Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Some progress...

if a little slow!


I love making these Dresden Plate blocks....


and the numbers are growing.


To vary things up, I have made some with just two 

different fabrics...


a little less scrappy, but fun nevertheless!


This is how the scrappy ones are looking...


on their patched backgrounds.

I'm looking forward to some more sewing time on 

the weekend.

Linking up with Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share



Happy sewing!

SUZ

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Roadtrip

Mr PnP and I just returned from a little 

Easter/Autumn road trip!

Firstly, the Marimekko exhibition in Bendigo...


a beautiful art show in Castlemaine...


The Silo Art Trail has long been on my 'must-do' list!

 What an achievement!

And it's bringing some much-needed tourism back to 

country Victoria.

We then spent three glorious days in Glenelg....


walking the Esplanade each morning!

And along the Torrens river too...


Finally, we did some cycling in the Clare Valley...


with some wine tasting in between!

There was one last silo in Coonalpyn, South 

Australia....




For more information go here, or here.

I did sew while being a passenger or in the 

evenings...


and have six of these appliqued to the background 

squares.

And of course, it's important to have a little souvenir 

for my own future quilt....


I'd never seen "Frou Frou" fabrics in real life before!

I'm itching to get back in my sewing room,

with plenty of ideas brewing!

Happy days!

SUZ

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Learning from a master!

I was lucky enough to attend a trunk show with 

Jenny Doan the other night!


What a delight she is- truly inspiring, generous with 

her time and knowledgeable!


 I don't own many charm packs and they were all 

given to me by friends...

So I decided it was time to make a baby quilt using 

the Window Pane Disappearing Nine Patch pattern.

More details can be found here

This range of fabric was called Bunny Tales by 

Darlene Zimmerman, long discontinued it seems.


I knew I wanted to make it larger than the 30" it 

finished up at this stage;

Pardon the heads, I was in the third row!

So I added a deeper blue 1" border and a 4" spotted one!


I really loved how it turned out!


I think Mr Tiger is pretty pleased too!


I have a few more ideas for the rest of the charm 

packs I have in stash....

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shadows of Love

I finished piecing together my Delilah quilt today.

Even my Ikea trolley is colour co-ordinated!

Here are month 12 blocks names Black Cockatoo.


I calmed the overall look by using a grey spot  


in the 3" filler blocks, rather than 30 different prints.

And why have I named it "Shadows of Love"?



The Tom Jones' song (Jen Kingwell the designer is a 

big Tom Jones fan!) is about domestic violence

Using a lyric from it would be 

might be more relevant.


I have had a love/hate relationship with this quilt 

hence the shadow that hangs over it.

I've already purchased my backing...

The one on the right.

and a few other fun fabrics!

And I've not been doing much sewing or blogging 

lately....because of this little fellow!

My beautiful grandson, Eli

I have a good excuse, don't you think?

Happy days!

SUZ

Saturday, February 24, 2018

An Evening with Kaffe!

While I may not be spending so much of my $$$$ on 

fabric this year....


hearing inspirational quilters speak and share their 

quilts is high on my list!


Cutting Cloth in Fairfield was one of the stops on

 Kaffe Fassett's (rhymes with 'safe asset') latest tour.

The shop...


and restaurant venue were adorned with all his

Love that green!

glorious colour!

The quilting was only on the purple solid-minimal but so effective

I'll be honest, I own very little Kaffe fabric....

I'd love to make something like this!

but I love his graphic designs, use of colour and 

Fabulous use of a 16-patch and border fabric

simple quilting!

And the battings are so thin, apparently good for 

travelling!


Of course, there was the obligatory book signing!


 and photo op!


Thanks Kellie for a very memorable evening!

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dresdens!

Sewing has taken a back seat since I went back to work three weeks ago!

Delilah has stalled because we are still waiting for month 12 templates to arrive!



I don't think I showed you all of month 11.

My sister has been collecting fabric for a quilt....


and we settled on a Dresden plate block.

So, to ensure we had the right size, I practised with 

this first...



I've made three of these into a table runner...


which is waiting patiently to be quilted!

In the meantime, I cut most of the blues and 

greens...


into 5.5" blades, with a speciality ruler...


and made the first of 36 Dresdens!

Of course, it still needs a centre...

Have you ever made a Dresden plate quilt?

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Finish #3!

 I have another finish to share with you today...

my third for 2018!


"Luna Park"....


is roughly 55" square.

Seventeen of these blocks came from my Gridster 

bee buddies....


and these are the siggy blocks on the back.

  
Thank you, ladies!


I'm so glad I went with this layout,

Before quilting

after stitching it together with all that horrid black 

sashing!


I think I have ended up with a much more lively and 

interesting quilt!


I machine quilted around each block first,

to anchor all layers together.


Then quilted with black and navy blue perle thread.



I used a stripey black and white binding, which a 

friend commented that it reminded her of a barber's 

pole.


I found this outside one of those hipster barbers 

shops, that are so popular in Melbourne now!


This is quilt #91 I've made!


(You can see most of the other 90 on a separate page of this blog)


...not sure how many more I have in me?


Do you ever think about not making quilts anymore?


I guess I can't imagine life without quilting!

Happy sewing!

SUZ
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