Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winnings and Skirt Making

I think I won these by default at our last Monday Modern gathering. I am happy. I like this block and the red and aqua theme.

They are now hanging in the hall (the only biggish wall without windows) waiting for me to work out how to put them together. I saw on a blog recently someone had alternated them with 9 patch squares. Maybe I will get to them in January.

It's been very uneventful on the sewing front. Not by choice but because of school. However, I did enjoy going to the Auckland Festival of Quilts last weekend and meeting up with some of the Monday Modern girls. Many of the group had quilts in the exhibition and Carolyn's bee quilt won a prize! You can check out some pics on flickr.

Last weekend I also visited the Designer Textiles Outlet in Otara. I bought some fabric for a skirt and a top. I whipped up the skirt this arvo. They have a great selection of fabrics at the moment. I think this fabric was $12m at 150cm wide. Because it has some stretch I didn't even bother with a zip.

Now I am going to get back to binding the baby quilt. It's been lying untouched, except for maybe the cat sleeping under it, on the couch for at least two weeks.

Monday, October 20, 2014

From Greece to New Zealand

I was recently invited by Zafira of Zarkadia Quilts and Crafts to take part in this Round the World Blog Hop. Zafira has a very professional looking blog with beautiful photos and some pretty nice quilts. Zafira has recently started her own Youtube channel The Quilt Codex. Did you know that there are 17709 km between New Zealand and Greece? I have never been to Greece, although I did used to teach Ancient Greece when I taught Year 9 Social Studies and I have seen Mamma Mia on stage a couple of times (-:

I am sure by now you know the questions ...

What am I working on?
1  Binding my cousin Kelly's baby's quilt

2  Making borders for The Circle Game

3  Lucy's Meow Quilt

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It doesn't. I am a follower. Although, I do do a bit of hand quilting (but a lot less than I used to) which isn't hugely big in the world of modern quilts.

Why do I create what I do?
I have been able to sew forever and once I finished five long years of part time study by distance, I started quilting. My cousin, Moana, had been quilting for a little while and I wanted to make quilts too but I didn't dare start until I had finished my MEd.

It's a nice quiet hobby generally. And one that produces things that look nice and that are of use.

How does my creative process work?
See a pretty and/or cool quilt on the www and think, I can make that. I am a pattern follower 99% of the time.

I am going to copy Megan and say consider yourself tagged if you want to join in. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Churning and Dashing

According to the internet, the Churn and Dash block is so named because the pattern resembles a butter churn and stick (dash) - just like on Little House on the Prairie!

Anyway, our Monday Modern block 'lotto' for October is aqua and red churn and dash. They are very economical to make - 4 1/2 inches across the width of two fabrics.

Economical to make, but difficult to photograph! The first picture shows the more accurate colour.

You can see others' blocks in our flickr pool.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Half Circle Border

I am so productive when I don't have to go to work! I should be on holiday more often. In saying that, only nine weeks of school this term until the Christmas/summer hols.

Anyway, I have made two of the half circle borders for The Circle Game quilt. They were lying on the floor when I was at home last week and nephew Lucas said, "Hey look at all the semi-circles. Two semi-circles make one circle." And he proceeded to match them all up. How does an almost four year old know about semi circles? When I was home Lucas and I played numerous games of ludo and Snakes and Ladders with two dice which helps develop number knowledge ... it also speeds the games up! It can take a long time to get four counters around that ludo board.

The helpful lady at The Ribbon Rose in Ellerslie helped me audition numerous fabrics for the border. I am pleased with this choice. It's black (obviously) with cream coloured dots, which is good because the main background fabric also uses cream rather than white.

34 more semi-circles and it's done!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Bee Trees in Down Under Quilts

I couple of months ago saw a request from Down Under Quilts for botanical themed quilts, so sent them a small pic of our Modern Monday Bee Trees quilt. I got an email back asking for more photos, so in the middle of winter I took the quilt round to a local park and attached it to the swings to get some decent (light) photos. I am sure the early morning walkers wondered what I was up to!

A couple of weeks ago, the magazine turned up in my letterbox with a ginormous whole page photo of the Bee Trees quilt!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Centre of the Circle Game is Complete

It was a windy Spring day last week when I got the centre of the Circle Game quilt finished and took it out into the orchard to photograph.

It's taken about 9 months to get it to this stage. It was always going to be a long-term project. I have really enjoyed the hand sewing. I have found the prep need for the project the boring and slow part! It starts with tracing the pattern pieces onto freezer paper. Cutting them out. Ironing them onto fabric. Cutting them out. Then re-ironing onto the other side of the fabric. I reckon it's about 2/3 prep time to 1/3 sewing time.

I really like the brightness of the quilt and the patchy-ness of it.

In between trying to get a picture of the quilt, I got sidetracked and started taking pics of the blossoms.

Then the bees arrived last Thursday night. 12 days later than last year. If you kind of squint you can see the hives stacked up the other side of the truck and the tractor coming in to pick them up to put them out down in the pears. They are very thirsty bees - flocking (if bees flock) to the bird baths in Mum's garden.

I will link up with Lee at Freshly Pieced later in the week.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiny Skirts and an Apron

Baby Lucy turns two very soon so I have made her three summer skirts as part of her birthday present.

I simply cut across the width of the fabric and went for a total length of about 30cm/12", to end up with a finished length of about 25cm. So quick!

I was going to make each one from a single fabric until I saw Linda's cool skirts, and decided to do some mixing and matching on two of them. Four of the five fabrics are from Spotlight.

A weekend or so ago, I can't remember, I also made Lucy an apron at the request of her Mum. Lucy is getting some kind of kitchen set up for her birthday (perhaps the thought is that Lucy will take after her Nana who is the best baker).

I had a final length and a waist measurement and went from there. It's fairly unimaginative. It could have been a lot prettier. I found the cotton lace and old ricrac in the stash and added them, in an effort to make it less plain.

One week of school left until the hols. Thank goodness. I am looking forward to a week without school work and a change of head space.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One Block Wonder #2

I am liking this Spring-like weather. But knowing Auckland, it will back to rain later in the week. And I am liking the arctotis flowers that grow like weeds year round on the sunny  side of my house. I hope they might grow out right over the lawn and then I will never have to mow it!

And I love the fabrics in this quilt. The green spot, the background and the animals feel like linen. The green spot is by Echino (I have it hoarded in other colours) and the animals are by Kokka. I did google mustaherukka, and apparently it's the Finnish word for blackberry.

Now if you fancy making your own giant star, the measurements I use are below.