Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quilts on Display!

Recently I was thrilled to be asked to hang a couple of my quilts in our council/library foyer. There was just enough room for four quilts, two are Andrea's amazing creations (our shire cultural planner) and two are mine.


Mine is the Japanese Fruit Salad on the left, rather dwarfed by Andrea's huge log cabin quilt made out of 1000's of incredibly tiny log cabin blocks. Check out a closeup....


I also hung my Fassetted Mosaic quilt. We have yet to put up some info sheets.


What fun to have our quilts hanging in a public space for a couple of months. If you are visiting the mornington library you will see them on your way in!!


I will get a few pics together of my now finished Japanese Fruit Salad quilt to show very soon. xo

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Blogging?

It's funny, I haven't blogged much this month and now I feel as though I'm out of the habit of it. So tonight I thought I need to just say something to get me back into it. But what?

I could show you some photo's of my finally finished Japanese x and + quilt...


but this is the only pic I have taken, so I won't show you that.

I could show the eggs that were pulling funny faces at me in my kitchen yesterday...


they were so mischievious...


so I cracked it and whipped their butts...


and now there is nothing to show...


Or, I could show you what my design wall has looked like over the past two weeks. It all started off with a few 2 1/2 inch squares of gorgeous Folksy Flannel. I wanted to make a 25 patch quilt, but I wasn't sure how I wanted it to look. I tried a diagonal 25 patch...


But I didn't like it. Next was an on point 25 patch...


Better, but a little boring perhaps! Ok how about an on point scrappy 25 patch...


Ok, I'm going with this one. But...I can't show you any more of this either cause I haven't finished sewing it yet.

So, perhaps, I won't show you anything after all. I hope you have all had a much more productive week than me. (And perhaps I shouldn't blog when I'm in a strange mood!!). Hope to be back soon with something good to show. xo

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Touching Base

We are having a wonderful time with our visiting family. As predicted I have spent much time in the kitchen, and a lot less time sewing. It has been fun though. Last night we finally got around to giving our eldest son an 18th birthday party (only about 3 months late)!!! It was a wonderful evening, he has gorgeous cousins, and lovely friends. My youngest son took a few food pics for me...


 Pizza scrolls on a stick...


Easy sausage rolls (made by wrapping a gourmet sausage in puff pastry, a brush of beaten egg and a sprinkle of sesame seeds and throw in the oven to bake, easy and yummy)!!!


The 'candle floating on water with a flower inside the jar' idea came from Pinterest. It can be a bit of an unreal world over there at Pinterest, but there is lots of eye candy and some fabulous ideas. These looked great on the table.



The cupcakes were lovely (a Donna Hay recipe from this book) they tasted delicious and were a hit.


Amongst all the partying I have had a little time to work on this..


See you soon. xo

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Experimenting...

...with the Japanese x and + block. As you know I've become addicted to making these gorgeous blocks. I am still working on my blocks I started here, but I got to wondering how this block would look in just two colours. I have always thought that the Jennifer Paganelli Sis Boom toile (called Nuala but now oop ) is my absolute favourite toile of all time, and especially lovely in this pink and brown colourway. I teamed it up with Denyse Schmidts Flea Market Fancy bubbles in brown, and Kaffe Fasetts Guinea flower in white and brown. I really liked the block using just two (main) colours and three different fabrics.


However when I joined all the blocks together I didn't like it so much....it looks more like a x and + and - block now!


So I added a border to see if I like it better.


I didn't.                      So I unpicked it!!!


 I decided to make alternating blocks, so I made up some new blocks this time with brown in the middle cross...











twisted the four corner sets around...

and placed them with a slightly different setting to the usual Japanese x and + block.







Then I sewed the first block with the pink middle cross, alternating with the second block with the brown middle cross. I'm much happier with the design now.


Yes, I think I will keep this pattern.


A stained glass photo...


Now to decide if it needs a border or not.

I may be a little preoccupied for the next week or two. We have had a wonderful visit from my brother and his wife this weekend (til tomorrow), and also today we gained three extra teenagers, (our nephews and niece visiting from Brisbane for 10 days), so we are a full house. It is always fabulous to have time to see our family, but I may be a little scarce from here for a bit, I think I will be in the kitchen a lot instead! May your week be a wonderful one. xo