Friday, 29 April 2016

A Lovely Batch of Quilts

It feels so good to have a few quick finishes to give away to the local Elizabeth Fry Society.

Fun quilts for the women and children who live in the local residential units working towards a new start to their lives.

The tops for these two were donated by Deborah.  A lot of the backing and batting was donated by Trendtex fabric.  Thanks to all (you know who you are) that make it possible to give quilts to such a great local charity.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Bev's Arcadia Avenue

Most of the past week was spent quilting Bev's Arcadia Avenue.  She had done an amazing job of piecing the top, so quilting it was a pleasure!

I tried to do a little something different in each block, with a lot of in the ditch to emphasize the piecing.

The background quilting was meant to echo the large hexagons.

With a bit of a modern flare!

Only one Splendid Sampler block managed to get finished this week.  Oh well.

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Friday, 15 April 2016

Pick Your Size

This past week I quilted two Lone Star quilts for friends.  One was made using 2 1/2" strips with 1' sashing.  Working in the smaller scale is a bit of a challenge, but Joan was up for it.

This little beauty finishes a little over 40" square.  The plan is for this to be a wall hanging.

Barb's quilt was made with 4" strips and 1 1/2" sashing.  Add a couple of borders and it finishes at 93" square.  What a difference the strip size makes!

Both quilts have a bit of my doodle quilting on them.

I often take pictures of the corner quilting at the top so that when I get to the border at the bottom a couple of days later, I can remember what I did.  Saves having to roll the quilt back on the longarm to check.  I've had to do that a time or two.

My Splendid Sampler blocks are coming along.  I'm using whatever scraps I have hanging around my cutting table.  The little dots on the quilt shop block is so old I don't even remember where it came from.  I'm struggling a little to get caught up on the blocks from my last holiday.  Oh well, I can only do what I can do!

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Friday, 8 April 2016

A Few Quick Finishes

This week has been a little hectic, so the finishes are quick little project.

This little top is another example for my Kaleido-design class.  It will be quilted eventually.

This cute little topper was pieced by Iva and quilted by me.  The pattern is by sewfreshquilts.

I only managed to get one block from the Splendid Sampler.  I used Janet Claire's fabric for the block designed by Janet Claire.

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Finishing up an Oldie!

Eventually I do get around to finishing up some of my older tops.  If there isn't a deadline, quilts tend to by pushed aside.  I rummaged around and found this one that uses blocks from my Stash Busters Quilt Along from September of 2013.

I wasn't totally pleased with the layout, so it waited until I had a deadline.  I decided it would be a good quilt to give to charity, so it hit the top of the list for quilting and now it is ready to go.  It has a very cozy flannel on the back so it will keep someone warm.

I am way behind on my Splendid Sampler blocks, but I'm okay with that.

I used Janet Clare's "Nocturnal" for this one  I see that the most recent block is designed by Janet, so I may have to use some of her fabric for it!

This block was supposed to have embroidery that looked like a crocheted doily.  Instead I dug out this treasured little angel that I tatted about twenty years ago.  I was saving it for something special, so here it is.

"Purebred" by Erin Michael is the fabric in this block.  I wanted a little horse related fabric included, so these horseshoes fit the bill.

And because one quilt along isn't enough, I decided to join Kelli's Minecraft Quit Along.  I have been following Kelli's blog for quite some time.  I remember how excited she was when her first pattern was published.  She's come a long way since then.

This past Easter Weekend was spent playing with the Grandkids.  These two spent an afternoon with us.  I love this picture of them being bounced on the teeter tooter by Grandpa.  They made pillowcases while visiting, but we were having so much fun, I forgot to take a picture.  The other two Granddaughters came the day before for a Easter Barbecue and muffin icing marathon with Auntie Leslie.  A great time was had by all.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Tasmania and Victoria. A fabulous holiday!

I joined a group of nineteen other quilters, and our fearless leader Dianne, on an exceptional trip to Australia.

The first morning In Hobart I was up in time to catch the sunrise looking out over the Harbour.

After a free day to explore on the Hop on, Hop off bus, we headed out to Port Arthur.  One of the many places in Australia that was home to convicts in the 1800s.  The tour included a lot of history as well as stunning scenery.  The next day we went to the Female Factory in Hobart, where women convicts were housed.  An informative tour, making me extremely glad I live in the 21st century.

Off to Bruny Island, and a tour along the coast out into the Southern Ocean to see the seals.  I know some of you are amazed that I was willing to get into a speed boat on the Ocean.  Well, it was a large speed boat, and the Ocean was fairly calm that day.  The scenery was stunning.  I was so happy I went.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway was probably my favourite part of the trip.  The steam engine that pulled us up the mountain was 120 years old.

The car we road in was the premium car.  Champagne to start, Canap├ęs, scones, lunch, cheese and fruit, and then a sweet.  We never stopped eating, while admiring the fabulous scenery going through the rain forest.

Who wouldn't love this?

The room at Strahan at the end of the train trip had this for a view.  Are you a little jealous yet?

We did go to Cradle Mountain, but it was too fogged in to get many pictures.  However, back at the resort this little Wallaby posed for his picture.  My one and only encounter in the wild with native animals.

After settling into our room at Launceston, we headed to the Beaconsfield Mine.  The historical society has done a fabulous job of preserving the history of this site.

A quick flight to Melbourne, and another bus to Ballarat.  Our bus drivers took us to a local park and offered to cook us a barbecue supper.

We agreed of course.  Beef, Chicken, Sausages, and a little Kangaroo were served.  I did try the Kangaroo, but I'm not anxious to eat it again.

Ballarat had a local wildlife park, so we went to see some of the native animals.  We attended the Sovereign Hill Dinner and Light show, and then we were back on the road again.

The Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm with it's seventh generation sheep farmer as our host.  During lunch they gave us a little of their farm grown wool to knit with.  Of course a little of the wool had to come home with me!  We spent an night in Warrnabool to see the Flagstaff Hill show. Another look into Australian history.

The Great Ocean Road!  It will leave you speechless.

A tree top walk anyone?  Nearing the top of the tower the tree frogs sang a chorus for me.

Melbourne was the last stop.  Our hotel was in an ideal location, close to the downtown core. After a couple of days of exploring, home we headed.  I'll post the quilt side of the trip shortly.

Thanks to Dianne of Diversity for organizing such an amazing holiday that surpassed my expectations.  Also, a shout out to Perdita from Travelwise for making all the travel arrangements for us.  Both of you are incredible.