Monday, 14 December 2009

Bargello Quilt

Frustration and patience was the name of the game while making this Quilt. It was a quilt as you go hence I drew up a grid and had to line everything up and check and double check before I started sewing.

Boris My Quick Unpick became my best friend during the Quilting experience. Although I can pick out several little errors myself I am going to make another one to try and perfect my mistakes.
Being a small quilt I can use it for a lap quilt if required but will use it on the head rest of my lounge room arm chair.

Onwards and upwards now and hopefully the second one will be even better.

Looking forward to the new year and another quilting adventure awaits me.
C'ya and thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Minka Star is Finished

Finally after a few months of just sitting and waiting to be completed My Minka Star Quilt is finally ready to be used. It was one of those things that got pushed to the back as all it needed doing was the final boarder being machine and then hand sown on.

My aim is to complete my Bargallo Quilt as you go Quilt before I start the next one in late January.

12 months along with my Quilting and 4 lovely quilts to show for it. Well the fourth will soon be completed and all I can say is "Why did I take so long to get into this lovely hobby".

Next year I am continuing going to my Quilting Group and our first project will be a Quilt made mainly from a Jelly Roll.

C'ya and thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Minka Star

The top of Minka Star is now complete and time for the backing, batting and quilting.

All the hard work awaits.

Thanks for looking

Friday, 24 July 2009

Craft Forum Day Out

After a cool start to the day if was off to Mrs Moos for a meet and greet day and a big thank you to all the wonderfully talented ladies who were there for making it a very memorable and enjoyable day. What would a Sewing Forum get together be if we didn't go and look in a near by quilting shop. The Patch Work Apple at Woodside was nearly bursting at the walls with the sudden influx of ladies. Then it was off to Melba's Chocolate factory before and enjoyable lunch was had at the Old Mill Market Lobethal. The remainder of the afternoon was spent back at Mrs Moos swapping ideas and looking at all the wonderful goodies everyone had made.

This is my little stash from today's outing. I haven't got any projects in mind but I did so love the fabrics I just had to have them.

The black fabric above I purchased in Adelaide during the week but when I found the other today I had to have it to add to the one day project.

C'ya for now and thanks for looking

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Minka Star is Taking shape

There is a major layout blunder on one of the log cabin blogs below and thankfully it was picked up before I sewed them all into place. One of the blocks bottom row second from the left was laid out the wrong way. Half a turn out in fact which would have really stood out in the final quilt. Hopefully I may have picked it up myself as I went to sew it up. Thanks Sue for having keen eyes for me.
The correct layout is now above.

What with work, family commitments and life in general my Quilt is slowly starting to resemble what I imagined it to look like. In the ideal world (boy I wished I lived in it) it wouldn't take this long to complete. Ah well back to the sewing machine and sew a bit and iron a bit then repeat the process till I have all the blocks sewn together.

I settled on the name of Minka Star for this Quilt. Thanks to a dear young lady
called Minka.

C'ya and thanks for stopping bye.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Star Struck

This quilt belongs to my quilting teacher and when I saw it I was rather star stuck and knew I wanted to make one very similar to it. Her mother calls it "A migraine Quilt"

I am going to carry the star theme out and use black & white star material for my borders and slashings. I will still try and find a bright multi colored material for the 3rd border.

Here's hoping that with my selection of material other people will be star struck by my quilt.
It is very different to what I have done in the past but as they say "A change is as good as a holiday".

Thanks for stopping by and Looking
C'ya next time

Friday, 26 June 2009

Log Cabin Blocks

One down of the Log Cabin Blocks and 14 more to go. I added an extra 3 of each colors and now have to hunt around for my border colors ect.

C'ya and thanks for looking

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Log Cabin Material

With not much time on my hands to go out and really look for material for my next quilt I hit one Quilting Shop today and felt pleased with my purchases. My next quilt will be a Log Cabin Design and I intended having bright yellows and red's. What I had in my mind I couldn't find in the shop, maybe in only exists in my mind.
The Blue will be a border and the Black & White Stars for the center triangle/squares.

C'ya and thanks for coming by.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

My Bits'n'pieces storage.

After carrying my sewing bits and pieces around in a biscuit tin for several weeks at my quilting group I thought there must be a better option. While walking around our local Bunnings (Hardware store) I found a storage case which I thought would be suitable.

The orange partitions in the case can be removed to hold longer/bigger items. It makes life simpler to have them all stored neatly in front of me for quick access and be able to find items at a quick glance. Great to pick up and take with me to quilting too. So far so good and as I use something I put it back in the case. For once I am organized.

I have slowly over the last 2 terms built up a collection of Rulers. Like all hobbies and interest it takes time and money to build up all our requirements. But I am getting there.

C'ya and thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Rose Lap Quilt Completed

At last I have completed my Rose Lap Quilt. With still lots of cold nights ahead of us I am sure I will put this quilt to good use.

For my next quilting project I have picked a log cabin design. Another challenge awaits me as I venture into another learning phase of my life. As the saying goes "You are never too old to learn something new".

C'ya and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Inside Dog Coats

With the cold weather hitting us with gusto I decided that Missie (Silky Terrier) above and Ruby (Caviler King Charles Spaniel) below needed some warmth when we were not at home or during the night when we are tucked up snugly under our quilt.
With wet and wild weather yesterday I didn't get to the material shop but I bought a cheap Polar Fleece blanket and cut it up.

Hopefully they will appreciate them.
C'ya and thanks

Friday, 12 June 2009

Still Quilting

The Border Around my quilt I quilted at 45 degrees. Hopefully by doing this I have also camouflaged the joins in my boarder.

Each of the Triangles in the Pin wheels I am quilting.

The Back of my quilt showing one of the triangles.

Back view of the boarder quilting.
Still got several hours of quilting to go but it will get there hopefully by this coming weeks lesson.
My shoulders were aching from the quilting so it is now a slower progress than what I would have liked.

C'ya and thanks for looking

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Mitred Corners

The Quilt that we are currently working on has mitred corners. Something new to add to my brow as I have never done them before.

We are also putting our own Bias Binding around the quilt and as I only had a small amount of fabric left and I didn't want to purchase anymore I have several joins in mine.

Hopefully after this week it will almost be completed and then onto the next task. Not sure if another quilt or if it will be a large carry all to hold all our sewing quilting gear in it. Rulers, cutting boards ect.


Thursday, 28 May 2009

Dogs High Visability Jackets

Missie and Ruby were both very reluctant little Models but once they are finished they will wear them proudly when away.

As we do a lot of caravanning and camping away from power & lights it is sometimes very hard to see our 2 little Dogs in a torchlight. Not that they wonder off too far.

Reflective strips & bone shapes and Fluro Orange Jacket was my solution to helping me find them in the dark.

Bring on the next camping weekend so we can try them out.
Shhhh I haven't told one sister in law yet but there is one in the making for her Sasha.
Lets hope they do the job that they are intended for.


Friday, 15 May 2009

Quilt No 2 Top

At the Half way point of sewing up Quilt no 2 top.

Quilt No 2 Top all but completed. All to be done now is the tidy up the edges and square the quilt off.

This quilt I feel more confident and am making great progress.


Monday, 11 May 2009

My Colors for Quilt 2

These are the colors I finally picked on for my second quilt.

Pin wheel blokes are done in Greens and white.


Thursday, 7 May 2009

Quilt No 2 is Started

Pinwheel Blocks are made out of 4inch squares.

We sewed a 1/4" in from our pencil lines.

Then cut along the pencil lines.

Hey presto I now have 64 x 3 1/2' squares.
Off to my second class and hopefully more to report soon.

Cya for

Friday, 1 May 2009

Cold & wet now for the knitting.

With the cold and wet weather here it is time to dig out last years knitting that I started. Hopefully it will be easy to pick up from where I left off.
Closer up of the cable pattern.

The Back of my Jumper/tunic I knitted last year.


Thursday, 30 April 2009

All Done

Finally My Quilt is all done...............Yeah. It took a bit longer than I had wanted to but hey I have learnt several things along the way by my mistakes. Hopefully now I won't repeat any of them in the future.

The underside of the quilt with some slight puckering that I am prepared to live with. What is done is done and I am not going to spend another number of weeks unpicking it.

Ted and Yasmin are quite content sitting under the quilt.


Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Walking Foot

Today I bit the bullet and purchased my walking foot.

Now to work out which bit goes where.

Oh well here goes I am off to finish of the quilting on my quilt.
Wish me luck.


Sunday, 26 April 2009

Not Much is Happening

Not much has happened in the past couple of weeks due to a few things.
  • Been away with family and friends and a great time had.
  • Spend most of the time when home unpicking a few problems that I created for myself. Mainly due to the fact that I didn't have a Walking Foot for my sewing machine and I rushed in blindly and ploughed on ahead. Whoops big mistake when I looked at the underside of the quilt and lots of puckering. So nearly 3 weeks of unpicking and I am now content to live with the slight puckering I have left.

This week it will be off to the Sewing Machine shop to purchase the walking foot and then progress on with the quilt.

Classes start again Thursday evening and I will be starting on my second Quilt and finish this first one in my own time with help and assistance if needed.

Oh Yeah the one thing I have learnt from this is to have the right equipment for the right job as the unpicking isn't the most enjoyable part of the project.

C'ya for now

Friday, 3 April 2009

Quilting of the Quilt

After having laid out and stretched into place it was time to flatten and smooth out the quilt, batting and backing.
Then it was all pinned into place ready for sewing and what a tedious job. I am now on the look out for a Quilters All Tool which I found a great help with closing the pins.

All rolled and ready to start sewing.

The back side of the quilt.

In the process of quilting and I am using a method called Ditch quilting which is sewn along the existing stitch line.