21 July 2014

Sydney Quilt and Craft Show

I had hoped to post this on the day I visited the show. But when I got home my phone line was dead and it took 4 days for it to get fixed. So my review of the new venue won't be of much help to those who attended after me.

For the record, the new venue was pretty good. The natural light was ALOT better than Darling Harbour. The aisles were wider but it was colder in the morning, but was nice and warm by lunch time. I went by charter bus and I think this was a good call. There seemed to be alot of parking, but you'd want to know your way around Sydney to drive there. I'd recommend bus or ferry (which both stopped right in front of the entrance).

 Here is the full set of swag. In my defence, I save up all year for this one and it is my big spending spree for the year and I did come home with money left. For some reason, there didn't seem to be as much there this year.

 This one is a Japanese bag pattern. I don't normally do bags or patterns, but this one seemed pretty simple and was cute. I bought a kit that had some of the fabric required. I have enough in my taupe stash to make this one. If it's easy to make, I will make a few for the Guild stall at the exhibition. The cloth buttons were a great buy.

 These ones are metreage. They were only $5m, so I got a couple of the civil war repro, I hope to swap some of that with people.

 This was my last purchase of the day. I was only going to buy this if I hadn't made any other big purchases. I have some flannels already but not enough to make a decent sized quilt. Now I should have plenty!! The big piece on the right side is the backing (also flannel). So with wool batting, this should be a very snuggly quilt!

I got a few more for my Japanese taupe collection. I really like the two cream ones on the right, lots of nice texture!!

I also got some goreguous Japanese silk jackets for super cheap prices. I will do a serparate post for those.

20 July 2014

Churn Dash Swap Blocks - 3

This post is a doozy!! We didn't have a meeting in April, and then the next meeting the person running the swap didn't have time to stay and swap at the meeting, so she took them home. So last meeting, I got three months worth of swaps back, and since I'm doing double, that means I got 60 blocks back in one go!!

Set 3

Here is the swap before last, where I handed in two lots. These are each of the piles of my four sets, plus a pile of the leader and ender blocks I am making at the moment.




Set 4

Set 5
And this is the pile of 100 I have so far.


7 July 2014

Orange and Grey Quilt Put Together

The blocks for this one have been sitting in the cupboard for a while now. I'm on leave so I am trying to work my way through some of my UFO's so I can clear some space and declutter a bit.

The plan had been to make it like this, with the orange blocks all lined up. But as I was looking at it, I had a play and tried this layout:

I decided that I liked this one better and so does Cleo:

The more I looked at it the more I liked the offset setting. It also sort of continues the zig zag theme from my Pink and Grey Log Cabin quilt. Start of a series!!

I had decided to leave it there. But the more I think about it, I want to put another grey row down the left hand side to make the offset more obvious and get the middle block from the middle of the quilt. This would mean putting another thin row of grey top and bottom (which was part of the original design).

I might leave it for a couple of days. I think part of wanting to get it done is coming from always only having a day here or there to work on them. But I'm on leave, so I do have time to make more blocks. But I do want it finished.

20 June 2014

Block of the Quarter

My Guild runs a block of the quarter competition. You pay one or two dollars to get a pack. You then make up the block. Once it's done, you return it and go into the draw to win the lot. We had two lots to give away. I didn't win either but it was fun taking part.


12 May 2014

Churn Dash Swap Blocks - 2

Another great set of blocks for the swap.

There was one issue though. There were a couple of blocks which had a great dark, but the light (shirting) was just too bright. The pattern was OK but the colours were just wrong for Civil War fabrics. I loved the purples used, so I decided to take them apart and put a new background in. I had a nice green toned one so I went with that for both.

 As you can see the background colours were just too bright. It's a pity, the pattern would've been a perfect shirting pattern.

 And here are the revised blocks. I normally don't mind the blocks being a bit off in piecing or colours etc, that is part of the fun of being in a swap. But these just weren't usable. So I figured better to rescue them rather than not use them at all. And I really did love the purples chosen.

Here are the blocks being sorted at Guild.

30 April 2014

Small Log Cabin Community Quilt

I've been pretty bad at blogging (and sewing) recently. Work has been full on and when I get home I just don't have the strength to sew. I have been doing alot of cutting out with my Sizzix, getting some leaders and enders sorted out. I have some leave coming up and I wanted these ready to go when I do finally get some time infront of the machine.

Over the recent Easter/ANZAC Day long weekends, I did get some sewing done.

 I received these blocks as part of a job lot I bought at our Guild swap/sell day. Not enough for me to do much with. Sew I put on some sashing and a border. I figure this is a workable size for a baby quilt.

I will take it to the next 5th Saturday and give it to the Community Quilts to add to the pile to give away as needed.
 

4 March 2014

Pink and Green Origami Bag

One of the lovely ladies at Novocastrian Quilters Guild, Margaret, taught a class on how to make this great bag. I wasn't able to do it during the class but she was kind enough to let me have a handout. So last weekend I made it up. Very easy and looks fab!!

Here is Miss Hattie assisting me making the bag. She is laying on the two squares of fabric used to make the bag. The two squares are sewn with a 1/4 " seam all around the outside seam, right sides together. Leave a small gap to turn the pieces out. I then pressed the finished seams.

You then fold the square as seen below. The green floral is the outside fabric, pink dots the "lining". The two tips should touch the outside edge.


You then sew from the outside edge to the top point, only going through the top two layers. Same with the other side. Due to the shapes, it's best to do it in two stages, as the angles are funny and on small bags you won't be able to do it in one go. This should give you a sleeve - that is, you can put your hand through the tube.

Now, sew from the point as indicated below, through all layers to the bottom edge. I'd mark this to make sure you get a straight seam.

Then fold the ends in until they meet the gap as below. You then sew two lines at each end to form a channel for the ribbon.

Fold in half along middle sewing line so that flaps and ribbon channel are on the inside. Then sew up the two sides to form a bag. You can stop at this stage for a flat bag.

I added a flat bottom to my bag to allow it to sit better and add a bit of padding to the bottom of the bag. I forgot to take a photo of this step!! Here is a link to show you how to do the corners. Instructions about half way down the page. The tutorial there is a bit different to this one.
You can leave the triangle flaps on the bottom loose, but I hand sewed them down as I think it looks neater, helps keep the shape and gives added padding to the bottom. Please ignore how badly the seams all line up, it was my first go!! ;-) NOTE: This is the INSIDE of the bag.

Then turn the bag out the right way, thread your ribbon/tape/cord into the top and you are ready to go. I love this pattern because there are no raw edges to finish and no funky shapes to get the nice finished drawstring channel.




19 February 2014

Churn Dash Swap Blocks - 1

Had a great day at Guild on Saturday. Highlight for me was the first swap of our Churn Dash swap group. They were so cute!!

Here are the cute blocks I got back. As I've said previously, I was swapping two lots, so each swap I get 20 gorgeous blocks back!!


Here is our fearless co-ordinator swapping all the blocks!! I can't imagine the organisation to make sure we all swap with each other at least once!



17 February 2014

Green and Gold Star 2 - Quilt Finished

Well, it was a very big quilty weekend! It was Guild on Saturday and while I did take a hand sewing project, I literally didn't sit down for the entire meeting!! I ran around like a chook with my head cut off!! I did a mini-demo on using my Sizzix for cutting blocks, I was taking photos for the website, I was getting details of various swaps, giving out little bags of pre-cut blocks for people to sew up into blocks for Community Quilts (which went like hot cakes so I am doing way more for next meeting) and projects for the website and trying to follow a class that one of my friends was giving but which I didn't bring my machine along for cause I already had too much stuff to bring!!

Anyway, I didn't do any sewing once I got home that day but did manage on Sunday to get the second Green and Gold Star quilt top done!

I trimmed to side down to the right width and brought it to work with me to post at lunch time. I was re-checking the address and details and realised it was too long!! It's not a problem, the design can take being cut shorter but it means I need to take it home and will have to post it tomorrow. I showed this at Show and Tell at Guild and lots of ladies were keen to get the pattern off me.

14 February 2014

Churn Dash on My Mind!!

This post is Churn Dash themed!! My Guild is running a Civil War Repro's Churn Dash block swap this year. Make 10 blocks and get 10 different ones back each month for 10 months!! The little suckers are 4.5" finished. I had hoped to have them done before this but the first batch weren't up to scratch. So all elements were made oversized and cut down. I am happier with this bunch.

I read Bonnie Hunters blog everyday. Always worth a visit. Recently I saw her method for pressing her chain pieced segments. She leaves them together and cuts them apart AFTER pressing. It was one of those ah ha moments!!

I love this technique. Made pressing much faster and simpler. Especially easy with the HST as there are two lines of sewing which I think adds extra stability.

Here are the elements getting trimmed or cut out.

Continuing with the Churn Dash theme. I was checking out the latest videos from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and noticed one called Disappearing Pinwheel - Churn Dash. Two of my favourite blocks in one! So I watched it and am hooked! I'm normally not a fan of these 'disappearing' variations but this one really works, a shortcut technique rather than variation (although there are plenty of them too!).


And check out Vicki's Fabric Creations for a great visual guide to the different blocks you can make using this one block/technique.