Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More from Castlemaine

Today we start with my three blocks of Yoko Saito's Mystery BOM in Quiltmania.

This is called "Chickadee"  

This is Barbara's Wedding Sampler

Marie"s Baskets , in such a wonderful green.

Rosalie's Jane Austen

and this is Irene Blanck's Aunty Green's quilt.

What a lot of beautiful quilts and there were plenty more that were just as stunning.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Saturday at Castlemaine

Saturday was our visit to Castlemaine for the Applique Society. It was rather special because we had Carole, and her photographer here from France. Carole is the editor of the Quiltmania magazine. There was a large Show n Tell this month and here are a few of the quilts.

I'm a lover of greens and this quilt by Annette Blake was beautiful.
Annette was also our speaker for the day.

Sue-Ann's Dancing Dollies

This old quilt belongs to Kurt, Corliss's husband. It was made by his Great Aunt

I'm sorry I don't have a note of who's this is but it is wonderful.Please let me know and I'll add their name.

This was made by Sandra Boyle. I loved the blue background.

Decadence by Margaret McDonald, Chocolate and Purple

Frost on the Ferns by Bev Bannard

                                                       and her King George111 quilt

I have filled my photo quota on Blogger for today.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


The corners are finished! not without a bit of unpicking etc. I cut the triangles a bit bigger for the applique and then trimmed and attached the narrow sashing . Well I remembered to trim 3 of them, so when I came to sewing them together No4 wouldn't fit. A few mutterings and re-doing and then they went  together to make the corner blocks so I then sewed them on. After pressing the seams and pinning it back up on my wall I stood back to see how it all looked and  I couldn't believe I had sewn 2 of the corners upside down.
 Next was the embroidery of date and initials before the three sections were sewn together. I'm really pleased with how it looks.

The next pattern parcel for the BOM arrived Friday with the post so I am up to date.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


When I go to Quilt Shows I tend to buy Patterns. They come home and sit on my sewing table for a few days, then they get moved to a shelf, then into one of those cardboard holders for magazines where I tend to put 'new' patterns whither cut from magazines, printed from the computer or bought.
I decided to see what was in there today, remind myself of what had taken my fancy a few months ago, discard or keep? I found a Bag pattern, one to be made for the weekend retreat I'm going to in August. Time to get it made and that's what I did today.

It a little bit hard to see what is what, with the cheater cloth I used ,but each side folds and is held by a button and when they are unfastened, this is what it is for.

When closed it carries my iron and when open it's an ironing pad. The silver cloth for the inside was included with the pattern. The other patterns went back into the holder for another day.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Home Sewing

Over the weekend I've been sewing my 4" blocks for the Sundial quilt together,deciding what fabric to use in the corner squares and cutting out the sashing which surrounds this centre section and runs through the corner squares.
The other half of the corner squares has applique, still to be sewn so I haven't got them pinned up. I also need to decide about the style of initials and date for the 2 empty blocks in the middle, before I sew the top and bottom section to the middle.

I also need to decide where to pin up the outer blocks as I have clearly run out of space on my display wall.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A week at home

I've been home all week with a head cold, sore throat etc. being very lazy with an afternoon snooze. Here is Block 2 of Yoko Saito's Mystery BOM. I had  almost finished it last weekend so this week I worked on Block 3. Now I need to wait for the next issue of Quiltmania, not due until July, to continue. 

oops! I've haven't put the flowers on the second tree.

A little lady in the family turned 1 yesterday, Grace Amelia. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. Below is a photo of what we gave our Grand daughter. I made a mattress, pillow and quilt for it. Seemingly she has spent the morning trying to climb into it. It should be pretty sturdy,it's all wood and made by a Swedish company, Moover.