Saturday, February 24, 2018

An Evening with Kaffe!

While I may not be spending so much of my $$$$ on 

fabric this year....


hearing inspirational quilters speak and share their 

quilts is high on my list!


Cutting Cloth in Fairfield was one of the stops on

 Kaffe Fassett's (rhymes with 'safe asset') latest tour.

The shop...


and restaurant venue were adorned with all his

Love that green!

glorious colour!

The quilting was only on the purple solid-minimal but so effective

I'll be honest, I own very little Kaffe fabric....

I'd love to make something like this!

but I love his graphic designs, use of colour and 

Fabulous use of a 16-patch and border fabric

simple quilting!

And the battings are so thin, apparently good for 

travelling!


Of course, there was the obligatory book signing!


 and photo op!


Thanks Kellie for a very memorable evening!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dresdens!

Sewing has taken a back seat since I went back to work three weeks ago!

Delilah has stalled because we are still waiting for month 12 templates to arrive!



I don't think I showed you all of month 11.

My sister has been collecting fabric for a quilt....


and we settled on a Dresden plate block.

So, to ensure we had the right size, I practised with 

this first...



I've made three of these into a table runner...


which is waiting patiently to be quilted!

In the meantime, I cut most of the blues and 

greens...


into 5.5" blades, with a speciality ruler...


and made the first of 36 Dresdens!

Of course, it still needs a centre...

Have you ever made a Dresden plate quilt?

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Finish #3!

 I have another finish to share with you today...

my third for 2018!


"Luna Park"....


is roughly 55" square.

Seventeen of these blocks came from my Gridster 

bee buddies....


and these are the siggy blocks on the back.

  
Thank you, ladies!


I'm so glad I went with this layout,

Before quilting

after stitching it together with all that horrid black 

sashing!


I think I have ended up with a much more lively and 

interesting quilt!


I machine quilted around each block first,

to anchor all layers together.


Then quilted with black and navy blue perle thread.



I used a stripey black and white binding, which a 

friend commented that it reminded her of a barber's 

pole.


I found this outside one of those hipster barbers 

shops, that are so popular in Melbourne now!


This is quilt #91 I've made!


(You can see most of the other 90 on a separate page of this blog)


...not sure how many more I have in me?


Do you ever think about not making quilts anymore?


I guess I can't imagine life without quilting!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Friday, January 26, 2018

Hot Fudge!

I decided on this traditional layout for my latest 

finish!







I made a little 'cross stitch' type block to fill a gap...


and lots of two-toned, checkerboard pieces too!


I tried out some new homemade spray glue for 

basting....

(the recipe on "String and Story" blog is found here)


and I must say, I'm sold!

I've never found it easier to baste, nor been happier 

with the way the quilt sandwich held together!


Any puckering I blame solely on my wonky piecing!


A downside of the spray is that it needs to be 

washed out promptly;


so the rest of these photos are after the quilt has 

been washed and dried.


Given the Summer weather here, 



and the fudging I did to get some pieces to fit,

the name seemed obvious!



Isn't that garden pretty?



This is my favourite place to take photos! 


 Thanks Han, for letting me stay....




it was fun!


Happy sewing!

SUZ

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Plotting and planning....


With one quilt finish under my belt for 2018, 

"Sanctuary" in its new home

and "Luna Park" being hand quilted in the 

evenings....


it is time to turn my attention to another WIP.

But first....

I had been wanting to make one of these 

strawberry blocks for a long time!


Isn't she pretty?

I gathered up all my Gridster blocks, and some 

orphan blocks too, that I thought would play nicely 

with one another!

I spent some time measuring them and transferring 

these measurements on graph paper!


(Yes, I know there are probably computer 

programmes that do it for you,


 but I'm old-fashioned 

when it comes to designing!)


So I am playing with possible layouts, 

There will definitely be some random sashing to 

be added.



And possibly some checkerboard 'filler' blocks too!



It is much easier moving these mini paper blocks 

around than crawling around the floor!


If anyone has any other ideas for me,

you know where I am,

plotting and planning!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

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