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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Past Reflections update

It seems like for ages since I sat down and wrote anything new or interesting.  I guess I have been bogged down with mundane every day stuff.  We have been working hard to get ready for a 3 weeks break, filling lots of Wholesale orders, and making sure I do not leave too much for my daughter to sort out.  I have even turned my website off....yes, you can do that.......

My last job before I leave is to get this block made for you.  It is on the right hand side of the screen, near the top.  You just need to click on the image, and it *should* take you to where you can print it off.  My website is starting to need major overhauls and lots of things are going wrong that I can not fix myself, so this is how I am doing it until something better comes along.

It has been a long cold dreary winter in Adelaide, and I am not the only one to complain.  Everyone is grizzling about it.  Hardly any sunshine, so it does make you wonder how the sweet peas managed to flower.
This is the very first for this year, and I took a similar photo last year, at about the same time so I guess Spring is not that far away.

This was a nice little surprise for me.  I entered my "Little Sisters" quilt into the Melbourne Quilt show in July.  I have been a member for a few years and this is my 3rd entry.  Surprise!  I won a ribbon.  Unfortunately I did not know about it until a friend sent me this photo, otherwise I might have gone across for the presentation.  There are some closer photos HERE.

I started this red and white applique block a few weeks ago.  The plan was to have it as my travel project.  I loved doing it so much, that I finished, and had to get another one started to be my travelling companion.  They are really big blocks  -  24" finished.  I thought it would be perfect for travel, as I only need to take the one piece, and one red thread and one (or two) needles.  Can't put it down!.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in today.  I will be back on deck after 14th September.  We are going to be away for DH special 0 birthday, our wedding anniversary, Fathers Day, and our granddaughters birthday.  So there will be lots of catch up.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Applique update and other things.....

It has been a couple of weeks since  I posted here, and I am not really sure where the time has gone.  It has been busy, but finally I feel like I am catching up.

I have half way finished the machine quilting for the Ohio Star with zig zag setting.  I wrote about that last time.  I need to have it totally completed by 24th August, so have been spending 30 minutes here and there over the last couple of weeks. 
I just did some "in the ditch"machine quilting, and parallel lines along the zig zag part.  It is going off to a magazine, and it was kind of hard to explain how to do that, but hope it works out.  On that subject, I had an email from a lady the other day telling me that instructions for a quilt of mine in a magazine was wrong!  OMG!  I hate this.......I went and got out what I had written,  and it appears that the editors had changed what I wrote.  The lady had cut out the whole quilt!  Do you ever cut out the whole quilt before checking that one block is right?  I am really upset about it, as my name will be next to this error for many years to come.

This put me into a bit of sad spot for a few days, until I got a Facebook message from a friend congratulating me on my prize at the Melbourne Quilt show.  What prize???? was my reply.  Yes, I did enter a quilt, but no one "official" had been in touch (and still has not) to tell me I had won something.  I got a "runner up"in applique section apparently.......but have no idea if I actually won anything, and have not received my quilt back yet.   More on this story next time.

I decided to start a new applique project.  This is going to be my "traveling companion"for a while.  It is just red and white, which means I don;t have to take lots of different fabrics or threads.  Just one needle and one thread with the work.

I took some photos of the process.  I showed the photos of the original HERE
 I cut out the design, but folding the freezer paper into 8 parts
 I drew the design onto the back of the white background fabric and tacked in place

This is what the right side looks like when tacked in place
Cut away the fabric on the top, and turn under.  you clip the tacking, and remove it as you go
You can see here, that when you remove the tacking, the wholes are left and this helps you turn under easily.
When you come to a narrow piece like this,  you just slit down the middle and turn under
It just all stays in place until you are ready to turn it under
These are my tools.......straw needles and Auril thread

When you come to a tight spot like this you need to clip the inner curves
On the back you can check that I am keeping to the lines.  |My stitches look like little running stitches.  You can click on the pictures and get a closer look.
Here is one of the finished shapes.  I am really enjoying this one.  I love applique, and love doing this way with cut-outs.

If you are wondering......I am working on the next pattern for the Past Reflections.  Maybe over the coming weekend.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

zig zag setting

 You will be very please to hear that this post is nothing to do with computer problems or other things that went wrong!

I finally got a chance to spend some time doing something productive for myself.   I have had a collection of 6"Ohio star blocks in the UFO box for ages.  When I went poking through the boxes recently, I decided that it was time to get it finished.  I have always had a soft spot for the zig zag setting.  The first time I tried to recreate such a sashing I made a real mess of it, until one of my friends told me it was made like a "strippy"quilt, with triangles.  I am going to machine quilt it, and actually cleaned up my sewing table so that I had the space to baste it.

So far I have just stitched "in the ditch"around the stars, and have no idea what will come next.  Some kind of parallel lines in the sashing, and made some stars in the large triangles.  Will see what I can come up with.

While I was cleaning out the sewing room, looking for space, I found my collection of McCalls Vintage quilt magazines.  These magazines are so inspirational if you like old quilts, and I do!

I actually found something that I thought I would make.  Are you aware if the German scherenschmitte paper cutting techniques?  You fold paper in halves, then quarters, and finally 1/8ths then cut out the design.  I love working the cut outs in applique  -  it is a real challenge.

As yet I have not decided on the colours, but after seeing the Red and White exhibition at the Sydney Quilt show, I have a bit of a hankering to make one.  It would be a really good travelling project as I could just baste the two layers together, and then cut away as i get to that part.  No need to carry lots of different fabrics or colours....just the one.

Tomorrow we are setting up for the Sewing Stitching and Handcraft show at the Adelaide showgrounds.  If you are going, please call by stand S25 and say hello to me, and my daughter Natalie will be with me Friday and part of Saturday.  It is going to be another cold weekend here, but it will be warm inside, so we hope to see a lot of people coming through.

This show is organised by a wholly owned South Australian company, and we like to support the locals, don't we?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Past Reflections-- yet another update

You will be sick of hearing about this.  I am!  A number of people were getting error messages when they went through the purchase process to get this month's block.  I tested it myself, and got an error message.  Frankly it is beyond my knowledge and skill to fix this on my own.  I have sent an SOS to the website lady to help me, but in the meantime I have done something different.

On the top right had side of this blog, you will see a photo of the Wreath block.  If you click on that you should be able to automatically download the pattern.  It is suppose to be 10" but is slightly smaller.  Bear with this one, as I am not fixing it now.  Just print it out a little bigger if needed.

If this works, I will do it this way each month, but you will have to get it within the month.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wreath block

If you have tried to print out the Wreath pattern, and got only one page, please try it again.  I got a text message late last night in bed, and could not think of what might have gone wrong.  During the loading process I print out a copy of the pattern to see that it all looks ok, and it did! 

Anyway, in the bright morning light, I have removed the file, and uploaded it again.  Fingers crossed!  This is the link HERE

Lets hope that is all sorted.  On a bright note, I got emails back from the EQ customer service, and the problem is that I can only have the EQ7 loaded on 2 computers at any one time.  The fact that the old one is not working any more is unknown to them, as they told me to remove it and then I could add it to the new desktop PC.  However, they can remove it for me.......clever people.    And they know when I loaded it and when I used it last.......bit scary they can track my usage.

Yesterday I managed to move my accounting package across, with all the data intact! and I managed to upload the PDF programme as well.  I use CutePDF for my files.  This is a free download thing, but if you want something totally better.....say for merging documents etc, you can pay a once off fee and buy this one from them.  I felt pretty good at the end of the day.....then I got the message about the Wreath.

Apart from playing with these devices I do get time to do real stuff as well.  Last year I had my first experience of home made Quince Paste.  Quinces are fruit like pears, but they are very hard to do anything with unless you cook them.  When they are cooked they go really dark red.  I made it my mission to find out how to make this paste.
This is my third batch this year and most I have given away.

This is how you do it:-------

I used 1.5kilo fruit, washed, removed the core, and chopped.  Cook in water on the Stove top until tender.  Drain then weighed .  Mine weighed about 1 kilo.  Now, use a stick blender or food processor to munch it all up, and put into the slow cooker, with equal amount of sugar.  Cook in the slow cooker on high, with the lid off.  It might take 4 or 5 hours, but at least with the slow cooker you do not have to be at it all the time worrying if it is going to burn.  You really only have to keep a close eye on it towards the end.  Stir with a wooden spoon, and when it gets so thick, you have to push the spoon through, then you know it is ready.

Let it cool a little and spoon into the little moulds.  These I bought from the packaging shop.  They are 100ml size.  I left the lids off overnight, then covered in the morning.  You could also spoon the mixture into oiled muffin tins, and let them sit overnight.  Next day slip them out with a knife and wrap in plastic.  You can freeze them, or just leave them in the pantry.

The quinces have finished here now, but there might be still some around in other parts of Australia.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Past Reflections---

bet you thought I had forgotten!  Well, I had almost  -  what with all the fuss about getting the new computer working properly, the end of the month had slipped by and it had not been done.
Do you want to hear the sad saga?  I thought it was all going well until I tried to use EQ7 as this is how I draw my blocks.  I went to load it on the new HP and apparently, I have exceeded my limit on the number of devises I had loaded it to.  There is no way around it, as EQ connects to the internet when you sign in and checks your account, and it will not let me activate it.  I have emailed them a few days ago and still waiting for a response........so in the mean time I had to do it on the laptop and that is ok, to a point, but I like the big screen where I can see what I am working on in full screen.

In advance, I am asking you to check the size of the print out you get with this block just to make sure.  It should measure 10", and goes onto a larger piece of fabric, so that it floats.

Also, you know all those "saved" passwords!   I had to remember all the saved passwords for everything I do, so that I could load them again.  Not very happy right now, and it is cold, and I feel miserable........blah!  grizzle, grizzle.......

Should you like to finally get a copy of this block, it is on the Legend and Lace website.  If you are new here, then you need register as a customer, and "purchase" the block, but there is no charge.  You go through to the end of the sale process, and you are emailed a link.  Click on the link and you will be able to download the block.

Thanks for being patient with me, and listening to my grizzles.  I promise to do better next time :-))

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Upcoming workshop

For the past couple of years my friend Mary and I have been getting together to bring you a couple of different blocks/quilts in one workshops.  We call it "come and try......."

We have the date for this year, and it is Friday 7th August.  We will be holding this at our usual favourite hall, which is at St Paul's Lutheran Church hall, at McLaren Vale.  If you are on my mailing list you *should have* received an email about it.

Details are below:-

Come and Try………..

Once again Mary and Wendy are teaming up to bring you a variety of blocks or quilts that you can try in a one day workshop.  Try one new block, or try all of them.

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Kaleidoscope                            Stack a Deck - traditional and modern

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                                         Rolling Stone            Card Trick

These blocks are all machine pieced, and can be made from your scrap bag, fat quarter bundles, or fabric packs.

Friday 7th August, St Paul’s Lutheran Church, McLaren Vale, SA
10 am to 3pm
$50 includes Lunch, morning and afternoon tea

Contact Mary ph 0403005552 email kamrothe@internode.on.net
Wendy ph 0417084245 email willywd200@gmail.com

Requirements lists will be forwarded once your place has been confirmed   


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Back from my travels

I got back from my visit to the Sydney Quilt show on Sunday night.  Very tired, and found the new Hewlett Packard computer unpacked and sitting up on the table, ready for action.  I am not at all in the mood for this, but I have to do it.  Yesterday I managed to load Photoshop, which is the DH's favourite.  He does not have a smart phone, and takes photos with the camera, then uploads to a file.  I told him all those files are gone, and he has to get a smartphone.  Will see how that eventuates......I also some how managed to load the email programme, and it worked, so big tick there!
This is my Return to Paradise quilt hanging in the Sydney Quilt Show.  No ribbons this time, but I still love it and loved seeing it hanging.  The best part of the show for me was the Red and White exhibition.  You can see the winners HERE.  This was made from a pattern by Dawn Collector with a Needle.  NSW Quilters Guild Blog has more photos.

I had a big week....Visiting family, and then my friends arrived  -  one from Adelaide and two from Queensland.  I had arranged our accommodation, and I was a little anxious about it all.  I had booked at a good location through www.bookings.com, but you never really know until you get there if it is ok or not.  We were very happy  -  we had 4 seperate beds in 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Hooray for the bathrooms:-)  4 girls and one bathroom does not work very well at all.
Bev, Penny, Marilyn

How about this double perfect Rainbow.  Has to be a good sign
 Sydney, being my home town, is a wonderful place to explore and took my friends to a few special places.
This is Marilyn on one of the staircases in the Queen Victoria Building
This building is amazing.  When I was a teenager in the late 1960's working in the city, this building was ready to be demolished.  Unbelievable, but true.  It is now the most outstanding shopping/eating/picture taking spot in Sydney.
 We had a few nice dining experiences.  One night we went to the Spanish end of town, and indulged in sumptuous Tapas.......and many glasses of wine.

We accidentally found this little pub in Annandale while looking for the quilt shop Quiltsmith.  We sat inside from the rain, and this is the view into the back garden.  No, that is not a quilt on the wall!  It is mosaics.  It was so nice, we went back after our shopping to recouperate.

Yes, we did find the shop and they were having a sale.......surprise?  No I knew it was on.  They always do the sale on the same week as the quilt show.  Did we buy anything?   Did we ever!  Some people bought bolts!

I posted mine home.  I was going to post home my dirty clothes, but thought the fabric was heavier.

The parcel arrived today, and I was happy to see it and the goodies inside.

Does anyone know what these horrid looking things are?  they were in jars in the Chinese shop next to our hotel.  I am not going to say what they looked like, but they were grey and hard.  Any ideas?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Star and 4 patch

I went poking through my box of odd blocks yesterday, and found an 8" variable star and 5 4" 4 patch blocks.  They are the blocks for this months "sew-along".
The instructions are on the RHS of this page, and you can print them off.  Pretty simple little collection, that makes up to 12" when complete.  You just click onto the photo and that takes you straight to the file.

I feel that I am lucky to have got them done this month at all.  My computer is about to die, and once I transfer the files to my expandable hard drive, it is being pulled down.  I have bought a brand new all in one, WiFi Hewlett Packard computer.  I expect to have some teething problems, and hope that the handy BIL will sort that all out for me.  It will certainly be re-training time for me, so I might not be able to do photos and files for a while until it is worked out.

On the bright side, I am off to Sydney this Sunday, and next week visiting my relatives and friends, and the Sydney Quilt show.  Hopefully all the boring computer stuff will be sorted by the time I get back.

I have been working on my Kim McLean Flower Pots machine applique.  Almost completed assembling the parts.  There is one more border of  2" squares, but I am thinking that maybe I will not do that one.  I quite like the way it looks now, and have some nice red fabric for a binding.  Sorry about the photo.  It is on the sofa bed and hard to get a full photo in a small-ish room.

Right, now off to do the stuff on my list before my trip away.  Hope you like the new block.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Quilter's Camp

What is it about a camp that is so appealing?  Is it getting away from home?  No cooking or cleaning? or just spending time with "like minded" people?  All of it we say!
Adare House, Victor Harbor, South Australia
A few weeks ago I happened to see a post on Facebook from the Coromandel Valley Quilters saying they had a few vacancies in their up-coming camp.  A few of their members could not make it, and if they did not have the numbers, then it was all off!  Tragedy!  I asked my friend Mary if she was interested in going, and it turned out that she had been invited anyway.  So all set!

The location was one of the historic homes in Victor Harbor, Adare House, on a hill overlooking the ocean.  It is about an hour's drive from Adelaide.  Far enough away to think you are escaping, and close enough so the drive is not tedious if it is cold and raining.

I spent quite a bit of time mulling over what to take to sew......you got to make serious use of the time.  I was thinking of something that had a deadline, or a UFO.  I settled on the Kim McLean "Flower Pots" quilt that has been sitting in the box for about a year.  All the main parts were finished, and I just had to get the borders and sashing sewn.
This is my first machine applique project, and I was very pleased with the way it had all turned out, being a beginner and all......It has turned out reasonably well.  I am quite pleased with the result.

I figured I needed a plan for the weekend, so i started straight away on the Friday afternoon and got one whole border strip appliqued, and several strips of 2 1/2" sewn together, ready to be cross cut into small strips of 2" squares.

By Sunday morning I was able to start the assembly of the parts.
Border Strips complete 
 I hope to have the whole thing assembled within a week, if I keep up the pressure
centre piece

Top section

Second centre piece  

The house we stayed at was really beautiful.  It is now owned by the Uniting Church and run as a business for camps and retreats.  The interior is beautiful as well, with many stained glass windows, stair cases, and open fire places
View from the dining room window

I tried to get the window, but too much light

We kept seeing quilting designs in the windows

This is one of the breakfast nooks
Needless to say, I did not sleep well, and was exhausted last night, falling asleep in the chair before 8pm.  I slept well in my own bed, but still really tired this morning.

Thanks to the Coromandel Vally Quilters for letting me come a long to their camp, and I certainly hope I did not behave too badly, and might be invited back again next year!