Friday, 24 March 2017

my friday favourite #11

Happy Friday
It's been a bit colder these last few nights - time for another quilt on the bed

I pulled out this quilt today. Some of you will have seen it before
however, I thought I'd share with you just why it's a favourite of mine

It's one I bought as a quilt top at a show many years ago and was pieced by Juliet Taylor
It was a well constructed and colourful quilt top, a version of Kaffe's 'Fonthill Quilt'.
I had it quilted by Annette de Raat and then added the binding

Here's a few close-up pics, there's so much to look at.
Like that lovely 'cheddar' yellow for starters . . .

the different blue fabric combos . . .

and the little 'pops' of minty green . . .  

this unexpected softer pretty yellow print . . .

all those small 2" HST piecing in the centre panel . . .

and the assorted traditional pinks & purples . . .

Yep, it may be old fashioned but I do love it

hmm-m-m- it's quite a bright feature in the bedroom, hope mr D can cope :)

How about you,
do you have an old-ish quilt that you can't bear to part with too?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

still sewing scraps

Sewing from my scrap baskets today . . .

A simple quilt with lots of surprises to explore . . .

Hm-m-m- doesn't seem to matter how many scraps I try to use up . . .

. . . there's always more
. . . you too?

Linking up with Lorna for 'lets bee social' here at sewfreshquilts

Sunday, 19 March 2017

quilts across the ranges

I  spent the morning at the 'Quilts Across The Ranges' quilt show today,
the Western Quilters Circle Annual Quilt Show here in Auckland NZ.
It's always nice to see what others are making
and so great to catch up with quilters I hadn't seen for a while . . .

Play Time by Pat Green

Kaffe History by Sue Annandale

Eyes by Sue Hagan
A challenge from "all things Patchwork" just to use the one fabric

and a second version in a different colour scheme, using a Kaffe cabbage fabric . . .

Pink Cabbages also by Sue Hagan

Colour Squared by Denise Albert

Nesting Instincts by Sue Quayle

Tenby St Quilt #1 by Chris Thoreau

Delfts Blue by Ria Eckhardt

Victoria by Glenda Adams

Starry Starry Night by Carolyn Humphries

the Raffle Quilt

Hexagons by Sue Hagan

Floral Fantasy by Tracey Roberts

Tiled by Jean Ramsay

Sandra and her team from 'House of Patchwork' were there
with a pretty display of their latest Tilda fabrics . . .

 and Cheryl from 'all things patchwork' had a colourful display . . .

and Kerryn from the country yard up near Whangarei had a great display too . . .

I'll leave you with a few pics of my favourites from the show . . .

Succlent by Sue Quayle
A wonderful variety of texture with the fabric & quilting

Shirts by Sue Hagan
made from 2nd hand shirts - the 60th in a series

Medallion Quilt by Sue Hagan
using a challenging fabric
{see the centre section using an Anna Maria Horner fabric from her Mod Corsage collection}

A lovely way to spend a Sunday morning
Happy Sewing,

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

what a difference a day makes

It's been a bit of a messy week around here so far,
what with the garage flooding during that heavy downpour {see here for TV report details}
and doing the school run, volunteer work, etc
and during all that, something about my 'broken dishes' quilt was still niggling me.
I couldn't get on with anything until I had worked it out
{see here for earlier WiP details}

. . . after letting it sit for a day,
I decided that a couple of things needed to be changed along the way,
all part of the process, yes?

I did a spot of unpicking {sigh} and remade the three yellow/green broken dishes
I replaced the 'celery dotty' segments for 'parchment daisy'
another fabric from 'Blueberry Park' by Karen-Lewis - and I'm much happier now

Do you ever get stalled like this? What do you find helps?

. . . now on with border decisions
Linking up with Connie for 'linky Tuesday' here
and with Esther over here for 'WOW = WiPs on Wednesday'

Happy sewing,

Sunday, 12 March 2017

broken dishes {a WiP}

Vintage inspired pretty floral fabrics are on my cutting mat this weekend

I decided to use one of Elizabeth & Elizabeth from simplesimonandco quilt designs as my starting point, a Broken Dishes Quilt using simple HSTs. Their version is a little different, a little quirky, it changes the scale of the blocks and the fabric combinations are randomly scattered rather than placed systematically, which not only shows off the fabric but gives the quilt a modern feel.

I added a blue check and a selection of neutral prints from the recently released Blueberry Park collection. There are 21 Broken Dishes Blocks.

Then 4 more 9″x 9" “blocks” that are just solid pieces of fabric, to add variety to the quilt and to show off those wonderful 'outback wife' fabrics.

Hope you find some sewing time too
Linking up with Myra for 'finished or not Friday' here at busyhandsquilts