Monday, February 1, 2016

Volvox

Volvox?

"What is that?", I hear you say!

A green algae which I have used as my inspiration 

for 

the first of this year's "Four-In-Art" mini.


If you do a Google image search, this is what you 

will find!

The overlying theme for 2016 is colour, and the sub-

theme for February was "Microscopic".

It was fun to see this little organism had inspired 

other artwork...


found here.

I first came across them when I was teaching my 

Year 7 Science class last year!


I have used a little 'artistic licence' in my 

interpretation....


But overall, I am pleased with the final result.


Beads, sequins, felt, fabric and thread.



I had fun photographing "Volvox" in the 

Science Labs where I teach!



And one last shot of it on my wall of minis.



Now it's my turn to choose the sub-theme for May...


the back....

Please take the time to check out all the other minis created by the group:

Betty 
Camilla
Catherine
Elizabeth
Janine
Nancy
Rachel
Simone

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Preparing for February...

The Chuck Nohara blocks for February will be...


Elizabeth's picks...


and mine...


 #1024 needed to be enlarged by 170%,

while the others,

 the commonly used 260%. 

Now to decide the best method to construct them...

That's the hard part for me!


And I see some more Glitter blocks in my future too!


This little ruler, which Elizabeth sent me, 

 helps me mark my 1/4" pivot point for the 'y' seam!


Is anyone else making these blocks?

Happy days!

SUZ

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Randomly....

With the Australian Tennis Open in full swing,
Azarenka warming up this morning

there is little time for sewing....

But I thought some of my followers might enjoy a 

snapshot of my last few days....

This is a mural at Margaret Court Arena...


Can you tell who all these players are?

made up of photographs from..



who knows where?


I have been playing with this pretty "Glitter" block,


from Jen Kingwell's book "Quilt Lovely".


This array of fabric and beads will  be used for my 

"Four-in-Art" project due on 1st February.



The theme is colour, with the sub-theme of 

microscopic!

I spied this 'Double Wedding' patterned vase in a gift 

shop recently.


It seems quilting patterns are everywhere!

And my son and daughter-in-law arrived home

from the States,


with a couple of beautiful gifts for me!


Now what to make from this pretty bundle?

Happy days!

SUZ


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Drifting along...

making more 6" Chuck Nohara blocks....

Pieced


Appliqued



piecing words for a new bee,


the Spelling bee, of course!


gifting a new doorstop...


joining these blocks,


checking they're balanced with a black and white 

photo first-


Yes, I did move a few round!

And making an addition to this travelling PIP's 

block...


my contribution is the top, bottom and left borders.

How are you spending your lazy Summer days,

or your cold Winter nights?


Happy days!

SUZ

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015!

What better way to finish the year....



than with a quilt finish too!

This one was a long time in the making...


beginning with EPP hexie flowers back in 2013(?)

I toyed with the idea of joining them with more 

hexies, but settled on appliquing them to low volume 

backgrounds.



I also thought about machine quilting the completed 

top, but again, changed my mind...


Quilted some straight lines on the machine 

and then perle hand quilting around each one

I chose to keep it simple with the backing,


piecing together some leftover vintage sheets I had 

in my stash.

The finished size is 47" X 62"...


perfect napping size!


I had a fun time finding places to photograph it 

earlier today!


It seemed appropriate to photograph the hexie 

flowers...


against a background of real flowers!


Or anywhere that made me smile!



I have called my last finish for 2015

"Kew Gardens".


Thank you to all my loyal followers....



here's to a great 2016!

SUZ

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best of 2015

A couple of my favourite bloggers have mentioned 

the "Best of 2015" linky party over at Meadow Mist blog...

So I thought I'd join in the fun!

Here are my top five blog posts from 2015....


my Pacific Lime quilt



3. "Pinks Charming"




4. Gift Envelopes


5. The "Ambivalent" Post

which touched a nerve with many of my readers!

And here is a small collage of the quilts I have made 

this year...


with just my hexie Flower Garden missing...


 I am aiming for a finish before 2016 arrives!


Happy sewing!

SUZ
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