Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's been a while

I've sewn a bit more of my Honeycomb. The length is where I want it but the sides need , I think, 2 more on each side. The hand piecing was supplemented by the sewing machine in the end. I can sit for hours and applique but stitching along a line - boring.


So with that said I've been back to the centre block of my Maltaville quilt and have sewn it all except for the berries and I've also stitched 2 of the smaller blocks so it's back under the heading of WIP and not a UFO.

I've been asked to look under the bottom of my plant pot and find the name of my friend. You see, she gave me this one, mine is flowering again and hers unfortunately is not.
Sorry,Bev I didn't find your name there.


Thursday, October 20, 2011


The Honeycomb blocks are growing. It looks old in the browns and creams.
One more round of cream and then square off the corners with a few more
and I'll be finished.

In my Mary Mannakee quilt there is a fabric looking 'pink' but it is red flowers on a white background. I didn't even add the yellow fabric as I wanted a red, green and white quilt. I was going to change it for an upright photo of the quilt but it still looks 'pink' a colour rarely used by me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Header

I couldn't wait for the end of the month to change my header. Home Sweet Home is a lovely quilt but it looked rather lifeless in the header space.
I made the Mary Mannakee quilt in class over  3 1/2years doing 1 block per month.
I cut the blocks larger and stitched it together with French seams so it is a Summer Throw instead of a quilt. This was my first needleturn and when I got to the end, I went back and restitched the 1st block. It was really bad. I've loved needleturn stitching ever since.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Today we went to Montsalvat to visit my daughter. She and Susan Buret are artists in residence for the month of October. This place was started in1937 and has wonderful old buildings, some of which are being restored. I have some photos I took today but see more of the place click here .

One of the houses.

The Stables where there is a guitar maker in residence.

Inside the stables.

The Great Hall there are 3 floors inside with the narrowest of stairs and wonderful woodwork. The doors on all the buildings are large and solid wood.

There are numerous peacocks around the grounds and they are tame enough that when you walk close to them they don't fly off. This was the largest tail of all.

This the family going up to inspect my daughters accommodation. My other son thought 'Rapunsal' was an apt name while she stayed there.

but the neighbours place looked better!

To see my daughters work here

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's finished

I trimmed all the blocks and they went together easily. When it's quilted and bound I get a proper photo of it taken with no sunshine coming through the trees and somewhere high enough to hang it straight.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Four Corners

Here is a photo of the four corner blocks to finish the borders of my Homage to Mary Brown quilt. I went all out with my fabric choices for the birds and thoroughly enjoyed sewing them.

Now to trim, join all the blocks together and attach to the centre.