Sunday, December 30, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Ruth's sister who is also a prolific patchworker had geat fun making this. She also made a patchwork bag in bright colours for a niece.
Hope there are many Christmas goodies arriving for you all.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and see you all in 2008.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Isn't it amazing that with one click we can enter a different page and meet so many like minded people and share information about quilting.
Most of our Mt Perry members live on rural properties in an isolated area and we have embraced blogging as a large part of our social life as well as being our newsletter. We also love to see what other people are up to in their patchwork pursuits.
To minimise the time spent blogging we have three editors to share the workload, in case you noticed the different blogging styles. We certainly don't want to cut into our valuable sewing time do we girls?
Monday, December 10, 2007
We received a letter from The Sate Library of Queensland asking for copyright permission to archive our blog under the PANDORA project. They archive websites they consider to be worthy of preservation. We felt really proud to have our blog selected and thank them for their interest and we hope to continue sharing our love of patchwork and quilting with you whilst providing entertainment and recording a visual diary through future posts.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
How come "sew" many pattern designers finish the information about their design with "Quilt As Desired". We are still wondering what as desired looks like. We studied the book by that name, very useful.
Well after today the girls also have a bit more knowledge about thread thickness, remember the higher the number the thinner the thread. The Madeira Cotona 80 looked wonderful on Margaret's sample. The Daruma silk thread sewed beautifully as well. Ruth would not mind the box of these for sale at Patchwork on Pallas for Christmas. The Aurifil Mako 50 is also a wonderful thread to sew with. It is easily available from online shopping here in Australia.
These threads really suit traditional quilting styles done by machine where you like to see the texture without noticing the thread.
We discovered some machines absolutely dislike cheaper, thicker thread. It is probably variations in thickness from slubs that cause the problem. It is a shame that some variegated threads don't work too well. Kerry found that some worked well while sewing slowly but as soon as she found a faster smooth stitch the thread broke. The variegated threads are good for more contemporary work.
Feathers for traditional quilts were oohed at and some had a go. We had to learn to draw them first let alone stitch them. All the designs we tried were all drawn on paper first to develop the rhythm of sewing it.
The star pupil even had a go at a Caryl Bryer Fallert quilting design. So now she has gone home to google for her website so she can study more of her work. Other quilting experts to look up include Sharon Schamber, Diane Gaudynski, Patsy Thompson, Karen McTavish and there's probbaly a lot more. So watch out we are slowly building our reputations as quilters. Unfortunately the cameras did not come out today so here is a sample of Ruth's first free motion feather accomplished some time ago for something to view from today.
Next year we will probably decide to start early again so we can commence our raffle quilt. Ruth was just too dog tired to get the fabric and pattern ready to start this week. So watch this space.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
We will be looking for fabric for our raffle quilt for next years Cancer Fundraising. Ruth has found a possible pattern but now can't remember which of her magazines it was in. Looks like she had better start writing things in a notebook while magazine browsing. Mind you she has quite a collection to find another one in.
Friday 30th November we will be dropping the feed dogs and trying to control our tension headaches whilst attempting to regulate our quilting stitches. Yes Free Motion here we come. We will be learning about free motion, ditching , selecting quilting designs,and in general trying to demystify the phrase "Quilt as Desired". Threads of all different types will be investigated also. Batting choice will also be discussed.
Feathers will be on the agenda if we can get past the fear. Should be an interesting process.
Last week we all seemed to be a bit busy doing other things so only two could make it for the day. So roll on Friday for the shopping trip.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
It's surprising what you can decide faced with this dilemma. She has two narrow walls in her sewing room ( the rest of us are envious that she has a sewing room) that looked a bit bare. So the decision was made to create two small quilts to decorate those walls.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Kerry organised a coffee morning to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. Guests were treated to cups of coffee with sponge cake and other goodies on the menu.
Patty kindly presented us with special fabric to make bags for sale at this function.
Raffles were held as well, with all funds raised going directly to Breast Cancer research.
The bag sale is still continuing with them on display at the Mt. Perry Post Office.
Will post photoes later if the camera made it to the morning.
Check back to our blog archive of October 2006 for our bra efforts.
We are already planning the fund raising item for 2008. Looks like it might be a quilt.
It has been interesting that only some people noticed that the fabric similarity existed.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Here we are posing for the cameras in the Art Gallery. Don't we look a happy bunch. Fay and Patty were absent that day so there are actually 9 of us. Annette ( the tutor) was present for the opening. She was glad to see all the quilts actually finished. We still have more to show you yet.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Faye felt she had a bunch of disconnected hexagons that were impossible to put together hence the name for this quilt. With the addition of her boxes and changing it to a wall quilt size , the result is very enjoyable to view.
She certainly is a prolific quilter as she squeezed in a trip to Canada during its construction and still managed to meet the deadline.
Her next projects have included a horse quilt for a beloved grandson, and there was another one already in the workbox last patchwork day.
A medical emergency involving a snake prevented her from attending the official opening so she missed the good comments about her work.
P.S. The emergency all ended well if you are wondering.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
It was interesting to note one of us decided to use the same fabric as the tutor. After much deliberating about where to put the boxes, a helper decided to arrange them.
This quilt is aptly titled "Lost in Space" those boxes certainly do look like they are.
The tutor's quilt is of the same fabric with different features.
Naturally they are much better to view hanging in the gallery so make sure you visit before they move on.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
September 5 they will be displayed in the Mt Perry Pat Augustine Centre.
Here's a sneak preview of one of them.
This is an early photo of the half kaleidoscope pieces. After some necessary alterations .
Most of the finished quilt. You cannot see the top border piece ( went missing in action)
The gallery hours are Tuesday mornings, Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday afternoons. Contact Perry Shire Council for more details. Should be well worth a visit.
Plans are ahead for the next adventure. Why don't you come and join us?
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
This very colourful jungle print produced some very bright hexagons.
Because of the variety of colours, I have divided the hexagons into three separate wall hangings. Stay tuned for the end results.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Numbers 2 and 3 are finally complete.
This one used 5" floral squares from a fabric club and was constructed using the "Shabby" style. My niece received it for her second birthday.
In this one I used the remaining 5" squares from a fabric club. I cut two squares in half and joined each opposite, then cut in half again and rejoined to get 4 patch squares. Matching colours I came up with the twelve blocks separated by a 1 inch sashing but I wasn't happy with it. Have you ever placed out your quilt blocks, stood back and thought "Oh, how on earth can I fix it?" So I bundled them up, took them into our next Patchwork get-together and said "Help!" There's always someone who can come up with the perfect solution. Kerry suggested the narrow cream sashings within each block and I think its turned out very well.
Number 4 is sandwiched and awaiting quilting, in among my other partly completed projects.