Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Got That Wonky Feeling!

Wow it's difficult to get back into the blogging mode when you have been awol for a few weeks!! My time away was forced upon me with yet another bad shoulder flare up. Things are settling down now, fingers crossed they will stay that way for a lot longer this time. I'm bursting with ideas and inspiration for 2012 and very excited to see what the year will bring. 

One thing I did manage to work on slowly over the past month was a Wonky Stars Quilt.

My inspiration for this quilt was a gorgeous quilt I found on flickr created by Amy (Drury Girl).

Amy's (Drury Girl) gorgeous wonky star quilt that she designed. 
The colours she has used here are mouthwatering!
Photo taken with permission.

I loved Amy's layout for these stars and decided to make mine like that too. I had fallen completely in love with the feedsack inspired Blue Hill Fabric with its retro looking red, pink, green and white flowers all over it and had such fun using this as the background fabric for the stars. 

For the stars I wanted to continue a bit of a retro look and found Denyse Schmidts Flea Market Fancy plus some of her new Spotlight (Joannes) fabric worked a treat as always. Is there anything that FMF doesn't work with? Other fabrics used are the always versatile Japanese Kei dots and some Michael Miller dots as well as some solids and other fabrics. 

The stars are wonky because they are sewn using the liberated method. 

I took a few photo's to show how they are done, I will show them in the next week or so.

Recently we spent some time with friends down at Philip Island. These photo's were taken on the horse round yard on the property, the grey timber of the yard looks fabulous with the colourful stars. Kenny the racehorse wanted to make sure he starred in the photo's as well. 

He is such a handsome fellow.

I'm thrilled with this little quilt and need to think about how I will quilt it. I will bind it using a black of some sort probably.

Have you made any wonky star quilts? xo

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Aussie Christmas Quilt...

...was the theme I had in mind when I designed the wallhanging quilt to send overseas to my SSCS partner.

I was thinking of the bright colours we see at Christmas time here in Australia, the clear blue skies, green sparkling waters of the ocean, orange and pinks of the sunsets, yellows of the sandy beaches.

For the design I kept it simple, circles to represent the decorations on the Christmas tree...

The circle around that to represent the lovely Christmas wreaths often seen hanging in doorways to welcome friends and family.

The border fabric is from Amy Butlers Love range called Bliss Bouquet. The colours in this fabric are amazing and go very well with the white background with red writing (from Annie's Farm Stand Seed Catalog range, almost impossible to find now).

I kept the colours going on the back, I love this paint splodge fabric!

You can easily see the raw edge, freemotion quilting on the back too.

Brandon Mably's tents fabric makes wonderful binding.

This little quilt now lives in the Netherlands.