Tuesday, 28 January 2020

TAH-DAH..................IT'S OFF!!!

Sorry to all of my loyal followers and I hope you are all well and enjoyed the Christmas/New Year break.  I think I'm getting my mojo back & although we still have the rest of this summer to endure, the support, kindness, donations and especially the time given from all the volunteer fire people has been overwhelming.  Not just here in Oz, but from all walks of life worldwide.  A huge thank you from me & I'm sure everyone else.
Now onto what the top of this post is about.
A quilt I made way back in 1999 & blogged about here  Well, it is finally quilted & waiting for binding.  This one worked up well whilst piecing, but has had me racking my brains for how to quilt and once I'd made up my mind, I procrastinated with my inability to do it justice.  At the beginning of December it hit the big machine, but all didn't go to plan. I won't go into the problems I had, but let's say, I persevered & it's DONE.......
Kaleidocrosses.
Talking about quilts, brings me to one of the other reasons I'd not blogged much lately and that is being ridiculed by, I expect, well meaning people who seem to think that there are plenty of books, magazines & the internet to make my quilts from, so why would I design my own & it makes one doubt themselves, but I've decided, I am me & that's how I come.  Oh & it's not been through blogland I've been hurt, but locally.    Enough.............here's some more of what we've been up to.
 Picking blueberries and watching my two tomatoes & a couple of rows of silver beet growing.  With our weird weather at the moment, I' surprised anything has grown well, but 16kgs of berries so far & we've had a few meals with the silver beet.  Tomatoes are definitely not ready & quite slow forming.
Both the Wonga vine & Wisteria have been having a mad growth spurt on the pergola at the top of the stairs.  We'll do a wander around the garden in another post.
My fabric cupboard has had a tidy up whilst I was working on the quilt on the design board below.
This quilt is destined for our lovely granddaughter Miss A. who has just moved into her first flat with her boyfriend, whom we've met & found so nice.  Very much a gentleman.
The star patterns are paper pieced & were from Alyce Blythe of Blossom Heart Quilts here in Melbourne.  The setting is my own as are the colours.  It is a bit further along now, and I'll show more progress in the weeks ahead.  
Hubby has been busy too.  He has had a few commissions with one before Christmas & another I'll show once it is finished.  First up will be a photo of "my" pen.  He has also been asked to make a few of these and they can be quite tricky.  I wonder who will guess what they are made of and how?
My pen.

A log truck made for a friend's son's cousin.  This little boy already had one and wouldn't let his cousin anywhere near it, so his Mum commissioned one for the other lad for Christmas.
 The same Mum thought her daughter would love a quilt, so I took two to show her.  Her Mum happened to arrive whilst I was there & took the other for her own Mum (Bec's grandmother), so I sold both.  Wow!  I've plenty of quilts to gift or sell for a little pocket money, which I made & never used.   Luckily I took some photos before I took them for viewing with a couple of others.  Many of the ones I made before blogging have not been on the blog or even photographed so I am slowly remedying this.
A simple "Hunter's Star" made from a magazine.

Evening in Ireland by Trudie Hughes from her book
Even More.

The back of the above quilt.
Two more quilts were photographed that day whilst we were out and about.
A stack & whack quilt made in a group workshop.  The fabric I had in mind didn't work, so a quick trip home saw me bring back some shell fabric, which was much better.
I've two shots of my quilt called Rainbow Stars, which I made after practicing the no waste way of making flying geese blocks.  Only two fabrics were used in this quilt, which were the black & the multi coloured fabric.  Once the geese were made I played with setting them & this is what I ended up with.  
Rainbow Stars.

A lovely dog photo bombing.  He was way more interested in my quilt rather than the dog treat DH had been given to make him turn around for me.
OK, so that has been a small catchup of a few moments from recent months.  One last photo to finish and more than likely I'll be here on Friday for the Photo Hunt.
Picked from the garden yesterday & placed on our side table between the two armchairs.  Bit messy, but I am crocheting of a night with my Christmas present from DD, which was the wool for Attic 24's dahlia rug.  Not far with that yet, so it will be shown in progress soon.
Best go as I'm starting to feel weary.  Take care all & huggles from down under.

17 comments:

  1. Your quilts are lovely. I'm an admirer of those who can and do design.

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  2. Goodness , why would anyone not be super awed by your quilts. They are gorgeous! Those hurtful people must be extremely jealous of your super talent! Xx

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    1. Thank you Sharon. It's my wonderful blogging pals that are my support.

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  3. If anyone is going to criticize designing your own quilts, then I shall be in the firing line well an truly. Ignore those people, and is the mystery item is made from coloured pencils??

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    1. Yes, yes, you are correct Judy. It's amazing how many people make the weirdest suggestions, but this was his first & it's all mine. They aren't the easiest, especially if the timber is rubbish, which some of the cheaper types use.

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  4. I can imagine that designing a quilt isn't the easiest of things to do so those who have ridiculed you must be jealous of the talent you have which they probably haven't. Your quilts are lovely, my favourites are the first one and the Rainbow Stars :-)

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    1. Thanks Eunice. I've played with quilts for so long now, that I'm not sure if it's difficult or not. Just in my makeup. Sitting outside at the moment & it's getting quite hot & the birds are tweeting, chirping & feasting on the neglected friut trees in a neighbour's yard.

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  5. You both have such talent, the pen is fabulous and the truck amazing. I am always in awe of your wonderful designing skills and the superb quilts you make. Miss A is going to love her special quilt in her new home, it'll be like a hug form you everytime she snuggles under it.
    Maybe the rude commenter is just so very jealous of your talents!
    love and blessings xx

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    1. Thanks Julie. I love the bit a big hug for granddaughter, though this will be her fourth, starting from when she was born.

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  6. All your quilts are wonderful and I'm awed by your ability to both design and create such beautiful things. The Rainbow stars quilt is wonderful:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie. It must be good if a dog liked it too.(lol).

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  7. People can be strange - I would not let them worry you. Looking forward to seeing your crochet and tell K his carpentry skills are looking great :)

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    1. Thanks Kate. I do tend to worry, but your support always helps.
      Hey, have you realised that so many crafTs end with T.....crochet, knit, quilt. I'll let K know & make his head swell a bit more.

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  8. Your quilts are so lovely …

    All the best Jan

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  9. Lovely quilt pics! And I'm enjoying your blueberries :) xx

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