Sunday, November 23, 2014

What I’ve been up to

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A couple of weeks ago I sewed together my Scrappy Trip Around the world blocks.  I've put it aside since then, to think about maybe adding a border or not.
When I make up my mind I’ll show you the top, till then here it is folded up and waiting.

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I am now busy sewing little nine patch blocks for a double nine patch quilt I am making.

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Here are some of the completed blocks, about another 11 or 12 to do, then I can sew them all together. I haven’t pressed them yet. I'm planning on having a big ironing session one night while watching TV.

What are you doing? Leave me a comment or send me a photo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Show n Tell November 2014

Wow Saturday was our November meeting! That means the next one will be our Xmas Meeting, gee the year really has gone fast.
Here's the Show n Tell from Saturday.

"Practise makes perfect, or at least it helps" so Janet Greeks says. The top quilt was quilted using her long-arm, and the small white one (below) was quilted on her normal domestic sewing machine.

Shelia Udjur made this quilt, pattern from the Stack Shuffle & Slide book from our club library.

Embroidery by Pauline Schon made during a quilting week on Norfolk Island.

 Also by Pauline a Cot quilt, as she is going to be a Great Grand Mother shortly.

Crazy Quilt made by Riki Going, read her story all about this quilt below. I'm sure we all can identify with parts of it, if not all.

Close up's of some of Rikki's quilt.

'Momento's from My Recent OE' by Lynne O'Donnell.
Lynne's 16 year old grandson wanted a small gift from each country she visited so key rings were it. When she came home she decided to make them into a wall hanging rather than letting them live in a shoe box. A great way of displaying them and her grandson loves it.

These next quilts are some of the 20 quilts that were made by a satellite group at their recent weekend retreat at Mangonui. The quilts are to be donated to the Womens Refuge.
Well done Ladies.


And lastly here's a photo I took of a forgotten husband, sighted at the recent Auckland Festival of Quilts. He was very comfy with his hot drink and beanie. Is he yours? I know he's not mine as I feed mine a bit more than this chap is obviously getting.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Auckland Festival of Quilts 2014

I went to the Auckland Festival of Quilts on Sunday and had a great day looking at quilts and of course all the Merchants booths.
I only took a few photos to share, so lets get into it.

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Beautiful sampler quilt, so big was hard to get in photo! The workmanship was amazing and they are 4 inch blocks! I really think this should have received a ribbon.

 closer look at some of the blocks and below the lovely applique border.

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Another masterpiece that was ribbon-less, but very much a winner for me.

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close up of the wonderful zig zags, made by off set half square triangles.

Loved this quilt all in neutral fabrics. the background of the quilt had drunkard path blocks, the border was made with double wedding ring blocks and then daisies appliqued on top! 

Yay it did win a ribbon! Below a close up of one of the double wedding ring border blocks.
The whole quilt is really amazing, the more you look the more you see.


Great curved piecing and loved the colours too.

Loved how all the straight lines and hard angles still make a realistic face.

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This simple modern design really appealed to me.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Retreat for Two

I had a lovely weekend away in Tauranga sewing with Donna. A lot of progress was made, heaps of talking (of course!) and yummy  food was consumed.
Thanks Donna (and family) for the great weekend.
Here’s Donna, sorry photo is a bit blurry. We set up the sewezi tables in the dining room and had fun. Yes that is a chocolate muffin on my table!
I sewed more blocks for my Scrappy Trip Around the world quilt.

Donna worked on her Easy Street quilt blocks.
We both finished all our blocks, Donna’s above, mine below.
Now there is a race on to see who sews their top together first.
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While putting these photos on the blog I realized that I hadn’t shown Sandy’s finished quilt that she started at the St Francis Retreat.
The front of the ‘Dimensions’ quilt (with Sandy peeking out over the top Smile).

And the back. I really like the back and think it makes this quilt truly reversible.
I have a lot of left overs from making my Scrappy Trips so I might have a go making them into a backing.


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