Bob in a bag

Bob in a bag

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Cuppa Time


So far my morning has been relaxed the Reverse Quilter has gone to play golf in Blackbutt. Yes there is a town by that name. lol.  I want to enter the local art and craft festival again this year and have spent the morning looking at inspirational images on 
Pintrest www.pinterest.com  .

I have not looked at Pintrest before today and was surprised at how beautiful some of the images are


Thre searches I made included

Free Motion Embroidery
Hand Embroidery
Art Quilts
Beading and Peyote Beading
Traditional Quilts

I now have lots of ideas running around in my head, I hope to catch one soon

With my cuppa on hand it is time to visit some of my favorite blogs.

Over at  cqjp2014.blogspot.com.au there is a lot of eye candy for those of us who like Crazy Patch, such exquisite stitchery.

Some destashing and two beautiful baby quilts at quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com.au/


Buderim Patckwork group have had their Thursday get together with some very sweet mug bags on show.  Along with some knitting and finished quilts 

buderimpatchwork.blogspot.com.au

Mina at kindaquilty.blogspot.com.au has accepted a challenge and made a  Open Wide Zippered Pouch.   to store some of her goodies in.



Pam from Threading MY Way has featured   iPhone Case with Pull Tab ~ Tutorial by Anna, from charmedLiebling


I have enjoyed my coffee and visiting some awsome blogs but now I hear the washing machine calling me ho hum





Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My Country - Images of magical places

The following is a verse from My Country written by Dorothea MacKeller

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

For me this verse sums up the far north of Australia and I have been fortunate to live in two breath taking tropical place.  For over thirty years I lived in the Northern Territory and from 1998 East Kimberly in Western Australia.  Both of these places have a magical quality that still lingers after seven years of being away. Both Katherine in the Northern Territory and Kununurra in Western Australia only have two seasons, the Dry Season and the Wet Season 


Thermal Spring that flow into the Katherine River





Katherine River in flood 


Katherine Gorge, hard to believe the water was touching the tops of the rock sides during the floods
Edith Falls
  





View from my kitchen window, Kelly's Knob

Ivanhoe Crossing a great palace for fishing

Kelly's Knob during monsoon storm











The following photos of Kununrra were taken by EastKimberley Photography to view more awesome photo's go to www.facebook.com/EastkimberleyPhotography






The following photos are of two things the Kimberley s are famous for

Argyle Diamond. The diamonds mined around Kununurra come in various colours including, champagne,  green and pink.

A Green Tree frog.  They live in both the Northern Territory and East Kimberly
We now live in Queensland, not as rugged or as stunning just a little more sedate. Beautiful in its own way

My final photo is a sunset near Darwin.




Sunday, 2 March 2014

What I have been working on

Do you ever feel like you are getting nowhere?  One of the side effects of brain surgery has been a lack of concentration.  I am unable to concentrate on one project for long periods and it seems to take me longer to complete my projects.  It also means I have lots of WIPS,

I have completed the Log Cabin Wagga top (it has taken two years)
The  Centre Medallion top  from I See Red is almost complete, two borders to go
18 Hexi flowers made
A necklace completed 




Crazy patch block for the http://cqjp2014.blogspot.com.au/



In my box of WIPS I still have 2 quilts and a bag to finish.
Two embroidered table cloths and 4 of my mothers doilies to complete

I completed this top but was not happy with the end results and I have unpicked it and removed the flowers.  I will use the centre and add different boarders.





Now this is a little off the sewing subject but then again he supervises me all the time.  

Bob has given my new handbag his approval


Thursday, 13 February 2014

I see red, I see red, I see red !

I have been working on my centre medallion quilt making the diamond in a square blocks

4 cream squares per block  (192 x 3 inch squares in total)
                                                                                                                                                                    

Each square is folded and pressed to form a triangle.  When the triangle is opened the fold becomes the sewing line  




The triangles are opened out and with the right sides of the fabric together pinned to the larger square at the corners

The fold lines are used as the sewing line.


After stitching along the fold line fold the fabric toward the corner of the larger block to expose the right side of the fabric. Repeat this process for all 4 corners.  







 Of course not all has gone smoothly. 

I washed the fabric before I used it, adding salt and vinegar to the water and pressed the fabric to set the red dye before use.  All went well until I sprayed starch on the fabric before pressing it. The starch caused the red to run into the cream fabric. I quickly washed the piece  by hand and fortunately the red came out of the cream fabric.  Moral to this story do not use spray starch on red fabric. 


While I was making the blocks my supervisor was on hand to make sure I was doing it right,



Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CQJ2014 and a quick BOB tale

I have made my first block for 2014.  This year I want to concentrate on the stitching not the embellishments.  While flipping through some of my older quilting books I came across a Crazy Quilt in the Woman's Weekly Creative Patchwork book.  The blocks are easy to make and  are 11 inches when completed. 


I have used running , button hole and feather stitch along with straight stitch and french knots. Sadly the photo does not show all the stitching clearly. In the book the blocks are sewn together with out sashings but I think I will frame each block.  Plenty of time to think about that as I still have 11 blocks to go.



Bob

The Reverse Quilter (hubby kindly does my unpicking) and Bob have a very funny relationship and I am sure Bob teases the Reverse Quilter.  Sunday mornings are quiet in our house I tend to surf all things quilting on the net and the Reverse Quilter reads his book.  Lately he has been doing a jigsaw puzzle I gave him for his birthday and Bob supervises.  Last Sunday Bob sat on the Reverse Quilters shoulder and watched as pieces were put into place. After awhile Bob climbed down the Reverse Quilters arm and hid behind the puzzle box.  Every so often Bob would stick his head out from behind the box and look around.  This went on for a while and suddenly the Reverse Quilter gave a shout.  Bob had run out from behind the box and taken a piece of puzzle and flew away with it. The chase was on  and I am not sure what was funnier, watching the Reverse Quilter trying to catch Bob or Bob flying away with the puzzle piece in his mouth every time the Reverse Quilter got close. In the end I called Bob and he flew to my shoulder, I put out my hand and he dropped the piece into it and every thing was peaceful again lol

They say birds have small brains but that does not mean they are stupid Bob sure isn't.




Sunday, 2 February 2014

What to do with that piece of fabric?

Welcome to Rengin from http://renginscolors.blogspot.com.au thanks for joining us.

Back to that piece of fabric!!! Sometimes we buy fabric because we fall in love with it. I fell in love with this piece and purchased two metres of it. Wrong wrong wrong. That's the problem with buying just one piece of fabric. I should have purchased others from the same range.


It has sat in my cupboard for the past two years and I have found it hard to match other fabrics to it. I did managed to find a green spot and while digging through my scrap bag I found a small piece of pink with red flowers and I had some red on cream fabric I stole from another project. I begged a friend for a piece of green she had in her stash and finally had enough fabric for a project.

Now what to make???. Out came all the magazines and I searched my EQ6 for inspiration.  In EQ6 I came across a vase of flowers I thought I could adapt to make a centre medallion.



I returned to EQ6 and played for a while with the fabrics and blocks. I came up with a simple design I hope will show off  the red fabric.


After adapting the centre medallion and completing the appliqué I thought  it was a little too plain with just 3 flowers, it needed something more. The vase is now full and I am happy with the end result.


The colours are muted but I think it is going to work and make the red shine. 










Sunday, 26 January 2014

Another Heart Finished

Our weather has changed and the hot days are with us no more.  We have had some rain and the sky has been overcast. Tanks are full and it is a little cool in the mornings but just right to snuggle under a lap quilt and do some hand sewing. 


I need 12 of these hearts and I am up number 7.  I am enjoying making them and every one has been different so far.