Our latest challenge from Art Quilts Around theWorld was to make a Mandala. Still being in my black and white mood and because all my B&W fabrics were easily accessible I decided to use them again. I did start another mandala but wasn't happy with the design or colour.
This is my completed design, very simple but I am pleased with it.
The past couple of months have been a little hectic for me. My father passed away, my husband has been unwell and has had a trip to the hospital. Daughter 1 has recently moved house and is now in the Northern Territory for 5 weeks holiday, our youngest daughter has moved all her things home (including the cat) and has now gone overseas for 3 months. Middle daughter is planning on moving house at the end of this month. We already have her cat, I'm just hoping that no more furniture comes home or our house might just burst at the seams.
I'm having trouble uploading the pictures, will try again later or you can see them and the other quilts on the above link.I've managed to upload these 2 photos, I've given up counting how many time I've attempted to do this.
I've called my quilt Earth/Sea, blues for the ocean, then cream/tan for the sand and finally the browns and greens represent the earth. The glass beads are different shapes and sizes and follow the colours of the fabrics.
Weeks ago my friends and I went to the Quilt Fair at Jeff's Shed. I had meant to post about our day out but I am a pretty slack blogger. I purchased a few things, some fq's, books and a new quilting frame. I've finished 3 quilt tops since then. On the frame in these pics is the Scrappy Blue quilt I'd shown last time - well the first I showed you all the first block!
The quilt is now finished and when the weather is a bit better I'll take a photo of it.
Today I mailed the ATC's I made for a Purple & Green Swap, I hadn't been in a swap for ages and it was fun playing around with all the different greens & purples in my stash.
Half the fun of quilting is pulling out fabrics and deciding (or trying to) on which ones to use.
Stash reduction is still an ongoing project and my next quilt is going to be in pinks, probably in a disappearing nine patch.
It has been a very busy weekend for us. Saturday eldest daughter and her BF came to stay and to collect the Peter Rabbit quilt that I made for them to give to friends. It was a quilt panel and all I had to do was the quilting and binding. I used the new machine and it was quite a learning experience.
I will be glad after Friday when I've had my first lesson on operating the 'beast.' The machine is great to use but the instructions booklet is next to useless. Talk about trial and error.
As a thank you I was given these lovely iris'. The were just buds on Saturday but when we came home yesterday most of them were open.
Sunday lunchtime Himself and I packed a bag and took off to Lakes Entrance for the night. He wanted to visit Lake Tyers to see the water wheel there. Some people would think we're crazy driving 4 hours to look at a water wheel. It was fun to get away, go out for dinner etc.
Yesterday we drove home via Yarram instead of coming straight down the highway. It was good to see some other parts of Gippsland.
I am still trying to use up the fabric in my stash, it seems to be a never ending challenge. I've made a couple of autumn toned quilts, a few scrappy ones, a green one and now I am working on the blues again. This is the first block of the new project. I love HSTs, you can do so much with them.
Last week was my mother-in-laws birthday. We went to Melbourne to have lunch with her and other members of the family to celebrate her 92nd year.
On the way home we called into the Camberwell Sewing Centre and came home with this little addition to my sewing machine collection. I think it will be lovely to sew and quilt on when I've had a little more time to play with it. I hope to go back to the shop in a week or two for a lesson.
I'd like to introduce Pino. Pino belongs to our youngest daughter. The very same daughter who is going overseas for 3 months, guess who is going to look after Pino???? This is an 'inside cat' we already have a black cat who lives outside, should be interesting when they meet through the window. The 'Man of the House' hates cats, especially cats inside the house. I should be in for a fun 12 weeks.
Words are one way we communicate and connect with each other.
I struggled with this challenge and after 5 or so false starts and thinking about the meaning of the word I decided to make a crossword puzzle.
I looked up 'Connections' in the dictionary and found many definitions and synonyms.
I printed the crossword & grid onto white fabric then attached it to the black background. The other words were printed directly onto vliesofix and then ironed onto the background fabric. I tried various bits and pieces from the hardware store but didn't find anything that I thought enhanced the quilt.
Once again I have been slack with my blogging, nearly a month has passed since I was last here. I haven't been up to a lot in the past month, my Mum come and stayed for a few days and we had a great time together, shopping, going out to lunch etc.
This picture was taken early Saturday morning, not long after sunrise, as the sun was coming up over the hills, the valleys are covered in fog and there was a heavy dew.
I participated in an ATC swap recently for those that didn't go on the SCQuilters retreat in Adelaide. I'm finally getting around to posting pics of the one of the ATCs that I made (forgot to take photos of the other set)and ATCs received in the swap.
This last ATC is the final one from the end of year 'Seasons' swap with my fellow ATWIAQs
It's hard to believe that more than a month has passed since I last posted, sorry about that. I have been keeping myself busy with sock knitting and quilting 2 quilts for a friend. I will post some pictures when I finish the binding.
I'd like to introduce Jonathon Jack, for a short time in the years before quilting I made bears. I made a bear for each of my daughters and nieces. After that the novelty of making bears wore off. JJ is the only bear I kept for myself, most people think he is very ugly but I think he has a charm all of his own.
Below are a couple of blurry pictures of the socks I've just finished.
Last week I went away for a few days to Phillip Island. It was one of our sewing getaways. This is the result of 2 days of concentrated sewing. We had most of the blocks cut before we left. The pattern is featured on the front of Homespun Magazine, No. 70, Vol 10 and the pattern is by Keryn Emmerson. A great pattern to use up the stash. The only fabric I had to buy was for the dark cornerstones and the first border. I still have to add the borders.
When I first read the challenge was titled Brave New World I had no idea what I wanted to do. After mulling over the theme for a few days I started thinking of depression and how it affects us and those around us. My quilt was going to be based on the blackness of depression and the gradual lightening of spirit when one gets help to overcome the struggle and face a 'bright new world.'
All those ideas went out the window when the bush fires hit our area on February 7th and we had 5 weeks of constant alerts to the fire threat.
Driving around the area after the fires it was amazing to see how quickly some of the plants and tree ferns had started to shoot. After all the destruction these little plants were forcing their way through the ash etc to face a 'brave new world.'
I based my quilt on a photo I took at Drouin West. Most of the quilt was made with scraps left from previous projects.
The construction of the quilt:
Sketch of the photo
Transferring the background design onto freezer paper.
Quilted back ground before adding the insert of the enlarged new growth. The greenery in the small rectangle was free motion machine stitched.
The insert, is double the size of the original and the greenery is made from hand dyed scraps and vliesofixed onto the quilt then stitched, again using free motion.