Monday, February 28, 2011

A Single Girl

No, not me, I am still very happily married, however I am joining in on the Single Girl fun kicked off by Katy over at I'm a Ginger Monkey. The Single Girl pattern by Denyse Schmidt is one I have 'been going to' make for a long time, so Katy's group was all the encouragement I needed to get started.

My templates and fabrics are now chosen and cut...
This process has taken a couple of days, the fabrics I initially chose have been auditioned and they either made the grade, or were rejected, other fabrics then found to take their place. Lots of Flea Market Fancy, Kaffe and Brandon fabrics, some Lizzie House, one Good Folks, a Sis Boom Toile and some Peas and Carrots.
I had to write the word 'up' on each template because I was quickly getting confused which way was right side up!!!
I'm thinking I will team these colours with a gorgeous Kona cotton background in Taupe.

Talking about confusion...I did a full post last week about my wonderful time in class with Kaffe and Brandon, only realising a couple of hours later I had posted it on the Glorious Applique blog rather than here!!! So I deleted it from there thinking I would re-post here, but now cannot be bothered to do it again! Perhaps I will down the track, but for now I will leave you with a pic of Kaffe chatting about what he liked and what he would do differently on my 'smouldering' (kaffes words) dark Bordered Diamonds quilt.
You can see a lot more about the awesome time we had that day over at Patchandi, Yellow Rose Quilts and Meli B's gorgeous blogs. Perhaps when I finish this quilt I will show more.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

A Knitting Bag.
For a friend.
Soul Blossoms.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pinch Me I'm Dreaming!

Kaffe Fassett has inspired me for 26 years with his passion for colour. On Tuesday I had the privilege of meeting him! I flew up to Sydney and stayed with the gorgeous Kim McLean who was having a dinner party for Kaffe and Brandon Mably who are currently taking classes across Australia.
L-R front row: Sharron (Dragonfly Gypsy), Kim McLean, Kaffe Fassett.
L-R back row: Sue, Brandon Mably, Janet (Quiltsalott), me!, Kathy (Material Obsession)

It was a dream come true to meet these very talented people and there was show and tell...
I alway knew Kim was an incredibly talented quilter, but seeing her quilts 'in the flesh' was a fabulous experience.
Janet and I have been emailing for a couple of years now and it was great to finally meet her
Janet brought her Stars & Sprigs quilt (a Kim Mclean pattern) and it is amazing.
Janet has been teaching herself to quilt, can I say, she is definitately not quilting at a beginner level, her quilting is incredible.
Of course I had to take my Fassetted Mosaic quilt to show...
I think they liked it.

Thank you Kim for a wonderful night. Now I am home again, I think it was all a wonderful dream!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Soul Blossom Star

Ok, I gave in! I'm supposed to be working on my ufo, but that gorgeous pile of Soul Blossoms kept calling me. Especially when I teamed them up with some of Kaffes stunning shot cottons. Putting them together using an older pattern of Kaffe Fassetts called Wheel of Fortune from his Caravan of Quilts book (pub. 2004), this is where I'm at so far....
I have made this quilt before but always wanted to make another one. Last time I used Kaffe fabrics mixed with some batiks and checks...
Instead of using the templates and cutting out the fabrics and machine sewing them together as the pattern instructs, I prefer to paper piece this one. Firstly cutting out the card templates...
then basting the fabric to the templates...
Working around the circle, I then add each colour in layers...
As my quilt grows, I then remove the papers from the earlier layers...
As anyone who has paper pieced a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt knows, stitching by hand over papers is actually very therapeutic! I promise I will get back to my ufo, but for now, I'm loving these bright, blossomy colours!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Our Thoughts Are With You...

...as the monster tropical cyclone 'Yasi' crosses the North Queensland border tonight. Please keep our brave Queenslanders in your thoughts and prayers as they face the biggest cyclone our nation has seen.
Image from here

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First 2011 UFO

Towards the end of last year I decided I would like to attempt to finish some of the ufo's I had lying around my house. I was able to finish this one...
The Wonderful Half Square Triangle Quilt (blogged here)

And this one...
Allotment Quilt (blogged here)

My first ufo for this year will be one I started about 7 or 8 years ago!! It was a BOM that I began with a friend when I still lived in Brisbane. A lovely Leanne's House quilt, it combines patchwork with applique and embroidery...
I still love this quilt, but my tastes have changed since I began this BOM. I now plan to give this as a gift (I cannot say to whom yet for she may read this post). I have only 6 weeks to finish it. These are the seven blocks already finished...
I have just two needing the embroidery and applique finished on...
The little details in this quilt are simply gorgeous...
My plan is to quilt it simply, in the ditch and around the appliques. I can get it done in 6 weeks surely? Mind you, I am slightly distracted by my lovely pile of Soul Blossom at the moment, I have started a quilt with them, hope to show you soon. xo