My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Saturday, November 17, 2018

November FNSI

When I pulled out my Whimsical Woodland mystery stitchery block of the month the other night, I discovered I wasn't as up-to-date as I thought I was! Somehow, I'd missed stitching the month 7 block. So that has been my evening handwork this week. Last night, for Friday Night Sew In, I continued on —
I didn't get quite as far as I thought I might but the end is in sight —
This morning I tipped out the box and had a look at what I've done so far. I've this month's block to stitch but also a fair bit of piecing.
Here is the pile of fabrics I should have also been sewing up month-by-month. I see a Whimsical Woodland day at the sewing machine in my future!
This morning I also got the final borders on a cot quilt I started making last weekend.
There are several new(ish) babies around who haven't got their quilts yet. I'm detemined not to do any Christmas sewing or get (too) distracted until they are done.
There, I've put that in writing, let's see how well I do.
I started off really well. I surpassed myself with a clean, clear cutting table.
Ahh, we have a problem here...see the bonus triangles I made while I was making X blocks for the quilt? They very nearly sent me down another interesting path - so I quickly put them away and carried on with what I was supposed to be doing!
Anyway I have stayed focussed and here is the completed top —
I made a pink version of the same design earlier in the year (which you can see *here* - scroll down through the post to find it). I really like this pattern; Tic-Tac Who by Joanne of Canuck Quilter Designs; it's pretty straight forward to put together but the 'feature' block adds a bit of an extra sewing challenge as well as additional visual interest.
There are three options for this block; an owl, dog or duckling.
This is a very short post for me, so I thought I'd take the chance to pop in just one more photo.
Longer time readers may remember the Round Robin quilt representing our farm which was started Years Ago (2010) but which I only just finished last year (see the post *here*).
It thrills me to see the grandie-girls stop and ask about it - they spend ages working out who is who.
They recognise the animals they see around the farm and love that their daddy is in the quilt!
(I see I need to do some repairs to the button hole stitch here.)
Thank you to Wendy for hosting Friday Night Sew this is a five-Friday month, there's another one next week too. Lucky us :-)
Happy stitches,

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Auckland Festival of Quilts

Last weekend I left my calves in the trustworthy hands of my son-in-law and went down to Auckland for this year's Festival of Quilts.(Golly, it was nearly 2 weeks ago now!)
The Country Yard had a stand there again this year.....I worked at the shop on Thursday and by the time I got down to Auckland (with more supplies) Kerryn and Bernice had done a marvellous job of setting up our stand.
Friday morning - time for a quick team photo before I went off to play....
I met up with Linda and Julie and spent a lovely few hours in their company. Quilts and shopping. Fun :-)
On Saturday I worked on our stand and that was a good day too. Home that night, tired but full of quilty inspiration:-)

The photos are in no particular order and I apologise in advance if there are too many and that they're not all square, etc etc —
I actually thought this quilt was Best of Show, but discovered a day later it was Amateur Best of Show, rather than the penultimate.
Whilst the Hand Heals by Jenni Scott.
Using Yoko Saito's Traditional Pattern Lessons.
A lot of this quilt was completed while the maker had her wrist in plaster.
Who Am I to argue with the judges, but I didn't actually take a photo of the Best of Show.

I follow Esther Aliu's blog; she designs beautiful quilts which are always works of art. I started one years ago and didn't get very far but would love to finish it someday before starting another of her's.
Her designs often win awards, all around the world. Here are two by Jenny Henry —
Secret Garden
Red Delicious
It seemed that this year there were quite a few quilts in surprise fabrics (to me, at least). For example, below is a Dear Jane quilt in Kaffe Fasset fabrics. Quite a different look and quite pretty.
Dear Jane, by Margaret Reid.
Wendy Williams seems to be a popular Australlian designer here in New Zealand; there were a few of her quilts. 
Around the Garden by Rebecca Bishop

Sonya Prchal makes beautiful painted and then thread painted quilts. Her Cats is no exception.
Cats by Sonya Prchal
I was pleased to see a Foxley Village, designed by Natalie Bird. This was a BOM in last year's Australian Homespun magazine. The original was in Tilda fabrics, not sure what was used here. I've collected the patterns and fabrics for this and is another on my to-do list.
Foxley Village by Mary Metcalf.
There was no hand stitching in this version.
It was fun to see the Birds of a Feather quilt by Tish Brindle. I've often looked at these birds and thought I'd like to make some. They'd make a good swap or scrap challenge block.
Here are a few with a New Zealand flavour.
A truly unique Eye-spy by Ku Bailey

Neighbours by Dianne Dowd. NZ and Australian birds.
Helen Godden class using Lumiere paints and free motion quilting
Year of the Kiwi by Kathy Ronson.
Southern Hemisphere activities!
One of the more traditional looking quilts.
Little pieces of Yesteryear by Colleen Burr.
This hasn't photographed very well so I've shown a close-up photo too.
Bluebirds by Tracey Roberts
As usual, plenty of lovely quilting to look at —
Churn and Dash again by Judi Schon
Sue Flego's Just for Fun.
Her interpretation of a Sarah Fielke design
High Rise City.
Anne Joule makes beautiful EPP quilts from tie off-cuts. Most years she has
another one to exhibit.
This has got quite long!! But if you want to see even more quilts, pop over to Julie's post about the show.
Charlotte has also written about it in three interesting posts.
If you want to see what Linda bought - oh la la - head over *here* and *here*- it was exciting to be with her when she found this treasure :-)

Well done if you've got to the end! I hope you've enjoyed seeing the quilts.
Till next time, 
happy stitches 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tidying up loose ends

I've spent the last week or so trying to tidy up some loose some projects before starting something new.
In my last post I was working on two test blocks I made for Juliet of Tartankiwi; a Scottie Dog and a Basset Hound. I was turning them into cushions and was up to quilting them and their backs.
I finished the Scottie Dog last week —
Can't see it? Here's a better shot —
The girls tested it out for me and decided it was fine!
It's fun playing at Ganma's!
Today I finished the Basset Hound —
As with the Scottie dog (in my *last post*) I had a good old time playing with different quilt designs for the front and back —
The flower and spiral design was inspired by Lori Kennedy's tutorial. I loved doing that one! (Quilting spirals on the stripes was extra challenging for the eyes!!) 
I really struggled with what to put in the border of the Basset, but the alternating squiggles ended up working really well.
Two fun backs :-)
And two fun finishes.

Another loose end I had to tidy up was to put buttons on Lily's cardigan.
Done, tried on and worn :-)
Rolling over to show us the back.
Well modelled I would say.
So yaay, another finish for the month :-)

I got a little distracted this week and 'whipped up' a tea towel.
Decorated some tea-towelling and hemmed it to make a tea towel, to be more accurate.
I used a washaway stabiliser for the first time and was very impressed with how easy it was to use. I traced the motif onto the stabiliser, peeled off the backing and stuck it onto the fabric, Stitch through it. Easy.
The stabiliser washes away.
The little motif is a Bird Brain design and I think he sewed up quite cute.
(Whoops I meant ot take a photo of the back to show how well I'd done keeping it neat; you'll just have to believe me with that one...!)
I'm cutting it rather fine for an end of month report but I'm nearly there, with less than an hour until the calendar turns over. I feel quite organised for once!
This weekend I'm off down to the Auckland Festival of Quilts Show. So I'd best get to bed so I can be up bright and early to pack my bags. I have one play day and one work should be fun. And hopefully next post will be a report on the show :-)
'till next time,
happy stitches,