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Second Attempt

This is my second attempt at this block.  I have another completed 'somewhere safe'.  Heavens know where that is.  It is a friendship block for one of my patchwork friends.  She must think that I have forgotten her.

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I swung those dots around.  I think it looks OK but too late now.  She can unpick it and do it again if she doesn't like it.  BUT I just can't stand it!!!!!  So I unpicked it and did again.

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That's better.  I didn't have anymore fabric so I'm glad it worked this time.

Design Decisions

As the final stitches are added to the last embroidery I just can't put off making final decisions about how I am going to make this quilt.  Some things have been decided. 

  • It is going to be a raffle quilt for the Embroiderers Guild. 
  • It should be about single bed size. 
  • It needs to appeal to people so that they will buy tickets.
  • It should be finished in time for 2021.
  • It will be stipple quilted.

With these things in mind I decided that it should incorporated hexies, in fact mostly hexies.  I laid out the hexies and then decided that each embroidery needed a border around them so they fitted the shape better.  I have decided on a 1.25" size for the hexie.

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I can't decide if that border should be a plain or printed fabric.

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I don't think that I can really decide this until I have the hexies in place.
And plain paper hexi's doesn't give me the answer to that.   So, I am going to have to cover enough that I can place them on top of the plain and printed fabric to compare them.

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Since last I made a hexi quilt, which was when my daughter was playing football and I would sit and sew on the edge of the field.  In fact I sewed so many I had enough for a queen sized quilt!

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I no longer have to cut all my own papers.  You can now buy them pre-cut.  That saves a lot of work.  I also see that some people glue them and some tack them onto the papers.   Looking at Mary Corbett's site I see she tacks hers.  I think I will stick with what I know.  OMG, she is so neat and organised!  Although she denies this.

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So my next task is to get stitching and cut the fabric ready.  I might look at how many hexies I need, I have ordered papers for 1,000.  This might not be enough, we will see.  This is a good task I can do while I home school.  Not taxing and easy to take up and put down.

Taking longer to adjust than I thought

My son and his family have now moved out of their home and into the home of their in-laws, who have moved into a caravan.  Their house is on acreage so there is plenty of room, but oh the disruptions!!  I have to drive for 2 hours to get their to pick up my grand daughter to bring her here.  I meet her mother at a midway point on the return  journey.  But still, there is a lot of driving.  4 hours return to get her and 2 hours to return her.  That is really eating into my time. Then there are the days home schooling.   Adding insult to injury someone ran into my car in the parking lot at the supermarket.  No note, no nothing just a ding in the car.  I have tried to push the panel into place but it will need to go to the panel beater.

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The car is less than a month old and I have to get to Toowoomba in a couple of weeks and then to my daughters wedding, which is out in the countryside.  I am tempted to leave it until the end of next month when I have got through everything.  But it has to be done.  I might just have to hire a car whilst it is being fixed.  More expense.

The government has increased the number you can have at a wedding from 10 to 20 so we can at least have the immediate families attending.  My daughter has not decided on what she will wear.  At first it was going to be her hiking gear!!  Then she looked in Charity Shops.  I took her shopping and we bought a couple of dresses but I don't think these are what she wants.  It is getting a bit close for something to be made.   If it comes to that it will be me making it as she is about to start University examinations.

She is very concerned with the environment, hence the recycled clothing.  And, as the reception will be in the garden of the country house she asked me to find 20 recycled champagne flutes.  Off to the Op shops and at an out of the way Salvation Army shop I found them.

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What a mismatched collection?  Some are glass, some are crystal and all of them came out of the dishwasher looking good.  Some of the crystal glasses still had their original labels on them.  They must have been very precious to someone.

Something to explore

I came across Teresa's patchwork videos whilst looking at Facebook and found her methods very engaging in fact I almost became addicted to them.  They are all short and easy to watch.  There are actually 200 videos on the playlist!  The mind boggles.

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I followed this up because I was looking for easy, yet attractive designs to use for my donation quilts.  In fact I probably didn't need to buy the book because everything is here. But being old school and having had trouble constantly with access to the internet I decided to get the book.

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Teresa is Spanish and has a particular skill is seeing patterns.  I am going to try this first quilt in the book.  It looks fairly straight forward and the quilting is simple.  

Scan 50I just hope I can make it with the fabric from my stash, because that is what making donation quilts requires for me.  Somehow or other I have to use up all that fabric I have collected!

This book is clearly written, the photography is good and having the backup of the videos means I can watch the parts I find difficult being done on the screen.  (Over and over again.)



Last treatment

I had the last treatment for the infection I have been fighting yesterday, so I celebrated by buying a new book, "Quilts from Tilda's Studio".

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I have to say I am a fan of the Tilda range of fabrics and the quilts in this book are an inspiration, along with the toys that are pictured with them.

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The toys are not in the book but you can download the patterns for free from their blog.

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If you are into dolls have a look at "Tilda's Friends".  All free patterns again.

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I do like how they incorporate traditional Scandinavian Designs into their quilts and pillows.

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There are a number of pin cushions on this page as well.

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My friend Angela also sent me some images of pin cushions by Kelly Klien.  I will be making pincushions for ever.

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Kathy is finished

It only took another mornings stitching to finish Kathy.  Not a very 'extending' exercise.

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Now I have the VW campervans all drawn up and ready to stitch.

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I also had Cas Holmes workshop running around in my brain and that has got me thinking.  I had never done anything like this before so I am sure to be extended.  The trouble with doing new and unusual things (for me) is I have little or non of the materials on hand.  I have to source it all from scratch.  That means trips to the mainland, if even for only a few bits.

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I am having a wonderful time exploring her website and blog.   Here is a link to an on line exhibition of her work


Monique's Quilt - finished

Twenty years after it was started I have finally finished this quilt.  Monique hadn't even been born back then, but she decided it was the one she wanted.

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I am so glad she did.  I like this quilt, the colours and the design.  I think it was the first applique quilt I designed, even though I didn't have a button hole stitch on the machine I owned back then.

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The quilting is a simple repeat pattern but I think the flowers suit the design in the fabric.

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I have made it it's own bag, as I do with all my quilts.  This makes it so much easier to store and then find again at the end of summer.

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I see the border has the words "wandering mind wandering mind" printed near the border.  I think I will call the quilt "wandering".

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I have a couple more quilts on the go but those Stitch Club exercises are keeping me really busy.

That fabric in the stash

After using the cat panel in the back of the cat quilt I have got to and cut every panel up and labeled just how many of I have of each.

Large panels.

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And small.

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I hadn't realised that the cats would face each other until I got them on the wall.  I then found a large charm pack of fabric that matched the cat panels.  I never saw these fabrics together in the shop and remember buying the charm pack because it was black and white fabrics not because it matched the cats.  Now I find it also includes shades of grey and beige.  I also had a whole heap of fabric that I had dyed so I cut these up to make half square triangles.

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From this lot of dyeing I got some lovely colours and they have made great colour contrast to the neutral colours of the charm pack.

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Now I have to put it all together to make a quilt. 

A bit more work than I thought!

This quilt was a bit more complicated than I thought at first.  Not only had I pinned it but I had tacked it ready for quilting as well.  I took a day to get it apart and I think I will replace the batting.  The original isn't good enough.  Next came three days of sewing to complete the applique.  All those curves take time.

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I used a rayon thread for the red and green and the thread was a bit light, resulting in the bobbin thread appearing as pin pricks.  I will take my textile pens and just go over these so that the light colour doesn't show.

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I am very pleased with the button hole on my new machine.  I can adjust the width and length and the stitch is very even.  What I don't like about machine appliqueing is that to get it even you have to use a "tear away" paper stabliser.  It makes a horrible mess when you remove it.

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And I find that I can never get rid of it all.  I know it can't be seen but it is a messy detail.

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Looking through my notes I see that I started this in 2000.  Only 20 years to get it finished!!  The other thing I see in my notes is that it was inspired by a children's book I bought at that time.  "The Quiltmaker's Gift".  I still have the book on the shelf so that will go with the quilt and the book is still available. 

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The story goes 

"When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king, but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart. Each page highlights a different quilt block pattern whose name relates to the unfolding story."

As to why I didn't finish the applique I see in my notes that I was waiting to purchase a new machine that had the buttonhole stitch.  The machine I had at that time wasn't able to do it and I would have had to do it all by hand.  Now I have to create the quilt sandwich again and quilt it.  I'm not quite sure what pattern I will choose.

(Just a note about the comments.  I am finding that there is a problem with the mail delivery subsystem.  I don't know if this is because there is so much traffic at this time or some other problem.  I will keep trying to resolve this one.)


Into that bottom draw

I found another one!

I have this all pinned up to quilt but I can see I need to stitch the applique first.  I think I can partially unpin this and machine applique the edge design.

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I must have started this some time after yesterdays quilt as those triangles are playing a major role in the design. I am going to use this to do the machine quilting from the Phillipa Naylor course.  I have no idea what fabric  I planned to edge this one with.  I might have to purchase something.    I vaguely remember designing this to use up some leftover fabric I had.  (The story of my life!)  Still, this will make Quilt No 4 of my donation quilts.  Yippee!!!

I know I have another unfinished quilt lurking somewhere, I just have to find it.