Sunday, 25 January 2015

Gypsy Wife {Progress}

Because I put Gypsy Wife on my 1st quarter FAL list, I  thought I better stop procrastinating and tackle section 6. There are lots of blocks in this section and lots of concentrating to get the engineering right! One block I had made didn't seem to be the right size so I pinched one from my 'extras' pile.

This is about 2/3rds of the quilt in my estimation, so I think I'm over the hump! 

I decided I needed some sort of 'design wall' for working on Gypsy Wife that wasn't the floor - there are so many parts to line up correctly and I didn't want to have to keep packing it all away. I finally stapled some batting up behind the laundry door. It's not perfect, but it does the job!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Quilt Symposium Manawatu

I've never been to Quilt Symposium so I wasn't sure what to expect when I got up at 5.30am to fly to Palmerston North on Saturday morning. I have to confess to an interior monologue that run along the lines of 'it better be worth it' in grumbling tones - I'm definitely not a morning person. However, it turned out to be a fun day and definitely worth it. Firstly, I felt really young there and that's always a good thing once you reach a certain age :-). I got to the exhibition where there were some stunning quilts on display, and I took a class and learnt a new technique. It was very well organised and everyone was very friendly so it earns a big thumbs up from me!

Some exhibition highlights (marred by very average phone photographs):
Lest we Forget by Fay McGregor of Wellington. Wool blanket and 100 poppies to commemorate WW1.

Off the Floor #1 by Gael O'Donnell of Carterton

Keeping up with the Joneses by Anne Read of Wellington - a nod to the influence of social media on her fabric purchasing habits!

Strata class:
I did a class called 'Strata' with Brenda Gael Smith. This was a lot of fun. I learnt to cut curves freehand and a pinless method of sewing curved pieces together. Woo hoo. I can't wait to finish making these blocks and start playing with the layout.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

2015 Finish-along Q1 list

Like many quilters out there I'm great at starting projects but a little underwhelming when it comes to finishing. In the interests of improving my performance in this area I'm joining the 2015 Finish-along hosted this year by Adrianne from On the Windy Side. I'm going to keep my goals modest to improve my chances of success!

1. Finish piecing Gypsy Wife

This is my main goal because it takes me so darn long to put even the smallest part  together!

2. Adrianne's Stars

The backing fabric for this turned up today in the post. My aim is to get this layered up and then begin hand quilting it. I will need the weather to turn cooler before too much hand quilting takes place but I don't want to jinx the gorgeous summer we are having.

I'm tempted to add more to the list but realistically if I get both these done in the busy months ahead I will be over the moon (and you can be sure that I will start more projects that are not even on any list yet!)

Friday, 2 January 2015

Welcome 2015

Happy New Year quilty friends! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with friends, family, and possibly your sewing machine :-)

I have spent some quality time with  my sewing machine in between lots of eating (seasonal hazard). Some of us from Monday Modern are going to work through the Moda Building blocks this year. I doubt whether I will do them all, but we agreed to start with number 1 which I really like.

I also finished making stars so that I could put this little quilt top together. Because I used Adrianne's tutorial for the star block, I have dubbed this quilt Adrianne Stars. 

Hope you are finding time to do what you enjoy too!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all! Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas projects

Recently our Monday Modern group celebrated the festive season by exchanging gifts made in secret. We did it lucky dip style so no-one knew where things would end up.

I got a lovely Liberty pincushion, thanks Linda :-)

For my contribution I used Svetlana's pattern to make a zippy pouch - because you can't really have too many zippy pouches in my opinion. Especially if said zippy pouch has cats on it :-)

This weekend I decided (out of the blue) that I was going to make a Christmas cushion. I think it was the super cute Aneela Hoey fabric that wouldn't let me ignore it any longer.

Ok Christmas - I'm ready for you now!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tote bag

I do love a good tote bag. Its seems I carry a lot of stuff around, particularly books and papers, so for me, a good tote bag needs to be sturdy and have handles that are a comfortable length. I have been wanting to try Adrianne's tutorial for a while now, and finally got around to it this weekend.

I used some of my very favourite fabric for this bag (Lizzie House Catnap) and the Soft and Stable that Adrianne recommended (from Stitchbird for any curious kiwis). 

I also found some great fabric for the lining which I had tucked away in my stash. I love it when I can shop from my stash - I think it is a Denyse Schmidt fabric that I got from Spotlight.