Saturday, 25 July 2015

Bonnet Sues made

I have now completed the applique experiment, and although I am no closer in deciding on the quilt I will work on next, at least I have made two Sun Bonnet Sues. Fun enough but now onto the next thing.

I found a new fabric store today and this has now been added to shops that have disappointed me. There were pretty enough fabrics, though not many colours in each of the fabrics and quite pricey.

Moda solids which I can get online for around $6 dollars they were charging $16. They had no YLI thread and did not seem at all interested when I asked them to get some. Seeing as I am happy to by a whole box of thread it really would not have been difficult for her to move the product.

Oh well, maybe some day...

For my next bit of entertainment I am going to do some texture quilting and see how it turn out.

The cat wanted his picture taken. He is the kitten, all grown up, still very beautiful.

I think this is quite a good picture of him.

Hope you are having a stunning weekend.

Have a good one!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Last UFO completed

It has only taken three and a half years and now my last UFO is complete. This poor top and backing has been shunted backwards as more exciting quilts came along. The quilt has seen a Dear Jane, a Cathedral window and a granny's garden get finished and used before getting a look in again. It was fun to do the quilting and only took me 33 days to quilt and bind it. 

The honest reason for doing it now is that I am in a quandary as which quilt to do next. I have a farmers wife book purchased, but then there are the taupe Japanese quilts. The Taupe may be a reaction to the brightness of the Stars quilt. I really need to decide. 
In the mean time I am going to practice Applique. I did a few blocks for my Dear Jane, but apart from that I did some applique where I used my sewing machine to satin stitch the edges. Not quite controlled stitching. Sew after this I will start on a Sunbonnet Sue little picture. Hopefully it will be worthy of a share, if not, oh well.

Hope you all have a marvelous weekend and have a fun project to keep your fingers entertained.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

So now July

June has gone and so has half the year. We are in the depths of winter and at least two quilts are being used at night.The granny's garden which I completed in June is glorious to sleep under. The silk batting is amazing. It was lovely to quilt and even more fun to sleep under.
thought the wool batting would be the best, but the little worms seem to have beaten the sheep. I have now used cotton, bamboo, wool and silk as battings and each of them feel great and have suited the quilts that I have used them in. I love the way all of them drape once they are quilted into a quilt. I ready do like the lightness of the wool and the silk and the amazing thinness of the cotton batting.

The next thing that I have been experimenting with is the thread I use. I absolutely love YLI, but, it seems to be impossible to get my hands on any. Nobody imports it here and all the companies I have tried, refuse to send it to me.
It is severely trying living in the further reaches of civilization. So for the Starry quilt I got out my old threads and have tried them again. I have used the Gutterman and I find it a bit stiff and over polished.I have been using it for 3 weeks now and it ok to use. I know that is feint praise, but at least I am not saying it is horrid to use. I also had one spool of Metzler. I do so love the brightness of the thread. It also stitches so nicely. The other thread I wanted to try was Aurifil, but once again I can't seem to source hand quilting weighted thread. Maybe Aurifil will bring in a heavier weight of thread so that I can try it, otherwise I will just have to grow as a person and use whatever I can get my hands on. I have one spool of YLI left and this I will crack open when I finish my next large quilt.

My next large quilt is the next item on my anxiety causing list. I am in search of the perfect vehicle for my entertainment for the next year or two. I try to only do one quilt at a time so I need to be committed to the creation of the quilt I choose. Whilst deciding what I am going to do , I have bought some fabric to make mug rugs. I need to practice applique and I thought that doing mug rugs would be a perfect way for me to practice. I am even going to try and used the required muted colours that make so many applique item look beautiful. I went on the prowl for plaid fabrics. This too was not available. I found some nice fabric, but only one plaid. My dear husband has many beautiful plaid shirts....ok I will behave and not take snippets of fabric out of his shirts.

Hope you all have an amazing July and find projects that bring your fingers joy.
Have a good one! 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Father's day and Winter Solstice

Today it is not only Father's day, but also Winter solstice. Both of these make me happy. 
To my husband who has been an excellent father to my girls, I say thanks and well done. And to my father, I also say thanks and I will phone you later as you live thousands of kilometers away.
I hope all the fathers out there are recognized if they too are good fathers.

Winter solstice is equally exciting as the sun is now coming back to the southern hemisphere. I am now bored with winter, it is too cold and dry. I have so much static in my hair, I am starting to resemble our brown cat who in winter seems to walk around with things stuck to her fur.

I found a few winter quilts which I thought would be fun to share.
Hope everyone has an amazing Sunday and have a project to keep your fingers busy. 

Have a good one

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Next project started

Taz thinks maybe a bit more quilting needed
have unpacked a UFO and it is appropriate as the quilt's name is Oh my stars. My youngest and I did it together in to 2011 school holidays. It is machine stitched and does not have the accuracy I normally achieve in my hand pieced quilts.
Taz has found the centre of the quilt
I decided that this needs to be quilted. I have not decided what to do next, so while ideas swirl around my head I will be doing this quilting, thereafter I will add some bias binding to some of the quilts that have a fold over.
Hopefully at this point I will know what is going to entertain me for the next year or two. This is the start of the quilting. I have decided to just have a bit of fun with the quilting. With the granny's garden I stitched around each of the hexagons.  
The end result was that the whole quilt looks like a collection of yoyos stitched together. With this one I will probably do quite a few rows of stitching to make it all hang together.  It is freezing here today and this quilt is really small. I got spoilt with the largeness of the previous quilt
Taz is pleased with his efforts
in which myself and the cats could cuddle under the quilt whilst I stitched.
Hope you have an amazing Sunday and keep either warm or cool depending on which half of the earth you live.

Have a good one!