doing my block

I’ve been absent from here for the last 2 weeks because I’ve had a few internet problems (through no fault of my own, but took a long time to get fixed!) Hopefully it is all sorted out now, but it really was strange not using my computer every day.
The blocks for the Splendid Sampler project that I’ve been showing on here for the last year have now finished. There were over a hundred blocks in total and I haven’t personally finished all mine yet. The organisers will be publishing a book with all the patterns sometime this year. All of my blocks have been done in a general colour scheme of Japanese taupes, cottons and indigo with a few other pieces thrown in. Here’s a look at some more:

Block 69 Full Circle by Holly de Groot

Block 69 Full Circle by Holly de Groot


Block 70-Bows by Jane Davidson

Block 70-Bows by Jane Davidson


Block 72-Full Circle Star by Victoria F Wolfe

Block 72-Full Circle Star by Victoria F Wolfe


From top left: Blocks 77, 73, 76

From top left: Blocks 77, 73, 76

And the block I did for the online charity quilt group Do.Good.Stitches for the month of February was this Bow Tie block in soft muted prints:

February block- Do.Good.Stitches

February block- Do.Good.Stitches

How is your quilting going? Getting more done than me I expect! See you next week.

catching up

The Splendid Sampler quiltalong is still coming along! I have been completing a block whenever I can, but I’m not up to the number that have been released to date. I did catch up on quite a few of them over the holidays. There will be 100 blocks in total and I think they are up to about Block 96. Here are my blocks 56 -61:

Block 56 "At Home Anywhere"

Block 56 “At Home Anywhere”


Block 57 "Starting Point"

Block 57 “Starting Point”


Block 58 "Homeward Bound"

Block 58 “Homeward Bound”


Block 59 "Circle of Friendship"

Block 59 “Circle of Friendship”


Block 61 "Traveler"

Block 61 “Traveler”

The holidays were also good for catching up on sewing with friends. A small group of us get together when we can and bring our own sewing to work on…
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We have a chat and a read through some books or magazines, just for inspiration mind you..
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And of course we have to have a snack to keep the energy levels up…
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Hope you have had a chance to ‘catch up’- we are already a month into the year!

more blocks

A progress report on my blocks for the Splendid Sampler quiltalong- here are five I have made recently:
I changed this first block from the original pattern by taking out the hexagon ‘flower’ and giving the bee some wings on both sides.

Block 51  Bee Happy

Block 51 Bee Happy


Block 52 Coneflower

Block 52 Coneflower


This next block has more of the indigo and blue colours in it:
Block 53 Whirling in Circles

Block 53 Whirling in Circles


You might pick a little error in the fabric placement in this next block- I wasn’t going to unpick it once I realised the mistake at the end!
Block 54 Shell

Block 54 Shell


I have machine-sewn most of the blocks, including this next one where I used the method of raw-edge machine applique:
Block 55 Dedication Rose

Block 55 Dedication Rose

quilt alongs

I’ve been doing bits and pieces all over the place lately. Between longarm quilting quilts for clients and sewing blocks for challenges and quilt-alongs, my time has been well used.
The blocks for this month’s do.Good stitches charity quilting bee was a fairly quick and easy one:

do.Good Stitches- Cherish group

do.Good Stitches- Cherish group


The sewer who will put all these blocks together is planning on adding some cut-out silhouette-type figure of a runner on top. Should look very effective.
And then there are the blocks I’m doing for the Splendid Sampler Quiltalong. I’ve slowed down a fair bit on completing these blocks, but still trying to keep in touch and rolling them out slowly.
Block 46- Twirl Time

Block 46- Twirl Time


You’ll notice that with any of the blocks that require applique, I have chosen to use raw-edge machine applique, like in this next one. Of course, you can use any method you like.
Block 47- Circle of Love

Block 47- Circle of Love


I changed the next block a little by sewing some extra pieces of fabric into the pieces and also adding a little sashiko stitching to it.
Block 48- Whim

Block 48- Whim


Block 49 - Summer's Gift

Block 49 – Summer’s Gift


Block 50 - Flights of Fancy

Block 50 – Flights of Fancy


See you next week!

collections

I was reading an article the other day where a craft person was being interviewed, and one of the questions was about collections, and whether that person had ever collected anything. It got me thinking about what a collection is- how many similar items can be classed as a collection? I’m thinking more than 3- do you agree? I’m sure in that case, we would all have a collection of fabric, a collection of quilting books, a collection of scissors or collection of thimbles perhaps?
Besides those obvious ones though, I do have a few other collections. I have this little collection of teapots (which I know is not nearly as many as another local quilter I know ;)…
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And then, there is my growing collection of giraffes:
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I am still working on the blocks for the Splendid sampler so I’ve got quite a collection of them:

Block 39 Splendid Sampler

Block 39 Splendid Sampler


Block 40

Block 40


Block 41

Block 41


Some of them I add my own extra touches, such as the sashiko stitching on the hexagons, but I’m still sticking to the Japanese fabrics, taupes and indigo and cream.
Block 42

Block 42


a collection of blocks

a collection of blocks

Have a great week!

some more splendid sampler

The blocks I’m making as part of the Splendid Sampler, hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, are coming along surely and steadily, even if I’m a little behind!
I’m still making them with mainly Japanese taupes, linens, some indigo patterns and whatever else fits within that scheme. I usually make quilts that are bright and with as many fabrics as I can, so it feels a little strange to restrict myself with this palette; I’m still having second thoughts whenever I look at these blocks that appear so ‘traditional’ to me! But, its’s giving me practise at working with values and putting more thought into colour.
Here’s a little catch-up since the last time I showed some blocks on here, with their name and block designer’s name:

#30-Simple Surprises by Amy Ellis

#30-Simple Surprises by Amy Ellis


#32 The Constat Needle by Laurie Simpson

#32 The Constant Needle by Laurie Simpson


This next one provided a good opportunity to use some of the selvedges that I’ve been saving for ages:
#33 Selvedge Saver by Pat Sloan

#33 Selvedge Saver by Pat Sloan


Block 34 - Lemonade by Amy Gibson

Block 34 – Lemonade by Amy Gibson


This block originally had hand-stitching along the ‘garden paths’ but I decided to try out some of the decorative stitches on my machine which also don’t get used that often! In the centre, I put a little square of braid from a piece I bought in New York last year.
#35 The Wishful Garden by Kristyne Czepuryk

#35 The Wishful Garden by Kristyne Czepuryk


Block 36 gave me the chance to do some little hexagons. Aren’t they cute! Each of the larger hexagon is made of tiny little hexies.
#36 Inchy Hexagon Club designed by Jane Davidson

#36 Inchy Hexagon Club designed by Jane Davidson


I like making hexagons- I might have to think about making a hexagon quilt (some day).
So, back to the sewing machine!

sewing retreat

What better way to spend a weekend- sewing and quilting to our heart’s content! This weekend was the annual sewing getaway for the Gatton Quilters group. We go up to Coolum on the lovely Sunshine Coast where we have a large room for everyone to spread out and do their own thing for the whole long weekend. We have our meals cooked for us, there’s no cleaning up or housework or interruptions. Yay!
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My sister and I went up together and we had a lovely trip visiting a couple of quilt shops on the way and a great lunch at the organic marketplace at Forest Glen.
I took a few different projects to work on. I caught up on quite a few Splendid Sampler blocks,
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and started piecing lots of bright squares together for a children’s charity quilt that I’m making with the group.
There’s plenty of room to spread out…
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and big tables to lay out quilts when putting them together or preparing to quilt…

Veronica

Veronica


We get to see each other’s projects that in progress…
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Meryl


and some that get finished…
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Val


Colleen- started in a curved-piecing workshop

Colleen- started in a curved-piecing workshop


and this one also by Colleen- such great colours together..
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Colleen


Here I am working intently on a block…
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and Amanda making great progress on her fresh colourful quilt for someone special….
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Sharon

Sharon


There’s lots of consulting and advice given…
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and we get to check out other’s sewing accessories and books and magazines..
Helen

Helen


Helen

Helen


and of course the group photo- I’m second from the left in the back row, and Amanda is in the front row, second from the left.
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But, all good things come to an end, so back to work we go. Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Splendid Sampler blocks

Only a few things to show this week. I’m working on a few different projects all over the place – a couple of them are challenges so I want to get them finished before showing their final photos!
I’ve been continuing with the blocks for the Splendid Sampler. There are two blocks released each week for this quilt-along and it’s easy to get behind! I try to do one or two each week so I’m almost keeping in sight of the front runners.
This block is Block #28 called ‘Stitching Fashion’, a foundation-pieced block, designed by Charise Randell.. I didn’t include a little sewing reel and needle which was on the original pattern.

Block 28 Splendid Sampler

Block 28 Splendid Sampler


Quite a few of the blocks have a sewing theme to them which I think tends to make them too ‘folk art’ for what I would like my quilt to look like, so I have been changing some blocks just slightly to suit my own purposes. That’s the good thing about blocks like these- it is our own quilt so we can use and adapt as we see fit. I’m using taupes and creams and Japanese-type fabrics as well, which makes them a lot different to those using bright colours or making them scrappy-style, which is what I would normally do!
This next block is called Scrappy Happy Heart, designed by Christa Watson, and also foundation pieced:
Block 29 Splendid Sampler

Block 29 Splendid Sampler


We’ve had some lovely cold days to sew by- hope you are getting lots done- here is my sewing inspector who keeps me company:
Dublin

Dublin

progressing along

I’m still continuing on with some blocks each month for the do.Good stitches Charity. This month’s blocks were string-pieced blocks in bright colours- any would do! The strips could be any width and were each sewn on to each other successively one-by-one. This is the first block:
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and the second:
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The person who is the designated quilter for this project will be cutting large leaf-shapes out of these foundation blocks to put together for the quilt.
I’ve also got a few more blocks finished for the Splendid Sampler quilt. I’m continuing on with using Japanese taupes and creams for most of these blocks.
This first one below is Block #20. I changed it from the original, and instead of embroidering a sewing-themed picture, I added some Japanese characters, which I’m hoping mean ‘peace’!
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This next block is called Hand-in-Hand, designed by Kari Carr. I really like this block so I’m sorry the photo is a little out of focus. The points of the star are formed by folding the fabric so they have a slight 3D-effect.
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This is Block 24, called Inspector Sidekick, designed by Michele Foster
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Block 26 is called Dreaming of Dresdens, and is designed by an Australian quilter Jane Davidson
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I’m not always doing all the blocks in order that they are released, and plus I’m a little behind now, but that’s okay – I’ll get them done sometime! Hope you have a good quilting week!

some more sampler blocks

The Splendid Sampler quilt blocks are rolling along merrily. I first mentioned them here
If you’ve been interested to go and have a look at the Splendid Sampler site, you’ll see that two blocks are released weekly. Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are the coordinators of the project with lots of quilt designers contributing the block patterns.
Block 15 was paper foundation-pieced. Even though I have done a fair bit of foundation piecing I found myself unpicking parts of this a few times over- not paying attention to my colour placements!

Block 15

Block 15


Block 16

Block 16


Block 17

Block 17


I am staying with my theme of using Japanese fabrics and linens, aiming for a more muted-look than I normally sew with. It makes me have to think a little more about the fabrics I choose so that I’m still able to maintain contrast within the block, even if it is using creams, light blues and pinks, greys and greens.
Block 18

Block 18


This next one, Block 19, is called ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’.
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In the original pattern some printed tape-measure braid is used so that the block looks like the tape goes across the block, doubles back on itself at the end and across to the other side. Using that type of trimmimg wouldn’t suit the theme I’m working with so I decided to use some lovely braid I bought from the famous M&J Trimmings in New York last year (ok, I’m name dropping but I still look back on that trip with fondness! and I’m glad I have bits and pieces like this to use to remind me of it). That shop had so much to choose from.
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However, I’m not sure whether it’s working in this block, only because it’s a different concept to the original.

Block 21: Sweet Candy (I’ve skipped Block 20 for now.)

Block 21

Block 21


Block 22 Goose on the Loose- another foundation-pieced block
Block 22

Block 22


That’s it for now- have a good week!