Sunday, July 16, 2017

Redlands Quilt Extravaganza

To cut a long story short - today should have been a sewing day with Sunday Stitchers...but three of us (De Cheryl & I) ended up at the Redlands Quilt Extravaganza at Cleveland.

There was so much to admire and get inspiration from....

Lots of photos coming...lots...

This is a variation on a one block wonder...always wanted to do one of these:

and a close up

 This one had a very interesting border... 
 Can't resist trees ..
 This was great - could only get a close shot
The quilting was fabulous

 I took this one for Chooky - the chooks are machine embroidery
 This was fairly small - but such a variety of embroidery stitches

This is a Nikki Tervo pattern - stitched circles on a jelly roll race quilt - not such a good shot but a wonderful quilt - would look equally good using another fabric in place of the stitched circles.
 This was an interesting border on a Lucy Boston quilt

Here are a few quilts by Lynne Williams - she had quite a few quilts on display.  I met Lynne many years ago when I went to a creative arty group - it stopped after a while - just as I was getting into it - but I admire this woman's talent immensely.
She has had a serious cancer scare and some of her quilts reflect what she went through in relation to the illness and her treatments.   Very moving.

 And I thought this was also very clever

 some interesting quilting
 Love the Amy Butler adaptation

 Jeanette - I took this one for you!

 De, Cheryl and I examined this one very closely - it is based on Bonnie Hunter's Maverick Star - but comparing this one to the original - I love this one so much more...Although it is "wonky" it is structured wonky - only the points are "off kilter" - what a great scrap quilt and a great group project . . .we thought . . . 

This is a close up of the stars:

You can see what I mean about structured . . .I hope

 It must have been the day for Wonky as we also spied this one - wonky flying geese:

So many new projects to start . . .so man old ones to finish first...??
Thanks for your company De & Cheryl - it was a great day

Sad we didn't get a sewing day - but we did have a ball.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quilt Show @ St Johns Enoggera

Maria - a sewing and blog friend from way back goes to this church, so I thought I'd go along to look at the Quilt Show - I meant to buy some raffle tickets in the hope of winning one of her gorgeous throws - ooops - I forgot!!

But I did spy a few quilts I liked in the display.

This one - mainly because I have this panel and this is such a great way to make it up:
 And this one - of course - for the purple and the butterflies
This has been a favorite of mine for ages:

 And I thought this was very interesting too.
Since I left that quilt show - Sunday plans have been changed and I'm off to the Redlands Quilt Extravaganza  tomorrow - more quilts to drool over - more retailers to keep happy.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

FNWF - July

And another month rolls by - and as usual I joined a group of cyber friends to sew the night away...its a bit difficult to sew when you are falling asleep in the comfy recliner - so I shuffled off to my Sewing Space and put this one together for the SAL.
It was mostly done - just had to add the squares around the block...then change them because I didn't like my original choice of big squares -  oh well that is why they invented unpickers!

Thanks to Cheryll and all the cyber sewers - great motivation to get sewing.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Tweeny Weeny pin cushion

At Chooky's Chookshed party the girls made a tiny pincushion - you can check out some of  them here....Chooky was kind enough to send me the link to the pattern...I just had to make finishes at about 21/4".  Perhaps an exercise in fiddliness.

I think it took longer to decide on the fabrics and cut them than to make it - although a VERY useful tip from Chooky was to cut the strips 3/4" wide instead of 1/2" - and the ones that should be 3/4" - at least 1".  I filled it with walnut shells to 
give it some weight.

Next time though I think I will draw it onto a very fine vilene and leave it in - removing the paper was a tedious part of the exercise.

One quick project finished....I have a collection of 'almost finished'   .... I need to get myself organised....