Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A month in Brisbane

Love being here! We are staying in Hawthorne, a short walk to the ferry! We always find time to do a trip all the way up the river, passing the yachts tied to the poles next to the Botanic Gardens. During our years away on the boat we spent quite some time anchored here. A great place to explore the city. Our dog loved the gardens too!

I did a little photography course using the iPhone. P was out tutor and model! Had fun seeing South Bank from a different angle. My photographs may be a little better in future.

Love this walkway.

This hen appreciated it too

Maritime museum from the uni footbridge.

Could not resist taking this pic. Front door of this cottage has been painted since our last visit, love it!

My bag has been essential. Lots of bits of fabric hide in here!

Exploring quilting shops is an essential practice, and you need a BIG BAG!


Grand visiting my quilts too! A cool evening on the deck! The rose quilt on the left is the first quilt I made. Made by hand, ruler, pencil and scissors. Cut little 2" squares. I did not have a pattern, but worked it out from a picture of a star block. The cream secondary pattern was a great surprise! This quilt was put together whilst we sailed, so has special memories.

The quilt on the right was also made on the boat. A bright quilt was my brief! This is the back of the quilt.

Made QAYG, appropriate as the pattern was made up as I went too. The blocks are 8"x8" and quilted in fours. I like the corner detail! It is a very large QS that almost touches the floor all round. Enjoyed making it! I went from 'country' colours to brights! The old 40+ Elna with plate over the feed dogs did a good job teaching me FMQ. Each block has a different filler.

Back is made using batik fabrics.

Another Brisbane delight is the morning birdsong. The butcher bird's song has kept me company through this trip down memory lane!


Monday, 14 July 2014

Bright and happy baby quilt

I've had fun making this happy baby quilt for the cutest smily baby!

Used 2 1/2" squares of scrappy fabrics and white strips at 1 1/2" . Measurements include seam allowances.

Most squares have an 'I spy' effect. Beach houses, beetles, bugs, tortoises, kites, frogs etc. all scrappy bits from my 'kids' stash.

Ghetto photo was hurried, as I was on the way to deliver this to little Imogen!





Sunday, 15 June 2014

Drawing a compass

For those who expressed interest in the process. I've drawn one this morning with pics taken.

This ruler: Sewing Revolution from Queensland. Phone: 07 5532 7242


Thumb tack in the centre, choose a circle and place your pencil in one of the little holes. Holding the thumb tack in place, draw a circle by using the pencil to rotate the ruler. Drawn a number of different size circles

Using your ruler mark divisions across your circles through the centre.

Now it is just a matter of erasing lines you don't want ie in the centre, and joining others to form triangles!

Now I cut the circles out and. Paper piece each round, outer circle, next circle etc. the circles are attached to each other by appliqu├ęs.

when I have some energy to paper piece again, I'll take pics if any one is interested!


Yay!!! At last!!

At last all done. So much planning, drawing compasses with a round ruler, pencil, paper and eraser! This was followed by paper piecing the compasses.

Pics are not special as it is night time and light is not fabulous!


A few close ups.....





A bit more quilting..... I went crazy going round and round with circles intersecting!

I so happy it's done!


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Round and round I go!

Good pieceful night, not piecing but quilting.


Have a few hours this morning, guess where I'll be and what I'll be doing!


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Happy Day, in fact DAYS!!!

This morning I went of to my stitching group at our LQS Mallee Tree. I so enjoy Wednesday mornings. Today some group members brought me piles of happiness! Piles of fabric scraps!


These I'll use for my hexies. Sooooo much to sew! So much 1/2" hexie fun!

At last I feel I'm progressing and getting the mariners compass quilt quilted!

Bernie is working hard!






This is the last one!! A lot more pebbles and that's done!

Next is the negative space. I was thinking feathers, but it'll have to be circles. I'll go crazy crazy craaazzzyyyyy!! But what the hell!

Any suggestions out there?


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

UFO now a WIP

This UFO is now well and truly a WIP after a loooong pause!

All FMQ ditch stitching on all compasses done!

One compas completed. A few little 'deviations' to fix. Wobbles as I hit fabric thicknesses!!


Lots waiting to be attacked. Having fun. Mojo is back! Yay!!!



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