31 August 2015

Grey Strip Blocks

Once I had finished my Embers and Ash Quilt, I had alot of grey strip block offcuts. Some were quite narrow, others were just short of the required block size. As such, I didn't want to waste them. So I wanted some thing that would use them up without much work or the requirement to buy more fabric. I also happend to have a bit of plain grey fabric left over from the backings (from the orange and grey and also from the pink and grey streak lightening quilts). So I randomly cut the left over strips into smaller strips as below.



I then cut the solid greys into rough square and then cut them in half on an angle. The grey pieced strips were then sewn in and the resulting blocks were then pressed and trimmed to clean 9 1/2" blocks.



27 August 2015

Moonglow Progress - Centre Panel Done

I'm nearly near the end of all my UFO's, only a couple more to get quilted and I'm all caught up. I've been really sick with the flu for a week. Weak as a kitten, about the only thing I could do was sit on the couch and work my way through my IQ backlog (I didn't like S2 of True Detective as much as the first one). Only thing I could do was hand sewing. So I worked my way through my Moonglow rows. The rows were done, I just needed to sew them together. Which I have now done.




24 August 2015

Rail Fence Flannel Quilt Finished

This one has been finished for about a month, but I've been using it (it's lovely soft and warm) and haven't had a chance to get a photo.

But Kathy at KoolKat Quilting has done a great job with it. If you are looking for someone to do quilting, they currently have a half price deal on. If you get a quilt done with the budget pattern, it's only $1.50 a square foot, more for the more complicated patterns. Check out their home page (near the bottom) for details. Feel free to mention I referred you (I'm Michelle from Callaghan)!!! It runs out on 1 Sep 2015 but they guarantee a 7 day turnaround (which I have received for all quilts I've had done with them) and free postage (there and back) anywhere in Australia!




Here is a close up of the quilting. It's a bit wrinkly because it's been washed a few times since it was finished. But gets a little softer with each wash.





22 August 2015

Urban Bushland Quilt Finished

Urban Bushland is finished and I'm very happy with it. I was a bit worried that the linen might prove a bit difficult to quilt since it is such a slippery and soft fabric to work with. But Kathy at KoolKat Quilting has done a great job with it. If you are looking for someone to do quilting, they currently have a half price deal on. If you get a quilt done with the budget pattern, it's only $1.50 a square foot. Check out their home page (near the bottom) for details. Feel free to mention I referred you (I'm Michelle from Callaghan)!!! It runs out on 1 Sep 2015 but they guarantee a 7 day turnaround (which I have received for all quilts I've had done with them) and free postage (there and back) anywhere in Australia!

Not the best photo but this quilt turned out huge!!

Here is a close up of one of the corners. It's an all over leaf pattern done in a brown to match the borders.

Below is a close up of the centre panel and some of the border.


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12 August 2015

Shaded Nine Patch Top Finished

The Shaded Ninepatch top is done. Not the best picture but it was way too windy to put on the line for a better photo. My only issue is should I put another blue border around the outside edge? Or will a blue binding be enough??

10 August 2015

Japanese Yarn Dyed Hexagons


In another fit of madness, I've started ANOTHER set of hexies. This time 3/4" using scraps of my Japanese yarn dyed fabric. I am progressively cutting out a future project using my yarn dyed stash and "processing" the scraps as I go. Due to the odd shapes of the main project, there are lots of small, odd size scraps that aren't much use and I hate to waste them. So another hexie box is created.

I use a variation of the freezer paper method, using recycled photocopier paper wrappers. They work exactly like freezer paper but are double the thickness, which gives much better support when doing EPP.

I love these fabrics. I wish I could afford to make some dresses out of them.




7 August 2015

Shaded Nine Patch Border



Getting to the final stages of the Shaded Nine Patch quilt. I made up the green nine patches for the outer border and added the thin blue inner border. Just need to sew the green nine patches together and add to the rest of the top and the top will be done.



5 August 2015

Handwarmers

Where I'm located at the moment is really cold. The temperature is set for the records, not the people. So I decided to make myself some handwarmers that I found via Pinterest. And never being one to do things by halves, I decided to make some for my co-workers as well.

And then I got silly.


3 August 2015

Urban Bushland Quilted

It might seem like I haven't been doing much quilting but I have. It's just that I am at the boring, not worth blogging stage of many projects!!!

I sent Urban Bushland off to the quilter last week and she is now back. I'm very happy with how it turned out. I was afraid that the linen might cause problems but it looks good. I've made the binding, just need to machine it on and do the hand stitching. This could take a while as it's a big quilt. On the plus side, I think the more open weave of the linen will make it easier to sew, therefore not as much stress on my hands so I should be able to sew longer.

P.S. Cleo seems to like it. I think this will be a great summer quilt.

24 June 2015

Shaded Nine Patch Sections Done

This is my second oldest UFO (afer Moonglow). It's been sitting there ready for construction driving my nuts, especially the HST that needed to be sewn together. Part of the problem was that I didn't like some of the yellow fabrics I had used. I felt they weren't strong enough. It's really hard to get truly yellow tone on tone fabrics. I managed to pick up a few at the Sydney Craft Show last week and made some more nine patch blocks. The pattern is from Lisa Walton at Dyed and Gone to Heaven.

This is the main part of the quilt laid out so I could see how the sections worked together.

This is the centre panel of green and blue. Sorry for the crappy colour, it was taken at night on my phone!!

One of four blue corner sections.

Here is one of four yellow sections.

I need to make up a heap of green nine patches for the border. And sew these sections together. But it is a least at a stage I can live with for a while, but I really would like this finished in the next couple of weeks. I think this is doable as nine patches are so simple they are something I can work on after work!!