Monday, June 23, 2014

Man in action

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may remember when my brothers, Norman and Alan removed a tree from a garden using Norman's car.

You can read about their exploits here, just over two years ago.

We have had a walnut tree on the border of our property which is not particularly well located so we asked Norman if he could take it down for us and today he set about the task.

He is taking up the challenge little by little.

So far so good, we look forward to the final result.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Secret Society

Our Sweet Pea group have been involved this year with a number of secret projects, so much so I suggested to the group this week that maybe we should call ourselves the Secret Society of Sweet Pea Stitchers.

One of our group, Andreena, turned 70 this week.

She and her husband have been away for about eight weeks, travelling the South Island of New Zealand in a camper van and only returned about a week ago.

In her absence the remaining ladies of the group embarked on making a series of Swoon blocks in order to complete a quilt to gift to Andreena for her 70th birthday.

At times we wondered if we would get it together in time but somehow we managed it.  The blocks came back to us.  I pieced them together, Linda quilted them and then I did the binding.  We got there with just a day or two to spare.

The quilt measures 90 inches by 90 inches and has been hard to photograph.  I did the pink block in this image which shows off Linda's quilting very nicely.

You can see some very good further shots of the quilt on Linda's blog.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The baby has been born

I have received advice that the baby has born - Zoe is her name and so the quilt needs to be sent on its way.

I generally pass quilt tops to Linda for the machine quilting but as this was a small quilt and Linda already had enough to be going on with I decided to quilt this on my domestic machine.

Simplicity was the name of the game and using a zig zag stitch it all seemed to work quite well.

It is Sweet Pea day tomorrow so I will take this for show and tell before sending it on its way.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Round and round again

When I was busy making half square triangles to make up into Round and Round blocks I had a request come in for a baby quilt.

Last year I had a similar request.  My son asked if I could make a quilt for a friend who was having a baby.  They were acquainted through playing basketball and he asked that the quilt be made in team quilts - black, orange and white.

You can take a peek at the original one here.

The latest request was for the same team colours but in a different design.

How appropriate that I was working on the Round and Round pattern.  It occurred to me that I could make just the one block, add a border and cornerstones and so another baby quilt has taken shape.

The baby is due before the end of the month so machine quilting has begun.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cats and bed making

I don't think Kaiser ever misses the opportunity to 'assist' with bed making.

He seems to have a sixth sense about what is going on and loves to be with you right through the process, even if it does mean he gets buried under the bedding.

In the end he found himself tucked in at the foot of my bed with the sun from the window just touching the tip of his nose.  Perfection as far as a cat is concerned, I am sure.

On this occasion I decided to put a different quilt across the end of my bed.

I bought this quilt at a garage sale in Sydney a number of years ago.

Even then it had seen better days but it had a charm about it I could not resist.

It needs to be folded to hide the parts that are perishing but it is still worth exposing the really good pieces of applique.

White backgrounds to quilts is usually more associated with modern quilts but part of the charm of this vintage quilt is the white background.  Everything old is new again, or so it would seem.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hearts of love

A while ago I talked about the row by row projects our Sweet Pea ladies were working on this year.

The row by row is supposed to take the best part of this year to complete but we fast tracked Moira's as she wants to give it as a gift to a friend who is undergoing chemo therapy for breast cancer.

I felt sure that once Moira had the blocks back it would not be long before she had them pieced together.











She brought the pieced quilt top to Sweet Peas this week and the blue border really pulled together the colours in the heart blocks.

Linda had offered to machine quilt it for her and it has just come off the frame.









Here's just a sneak peek of some of the wonderful quilting Linda has been doing on the quilt.  The seams just seem to melt into the background as the hearts pop up as a result of the stitching.

I feel sure the recipient will be very touched by our combined efforts.



Sunday, May 11, 2014

In case you were wondering

In case you were wondering whatever had happened to those polka dot half square triangles I was making, there has been progress.

Triangles have become stars and the stars are going round in circles - all a bit of a challenge to get the piece placement correct but it worked.

All very modern and bright.  This is the first of seven blocks needed to complete the quilt.

If the concept has taken your interest take a look at the pattern Round and Round.

I downloaded the pattern as a PDF and the instructions are well laid out.

All the half square triangles and cutting has been done, just a few more hours of placement of blocks and piecing to happen.

I have a few other things to be doing so it may be a wee while before I complete on this challenge.