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A middle aged woman who likes to create, loves colour , fabric, paint and animals.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Easy Street Done



I am so excited I have finished the Easy Street Quilt from Bonnie K Hunters 2013 mystery challenge. At first I thought "what have I got myself in for?" but I kept at it and it has taken a year to finish. Some quilters on the Quiltville site thought for a beginner it would be too hard. Well that just made me more determined to do it and of course there where quilters that gave me great support. You know who you are.


Leeanne from Mt Vincent quilts quilted it for me and did a fabulous job. I backed it in grey to keep it more neutral for my other half. It does have a dark purple border and bindings in grey. I am a happy quilter today.  I'm also sharing the second round of my medallion quilt in my last post I showed the centre and 1st round.

I'm loving how it is coming along. Next rounds are in March. So I can work on my hexie piece. I was inspired by a picture of a gorgeous hexie quilt I saw on pinterest. This too is being made up as I go along although I'm not planning a finish anytime soon. It will be something I can carry with me when I am on holiday later this month.





WIP aka work in progress

The first project for this year (besides the UFO's to finish) is a medallion style quilt I'm participating in .  Everything in it is your own choice from the centre piece and each border round. For each new round there are three choices varying in skill levels or your can run with something you like instead. I'm not sure how many rounds 6 or 8 but they vary in size from 4 1/2 inch to 6 1/2 wide. It is a very flexible project and some of the quilts starting to emerge are beautiful. I started with a 12 inch block


 
Then did the first round
 

I will post a picky with each new round that starts on the 1st of the month. I'm currently working on the next round and will share soon. This quilt along is on the Quiltingboard if you would like to see more.
 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

A 20th Birthday present




My nephew Andrew turned 20 and I wanted to make him something special. This is what I came up with using charm squares. I also wanted to put something personal in it so the corner blocks are made form my old jeans. I want him to know that a part of me is in this quilt and that I will always be with him although I live in a different country and don't see him as much as I would like. His mum thought it was a good idea. I hope he likes it. I had it quilted by Leeanne from Mt Vincent Quilts and she did a lovely job. So I have been busy doing my family quilts and I am going to make 2014 my finishing year. I have just got to put binding on my Bonnie Hunter Easy Street quilt I have two mystery quilts (lap size) that are pinned and waiting for their sandwiching. I also have two or three WIP's (Works in Progress) that I will share as they progress. Off now to get that ES binding done.

Quilt for Debra



This is my other sisters lap quilt . Both sisters quilts are the same pattern but very different colours. Both are floral focus blocks though. I can't wait to see their faces when I pull them out of my suitcase at the end of this month when I visit them in New Zealand. They don't know they are getting them.

Quilt for Diane



I wanted to make a lap quilt each for my sisters. I also wanted to quilt it myself, scary stuff. Now that I have given it a go and demystified how it works I really enjoyed it, I know its not very fancy mostly geometrical because of the design I'm still pretty happy with the result. I learnt soooo much while doing this. I am looking forward to finishing more quilts this year the tops stacked up in my sewing room have been very patient.

Monday, 15 July 2013

What I've been up to.

 
This is a bag I made a at a recent charity sew-a-thon that is for a work mates little girl.

 
My latest quilt project which is going to be a lap quilt for my sister I'm thinking of a vivid purple first border and then a floral out border.

 
This is a mug rug I've made for a swap.

 
this is a fab wall hanging I received in a swap I love it.

 
A close up of the centre panel.
 
Although it's been a little time since my last post I have been busy doing swaps and sew-a-thons and my own quilt projects. I'm busy cutting F8's for another boomerang swap coming up and should start receiving the fabrics to start making blocks for everyone soon. I'm also following along on the Aiming for Accuracy quilt along. I'm a bit behind with that still mulling over fabrics.  I'm thinking batiks? Maybe?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

An update on Boomerang quilt Number 9



A few posts back I showed a few of the blocks I have back from the Boomerang 9.0 Swap on the Quilting Board. Well here they all are back from across the world. America, England, Canada and Japan. I love them all! Now I have to decide on layout and Sashing then quilting. Decisions decisions. This was a small group swap of 16 I have really jumped in the deep end and sighed up for the big group in Boomerang 10.0  36 blocks! At least there is a 4 month turn around.