Sunday, 14 April 2013

AQC Quilts on display - Including mine!

The Australasian Quilt Convention is on in Melbourne this coming weekend, 18th-21st April, so if you're around drop in and take a look at all the quilts on display. There are some fantastic travelling exhibits for show & of course the 2013 AQC Challenge 'FREE'.
Including my quilt 'Dancing Free'
Artist Statement:
When I throw off the anxieties which enshroud me,
and let them fly free,
I can embrace the joy of dancing in the light.
For those who (like me) are stuck interstate, or overseas, you can view all the quilts here online.
I've also added a couple of quilts to my Finished Projects page.
I'm slowly catching up to this year's projects.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

March NewFO

Catch all the great new projects at Cat Patches March NewFO!
Another month gone by and a few new projects started.
(though not as many as I'd hoped... do study projects count?)
I started (and finished) a contemporary art quilt & sent in the application form for the Wangeratta Contemorary Textile Show.  You can catch a few glimpses in my other posts, but here's one more.

A Detail Close up of 'Syergy'

I also sort of started my 'Doors' project... I've chosen the first 'Door' to make & gone through my stash to see what I have for it. That counts doesn't it??

In other starts I spoiled myself to some 'easter fabric' & started a new pieced quilt. I usually make art quilts and not a lot of them involve intricate piecing (see above), so I thought this would be a good time to practice. A little challenge to my self. Of course, me being me, I couldn't just find a nice little pattern to follow, I had to design one myself! I do like a challenge. (you can bet if I ever build a house, it won't be off a plan, I'm forever fiddling with 'grand' idea's)
I got a lot further than I thought I would & now I just need to work out the borders.
From this.... this
There was one more 'thing' I started for FNSI. It was last minute impromptu using scraps from another project & I'm not exactly sure what it's trying to be yet. I'm waiting to see what it turns into. :)
Soooo..... The NewFO count for this month.... 4!... not too bad after all.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

March To-Do List

Ooops, a day late. I'ts been a busy easter.
Better late than never....  My March to-do List.
Check out all the others at Pig Tales & Quilts.
  1. Contempory Quilt - Wangeratta Show due 22 March
    Bridge Design Abstract Texture Design

    DONE! & application sent off.

Miyoko's inspecting the work for me.... and on the right - a detail
2.Start Blocks for Moroccan Quilt - NOT DONE
Decided to try my hand at something a little simpler first.
Lots of fun! but these are 9" blocks. Think I might go back and redesign my Moroccan quilt with larger blocks. (1" triangle's sound much better than 1/4")
3.Sort & Organise Bags & Bags of scraps - STARTED
4.Scrappy Rainbow blog hop - Not DONE....
Darn! just not enough hours in the month!
5.Start Doors for Quilt - Sort of Done
Have chosen 1st Door to do.
Was going to also be for Orange Rainbow Scrappy but had to study for a maths test instead.
6.POST AQC Quilt!!!!!!!!! :) - DONE, DONE, DONE! YAY!
I'd say that come out at about 50%?..... oh well, maybe I'll have better luck this month. Or a more realistic To-Do List? - Nah! where's the fun in that?!

Saturday, 30 March 2013

A Good Fri Day's Work

Well, I'm nicely tired and falling asleep while I post this, but it's a good tired. I'm feeling very satisfied and Happy! So I'll share what I accomplished today.
I drew up & printed the pattern (ie. pice sizes etc.) for two of the four different blocks making up my quilt design, and selected the fabrics to use.
I got a little nervous at this point (as I do at the begining of every new project)  and proceeded to phone my sister for a 1/2hr chat.
Then I got stuck into the cutting, sewing & pressing...
Quite a few hours latter & I'm ready to start assembling the block sections....
... and then the first 2 blocks.
What a wonderfull feeling when the first block(s) come together.
The next 6 are also ready to start assembling...

Not bad for a day's work, I think - a bit slow since I haven't done a lot of pieceing for a while but still a very satisfying feeling. I'm very pleased with the results so far. Just 7 more blocks to go after these 6 and it'll be ready for borders! (I have a sneaking susspicion it won't be finnished this weekend.)

Friday, 29 March 2013

Easter goodies

Saw the parents off on their easter holiday. Visited the nieces & nefews with goodies before they before they left on theirs & got a hug from my brother (he gives really good hugs).
Now it's just my sister, CJ, and myself, all alone, for the whole weeked! What will we do with ourselves? The mind begins to plot... hehehe (insert wicked laugh.)
Fortunatly there was a nice little easter bonus in my pay this week so I splurged & bought myself some easter goodies too.

Just working out the pattern pieces fo the design & will be quilting shortly. CJ found herself some yarn we thinks perfect for another project and with the stack of videos hired from the local store (ans the rest of the family gone) we're all set for a weekend of....
Quilting, Crochet & ANIME!
Unfortunatly the reason I stayed home is to get top of some study & assignments so I'll also have to fit them somewhere. Darn you higher education! Oh well like good ole Scarlett says, I'll think about it tomorrow.
In some other good news I farwelled my AQC challenge quilt off on it's travels this week. I look forward to seeing it again when it tours our lovely state of South Australia. For those of you who'd like to get in & see it before me, and all the other stunning quilts in the challenge, you can view them at the AQC Show in Melbourne, April 18-21st. The AQC challenge quilts will also be touring the other states through the year.
Happy Easter to everyone!
May God bless you all & have a great weekend.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

testing 1,2,1,2

test - to see which page I land on

.....Darn! wrong one!

Yay it's FNSI time again

I've been looking forward to FNSI all week.
Deadlines past, all pressure off, just relaxing & enjoying sewing, maybe starting a new project.
Then I arrived home from work, fealing rather weary, curled up on the couch & promptly forrgot it was finally sew-in night. That is untill I stumbled accross it while looking at other stuff on-line. ('round about 9:30pm)
Would you believe it? I suddenly had all my energy back! :)
I jumped up, rummaged through some bits and pieces & came up with some scraps / spares from another project. I started sewing them together & with a touch of ironing & a teeny bit of trimming, here's what I came up with....
Now I just need to a) decide on a background, b) decide on a layout & c) decide what splashes of colour to add. Still, not to bad for only an hour or two.
I'm deffinatly feeling an asian vibe though. Yippee! I love Asian style quilts.
Only thing is I didn't use any orange scraps... so no double duty this time & time's running out for the rainbow scrappy.

Then I thought 'maybe I should be responsable & do something from my To-do list', so I sewed on the label for my AQC Challenge quilt.
Just have to sew on the hanging sleve and it's ready to be sent.
I did also design a new quilt, an exercise for me in piecing, earlier this evening. It's not, strictly speaking, sewing, but it still counts, doesn't it?
The colours above were just so I could see the design, I'm thinking of maybe doing it browns & blues?? not sure, will have to look through the stash.
Well that's my Friday night (and into Saturday morning). Looking forward to seeing everyone elses.
And for those of you who're wondering what FNSI is? Head on over to Hedi's Handmade.