Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Double Star Duo

I have now finished one double star block for my Double Star Duo 
Mini Quilt. The finished quilt will measures 32".

This block is 6" when finished.

I have foundation pieced it. I did the smaller units by hand and then sewed 
the units together by machine.

Working with the little pieces to start with was much easier by hand 
than I thought it have been on machine. But when it came to joining the units 
the seams were getting quite thick so I thought the machine would get through 
the layers better than my fingers would.

I have also pieced the larger alternate blocks by machine, 
but still foundation pieced.

Now I need to make four more double stars to fill the corners.

My next post will come from Symposium in Palmerston North.
Do stop by the Mechants' Mall and say hello if you are there.

Friday, 9 January 2015

New Year New Project

Happy New Year. I hope your year has started off well.

My Patchwork of the Crosses is almost done.
I just need to add the final rows around the edge.
But actually I guess that is going to take many nights.
It is a long way around!

I am now busy working on a new class sample.
Foundation piecing by hand!
I saw this wallhanging at the Houston Quilt Market and as soon as the lady
behind the counter suggested that I could hand stitch it - it was sold!

It measures 32" square and mine is going to be made in these
 1800s Reproduction fabrics.  I started with choosing the border on the right 
as it is smaller in scale. What do you think?

This is the first section of the first block.
Watch this space for more.

Back soon now that the sewing year is back underway.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have all have a fun and relaxing one.

Here are a few Christmas quilts that are scattered around our house at the moment.
All were made many years ago.

Santas made by Val Carr and sitting on a coffee table in the family room

A Primitive stitchery sitting on the dining room table with candles.

A wallhanging in the lounge

Two quilts over a hall stand at the bottom of the stairs in the hall.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

Oh yes I did get back from Houston!
I just don't know where the last month has gone.
It has been busy at work catching up with everything and planning how are 
we are going to sue all the project sand ides that i picked up in the USA.

And of course a few days after I got back we had Festival of Quilts -
 the big quilt show in Auckland each year.

But I have been busy stitching my POTC. It now has five full rows attached and 
these are the first three blocks for row six, which may be my last row.
Maybe because I need to look at it on the bed again once that row is one and 
see where it comes to and what it looks like.

There is a chance it will need the seventh row!.

I am finding it good to add the four red squares onto two of the sides before 
adding it on to the bigger piece of the quilt.

Back soon with more blocks and maybe even some new projects!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hexies in Houston

There were several hexie quilts in the Houston Quilt Festival Show and 
of course they caught my eye. The range of different settings was great to see.

This first one was in the Miniature Red and White section of the Show. 
This was made by Ellen Carter from Texas,  USA.

The hexagons are tiny and don't you love the fussy cutting of the white prints.

This quilt was made by Isabelle Museau from France.
It is a full sized quilt. I love the richness of the red in this quilt.

It is hand pieced and quilted

This next quilt was made by Cecile Lacoste and she says this layout is known as Honeycomb Mosaic.

Today I head home from Houston.

We have the Auckland Festival of Quilts this coming weekend so I hope to see you there.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

More of Mary Koval,s Collection

Here are some more of Mary Koval's Antique Quilt Collection that were on 
display at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival.

This next quilt has fabric from the 1830s - 1850s. Isn't the blue border 
an interesting addition.

These next two are unusual as black was not often used in the 1880s.

This one is really interesting with the pre-printed calendar on it.
Mary hadn't been able to find out anything much about it.
It is dated 1881.

There have been so many stalls selling antique or vintage quilts.
Mary had hers in the Exhibition as well as having a stall.
And I haven't bought one!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mary Koval's Antique Quilts Houston Quilt Market

While at Market I did a floor talk with Mary Koval. She collects and sells antique
quilts and had a collection on display in the Exhibition area.

She is standing in front of a quilt that her grandmother and mother made. She called in "Grandma Buddy Quilt" and they made it in 1940  while living in Kansas City, Missouri.
It was made for everyday use and was sent out to be quilted which cost US $7.50.

 I found this one (below) featuring toile really interesting. 
The toile is a 1790 copper flower print
She has called it "1840 Garden Applique".

As Mary description says " it is an interesting design with long stem flowers in the
 centre and falling leaves randomly placed," 

Look a the borders - Mary told us that it was reasonably common for a quilt to have 
a border "left off" like this. Yes it was planned. This quilt was designed for a specific 
bed in a specific room and the side with no border was obviously to go against 
the wall so didn't need a border as no-one would ever see it. And the quilt is 
directional so would not be able to be turned around. The quilter was not 
going to waste expensive fabric. 


This is part of another one (below) of her collection also featuring toile. 
She found this one in New England.

I have realise that I didn't take enough photos of her quilts so I will take more once 
Festival opens tomorrow, Back then, Robyn