Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Finishes

No excuses I just haven't posted for over 2 months but there has ben sewing and life.

3 more quilt tops have been completed . I must say it is a good feeling.


Finished 

Pieced back

Close up

Bonnie Hunter's  Rick Rack Nines is a swap of fabric strips randomly assembled. I worked on this on and off during the last hip replacement. I named mine Line Dancing because I am now able to sort of shuffle along with the grandies.



City Lights 
A quilt camp top from last spring .


A 15 min play exercise from Victoria 
Findly Wolf. This one has been a top for over 6 years. Happy to have it finished.


All these strips became the bindings for the 3 quilts.

Recently I have switched to magic binding.  Yes there is more cutting and two strips to make each binding BUT a nice machine attached binding.

My old hands love it.

Hope you are having nice weather. I am looking out at blue sky with cotton ball clouds.  
Terry 


Monday, March 13, 2017

Two for One

The saying "two for ( the price of ) one " is often used in advertising.

Well I'm not trying to sell anything just happy that two bunches of parts are now one quilt.



All finished and I enjoyed tying this little quilt. Held together nicely through it first washing.  The result is a light weight warm quilt for the toddler bed.


The crazy quilt blocks on steroids resulted in a soft looking quilt with a very vintage sense of "making do".

Just realized  the light side is a Wagga. The little quilt ticks 3 boxes. Kitchen Sink
Row by Row and a Wagga.

Now it really does have a name . Three for One. Silly but it has been fun to make.


My very best friend the " magic or flange binding " finish. This time I used the border fabric for the flange. The quilt was busy enough and didn't require more colour , sometimes simple is the best.

Enjoy your week my plan is to cut binding strips for the remaining 3 quilts in the pile. Tomorrow is machine quilt group and I will start on close to a km of binding. Ugh and yes it will all be flange style . My hands don't do that much repetative stitching any more.

Terry

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Progress Report #2

Being the second progress report of 2017 I am happy to say that just by chance there are two unfinished bundles of blocks assembled and ready to tie.  Yup you read correctly  I am going to finish this little project in the way all my early quilts were completed.

Forget the debate about "is it a quilt if it isn't quilted?". All the quilts I'd seen until I was 20 something were tied. They were used loved washed and mended. What more could I want?


First up.
     

The low volume large size crazy blocks were made in 2011.  The inspiration was from Victoria Findlay Wolf who at that time was doing lots of creative stuff with what she dubbed " made fabric."  I must say the process way a great way to use up scraps and a non stress process. I enjoyed the exploration but never quite made a low volume quilt.

Until now these 12" blocks are perfect for a 2 sided quilt.

Second up


The flip side is more like the front and it ticks two boxes on the quilting list.

KITCHEN SINK!!
I have been able to incorporate lots of orphan blocks (some mine like the 3 at the top) . The remainde were from unknown sources, remainders from a friends clear out and the bottom row are blocks I stitched from gifted miss cut parts. 

ROW BY ROW
The lay out is another popular way to construct a sampler quilt. The format proved a touch of working out a puzzle to another batch of blocks. 

Now to start tying the quilt. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Finishes for February

Two quilts have been bound so far this month . They both go back a ways but that's okay because so do I. Besides being blasts from the past both had bindings had issues.


       

First I ran out of bobbin thread with just a final corner to complete.


Second delima was a bit trickier . As you can see not enough of the red section to join up. I had enough of the original and the addition of more fabric solved the problem.

TA ! DA ! I get a buzz out of finishing mostly because the binding is often a slow down spot in the process for me.  


The Gypsy is the newer quilt. Only working on it for 3 years. Well sort of. 



The spools in the center were started as a traveling project in 2010. Finding and making a quilt with them has only been 3 years.


The oldest quilt in line for binding dated back at least 20 years and is now happily  all stitched up and ready for use.  

More projects are waiting and this seems to be a good year to spend time with old "friends"

I plan on spending time making progress on at least 1 incomplete project this week. 

Haveagoodone Terry 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Inspiration



First there was one
Then there were two

These big hexegon blocks were inspired by my Christmas  present to myself. It arrived on the 23rd of December but I was too busy



making a hobby horse which I completed on Christmas morning.

Late in the afternoon on Boxing Day  I opened the package containing


Margaret Sampson George's book "Take an Element ".  I have been engrosed, enchanted and energised by this book.

Marg SampsonGeorge 's quilts are a joyful mix of antique quilts and a contemporary pallet. Every page has beautiful photos and intriguing ideas. Every time I look through this book something new emerges.

Initially my response was
" yes" lots of color and pop but I don't have all thoes new fabrics and she often uses only a small amount. My stash is not made up of young designers fabrics. But the visual feast and the guidance through her personal approach kept encouraging me.

Every time I looked I see pieces of fabric that I still have a scrap of or had at some point and I am encouraged to read and think about a new approach. Marg Sampson gives technical information on how to incorporate your own quirky playful images. Surprises!!!!

The big epp hexies are for my version of Little Miss April.

Stay tuned  there will be more hexies to come.
Terry