Saturday, August 31, 2013

Amitie Love

Firstly thank you to all for your encouragement to keep going on my kantha-like hand quilting on the last post. Your comments spurred me on and I've since quilted over another two flowers yay!

Now to the beee-a-u-tiful fabrics that arrived in my post this week! These lovelies come from Amitie's Stash club (16 x 25cm mailed out 6 times a year).

I love opening my parcel of brightness, they are a great way to add to an existing stash with current fabrics. These divine squares (6") of goodness are all Liberty fabrics from Amitie's Liberty stash club.

Aren't they fun? I'm hoarding each posting of liberty squares to sew up into one large quilt one day. For more info on these stash clubs, including fabric size and pricing, check here.

I'm also a participant in Amitie's newest Block of the Month called Bring Me Flowers.

Month three blocks are almost done, only the circles in the centre of each flower to be appliqued on.

If you missed out on getting this gorgeous BOM sent to you, Amitie have recently announced they are opening up one last round with very limited places (see here). The fabrics in this round will be different to the first two rounds, however you can be very confident that any fabrics chosen by the Amitie girls will be incredible!! All their fabrics are excellent, here is a photo of what I bought from Amitie last time I visited (just couldn't help myself!).


Friday, August 23, 2013

Hand Quilting Progress

If you saw this post back in June, you will know I am steadily (and slowly) working away on my hand quilting project, worked in lots of straight lines using Perle 8 threads.

Well I guess I should be happy that it has only taken me about 10 weeks to stitch up two of the five long panels of the quilt now.

I do not even want to work out how long it is going to take me all up, including the border!!!

In any case, I am thoroughly enjoying having a hand stitching project to pick up at the end of the day (not every day, but most), as well as having something warm to snuggle under in this windy, gloomy cold snap that has hit Melbourne (for what has seemed like months now, but I'm sure it's not?!!).

The lines are being stitched 1/4 inch apart and the texture from all these stitches is wonderful. I love to sit patting it! I feel it is giving the quilt an antique look to it. Even the back of the quilt looks 'aged' and bubbly.

So I will keep on working with it, until everyone around me is sooo bored from seeing me lug this thing to each stitch group, and one day, I will get the third panel done! (Haha, you thought I was going to say finish it didn't you? Mmmm I think that day is a long way away for now).

This quilt began it's life way back here in this post, almost 2 years ago. I WILL get there in the end.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Review

Recently a gorgeous blogger friend of mine Nifty Quilts did a little review of a book called Quilts by Roderick Kiracofe. I fell in love and bought it immediately... 

...only to find there were two of them, so of course, I had to have both!

As quoted on the Blurb site (where the books are self published and purchased) these books display...'A stunning array of quirky, eccentric, maverick and extraordinary quilts that break the rules'.

Roderick Kiracofe, who authored 'The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750 - 1950', has collected these quilts dated from 1950 to the end of the 20th century, finding them from various sources such as flea markets, estate sales, ebay and private dealers, many with unknown makers. 

Photo's shown with permission from Roderick Kiracofe

He has showcased his collection in these two books so beautifully, even eclectically, some quilts are half shown on one page, then finished on the next page. Other quilts spread themselves across two pages while others take up one page leaving a blank white page opposite. 

Photo's shown with permission from Roderick Kiracofe

This way of capturing the quilts, along with the breathtaking beauty and distinctiveness of the quilts themselves really appealed to me.

Back of quilts 2 book

Most of the superb photography is done by Sharon Risedorph. I can highly recommend these books, and if you would like to see more 'insider' photo's, have a look at Nifty's beautiful shoutout (with the one and only Gwen Marston if you please!), or click on the books in the blurb store to see more photo's and where you can purchase either of the books in softcover, hardcover ebook here.

Back of quilts book

Hugely inspired by the quilts shown in these books, I have begun to make my own improvisational quilt blocks. I will show a sneak peek here, with a promise to show more very soon! They are made using the gorgeous Oakshott cottons called Impressions alongside a few other fabrics. 

Also, have you seen Kaffe Fassett's new book Quilt Grandeur is available over at Glorious Colour? My copy is in the post so there will be a book review on that in the near future too! See you soon. xo

Friday, August 9, 2013

Published & a FMQ Class

My Oakshott Dahlia quilt has been published...

You can find this pattern in this months release of Down Under Quilts magazine (Issue 159, Practical Publishing).

I made this quilt last year, here it is hanging on my fence framed by our beautiful plum tree in full blossom. Nice to see the blossoms again because right now I'm absolutely freezing on a cold and wet winters day!!

I designed this quilt around this sweet little pile of Oakshott Ruby Red cottons I had received from here. The colour in these shot cottons still catches my eye every time I see them (I've since purchased more!).

It still shocks me to see my name in print!!

And coming up on Saturday 24th August (from 9:30am-2:30pm), I'm teaching my free motion quilting class at Treehouse Textiles.

We work hard in this class, learning the basics beginning with how to prepare your quilt for machine quilting, to learning many different free motion quilting designs from simple, to the more complicated.

Our hosts at the Treehouse, Emma and Sarah, treat us magnificently all day with wonderful teas, coffee's and delicious food including an amazing lunch! If you would love to join in and learn a new skill, or hone what you can already do, book here.