Friday, October 26, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival October 2012

Yay! It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time!! What could be better than seeing lots of beautiful quilts from all around the world and hearing the stories behind them, with the bonus of finding new bloggy friends. 

Today I'm sharing my version of a pattern by Chris Jurd called Mariner's Garden.

The paper pieced center is a scrap attack of blues and greens. I didn't have an overall plan when choosing my colours. I had a lot of blues and greens so figured that was a good start. When it came to choosing a background I thought I'd use orange or yellow, something sunny and bright, but when trying those options they just fell flat, but the purple really made the center pop. 

 The flowers in the setting triangles were my first attempt at applique and far from perfect, but I'm okay with that. You have to start somewhere, and I learnt a lot doing them...

This peacock fabric was in my stash and the colours were right so they became the corner blocks. They inspired the name for the quilt - Peacock Garden

The quilt top has sat in my cupboard for about 2 years. I was putting off quilting it , partly because it's big! and because I was worried about not doing a good enough job. I took it to Tanya Croft, my lovely long arm quilter who chose a simple loopy squiggly all-over design. I'm so happy with it, it's not too fussy and just dances around the quilt.

I love this pattern and enjoyed making it, I'd really like to make it again in other colours. 

Fun backing fabric!! Domestic Diva by Emily Taylor. 
 One last pretty garden photo...

A super big Thank You to Amy from Amy's Creative Side for organising the Blogger's Quilt Festival!! And to all the wonderful sponsers for supporting such a fun event.

I always try to reply to comments but it's going to be a busy week of trying to visit as many festival blogs as I  can so please excuse me if I don't reply, but if you leave me a comment I'll make sure I visit your blog and leave a comment in return. :) 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hexi Fun

I've been making a  mess!!

One minute I was innocently rummaging through my collection of Sis Boom fabrics looking for the right ones to use for my hexagons and the next minute I knew there were fabrics strewn everywhere. All over my sewing room, in the lounge room, everywhere!  I did find the right fabrics and came up with more combos of blocks to make. The more I look the bigger my quilt will be. 

 It's not all mess and chaos. 

See.. here's my basted hexagons kept neatly in boxes.

I always leave my needles threaded. Somehow it's easier to get started if there are needles ready and waiting.

Quilter's fuel - a nice cup of tea, served on a mug rug of course. I realised while sewing, the mug rug matched the block I was working on. 

One thing I'm really enjoying about making hexagons with Sis Boom fabrics is descovering details. A lot of prints have quite large patterns and choosing which parts to cut out for my 1 inch hexies makes me look at the fabrics in a different way.  

My most recent block...

 It's not all sewing around here, I've been reading Kaffe Fasset's autobiography called Dreaming in Colour. I'm about halfway through and really enjoying reading about his childhood growing up in Big Sur, adventures in Europe and now in London.. I wonder what will happen next. It's full of wonderful stories and beautiful pictures add colour throughout.

One more thing, This Friday the Blogger's Quilt Festival begins so pick your favourite quilt and join in the fun.  Find out more at Amy's Creative Side 

I'm off to tidy up my messy sewing room.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friendly Friday - Karen of Just Purrfick

This weeks Friendly Friday featured guest is one of my very earliest followers. Before I even knew what a follower was the lovely Karen of Just Purrfick was leaving me wonderful comments. Karen is an all rounder, she quilts, crochets, does beautiful stitcheries and makes the cutest softies and dolls, some of which you are about to see...

Hi Karen, tell us a bit about yourself? I am a 39.99 plus P&H female from currently sunny Melbourne.  Share my life with my angel of a partner.  Without him I would require a straight jacket.

How long have you been quilting? If I tell you that, you will know how old I am.  Ok so I havent reached retirement age yet.

What enticed you to start quilting? My sister in law was having a baby and their idea of what was suitable for a baby horrified me.

What do you love about quilting? One word - variety.

Is there any part of the process that you don't like? Nope.  Like it all most of the time.  

Do you have a favourite sewing saying or motto? Measure twice cut once, then double check that too and "the hurrier I go the behinder I get".  You might need to think about that one.

What model sewing machine do you use? Brother for piecing, Singer for quilting

Do you listen to music while you sew? What is your favourite type or cd? This entirely depends on my mood, sometimes just the bird chatter is enough company, sometimes I need more and then it is radio station Gold 104.3.

What is your favourite food? Anything that isnt still alive in any way.  I dont eat red meat so that leaves me chicken which I love and fish/seafood which I also love.  Dont like anything that used to live in a shell though.  I absolutely love all my veggies.  My in-laws think I am weird as I will happily load up my plate with veggies when they all get indigestion from pigging out on a roasted hunk of meat.

Do you have any furry friends that keep you company while you sew? Currently only have one feline fur baby who loves nothing more that sitting on top of what ever I am currently working on.  She wont move until I have paid her enough attention, then I wont see her again until she want something else.  Then there is Charlie the feral feathered thing that tries to eat me when ever I change his seed or water.  He is happy as larry if hubby does it.

Tell us about the house blocks you've made? First one didn't turn out the way I hoped, second one was better but still not that happy with it, but as it was way late, I thought I really should send them to you.  I might one day surprise you and send exactly what I had in my mind.

Wow! I love this bright happy fun house!! It literally Sparkles!!! Who could want more than a house made of love with happy fairies inside, birds and cats in a flowery garden and a yellow brick path leading to the door...

but wait folks, that's not all...

Karen made another house...

An amazing paper pieced house on point! It's such an Aussie house with wattle and even a galah in the tree. I love the blue daisy sky!
Thank you Karen!!! Big hugs to you for making these two wonderful blocks!!! They're both absolutely wonderful!!

Karen's having a bit of bloggy break at the moment but you can pop over to visit her blog Just Purrfick to check out past posts.

Wishing everyone a funny sunny weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Show and Tell...

 Have you been wondering what I've been getting up to??

Well... I've been sewing more of these Ferris Wheel blocks that I started at Quilt Camp in a class with Chris Jurd.

And here's the finished top!! This is definitely going to be hand quilted with perle thread. It's been far too long since I did any quilting. 

It reminds me of afternoon tea...lovely linens, darling doillies, dash of milk and a dollop of cream. There's even a cup of tea. 

I've been hand sewing too...

To balance working with all those creams and whites it's nice to get a blast of colour.

My Sis Boom hexagon project!  This is one of those long term projects that I pull out and work on for a bit until I get distracted. I love it though, maybe I just don't want it to ever finish. I've got my eye on some great fussy cutting fabrics in Jennifer's new range Happy Land which should be coming out any day now...

 It's a great project to grab and go.. I keep my blocks in this folder/book that I whipped up after seeing one my friend Lorraine had made. It has pages of batting that the blocks stick to. I prepare the hexagons and keep them pinned in a little bag with the corresponding block.

Playing with safety pins... basting my Wild Thing quilt. Simple line quilting should suit this party of chunky zebra stripes.

Here's a sneak peek of a quilt I've just finished binding. I'm saving the big reveal for The Bloggers Quilt Festival which starts on 26th October.

 While I was in the garden photographing my work Gbf proudly showed me his compost and worm farms. Worms aren't very photogenic but how about these brocolli..
 Love those big grey blue green leaves!

As you can see I've been a busy daisy!! 

I'll be giving Friendly Friday a miss this week.. We've got some lovely visitors coming to visit...



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