Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vietnam Memento

A few years ago my sister and brother in law lived in Vietnam for six months while he taught English. I went over for a holiday at the end of the contract and after a few days in Hanoi we went on the overnight train up to the mountain town of Sapa. As my sister was recovering from surgery on her leg and my brother in law from a severe bout of food poisoning, I wandered around town a lot on my own and spent most afternoons with the Hmong village women. These women would walk up to twelve kms a day to come to town to sell their needlework to the tourists. It was amazing to sit with them and watch them stitching-each design is one families traditional work. My sister used to say 'Are you off to see your friends?' and that is what it felt like.
Like a good tourist I managed to part with my money and purchase some of their items which have sat in a bag for a long time now so I thought it was time to do something with them.
These stitcheries are about to become a wallhanging-
They are stitched on hand dyed indigo fabric and are very intricately stitched. They would not stand up to a lot of washing so hence a wall hanging. I bought fabrics that I thought would suit-
and with this design-by Mary Metcalf and featured in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.
BUT NO-it didn't grab me once I started.
So now I have bordered all the stitcheries-with a Moda Cotton called Weave which is an exact match to the colour of the stitching Don't know why the solid has that pattern all over it in Blogger-in the camera it is solid!!
and am using the idea of Jacquie Gering called Variable framing featured in this book-
I am just having one frame around the stitcheries and using navy blue for the negative space.
One block is done and liking it so far-

Suggestions and Comments Welcome
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bound and Washed.

Oliver's quilt is now bound and washed and ready to be posted once his mum and dad get back from a holiday.
Not very good photography sorry but didn't notice that till now!!
And for a closer look at the quilting and a glimpse at the backing fabric-

I'm really pleased with how it all came together.
Have made these pretty Bowtie blocks today for one of the members of an online group I am part of-
So what next?? 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Next the Binding

This is where Maisie thinks her new sleeping place is. Whenever I have a quilt loaded on the longarm she is there-I have the machine set up in my garage which has internal access to the house and the door is always open. Luckily I do not quilt for others or the set up would have to change.

So here is the quilt ready for binding.
 
 I stitched in the ditch around the triangles and echoed this in the white triangles and then in the negative space, apart from Oliver's name I did double wavy organic lines. Enough that it will still cuddly when it is washed.
 
 This was a pattern in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Fons and Porters Quilty magazine and is by Christina Cameli who blogs at afewscraps.blogspot.com and she also has a Craftsy class on machine quilting.
Here is the photo from the magazine and you can see they look quite different just by changing the colours and the quilting..
I am pleased with how mine turned out and really like the lettering even though it is not perfect. I am sure when he gets it Oliver will not mind, and nor will his mum. This is a surprise quilt and will be posted off to a friend who lives in Australia.





Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

WELCOME 2015

Belated Happy New Year to you all.
Here in New Zealand it is the day after New Year's day and a holiday day. I worked a 12 hour shift on New Year's Eve as well as on New Year's day and boy were they busy shifts, so there was no after work celebration-it was dinner and bed once I got home.
Today was a day off and a glorious summer day that saw me on the golf course this afternoon.
This was one of the views I had-a Pohutukawa tree-known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree in glorious flower still. And then this little one was sitting on a little bridge that goes over a pond on the course-
It is a New Zealand Kingfisher bird and has bright orange under his wings. How beautiful is he!

So here is my last quilting finish for 2014- a quick strippie quilt pattern from maryquilts.com. I have made this pattern before and it is a great pattern if you need a quick quilt made. This one I made 'just because'  and it is now in the pile of awaiting a home-

Oops this has loaded upside down but you get the idea.
Closer look at the quilting=stipple in the novelty fabric, wave in the red and l's and e's in the blue.

So what is ahead for 2015-
I am not a list maker and certainly not when it comes to making quilts. I would rather respond to where inspiration takes me and boy there is so much of it in blogland. Saying that my aim for 2015 is to deplete my stash, even if by a little, and I have already started with these string blocks-
and to blog more, as well as comment more on others blogs. We all love comments and I have a long list of blogs I peruse frequently but do not take enough time to comment so I aim to remedy that.
Who knows where life will take me this year but it would be nice to lower my golf handicap, take an overseas holiday (further than Australia this year) and on the job front-that is watch this space-it may remain the same but there may be new doors opening.
So I hope to see you around in this coming year. Wishing you all health and happiness and lots of quilting fun in 2015.



 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
However you are celebrating I hope it involves time with family and friends and that you laugh together, play together and cherish those around you.

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Returning Yet Again

 
 
 
I need to schedule a day in the week that I post as one week morphs into the next and then it continues with nothing written.
I am not that productive in my sewing room but considering my stash I should be pumping out the projects. Instead I have been working more hours (in my paid job as a midwife), working outside in the garden and painting the fences, and holidaying to Brisbane where I have family.
 
So what do I have to show-
 
Here is the finished Scattered Pinwheels quilt that is yet to find a home but will probably be donated to a charity. Don't look too closely as the design is not uniform-made it up as I went along and forgot what I was doing a few times.
Closer look at the quilting.

Then I moved onto a smaller project using a charm pack I had had for a few years and wanted to make a design with HST's.
On the design wall and I was liking how it had turned out.

I decided to quilt it with organic wavy lines and still liked it-until  I added the binding.!! I decided to try machine attaching the binding (for the first time) and it seemed to make the quilt no longer sit flat and I didn't like the stitching not being perfect on the back Anyone do machine binding that can give me tips that will help me!!
Last week we had the Festival of Quilts Show in Auckland. This is the big show of the year and this year I met up with a blogging friend who I had never met in person and we had a great day, even though our tastes were different. New Zealand bloggers-maybe we should plan a bloggers get together next year like our Australian friends do at the quilt fairs????
I was pleased to see this year that there were a good showing of modern quilts so here is some eye candy from the show-
 
 

                                                               Road Block by Annie Whyte


                                                                  Modern Quilt Display


                                                        Pacific Pathway by Donna Ward


                                              
                                                          Zigs and Zags by Helen Hanford
Apologies to the quilt makers that I have not given credit to but I didn't get a photo of the credits. Congratulations to all the ribbon winners. Lots of inspiration for sure and boy was it crowded. I'm sure everyone had a great time at the show.

Hope you are all still out there.
Happy quilting