Tuesday, 11 August 2015

is it Spring yet?

Daffodils from my garden

Well, the days have certainly felt warmer, but looks like we are in for more of the cold stuff this coming week. Here in NZ, and Australia too, spring doesn't officially begin until September 1 and ends November 30th, and our weather then is still like four seasons in one day ranging from cold & frosty to warm & hot, a little bit of everything really!

This week I've been busy revisiting a couple of older WiP's... 
I've spent some time sewing more blocks for my HST quilt. It's on my FAL Q3 list but I have neglected it lately! This quilt was inspired by a lovely Kaffe floral fabric, a simple design, and a quilt I'd seen in Jane Brocket's book. This quilt plays with the rhythmic value of the HST's, where the use of value is predictable &  repetitive. It's fun to see how all the different fabrics play together! One 'couch quilt' now all ready for basting, quilting & binding.

early morning pic

And I've finally finished sewing the binding down on my 'Beige & Red liberated log cabin' quilt. For details see earlier posts here and here.  I had a few issues running out of fabrics, lots of scrappy improvisation along the way which was a lot of fun! My inspiration came from a combination of ideas from Gwen Marston's 'Liberated Quiltmaking II' book and also from a lovely quilt I saw made by LeeAnn at nifty quilts quite some time ago. I made a pieced backing from a selection of blending 'oldish' fabrics. The lovely clamshell quilting was done by Annette de Raat. Finished quilt size 1.80 x 1.65m. 
Linking up with Cynthia here for 'oh scrap' and to TGIFF over here are quiltmatters this week.

And I'm still working away making more blocks using Sujata's rail fence design, exploring her free form process. I'm getting more adventurous with slicing that gentle curve too! It's addictive, the results are unpredictable, and each quilt will be very unique depending on your own lively fabric choices! More pics coming soon.

 here's the link to culturalfusion quilts for more inspiration!


  1. I LOVE your beige and red liberated log cabin quilt!! It's playful with all of those different shapes and fabrics. What a brilliant idea to add the lime green! The clamshell quilting adds a nice texture. You have succeeded in finishing yours before me. You've inspired me to get busy and quilt mine soon!

  2. I really love your improv quilt Linda. Will you be putting it in our Alberton show?

  3. Love your new quilt! Such lovely colours, very restful. Reading your post was so interesting - you obviously like the same ideas/books/designs as I do...... And we share the same name! I too love Gwen, Freddy, Kaffe,Jane Brockett, log cabins, using scraps etc etc. We seem to own the same books too!

  4. Your liberated log cabin is a dream and the clamshell gives a lovely soft texture.

  5. Loving the look of your couch quilt. Your liberated log cabin turned out well - you are racing through these finishes.

  6. Your quilts are beautiful. I love the pink triangles, I love even more the liberated string with red. I remember seeing the one you refer to on Nifty Quilts and loved it there, too. My string piles never seem to decrease no matter how many I use. Perhaps I'll add one like this to my list.

    I forget that many of the blogs I read are written in the other hemisphere and that as we approach the end of summer and the beginning of autumn that you are coming out of winter into spring. I hope it wasn't a bad winter for you. Your daffodils look very cheerful.

  7. Daffodils are my favorite! Your quilts are always so lovely and inspiring. It is always great when you share them on Oh Scrap!

  8. Love your liberated log cabins! Great finish!

  9. Love the log cabin and that quilting is wonderful! I think I need to revisit log cabin blocks, yours have inspired me!

  10. Awesome liberated Log Cabin!!! Love the random color!!

  11. Love the log cabin -- the quilting works beautifully for it too!


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