Thursday, March 27, 2014

Catching up

My Simple Squares quilt is finished. 

Oh lovely squares!! Easy going, friendly squares. One size to cut and I didn't have to think too much as I sewed them together. I simply quilted in the ditch creating a 4 inch checkerboard of stitches on the back. It's bound in some navy fabric I had in my cupboard. Easy peasy, done and dusted.. or is it ? ... there might be more to this quilt than meets the eye... expect it when you least expect it. :)

Last weekend we had Gbf's sister come to stay with us. It's always a pleasure to show off our beautiful Blue Mountains, especially with a trip to one of my favourite places, Pulpit Rock Lookout, near Blackheath. 

To get there you have to drive through a long tunnel of gum trees along a bumpy dirt road. Then there's a pleasant 10 minute walk down stairs made from rock and along a path lined with wild flowers, sculptural trees and pretty orange butterflies. When you come to the clearing you realise you're actually on a ridge sticking out into an amazing canyon. 

And these are the views!

It's hard to capture the size of the valley in the photos. This photo might give an indication, the little specks in the center are Gbf and his sister.

The clouds were particularly beautiful!

That was it for photos because my camera stopped working ( sad face). It's been misbehaving for a while now but I've accepted the inevitable and decided to get a new camera ( happy face) and it will be a definite step up from what I've been using ( very happy face!!!). A Canon EOS D600! Hopefully I'll have it by the end of the week and will do a review once I've had a chance to play around with it. 

Remember my Swoon Houses? 

 Sunna from Sunnyquilts blog in Iceland has made a wonderful version with smiley faces in the windows and a big shining center star. Check out her Dream Villiage version at Sunnyquilts blog, and say hello, she's been busy making wonderful quilts. There's a big star quilt I'm particularly drawn to. 

Hmm I seem to remember saying I'd get my Swoon Houses quilted by April, boy this year sure is flying by, I'd better get onto it, no more dilly dallying!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

On the Design Wall

I don't remember the last time I made a simple quilt of squares. 

I recently tidied and refolded my stash of fabrics and noticed I have mostly blues so that's where I started pulling fabrics for this quilt. I added some oranges and golds to warm up the blue shades and add some sparkle.

There's no theme to the mix of prints. It was a case of using what looked good as I went along. You'll see there's lots of daisy prints, florals and dots. Some fabrics I've had for years, others are fairly new.

I found a fabric butterfly in my scraps. It seemed particularly attracted to the blue daisies. It kept me company as I cut. 

After a morning of listening to music and making fabric fly around the room as I gave my rotary cutter a good workout I now have 17 x 16 rows of 4.5 inch squares. 

 Now I just have to sew them together. One simple square quilt coming right up! Off to the sewing room I go! :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Octopus's Garden

Octopus's Garden!!

I think taking photos of a finished quilt would have to be one of my favourite parts of the quilt making process. When you have as many unfinished projects as I do a completed quilt is always worth celebrating! It's especially fun when it means going to different locations. Knowing we had an upcoming visit to a beach gave me the motivation to get Octopus's Garden quilted and finished. I couldn't have picked a better location for this quilt, I'm sure there were mermaids watching us from the waves. 

It was the day I went to the Kaffe and Brandon class, so we were up early and only had a time window of 45 minutes to get our photos. No time for the weather to clear or the sun to come out. It worked out perfectly though, the moody greys and neutral sandy background really help to set off the colours in the quilt. 

Gbf was such a patient quilt holder. He climbed rocks, moved an inch this way or that, and luckily didn't get blown into the water. I was running around saying "Just another quick photo" and "How about over there?". 

Meanwhile Mr Seagull is thinking "What are those silly people doing?"

I know I should show close up photos of the hand quilting but there's enough photos in this post so I'll leave it for another day. I still have to sew the label on so I'll have to show that too. The quilting is very understated. I used perle8 threads that matched the colours of the parts I was quilting, leaving the fabrics and pattern to be the features of the quilt. 

Octopus's Garden Quilt Stats

Size: 51x 69 inches
Pattern : Emperor's Wheel by Chris Jurd, (I made a few small changes to suit the fabrics I was using)
Fabrics: Tula Pink, bits and pieces from 8 different ranges collected over 5 years!
Quilting: Me. Machine stitched around the blocks, and hand quilting with perle 8 cotton. 
Photo Location: Narrabeen, NSW, Australia
More Photos - June 2013

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fobble Bobbles

How cool are Wool Felt Balls?

They look like fuzzy bubble gum

or colourful 3D polka dots

They're a pleasure to sew, the needle just glides through the felty goodness.

And are easily attached with glue.

Their colourful bubbly appearance is just asking for cute photos

Happy bobbly flowers

A rainbow spiral

A forest...
...where a sweet smiling bear lives. 

Oh yes!! Wool Felt Balls are so cool!!

but I think they should have a more exciting name than Wool Felt Balls. 

What do think of Fobble Bobbles? 
Felt Bubbles, Wool Pebbles, Sewing Spheres, Woolly Balls, Febbles, FeltBees, WFB's ?

It's funny the things I think about when I'm sewing. :)


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