Saturday, August 28, 2010

Second Roseville Block

This block came together pretty quickly. For some reason the colours just looked right from the start. I have begun to assemble the fabrics for my third block, and this one is not behaving at all!!!
I love the centre fabric on this block. I decided early on to make my version of Kim's Roseville Album a very bright and happy quilt (I think it will probably be a sickening confection of a quilt in the end, but at least I'm having fun with all the bright colours for now). To offset all the brights I'm using black and white for all the stems and tree trunks. I am trying to avoid using any brown at all.
So the first two blocks are complete, only 15 blocks to go!!! I'm off to try and make block three behave, if it is not careful it might be skipped and block 4 will be done instead!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quilts en Provence

A couple of you guessed correctly...I received Kaffe Fassetts new book Quilts en Provence in the mail the other day! Now it appears this book is not released until next month or so in America, however a lovely shop in Australia (Ballarat Patchwork) was selling it and I just had to get a hold of it. I will give you a preview here with permission...

As you know I love anything and everything Kaffe, and once again I am not disappointed. This book is superbly photographed (by Debbie Patterson) in the colourful town of Roussillon, south of France.
In the book we find 20 quilts charmingly displayed around Roussillon from the quiltmakers Roberta Horton, Mary Mashuta, Liza Prior Lucy, Pauline Smith, Brandon Mably, Sally Davis, Ruth Eglington and Judy Baldwin (alongside Kaffe himself of course).
Kaffe Fassett Yellow Panels Quilt
One of the things I really enjoy about Kaffe's books is that while the quilt patterns themselves can sometimes be quite simple, they are put together masterfully using the saturated colour found in the glorious fabrics from Kaffe, Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs.
Ruth Eglington Sherbet Quilt
Philip Jacobs is the featured artist in this book and it is fascinating reading about his passions and his varied history and experiences which have influenced the incredible fabric designs he creates today.
 Philip Jacobs Garden Party fabric (various colourways)
Kaffes books are for beginner, intermediate and advanced quilters alike, whether you want to make his quilts exactly as he does, or make the quilts truly your own with colours from your own imagination (and stash!).

Liza Prior Lucy will be making up kits for each of these magnificent quilts, keep an eye out for these popular fabric packs at Glorious Colour in the next few weeks. Liza's dazzling Fruit Salad quilt (below) has really caught my eye...
 Liza Prior Lucy Fruit Salad Quilt
In a word I find Kaffe's new book inspirational (as I find all his books!). I hope you don't have to wait too long to get your copy. xo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Absolutely Addicted to Applique!

Oh yes, I really love it. Kim McLeans patterns always suck me in, all those gorgeous appliqued corners, curves, circles, etc, totally addictive. I've been having a blast making up my first Roseville Album block. A few hours spent playing with colour, auditioning it for the block, cutting out the freezer paper shapes, then time spent with needle and thread stitching it all together, who could ask for more?
 The background fabric is still speaking to me which is good, sometimes when you start something don't you find you can change your mind once it has been stitched? But I'm happy how the background fabric shows through enough to give interest and even perhaps compliment the applique, but not to overpower it. 
Meet the birds, aren't they cute....?!!
I adore orange, so I am making this quilt with less red and more orange. 
Using mainly Kaffe/Brandon/Philip/Amy fabrics on this one, with a few showings from the likes of Denise Schmidt (flea market fancy), Jennifer Paganelli, Keiko Goke, Sandi Henderson, Michael Miller (love his dots and damask), etc. Lots of inspiration for this quilt (and other Kim McLean quilts) at Glorious Applique (if you haven't found your way there already!).

Oh, I received a gorgeous book in the mail today, quilts photographed somewhere beautiful in France (can you guess the book?). I will take a couple of pics and show it here soon. xo

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Little Applique

Applique is wonderful therapy don't you think? I have started my Kim McLean Roseville quilt, yay!
It took me a long time to choose which backing I will use for this quilt. Finally chose Kaffe's Roman Glass pastel however I am going to stitch on the back of the fabric instead of the front. The back of the fabric is a little more muted and a little less overwhelming.
Front                                    Back

Have you seen our new blog Glorious Colour? There is a lot of applique happening over there...anything to do with Kim McLean quilts. Janet has a photo of her almost finished Stars and Sprigs quilt, wow, its a masterpiece I tell you! If you have any of Kim's quilts, or are about to start one, you are welcome to join in with the fun.

I have started my first block, hope to show it soon. Thank you everyone for your encouragement lately, we have had a few sunny days recently, so nice to get outside again! See you soon. xo

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Little Blue

Perhaps its the many grey weather days we have been having, I don't know, but I'm feeling a little blue! Hope to get myself motivated and back to blogland very soon, I know it's just a season. And because I can't do a post without a picture...this is a photo I took last year that I love, sunny days are just around the corner! Thinking of you all. xo