Monday, June 29, 2009

Stashbusting Week 26

I can report a reduction this week. I finished my Thousand Pyramids quilt and only bought a little bit of fabric - .6 to be precise. Lovely to have another quilt finished and draped over the lounge chair. Year half over so had better get a move on. I did put borders on 2 QS quilts and prepared the backing for those two as well as another smaller one.

Fabric added this week: .6 mt/yd

Fabric added this year: 197.9 mt/yd

Fabric used this week: 8.5 mt/yd

Fabric used this year: 137.0 mt/yd

Balance: Plus 60.3 mt/yd

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another finish

Well, finally finished another quilt. When I got back from the Sydney Show I was very motivated and after unpacking I loaded a quilt and started quilting. Took me a while as life things just get in the way all the time. But finished binding it last night. A machine quilter had shown her quilt on a list I'm part of and I just loved the look of it - so had to make one (as you do). The quilting isn't going to win any awards but at least it's another quilt finished. It has been a very long time since I have done much quilting. Too many other things get in the way and I'm getting very frustrated about that. I bought Kim Brunner's book and DVD a while back and have been itching to have a go at these feathers.....not perfect so no close ups of the quilting. I love how it's turned out. I'm pretty rusty but will keep practicing.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stashbusting Week 24

Well, what can I say? I can't believe this Stashbusting is so hard. After all my resolve I've broken down again. And I thought I was being so remarkably restrained at the Sydney Quilt Show. When the plane landed we caught a taxi straight to Patchwork Products. Well, for anyone who has been there you will know how hard it is not to buy something.....and she had a SALE on. Not that I let that influnce me. So, got a lovely border fabric and a background and a couple of other must haves. Like these reds.

Then there was the Sydney Quilt Show and all that lovely fabric. Must be going through my red stage (one of many colours) and just had to have these lovely antiquey ones.
Then there was this Black and Tan (my description) kit that I just couldn't resist. The colours are just wonderful.
And then these delicious browns. We all know you can't make reproduction quilts without the browns!
And how could I neglect my New York Beauty. Just had to get these beauties. Hmmm, I got some at last years show for this quilt. Perhaps I should pull all my fabrics that I have collected for this quilt and actuall see how much I have collected so far.................

So, I had a wonderful time and feel so inspired. And I need to be 'cos I managed to go in the opposite direction AGAIN.
Fabric added this week: 50 mt/yd
Fabric added this year: 197.3 mt/yd
Fabric used this week: 6.5 mt/yd
Fabric used this year: 128.5 mt/yd
Balance: Plus 68.8 mt/yd

Sydney Quilt Show

Have just returned from the show which was just wonderful. The quilts were amazing and I'm all fired up and ready to sew, sew, sew. Was so motivated I even loaded a quilt and started it this afternoon!
I managed a few purchases and thought I had been fairly restrained in my purchases........but did fall down in the fabric department.

Got this lovely pattern from Cherry Pie Designs.

This one called Somersby was from Somerset Patchwork and Quilting. I think this was my favourite stall at the show. And I joined their Fabric Club.

Went to a Trunk Show by Michelle Hill. I was lovely to be up close and touch and hold the quilts. It was really inspiring and she was a lovely speaker. Her book was published just recently.

My other little purchase was a Mini Steam Iron. I'm sure I needed it.

My fabric report is in this weeks Stashbusting entry.............

Monday, June 8, 2009

A little progress

Not too much blogging and not too much sewing going on lately, but I'm hoping that will change in about a week. I'm off to the Syendy Quilt Show this coming week which is always exciting. The quality of the work is wonderful and so many quilts to see.

I managed to get the last two blocks of my BOM finished today, after I finished a couple of customer quilts. There are some lovely blocks in here and I feel inspired by a couple of them.....BUT I have resisted the tempation to do anything about it till I get some others out of the way. Can't even report any Stashbusting as I only count completed quilts. Oh, well imagine my progress when I get a couple of them quilted.

Cut the borders for a QS quilt the other night. It has been sitting around for I don't know how long so thought it was time I did the borders. Trouble is I was tired and cut them too short........Lesson Learned: do not cut when tired.

So here is a pic of my 12 blocks ready to be set.........oh and I did sign up for the next Mystery BOM.........I have resisted for weeks and weeks but had a weak moment the other night and ordered it..........come to think of it I haven't added this BOM into purchases. Oh well I'll add the next one in.