Sunday, 25 September 2011

1800s Tulips

Now that life has settled down since the big Hamilton Quilt Show I can focus on other things 
again - like the  garden which got some long overdue attention this weekend..

And  I have decided to try and get the 1800s Block of the Month pieced and the quilting started by Christmas - that will be fun - hand quilting over summer!!!!

But it is a great project to be working on - I am just loving all these cute little folk art blocks. 
This is the next set of four - tulips - don't you just love them.

I think that is the end of the applique blocks. Next I move onto English Paper Piecing which I also love - in fact any hand work is my favourite as I can sit in front of TV at night and be social rather than being tucked away on my own in the sewing room with the machine buzzing away.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

City LIghts

This is the final in the series - in fact it was the starting point for this adventure into shot cottons!

And it was so much fun to make - easy to piece and I machine quilted the grid across and down.
All of these projects we have either a kitset or a pattern for.
They certainly got quite a lot of attention at the Hamilton Show.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

City Cushions

This is the next instalment of the City Series - this time a set of cushions using the shot cottons. 
In fact all the City Series is using the Shot Cottons. 
You can tell how much I enjoyed working with them!

Circle Cushion - the stripes in the circles are pieced.
Don't you love the look of the silky shot cottons.

Half Circle Cushion - I did enjoy the straight line machine quilting using a variegated thread 
from the King Tut range. For those who know me well you will be surprised at the word
 'enjoyed' in that sentence!

Striped Cushion - as the name suggests  this is just a series of stripes made with shot cottons.
I have written a pattern for these three cushions.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, 19 September 2011

City Circles

This is the second in the City Series of quilts that we took to the Hamilton Quilt Show. 
It is made of the wonderful shot cottons like the City Lights was. 

It is a wallhanging measuring 39" by 48". I machine pieced the background, hand
appliqued the circles and machine quilted it. This was one of the quilts I was working on 
and keeping secret a while back - I hope you like it. This series was a bit different from 
what I usually do, but I did enjoy it - these shot cottons were so easy to work with.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Waikato Show

We are back from a great few days at the Hamilton Quilt and Craft Fair. 
We had a great fun at the show and sold lots.

These are a few shots of our stall focussing on our new look using the shot cottons. 
These are what I have been busy sewing and keeping secret!

City Lights

Lucky Owls

The Stall

City Circles and Tumbling Leaves Block of the Month redone in shot cottons and plains.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Japanese Quilt Block Quilt

My Japanese Quilt Block is making good progress now - I am getting a pieced block 
made most mornings before I go to work and the applique blocks are coming 
along nicely too. This is the latest Treasure Wheel from Susan Briscoe's book.

I did have to make a change so that I had a full purple circle on this block. I wanted four 
Treasure Wheel blocks all with slightly dominant purple circles. In fact now that I see the 
photo I can see another change that is needed - the centre circle is really not quite 
centred - oh bother. I feel some unpicking is coming on.

These are the blocks made so far on the design wall - I have two more rows to make.
I have decided to leave the blocks straight set rather than on point as I thought I might do.
The diagonal lines created by the pieced blocks looked better set this way 
and made the blocks look like they were on point anyway.

I had better head off in search of the quick-unpick!!