Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Now that Step 3 of my Blueberry Crush is complete, I am concentrating on my handwork, a hexagon quilt I started many years ago. It is all English Paper Pieced and I have used antique reproduction or vintage-type fabrics.
I would love to start an applique quilt I intend doing, but I am on a mission with this one, so must keep at it. I can't sit down much during the day, so may machine piece a cot quilt at the same time.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I have fewer commitments outside the home this week, so will spend some precious time sewing, just great, it doesn't happen often!
Our state quilt show, QuiltWest, will be held 21 - 25 May and as I am on the committee there are busy times ahead for me.
Monday, April 28, 2008
However, there was absolutely nothing available in the way of shops for crafts , so we bought our supplies when we flew out on leave. I was a self-taught hardanger enthusiast for a few months and treasure this piece I did. I really enjoy hardanger, but there are so many exciting quilts I want to make that hardanger is on the back-burner 'til I'm an OLD lady, LOL!
I have finished Step 2 of OC and have a little trimming to do, so shall post soon. I did a trial run on Step 3 today and it will be lovely to have a small number of units to do in this step.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
You can teach old dogs new tricks! I did two of Bonnie's first Mystery Quilt using the traditional method of cutting half-square triangles. I was feeling quite daunted about doing 142 of these tiny little 3" blocks for second Mystery Quilt, Orange Crush. Julia loaned me her Easy Angle Ruler and it is just wonderful - I have already done 100 since 1pm yesterday - did sew into the night though, which I rarely do. Poor Mum must be feeling neglected! I'll be tracking a ruler down tomorrow.
Off to bath puppies, now, then shop, then cook for the sewing girls coming here on Tuesday.
'Bye for now,
Friday, April 18, 2008
Front row: Louise, Prue, Nancy, Gwen
Yesterday we all had a great day, meeting for lunch at a wool/coffee shop in Wembley. It was really lovely and very inspiring. Though I promised myself and everyone else I would NOT buy anything, I did! Just wool for a simple little pram throw - not for any new baby that I know of , maybe just my Glory Box - I tend to still be enchanted by baby things!
I am feeling a little daunted at Step 2 of Orange Crush - will have a little play tomorrow and see what I think.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thought I would post a photo of one of the pretty dollies I used to make pre-quilting days. I really loved those days and then when I started quilting, friends said "that's it - there will be no doll-making, now"! I was aghast at such comments, but guess what - it is over 9 years since I made dolls. I mainly made antique reproduction dolls and loved the history of it all. Since we moved to Western Australia some of my dollies have never been unpacked.
At least I have been sitting and chatting with my 89 year old Mum, who lives with me - of course, I have been hand stitching also, which I rarely do during the day. Nice to relax for a change though.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I feel I should post again to keep in practice, and I do have a little time now, but it will be a busy week ahead.
I have just finished tidying my sewing room - it became a bit chaotic going through fabrics for my Blueberry Crush. I visited Houston last November with friends for the International Quilt Show and of course we shopped 'til we dropped - so have just put some fat quarters in the brown highboy you can see on l/hand side of the photo. The carpet bag was full of fabrics I bought in the USA. I think I bought over 300 F/Q's and about 30 yards. Sounds a lot to the US girls, but fabric there is so much cheaper than it is here. It was so funny - we were a group of 7 plus 1 (7 girls and 1 husband) - we all had to scuttle off to post offices during our 4 weeks over there and send boxes home - we would have had to pay a LOT of excess, otherwise. Yardage has been hidden in plastic boxes you can't see.
Thought I would do a tidy-up as Bonnie may post Step 2 of Orange Crush tomorrow - a bit exciting waiting for it to happen, isn't it? Even though I probably won't get a chance to work on it until Wednesday, at least it will be exciting to have another step to the mystery revealed.
Many thanks to people who have viewed by blog - such lovely way to keep in touch!
Oopsy! Have lost my signature again - best wishes and happy sewing to all - Lurline.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
'Bye for now - Lurline.
Friday, April 11, 2008
I made 70 x 4-patches today - had hoped to complete the 150 - never mind, I will try to get back to the machine again tomorrow. As I'm sure it is for most of us, I've had very busy days. Dearly love my family, but they do seem to get in the way at times.
I must mention what a great help Julia of Camille's Place has been to me - bosom-buddie's we are!