Friday, 5 January 2018

6 and 6 + 6 in 2018

Once again I am joining Anne and Meredithe's challenge for 2018 - 6 and 6 in 2018 but I am adding another category of 6 quilts that 'just' need to be quilted and bound so here is my list:

Did you notice that I have seven on the 'old' list (but who's counting?) and that little smiley face?
I was hoping to finish There's No Place Like Home by New Year but didn't quite make it so it became my first finish for 2018.
I started this quilt over 10+ years ago and the colours and country style now seem dated (which is ironic as I now live in the country) but it's kind of growing on me again and I like my sister's suggestion that it makes a good Christmas quilt.

Wishing you all the best for your sewing projects in 2018!!!

Monday, 1 January 2018

17ufosin2017 final update & Happy New Year

Well 2017 is done and dusted and keeping up my track record I've just tipped over into January. I've really enjoyed Meredithe & Anne's challenge which has been a great source of motivation for me.


#1 The Comfort Quilt

#2 Chester County Criswell Quilt

#9 Sew Laugh Love

#13 Cushions

#15 Boro coasters

#17 Knitted scarf

PROGRESSIONS small and large:

#3 Reading the Fine Print - a few more blocks to go

#4 Value Proposition Quilt completed the top

#6 Cheltenham - a very long term project

#8 Words to Live By completed the top

#10 Sovereign - up to working on the stars for the 2nd border

#11 12 Days of Christmas stitching the second border

#12 Aunty Green I'm going to hex this up

#16 Home Sweet Home There's No Place Like Home almost finished sewing down the binding


#5 Vases of Flowers

#7 Dear Jane

#14 Simply Blessed designed by Rosalie Dekker who very sadly recently passed away. This will definitely be on next year's as my tribute to her passion and creativity.

In summary, 6 finishes, 8 progressions and 3 didn't touch - I'm really happy with that! 
Thank you for your encouragement throughout the 2017 challenge and I look forward to participating in this year's. 

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for '18.

With apologies to Sally @ Feather on a Wire who created a much better image!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

17ufosin2017 November update

It's hard to believe that this is the second last post for 2017. I've had a big finish with completing my Words to Live By quilt top. 

I used a different centre frame and borders from the original design because the 600+ HSTs weren't for me ;)

I have completed the centre and put on the 1st border for Sovereign.

And I've done the tiniest amount of stitching for a Twelve a days of Christmas border.

I really don't see this quilt being ready for Christmas, oh well maybe next year! 
Off-list I gave finished and gifted a couple of cute stitcheries on linen: Peace Dove and Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Thank you to those people who have found me on Instagram as @quilteronthehill. I even managed to post a little video.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Welcome to Quilter on the hill

Yes, you've come to the right place but I have changed the title of my blog as I no longer commute on the Warrandyte bus  - instead I'm living the dream on top of a hill in beautiful South Gippsland in country Victoria. I've just changed the blog title but kept the same website address. After procrastinating on this for many months I thought this was the easiest. 

Anyway I've recently finished my Giant Dahlia top thanks to a workshop with Michelle Yeo at Gippsbeary Cottage where I found some gorgeous Di Ford Giggleswick Mill fabric for the final borders. Many thanks to Michelle for all of the step-by-step individual help she gave me to get that round peg into a square frame.

I've also been playing with some great red fabrics and cream shirtings to make HSTs for the border of Words to Live By. 

Thanks for your feedback on my last post on border possibilities. I'm planning to do a combination of HSTs & the black print fabric. Hoping to finish this quilt top by the end of the month for the 17ufosin2017 challenge.

Btw I'm also going to be on Instagram as I feel like I'm I've been missing out - might see you there! 


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

17ufosin2017 October update

Inspired by a display of Michelle Yeo's quilts at Gippsbeary Cottage I decided to pull out my version of Michelle's Giant Dahlia Quilt that I never quite finished. I thought adding the final border was too much like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole and then over time I didn't like my colour choices. Anyway I've decided to take a class with Michelle this Saturday and so I've been playing around with some fabrics for the final border so that I can finish this quilt. I'm quite liking it again and wished I'd put it on my 17ufosin2017 list.

Giant Dahlia Quilt Michelle Yeo

I've made good progress with my Words to Live By and I've been deciding what to do for the final border/s. My initial choice of this FG border fabric just doesn't seem to relate any more.

Words to Live By quilt

I think the black fabric is too dark but I'll probably use it for the binding.

Words to Live By quilt

I think I will go with a dogtooth border - I've just used some leftovers from my CCCQ to get the idea, I will use cream/off-white shirtings from the quilt instead of the white.

Words to Live By quilt

I've finished all of the red & white pieced blocks for Reading the Fine Print and a few more applique blocks - only one more to go!

Faye Anderson applique

Faye Anderson applique

I've also been playing with possible layouts and borders for this quilt.

Linking up to Meredithe's 17ufosin2017 October post (when it becomes available), hard to believe that we're nearly at the end of this challenge.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

17ufosin2017 July August update

And yes I know we are well into September! Before I start on The List I would like to thank everyone for the lovely comments I received on my blue and cream AWS, I was quite surprised at the response to that post. Anyway since my last 17 in 2017 post I have completed my Value  Proposition Quilt - yay!

Value Proposition Quilt

I was really happy with how the borders went on - Jo Morton style. I'm glad I decided to go with the tassels hanging out which also gave a nice little inner border.

Value Proposition Quilt

I have decided to hand quilt this quilt and have been experimenting with some threads and needles with this kit from the Temulca Quilt Company

I thought I would have been well and truly over sewing hexies but no! I've already made a rosette for the label...

Value Proposition Quilt

...and with inspiration from different sources, including Karen's Empire Quilt, I'm thinking of hexing up my Aunty Green.

This beautiful quilt that I saw on Pinterest also inspired me. It was at this year's Sydney exhibition but I'm sorry I've lost the orginal source and the name of the maker.

I think this antique quilt was a source of inspiration for Karen's Empire Quilt.

Image from Bonhams

I have also been re-thinking my Reading the Fine Print quilt. I've been following along with Sharon's quilkt along on and off and was going to use a range of pieced blocks with the applique blocks. I really liked the block from this post and whipped it up in red and white.

Sharon's unnamed block
I liked the uniformity of Judy's version of this quilt (that all the G'nTs are making) with her pieced baskets between the appliqué blocks... I'm going to use variations on Sharon's unamed block with different red and white fabrics.

A few more applique blocks for this quilt.

I have also finished all of the blocks for my woolly Words to Live By and added the red and green triangles.

I'm no longer sure about that border fabric but I'm liking the black and cream fabric in the centre - very dramatic!

I was hoping to finish Words to Live By by the end of Winter but so far the start to our Spring has been very wintry.

Last but not least I've finished one of the borders for The Twelve Days of Christmas.

I love the way each lady is slightly different.

Cheers til next time