Sunday, 22 March 2015

I've been very very good :)

I've completed two more blocks for AWS.

Block #22 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) Di Ford
Block #22 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited)
Not too sure about this block, the broderie perse makes me think of galloping tarantulas (yikes! don't tell my SIL). I spent way too much time fiddling about to keep those 'legs' within the 12 1/2" border. I think this block would have looked better with two differnt fabrics rather than the same green on the inner and outer circles.
Anyway, this is what it looks like on point on my shiny new floorboards (and that's the only thing I'm mentioning about the kitchen this post - please don't ask)

Block #22 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) Di Ford

I like this sweetheart block better.
Block #17 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) Di Ford
Block #17 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited)
I really like the fabrics I used for this block.

Detail - Block #17 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) Di Ford

Detail - Block #17 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) Di Ford

BUT... the little heart in the middle seems a bit off-centre. Can I live with it? 
Is it noticeable?

Block #17 Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) Di Ford

I know I'm too fussy for my own good, perhaps I'll try not looking at it for awhile. At least I'm on track to have all blocks finished by the end of March, only two more to go.

Mustn't let anything else distract me....

...naughty Jane!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

2015 A Lovely Year of Finishes

Well, I certainly hope it will be for me. It seems like such a long time since I have finished a quilt so I've decided to join up with a Lovely Year of Finishes for some motivation.

I certainly have plenty of projects to choose from but the one I really want to get finished is AWS as I think my SIL has given up on it and I've booked it in to be quilted either at the end of the month or early April. Last Sunday I traced and cut out all of the remaining templates that I need for the remaining three blocks.

So this is my goal for March - to finish those four blocks. Darn it,I thought I only had three to go so it's going to be quite a challenge. Wish me luck!

I've been blaming the kitchen renovations for not progressing on AWS, more cabinetry arrived today.

But this has been the real culprit, even the AWS fabric went wandering.

Value Proposition Quilt Block #6

Kaye had put some different fabrics out on sale so I went off to get backing for the VP quilt (ever the optimist for finishing). There wasn't enough of anything I liked on the one bolt so I bought 6 different fabrics and a snazzy little recipe for a pieced back. Thanks Veronique for this great idea.

Now back to AWS!!!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Applique Guild Warrandyte meeting

Earlier this month I went along to the Applique Guild's Warrandyte chapter meeting. As always there was some inspirational show and tell.

Clever celtic knots from two newbies - Marian & Cath
Veronique's tiny tiny dresden

Helen's version of Trailing Vines
Adrienne's re-working of an 'old' block with her own wren design
Sonia's bright center of Di Ford's Mount Mellick

Sue's clever piecing and fussy cutting

Sue's hexagon quilt showcasing many gorgeous fabrics
Sue #2's Christmas quilt (she missed the December meeting)

Some of my DJ blocks
 I managed to finish this block when I got home.

E-1 Aunt Exie's Phlox
I was in for a real treat when Helen brought along 
this book to share.

Helen knew I was making Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler and thought I might be interested to see the original.

Wow! It was fantastic to see these pictures and learn something of the history.

"This fabulously intricate quilt was probably made as a wedding present for Samuel Padget Hancock by Charlotte Gillingham his fiancee. The couple, both from prominent Quaker families, were joined in marriage on February 22, 1844. The fifty-seven blocks are all different and display a highly unusual combination of techniques, including broderie perse applique, pieced work and fancy needle-point embroidery." (Quilts a Living Tradition, R. Shaw)

Thanks Helen!

I have completed two more blocks for 
my totally addictive Value Proposition Quilt.
Block #4

Block #5
Nothing much to report on the kitchen front, hopefully next time. I hope you get some sewing time this weekend.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Wash Day

I was experiencing some paper jams trying to print my Inklingo hexies for my Value Propostion Quilt so I thought I would go back and look at the instructions on Linda's blog. There was no escaping it, I was doing everything except washing the fabrics so I thought I'd better get to it.

Linda recommends folding the fabrics as soon as they come out of the dryer but it was a perfect blue sky day so I couldn't possibly use the dryer. We are lucky to still have a very old Hills Hoist clothes line - these are an Aussie backyard icon. Please note the paint roller also hanging on the line :)

I couldn't believe how many fabrics I had pulled for this quilt. I ended up doing two loads!

Luckily I put a couple of colour catchers in to take up the red dyes in particular.

Despite carefully cutting all the sides with a wavy blade and washing on a delicate cycle I still ended up with masses of tangled threads. I hope some birds might use them to line their nests - a bit hopeful this time of year.

I hadn't washed quilt fabrics for years but it was quite a nice thing to do. I got to really see some of the patterns and their effects on fabrics that were fully opened out, so often I'm just looking at them as a fat eighth or quarter. The fabrics also feel a lot softer and nice and warm after being in the sun. Do you wash your fabrics?

It was also another chance to sort them out into their values, lights medium and darks.

Here's Block #3 finished...

Value Proposition Quilt Block #3

Yes - I know, I know, I should be working on AWS. I have pieced up these little babies for the next block but got stuck when I didn't have one of the templates and I no longer have the book (well that's my excuse for now).

Oh yes, I did all this washing sorting and folding whilst the tradies were installing our stone bench tops - looking very smart.

Now off to the Warrandyte chapter applique group - I'm taking Dear Jane.

Happy sewing (or washing) Sunday.

Monday, 2 February 2015


Our kitchen renos are progressing slowly but surely.
The last couple of weekends have found us painting, first the undercoat.
 I felt like I was in a sugar cube. Then we added two top coats to the ceiling and walls (didn't need to paint where the cabinetry was going) ...
 Then we had 3 layers of vinyl and tiles pulled up - yay the boards are in great condition and should polish up beautifully. There are various opinions as to what they are, I'm going with Baltic pine. That was the good news, the bad news was that there were 100s of metal staples that needed removing...

 ...a job that had to be finished that night so it was all hands on deck. It took five of us working til 11pm. We have no electricity in the kitchen so the boys used the torch apps on their phones. Most of the cupboards were installed the next morning and it's now starting to look like a real kitchen. Next we have to wait a couple of weeks while the stone bench tops are cut.
 Antique Wedding Sampler is also coming along beautifully. I finished block #16 yesterday, by machine appliqueing the broderie perse.

Antique Wedding Sampler quilt Di Ford Block #16

Antique Wedding Sampler quilt Di Ford Block #16
 I can see the end in sight as I "only" have four more blocks to make. I've even booked it in for quilting so I will really have to get a shuffle on.
I have also finished hand piecing the first two blocks of my Value Proposition quilt - I'm loving making this!
Value Proposition Quilt Block #1

Value Proposition Quilt Block #2

I should just be concentrating on AWS but I find it very difficult to just work on one project - do you have the same problem?