Monday, January 28, 2013

Delightfully Wonky

I recently bought this vintage top. Even though I have a zillion WIP's and tops waiting to be quilted I couldn't resist those happy polka dots, little daisy fabrics and the way it is so delightfully wonky.

I think it's been washed, but the colours are still so strong. I'm thinking it might be 30's or 40's but I'm really not sure. Here's a close up of the sweet fabrics.

It's completely hand sewn.  

It could do with a bit of attention from an iron though I don't think it's destined to ever be a flat quilt. It's crinkles and crumples add so much to it's charm.

I'm not quite sure what I'll do with it yet. It would be fun to quilt with perle cotton. or tied with red wool. Someone suggested I put the backing on using a pillowcase method without wadding/batting and use it as a cotton throw. I'm pretty slow at these decisions so in the meantime I'm enjoying seeing it draped over my banister...

and I'll marvel at it's surprise combinations and it's easy going piecing.

Do you ever get obsessed by a quilt that knocks you off your chair and you just know you'll have to make it one day? I do and this is my latest obsession - nine patch blocks placed slightly off center so they swirl out in a big circle. Oh my golly I LOVE this quilt!! 

It's a poster for an exhibition at The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Texas. How cool is that!  I'd be there in a flash if I wasn't on the other side of the world so I'll just have to thank Bill of Wonkyworld for sharing some photos of the quilts. 

Okay back to my millions of WIPs, I'll show progress photos in my next post...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Australia Day!

What better way to celebrate than to go to...

The Australian Gnome Convention.

This is just a glimpse of the crowds of gnomes who were attending. 

I wonder if this one's called Pinky.

Dame Edna Gnome!

How sweet is the gnome with a carrot? I'm a bit worried about the one behind him, he's giving him a funny look..

This was my favourite gnome, even though his hat is broken he's still smiling.

Gknitted Gnomes.

 There were even some big real life gnomes.

I didn't have a gnome to take along. If I ever see a quilting gnome I'll know that's the gnome for me. 

It wasn't all bearded guys with red hats, there was entertainment like this Ukulele band.

Scottish Pipe Band

There was wine tasting ..and lots of tempting stalls... such as the hat stall...

My new hat...

 Gbf's new hat...

Another fun Australia Day!!  

News Flash - My friend Chris Jurd has made a DVD with Quilters Companion magazine and it's out now with the latest edition of the magazine. I haven't seen it yet but I know it will great, Chris is such a great personality and has so many tips and tricks to share and Quilters Companion make excellent instructional videos - a winning formula!!

Chris has some copies to give away,  pop over and have a look at her blog Patchwork Fundamentals!

Okay... I'm off to eat some vegemite and chase a koala and laugh like a kookaburra.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wild Thing

My latest finish...

Wild Thing

I'm a huge fan of zebra stripes so when Jennifer Paganelli put out a range in 6 hot colours to say I was excited was an understatement. Sewing big wonky log cabins gave me a chance to play with the movement and colours of these fabrics. 

 More wonderful chunky zebra stripes on the back. They make fun binding too. 

I quilted it with simple wonky lines running across the quilt. 

As always I like to celebrate a finished quilt with a photo shoot. Gbf ventured just beyond the bottom of our backyard for these photos

Here's my very patient quilt photo helper. He got an icky leech on his leg after climbing through the bush for some of these photos and he didn't even complain. Thanks Gbf!! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Sunny Day...

One sunny day Gbf and I jumped on a train and headed further up the mountains to Wentworth Falls.  A beautiful little township, but we didn't linger at the shops... we walked over the bridge, to the other side of the train tracks, around the corner and  up the hill... It was a hot day so we occasionally stopped under shady trees to have a drink of water, fan ourselves a little and enjoy our surroundings. Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, our journey had a reward, lunch at Nineteen 23, a restaurant we'd read great things about. It certainly lived up to the rave reviews and we're already talking about going back again one day.

A friendly beetle came to visit as we were leaving to go.

Meanwhile here's the Scrappy Trip on my design wall.

I've made 49 blocks which will make the quilt 84 x 84 inches. I just need to play around with the placement of the blocks to get an even balance of colours then it's a simple matter of sewing them together. 

It's such a bright colourful quilt. I think it will make a great winter quilt with all those bright colours to remind me of sunny days. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Super Star

Presenting the newly finished Super Star quilt! 
Ta Da...!

I made this quilt as part of Tonya Ricucci's Unruly Liberated Amish Challenge.
 This was the quilt I used as my inspiration.

And this is what I made. It's probably a bit more Gees Bend than Amish but that's fine with me. I love the way this quilt turned out. I did wonder about adding borders of some sort but in the end I felt it didn't need it.

I had lots of fun hand quilting big freehand wonky stitches in bright colours. 

The quilt is all lines and triangles, I had to add just one little circle.

The backing was up from a stack of fabrics that I didn't really like, I'd put them aside to get rid of them but then I was hunting around for backing when I saw them sitting there and I thought "why not?". They would have to be the oddest combo ever but miraculously I love them together on the back of this quilt, I really do!!

 Thanks to Tonya and the Unruly quilters for having this fun challenge! Check out the UnRuly Quilting blog for more wonky, liberated fun.

PS. The photos were taken at Hargraves Lookout, The Blue Mountains, Australia, over looking the Megalong Valley. What a view!!


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