Saturday, 24 June 2017

pink² {a WiP}


One of the best kinds of sewing is the spontaneous, unplanned kind, don't you think?



Earlier in the week I spotted the #junequiltqal over here at crazymomquilts
And again, this was so not on my 'to do' list, but I kept checking up on everyone's progress
and yesterday, I thought I'd have a bit of colour play too on a rainy day . . .
you know, just to see . . .







I seem to be a bit stuck on making little quilts lately but that's ok 
Pat-next-door is going to be a great grandmother in October, and requested a 'pink' quilt 
so I'm hoping my 'pinksquared' quilt will fit the bill.

Linking up with Myra over here for 'finished or not Friday'
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #6

Hello Wednesday
Welcome to another 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
I'm working on a little bit of 'whimsy' this afternoon


These blocks are from a quilt in Judy Newman's new book,
'quilts made for life made with love'- see here for more details



Spreading some more blogging love today
- a couple of things really caught my eye from our last linkup
Did you see the pretty bird stitching Julie from justjulielou is working on at the moment?



And my other pick was Audrey's quilts over here at quiltyfolk
Here's a little peek at two of her quilts, 'coins & baskets' and 'an uncertain crossroad' quilts
While Audrey & I have very different 'styles' it's always a treat reading her posts.
She writes brilliantly about 'the process'
and it's so interesting following along with her on her unique 'quilty' journeys!


And what are you working on right now?
Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here.
Just follow these simple guidelines:

1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links - its fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging alive too. Hope you find some new inspiration too!


    Thanks for joining us again, we can't wait to see what you have all been creating,
    Julie & Linda




    Wednesday, 14 June 2017

    bicycles, and boardwalks, and birds oh my!


     I'm mid flight making a couple of little quilts to have all ready for another grandchild
    Yesterday I dug out an oldish fabric pack and pattern I've had since 2011,
    'green quilt' by Jo from dixeysoul

    I don't often use quilt packs, much prefer to add my own eclectic choice to things
    but just look at these gorgeous fabric combos . . .


    . . . this selection of fabrics has a bit of a retro feel with those bicycles
    and is from Birchfabrics, Avalon 100% organic cotton {see here for more details}


    The pattern consists of lots of 8" drunkard's path blocks,
    with the added interest of different sized curves
    Most are nice gentle curves so I'm using the 'no pin' method on the machine.






    baby quilt #2 is well under way now!
    Linking up with Beth for 'main crush Monday' over here at cookingupquilts
    and with Lorna for 'show & tell' over here at sewfreshquilts


    a bit more #61
    Library haul for today


    Started reading 'Bel Canto' by Ann Patchett - the story is riveting
    and I just can't put it down!
    Briefly, it's about members of a revolutionary movement in Peru who are held hostages at the Japanese ambassador’s house for 126 days. The novel explores the tensions and unexpected alliances that develop when a group of culturally disparate strangers – the terrorists and their hostages – are confined in close quarters for months. 


    Sunday, 11 June 2017

    lots of dots

    So exciting, my daughter has another baby on the way
    Olive & Evie will have a new little brother or sister in October
    And you all know what that means, yes?
    A new little quilt . . .


    I've had this scrappy 1/2 finished quilt tucked away on the shelf
    - waiting patiently for the right reason to be all finished.
    It's my 'condensed' variation of Sarah Fielke's 'dotty for dresden' quilt
    {see here for the book link}


    I had a little play with all the 'special' embroidery stitches on my machine
    It was the first time I'd tried these out - a bit wonky but lots of fun !

    and this weekend I layered up the quilt and started some hand quilting



    We don't know if it's a girl or a boy
    so I'm planning another little quilt too, maybe in my 'go to' colour, lots of blues
    #lovebeingagranny

    Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
    and with Emily here for 'moving it forward' 

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017

    sew stitch snap SHARE #5


    Welcome to 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE'

    - trial block

    First up, what's happening in my sewing room this week?
    Well, I do so want to start something new
    but {sigh} I'm madly trying to work on my present WiP.
    I did console myself one evening by faffing around with these lovely scraps though . . .

    . . . imagine the possibilites !

    There were lots of inspiring projects from our last link up
    My pick was Maryse's 'courthouse steps' quilt, did you see it too?
    It's all paper pieced with heaps of matchstick quilting.
    A truely wonderful quilt,
    pop over here to read more about it and see lots more of Maryse's creations.


    And what are you working on right now?
    Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here.
    Just follow these simple guidelines:

    1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
    2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
    3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links - its fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging alive too.

      Thanks for joining us again, we can't wait to see what you have all been creating,
      Julie & Linda






      Saturday, 3 June 2017

      stars & steps

      Hello again !
      Well there's been very little action on the sewing front for me this week,
      lots of family time instead.

      We have my BinL and his wife staying with us, on their way to Vietnam.
      I offered her a quilt and, to my surprise,
      she chose this very old blue & brown quilt, made up of stars & courthouse steps blocks.
      Are you ready for a quick trip down my scrappy memory lane?




      It was one of the first times I'd tried combining my early small selection of Kaffes
      with other fabrics available at that time.
      It's very 'old school'
      but I still love, love that Kaffe blue floral I used for the outer border & binding !


      I had it machine quilted while I was on holiday down at Waihi a long time ago.
      And then it sat on the shelf.
      For years.



      I'm so glad this old quilt has finally found a home and will be used & loved.
      Hope you enjoyed this little peek back into my quilty past !



      Friday, 26 May 2017

      'broken dishes'

      Remember earlier in the week, when I had a little pile of old 'broken dishes' blocks that I was having a spot of trouble with? Thanks for your +ve comments, you all gave me lots to think about.

      So just how to move forward with this WiP?
      I did recall my original idea ages ago was simply to join them all up together, and I started thinking that {sigh} maybe some of these blocks would be happier sans sashing after all.


      After leaving things to ruminate for a few days, I decided to separate the blocks out and make two quilts. This first one is the 'vintage version' it's scrappy, made up of large blocks with similar combinations. It's busy & happy, with a certain confused quality that I'm finding appealing just now.




      Finished quilt top measures 150cms x 120cms.
      Another one to add to the growing pile of quilts needing to be quilted !
      Linking up this week with Em for 'moving it forward' over here


      And it seems I might have a bit of a thing for 'broken dishes' blocks
      - pop over here to see what I mean !

      a bit more #60
      I just noticed that, sadly, NZ Quilter magazine is finishing up very soon.
      After 25 years of publishing, it will finish with issue 100, last copy due out in July 2017.
      - it will be sorely missed



      Wednesday, 24 May 2017

      'sew stitch snap SHARE' #4



      Hello again
      Thank you all for stopping by, reading and linking up to 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' 
      and it's great to meet some new-to-me quilters too.

      What have I been busy doing?
      Lots of sewing & lots of reverse sewing too!


      I had a little pile of big 18" 'broken dishes' blocks that I had made some time ago and a great floral that I really wanted to team up with them. Inspiration came from a few places - I've been following Ann from fretnotyourself progress with her sashing decisions for her 'coin' quilt, and I love Nettie Youngs 'stacked bricks' here and also a recent finish by Monica at Lakeview Stitching.

      But there's been a bit of a hiccup in the master plan - as I began to join my blocks up I discovered that I didn't like them at all. It was scrappy yes, but it looked way, way too busy, I hadn't planned my colours well, and really, it felt like this little 'vintage' quilt was just trying too hard.

      It's been a well spent few days figuring out just why this wasn't working for me.
      Still wanting a happy clash-y mix of vintage and new - so it's back to the drawing board for now


      It's time now for 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE'


      My pick from last time was this "Long Time Gone" quilt by Katy from lethargiclass
      So much yummy scrappy colour
      - pop on over to her blog to see lots more inspiration


      And what are you working on right now?
      Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here.
      Just follow these simple guidelines:

      1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, or simply let your photos do the talking.
      2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
      3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links - its fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.
        Thanks for joining us again, we can't wait to see what you have all been creating,
        Julie & Linda






        Friday, 19 May 2017

        different day different scraps



        The other day I pulled out a little pile of  'Broken Dishes' blocks that I had tucked away in a basket, they had been in there for simply ages. They are in unconventional colours, a bit scrappy, a bit different, and a bit quirky . . .  but I couldn't just throw them out.
        I spread them out on my table, wondering just what to do next with them. They happened to be right beside my latest new floral, Sharon Holland's 'bountiful perennial' fabric, and suddenly {insert happy dance} this old WiP had grabbed my fullest attention.




        Loving this different scrappy mix of vintage and new. And there's also something very pleasurable about working on a WiP that's been sitting around for ages. Linking up with Myra for 'finished or not Friday' over here.


        a bit more #59
        Inspiration
        Lately I've been following Jennifer Twitchett-Hyland from A Piece of Cloth in Australia.
        She puts 'daily quilt inspiration' pics up on her instagram feed
        - lots of wonderful old quilts, well worth having a peep.
        I also stumbled across another quilt while reading a post by Ann from fretnotyourself
        - Nettie Youngs 'stacked bricks' here I love it!



        Wednesday, 17 May 2017

        ebay on point {a finished quilt top}



        Well, last time I posted I had my quilt pieces all out on the family room floor. The way the colours are placed gives the impression that this quilt is pieced in vertical columns, but it is actually all joined diagonally. One quiet day this week, I moved my sewing machine into the family room too and started carefully joining up all the squares & HST's . . .




        . . .  one row at a time. I laid out the pieces along my long wide ruler and then lifted the ruler up off the floor to my sewing machine so I could join them.
        Once they were all stitched together, I attached all the rows of strips using safety pins onto the correct ends of my already larger completed piece. And then I moved the whole thing up to the machine again to sew it all into a quilt top.



        There is one quirky column, which I love.
        It's a mix of colour quite different to how the other rows are put together, just because.


        It's a simple layout with lots of scrappy surprises to explore. I've used a great eclectic mix of fabrics from my scrap baskets - Kaffes, spots, checks & stripes, AMH, lots of other little bits of Amy B., Jen Kingwell, Denyse Schmidt, outback wife, and some small scale reproduction fabrics. I do love a good scrap buster, don't you?


        Can you spot my 'rogue' column?




        Finished quilt top size 180cms x 145cms
        For earlier details pop back here
        All ready now for basting & quilting

        Linking up with Beth over at 'cooking up quilts' here for 'main crush Monday'
        with Lorna over at 'sew fresh quilts' here for this week's 'lets bee social'
        and with Kelly here at myquiltinfatuation for 'needle and thread Thursday'