Monday, May 26, 2014

'Second time around' quilt

I've finished my 60's remake quilt with it's big quilting using a lovely dark navy stripe for the binding. After a quick wash in the washing machine and overnight blocking on the floor it's finished.

Here are some close-ups of the 60's fabrics in the blocks. See that little stitched birdie in the middle of the orange block, that was stitched by one of my clever daughters. All three of my girls have spent time doing volunteer work in various countries. Whilst in Uganda Sarah was a little bored in the evenings so she grabbed a needle and some thread and stitched some little pictures. I decided to use this one here as the colours matched perfectly.
Without any lessons Sarah has also stitched a little tree that she wants to enlarge and applique as a bed quilt.
My eldest daughter is an art teacher in Darwin and is about to hold her first exhibition called 'You, Me, Interweave'
Friday, May 30 to June 14th at DVVA.
Here is a picture she painted for me for Mothers Day.
I mustn't leave out my third daughter also very artistic, she made some beautiful quilts when she was younger and now beautifully decorates her travel journals with artworks.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Catching up with Jane!

I can't remember when I started my Dear Jane Quilt. It must be more than 10 years ago, maybe up to 15. I have been thinking about what WIP I could  finish in time for the Toowoomba Quilt Show in September.  I got all the blocks out and took ages laying them out in the same order as they are in Jane's quilt so I could work out which ones I haven't made. As you can see I have added four triangles to the edges to tip the blocks on point. When they are all made I will mix them around before sewing them together. All this because I decided I didn't want to reproduce the original quilt because there are so many around now.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Cut Work Quilt

A lovely friend of mine has been designing and making quilts using the Cut Work Method. She has a lot of beautiful patterns and I am hoping to bring her to Adelaide later in the year to teach her method of sewing multiple layers of fabric together, then cutting away the layers to reveal the fabrics underneath. Adelaide girls let me know if you would be interested in this class!
'Vase of Flowers' by Janet Beard