Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
So I did the centre square back in February and then AJ sewed from the stripes to the red dotty fabric. I like the contrast of the deep red with little black watermelon pips fabric in the corners making a cut off triangle. And the dainty little flying geese going round in a circle! It looks great!
Then off to Joy it went. She has done this cool stip weave pattern, I really should become more of a "proper" quilter and learn what these blocks are called! Very effective. In the corners she has used her embrodiary machine to sew some little tulip and cherry motifs, I like how the black and white stripes lead your eye into them.
And then at last it went to Emma's house. Emma's border has really framed the quilt. I love all the white and how she has taken the same buds as the centre square to tie it all in. Its very, very nice.
The other Round Robin quilts are in different stages. Joy's is finished and back at her place too, check it out here. I have AJ's ready to post on Monday and I think Emma's is still at Joy's getting the final touches. A great round robin girls, I'm glad I participated, thanks for organizing it Emma.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I finished the lastround of Joy's RR a few weeks ago now...but have finally had time to pop to the post office to get it going to her house!! I really hope you like it cause if you don't I'll have it!! Not sure if you are allowed to open it straigt away Joy...Emma, what was decided??
Anyone else posted theirs??
Opps Helen...It's been a month to the day!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I liked working with the blues...very calming...execpt when I was cursing it for not working and sitting flat! I quite like the overall affect of the border that added movement to the quit and brought it back to the centre colours...I hope you like it too...when you eventually get to see it!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
So sorry girls, I am delaying this a bit but worth the wait hopefully!
Monday, May 19, 2008
And the obligatory sneak peaks:
I have not machine appliqued before other than using a close zigzag on kids clothes so the buttonhole stitch was a bit frightening for me. However if I had've done it by hand I don't think Emma would get her turn any time this year! The clear thread made it even more scary and at one point the machine became unthreaded and I felt like I was suddenly tangled in invisible cobweb! In addition, my machine and I are yet to become best friends. I really don't trust her and I don't think she trusts me. I took my foot off and she wouldn't stop sewing!!! So before she did too much damage, I had to switch her off and reset her. Oh my, will we ever see eye to eye?
I hope my ameteur ranking isn't too obvious (not that you can see much as the silver on the fabric makes it hard to focus on the shiny stitching without daylight).
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Helen you'll be please to note the your centre has DH's approval...lol....He saw me working on it and asked when had I finished that...told him it wasn't mine, that you had made it...."That looks great" was his comment!! And I thought he didn't pay attention to what I'm making!!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I have several ideas swimming around (hmm, lihe those turtles!) but they don't really go together, and I'm still undecided. But I do have a selection of fabrics to work with, and need to have a serious play.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I've had Helen's centre sitting here for a few weeks now and ideas are creeping into my head...The stripe fabric I picked up a month ago works beautifully with the Red, Black and White....now to search my stash for some more colour!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Back onto the round robin...
I am imagining quilting it with bubbles in the water, tying in the bubble like border. I also have a matching wavy line batik from the US and was going to send it out with the centre for anyone to use but think I'll keep it as it might be a nice binding fabric, tying in the centre with the very edge of the quilt.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I had decided to machine blanket stitch this one, make it look a bit slicker. I'm half way through so far, should get it finished before flying out on Sunday to sunny Sydney!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
And then the fun began...also some unpicking but not too much. I've decided I'm not very good at curved piecing...but I still have lots to do so I might get better....maybe?!?!
Pieces cut out...layed out to see how they look...
In pieces...starting to take shape
The first finished block...
Here are the rest of the pieces cut out ready to join...after this picture was taken, I tried to sew piece number 8 on....I then realised that I'd cut them out backwards....the template must have been flipped over but I didn't realise cause an 8 is an 8 backwards too!! So I had to trace and cut the pale blue circles again...bummer
This is two finished triangles sewen together
It will only work out tobe about 54 pieces....no where near Emma's tally!!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
2008 Round Robin
Participants: Joy, Emma, Helen, AJ
Each time, you will post to the same person. Joy to Emma (may as well save on one post across the country!), Emma to Helen, Helen to AJ, AJ to Joy.
You make your own quilt centre. This should be a block (square, diamond, rectangle) somewhere between 12" and 18" square (or whatever shape).
The centre will set the tone of the quilt in terms of colours, style etc.
Further information about the originator's thoughts, preferences, etc will be recorded in a notbook to travel with the quilt. For example, would you like your centre to finish on-point? Would you mind use of these or other techniques: applique, yoyos, machine or hand embroidery, etc. Do you have a specific finished size or shape in mind?
Each subsequent person will add one or more borders to a width of between 6" and 10".
All fabrics are to be 100% quilters' cotton, and should be pieced using cotton thread. Please wash fabric before use (even if you don't normally!)
Please take care to be as accurate as you can, and follow the originator's requests.
Use a 1/4in seam allowance and press the seams as you go.
Purchasing fabric and other materials is the responsibility of the person sewing (i.e. you buy fabric for the borders you add). However, if the originator wishes, she may choose to send extra of a special or feature fabric for others to use.
As you add your borders, please fill in the notebook with details of fabric (if possible, the design, designer and producer, and the source), blocks, ideas, reasons for choices and anything else she wishes.
The centre should be completed and sent to the next participant by the end of February. After that, you will have 2 months to add each border and send the quilt on its journey.
Centre - end of February
First border - end of April
First border - end of June
First border - end of August (back to originator)
While we would like to stick to the timtable, we are flexible. If you can't make the date, just say so, and we can make arrangements.
The timetable allows several months at the end of the year for you to finish your own quilt - by adding any borders or embellishments you wish, quilting, binding and attaching the label. Final reveal to be by the end of 2008 (or as soon as they are all done!)
Post the quilt by registered mail. Perhaps we should all buy one posting box at the beginning and send it in that each time? It would need to be big enough for what could be a large quilted top by the end (no batting at least!) and a notebook. We should all have each others' addresses from the Birthday FQ swap?
Post regular updates and peeks here. Peeks shouldn't give too much away!
Feel free to ask the originator questions.
We will all put the same label on our quilts, but with our own name highlighted in some way. We will design these as we go. (Joy, did you want to have a go at this? Where is the discussion we had about labels? We should put it in here.)
Do we want to mention this at all in EB? I am happy to, but keep the majority of it here for completeness.
Comments? Additions? Changes?
BTW, can I subscribe to comments, or can only Joy do that?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This might be a better way of communicating rather than email, since Helen's email has issues with bigpond!
I will add the guidelines here once we have agreed on them.
I spent a while browsing for ideas for my centre block last night and now have a few things to work with - only my block ideas don't match the colours I had been thinking of! This week I will buy a nice notebook for my ideas, and to keep with the quilt as it travels across the country.