Saturday, May 16, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks Progress

I am nearly there.

Only 12 6 x 6" inch blocks, three 12 x 12" blocks and one 18 x 18" block to go! A couple more months is all it should take.


I tried to be less uniform in the two blocks on the right hand side. I am looking forward to seeing it finished. I love the green and navy combo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An Update on the X Stitching


I am still mastering getting my x stitches even. I think the trick is to make them biggish and to have them well-spaced.

I learnt this stitch from this Jen Kingwell video on youtube. I quite like the look.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Work in Progress: Pink Toran

My copy of Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah arrived recently. I love ordering books online. Sometimes I forget I have ordered them, so when they arrive, it's kind of exciting! I don't know how I discovered Sujata's blog earlier this year, but was taken by her photos from India.

I decided I would make my own version of her Toran quilt -


I was keen for a pink and red combination and did my best not to use green and blue fabric ... because I am always drawn to those colours so always use them.

All of the fabrics came off the shelf including the linen-ish 'solid'. If I did this one again, I would cut my strips fatter because I often ended up with a skinny strip right at the bottom when I trimmed the blocks back to 8.5",




I also felt like hand quilting. I am trying to use bigger stitches and to get them even. I think I will stitch in between these lines with some pink perle thread. And I 've seen a Jen Kingwell video online where she demonstrates hand quilting little x stitches, so I might add some of those too.

I like this little quilt lots.

In the April hols, I went to Singapore, primarily for the World Education Leadership Summit, but managed some holidaying before and after the conference. I hadn't been to Singapore before. It was an interesting place to visit. I particularly enjoyed the smaller communities outside of Orchard Road. I loved the side-of-the-road sewing service. There were Juki machines everywhere in Little India.








Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pink and Orange

Instead of working on small elephants to actually get something finished, I had the idea of making a pink and orange quilt so I did.

I see the original, by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation, has a much cooler title: Strip Tango Baby!



I used my long hoarded Silent Cinema (2011) and some even older Denyse Schmidt along with some last year Tula. I like the colours a lot. It measures 48" x 60" and is awaiting quilting.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Second One Block Wonder Finished

This is my second official finish for the quarter. It only needed to be bound and I finally got around to it last weekend using some left over Spotlight cream and tan triangles. I like this one lots. Most fabrics are linen/cotton blends.




As you can see from the blue sky between the trees in the top photo, it's a very sunny and warm Good Friday in Auckland. A very nice start to the school hols.

I am linking this finished quilt and the other one block wonder up to Adrianne's Finish-Along -

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Small Finish

I got the red and blue baby quilt finished last weekend and gifted it today.




I do like it but it was an easy one to gift. Lately, I have found I make quilts and then like them too much to give away so have to make another one to actually gift.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Red and Blue Baby Quilt

I am quite impressed with my efforts to quilt this one as I do not enjoy machine quilting at all.

The blocks are 12" on the diagonal and my straight-line quilting is 4" apart.



And I found some really 'unexpected' fabric for the binding which I like lots! It is now attached, so I am set up for some hand sewing. If only my splint was one finger over, I would have a built in thimble.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Birds and Flowers

I am still avoiding the frog and turtle blocks in the Elephant Parade, but I have made the bird and flower blocks.




Next - the smaller elephants.

Oh, and I have a broken finger. It involved opening a locked door at school. And it hurt but not so much I thought it was broken. X-rays show it is - in the top joint. It is in a split full-time for 5 more weeks and then part-time after that. It's more of a nuisance than anything and it could be a lot worse so I can't complain!



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