Sunday, July 24, 2011

A New Top

The last week of July is almost here so it is time to change my header.  It is called the Ann Daggs quilt and the pattern for it is by Di Hall. There is a surprisingly large amount of applique in the borders of a quilt that is not large. It is 62" square.
I have started sewing the leaves on the border strips of my Auntie Green quilt and got quite a few done while I watched the Tour de France last night. Well Done! to the 1st Aussie to win the race, Cadel Evans.
Yesterday the sun came out and I managed to finish pruning the roses but today it is wet and miserable again, such a good reason to sit under a quilt and spend the day sewing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's been a while but.......

I have been busy sewing and not much to show til now. I have been sewing the  applique on the side borders and finally finished them. The next job was to get the pattern drawn for the top and bottom borders. This done I sat it out on the table and started yesterday to pick fabrics and get them cut. So this is where I am with Auntie Green.

To have a break from the applique I decided to start a quilt for Grace. Here is a photo of the first 6 blocks. I have the backgrounds cut to size and the pattern pieces traced on to 'heat n bond' so far. I will machine buttonhole - stitch the lot after I have picked the fabrics and cut them out . The pattern is by The Chook Shed and is called Everyday Angels.

I have been part of a Swap with an online Primitive sewing group. The task was to make and send a Needleroll to another. Yesterday I received my Needleroll from Imi in the Netherlands. It is made of felted wool and all hand sewn. This is a picture of the front.

and this is a picture of the inside. Isn't it wonderful.

Unfortunately I can't show you what I sent to Alice, as I posted it without taking a photo.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Quilt-In Day

Today the Guild had a Quilt-In. There was about 150 ladies sewing and talking and sewing and having morning tea with homemade cakes and biscuits. The Passionfruit Sponge was especially good.  The Day started at 10.00am and finished at 3.30pm. There were constant door prizes, quilts to view, a silent auction and Di Ford/Hall gave a talk and showed us her beautiful quilts. There was even vendors stalls if we wished to spend.
I am still sewing the borders for the Aunty Green's quilt so no new sewing to show.
I do have a couple of photos of my new Grand daughter I would like to share with you. DS and DIL got some taken professionally and there are 3 at this
Grace  link under Sneak Peek. One on the scales and two in Daddy's hands.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A bit of sewing and a bit of shopping

I have done a little sewing. The first photo is the block I have been working on for the Mary Brown quilt, the second photo I did a while ago and forgot to show. They are all quite different. I didn't notice it so much when I looked at the whole quilt but as I do each block the variety is wonderful.

I could not go to Threadbear in Castlemaine and not do a little shopping. They had quite a lot of Quiltmania books in the shop for us all being there for the Applique Society meeting. Carol, of Quiltmania had brought the quilt on the front of the book for Show & Tell and it is beautiful. I have seen quite a lot of Yoko Saito quilts and bags online, in the many different colours of   'taupe' fabrics and I have always liked them . Not only was I drawn to this book by the quilt on the front but also by the bag patterns inside. Anyone that has been in my sewing room knows how much I like to make bags.

and then I bought a few fabrics. I have also included the Chintz border fabric I bought from Petra Prins so that you can see it better.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A weekend to remember

My friend,Ros and I went off to Castlemaine,Victoria for a weekend break and to attend the Applique Society's special meeting. Corliss and Megan from the Threadbear quilt shop run the meetings every 3months but this was an extra this year for us to meet overseas guests.
My first photo is Petra Prins and her friend Nel of Den Haan & Wagenmakers in Holland and here they are showing some of their Chintz fabric. They gave a talk about the shops and their fabrics and I ended up being lucky enough to buy this piece of fabric before they left.

We also met Joe and Mary Koval and saw some of their antique quilts and fabrics that they had brought with them. This quilt with it's Broderie Perse was all needleturn. Absolutely beautiful.
This photo was taken last Tuesday night when I had been invited to Linda's to meet and preview Mary's antique quilts and fabrics.
This was a wonderful night and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.                         


This is a photo I took inside the Town Hall where we had the meeting and two more of our special guests you can see with their red tops on were Carol,owner and editor of the magazine Quiltmania and her photographer, Guy. They went round every table looking at what everyone was stitching and taking photos. There was over 200 of us.

I would like to thank Corliss, Megan and Di Ford for such a wonderful day.
On Sunday, Ros and I went to Malden, a small country town not far from Castlemaine and they had a Food and Wine market on, in the Main St. We also visited the patchwork shop there.  Then it was back into the car and home.