Sunday, 5 July 2015

ALOYF July Goals

I don't usually follow the brief for A Lovely Year of Finishes as you are meant to have one goal but you know me, I just can't stick to one project.
Anyway one of my goals for this month is to finish putting the top together for Gossip in the Garden.

It is a bit tricky to put together but Anni Downs has written very clear step-by-step instructions - this is most appreciated!! I think I need to swap the bottom Dresden block with the grey background for the one near the centre on the white spot background - oh well it's not all sewn in, some of it is just pinned.
I also made an error with the long stemmed flower, somehow my stem didn't come out long enough so I drew a red heart and appliqued it under the cup-pot.

Now, I still just have to find the border (I haven't had a real look yet).
I haven't quite finished with Antique Wedding Sampler yet. I did make the binding at our last G'nT Sisters retreat but I still haven't made a start on sewing it on. This is my other goal for July - to finish putting on the binding.

At our retreat I decided to make a block for each of the Sister's AWS's, to keep me 'in the loop'. We picked out the fabrics together for Lynne's block #9. I just need to add the small leaves.

Antique Wedding Samp[ler Block #9 Di Ford

Very different colours to mine but I love it! That fabric in the large leaves is an old Robyn Pandolph one. To see more blocks made by the Sisters visit here we had a very productive weekend.

To finish this post you'll never guess who we saw out today Sunday driving, would you believe Batman in his Batmobile?
If you look closely you can just see his pointy ears (on the rhs - he even knows how to drive in Australia!)

You just never know who you might see on a country road in Victoria :D

Sunday, 28 June 2015

June update

I have finished the couple of small goals I set myself for this month's A Lovely Year of Finishes. I have finished the last two blocks for Gossip in the Garden - yay! This included the applique border for the jug of flowers block...

Gossip in the Garden Part 6

...and finishing the last Dresden block.

I have started to sew all of the blocks together. This is no easy feat because it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Now, I wonder where I have put the last instalment of this BOM which is the tumbler block border and the fabrics...they have to be in my sewing room somewhere!

I also finished block #7 of my Value Proposition Quilt. Karen has recently posted about her finished quilt top here - so inspiring. 

I was also very excited to get my Antique Wedding Sampler back from Katrina who has a done an absolutely superb job on the quilting. As I took it into Kaye's to choose some binding, guess what was hanging there...

Di Ford's original quilt, how fortuitous! 
Here are pics of some of my quilted blocks.

Lots of curls and swirls, I'm just thrilled with how Katrina has quilted it. I still need to put on a sleeve and bind it but I was able to take it along to this month's Warrandtye chapter TAG meeting for show and tell.

Heather's lovely lilac applique sampler
Olga's cute and colourful child's quilt

Veronique's latest design 'Vases de Fleurs' (pattern available)
 It was just a small group this month (perhaps people are hibernating for the Winter?) but enough to share a chocolate cake for our first birthday. 

Happy Birthday to us!
(btw the quilts in the background are by Michelle Yeo)

And what happens when one or two quilts come to a finish? Well one or two quilts get started of course.

Yoko Saito's 'Vases of Flowers' April block

Preparing the May block
Japanese taupes - yum! I'll keep you guessing on what I have pulled these fabrics for...

Another busy month there's even been a G'nT Sisters weekend (more on that soon).
And finally here is a photo of our finished kitchen that I have been promising but kept forgetting to share. 

As you can see it's great for letting in fresh air and sunshine, well worth the wait.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

June goals

Just a quick post for my Year of Lovely Finishes June goals. I want to finish all the blocks for Gossip in the Garden. I just have to finish one more Dresden plate...

.... and finish an applique border on one of the other blocks. I'm not sure how far I'll get with putting the blocks together and finishing the border so no promises there.

Another goal is to try and finish Block #7 of my Value Proposition quilt. One more round of hexies to complete.

It would also be nice to find a job this month!


Friday, 29 May 2015

Mad May

This month has been rather up and down for me. All great on the sewing front - I accomplished goal for May by completing my Antiquwe Wedding Sampler quilt top for a Year of Lovely Finishes .

It took me hours days playing around with the layout but it definetly helped having it vertical on my 'temporary' (still there) design wall (just a flanellete sheet). It's now been packed off and taken to Katrina's for quilting, I can't wait to see what she does with it.

I have been lucky enough and so thrilled to have this quilt selected to be part of the Applique Guild of Australia's display (not to be judged) at this year's 

It was difficult to just concentrate on AWS to get it finished in time so now it's been fun getting back to other projects like Gossip in the Garden. This is my next quilt that I want to get finished.

Gossip in the Garden Anni Downs

Gossip in the Garden Anni Downs

Gossip in the Garden Anni Downs

Gossip in the Garden Anni Downs

Gossip in the Garden Anni Downs

Gossip in the Garden Anni Downs

I don't know why I left these Dresden plates to the end, they were easy to piece by machine and then needle-turn applique the embroidered centres and the whole plates to the backgrounds. I'm very happy with how these turned out, just one more to go.

Last weekend Judy and I went to the Applique Guild's Applique-in down at Mt Eliza on the Mornington peninsula. It was a really great day, Irene Blanck was the guest speaker. She gave a trunk show of all of her quilts and spoke of her recent teaching trip to France and the launch of her new book - Focus on Applique.


Irene spoke about the importance of making a beautiful label...

Irene pointing out the finer features of Eva Grace

Miz Kelly
Green Acres
Tribute to Lucy Kemper

A gorgeous new quilt by Irene - not sure of the title but I'm pretty sure I want to make it!


Interesting to see these diamonds are appliqued - not pieced.
 It was great to see Auntie Green again, Irene's favourite. 
Auntie Green's Garden
I took mine along and have been inspired to keep working on the top left-hand corner this week.

  I was also extremely lucky to win the complete set of Victoria Park fat quarters.This beautiful range is Karen Styles' first collection and was generously donated by her as a door prize - Thanks Karen!!!!! I'm having a lot of fun planning and plotting what I will do with these...stay tuned.

So this is all the great sewing stuff that has happened this month but unfortunately it's time for a career change as I'm losing my day job at the end of June. Now I'm on the hunt for a new job - wish me luck!