the centre circles. This I am doing on the machine as well.
I got the Noughts and Crosses quilt finished. I posted about the start of it back here . It is all done, and hanging on the clothes line (along with the washing!) so I can take a photo. I had it machine quilted with an all over Clamshell design, by Helen Campbell at the Quilting Room.
Also, forgot to mention, that during all this time, I had taken on a part time job! It is finished now.....what was I thinking of???
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You know what happens at a quilt show, you get inspired to do new things. Like I have not got enough UFO's to keep me busy for a while.......but I have had an Arabic Lattice quilt idea in my brain for a while. This is a simple and tricky block, and it has danced with me for about 15 years. Now it is about to get done. I drew it up on EQ and this is the result.
Then you can add the second triangle
add the third triangle
you are left with the first triangle, still flapping about
and finally you can sew that in place.
I have made 3 of these this morning, and cut out a further 3. The placement of the colours, will give you a number of different designs. Wait a while and I will show you what they all look like sewn together. I have made them 9" so I am thinking 20 blocks, plus a border, will give me a good size quilt.
Thanks for taking the time to read all my catch up news. Sorry to have neglected all this time.