Sunday, 3 October 2010

Holiday Pictures

1956 Hudson

 We have just come home from a week away with the car club. We were based in Warrnambool for the week, there is plenty to see and do on the shipwreck coast. This trip we used the '56 Hudson Hornet

12 Apostles

Loch Ard Gorge

Hopkins Falls

Hopkins Falls

The Four Elements - a challenge

September 15th was the reveal date for the Challenging Ourselves Four Elements Challenge, Earth, Air, Fire and Water.I had lots of ideas but none that included all for of the elements. In the end I made four separate postcards, they were going to be stand alone pieces but I felt they looked better as one piece.


Earth - Ploughed fields

Monday, 6 September 2010

Stone Soup Completed

My Stone Soup quilt is finally completed, thanks to Kathryn for thinking of the challenge and for being brave enough to cut up everyone's quilts.

The completed quilts that I've seen so far are fabulous, click  Art Quilts Around the World to see them.

Those who participated:

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Stash Reduction

Finally managed to finish a couple of stash reduction quilts. Two tops down and about 20 to go. I'm not counting the tops until the pile is somewhat depleted.
I know compared to some I don't have a lot of UFO's or WIP's but I do like to see my projects completed.This quilt measures 80x63", machined pieced & stipple quilted with cotton batting.
Some of the fabrics I've used are over 10 years old.

A close-up of the blocks.

A smaller quilt, this one only measures 51x59"

Again made completely from the stash,machined pieced and quilted, cotton batting.

A close-up of the blocks.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Return of Stone Soup

Stone Soup has returned home, all 15 pieces of it. I couldn't resist taking a photo, don't mind the white name tag/placement pieces. I will remove them before assembling the quilt.

Thanks to Kathryn for the challenge and for being brave enough to cut up all the quilts.

A Work in Progress - Bargello

Ever since I began quilting I've been fascinated by Bargello Quilts. I love the colour and the movement.

There is now enough of  my current project to show what I have been working on.

This is the first half of the quilt top, the second part will be brighter, more of the orange and yellow.

It is coming along slowly,. I'm also working on other projects at the same time of course. Two challenges, 'Doors or Doorways' for the AW20Q and the 'Four Elements' with the Challenging Ourselves.

The Elements project is nearly completed but I've drawn a blank about the Doors. I don't think that I have ever looked at so many doors, gates, entrances and exits in all my life. I'm sure something will surface eventually.

Yesterday a friend and I went on a shopping expedition. Had a lovely day out and visited six different quilt shops. Not a lot of purchases but a great day out. I bought a few black and white fat quarters, some thread and some  fabric to use as backing on one of my quilts.

Cold winter day today, I have soup on the stove and the fire going in the family room. Time to uncover my sewing machine and finish off some postcards and work on my 'Elements' quiltlets.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Stone Soup Challenge Revealed

Today is the reveal for the latest challenge from the AW20Q group. This is a 2 part challenge, firstly we were sent a still life photo to interpret into a 20 x 15" quilt.  The completed tops were to be sent to Kathryn and she will cut them into 15 pieces and then return a selection of pieces to each participant. The second part of the challenge to be completed by the end of October (I think) is to re-constitute the pieces of the different quilts. 
We will then each have a very original artwork, similar but not the same as anyone else.

This challenge wasn't as easy as it sounds and I had a lot of trouble initially. I was very pleased to get the top finished and in the mail.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A huge Sigh of Relief....

I have some good news,  the tumour I had removed last week was benign.  The Drs suspected it was but as you know there are always those little niggling doubts especially when the surgeon wanted it removed as soon as possible.

I haven't really been feeling up to sewing, haven't been able to concentrate. I have been doing a little knitting and will post some pictures when I find where I put the camera for safe keeping.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Another Challenge Completed.

Sometimes I don't think I have enough to do and I like a little extra quilting to occupy my day. With this in mind I joined the new group Challenge Ourselves. May 15th is the unveiling of our first group challenge, 'Hidden Treasures.'

I like to think of bulbs as hidden treasures. I love all types of bulbs, each year they emerge to fill the garden with their bright colours and perfumes.

I photographed a bulb and used the picture as the basis for this first challenge.
This is my interpretation of the daffodil bulb, it was drawn free hand. I have used free motion quilting and satin stitch.

The back ground is pieced from various creams and light browns.

The quilt measure 15.5 x 18 inches (approx 39 x 46 cm).
All cotton fabrics with cotton wadding.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

March Challenge - Flora

Today was the unveiling of our first  AQAW  challenge for this year, the subject was 'Flora.'

I decided to use the 'discharge dying' method for this challenge.  A single piece of black home spun was cut, dyed, stamped and used for the front of the quilt and the binding.

I picked some different sized leaves from the ficifolia  tree (flowering gum)  in our garden and made stencils from freezer paper.

Using a spray bottle and bleach solution I discharge dyed  around the leaf templates. The pieces on the bottom left and right hand side were pleated, tied with string and then dropped into the left over bleach solution. 

The leaves have been outlined in gold thread.

The circle shapes are stamped in gold fabric paint using a gum nut as a stamp.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Black and White Quilts

At the beginning of March 2008 I decided to make a black and white hexagon quilt. It has taken me 2 years to complete. It took ages to decide what colour to use as a background, finally decide on the yellow/mustard colour and I'm pleased I did.

The quilt is hand pieced, machined quilted and measures 74.5 x 63 inches (189 x 160 cm).

The second quilt in the B & W series is this QAYG (quilt as you go). The pattern is by  Monica Poole I do like her designs, the instructions were clear and easy to follow (even if I did change them slightly).

I used bright fat quarters to piece the backing.

The completed quilt measures 60 x 80  inches (152 x 203 cm).

This quilt and the next one are my current projects (along with the quilt from the previous post).  All 3 are in need of borders. 

I have a red, white, black and grey stripe for the borders on this quilt. I bought the fabric for another B & W quilt (haven't taken a picture of that one yet) then decided the red was the wrong colour.

My challenge quilt that is due at the end of the month is completed but you will have to wait until the 31 March before I can post a picture. The challenge was 'Flora' not flowers. I wonder what everyone has come up with this time???

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Failed Resolutions

On January 1st I made a New Years resolution, I was going to make a blog entry every week.  As you can see I've failed miserably. Life just seems to throw  a spanner in the works.

I have been busy quilting and will post some pictures shortly of the quilts I've finished this year. Until then I will show you the quilt hanging on my design wall at present.

Below is the original fabric that I used.

We had a massive hail storm recently and I couldn't believe the size of the hail stones, fortunately we didn't suffer any damage to the house or cars but the garden took a beating.