Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Along with my Nearly Insane…

Quilt I have been hand piecing a Trip Around the World. A quiltalong organised by Brigitte Giblin. I have really enjoyed this, and still have a few rows to complete before I call it a day! 2015-03-11 16.57.46

Also I have been hand piecing a hexagon quilt. This has been a very long winded project – at least 10 years in the making, but Its one of the UFO’s I’m determined to finish this year if I can!

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I had been randomly stitching these hexies together, then saw a picture of an Antique Quilt and decided I liked the layout better, so started piecing the centre as in this photo.

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Now I have to try and fit all the strips around the centre somehow. I may have to unstitch some and move them, but that’s OK!

Thanks for dropping by, I can’t believe 2 posts in 2 days. Wonders will never cease!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I can’t believe it’s been……

so long since I posted to my blog. I have no real excuses except that when I want to post on one computer and download photos I have trouble going to the other one to finish off. If I have written part of my post on my desktop, then for whatever reason go to my laptop to finish it, I can’t ‘cause it ain’t there. Does any-one else have issues trying to sync their Windows Live Writer between their desktop and their Laptop?

Anyway enough of that, I have been fairly busy trying to finish my Nearly Insane quilt. The sashing I chose is a cream with a light green sort of diamond pattern on it. It doesn’t really show up on the photo, so next time I take a photo I’ll take a close up of the sashing and cornerstones.

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I haven’t quite finished all the rows yet but have it sort of draped over the bed to take a photo. The next major step in finishing this quilt is to choose the fabric for the Zig Zag border! I have a pink and a green that I intended using when I started this quilt. I might have to make a border of those two colours and test it before I make the four.


I hope you haven’t given up looking at my blog, and thanks for taking the time to look.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The countdown is on…..

We are in a rush now to get sorted before our trip to Australia on 24th December. Hopefully to lots of sunshine, although today is really nice, but very humid.
I wanted to show you what I have been making for various Christmas gifts. Firstly a swap with my local quilt group. The brief if we wanted to participate was to make a table runner.

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Unfortunately the photos don’t show the lovely gold on the fabric.  I stitched around some of the shapes using gold thread and I was happy to put my name to it on the label!!
Next was a bag made for a friend in a secret swap. This bag is a great bag,  as it has a square base, and is good for putting by the couch with your knitting or whatever in.
2014-11-27 16.24.06 I have made about 4 of these bags. Sometimes you find a pattern that just really works! Photo below shows the bottom of the bag.

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Next is a bag for my sister.

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This is a pattern by Wendy Williams and I have made 3 of these! I practised some straight line quilting as you go that I learned from a Craftsy site.
And lastly another table runner for my friend Carole! This table runner also had lots of gold on the fabric, but the photos I took with my phone don’t really do the fabric justice.

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I hope every-one who takes the time to look at my blog has a wonderful and safe Christmas, and a very happy and healthy 2015. Thank you for all your comments!
Lots of hugs
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Friday, November 28, 2014

What I am up to…..

At the moment I have a few things on the go, like most of us do. :-)
A QAL ( quilt along) run by Humble Quilts is the latest thing I am piecing. Now waiting for the next part. This is a mystery doll size quilt.

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Received the final part of the QAL yesterday and this is what I have sewn.

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Also have gotten back into my Nearly Insane Quilt which I hope to finish in 2015.

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I have started piecing the blocks in rows, so I can work out the colours for my half blocks. I was worried that my sashing was too light in colour, but after asking a few friends they said it was perfectly fine! The sashing has a tiny green diagonal pattern on it.

Also in between times, I knitted this hat and scarf combo for my Grand-daughters birthday. I sure hope they go to the snow somewhere so she can wear it. :-)

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Some more Nearly Insane Blocks….

on my new Bernina 710, which I love, except it doesn’t have a light that comes on when the bobbin is nearing the end. I couldn’t believe that a $5000. machine doesn’t have this as a normal function. Anyway I have been busy sewing a few more blocks and the end is in sight. I am starting to add the sashing to work out if any blocks need re-sewing.

I have finished blocks 33,Nearly Insane Block 39  Nearly Insane Block 68 Nearly Insane Block 62  Nearly Insane Block 33 Nearly Insane Block 74
Nearly Insane Block 80 Nearly Insane Block 90 Nearly Insane Block corner blocks 92 

And, the end is in sight. I have about 18 more blocks to make.
Must carry on, so thanks for dropping by

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Back to my Nearly Insane…..

Now that Mrs Billings ( refer previous post) is on holiday awaiting the Festival of Quilts, I thought I would get out my Nearly Insane blocks and try to finish this quilt.
I have done more than half the blocks, and decided I should get some of the half blocks made so I can start piecing the quilt. I need to do this to decide if I have the colours in the right place. This quilt is pieced on the diagonal.
Half Blocks 97 and 98.

Last month I was down with a bad enough cold and cough to have a few days in bed. Why Not? I did ‘cause I could! Anyway as I came right I managed to complete a few easy blocks.Blocks 76, 78 and 46

Hopefully I can keep up with these blocks in between all the gardening and lawn mowing that have been sadly neglected for the last  6 months or more.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mrs Billings Returns….

and I MADE my self imposed deadline.
As those of you who follow my sporadic blog…<smile> I have been piecing and hand quilting Mrs Billings Coverlet. A pattern reproduced by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork in Australia. I have included a little of the history of the Quilt as written by Karen on her Blog

The Billings’ Coverlet 1805-1810
The original coverlet can be found in the collection of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. This is the amazingly detailed quilt on which I based my Mrs Billings. A square coverlet made from fifteen frames of printed cotton hexagons, squares on point, kites and long diamonds made from triangles. Some of the fabrics date from the 1770s, and several have three blue threads in the selvedge. The majority of the fabrics are made from dress prints, although there are some furnishing prints represented. The coverlet had been passed down through the donor's family from her Great Grandmother, who was a housekeeper in a large house in the Leeds area.
This is my version
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At last it is now finished. At this stage this is the only photo I have as its in storage awaiting the Festival of Quilts show in Auckland on the 7th, 8th and 9th November.
I am really thrilled with how it turned out, and if I’d known what a mammoth job it was I may not have kept at it….but I did. Over 500 hours of hand quilting!


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Little sideline….

from quilting Mrs. Billings. I am hand piecing a “Trip Around the World” and loving it. I am using the Inklingo method which I find really good. Makes my seams near perfect! 

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Home again…

From a lovely week in Sydney. I traveled by train down to a small town called Berry, where I was attending a Quilters Retreat.
I had a wonderful time – all the quilters I met were really nice and friendly and I saw so many happy faces!
One of my class mates Julie Kennedy offered me a lift back to Sydney on the Sunday evening, which saved me about 3 or so hours traveling by train on the Monday. This gave me more time on Monday and Tuesday to go shopping. I REALLY needed to add to my stash – Yea Right!
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I feel a little embarrassed at the collection. When I laid them all out for a photo I must admit I was a little shocked at how much I bought home, and no excess luggage.
The reason I had room in my bag was that I had taken some gifts over and posted them to the Gt Grand children in Perth. Back and front photos of the Hungry Caterpillar Quilt made for baby Hayley Jane.
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Michelle Marvigs Class
Some of the Moulin Rouge Challenge
The start of my quilt made in class with Kathy Doughty
Back to hand quilting Mrs Billings – she is too big to take any decent photos so I’ll wait until she’s finished and hanging.
Thanks for dropping by and looking at my very spasmodic blogging. Facebook has made it too easy to keep up with friends. :-)
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