Saturday, June 30, 2012

June...lots of shares...



Made these a couple of months ago, but been unable to share till now...

I'm now a first time Great Aunty, as we welcomed my Nephew and his lovely wifes' baby,
Cora Ellen.
It's so much fun to be able to spoil her with a few of my makes.

I bought some gorgeous Lilly & Will II fabric from Designs by Fee and made these.

Of which I added to my growing collection of buntings.  Then with one of my dearest friends, Tamsin, we went for little drive to a couple of her favourite outlets and we sold them.  Couldn't be happier, thanks Tam.

While we were out and about we dropped into the Linx Cafe for coffee.  From the size of my treat we quickly learn't it dosn't pay to tell them your on a diet. We had the biggest giggle so I wanted to share...
(by the way, the teaspoon of sugars NOT MINE)

I finished Mays BOM from Jenny's Promises & Borders BOM
(yes, a little late)

  But I have managed to finish Junes BOM.

Please don't look too carefully, it's not quite right.  I do remember my Mum telling me one of the fundamental rules to quilting is...'measure twice, cut once'!  as you can see, I never was a very good student.
It's not centered!!!
AND, the flowers are supposed to be purple not blue.


So instead of starting all over I got a little creative and added to my tree.  It's a little more balanced now, however I know it's not right, so who knows' it still may get redone.

Lastly, a finish for today.  'Lizzy Geese' Mug Rugs, a gift for my daughter's upcoming birthday.  Something she can add to her 'Glory Box'.

Whilst in my travels yesterday I called into The Fabric Parcel in Wynyard (absolutely worth calling into). It was here that I came accross the Westalee Rulers and Templates and couldn't help myself, I had to take home the Pinwheel Block Set.  (I see it as an investment).  This set alone enables me to create more than 80 different blocks.

Dosn't the 'Dizzy Geese' look great, idealy they are meant to stitched together to form one block, however I have a little thing for 'Mug Rugs' and figgured they'd be perfect.

Ok, that's June done. 
 I've been busy afterall...


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Kaliedoscope progress...

Its been one of those quilts where you don't have a plan.  You do one step, sit back and look at it before deciding what to do next. 

I had original thoughts of doing a pieced border.  But after trimming the blocks I ended up with 7 3/4" squares.  These became a hugh problem for working out the maths for the border.  After several attempts I ended up giving up. 

As a result, I split the outer border with a thin piped edging, enhancing the borders around each block and I love it.  I think afterall, the blocks themselves are the center piece of this quilt and a piece border would have spoilt it.  

What do you think?

Thinking that I'll hand quilt this one.  Maybe trace a template design around borders...

any ideas?