Sunday, February 19, 2017

At long last...

my Dream Catcher quilt is finished!

Half way through last year I attended two workshops 

with Michelle McKillop at Amitie,

Michelle's version
which gave me access to her as-yet-released

"Dream Weaver" pattern.

This quilt was a pleasure to make from start.....

Low volume nine patch blocks

Cut up and reassembled into a disappearing nine patch

to finish...

Hand pieced centres




I played around with the layout of the 'feathers'....

randomly placed...

or in colour groups?
I decided I needed to cut the background circle away 

before quilting,
  
and I made a label while I was at it!

That circle may make a great cushion back, one day?

Once the top was basted I chose threads for 

hand quilting....


Here are some close ups of the quilting....



I love the texture it created!



For those who are keen to make this beauty for 

themselves,


Michelle tells me that the pattern will be released at 

Spring Market in May!


And just a couple more photos for you.....


including the label,


staged with the beautiful new necklace I received for 

my recent birthday!


Thanks Helen, for it and being a patient quilt holder!


Final dimensions: 44" X 49"

Happy days!

SUZ

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Gridster Bee!

I have mentioned this bee before but didn't explain 

things in detail.


We are Gridsters because we are working from a 

grid, posted on Google docs.

I was Queen Bee for January and requested a 

NYBeauty block.

I used this block as my inspiration....


asking for a royal blue, pink, red palette,

with a little yellow and black/white prints thrown in 

for good measure!

These are the blocks I have received so far....


I'm still waiting for three blocks to arrive, and have 

more of my own to make, 

before I decide on how I am going to set them.


So in the meantime, I've made the pineapple block 

Sherri requested for February.


This year I am making myself an extra block of each 

month's request.

And will make myself a sampler quilt as a memory of 

my gridster experience.

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Work not Play!


I haven't had much play time for the last ten days or so, 


but I have done a little sewing!

Some more "A Wild Ride" blocks...


I did test a new block for Andy at A Bright Corner....



and ran this scarf up from some fat quarters of voile 

I had.....


difficult to photograph!


 I received blocks for the Gridster Bee I am 

participating in...


Aren't they fabulous?

And I've made one of my own...


It's hard to imagine that it's nearly time for me to 

return to work for another year,

but I don't really want to think about that just yet!

Happy days,

SUZ

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Enjoying the Ride!

While I hand quilt my Dream Catcher,


And consider borders for my Chuck quilt,

I've been working my "A Wild Ride" blocks!


They are great fun to make...


I only want to use fabric from my stash,


and have loved coming up with new combinations!

I have another nine sets all ready for cutting.



That will take me up to 29 blocks,

with only 19 left to choose, if I make the 48 blocks 

from the pattern.



What are you working on at the moment?


Happy sewing!

SUZ

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Stacks" quilt!

I have my first finish for 2017....


This quilt was previously known as 

"Boxes of Cotton and Steel"


 but I wanted something simpler.

I chose some straight line quilt in just one 

direction....


I am always frightened that once I head the other 

way,

I will mess it all up!


The backing was an Ikea find on sale....


and one of my labels has been attached,

to make it totally finished.


The quilt is roughly 48" square, 

and looking for a new home.

Happy sewing!

SUZ

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017, looking forward....

It's time to get my thoughts organised for 2017!

I have three quilts waiting to be quilted....


Oh Christmas Tree,


Dream Catcher


and Boxes of Cotton & Steel

One quilt waiting for a friendship block to arrive...

(which may have actually arrived today!)


for Chucky's in Love.

I may get this one professionally quilted?

I've even prepared labels for these four quilts! 


How's that for being organised!?

And of course I have started something new....


"A Wild Ride"....



 a fabulous pattern by Jen Kingwell!


And a growing list of quilts I'd really like to make!

I'm in a new bee, so there's another one!


More on that soon!

Happy sewing!

SUZ


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