Bloggers Quilt Festival October 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival October 2012

Yay! It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time!! What could be better than seeing lots of beautiful quilts from all around the world and hearing the stories behind them, with the bonus of finding new bloggy friends.  Today I'm sharing my version of a pattern by Chris Jurd called Mariner's Garden. The paper pieced center is a scrap attack of blues and greens. I didn't have an overall plan when choosing my colours. I had a lot of blues and greens so figured that was a good start. When it came to choosing a background I thought I'd use orange or yellow, something sunny and bright, but when trying those options they just fell flat, but the purple really made the center pop.   The flowers in the setting triangles were my first attempt at applique and far from perfect, but I'm okay with that. You have to start somewhere, and I learnt a lot doing them... This peacock fabric was in my stash and the colours were right so they became the corner blo

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Hexi Fun

Hexi Fun

I've been making a  mess!! One minute I was innocently rummaging through my collection of Sis Boom fabrics looking for the right ones to use for my hexagons and the next minute I knew there were fabrics strewn everywhere. All over my sewing room, in the lounge room, everywhere!  I did find the right fabrics and came up with more combos of blocks to make. The more I look the bigger my quilt will be.   It's not all mess and chaos.  See.. here's my basted hexagons kept neatly in boxes. I always leave my needles threaded. Somehow it's easier to get started if there are needles ready and waiting. Quilter's fuel - a nice cup of tea, served on a mug rug of course. I realised while sewing, the mug rug matched the block I was working on.  One thing I'm really enjoying about making hexagons with Sis Boom fabrics is descovering details. A lot of prints have quite large patterns and choosing which parts to cut out for my 1 inch hexies make

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Friendly Friday - Karen of Just Purrfick

Friendly Friday - Karen of Just Purrfick

This weeks Friendly Friday featured guest is one of my very earliest followers. Before I even knew what a follower was the lovely Karen of Just Purrfick  was leaving me wonderful comments. Karen is an all rounder, she quilts, crochets, does beautiful stitcheries and makes the cutest softies and dolls, some of which you are about to see... Hi Karen, tell us a bit about yourself?   I am a 39.99 plus P&H female from currently sunny Melbourne.  Share my life with my angel of a partner.  Without him I would require a straight jacket. How long have you been quilting?   If I tell you that, you will know how old I am.  Ok so I havent reached retirement age yet. What enticed you to start quilting?   My sister in law was having a baby and their idea of what was suitable for a baby horrified me. What do you love about quilting?  One word - variety. Is there any part of the process that you don't like?   Nope.  Like it all

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Show and Tell...

Show and Tell...

 Have you been wondering what I've been getting up to?? Well... I've been sewing more of these Ferris Wheel blocks that I started at Quilt Camp in a class with Chris Jurd. And here's the finished top!! This is definitely going to be hand quilted with perle thread. It's been far too long since I did any quilting.  It reminds me of afternoon tea...lovely linens, darling doillies, dash of milk and a dollop of cream. There's even a cup of tea.  I've been hand sewing too... To balance working with all those creams and whites it's nice to get a blast of colour. My Sis Boom hexagon project!  This is one of those long term projects that I pull out and work on for a bit until I get distracted. I love it though, maybe I just don't want it to ever finish. I've got my eye on some great fussy cutting fabrics in Jennifer's new range Happy Land which should be coming out any day now...  It's a great proj

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