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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mini Log Cabin

We have a saying in Australia "no flies on me!"  It means that I move quickly and the flies do not have time to settle.  We have lots of strange sayings like that.

I finished that little log cabin quilt last night, and took the easy way out.  After arranging the blocks, and finding suitable border fabrics, I layered and quilted it with big stitches and Perle cotton.
 This part of the little quilt finished at 12"
I chose the first border fabric which is quite similar to the centre of the blocks.  It needed something to lift it.  The second border is cut from a stripe fabric.
I did not want to waste the fabric, so cut two different strips out of the same print.  I would have had t make a hole in it if I used the same print.

 I save my off-cuts of batting, and join them using a "serpentine" stitch on the machine, or batting seam tape
I decided to use the "envelope" or "pillowcase" method of finishing off.  You layer the quilt with the batting down first, the backing on that with the right side up, and the quilt with the back up.  Sew along the edges 1/4" inside the edge of the quilt.  Leave a gap in the seam to help turn it out the right side. 
 Trim the seam through all 3 layers
With this little quilt I left a gap about 3", but with larger quilts you need to leave several inches for turning.  Once you have turned it out the right way, you can slip stitch this closed.
The quilt is turned right side out, and you just have to tidy up the edges and points a bit.  Rolling the seams in your fingers, and tacking or pinning helps.
I put a quilting stitch just inside the edge of the quilt to keep that edge flat, and did some cross hatching over the rest of the quilt.  I might do a little more.

This is fun......I think I will start on another one pretty soon.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Orphan blocks

I decided to join into Lori's Doll Quilt swap, and thought it was only a quilt top.  Wrong! it is a whole quilt.  Panic set in.  I had committed and I do not want to pull out, and I was going away for a week!  What to do?  Then I thought of my stash of "orphan blocks".  I selected a couple of pieces out of the box, sashed, bordered, and machine quilted.  Voila! I can not show you what I made just yet, as the recipient has not received it, but I can show you what I found.
 These are 3" "hour glass" blocks.  There are about 9 of them.  Just the right size for dolly
 These 4" 4 patch blocks would make a nice border for a scrappy quilt, or put them into a doll quilt
This is an assorted collection.  Any one of them could go into the centre of a little quilt, and a bit of sashing and borders.  Very pretty!
 These are 8" blocks, and these could also go into the centre of a little quilt.  Nice fabrics
 I have these 4 6" blocks.  I can not recall what I had these for, but I am sure I could find a new home.
6" nine patch and Puss in the corner blocks.   I found quite a few of them left over from larger projects

 The 3" nine patch blocks were made for a block swap, but they were off size.  I do not think dolly will mind if they are fudged a little:-) also these 'square in a square' I think I made these for a border and had too many.  Can't remember!
 Heaps of pinwheels......I think these were a border for something that never eventuated, or I changed my mind.  Do you ever do that?
Finally.....the icing on the cake........9 perfect little 4" log cabins.  I can not even remember making these, but they are gorgeous.  I am going to start with these.

I emailed my favourite magazine editor and asked her if she would be interested if I made a few dolly quilts from "orphan" blocks, and she thinks that might be a nice idea.  I need incentive......so having the editor interested helps me get cracking on the idea.

What do you do with your left over blocks?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Farmers Basket

 Yes, I know I am really early this month.  But, in about 30 minutes I am being collected ready for the long drive the Millicent and the Geltwood Festival.  I figured that by the time I get back next week, I will be too busy to think about this project.

I have to warn you up front that this one is Tricky if you are doing rotary cutting, and sewing on the machine.  Sorry  ...  this was not my intention, as I make my blocks by hand piecing with templates, I did not think it might be a problem.  Some of the cutting sizes are a bit strange.  Just use a generous 1/4" seam allowance on the machine, and it should all be ok.   OR, take the plunge, and hand piece them.  This is the perfect time to try it out.


The little group of blocks is looking really pretty now.  If you have your blocks up to this stage as well, I would love a photo to share.  Lori has shown hers, but I have not seen any others.  Come on, be brave and send photos to me!  My email address is Legendandlace@Gmail.com

The patterns for all these basket blocks are on the Legend and Lace website free of charge.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Back in November, Penny came from Toowoomba for a workshop, Metro Medallion.  Her quilt, (and most of the people participating) used modern fabrics.  I could not help myself, and used some red and black reproduction style fabrics, plus a cheddar and cream I already had.  I thought it would look ok, and this week I managed to finish the top.  The pattern has an extra little diamond shape that I did not include, but I am thinking I might applique this in place, where the cream background fabric meets.  That looks like quite a BIG blank space.
These are the fabrics I used.  I had bought them for another thing I had in mind, that got put aside.  Still might happen - black and red applique.

These blocks are made with a tricky curved ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  There is another one I am making called Metro Rings, which is an updated version of the Double Wedding. Ring quilt.  I am making mine with red and yellow 'cause I have so much of it.  The pattern says you can use a Jelly Roll.

So far I have made one quarter of one "ring".  The corner triangles will be turquoise and brown.  I found these in my stash as well. 
You sew all the strips together then slice them up with the Quick Curved Ruler
Mary and I will be doing some demos of this ruler, and will have them and the patterns for sale at the the Geltwood Festival 28th March to the 6th April.

Also, back in stock is the Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Thread Bag.  The price is $40, which does not include the threads......sorry.  These are great for carrying your threads and other sewing bits and pieces in a tidy bundle.
The come in a green leaf pattern, and bright multi print.

Thread Bag Black background with large flowersThread Bag/Black background with green leaves

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Free weekend

We had planned to go away to Burra this weekend for a little R & R.  The DH has been reading up on the old mines in the area, and charged up the battery of the metal/gold detector.  I was going to have uninterrupted stitching time.   Oh dear, best laid plans....etc.  he got sick!  Last weekend John was complaining of a sore throat.  It was still there on Tuesday, so off to the doc, and he has pharyngitis!  Straight to bed and stay there.  So, I have a free weekend, with no commitments.  Today was voting in the state election and I have already done that by post, as I thought we would be away.  I got cracking on the Pom Pom tree pattern, and it is now all done.

 The digital pattern is now available on the Legend and Lace website for $4.95

Now I can relax for the rest of the weekend, and get some of my hand quilting done.  I am working on my version of the Little Sisters quilt from the Smithsonian.  The plan is to enter it into the Sydney quilt show in July.  I have 3 1/2 months of quilting to go!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tulips - part 5

I double checked this one, and hope it is all ok for you.  No spaces!
This little basket sits right in the middle of the second border.  I put a blue one on two opposite sides and the the pink baskets on the other 2 sides.  When I made the quilt with these baskets, I made them all in one piece, but now I think you could do it again, breaking all the pieces up into segments - the basket, the stems and the flower tops.  However, the original quilt was done all in one piece, as I did.  This was probably to take advantage of the print.

Do you love this blue print?  I still have a few scraps of it about.

The pink I used is a double pink stripe print.  Both these fabrics I used again in the quilt.  So keep your scraps!

The pattern is now ready to download on the legend and lace website.  The cost is $4.95.  If you pay by PayPal you get an emailed link straight away, but if you pay by credit card I have to process it and send you the link.  If I am sitting at my computer, then that happens pretty quickly.

You get 3 days to download the pattern, and you get 3 tries.  If you have a problem doing it in that time, let me know and I will reset it for you.

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Technical Hitch

All those lovely people who jumped in early to download the new basket block, I am sorry about the technical hiccup!  You have to be really careful with the coding on these things, and there was a space where there should not have been a space.  I have reset the links on all those that had tried 3 times, and fingers crossed......it works. 
Happy Stitching!!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Garden Basket

How is your garden growing?  mine is not too bad considering all the heat we had, then the rain.  Some of the plants I thought were dead, and now flowering again.  Isn't Nature wonderful!

This months little basket is called "Garden Basket".  It is one of those tricky cactus type baskets where you have set in seams.  If you want to make a nice job of this one, you need to stop sewing when you get to the seam line, and do a little back-stitch.  This will enable you to set the background pieces in nice and neat.  When hand piecing it is relatively easy to do this, but on the machine it takes a little more patience.

You will see in my photo above that I "almost" managed to line up the lines of my print so that it look all straight. Did not quite get there.  I call my work more "folky" than precise - it adds to the charm of it.  Well, that is my excuse, and I am sticking with it

Hope you like it.  The pattern is now available as a free download on the Legend and Lace website.  To get the block, you need to put it into your shopping cart, then follow all the "continue" buttons - there are about 3, and finally you get to the payment screen, but you do not pay.  An email is sent to you with the link.  You get 3 days and 3 attempts to download it.  If you have a problem, just let me know and I will reset it for you. 

Don't forget the photos!

I am working on changing my email address to Legendandlace@gmail.com.  I get so much junk mail coming through, and the Gmail system has a better filter.  I will still get emails at the old address, but these days they are mostly adds for "senior dating" or "marital aids" or some other thing I have no interest in!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I love to go to workshops, but I rarely get to go as a student.  Mostly I am the instructor/teacher/leader.  When I saw that Hettie's Patch were have a weekend with Sue Daley and the Quilted Crow girls I put my name down straight away.  I could not do the whole 3 days, but did line up for one day.

1" Clamshells all lined up
Sue Daley was doing English Paper Pieced clamshell purse.  I could not see that I would ever make this into a purse, so decided to just make the pieces, and later on turn them into a mini quilt.  I guess I always knew how to make these little shapes, but it was nice to join the class as I had never actually done them before.

These pieces all came from the applique scrap bags that I was thinking of throwing out a while back.  Silly me!  I spent a couple of hours going through the bags and picking out pieces around 2" and ironing them.  I had trouble finding enough light colours.

I sent the photo to my daughter at the end of the day and her comment ?  "Is that all you did - too much gabbing"  well, it all takes time, dosn't it? and you do have to talk and get coffee and there is a lunch break.....and the Trunk Show
one of Sue's quilts

you can see some more photos of the Trunk Show on Hettie's facebook page.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pom Pom Tree

All the February blocks are completed now - the Blueberry Basket, the Tulip, and now the Pom Pom Tree
This block makes me smile!  It reminds me of the old English Court jesters - the ones that use to run about with bells on their hats and pom poms on their shoes.  Hope it has that smiley effect on others as well.

The block is now ready to download on the Legend and Lace website.  The cost is $4.50.

So, now I can put my feet up and catch up with a bit of other sewing.  I want to make another machined quilt out of my stash.  After the Rolling Stones turned out so well, I would like another big block quilt.  I had in mind a Virginia Reel - also know as Snail Trail and Nautilus.  You can see the Rolling Stone quilt top here

I was so excited about the rain the other day.  We have not had rain since September, and it is so brown and crunchy all around us.  The rain did not stop for 2 days, and we ended up with the wettest day in 45 years!  how is that?  We did not get any flooding where I live, but there are lots of people effected with flood.  Best part is, it put out the bush fire that has been going in the Flinders Ranges for a month.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I woke this morning.....

and there was this strange sound on my roof....pit, pat, splat!  Now what was that? I am sure I have heard it before some place........ah, yes, RAIN!  I feel like I want to strip off and run around in the rain.  It's ok, I promise no photos :-)

Now life can get back to normal.  I have been working on a few applique projects, and I got the next part ready for the Tiptoe Through the Tulips quilt.

We are now up to the first border.  You get to make these 4 pieced border strips, by either hand or machine, then add the appliqued stars in the corners.  Once again, I stuck pretty close to the original quilt colourings, and found this reproduction brown printed plaid, with a pink leaf pattern on top.  The original quilt maker used a couple of different brown prints.

The pattern is now available to download on the Legend and Lace website.  The cost is $4.50 for each part.

I started to download the Benjamin Biggs block of the month, and went looking for a stash of Smithsonian fabrics I had hidden away, thinking I could use some.  I found the fabrics, but I also found for Maltaville Album blocks from 2012.  Many completed, and quite a few partly complete.  I saved the BB blocks to my computer, and went back to the Maltaville blocks.  They are very interesting blocks, and I get to play with lots of different fabrics as well.

These are some of the finished blocks I found, and I would guess there are another 4-6 blocks elsewhere. 
There are also these 5 partly completed blocks.  I used some of these as demos for "back-basting" applique as they have some really good shapes to show the technique.  Not only can you use it to make the larger shapes like the leaves, but I use the same method to do the skinny little stems.  So many interesting shapes in this quilt.

Perhaps this will be my priority for a while.  I must make a list!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I think the heat has got me!

I made a mistake!  Blame it in the weather, not my frazzled brain.

In the Blueberry Block I put up the other day, in the Rotary Cutting part there is an error.  Sorry!  At least it is cutting larger rather than smaller.........some consolation.

Template B - the rectangles on the sides, the size should be 5 5/16 x 2 1/8  NOT 3/18.  If you made the block already, you probably worked it out, and cut the extra off.  Also, in template D it is 2 7/16 NOT 2 7/17, but you probably worked that out as well.

I have changed the file, so all new blocks downloaded will show the correction measurements.  You can find it here

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Blueberry Basket for you

I dug deep into the scrap bag and found this colour combo for the Blueberry basket.  Some of these fabrics would be about 15 years old.  When you start hoarding bits of fabrics, you JUST KNOW that you will need them one day.  One of my quilting friends confessed just recently to having thrown out all her scraps.  I feel tempted at times, as I have 3 bags and 2 boxes, but I do a lot of applique, and I have found some treasures in those bags and boxes.

Hope you like this little basket.  I will turn it the other way so you get another view of it.

Looks a little crooked in the corner, but it is just the angle of the photo.  I squared the block up when it was finished.  I am hand stitching all my blocks, and I find that easy with the templates.  The girls doing them on the machine might find the sizing a bit hard again this month as there are a couple with 1/16ths and 7/16ths.  I usually take these up to the next measurement, and trim back if I need to.

We have just had our second heat wave of the summer.  This time the temperature got up to 46C - that is 115F, and it did not even cool down at night much.  Once the heat was over, we had the most incredible gale that lasted all night and half of the day.  There is lots of damage with trees and houses.  We got off fairly lightly with 2 broken trees......and lots of dirt!  Everything I touch has a new coating of dust on it.  Have not felt much like sewing.

Enjoy stitching this little basket.  I would love to see some photos if you can be bothered sending them to me.  You can get your pattern from the Legend and Lace website HERE

Friday, January 17, 2014

Who says reproduction fabrics are dull and boring?  Lots of people make that comment when I say that I mostly make quilts using "repros".  I also love Kaffe fabrics, and lots of bright modern fabrics as well. Mostly I love the traditional "olde worlde" prints, and it is surprising how bright you can go.
Look how bright this one is!  I am calling it "Summertime" for very good reason, it looks bright and floraly, and all made with reproduction fabrics.  I don't use as many browns now as I use to, but they are specially beautiful with teal blue, or red, or pink.  I tried not to have "over the top" brightness in this quilt, and it needed a few duller mixes as well. 

So this is the Rolling Stone quilt top, with the extra 5 blocks made.  They are the ones along the left hand side.  It is a pretty big quilt now 75" square. It was too big to get a photo on the floor, so took it outside onto the clothes line, in the blistering heat!  My friend Irene calls my clothes line "the quilt gallery"!

I loved playing with the colour arrangements so much I could probably keep sewing, but I do think this is big enough now.  I am thinking of doing the "big stitch" quilting with Perle cotton on this one.  So far I have done 2 quilts this way, and it happens very fast compared to the "little stitch" quilting that I am so use to.

The final digital block for this month - the Pom Pom Tree - is now ready.  Block 3 is on the Legend and Lace website.  This is another good example of bright reproduction fabrics.  Love this bright blue!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tulips - part 3

Despite the hot weather, I have managed to get a few of my jobs done.  Today is day 3 of a predicted 5 days of temperatures over 40C.  Today is predicted to be 45 - that is 113F.  Once it gets this hot you just have to stay inside and try and keep cool.

Last weekend I completed part 3 of the Tiptoe Through the Tulips pattern.  These are the "splodge" shapes that I have called Folk Art Circles.  One goes in each of the corners of the centre square.  I did mine in a printed double pink plaid and a directional stripe with brown, red, gold and blue.
 I love this fabric, and would love to get a bit more of it if anyone knows where I could find it
When I was making the pattern for this quilt, I had images of the original quilt maker sitting at her kitchen table using jam jars, and cotton reels to draw the shapes.  They used what they had sitting around.  I expect many of use do that still today.  I use to be quite good at art when I was at school, but lost interest as I got older.  When I was drawing the shapes for the the pattern, I realised that I still had some of the skills tucked away.  Surprising.

The patterns are now available on the Legend and Lace website

.Yesterday, before it got too hot, like when it was on 39C, I cut out 5 more blocks for the Rolling Stones.  I figured I could string piece them through the sewing machine, and get them mostly done in one day.  I have really enjoyed matching up (or not matching!) the fabrics for these blocks.  I kind of started with the centre piece, and found fabrics that went with that to make a frame.  This will be my job this morning.