When I was young, my mum and dad liked to go on picnics. My sister and I have many memories of picnics at parks, at lakes and dams, at picnic areas near waterfalls or at the beach. As I grew older and had children myself, we still went on picnics with Granny and Grandpa coming along. However, in recent years as my children have grown up and all but left home, and sadly my parents are no longer with us, the frequency of our picnics has dropped right down.
So, our little day trip a few weeks ago, out to Queen Mary Falls, near Warwick, proved to be a lovely day evoking lots of memories.
My photos are of whatever took my eye- the colours, the textures and the lines.
… and even some beautiful birds..
At the end of the day we landed here for a meal- a little pub with lots of character and big meals!!
I also recently attended a weaving workshop that was held at Palm Beach at the Gold Coast. The workshop was given by Ellie Beck (she instagrams under @petalplum) and I had seen the workshop promoted on Instagram with such beautiful photos of woven creations using lots of varying yarns and threads. This is my loom with my first foray into weaving:
The workshop was held at a little place called The Craft Parlour where lots of crafty workshops are offered.
At the end of the morning, I had grown my weaving and had experimented adding some tassels to one end, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep them. I’ve placed them where they are until I weave that whole empty area with lots more wool rovings or threads.
This is a recent ‘finish’- a cushion cover I made for a local community group for their upcoming multiple-draw raffle.
I made it in colours of blue and red so it’s nice and vibrant- should look nice in someone’s rumpus room or a children’s bedroom!
The pattern I followed was by Lynne Goldsworthy (of Lily’s Quilts blog) and was published in Issue #22 of the Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. That magazine often has lots of patterns for small quilts and cushion covers- ideal for quick turn-around projects!
I used a red print for the back and some bright blue for binding.
I also have some photos to show of some lovely quilts and projects made by the members of Gatton Quilts.
Marilyn- some gifted embroideries from Vietnam
This next photo is of some Margaret Hopkins’ Swedish embroidery that Jan M won in a raffle- she doesn’t know its history but is very thankful to now be its owner- such precise and perfect hand-stitching, and the back was as good as the front!
Jeanette recently turned 80, so the GQ members made her this little quilt to celebrate.
Each member that contributed had a square of pale fabric and we chose our own fabrics to add the little kimino applique using whichever method we wanted.
This next one is my little kimono square. I fused the applique on then raw-edge stitched with a black thread:
Jan Knight also had some of her beautiful stitching, beadwork and ribbon embroidery there to show us:
Taking photos of works under glass is always a little tricky so please forgive the reflections you can see! especially in this next close-up, which- because it wasn’t a really good photo- …
…I decided to have a little play around and applied two different effects to it from photo-editing software. The first one was a filter which brightened up the colours a little:
and this one is an effect called ‘crystallised':
Imagine the possibilities and inspiration that photo could provide Jan!
I’m working on a few different things lately, so today’s post is a ‘progress report’ on where I am up to.
First up are the blocks for the Splendid Sampler.
Block 13 Splendid Sampler
Block 14 Splendid Sampler
For this block, called ‘Flying High’, I decided to cut the bird shapes out of wool felt and appliqued them down by free-motion sewing. Luckily I had a few scraps of suitable colours to mix in with my theme of using Japanese-taupe as inspiration.
Next up, I have made the two blocks for April’s do.Good Stitches quilting bee. These had to be a house block using bright colours and a pale ‘sky’.
I also had a sewing day with some friends where we each had a few finished projects to show and tell. Mine was just a cute little pouch, made from a Studio Mio pattern.
I made it in some lovely fabric given to me by a friend, and lined it with a blue and white spot.
It even has birdies on it!
This next one was Barb’s little bag with handles; it has a French-style look about it, yes?
And this was Trudy’s shoulder bag in that great colour combination of blues and browns:
I have been collecting fabric to one day use for a Japanese-themed quilt. In particular, I love Japanese taupes, so I have lots of fabrics in that colour range along with linens and others that aren’t necessarily taupe but still originating from Japan. I also have some pieces of kimono silk, brought home for me by my son from his overseas travels.
The goal was to use them in a quilt, but I had no specific design in mind. I just kept collecting and drooling over books and patterns for inspiration. When I heard about the Splendid Sampler quiltalong, where we are given different blocks to make on a weekly basis, it popped into my mind that this would be a good use of those linens and Japanese fabrics.
Blocks 1 & 2
So far we are about 7 weeks in. There are many famous quilters designing the blocks, utilising all different methods and styles. You choose your own fabrics, and the instructions are published for two 6.5″ blocks every week for you to follow. You can make the blocks exactly as given or put your own interpretations on them, as I have done for a couple of mine.
This Block #7 is a lot different to the pattern provided- I thought this wonky 9-patch would suit my overall quilt better than the children’s themed block provided. You can choose your own method to use for each block- for example, you might like to embroider a design instead of applique, etc.
Sure, a lot of the blocks might be simple or very familiar to you, but I saw it as a chance to try a lot of blocks that I hadn’t come across before, and to take part in something where I get to see what everyone else has done with the same instructions. I love seeing that variety!
Obviously, not all my fabrics are classic Japanese taupe fabrics- I’m utilising some pieces that I’ve picked up here and there in a variety of colours. When all the blocks are finished what you do with them or how you arrange them is all up to you.
If you haven’t heard about it go here for a look and see if you are tempted!