Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Winter in Warrandyte

The perfect season for sewing. 

Yarra River Warrandyte
We have had a lot of rain, that's why the river is high, and very cold weather, below zero which is unusually low for around here. I think the coldest day was when I had to go and drop off our quilts to Margaret for the Applique Guild display at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair (on now!). We arranged pick-up a few suburbs away for first thing last Sunday morning, it was -2 degrees!

To meet that rendevous I just had to finish the label and binding for my AWS. I also had to make a hanging sleeve for the first time.

I asked Katrina her advice on binding and she recommended finding colours in the border and I found this stripe. I was initially worried that this fabric may have been too bright but I think it looks great. Thanks Katrina!

Who would have known that I also have matching AWS socks :)

It's always handy to make some mistakes in your quilt as these can then end up in your label. For some reason I made way too many HSTs for this block...

...which then ended up as a very nice label.

I have finished my Gossip in the Garden top (yay!) I did end up swapping one of the grey background Dresden's, I think it looks more balanaced now (and how Lenore had planned it).

You can all stop looking now as I found the border fabric in my sewing room, so no excuses to get this finished...

...well except we all know that when one (or almost two) quilts finish we must start new ones - despite a few WIPs lurking in the wardrobe.

I've wanted to try working in wool for ages and I bought Words to Live By by Primitive Gatherings back in March 2013. After being inspired by Karen at Moose Bay Muses with her woolly posts over the months I didn't want to wait another year for next Winter so I've started.

Words to Live By - Charity
After searching around on the internet I've come up with a method that suits me that combines different ideas. First I iron Vleisofix onto the wrong side of the wool (this can be a challenege as it looks pretty much the same on both sides). I don't use steam.

I then cut out the pieces and put a small amount of glue on the back. I use Roxanne's. 

The applique pieces are then finger pressed in place onto the background fabric. I use glue so that I can turn the whole block over without all the pieces falling off - so that I can press on the wrong side of the block to seal the Vleisofix (once again no steam). Doing it this way means you're not ironing on top of the wool so it won't scorch. You could probably use something more tacky than Vleisofix, then you wouldn't need glue.

I'm lucky to have a great buttonhole stitch on my Husqvarna. I've taken this photo so that I won't forget the settings :) 

I like to have the stitches relatively close together to prevent the wool from fraying. There are some lovely wool threads available but I'm just using good old Gutermann cotton.

I thought I might stitch the words but I've decided to just ink them instead. I want to find a pen that is more of a real jet black - any suggestions?

Next block is Passion.

I'm really happy with how these blocks are turning out and it's just so delicious working with wool in Winter. 

If you are in Melbourne you might want to brave the cold and see my Antique Wedding Sampler and Judy's linen and Liberty 'Bunny Love' quilt that are on display at Jeff's Shed. Judy and I will be volunteering on the Applique Guild of Australia's table and the G'nT Sisters will be visiting on Saturday. I will also be wandering around tomorrow (Friday) please say 'hi' if you see us.



  1. Love seeing all your wonderful progress! Great idea for the label--very classy.:) And I always enjoy using a good stripe for binding. Just a little more energy for the quilt!

  2. Everything you do is amazing! Congrats on your Gossip finish! Can't wait to see it quilted! XO

  3. Well done, I love the stripe border.

  4. Love your label and the binding is a great match. All the best with the Show! Looks like fun working with wool - thanks for the step-by-step.

  5. The striped fabric was the perfect choice for the binding. You AWS quilt is a real showstopper! I've never done wool applique but it looks so tempting. I like to use Sakura Pigma pens. To get a nice black line I like the heaving nib (size 05 on the cap).

  6. Lovely work as usual.
    i was thinking of going to Jeff's Shed to see the quilts, so if i do I'll come to say hi

  7. Lovely to be all finished and hanging at the show. I'd love to go, but it's just a tad too far. Your wool project is quite a change and looks very interesting. Your machine appliqué is very neat, I've never tried it.

  8. Great choice for binding and such a nice label. Did I read correctly our gifting this one?
    I have all of my blocks for Words to Live By prepped now to just get busy stitching them. Never thought of doing them by machine.

  9. Love your binding choice, I don't think you can go wrong with a striped border. Great to see you have finished the top of Gossip in the Garden too, it looks great. You definitely are having a lovely year of finishes.

  10. I would love to get to the quilt show but my daughter is coming to visit with the baby and . . . Oh yes . . . it is 10,000 miles away. Congratulations on completing the AWS. I have done absolutely noting n mine since I showed you the first block. We have 32C today.

  11. I do love a striped binding and this one is awesome! I'm thrilled that I inspired you to start on a Words To Live By journey--you will love making it!

  12. Your AWS and Gossip In the Garden both look fantastic! Congratulations! And taking pictures of the machine settings so you don't forget -- I do that, too. :-) Your wool applique project looks like it's going to be scrumptious!

  13. I am so behind in my blog reading that I missed the reveal of your quilted AWS. It is gorgeous. L love how you changed the arrangement of some of the blocks and put the bouquet in the center. I just started my own version, you have really inspired me! GITG is also looking great.

  14. Hi Carole so nice to find you again, I have missed seeing your blog on Esther's WOW and time slips by I just saw your blog attached to Karens blog and had to drop in. It sure must be cold down your way it is even cold up here in Cairns. Hope you had fun at the show your quilts are lovely and it has been fun browsing back through your blog the last 30 mins. that binding fabric was stunning what a great choice. Your wool blocks will be gorgeous. where do you buy the wool fabric or is it felt????? Cheers Glenda

  15. Oh my - such beautiful work.