"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bird quilt for Avicultural Society

This quilt was made specifically for the Avicultural Society of Australia, to raffle at their Convention Dinner in September.  We hadn't planned on going to the dinner, but have now booked in to go, as I am interested to see who wins the raffle, and will be buying tickets myself in the hope of winning it, lol!  I am really pleased with it, and of course I can always make another one, as I still have the bird photos on file, and it was easy enough to print them on to those inkjet fabric sheets (the person who invented those deserves a medal). I still have to put the label on the back, naming the photographer who allowed me to use his photos, and my name as the quilt maker.
I showed the quilt to the Society meeting this week, and got a very positive response from the members.  The editor of their magazine took photos and is going to publish them in the next issue.  Five minutes of fame, lol!

Vintage handkerchiefs

I have been given handkies since I was a child (we all got them for Xmas in the fifties), and I have also picked up some embroidered ones for my collection in recent years.  But apart from a few that are special to me, I am happy to offload them to other collectors, and some of the ladies on the Down To Earth forum have expressed interest in seeing what I have.  So grab a cup of tea and have a look at the following photos :-)
I have indicated which ones I want to keep and which I am willing to part with.  For the benefit of other readers of this blog, this offer is restricted to DTE members for now.
I will part with all the boxed sets except the men's handkies (my husband is in need of those, and I like the box!)

The photo below is of vintage handkie holders in my collection, which I will keep, but thought you might like to see them.  The Dolly Varden handkies weren't with the holder, but I keep them in there.

These handkies (below) are ones that I would prefer to keep.  I have a pattern for a quilt using handkies for the blocks, and I'm hanging on to these to choose from when the time comes.

Handkies free to good home (DTE members only)

Most of these are the printed handkies, and plain white with some embroidery or lace.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Piano fabric idea.

Remember that piano fabric I bought at the Quilt show, and posted a pic of here?  I think I know what I'm going to do with it, or part of it anyway.  I found the cutest photo on Pinterest, of a black cat sitting on a piano keyboard, and thought it would look great for a wallhanging to applique a black cat on to the piano fabric!   Watch this space....but don't hold your breath, lol ;-)

A.S.A. raffle Bird quilt

I've been working on my quilt for the Avicultural Society raffle.  After going through Ken's collection of monthly magazines from the society, I couldn't find any photos suitable for the quilt, so I hunted around on the internet and found some photos taken by a professional photographer who stated on his website that he was happy for people to use his photos, provided they ask for his permission.  So I emailed him to explain about using his photos on my quilt, and he replied the next day, giving me permission to use them.
I copied about 20 photos, went through them with Ken to select the best ones for the society (birds kept in aviculture) and once we made up our minds, I used the box of printing fabric that I bought at the Quilt Show, to print the photos.  (I put new ink cartridges in my printer first!).

Then I had to decide how to place the pictures on the quilt, and after much mind changing and suggestions from Ken, this is what I came up with:
The photos have been bordered with black, then put together with the green sashing.  It was too small on its own for a quilt, so I added some bird fabric to the top and bottom for extra length, but found it was too long and narrow.  I laid out the rest of the green fabric on the kitchen floor tonight, and put my unfinished top on top of it to see how it looked with a wide green border either side. 
As this has to be finished next Wednesday, I haven't got much time left to play around, so I'm going to add the wide green border either side of the length, and a shorter border at each end.  The backing will be a different bird fabric with a lot of reds, so I am going to use plain red for the binding, rather than more black.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Pin cushion and Needlecase completed.

I made this pair of sewing accessories for Joy, my swap partner on the Down To Earth forum craft thread. We were asked to make anything in blue or lavender/purple tones. It could be paper, knitting, sewing, or whatever, and I chose a combination of felt and fabric. I used a pattern called "Lilac Love", by Val Laird, who is one of my favourite needlecraft designers. I have heaps of her patterns earmarked in my magazine stash, but this is only the second one I've made. The pattern was for three items - the pincushion, needlecase and scissor fob, but I ran out of time before I got to the scissor fob. I don't think Joy will mind ;-)

Val's original design had little stitcheries in the centre of her items, but I was lazy, and just used a polka dot felt instead.  The dark purple is felt, and I stitched lazy daisies around the edge, and added beads in the centres on the pin cushion but not the needlecase (me  being lazy again), so to make up for my tardiness I added a little gold thimble button to the needlecase.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Craft and Quilt show photos now uploaded.

I have finally posted the photos I took at the Craft & Quilt Fair last week, to my Needlecraft and Quilt Shows blog here. Click on the link to see.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Quilt Fair, Aussie bird fabric.

I took all those placemats to the Avic. meeting this week, and the ladies were delighted.  I had pinned some lace and embellishment to some of the mats, but the ladies said no, they didn't need that, so I unpinned it and they were happy with them as they are.  They used two for door prizes, and one of the winners was a girl, who was thrilled to get something other than a bag of bird seed, handy as that is!

At the committee meeting (my first one) the guys were discussing the up and coming Avic. convention, and mentioned the raffle they are having.  Someone asked what were the prizes and the president replied "Oh the usual bag of seed and some books".  I piped up "Oh, that's not enough for an Australia wide convention!  You might get someone from interstate winning the raffle - how are they going to carry 20 kg of birdseed back on the plane?  How about I make a quilt using bird fabrics, for the prize?"  The men mostly looked blank, but one or two said "That's a great idea!  My wife would like that!".

So there I go again, opening my big mouth...they don't know it yet, but I didn't say what size quilt I would make ;-)  I do not make bed quilts - single, double or otherwise!  It will be a throw, about the same size as the one I made for Ken for his retirment, with the motorcycles.   It can be used as a topper for a bed, or to throw over the back of a couch, or even a large wallhanging.  Today I went to the Craft and Quilt Fair and asked every fabric stall holder if they had any fabric with Australian birds.  I didn't find exactly what I would have liked, but this one will do.  It was the last piece on the bolt, not quite two metres, so I was very lucky to get it before it was sold out.
My first idea was to cut it into square blocks and alternate them with four patch blocks of matching colours, but then I saw a display on another stall, where they had used photographs of birds printed on to that special photo fabric, and made up into a wall hanging.  Light bulb moment for me!  I can do that, and use this parrot fabric for the backing!  So I bought a pack of 10 photo fabric sheets, and will download some nice photos of finches and parrots from the Avic. society website to use, after I check with the webmaster it is okay to do that.

My EFTPOS card went into overdrive today as usual.  I was with my friend Connie and neither of us have been to a quilt and craft fair for a couple of years, so we had a ball!  An expensive ball, but she needed some retail therapy, and it was my duty to encourage her...lol.  These are my other purchases:
I never thought I would buy any more chook fabric, but someone always brings out something so gorgeous that I just can't resist it!  Luckily Ken liked it too....he didn't ask how much it was.
I need more Elvis fabric like I need a hole in the head, but I know quite a few Elvis fans, and am thinking this will make great birthday or Christmas gifts.

I love the piano fabric!  Bought just half a metre, because I know I have a pattern somewhere using that fabric, and always thought I'd like to make it if ever I found the fabric.
The Asahi Quilt bias tape is iron-on bias tape to use on stained glass window quilts.  I've always wanted to make one but thought nah, too complicated, but this makes it so easy!  Watch this space, lol.
The can is Quilt basting spray which I was shocked to discover later, had cost me $18!  Is that right???
I also bought two colouring books, but they are on my Art and craft blog.
The most expensive item for the day was not fabric, books or any of that.  Would you believe it cost $50 to park under that damn Exhibition Centre for 5 hours?  Another reason why I don't go to these fairs every year!

Nearly forgot to mention the Quilt Show.  I took heaps of photos, and will be posting them to my Needlecraft Shows blog in the next day or so.  I probably won't leave them there for long though, as I am aware that many people don't like photos of these shows on blogs or social media.  I'll put a note on here when I've done it.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Aust. bird items of patchwork.

I have recently been elected to the committee of the Avicultural Society of Australia (you can blame my husband for this, lol), and I offered to provide some of the prizes for the monthly meeting raffles, as they don't vary much from month to month, and one of the ladies has even started donating boxes of glasses, whether they are unused gifts from their home, or she has bought them for the purpose, I don't know. I showed some of my patchwork to the ladies at the meeting, and they all loved the idea of having bird-related patchwork items for the raffle. These are what I have completed so far:
A small runner with a Galah in the centre.  The sides look a bit bare, so I am going to add some matching buttons or other bling.

Mug rug with Blue Wren.

Mug rug or small mat with Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.
Pair of placemats using the same two fabrics but with different coloured sashing.  They don't have to be taken as a pair, it depends on what the ladies running the raffle want to do with them.

I had to use what was in my stash for these items, but I hope to find some better bird fabrics at the Craft & Quilt Fair later this month.  I know there are some beautiful Aussie bird fabrics around, but they aren't found in many fabric shops, and I couldn't even find much on line, so I'm hoping the stalls at the Fair will have some new lines in.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A hilarious tale of a quilter's husband!

Jane over at Loopy's Place provided this link to a blog she discovered.  The blog writer is a lawyer by profession, and a quilter in her other life.  She has published an article on her blog, written by the husband of another quilter.  The husband is a criminal court judge, and admits to finding himself bamboozled by his wife's new obsession!  It is long, but well worth reading, you will all relate to it :-)
The Sewing Lawyer