loops of colour

A quilt I completed recently on my longarm machine was this colourful one by Colleen.
She requested an all-over pattern, not too densely quilted and an occasional flower or butterfly.
I did an over-sized open stippled pattern, adding in a butterfly or flower in some of the plainer blocks,
and where there were some blocks made of the large floral I quilted around the petals and leaves in that fabric.
It’s always interesting to work out which colour thread to use for a multi-coloured quilt such as this one. I ended up using a light mauve thread, which seemed to look the best on the top where it could range across all the blocks and not look out of place, and also looked good on the back side where it didn’t stand out against the plainer backing fabric.
If I had used green, that would be too much contrast for the yellow. If I used yellow, that didn’t show up favourably on the green.
Mauve proved the winner.

rusty works

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘rust’? Perhaps old ships come to mind with rusting hulls and anchors, or maybe the old garden gate, or even the colours of autumn leaves. Our little art quilt group thought of all those things this past month when coming up with ideas for our fabric journal page with the challenge theme of rust.
I immediately knew I wanted to include on my piece rusted bits and pieces, so set about looking around the yard and my husband’s garden shed for just the right bits. I posted here a couple of weeks back about the background piece I was using, generously given by Meryl:
She made some fabric by wrapping up bits of iron and leaving it exposed to the weather. On top of that I sewed some teabags that I’been saving: the marks left by the drying tea leaves had a very rusty look to them.
I sewed them on top of the fabric by machine, in a grid pattern to resemble city buildings. I then set to adding the bits of rusted metal I had found. I used threads of different colour and weights, as well as different stitches.
I really love the effect, and it also plays into the cityscape theme I have casually running through a lot of my work.
I’ve named it ‘Rust in the City’!
Here are some of the pages made by others in the Gatton Quilters Art Quilt Group:
Meryl made a rusty anchor:
Shirley does beautiful work- look at this tiny bias binding in her rusty gate:
Margaret did ‘Rusty’
Trish K included some lovely handwork:
Lyn did some rusty autumn leaves:
and Jan K included some rusty objects with text:
I’m linking up here to ‘Off the Wall Friday’ with Nina-Marie- go take a look at some other great art quilt works!

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lots to show

My local quilt group, Gatton Quilters, had their meeting/sewing day last Saturday. Being a cold windy day, it was perfect for just sewing and catching up. As usual there were lots of lovely finished projects for show-and-tell.
Barb had this lovely little quilt that she recently finished for a great grandchild:
Jan K showed some of her lovely handwork:
Jan M must have had a busy month and had these to show us:
Karen S has been experimenting with ‘layer cakes’- in this quilt she cut strips off the squares, mixed them around and added some extra sashing: although I think this photo might be the other side (!)
In this next quilt in progress she has added some extra pieces to the sashing to vary it again- the colours in these fabrics look great:
Our art quilt group is also working on a challenge where we have to utilise a ‘bag of stuff’- each of us has a bag of bits and pieces that we must include in a small art quilt. The bag could contaon all manner of items, from old zips, threads, felt pieces, scraps of fabric or leather, leaves, teabags etc. We have a couple who have tackled this and produced their works already: Meryl has produced this beauty ‘Flower Basket’ from her ‘bag of stuff':
She has been really clever in how she used some of the items- check out the watch band used across the vase, the wooden bead that was sawed in half for flower buds and the zips used for the flower centres..
and Trish K has created Masquerade:
This project really is giving us a challenge- the due date for these is July so I better get a move on to finish mine.

quilting robots

I recently quilted this children’s quilt for Alison on my long-arm machine.
She didn’t want lots of quilting on it, just mainly around the borders and sashing, leaving the appliqued robots free.
I echo-quilted around the robots and gave them some little antennae…
and quilted a graphic, straight-line pattern in the borders which I thought suited the theme.
I like to free-hand quilt, and didn’t use any patterns or drawn lines on this one. It’s nice and bright for some lucky grandchild!

some new things

We’ve just had a long weekend here, which is so great because I got an extra day sewing! Yay! I’m also linking up to a Blog Hop for newish Bloggers: it’s called the Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop. Over the next two months a number of blogs are highlighted each week, with the idea that we all visit each other, and hopefully find some new blogs, new readers to our own blogs and lots of helpful advice. It is being supported by Beth at Plum and June. I have a blog button over at the side which you can click on to go to her site. I’m listed for Friday July 19 and on that day I will be giving a general introduction to myself and the quilting I like to do.
When you have some time, visit some of the blogs listed at the bottom of this post. If you want to “follow” me, you can click on the Networked Blogs link, also over in the right sidebar.

What have I been up to this weekend- well, I have finished the last block of the “My Favourite Block” quiltalong, which was the Broken Squares block.
This one had lots of little pieces for the 6 1/2″ block, and as I decided to do it in the scrappy colourway, I had to choose quite a few fabrics.
I also had to change how I made it too, as I was using separate fabrics, instead of just the one contrast fabric for the 9-patches and flying geese.But that’s okay, all worked out. Here’s the final block:

So, seeing as it was the last block I put it up on the design wall with all the others just to have a look at them all together.
They are not sewn together yet, and the arrangement will no doubt change between now and then, but it’s good just to see how they turned out. Lots of colours and text fabrics as my ‘neutrals’. Do you think they all basically will work together? I’ve had some second thoughts about the mix of the white-based text and the cream-based texts, but maybe with careful placement, and choice of sashing perhaps?, it should be alright.

And the other thing I did over the weekend is look at this completed spiderweb quilt top to work out how I might quilt it.
Sorry these photos aren’t good- the light wasn’t the best. It has lots of seams in the middle of those blocks so I’ll try to avoid them if possible. I’m still looking and thinking!

Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop
Friday, June 7th
Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
Amy @ 13 Spools
Ashley @ Wasnt quilt in a day
Casey @ The Studiolo
Nanette @ Yeah, I Made That
Ange @ Heart Of Charnwood
Kim @ Robot Mom Sews
Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting

Friday, June 14
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Sarah @ Duck Egg Threads
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Cari @ There’s A Thread
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Friday, June 21
Leigh Anne @ Ella’s Cottage
Stacy @ The Tilted Quilt
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Liz @ Beadqueene’s Bits And Baubles
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym
Amy @ Cloud CouCou Crafts

Friday, June 28
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Amira @ Little Mushroom Cap
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Friday, July 5
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Alyce @ Wonderland By Alyce
Anna @ The Crooked Banana
Rachel @ Sew Happily EverAfter
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
Kristy & Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs
Caroline @ Carolines Craftiness
Lisa @ Hilltop House Creative Works

Friday, July 12
Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
Karen @ Karen, {Novice} Quilter
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Rachel @ Let’s Begin Sewing…
Jan @ Sew And Sow Farm
Anna @ Quilting Along The Grain
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {No} Hats In The House

Friday, July 19
Karen @ Little Birdie Quilting Studio
Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures
Katie @ Snuggle Up With A Dish From Karma
Alison @ Making Happyness
Sarah @ Sowing Stitches
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta’s Little Room
Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Friday, July 26
Vicki @ A Quilter’s Mission
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa Lea @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boondocks
Jenny @ A Note To Follow Sew
Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Sonia @ Fabric & Flowers
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Em @ Sewing By Moonlight

colouring in 5 ways

Want a little colour in your weekend? Here (south east Queensland) it is an overcast day, with lots of grey clouds threatening rain. So, I felt like playing with some colour. Have you seen this web site where you can create your own colour palettes: Palette Builder You just load one of your own photos and it instantly creates a colour palette for you of the colours contained in that photo.
I was prompted by this pretty photo I took yesterday of these roses:
I have always thought that deep red roses were my favourite, but I have to say the colour combinations we sometimes get from our rose garden often make me rethink that.
This is the colour palette from that photo:
Another couple I tried: a garden shot
and some tea leaves:
There are so many ways you could use this application, e.g. to determine what colours are in a fabric or quilt you like if you are looking for others to complement it:
And then I played around with some of the effects you can use in the photo-editing software I use (PhotoScape), which I’m sure is probably the same in most programs.
This shows that original photo with blurring around the edges:
this is called “crystallised”:
Has potential for designing a quilt from it?
Have fun and see what you can come up with!

rusty puzzles

Well, what have I been working on? A little bit here and there, trying to keep everything progressing along. The Favourite Block Quiltalong, you can click on the button in my side-bar to go to Persimmon Dreams which is hosting it, has come to a close. That is, the last block has been posted and finished quilt tops have been displayed. I haven’t got all my blocks finished yet but I am still sewing along and will be there soon!
This week I made the Yankee Puzzle Block:
It was also a quickly pieced block, which I did in a scrappy colour-way.

And, I have made a start on the next fabric journal page challenge for my local quilt group. The theme this month is ‘rust’, so I have this piece of fabric gifted by Meryl,…
and these little tea-bag papers. I think they have a rusty look about them- don’t you think?
What the end-product will be is anyone’s guess at this stage!
Linking up also to the Work In progres post on Freshly Pieced.

photos for May

A sample of my photos for the past month of May:

May 2 The theme was “what is in my cup”: this little cup is one given to me years ago by my Mum. It has a broken handle but still gives service on my shelf above my sewing machine:
#fmsphotoaday may4 {in my cup}

May 8 The theme was “shape”: this little box is handy with lots of compartments to keep bits and pieces of all shapes and sizes…
#fmsphotoaday may8 {shape}

May 10 “Stars” – wasn’t hard to find a star….
#fmsphotoaday may10 {star} #quilt #quilting #star

May 18 “Want” When we moved into our new house, I told my husband I wanted a rose garden: aren’t I lucky!
#fmsphotoaday may18 {want} I wanted a rose garden and I got it!

May 28 “What you are doing right now”.. at long last we set up this little flame given to me by my son for “Mothers Day”, so I was sitting and becoming mesmerised…
#fmsphotoaday may28 {what I'm doing right now} watching my Mother's Day gift

(all photos taken via Instagram)