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Monday, February 20, 2017

Opps more purchases!

 While we were in the big smoke I booked my machine in for a service.  But then a few kind bloggers told me about a new to me patchwork shop (Bellarine Sewing Centre) and I decided to check it out. After all I had to buy fabric for borders.
Mission accomplished!  
It is so hard to match reds, but choosing a print for a skinny border  against the reds in the quilt top was even harder to pick.  I ended up with a shirting because the colours were right for the quilt - even though it is not a reproduction quilt. Still they play nice and even better with the French General red for the last border.  
Let me just say next time we are in Geelong I will insist on going back to Bellarine Sewing Centre, because they have a great collection of fabric; mainly modern, bright colours, but they also have a decent stash of reproductions!
While complimenting the lady who helped me, on the size of their reproduction collection, she apologized that the reproductions don't sell as well, hence they were restocking with more moderns.  Not a problem for me, LOTS of the reproduction bolts were on SALE at half price!  And the reproduction collection that is staying was still big enough to satisfy my needs.  
Sale fabric had a minimum cut of 50 cm, SEW nice to buy big pieces, not sure why I feel compelled in shops to buy repro's in miniscule amounts?  Which I regret later when a fabric becomes a favorite  and you quickly run out :(
No particular plan for these, just what I fancied off the sale rack.  
Happy quilting Sue.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Darling little Dickens meets Bambi

I bought a charm pack called Darling Little Dickens from Gails Patchwork Emporium in January, along with a mint green fabric.
I was on a mission to make a quick, cute cot quilt for DH cousin who had baby daughter #2.  Bub was early and we were going back to visit family in the same town in a matter of weeks, so I wanted to perform miracles.
 
The miracle of me staying focused on one project!
I decided (with advice from Lisa and Mum) that mint green sashing was not going to work.  But good old white (from the stash) looks perfect.
Accompanied by a few left over charm squares cut down for cornerstones.  

 The mint worked better as a border.
I managed a fancy quilting pattern on the border - with my walking foot.  There was enough mint green fabric to bind the quilt.  
One cute, quick baby quilt - made and delivered within a month!
 Happy quilting Sue.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rainbow Scrappy challenge - Sea green progress

The declaration that February's colour of sea green/ aqua - colours not quite blue and not quite green, sent me into a spin!  Immediately I could picture the polka dot aqua I had used as a background, so I knew there were scraps, but a variety, absolutely not!  Liar, liar, pants on fire, I found a good variety when I went digging - not huge pieces, but enough for the job :)
 I decided to use my scraps wisely and just make star blocks. I already have blocks made in RSC from 2015, but definitely not in aqua. 
 I managed to squeeze out four star blocks from my scraps.
 Digging through my endless boxes stored around the house I found more UFO's!  These 7" four patches made to use up my novelty fabric - bits of aqua here!
I took to them with the unpicker and re sewed them into "colours".  I just find "I spy" quilts so much easier on the eye when laid out like this.  
 So without intending to, I have unearthed a forgotten UFO and resurrected it - just need sashing now but nothing suitable in the stash - opps more shopping!
It is hot here, really, really hot.  Too hot for anything except mindless piecing under the struggling air conditioner.  
Happy quilting Sue. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mid Winter Red - making progress in Summer

At camp, during winter 2015 (Aussie winter) I made these blocks from a Mid Winter Red layer cake, using a tutorial by Missouri Quilt Co.  The pattern is called Disappearing pinwheel by Missouri Quilt Co, but I have been referring to them as Pinwheel in a Churn Dash on my UFO list.
 The 20 blocks were relegated to the naughty box because the outside edges were all on the bias, due to the construction method (ie quick and easy!).  
Hence the blocks were all slightly different sizes and needed trimming.
I hate trimming!
However I love buying fabric.  So with sashing and cornerstone fabric purchased these blocks came out of the naughty bin.
Confession; I never trimmed them!
I just pinned carefully and sewed them to the correctly sized sashing and pressed, pressed, pressed.
They look pretty good to me!
I ran out of sashing, but have ordered more by snail mail.  
In the meantime its nice to know that one UFO is back on track.  
Happy quilting Sue.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meet Me in the Middle of Barcelona

This quilted was started May 2016 with a layer cake called Barcelona and some grey shot cotton.
This pattern is called Meet In the Middle and is free HERE at Jo's Country Junction blog.
You cut 2.5" strips from the layer cake and join them together with your background fabric.
Sew all the strips together.
 
 And voila you have a quilt top!  Just needed some quilting.
Too easy, this quilt looks good, no tricky seams to match and is a perfect single bed/large lap for long teenager's size.
 I am definitely going to make this again, but next time I am going to sew wonky lines across the strips instead of SITD parallel - idea courtesy of Lisa who made the same quilt (if fact the pattern was her idea!) and I much prefer her quilting method.    
Meet me in the middle of Barcelona, finished in January 2017.
Happy quilting. Sue.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rainbow Scrappy challenge 2017

Digging around in the various tubs scattered around the house I came across all these completed 9 patch blocks.
The 2.5" squares and half square triangles were made to use for the Scrappy Sprout quilt in 2015 out of my scraps and unloved stash.   But with sufficient leaves made I started making them into 9 patches and star blocks. Then they fell by the wayside after RSC ended for that year.
Fast forward to 2017 I need a new leaders and enders project!
Plus I have been busting to return to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge, win, win!
January is Purple and here is what I have made for the month.
I started making four patches, as the supply of scrap purple dwindled.  Ditto only got one star made as there was only sufficient half square triangles for one. 
And I couldnt resist some other new blocks - but out of my reproduction stash, instead of scrap!
One 4" basket block (handle to be made) and a 7" Dresden - but might swap that neutral for a different purple yet.
Happy quilting Sue.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Red and White Dresden quilt - finished!

This quilt kickstarted in June 2015 at a camp in Bordertown with my Adelaide stitching friends.  Ingredients were a store homemade red "jelly roll" and a Moda Primitive Gatherings jelly roll for the neutrals.
This pattern came from a class I did with quilt teacher and friend Heather Ford (Adelaide).  You make lots and lots of pieced blades and then make the Dresdens. 
Then you dither for months about buying a fabric to use as the center circles.
Then spend an hour in Quilters Harvest (Warracknabeal) pulling out every bolt to find the perfect background fabric - thank you Dell!
And then slowly hand stitch them down to the background fabric.
Allow to mature in the cupboard, until taking top to Periwinkle Patchwork (Warrnambool), to find the perfect red for the border/binding - thank you Ann!  Mind you it matured a bit more before I got the border sewn on.
Then bundle off to Vicki Jenkin, long arm quilter extraordinaire, and allow her to work some quilting magic.  I wanted some thing fancy but edge to edge, so Vicki recommended these feathers.  I have never had feathers before and love them :)
Yeah my first finish for 2017!  
Happy quilting Sue.