Saturday, June 6, 2015

Let's get a sewing update!

This year, I have been doing some slow sewing in the evening, machine time seems to be a bit elusive at the moment, so I have been focussed on my Mrs Billings, inspired by my mother who has just finished hers!

Adding this hexie border really spurred me on to get the double diamond finished, it had been laying in bits for twelve months.

The diamond borders aren't attached yet, but that will happen in due course, I always thought I would finish with this border, because that final border with all the hexagons scare the heck out of me, but some how little squares and triangles have been cut out :)

And just as a break from all that pink, I busted out some other Denyse Schmidt fabrics and played around with churn dash block. Not sure what this will end up as!!

But I am loving that electric red!

....and in case you were wondering, I did get the French General Wife quilt finished and gifted, and it also had a little trip to Alice Springs last October for an exhibition. I kept the quilting fairly simple, with stippling around the centre, and straight line quilting for the rest of the quilt.

Happy quilting :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tripping along

Life is speeding along over here at FunFabricQuilts....the faster life gets....the slower the sewing gets...I am currently participating in a sew along with Bridgette Giblin on Facebook...making a Trip Around the World by hand.

The challenge started in May/June...I was behind from the start of course...

The challenge included using a red dot fabric....2 " squares....and eyeballing the seam line...

It's quite soothing to slow down and doesn't matter if only a few squares get sewn on...

.....because it slowly gets bigger.....

My sewing room, and bed of my sewing machine is covered in STUFF, it's a layering kind of effect...

This is what happens when you don't work on a project at a time!

But this is going to be changed soon, because today I entered the French General's Wife into the Alice Springs it needs to be quilted, bound, and packed up ready to go by mid October...OMG a deadline....don't panic :0

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

French General's Wife

This year in June, my mother had a significant know the ones that end with a zero...
and I decided that it was time to finish the French General's Wife that had been started three years ago....this being the year of the finish and all.

Well, I spent February and March appliquéing the scallop border down......I am such a slow hand sewer...

Then in April, I went to get out what were supposed to be eight completed pieced checkerboards, only to find I had done 5 out the 8 required...the tricks the mind in April the checkerboards were sewn together....lots of sewing....

...and more sewing, and finally finished piecing the whole quilt top together...I still love that French General range - Rural pretty :) I made this from a Jelly Roll, and other French General pieces I had, as well as black and bones I had in the stash. It has ended up fairly close to the pattern, with the exception of the hearts I appliquéd instead of circles...pretty happy with how they turned out.

By this time it was the beginning of May and I  realised, that with a month left to quilt the top in, working 4 days a week and going away for one of those weekends. I wasn't going to get the quilting I decided to give Mum the quilt top for Mother's Day....and I would quilt it and enter the completed item in Territory Quilts 2014 in October, which is being held in Alice Springs this year. Everyone was happy with this....especially me!!

But guess what I had also done three years ago....I had cut out enough strips to make another one in completely different colours...maybe I could call this the French General's Mistress!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Making Time...

The elusive quest....making time....for family...for fun...for work...for quilting...for blogging...a little bit of everything makes the world go around....finding the balance is hard. I have no silver bullet for that one!

So at the moment I have a lot of time for family and work, and a little bit of time for fun and quilting, and not so much for blogging! But here I am, irregular but present :)

This year I set some quilty goals:

Goal1. Cut back back on fabric purchases...I will give myself 6/10 for this...I went to Adelaide and visited Hettie's Patch...don't judge me...but those beautiful french linens, they had about 20 of them so I was VERY restrained only buying four, and a couple of Kaffe's might have jumped into my basket...

Goal 2. Try to finish more quilts...have kicked a couple of goals will give myself 8/10... this quilt....I machined the binding on the front, Mum hand stitched the binding down for me...Thank you Mum :) It just needs a label and then it can go to it's new home...

And the back was pieced from scraps and Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan yardage that I bought the first time it was in shops!!

and I got these two quilts quilted...yet to be bound!

AND I got a top finished too....but I will blog about that separately!

Goal 3. No new projects..score of 0/10...but after finishing the quilts above...I had to break out....did I also mention I had a goal of no more pink quilts for a while...but it is my colour 0/10 for the pink goal....but aren't those flying geese gorgeous!

4. I also had a goal of one project at a time....that worked for about two another 0/10.

But really as I said at the beginning of the post....a little bit of everything makes the world go around...

A sense of progress :)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sew what's happening?

Sew what's been happening in my life? Some things quilty….and some things life….Loads of things….I have been to Singapore to see Eric Clapton perform live….hubby is a big fan. It is a four hour flight to Singapore from Darwin. It takes that long to fly to Sydney!

The Mer-lion with a view of Marina Bay Sands…the platform at the top of the hotel (56 floors) is party central, with cool cocktail bars and an infinity edge pool, we went for a sticky beak, but I think we may have been the oldest people there!!

We wandered around Little India and came across this fantastic house, I think it used to belong to a rich business man…but check out those colours.

We had a great time in Singapore…food was fantastic…happy to go back just to enjoy all those fantastic restaurants.

I made myself a promise this year to try and get quilts finished! So I plugged away at getting this quilt quilted….

I used my favourite King Tut variegated thread, No. 914, it goes from fushia pink to orange to a candy pink…very pretty...

It's already left the house…by coincidence I had it finished for the baby's christening…the quilt was already 4 months overdue….so it worked out really well!!

My quilt group had a "Quilt-in-a-nightie" night….a twelve hour sewing marathon, from 12pm to 12 am, it was a hoot, at 6 pm we all got changed into our "nighties", had a glass of champers and dinner.

I  had sewn all but seven of the blocks for this quilt last May, but hadn't progressed it since then, but with a twelve hour uninterrupted sewing stint, I got it done...All Amy Butler fabrics…. It is a big quilt 85"x85", I have already pieced the back and sent it to the quilters….yipee...

Last but not least, I watched a baby being born, my sister had a baby girl, and I had the privilege of being present at the birth….welcome to Stevie….

Phew….what a busy couple of months it has been…and now it is almost May….yikes :)

Friday, February 7, 2014

OMG, is that a Quilt?

In January, my family went on holidays to Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne….great time was had by all. We found Paella in the South Melbourne Markets…

Loads of Cockatoos feeding on the deck of the house we rented….

My 13 year old daughter announcing she is officially taller than me, and I am 5' 7" (172cm)…

We also went swimming with seals at Sorrento, but sorry you can't see a picture of me in a full body wet suit!

I did some hand piecing on my Mrs Billings….yes still plugging away…

But what I know you will be really interested in, is this quilt I found on the floor of a "Antique" shop in Dromana…I was wandering around the store, touching things, as you do in these places…first, a grey bundle of cloth on the floor caught my eye, moving closer it was easy to see the bundle was quilted, once unfolded this wonderful design and colour emerged.

But gosh the quilt is in bad shape, it has a burn mark, the dye has run, it was faded unevenly in parts, the fabric has started to deteriorate, but all I could think about was the lady that sat night after night quilting this quilt.

So for a grand sum of $10 I got to provide this poor old thing with a home, with some muttering from my husband….something about "it was like going to the RSPCA and coming home with the oldest dog" :)

More Details:  Of course there is no label….80" x 75", the back is a grey blue chambray…the outside border is a cotton sateen, and the rest of the fabrics are regular cotton, with the exception of the black squares which are a drill, and the wadding appears to be wool.

I have so many questions about the quilt. How old is it? Where did it come from? Is it made in Australia? If not how did it get here? What is the name of the pattern? On the last question, I found a photo of another antique quilt made from the very same pattern at littlewelshquilts , and it is identified as Amish, so is this an Amish pattern?

I guess it is unlikely answers will be found for these questions….but for $10 I have an antique quilt that will inspire me for ages!