Arizona Rising Sun

Arizona Rising Sun

Here's my Arizona Rising Sun Quilt so far. I haven't sewn the rings together, so they may look a bit crooked but it gives you an idea of what they'll look like. The largest ring is too big to fit on my design wall so its doubled up. GBF said this looks like a big toothy monster is about to eat the circles. The class with Michelle Yeo was great. She was very friendly and relaxed, letting people work on whatever part they wanted to at their own pace but always being there to help with instructions and handy tips. Her method of foundation piecing was different from what I've done before. She uses freezer paper that is perforated with the template pattern and then you sew and fold using the paper as a guide. Prepping the freezer paper patterns takes a while but the trade off is not ripping off paper foundations, the freezer paper just peels off like a dream. I wonder who discovered freezer paper's magic patchworking powers. I can just imagine someone whose mind was

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Curtain Call

Curtain Call

We have the most amazing view from our dining room... So of course we've placed our dining table at the window where we can sit facing out to enjoy the vista. In the summer we would watch the sunsets turn into twilight which would give way to the night and then we'd watch the moths do their ballet on the glass. We're constantly saying our window is better than TV. But... now that it's winter we draw the curtains to conserve the warmth of the house and this is what replaced our entertaining outlook. Boring, drab, faded, grey blue curtains. Oh so Boring!!! Until today.. Once again the postie came bearing gifts.. And now this is what we look at!!! Did I mention we have a very 70's house? Wow!!There's nothing dull and drab about these curtains!! Just in case you're having trouble seeing them, here's a closer look.. Whoa Nelly!!! They're so wonderful, bright and full of zing! What better way to celebrate our new decor than with a couple

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Getting shirty, being civil and ever hopeful

Getting shirty, being civil and ever hopeful

This is going to be my new mobile hand-sewing project. I figure 3/4 hexagons are the perfect size to carry around so at any given time I can pull a few out and stitch away. Predominantly red, white, and blues, inspired by a layer cake of Moda's Shirtings 1875-1900. It'll be fun fussy cutting the little pictures and positioning stripes. Also a few feed sack reproduction prints that have been waiting patiently in my stash. I love that little house print. I'm not quite sure of what pattern I'll do yet. I'm thinking a medallion style with a design of some sort in the middle, then lots of grandmother's garden blocks with a few borders thrown in. EQ would come in handy to play around with ideas. I must get onto ordering EQ7 , they're offering lower prices if you order pre publication, May 31st. I've got a cupboard full of bright, fresh, funky modern fabrics which I adore but recently I find myself being attracted to 1800s and civil war prints. I

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Pinky/Red Something

Pinky/Red Something

It's about time I made something with my pink and red fabrics. The cherry fabric has been in my stash for years, in the days before I even had a stash! I really can't remember why I bought it, probably just because I liked it. The pretty bird fabric is Jennifer Paganelli's Nuala, the Girlfriends range toile. The aqua and red version of this is my favourite fabric of all time. Its out of print now, sadly. sigh.. Anyway, this is the front of my Pinky/Red Something ... And this is the inside... Such a sweet bird, from Lakehouse fabrics, Tea Time 3. I left the fluffy, raw edge of the japanese fabric because I like the texture. This is the back... The pink and red fabric is Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson. Its such a great pattern, modern, yet pretty. I've got it in blue as well. I found this cream and red fabric on Etsy. I love its vintage look. And it's got a bird on it. I'm a sucker for any fabric with birds! So what is my Pinky/Red Something

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"Will there be quilts?"

"Will there be quilts?"

That was my reply when GBF suggested we go to an open day at Linwood house. There'll be craft he said vaguely. So off we went. There was woodturning, wax painting, beading, crochet, knitting, spinning but no quilts... until I opened my eyes and saw quilts every where! A real quilt!! This was draped over a box behind a door in a small room. Even this drum said " Big Bold Quilt" to me. Some people would say I'm obsessed but i like to say I'm passionate. After all that quilt spotting a nice cup of tea was just the thing. I'm also passionate about cupcakes. With so much inspiration everywhere you must be wondering what I've been up to. A few weeks ago the eZine Fat Quarterly came out. In one of the articles the 6 contributors each made a variation of a flying geese block. They were all so different and fun. The following weekend I came up with my own modern interpretations of flying gees

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Red, Blue and a touch of Yellow

Red, Blue and a touch of Yellow

It was such a lovely autumn day yesterday. Sun shining, slight breeze. Perfect for washing fabric. I love this colour combo! Superman colours! They almost cause an optical illusion. I liked how the bucket matched, and I couldn't resist using matching pegs...well.. I was having fun playing with colour. I wasn't the only one attracted to the washing line action. I'd barely hung them out when GBF raced out of the house with his new camera in hand snapping away. He was like the fabric paparazzi! I'm not sure what I'll make with these yet but I like to get them ready for when I get a case of the blues and reds. We left the washing in the hands of the sun and went for a wander along the bushy paths around our home. I could smell it before I saw it. Delicious and heady, no wonder it makes people sneeze! Wattle!! It's so early in the season that it was such a surprise. So I picked a sprig for me to enjoy. And had fun playing with yellow. cheerio.

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