Sunday, 30 November 2008

Around the World in 20 Quilts Challenge

Today is the day we unveil our Stellar creations from the AW20Q challenge. The challenge this time was to make an A4 size quilt and the theme was 'Stellar.' I didn't know the word could have so many meanings.

I had a couple of false starts and finally decided to try needle felting. I've used black felt for the background and a mixture of wool, mohair, silk and angelina fibres to make my cosmos.

I have also used silver metallic thread.

Seed beads of various colours were used to represent stars or particles of cosmic dust.

The quilting is in a circular direction to signify the spinning cosmos. I used raw edge stitching to finish the quilt.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Where are the days going??

I am surprised at how quickly the days are going, it's the end of November already! My sewing machine and I have been spending a bit of time together but with the weather being wet and windy I haven't taken any photos of what I've been stitching. I did make these postcards for a swap and I've popped them in the mail today.

This is a picture of the blue tongue lizard that lives under our back patio. He has an annoying habit of popping up in the least likely places and giving me heart failure as I think it's a snake when I here the rustling.

He has been living around the house since he was about 6" (15 cm) long, he is more than double that now. I have been trying to get a photo of him for ages but he is pretty camera shy.

More quilt pictures will be coming shortly.

Monday, 10 November 2008

In the garden.......

I was mowing the grass yesterday, one of those things that I don't really enjoy but has to be done and I thought I'd post some pictures of the garden.

My Mum gave me this rose, I just love the colour and it also has a nice perfume. It's one of my favourites.

It was so windy here at the weekend that most the other roses have been savaged by the wind.

This is a picture of my very neglected orchid, it is badly in need of repotting. I was so annoyed with it not flowering that I moved it around to the back of the house and lo and behold this year there are four flower spikes.

The yellow climbing rose is still a work in progress, it's only been in a year or so.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Hexagons & Pink Quilts

Last week I pent 3 days away with my quilting buddies. We had a great time shopping, sewing and eating out. We each made a quilt top, this is the one I made. They are all the same except we've each used slightly different colours. I've just realised that this picture doesn't have the striped border. Will have to post another pic next time. My youngest daughter saw the fabric for this quilt and has commented on how nice it would be on her bed. She loves anything in pink. Might just have to get it finished in time for Christmas or her birthday on Dec 23rd.My hexagon quilt is coming along slowly. I'm up to the outer borders now. I was going to put three rows of the black hexagons around the edge but think it will look too heavy. Might do a couple of rows of the background colour and then see if it needs anymore borders.