Patchwork & Quilting Feed


Our tele-communcations tower took a direct lightening strike on Saturday.  No internet, no phones limited TV.   We haven't had a storm in months.   But it is back today.  Everyone one the island sighed a great sigh of relief.

I have done hardly any work over the last couple of weeks.  The pain level in my joints and muscles has got so bad that I have frozen up.  It got so bad I actually went back to my old doctor in town.  He went into overdrive.  Tests, scans, etc etc.  But some of the results show that after I had Barmar Forest Virus I caught Ross River Virus and Glandular fever.  No wonder I have been a cot case.

There are still a lot of tests to go but one thing he did for me was to get me cortisone injections in my shoulders.  There are working a lot better now and as a little bonus my legs are back in action.  I was actually able to reach down and touch the floor with no pain.   The effect only lasted a couple of days but I am loved every moment of my pain free status at that time.

I would like to finish my quilt but don't want to over do the use of the rotary cutter which makes me feel as if my shoulder will fall off but it is all sitting there and tempting me.

So I thought, maybe just a place mat or two.  This one isn't bad.

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But it still hurts.  Better give that a miss.  I have a Kogin class to teach this weekend and with the loss of the internet I have a lot of work to catch up on.

The blessing of friends.

It is now over a week and Typepad was unable to address the hyjacking of my blog.  I have been with them for over 10 years now and all they can give me is "it must be your fault."  This has led to total frustration.  But this morning they got back to me and I am back as me not some widget.  (Big sigh of relief.)

I have had a few days away with friends up at Toowoomba.  This is the first time I have been away from home since the end of February.  I was a bit worried if I would be able to cope with the driving but I made it up there in one piece, even though I had to stop during the day and close my eyes.  I stayed an extra night so that I would be fresh enough to drive back.  Wise decision because once I got home I just sat and read a book. 

It is such a blessing to have friends.  Angela and Allan looked after me as if I was a princess.  Home grown and cooked meals, my lunch boxes prepared, (as were all my other meals) and just such love and care.  Plus the friendship and care shown by the ladies from the Zinnia Quilting group.  Also friend Teena who kept texting me to make sure I was alright.  I am so grateful for the love and friendship extended to me.  Millie the cat was not put out too much by all the attention I was given.

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I did find however that I couldn't use my rotary cutter for too long, my shoulder just froze up.  Still I got a lot of work prepared and have made some progress on my sea side quilt.  I also realised that you really shouldn't work while you are ill.  Oh the errors I have made.  Still, they are going to stay as a reminder of the Barmar River Virus.

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Still cleaning up the sewing room

This job seems to go on for every!

It also brings with it a whole lot of difficult decisions.  Should this left over fabric go in the bin or should I try to reuse it?  Back some time ago this year I was suppose to make bags for my patchwork's groups Mothers' Day present but I just couldn't get my mind to work.  Then I went downhill and that fabric just sat under a whole lot of other fabric.  Now I had to decide if I put it in the bin or make something with it?  I'm sick of cleaning up so I decided to put on some music and sew this material into place mats that I will donate to charity. 

The music?  Anderson & Roe Piano Duo "The Art of Bach

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I cut up the pieces of fabric, found some left over batting from those quilts I had finished then I started sewing.  Just ordinary old place mats.

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Quick and simple to make.  Just a front, back and batting. These are the measurements to cut out

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Sew three sides leaving the end open, turn through and slip stitch the open end closed and iron flat.  Finish by top stitching the edges 1/2" in.  I did get carried away with one place mat and quilted it. 

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In fact I might make some more and use them to practice some "ruler work".  (Hell, Typepad has got gremlins in the engine all the spacing is out on this post!  Blame the gremlins, not me.)


Some more bindings to stitch

I went to my quilt shop to pick up a quilt I was having quilted and came home with two!

Being ill does things to ones brain.  I had completely forgotten that I had the second quilt.


The first is an add a line quilt for my grand daughter in pink and purple (yuck) her favourite colours.  I hope this one fits the bill, the first two were rejected.


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I had it quilted in a dragonfly design which I know she will like.

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The second is a recycled back from another quilt.  After I had it all tacked and ready to quilt I found that It was just too heavy so replaced the backing but I couldn't throw all that lovely fabric away.  So It has another backing and has been repurposed.

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It is made up of Australiana prints that I had collected over the years and I actually like the end result.

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The quilting pattern is based on circles which contrast well with the lines of fabric on the front.

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Now they both need the edges bound.  I intend to do that at my leisure.


This is dead boring stuff.  Sewing the binding on a quilt.  I have finished the machining now all the hand stitching.

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This is another quilt I made for my grandaughter that she didn't like.  "Too babyish."   My daughter's friend has just had a new baby so it will be for baby Bella.

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I had the quilting done at my local quilt shop, "Bayside Stitch Craft " at Cleveland.  I am really please with the job that they did so will return with some of the other quilt tops I have in the bottom drawer.  I see I haven't made a label.  More hand stitching.


I am having serious reservations about Typepad.  After most of my comments being blocked, now, I find that I can't answer comments.  If this isn't resolved I might have to move my blog elsewhere which I wouldn't like to do as I have been at the address for the past 10 years.  Still, it might be the only solution.

I thought I might put a link up to Salley Mavor's new video.  boy that woman is talented.  It is a great little video and will worth the time to look at her embroidery.

Liberty and Justice.

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The other link is to the work of Claudia Pfeil on facebook.    And this one is her website.  I met Claudia in Huston last year and besides being a force of nature,  she is a wonderful quilter.  Friends Pam and Lisa have been in her shop in Germany teaching and It seems to me they were doing more falling about laughing than any serious work. 

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Firstly, the wedding dress is finished and it fitted perfectly.  It is all lace and net and would suit Cinderella and my client looks beautiful and I promised not to put up a photo until the wedding on the 13th of May.   Such a relief.  That was so stressfull I don't think I will do it again.

The patchwork continues without to many dramas.  But,  I can't sew straight.  Thirty one correct blocks and 4 re-sew ones.  Just one more row on each block and then I can sew them together.

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And I have given up  getting that poly-cotton fabric to work for chicken scratch.  No matter what I do it looks terrible.  I still need a couple of new breakfast cloths so have resorted to stitching some zig zag with herringbone stitch around the edges.  I won't be able to leave it like this I will have to add more.

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That sample block

Well I reapplied my mental strength to the math on that patchwork block again and this time got it right, almost!

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The almost was the sequence of adding the outer sides.  But the measurements were right and as this is only the practice block I can fix that.  The other thing I did was keep a note of the size of the block at each stage so that I had a measuring check to refer to.  Thinking about it, this is something I should have been doing for the past 30 years.  I would have saved a whole lot of unpicking.This is one of those projects that I can take a little at a time, so that suits me at the moment. 

I do have another quilt to finish for a new baby that is on the way.  I have pieced that quilt top but might add a border to the out side.  Then I think I will have it quilted so that all I have to do is the binding.  Lazy I know, but I think it would be best.

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This might not be finished in time for the baby to arrive but it isn't cold yet, in fact it is very warm, so if it is late I don't think that will matter.


Frustration reins supreme.

And because of that I have been taking more steps backwards than forwards.

My Kogin bag is now finished.  As you might remember I wanted to incorporate leather into the finished bag but after many attempts I had to admit that I just couldn't sew it on a domestic machine.  The hemp fabric is too stiff and the thickness of it and the leather were just too much.  So, I then tried to insert a zipper but to no avail.  I am not giving up on this idea but it will be for something else.  I ended up binding the top edge with a heading tape and using a hand made button with a loop closure.  As this is a class sample I had to also consider just how students would construct the bag.  This I think is a good compromise and "doable."

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With all the baby sitting and stress I have been stitching cross stitch like mad.  I am still behind but I have managed to get quite a bit done.  The thread and fabric contrast even better than I thought they would.  But, one draw back with stitching with silk thread is you have to be extra careful not to make mistakes that require unpicking.  The silk complains terribly and then dies!  (the screams are quite off putting.)

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