Monday, October 29, 2012

Running around in happy Circles...

...because of this...!

Woohoo, I adored Jen Kingwells Circle Game quilt when it was released as a Block of the Month at Amitie a couple of years ago, but because I hadn't yet started my Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM that I had purchased the year before, I told myself I wasn't allowed to get it. But now Jen has released these amazingly gorgeous patterns in booklet form, and I am so thrilled to have it in my collection!! Beautifully photographed by Lucy (Amitie Girl), the instructions are very well written and wonderfully presented.

It is so lovely to be able to own Green Tea and Sweet Beans and also The Circle Game patterns in these beautiful booklets.

I have even made a start (finally) on my GT&SB blocks. I hadn't started these because I wanted to hand piece them all, which I hadn't learnt how to do until recently! Now I am addicted to hand piecing and I can get going on these beautiful blocks...(click on the pic to see closer!)

My stitches are slowly getting smaller (a way to go yet!), I love how the back looks, especially after a good press!

Also arriving in the mail (great mail day) from Amitie, was the next offering in the stash builders club! Aren't these divine? I think some of these will have to go into my Circle Game blocks. Joining a stash club like this is a great way to get many different fabrics, without having to buy larger amounts. Fabulous!

Anyone else making either of these quilts? Send me a link to yours if you want, I would love to see! xo

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Another Border or Two

Once again my slightly addictive nature has taken over...

I have done little else lately apart from tracing templates onto fabric and cutting them out...

to hand piecing the shapes together...

The squares on point border was very enjoyable.

The greeny border is an old fabric from the Lecien Old New 30's collection. It's a beautiful fabric. I managed to find some more here recently which was fabulous cause I didn't have quite enough for this quilt, that border will be repeated later.

You can find this pattern (and where to purchase) over at Judy Newman's beautiful blog A Very Fine House.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Museum Medallion... growing. From this...

to this...

and now this...

Hand pieced, needleturn appliqued. Wonderfully enjoyable! xo

Saturday, October 13, 2012

To Give & To Receive

There is something about making something for someone, putting in your time, your passion, your stabbed fingers!! and trying to create something lovely for them. Then, there is knowing that someone else has done exactly that for you! This is what happens in the DUDQS3. And I love that you get to see all the amazingly beautiful quilts in the DUDQS3 flickr group, but you never know which one will be yours until you get a knock on the door from your postie with a parcel just for you!!!

I was super blessed this week to receive this little beauty from Charlotte of Lawson and Lotti...

Wow, knock me down, isn't that folded star incredible? Charlotte has some beautiful photo's of her star quilt here and mentions that she followed the Moda Bakeshop fancy folded star tutorial here to make up her gorgeous version. Wow, a lot of work!

I love that she has used both machine quilting and hand quilting to really finish off this quilt and the binding in purple is beautiful. Charlotte knew that I love bright colours, stars and circles and of course, Kaffe fabrics. I love everything about this little Star Beauty.

Thank you so much Charlotte and for the gorgeous mug you made me and the extra fabric. I am so thrilled to have a gorgeous quilt made by you.

I also had a lot of fun making a quilt to be sent off to my partner. This is the finished quilt (measuring around 24 inches). Front...


You can get a little more info on this one here if you wish...

Arrived safely at its destination this week, yay!! To be very inspired and see more of these doll quilts, check the flickr group here. Have a lovely weekend. xo

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

When we visited Amitie and Quilts in the Barn

Last weekend I had two gorgeous interstate (from QLD) visitors come and stay for a couple of days. Not only that, these two are 'stitchy' friends! Our very first item on our 'to do' list was a visit to a favourite haunt of mine Amitie in Gardenvale. We had a wonderful time with Jen and Lucy and two hours and a nice addition to the stash later we headed on home.

There are some Daiwabo fabrics in there, a Lecien and a couple of Moda, a Liberty and yes, on top there is a Bloomsbury Liberty...yes, Amitie now have the gorgeous Bloomsbury Liberty range, get in quick if you want some of these.

Next day we made a trip up to Wonga Park to see Linda's fabulous quilt hanging at Quilts in the Barn.  This years theme was red and white quilts and wow, they were awe inspiring!

 Double Wedding Quilt made by Amanda Denton

Linda had put together a wonderful display, both new and antique quilts, a few from the 1800's!

Antique Red Stars c1890 made my Margaret Mew

I apologise for my pics, I took them on my new phone, and often on a side view so I didn't get the people viewing the quilts in the pic too!!! If you pop over to Meredithe's gorgeous blog Pomegranate and Chintz, you can see much better photo's! Oh and Miriam at Yellow Roses blog has even more photo's, wow!

Red Crosses made by Linda Collins (Quilts in the Barn)
quilted by Karen (Quilts on Bastings)

It was a wonderful visit and I'm keen to visit again next year. I've come home very inspired to finally finish off my red and white quilt that I started many many years ago (well, dark pink and cream really!!!)...

I love this old toile, it reminds me of Dr Suess characters...

Mmm, I showed this old quilt top back in 2009 and I still haven't finished it. I guess I'm still trying to work out how to quilt it, heehee!

Thank you Jo and Marie for a fabulous weekend (I didn't even remember to take a photo of the three of us!), safe travels home. xo