23 October 2015

Radio Silence!!

My apologies to everyone for the recent radio silence. It's a combination of loosing my job of 20 years and starting a new Uni course. My sewing time has been cut down to nothing between looking for work and studying. I have a couple of projects on the boil and will post something when there is some progress.

25 September 2015

Shaded Nine Patch Quilt Finished

This was the second project I started when I got back into quilting a couple of years back. It got as far as having the nine patches made and I was then distracted by other things. The last couple of months have been all about finishing off all my UFO's. This is the second last one. I just need to bind one more quilt and then I will have NO UFO's at all!!

This means I can now start working on new projects!! But they will be slow going as all my spare time is going into my new uni course.

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8 September 2015

Left Over Log Cabin Finished

Another UFO bites the dust!! Only a couple more to go! I call this one Left Over Log Cabin because it is made up of the left over 1 1/2" strips I used for my Omigosh Redux quilt. I just kept cutting and ended up with way too many. I'd never made a Log Cabin quilt before, so I thought this would be a good use of the strips. I made may Pink and Grey Zig Zag log cabin at the same time.


I played around with the layout for a while and came up with this one. I like the old school look. This is my second quilt with a wool wadding. I think this will be a great lap quilt. I had it quilted with baptist fan by Kathy at KoolKat Quilting. She did a great job. The only issue, and this has NOTHING to do with the quality of the quilting, is that it is a bit closely quilted and as a result, stiff, for my taste. I wish I could've had it done on a large scale.



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.