Category: quilts

Quilts Quilts and more Quilts!

Just finished my last quilting class tonight. It has been great. The teachers were lovely, lovely ladies. I have really enjoyed my Thursday night sessions. I must say our suburb truly has a lot less than six degrees of separation going on. Each week I have found that I have friends in common with different people. I look forward to bumping in to some of these lovely ladies again. As for the last class, well….I am not so sure if I am up to the hand quilting after all. It seems a little harder than I first thought! (sound familiar). A s for the homework, a lot of people had finished and they looked fab!

Check them out!!

Sorry I must have moved a bit when I took the photo but I just loved these fabrics, so I wanted to show you this one!

This one is great too, I love a bit of red and black!

I was pleased to see that I wasn't the only one who hadn't finished! Check out the writing on this fabric! It's exactly what I was looking for when I was searching for fabric! Love it!

There was a number of lovely pink themed quilts. This one has one of my favourite themes....Mushrooms!

Now you can see the mushrooms.












As you can see I have really enjoyed my quilt in a month. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Now I wonder how long it will take me to finish it. Feel free to ask me how I am going. In fact it will hopefully encourage me to keep going and get it finished. The pressure of homework before the next class may be gone but I do want to finish it. I just need to have some time and space to lay it all out and get it pinned up right!




Quilt stop

Doh! Doh! DOHHHHH!!

I thought I would finish it all off in an hour.

I thought how hard can the last sewing together stage be.

I thought I would just pin, pin, pin and sew, sew, sew ….. Tadah!

I thought I would be finished by tea time yesterday.

I was wrong!!!

I think it has to be the size of the squares, I must have gone wrong somewhere. I am having trouble getting the sashing (look at me go with quilting lingo) all in a line to make neat straight lines around the squares.

I have done some unpicking,

I have done some teasing and stretching.

I have done some swearing.

I have stopped!!!

I will have to go to my last class with out having completed my homework. I feel sad!  But at least, I hope to get  some ideas and help as to how to fix it, without having to pull the entire thing apart and start again!!!

Just not quite straight!

I even worked out a funny little system to make sure I put the right square in the right place the right way around. See my little pinned on notes. I made a few different looking squares so I had to do something. I will tell you all about that another time!

Here's the board just before I cut through it!

Cut, cut, cut, Opps!

The first session, as you can imagine, was spent explaining how to cut your fabric and what sizes to cut it. Along with the showing of some finished quilts for inspiration. All fabulous! I found cutting the fabric a bit tricky, I was not exactly sure why. After asking for some advice it was suggested it might be easier with a longer cutting board. Someone very generously handed me one they were not using. Even with the longer board I was still having a little trouble, it was suggested that blade might just be blunt and I should press harder. So I did…….in fact I cut right through the board!!!! Oppps. Then I find out the board is not even hers it’s her friends!!!! Oh dear. We all had a bit of a laugh and I just hope her friend has a good sense of humour too. Needless to say while out shopping the other day I bought a replacement board and a new blade for my rotary cutter. Let me tell you it makes a huge difference! I now also have a spare new blade ready to go for next time.





Costumes for the craft stall

Making hair clips

This all got me thinking. Have you ever noticed how many generous, good humoured, talented, fun to be around people are into craft. My question is does craft naturally attract the fun and  creative type of  person or does doing craft actually make us that way. Imagine being creative but having no outlet for it. All that pent up creativity could just explode out anywhere, and who knows in what way!?!? It is so exciting to hear about more craft groups around in the area. They seem to be well on the increase these days. All of these creative, people doing what they do best and doing it together, I love it!



making wheat bags

Wheat bags













Have you also noticed the huge increase in the popularity of the bicycle. More are more people seem to be seeing the benefit in getting on your bike and going for a ride. These people ride to work, to the shops, I even see a few out with the family, then on the weekend there seem to be more and more who just do it for the fun of it. I have a bike, I ride it occasionally. In fact up until I looked at it this morning I thought it wasn’t that long ago that I went for a ride. I feel like it was only just a little while ago I had it in the back yard for a bit of a service and clean. But as you can plainly see when my grape vine has had time to grown into my spokes maybe it was a little longer than I thought!! I guess I craft a LOT more than I ride!

Confession of a Quilt?

Confession time. Quilts scare me!  No, not just a little bit, a lot!!!!

They are these amazing pieces of fabric art that are put together in such perfect, neat, organised sections. The work that goes into these pieces is mind boggling. I have helped out, a small bit with one before but never have I attempted to make one of my own. I have seen some quilts made from cut up old denim jeans, and some other really funky designs too. I have thought I would like to attempt one like that on a number of occasions. The trouble is the fear factor. Such a lot of joins of four fabrics into a corner, that is one of the thing I always struggle with. Then there is the amount of time on one project, I like to do three or four projects at a time. You know so when one gets too hard you can pick up the other one and work on it for a while. Instead of continuing until you are screaming at it like some kind of raving lunatic that it didn’t look like that in your head. Of course the thing I think I am the most worried about is that I won’t be able to do my favourite thing. You know change my mind half way through and just cut off random bits fray them up and wear it. Or can I???  No this is going to be an exercise in self control.

As such I feel should start with a mission statement. Heehee, it sounds like I am trying to take over the world not just make a quilt but any way here goes….

I will make a quilt.

I will make a neat patterned organised quilt.

I will finish it.

I will master the art of a perfect corner join.

I will (attempt to) stick to the pattern.

Then when I have learnt a few tricks and feel more confident I will make another quilt, one that is crazy, frayed, with pieces of cut up old denim, cords, pants, jackets, shirts things with pockets on it, maybe even the odd button or two.

Here are the fabrics I have chosen for this not so world dominating quilt….

Fabric matching. Wow hard work!

I must also confess, I have been lucky enough to be invited to join a group of about 20 lady’s to do this project. It’s called a quilt in a month. It is my understanding that the others have not made a quilt ever before either. I meet a few today while buying fabric. The class starts tomorrow so it was nice to see that I was not the only one to leave it to the day before to buy the fabric. I chose a number of fabrics from my collection of favourites from op-shops or second hand fabrics, from home. Then at the patchwork fabric shop today I started to try and match it. Who thought it would be so hard. There was simply just too many choices. The shop was quite a buzz though really. So many newbees all looking in awe at the different designs. We are all very excited and somewhat nervous. It was fun trying to help each other match and miss-match designs. Luckily for us the lady’s running the shop knew what they were doing and were very helpful. Hopefully as this month goes by some of the group will let me share with you all how we are progressing. I feel that there will be a lot of very pretty quilts coming out of this project.Some of the fabric colours and designs the others chose were fabulous.  I am not aiming for pretty, in fact it was very amusing today in the fabric shop that the lady serving, looked at me, what I was wearing (my new favourite skirt) and the fabrics I was choosing and commented with a bit of a smile “you don’t do pretty do you?”  Not pretty, but hopefully fun!

Wish me Luck!

Patch work quilt.

My family and some friends have worked very hard over the last year to create a master piece. I have not been able to capture how truly stunning it is with my phone camera but here is some photo’s to give you a rough idea.

It is amazing to see all of the hard work come together in to something so beautiful. It was made as a gift for my grandmother and she loves it.

I have learnt a few things about quilting in the last year and I think now… more than ever that if you are good at quilting you must be very very patient!

I love that this was made with so much care and love. A massive big thank you to those who pulled it all together!

If  you like to quilt it up with the best of them then you must check out this page….WOW! You can even book yourself in for a workshop!