Sunday, 26 August 2007

Quilt Show

Yesterday DH and I went down to visit my Mum and take her out for lunch. I'd read of a quilt show in Mt Eliza so we visited that before going to lunch.

Mum had never been to a quilt show before and I think that she enjoyed herself. We saw lots of lovely quilts, unfortunately I didn't take the camera.

We had lunch at the local RSL (returned services club) in Frankston, the meal was very nice and the place wasn't overcrowded. Saved me having to cook a meal that night.

A friend gave us some daphne and I'm attempting to strike cuttings. I love daphne and over the years I've tried grow it without any success. Keeping my fingers crossed this time. We have also been getting the vegetable garden ready. We've planted out broccoli (some weeks ago but still a little late), silver beet, broad beans and lettuce.

Soon we will start building the glass house, I say we but it is DH's project - I just get to act as the builders lackey.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Dratted Binding!!

I was hoping to have my Fall quilt finished today, did the backing yesterday and put the binding on. When I looked at this morning I wasn't very happy about how I'd stitched it down so I've unpicked the lot and will have another go tomorrow.

Sorry, no photos this time, you might be able to read the labels. lol. Pictures will have to wait until after the quilt arrives at it's new home.

For a little quilt, it sure has a very long name.

Decided to add this pic, just to give you something to look at. It was taken here on the farm.

Friday, 17 August 2007

More Pics

Some more pictures of my heritage quilt. The quilt is made up of 40 x 12.5 inch blocks with a 36 inch centre block.

I made a similar quilt a few years ago and the ladies I sew with on Tuesday wanted me to help them make the quilt. My original quilt was made using seeded homespun with cream lace and doyleys and a number of beige to brown threads for the stitching.

For a change I decided to use a blue background with white lace etc. After making the first few blocks I thought it needed a little something to give it a lift so I chose the colours you can see in the previous post.

I've also used a number of seed beads on the lace as a highlight. We have 20 blocks near enough finished and that means we're just about halfway.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Four Seasons, 2nd installment

As I was working on this little project yesterday, I had a sudden thought........ what if the recipient looks at it and thinks "Yuck!"

I'm thinking whether to do an applique or a stitchery in the centre panel, we'll see what happens.

Two posts in one day, I'd better go and finish cooking dinner.

Blue Quilt

As promised yesterday here are some pics of my heritage quilt, just one of my current projects. The blocks still need to be trimmed to size.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on.......

This morning I packed up my sewing things and went off to meet up with my sewing group.

Remembered everything except the wadding for my quilt as you go heirloom quilt that we're making.

I spent the day tracing the applique patterns onto vliesofix and ironing them to the blocks. I now have four blocks ready to be stitched down.

We have now completed 20 of the forty blocks needed.

Tomorrow, if time permits I will post some pics of the finished blocks.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Four Seasons, Step One

This is the first installment of my autumn/fall quilt

I have come up with an idea and I hope it works.

Today I selected all the fabrics that I want to use, this is going to be a scrappy little quilt.

Except for the borders and binding each fabric will only be used once.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Four Seasons

Sometimes I wonder what I've gotten myself into. Last night I received my partner in this swap. After looking at her blog all my previous ideas have been thrown out the window......... back to the drawing board.

Had a quick look through some books and online and have a glimmer of an idea. We'll see how it goes.

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Landscape Swap

As you can see the landscape wall hanging has progressed slowly. I have done a little more than is shown here.

Still trying to decide how to frame/border this quilt.

I'm feeling quite pleased that my better half recognised what it is supposed to be.

It has been very windy, last night 2 trees were blown down, tomorrow if it isn't too wet we will go and retrieve some more firewood.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Quilt Swap - Four Seasons

Thanks to Sheila for the help with adding the Four Seasons blog logo. We are both joining in this swap and I'm looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully I'll be able to get all four mini quilts completed.
I'll keep you posted.

Friday, 3 August 2007

Landscape Swap

This is one of my current projects, it is a wall hanging for a swap with one of my online groups. I have until December to get it finished. I'm trying to be organised and get it done ahead of time. I'm working from a photo looking up the valley from our eastern boundary. I'm interested in how it will finally turn out. I'm not very good at sticking to my original plans, quilts always seem to take on a mind of their own.

Winter Post Cards

Sorry these pics of the winter themed postcards that I made aren't the best. I was playing around with discharge dyeing and this is the result. The darker strips on the left of the postcards are what the fabric colour was originally, a black with grey/white spots and a navy homespun. I placed leaves from a daisy bush onto the fabric and then sprayed it with a diluted bleach solution.
Some of the fabrics I used didn't change colour at all, rather disappointing that, lol.