Sunday, June 24, 2012

Some shopping and decorating

DH and I have been travelling to surrounding towns on our days off and doing some exploring. On a recent trip to the town of Esk I picked up some lovely things.... an old perfume spray bottle that sits nicely on my bedside table and a soft and pretty companion cushion to go with the one Elaine made for me when I moved.

There are five windows in our main living area and the blue curtains that were behind my couch were irking me every time I looked at them so I decided to hang a quilt over the window. I think this is much more pleasant to look at don't you?

Beautifully Quilted by Elaine from Quilting in the Vines!
And finally, in the finishing off mode that I am in, this block I designed a few years ago when teaching a needleturn class made a lovely cushion for my armchair.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

'Block To Block' BOM by Sue Daly

Finally the fabrics have arrived for a new Block of the Month by Sue Daly. I picked the latest range by Blackbird for Moda as the basis for the blocks. The range is called 'Meadow' and according to the designers the colours reflect the “earth, sky, wildflowers, and grass.”
The extra fabrics needed have been selected to compliment the fabrics in the range.

 Unfortunately I was only able to purchase enough fabric for 8 participants so if you have already signed up for this it won't be long before it will be heading your way!

My first two blocks
Block to Block Fabric Club

Product information from Sue Daly:  
Block to Block Fabric Club

Runs for 9 months
$40 for Month 1
$25 per Month for months 2-9
+ Postage & Handling

The new Dual Purpose templates are for cutting your fabric. You then have the choice to Hand Piece, Machine Piece or if you prefer you can English Paper Piece. Pre-cut papers are available for each shape with the exception of the Large Triangle in which case you will need to cut the 4" squares in half diagonally.

Monday, June 18, 2012

'Trick or Treat' Basket quilt

'Trick or Treat' is a little hand appliqued basket quilt in Barb Adams and Alma Allen's book 'When the Cold Wind Blows'. I started stitching my baskets a few years ago but haven't looked at them for a while. A visit from my friend Sheridan prompted me to pull them out again. Sheridan has finished piecing her top and is in the process of hand quilting it.  As well as hand appliqueing the baskets and leaves, Sheridan decided to hand piece the squares together as well. It's absolutely gorgeous.

Sheridan with her finished top
 I laid my squares out and counted them.... still a lot of baskets to do.

Do you like my idea for a large basket in the centre or should I stick to just the little baskets?

 I have a large stash of cheddar fabrics now, plenty of choice for zinger fabrics in future scrappy quilts. I think I might have too many handpiecing projects on the go at the moment..... must make sure I don't start any more until a few are finished!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Heading to the Gold Coast

It has turned bitterly cold here in the last couple of weeks but we are heading to the Gold coast for the weekend and I am hoping its a bit warmer there. I am taking my applique with me. I have attatched the striped border with mitred coners around the centre applique and marked in the scallops. Now I need to applique them. Then there needs to be about 6 more birds placed in the gaps.
I probably won't get anything done but I always take some handstitching with me just in case!