Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Well the evil one moved and the binding is now sewn down. I had a teal shot cotton in my stash that matched perfectly.
Not the best of photos with the wind blowing and the colours are a bit washed out.
I am going to take the plunge and show a close up of the quilting-I know it's not perfect but I'm happy with the way it turned out.
And the backing fabric-

I forgot to take a picture of the finished Plus quilt that I showed in the last post but it was well received by my sister and I got to sleep under it during my visit. Melbourne had the coldest start to June in 38 years and it chose my visit for that record!!
One of the sights used in publicity about Melbourne are these very colourful beach huts that are walking distance from where my sister is living so there were a few visits to take photos-along with all the other tourists!! They were amazing and I can see some Beach Hut blocks in the future.

Loved this photo I managed to capture of a Pelican on the walk-

Also impressive were these birds that we saw on a bush walk- Crimson Rosellas
Tomorrow it's off to Wellington for 5 days to attend two separate conferences so the winter woollies are packed.

Friday, May 22, 2015

So Island chain is off the machine, binding is machine stitched on and this is where it is up to now-
Anyone who has met Bella knows it is in the best interest of saving your limbs if you let her be!! That look in her eyes is for real-don't mess with me! So I will just leave that as her sleeping place until she chooses another.
Meanwhile another quilt has been loaded and in fact now finished, except for hand sewing the binding-todays project.
This Plus Quilt used up fabric from my stash, bought probably five years ago just because I liked the colours! I backed it with some flannel and minky that was also hiding in the stash and was the perfect match. This is coming with me to Melbourne, Australia, next week and will live with my sister and brother in law. It will keep them warm in what they tell me is a cold house they have just moved into.

I quilted the pantograph Spiral Squares by Kerryn Emmerson that has given it nice texture. It was the first pantograph I ever quilted so is rather a favourite. Hand guided without a stitch regulator and Glide Thread in Teal on top and Magna Glide bobbin in light grey.
The back
On to that hand sewing the binding.

Happy stitching

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Island Chain

So in 2011 I made a quilt using the Island Chain pattern.

It took me quite awhile to find a fabric for the border, and then a backing fabric. However once purchased it has been a UFO for all that time and why-who knows!!!!
I decided it was finally time it got finished so this is now on the longarm -
I couldn't decide how to quilt it but looked on MQ Resource and got the idea for the straight lines in the coloured sections and then out came the books and the rest of the inspiration was from Angela Walters. I need to practice my wishbone quilting and none of this is perfect but it is a good quilt to use new to me designs on. Am liking the look so far.
Even though I thought I had measured correctly for the borders I do have some fullness that I will have to deal with-oh well!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Finish

I am so happy with the way my wall hanging has turned out and it is now on my sewing room wall. That's a much better place than having the stitcheries 'hanging out' in a plastic bag.
These stitcheries are not mass produced so are 'quite rustic looking'. Please click on the photo to get a better look at them.When I loaded this top on the longarm I really didn't know how I was going to quilt it but then after reading so many posts about Quiltcon I decided to do straight lines, and once I started decided to mix up both horizontal and vertical lines. Initially I was using my ruler and trying to make the lines so straight but then decided that these stitcheries do not have a perfect look so decided to do the lines totally freehand. I wrote the name SAPA across the top, which is the place we were staying when I bought these stitcheries.
The bits of cotton hanging down are what those thin strips were tied around my wrist with, so I decided to leave them in. I did have problems with beading as I used a white batting and knew I should've used black, but I didn't have any at the time and thought it would be ok. You only notice it when up close so I'm not going to stress about it.
Some photos that shoe the stitcheries and quilting better-

A wonderful tribute to the Hmong women and their handwork. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Completed

Well I kept finding more stitcheries so decided to combine them all into one piece.
The thin strips are wristbands that a women tied around your wrist and that was a signal to all the other women that you had been 'claimed' and they were not allowed to hassle you.
Again this photo has not loaded well but it is a good record for me as to how it looked before it's quilted. this is now on the longarm and I think I will keep the quilting simple as I want the stitcheries to be the focus.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vietnam Memento

A few years ago my sister and brother in law lived in Vietnam for six months while he taught English. I went over for a holiday at the end of the contract and after a few days in Hanoi we went on the overnight train up to the mountain town of Sapa. As my sister was recovering from surgery on her leg and my brother in law from a severe bout of food poisoning, I wandered around town a lot on my own and spent most afternoons with the Hmong village women. These women would walk up to twelve kms a day to come to town to sell their needlework to the tourists. It was amazing to sit with them and watch them stitching-each design is one families traditional work. My sister used to say 'Are you off to see your friends?' and that is what it felt like.
Like a good tourist I managed to part with my money and purchase some of their items which have sat in a bag for a long time now so I thought it was time to do something with them.
These stitcheries are about to become a wallhanging-if you click on the photos you will see them clearly. Don't know why they look like they do here!!
They are stitched on hand dyed indigo fabric and are very intricately stitched. They would not stand up to a lot of washing so hence a wall hanging. I bought fabrics that I thought would suit-
and with this design-by Mary Metcalf and featured in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.
BUT NO-it didn't grab me once I started.
So now I have bordered all the stitcheries-with a Moda Cotton called Weave which is an exact match to the colour of the stitching Don't know why the solid has that pattern all over it in Blogger-in the camera it is solid!!
and am using the idea of Jacquie Gering called Variable framing featured in this book-
I am just having one frame around the stitcheries and using navy blue for the negative space.
One block is done and liking it so far-

Suggestions and Comments Welcome

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bound and Washed.

Oliver's quilt is now bound and washed and ready to be posted once his mum and dad get back from a holiday.
Not very good photography sorry but didn't notice that till now!!
And for a closer look at the quilting and a glimpse at the backing fabric-

I'm really pleased with how it all came together.
Have made these pretty Bowtie blocks today for one of the members of an online group I am part of-
So what next??