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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Short holiday and new inspiration

Last week my husband and I decided to take a short 4 day break to Kangaroo Island which is just off the coast of South Australia. 
 We had to drive about 1 1/2 hours south of Adelaide, then take a car ferry for about 20km and 50 minutes to get there.   It was a sparkly sunny day.
 We landed at Penneshaw, had lunch at the local pub, and started our tour from there.
It was a very relaxing few days and I had a little time to do a bit of fabric shopping in the only quilt shop on KI, and had a balcony to sit on to do a little sewing.

A couple of pieces of Out Of Print Kaffee fabrics
View near Cape Borda on the north coast 
 This was a bit sad  -  the cemetary for the light house families.  Little children included.

So while I am sitting about enjoying the view, I started thinking about making something new.  I want to be inspired to make something beautiful.  What is beautiful to me, may not necessarily be the same for others.

While scrolling through Pinterest I found a photo of a quilt, and loved it straight away.  I love red and white and I love unstructured, whimsical quilts.
I traced the photo back to Barbara Brackman's blog but with very little information, apart from labelling it British and the makers name, which you can see on the quilt.  If anyone reading this knows anything about this quilt, I would love to hear from you.

So when I got home, I could not wait to try and work out how to make this quilt.  I found some cream linen fabric tucked away (that will be a good background!) and I have lots of reds, but they have to be the "right red"....not the madder kind of red,  but proper kind of reds.  Yes, I found a few of those as well.  I wonder how to make those shapes (I ask myself) and decide that they are made by folding and cutting paper.
Yep, I think that will work.  Looks a bit like the original.  Does not have to be just the same but close will do..............................and I was off and running!


I think I will do all the big bits first, then add the little pieces as needed.  I think I will have this all done in............maybe a year!






Monday, September 10, 2018


Last week I continued with kitchen renovations and had a new oven installed.  Very nice!  However, the electrician had to get access via the cupboard in my sewing room.  It was not a pretty sight, and had to pull everything out of one cupboard to get in.  I found something.  An almost completed Whig Rose quilt.  I can remember starting this, and I checked the dates and it was started July 2004.  The border went on in 2005, it was basted and some parts marked in 2006..........
and.....there it sat for all these years.

What went wrong?  Did I fall out of love? No. It was, and still is, a very heavy quilt.  It is Kona cotton solids for all of the applique, plus cotton batting and cotton backing.  As I was quilting it, it seemed to slip a lot within the hoop.  I could see lots of ripples in the hand quilting.  I lost heart. 

However, having another look at it after 12 years, I have decided to finish it and make the best of it.  It had been marked with a blue wash out pen...my favourite....but after all these years I have no idea what brand it was and if it would come out. Usually I spray the work with water after it is quilted, and hope the marks come out.  I am very happy to say that after all these years the marks did come out......mostly


You can see here (along with the ripples!) that the blue lines have disappeared.  Once it is washed and blocked I expect (!) the quilt to be smooth and flat and free of any marks.

However, some lines had turned grey.  I have no idea what I marked this part with, and I hope it washes out.  I will just quilt over the top and hope for the best.
You can see these very faint lines.  Has anyone else had this happen?  I have never had a problem with the blue pens and have used them for probably 20 years.

This is the book where I first saw the quilt I am making.


 I am pretty sure that I have seen it in other books, but this is the one that took my eye

I changed the colours a bit.  The original is made from prints and mine is all solids.  I love the way the solids shine against the background.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Things are not working for me

Thanks for the welcome back.  I will reply to you all in time.

My Legend and Lace website is behaving very badly and requires an update.  I have turned it off!

If you have ordered any of the PDF blocks........you won't get them! 

I will over the next day or so reconfigure the Blog homepage so that they are not being offered.  Just have to remember how to do that :-((

So, in the mean time I will give you something else to look at.  I started this hand pieced Trip Around the world last year as I needed s "slow stitching"to keep me sane. It is fabric from my stash again.  It does not seem to matter how much you use out of the stashed fabric, there never seems to be less!  Does it breed?

Something ele that has taken over my life in recent months is this zig zag quilt.  I started using Kaffe Fasset fabrics, but really did not have enough to make the whole quilt.  This is a photo of only half of it.  It is huge!  so, I added some of my brighter repro fabrics, to the Kaffe fabrics.  I am hand quilting with perle cotton, and big stitches.  The appropriate way to handle the size (I think) is to "quilt as you go:.  I have never done this before, but I figured I would work it out.  So far I have 2 halves done.

You probably don't need to see this, but sharing anyway.  This is my DH in hospital in Bangkok.  The rooms were like hotel rooms, and I stayed in the room with him.  WE were here 6 days before getting back to Australia for his surgery.  Much improved now and causing a nuisance about the house again!

More stories and photos to come.....




Thursday, September 6, 2018

I'm Back!

I bet your thought I was dead and buried, or won the lottery and moved to the moon, or some other exotic place.  No, I just got lazy, and sucked in by Facebook and Instagram.

It has been since November 2016....almost 2 years and I wonder what I have been up to.  Today I found this in my cupboard.  An old friend that I think I started....hmmm....15 years ago.  I started the quilting and for some reason decided it was not good enough, and I would have to unpick.  Today with a more experienced eye, I think it is ok, or at least fixable.  Will work on this as I renew my friendship with you all.  This is an opportunity I think.

a few ripples in this quilting, but if I wash and block when complete, it will be ok.

What else have I been up to?  Well it is the beginning of Spring in Australia, and in my part of the country, we have had plenty of rain, so the garden looks pretty good.  It is a bit later than usual, but maybe it will pick up.
 These trees I saw on my morning walk.










and the Jasmin on the fence.  Always flowers 1st of September.









In the sewing world I have been busy.  No more Block of the Months for quite some time, but I am thinking of something, I just have to get my Mojo working again.

I fell into a bit of a deep hole last year when my DH John, took sick while we were travelling in Burma.  Beautiful country, but horrible place to get sick.  It was a long way home, and he ended up with heart surgery at the end of November.

While he was convalescing I had a lot of time on my hands, and managed to make a quilt that really inspired me.   It is from the pattern by Susan Smith called Stevie's Garden.  I called mine Midnight in the Garden for obvious reasons.
 It was made entirely from my scrap bag, and the background and the border was in my stash.  The Blue Ribbon was special....I had never had one of these before!  Right now i am doing a lot of knitting, and looking at UFO's and hoping to find some inspiration.
I know it looks funny, but this is a shawl I am knitting by a talented German lady Martina Behm.  The yarn is silk and baby camel, and divine to knit.

I have run out of oomph today, so will find a few more things later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wendy


Monday, November 28, 2016

Don't you hate waste!

I think I have just started the most wasteful of all my quilting projects!  I first saw this quilt in Quiltmania magazine a couple of years ago, and just loved it.  However, when I started reading the pattern, I thought there was something seriously wrong with the instructions.  At the time, I could not be bothered mucking about with it, but just abandoned the idea.  The photo recently popped up on Pinterest, and I thought I would have another look at it.

I dutifully followed the instructions, cutting the required number of strips of fabric across the width of the fabric, sewing them together, and cutting.

Can you see how the template A is only along one side of the sewn strip?- well that is all that is used.  The rest is wasted!  I thought I must have read it wrong, and tried to use the other pieces as well, but it did not work at all.

 I can get this set, but does not have the alternate centre pieces
 this one has the alternate pieces, but there are only 6, not 8, wedges
this one has 7 wedges, not 8.

I expect I could use some of these pieces to make the 1/2  "paperweights" needed for the sides of the quilt, but the rest does not work.  So, today I have abandoned it again....temporarily.

The pattern is available https://au.pinterest.com/pin/16184879880648569/ so I have taken the step of ordering the pattern.  I might be wasting my time and money, but thought perhaps the original pattern had been mis-interpreted by the magazine.

Any cleaver ideas out there, or has anyone else tried this pattern and found a solution?

PS I just thought I would have another go, and re-read the instructions.  There are definite errors ie. each fabric for the centre needs a 4" x 24"piece, except that you have to cut it 2 1/2" wide - does not work.  Will wait for my pattern to arrive.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Red and Green blocks - number 12

I have just completed the LAST of the Red and Green Blocks.  That is 12 of them that you can download by clicking on the image to the right of this page.  They are free for at least one month, and sometimes 2 months- depending on how busy I have been.  After that time, you will be taken to my website, where they are $2.50 each.  That is Aussie $'s, so if you live in another country, it might cost you a lot less.

As yet, I have not decided if I will continue with a new free block programme for next year.  So far, nothing has really taken my interest, but I will keep thinking on it.  I have been trying (as always!) to get a few things finished, but keep getting side tracked by thing that inspire me.

You know the Civil War Brides quilt?  I saw a photo of some blocks made with a dark background, and using Kaffe Fasset type prints.  The blocks were made by Patty Harrants

I have tried to contact Patty to let her know that I have been overwhelmed with how beautiful her blocks are, and that I intend to make similar ones.  So far, I have not heard back, but I will show you photos of mine so far.  I have done mine with hand needle-turn applique, and Patty made hers with machine applique.  I am totally sucked in with these blocks now.  I am using the book "A Bountiful
Life"by Karen Mowrey.   I have had the book for ages, but never intended to make the quilt....until now!



Image result for a bountiful life quilt



Anyway, these are a couple of my blocks.  So far I have made 2, and part finished another one, and have one drawn up to go next.



I had a very small stash of Kaffe type fabrics, and have been asking my friends for donations, and going to the quilt shops (of course) and buying 25cm strips to add to the stash.  In time I hope to have enough to make all the blocks I need.

You probably know that I use Back Basting for my applique, and people ask me how I cope with a dark background like this one.  I say "use a light box" as you will be surprised at what you can see through it.  I am also using a white gel pen to draw the design on the fabrics.  It stays there, does not rub out, and does not damage your fabrics.  Not the "iron out"kind as I want it to stay for the duration.  I use the type you buy at the stationary shops.  They are only a couple of $'s.

I hope some of you might join me in this new project.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Craft Cruise

I wrote about this event when it first came up, but now it is only 5 months away
http://www.needleworktours.com.au/cruises/2017-patchwork-quilting-and-paper-craft-cruise
 In April next year I am teaching on this Patchwork Cruise.  We are leaving Sydney 3rd April, and cruising to New Zealand with 5 stops around the islands. Returning to Sydney April 13th.
 The ship is the Celebrity Solstice, which looks absolutely magnificent!  There are a number of workshops to choose from and you can see them all HERE.
These are the workshops that I am doing.  You will be familiar with this baskets and roses quilt "My Rose Garden".  This is a 2 day workshop, doing 2 hand pieced baskets and 2 applique blocks.

Then there is the Prairie Star quilt, which I totally love, even after all this time.  This one is a one day workshop, machine pieced.

And, the Bling Bling Baltimore.  This one is a two day workshop, and we will do one block only - the one on the top left hand side.

With all the workshops you will be supplied with a kit to complete the workshop, and pattern and instructions to finish it when you get home.

If it is a machine workshop, the machines will be supplied for you.  There are lots of different workshops to choose from with 18 different tutors, each offering 2 x 2 day workshops, and 1 x 1 days.  They are all listed HERE

You can contact the organisers on Tel: 1300 385 080 / Outside Australia +61 3 9021 8192
or email enquiries@needleworktours.com.au

I hope to see some of you join us. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Long time - No see!

Did you look at the date of the last post? 1st August!  I can not believe that I have been absent for 2 months.  Mind you, it has been a hectic 2 months in one way or another.  There is a lot of catch up to do

In July, my friend Penny, opened her new shop at Victor Harbor, PennyLane Patchwork.  The opening was on the windiest coldest day this winter.  We all snuggled inside, and greeted the customers.  The photo above is the new Block of the Month I have started to make for the shop.  It is in Jen Kingwell "Lollies"fabric, and will be ready next year.  All the blocks are circles of one kind or another.  Some simple, some more complicated.



 Then in August, I went across to Melbourne, and stayed with my friend Janet O, and was the guest speaker at the Victorian Quilters Annual General meeting.  That was a bit of a treat for me, and I hope they enjoyed the quilt show and tell I had for them.  While in Melbourne, I visited the National Gallery of Victoria, to see the Making the Australian Quilt Exhibition.  A few of the quilts are shown above, but I think there are restrictions on showing them, so I had better be good :-) You can read about it on the link.  It is a must see exhibition if you are in Melbourne until 6th November.

 So, we get to September, and we have SPRING!!  Yay!!  we had the wettest spring on record, with gale force winds, and floods across the state.  It is still raining now, but we have been promised sunshine by the end of the week.

In preparation for Spring, I started to make these sunshiny blocks.  They are made from a Layer Cake, but I added a few other fabrics that I had picked up along the way.  The blocks are "Dresden Squared".  I am making about 20 of these, or more, as I think they would make a great workshop idea.  Simple cutting and sewing.  The trickiest part is appliqueing the centre circles.  This I am doing on the machine as well.




I got the Noughts and Crosses quilt finished.  I posted about the start of it back here .  It is all done, and hanging on the clothes line (along with the washing!) so I can take a photo.  I had it machine quilted with an all over Clamshell design, by Helen Campbell at the Quilting Room.

Also, forgot to mention, that during all this time, I had taken on a part time job!  It is finished now.....what was I thinking of???

Another one on the clothes line.  This one is our Spring into Summer workshop for 11th November.  It is a Jelly Roll quilt, or in my case, 2 1/2"strips from my stash.  I used only brown and brown prints, plus the solid blue, and I just love it!  It makes the brown look like gold.  It has gone off to be quilted as well.  There are spaces on the workshop if you are interested.  Email me for details.

 Last weekend we had the South Australian Quilters annual Festival of Quilts. I had a shop stand there, and can you believe, I did not take one single quilt photo!!  I was far too busy serving customers.  thanks to everyone who called by to buy some of my goodies, or just have a chat.  We will be back next year.

You know what happens at a quilt show, you get inspired to do new things.  Like I have not got enough UFO's to keep me busy for a while.......but I have had an Arabic Lattice quilt idea in my brain for a while.  This is a simple and tricky block, and it has danced with me for about 15 years.  Now it is about to get done.  I drew it up on EQ and this is the result.
 It starts with a 4 patch centre, and then you wrap triangles around that.  You can only partially sew the first triangle in place as show about.

 Then you can add the second triangle
 add the third triangle
 you are left with the first triangle, still flapping about
and finally you can sew that in place.  

I have made 3 of these this morning, and cut out a further 3.  The placement of the colours, will give you a number of different designs.  Wait a while and I will show you what they all look like sewn together.  I have made them 9" so I am thinking 20 blocks, plus a border, will give me a good size quilt.

Thanks for taking the time to read all my catch up news.  Sorry to have neglected all this time.