Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When words are not enough

use an acronym or two.

OMG......CAG!!

What a wonderful exhibition over the weekend in Castlmaine.  Congratulations to all the wonderful quilters and in particular to the Threadbear gals for putting on such a fabulous show.

You have probably seen lots of photos from CAG already but here are some of my favourites.

Of course I am going to start with the work of my sisters!

This Art Deco beauty was conceived, designed and hand worked (including hand quilted) by our Sue as a wedding present for a family member! Now that's familial love.


From Merri, a gorgeous version of Mary Brown.



From Ann, an original design, magnificent clamshells.


And from Meghan, the spectacular Mrs Miller's Journey.


Do I feel inadequate? You bet! 

There was a really lovely version of Stars and Sprigs.




I just adored this blue and white quilt.


And a lovely version of The Burnt Quilt.




Phew........and there will be more next time.

Until then,

Peace and Happiness,

Deb

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dipping my toe back in.......

yes I know, completely hopeless.....missed the whole of December including Christmas, missed New Year, and it's nearly February.......time flies - it's true!

I know I have a lot of catching up to do.  But in the meantime, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope it has been a good one for you so far.  It has been a busy, quiet one for me.....quite nice really.  Apart for the week here that it hovered around 44 C for five or so days...................not great sewing weather.....not great anything weather.

I have a couple of things to tell you today, and then (soon) (hopefully) normal transmission will resume :)

Thing Number 1

You know I'm a Sue Spargo fan.....and, well, I just can't get things finished. So my Imperial Blooms (2011 BOM) is nearly there, but not quite. I'm working on the borders......so close, but no cigar yet.

Earth n' Twig (2012 BOM) haven't even touched it. I'm calling that one, "my retirement fund".

Bird Dance (2013 BOM) I vowed to keep up with, and, well, you know I didn't. I did start it (just) in 2013.

So when I signed up for In Full Bloom (2014 BOM) (ye-es, I did) I got an attack of the guilts, and thought I had better do something with these darling birds, so here is number one.


So cute.
So much work.
But worth it.

Thing Number 2

Well it should be no great mystery to you, that our sewing group (the SSS) is on the mystery train for Di Ford's mystery quilt (click here if my comments are mysterious). We are not working ahead, we are completely in the dark - just like you.

As part of my new mantra (I shall not buy more fabric, I shall use what I have already bought) I chose (from my stash) this background for the centre block.



I have no idea where it came from, but it is just the right size, so it's a winner!

I hope you can join in the mystery quilt-a-long this year. One thing's for sure, it will be a beautiful quilt by 2015.

That's it for now, 

See you real soon, or at least sooner than last time ;).

Deb

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-changes

David Bowie said that. 

If there is one constant it is change.....not sure who said that.....but it is true, don't you agree?

The change here is that I no longer have school children....no more notices....meetings...books....excursions....lunches to make.  And best of all, exams are over, at least for now!

The air is somehow clearer and stress levels have decreased quite a bit (both mine and the lovely girl who made it through a rather stressful year. Well done I say).

She is one HAPPY GIRL..................and now  having fun and planning her 18th birthday party which is just around the corner.

The boy child is also having fun, but not here....he's in London or maybe in Italy by now taking an intensive music course.  So lucky!  But I miss him already and he won't be back until February.  
As I said - changes.

And me - well I've been in and out a little and about to head back out tomorrow, so I thought I would post a couple of pictures before I go.


First up, the last two Caswell Blocks.  All done now and waiting for a border.

 




Second, the centre panel for Ann Dagg. Poor legless birds!  These were a bit tricky.....not sure what I will do about that yet, until I figure it out, they will have to keep flying.


 And last but not least, the final block of Imperial Blooms.  It has been sitting on my desk for close to a year...I was dreading attempting the fluffy bit in the middle. In the end it wasn't too scary and came out OK.


Have to dash........see you when I get back.

Deb

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A New Start



and it's zipping along.

I decided to start Ann's Legacy since - well obviously it's beautiful - but also because I had pretty much all the ingredients ready to go.

The centre panel is coming together really nicely........I am only using what I have in my stash which expanded considerably while I was sewing Phebe and Caswell.

My Caswell blocks are now finished...except for the embroidery which I will do as I sew it all together.  I still have to get my head around the border.....it has been too busy at work to get some head space for this creative process.....but hopefully soon.  Here are Blocks 27 and 28.


I have two quilts to bind before I can show them to you.  I hope to get them done before the end of the year, but I have quite a lot on before then, so who knows.

My lovely girl is well and truly in the VCE exam period so things are a little tense.  She kicked off well with a really great drama exam performance and took out the Drama Award at the Valedictory. She really deserved it - she puts her heart and soul into it!  Two weeks to go and the school kid phase of her life ends - for both of us!  I think it will take some getting used to.


Happy days,
Deb

Monday, September 30, 2013

Glamour Attack!!

 It doesn't seem that long ago that my daughter started school...and then high school seems like five minutes ago.  So it was a bit surreal last Friday when the school formal took place.  A few friends came over for pre-party partytime!


So many gorgeous girls!  And here she is, almost all grown up, with her very cute beau.


 They had a great time and are now busy studying for wretched exams.  Not long to go sweeties!

 On the sewing front, another two Caswell blocks have been completed. I like the first


 but the second might get some reverse sewing before it is set into the top.  It's a little plain...needs some pizazz!
 

 My mind has started to wander far and wide, thinking about what project will be next. And as my mind wanders, my feet wander in and out of fabric stores seeking inspiration.....which I always find in the form of a collection of fabrics that end up in my bag (lol).


Hmmmmmm...............I wonder what's cooking!   These would be perfect for Worthing Downs (Megan Carrol, available from Threadbear).......but I also have a pile that has been waiting to become Ann's Legacy (Di Hall, published in Primarily Quilts available from Threadbear) for some time.  So I think Ann wins.


 I have also been collecting Chintz's to start Love Entwined (see link on side bar) which is gorgeous too.

Too many beautiful choices......better get those fingers flying!

I hope you are lucky enough to have too many beautiful choices too!

Peace,
Deb

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The end is near

on the Caswell quilt main blocks.  Tonight I start number 29 (out of 30) so I figure in a couple of weeks I'll be done.

I'm giving myself a High Five! for sticking to one project.....you know I'm easily distracted, but I have learnt the value of finishing a project so I was determined to keep the blinkers on.

Now don't get me wrong.....it does not mean that I haven't been musing, thinking and planning....far from it.  I have too many things to choose from, goodness knows which one will become the next project.

But, and the but is large, before that, I need to decide what to do with the Caswell border.

You see although I think that the original border is beautiful in it's simplicity and elegance, I can't help feeling I need to give it a little something extra.  More work, but I think it deserves it.

So watch this space....................who knows what will happen.

In the meantime, here are a couple of the blocks I have finished and not had a chance to post.




Until next time , happy sewing,

Deb

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A quick post



 is a good post! Or at least, better than no post.

There is little news from my corner of Melbourne.  We are all head down and moving forward through normal work/school activities, hoping for some warmer weather and trying to eek out a little time to do the things we love.

I have only a few months left of being a parent of a school child!  Come November, my lovely girl will be a graduate and looking forward to pursuing her interests in drama.  At the same time my music boy will be heading off to Italy for a jazz course and travelling in Europe. So lots of exciting things to look forward to.


Having finished a new quilt - it was time to spruce up an old one.  I made this quilt quite a few years ago.  It was foundation pieced and hand quilted.  Yes...I do occasionally hand quilt, but I am not very good at and I don't enjoy it that much.


I have the George III quilt on a bit of a go slow, but managed to get another circle completed during the week.  I am a bit behind!


And my next two Caswell blocks.  Not too many to go!  In fact I'm so close to being done with the blocks I'm starting to think about the border.  Might do something different from the original pattern.




I'm not getting around to responding to many comments at the moment I'm afraid.......sorry!  Please know that I value your interest and read all your comments.



Take care,
Deb