Friday, December 30, 2011

Orca Bay Part 6

Here’s some of my part 6 of Orca Bay, Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt. If you want to check out all the details about this Mystery Quilt click on the Orca Bay Button in my side bar, you can't miss it. It has a whale on it :-)
I have done most of the black stars and have started on the neutral stars too. I thought I’d do this quick post so I can add it to Bonnie’s blog link up before it closes (I'm number 95). Go and have a look at all the other bloggers (use link above) who are doing the mystery, some are doing different colour schemes, but they are all unique.

I haven’t done part 5 yet, but I’ll get there! The reason I’m behind in the mystery is because I went away to see my Mum. Here’s a couple of photos I took from the plane on the way home. It amazes me that you can get a semi decent photo through a dirty plane window.
I think this is the town of Feilding, flew over just after we left Palmerston North.
Can’t remember where this was but I love how you can see the shadows of the clouds on the ground.
edit; I had a look at google maps and I think this is Waiuku.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Show N Tell December 2011

Hi everyone I've been MIA for a while, because of a trip to see my Mother. The trip involved late planes, two missed buses, and a bus with a flat tyre! Enough said, definitely driving down next time.
So now that life is back to normal (is there such a thing?)
I thought I'd better post Decembers Show n Tell while it is still December!

Jenny Gough started this a few years ago as part of her groups '96 piece challenge'. Yes there had to be at least 96 different fabrics in the project. She is teaching herself to machine quilt, and this is the first large project she has done. (And done very well too)

This is Dorothy Tersptra's amazing Australian Flower 'Balitmore'. It took 4 years to complete, & is hand appliqu├ęd, and machine quilted by Dorothy.
This quilt won the Viewers Choice recently at The Country Yard's Exhibition.

Here's a couple of close up's so you can see the beautiful details. I love the bottle brush flowers below.

Lynne Wilson made this lovely quilt for her brother. This is actually the back of the quilt (sorry I didn't get a photo of the front, but it was made using fabric's that related to all his favourite things, like fishing etc.
Around the edges above Lynne has appliqued family photos.

This is the first quilt made by Raewyn. She has made this for her grandson and Sandy Robinson has quilted it for her.

Marie Finegan made this beautiful small quilt. Close up of the hand embroidered centre block below.


Donna Rowan made this for her niece for Christmas. It is a Lynnette Anderson pattern, called 'Live Your Dreams'.
Sorry I forgot to get a close up of the beautiful embroidery, arrgh!

Shelia made this set of placemats as a Xmas present for her son and daughter in law. She loves lady birds (daugther in law) so when Shelia found this fabric she thought it was perfect.

And lastly Sonya Prchal bought this sample she has made for a machine quilting class, that she hopes to teach in 2012. Click and have a look at the detail its amazingly detailed.

Hope you all had a lovely family time over Christmas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Advent Calendar Challenge

Last Saturday was our Christmas meeting at Quilt Club. We usually have some type of Christmas Challenge. This time it was to make an Advent Calendar. The winners were decided by viewers choice and prizes were donated by Itch to Stitch Bernina.
As it is a secret who made which, so you don't know who you are voting for, I only know who the winners are, but I thought you'd like to see all the entries.

This won 1st prize, and was made by Hazel Phillips.

Calendar on left unknown, the tree shaped one on the right is by Carol Mayes, and was 2nd equal.

Unknown again, but I like all the ribbons to tie gifts onto it.

This was made by Terri Mills, and was the other 2nd equal winner.

Unknown, love the teddy bears.

Unknown, love that Merry Christmas fabric.

More show n tell from Saturday to come in next post. If you'd like to feel a bit more of Christmasy scroll down to my last post and watch the video on that.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Orca Bay Part 4

OK this week I'm not going to hurry. The other weeks I have and then have finished the clue after a couple of days, and had no sewing to do later in the week. I don't want to start anything else at the moment, so have decided to go slow!
You can see I'm using an old phone book for the paper foundations and it's working out great.
Go and checkout Bonnie's blog with the links to everyone else's progess, there are a lot of these quilts being made around the world.

I don't know about everyone else, but I have been trying to feel Christmasy and it hasn't caught yet. This morning I made a dancing Elf Xmas card, and this afternoon had a look at Youtube and found this video which I thought I would share, in case you are like me and need a little help to get into the mood.

Got to love a man in uniform! Or half a uniform as the case may be.
Hope this puts a smile on your face, bye

Monday, December 5, 2011

Orca Bay Part 3

Well part 3 was making 350 half square triangle in black and neutral! Here they are all sewn, in a heap waiting to be pressed. I used the Easy Angle ruler to cut them as Bonnie recommends, and found it easy and the units sewed up accurately.. yaaaayyy!

I sewed these blocks as I watched eldest Son decide what to take to Australia and what to leave behind. Not something I could do for him, but I kept him company, and was there when he asked what I thought.
We dropped him off at the bus to Auckland airport this morning, with over weight bags, extra money to pay for them, and a packed lunch! I cried, couldn't help it, but I did try not to.

I left the pressing till I came home. I knew I'd like something mindless to do when I came home.
It has been good to have this mystery to do, has given me something else to think about.

Here's all 350 of my half square triangles pressed and sorted into piles of like squares.
See in the background left over blue strips from my string blocks? I got a bit carried away with cutting blue strips, oh well if they don't go into this quilt they can go into a log cabin I have started.

And here are all the blue string blocks (72) finished from part 2 of the mystery.

It's still not too late if you'd like to join in. Use this link to see all the details of Orca Bay on Bonnie's blog.
Bonnie is having another 'linky' of  blogger's who are doing the mystery , so go and check them out. There are lots of people doing different colour ways.
Last week it got up to 125 blogs linking up! I wonder if there will be more this time.

And I thought I'd show you these fat quarters that my eldest picked out for me, before he left Hamilton. I had a voucher but couldn't get there to use it, so I asked him to pick some fabric for me. He was a bit nervous about picking out fabric, but I said I'd be happy with anything. He did well, I like them all.


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