Sunday, 23 April 2017

Quilting update

I have had a quiet day today, choosing fabrics, and playing with EQ7, and when I was happy, writing instructions and cutting fabrics to put in the bags. I am pretty happy with what I achieved.

I filled the wood box ready for when the temperatures drop in a few days. The forecast is for more rain tomorrow, but we did see the sunshine today for awhile. Bridie's mum and dad had a wedding to attend today, so they would be pleased with the weather, after the rain we have had a few days ago. 

Now it's time to catch up with posting quilt photos, as once again, I have got behind.

First up is a quilt made by Pauline, which showcases the fabrics nicely. Very simply quilted with an allover swirl pattern.

This scrappy chevron quilt was made by Lyn, and it was simply custom quilted.

This is a round robin quilt belonging to Maxine, that she is pleased to see finished. Again, another custom job with patterns to go with the oriental fabrics. I quilted fans, japanese flowers, and dragonflies and a border of clamshells around the applique. (I need to confess here that my original quilting plan included gingko, but when I looked closer, I found they were cranes, and not gingko leaves!! Tell me you can see why I made that mistake???)

This simple child's quilt was quilted with an allover pattern, and the backing is farm animals. I bet there is a boy that's happy with this.

This is Erica's quilt, called Billet-doux, after the range of fabrics used. This is one of the Pick a case Mystery quilts, that was made at a retreat here last year, and was quilted with an allover pattern called Damask Rose.

This child's quilt was made by Faye, and is pieced blocks, with one row of appliqued animals. 
This was also custom quilted.

In the background of the applique I quilted other animals, and stars and clouds to fill the empty    white space.You might be able to see a giraffe,

a rooster, a drummer, and a flute player,......

and even a duck with an umbrella. This quilt was a lot of fun, (once I had made up my mind what to quilt!!)

Hope you have enjoyed that quilt show.

I have had a few comments from readers, telling me they don't know how I fit so much into my life. This has been on my mind, and I have one thought for you. Maybe it's because I live on my own?? I don't spend  time with the "other half", and can please myself about when I have meals, and even prepare quick and easy things. I know I have weekends with others staying here, but at other times I get a lot done. My TV hardly ever gets turned on, and I spend most of my time in the studio. And there is noone else here to "mess up" the rest of the house. I am an early riser, and also early to bed.  I guess what I am saying is that, most of the time, I don't have a lot of distractions in the house. And there always seems to be a deadline of some sort that I need to work towards, which keeps me on track.

We have another "short" week coming up, with a public holiday on Tuesday for Anzac Day. Add into that a visit by family, and I am sure this week will disappear quickly. I am also waiting for the plumber to sort out a problem in my bathroom. After looking at the photo of myself that I posted yesterday, I can see I need to visit the hairdresser very soon as well.

Blessings, From Jude

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Week......

I hope you did not get too used to a blog post each day, as I did over Easter. It takes quite a while to do a post, by the time I choose photos, and export them so that it doesn't take too long to load them. And then I have to think about what I am going to say, type it all up and then go back and check to see if it makes sense.

This time last week I was on a mission to do some of my own projects, and it felt great to do that. On Tuesday the last of the stayers caught the train to return to the city. Raelene caught up with a couple of friends at the station who came to see her off. It was a very quick hello, because the train came early and it was a scramble to get the bag out of the car and up onto the train.

 After 4 days of people coming and going, it was so quiet in the house on Tuesday afternoon. It was time to get back to work, and I managed to get some edge to edge quilting jobs off the machine by the end of the week, and also had a baking session.

I did take another day out of the week and went to the Vine Patch quilters exhibition in the Barossa on Thursday. I did take a few photos, but only with my phone, and I am still not happy with how some of them came out. I might have to get it checked out I think. I quilted the raffle quilt for the Vine Patch group, so hope they raised a good total. There seemed to be a nice number of ladies viewing the quilts. There are a lot of activities in the area this week, as the grape harvest finishes and they celebrate Vintage Festival.

This quilt by Nerida Small was nice and bright.

Some of the decorations on the stage of old sewing machines looked great.

The raffle quilt.

The next 2 quilts were also quilted by me. It is nice to see them when the binding is on and they are hanging.

We were very blessed with the weather over Easter and for the last few weeks, but all good things must come to an end. On Thursday it rained, and this area has been fortunate to receive good falls of between 1 and 2 inches. This is very timely and I think it would be called an "opening rain", so the farmers will be pleased. The temperatures have not dropped too far yet though. I am prepared for the cold, as a load of wood was delivered to my shed today.

I had a visit from Miss Bridie and her mum and dad this morning, and we drew pictures on some paper. She is growing up so fast, and knows lots of words now.

I have been "stalking" my family's facebook pages, and have saved some of their photos to post on my blog.

The family of DD1.

and DD2.

And this little man's name just happens to be Ollie!!

In between the quilts, I am spending time with bundles of fabric, and EQ7, and cutting for the next Pick a Case Mystery Retreat in June.

 This morning I loaded a very large candlewicked quilt, of 49 blocks, which measures 105" square, so I might be working on this for a few days.

That's about all the newsfromjude for now, and it's time to get back to some work. I shall update you with a few more quilt photos soon.

Enjoy your weekend.

Blessings, From Jude

Monday, 17 April 2017

The fourth and final day

This is my final  Easter retreat update, and tomorrow it is back to work and reality. It has been a lovely few days, with a couple of stayers, and lots of local visitors joining us on and off. Some just coming to check on what we had been doing. Some came bearing gifts of scissor fobs or chocolates, and others joined with us for sewing. My Easter fairy picked some flowers from the garden for the table, which made a lovely bright display. (It had been one of my "gunna do" jobs this week.)

Val managed to finish her quilt, which she has now decided will be a quillow. Before she left for home this afternoon, she made another frog which will be for the pocket of the quillow.

Pat joined us for the day and was sewing table runners and placemats, made with border print fabrics.

Helen also came to join us, and cut out the blocks for her next embellished quilt creation, which will be on a cream background, and will have some burgundy on it. Here you can see she is dismantling a dress, to get the fabric and the gorgeous lace to use in the quilt. 

Raelene managed to finish her bees, I think, but I did not get a photo before they were packed away. She is travelling home on the train tomorrow. I am so blessed that she did all my bindings for me, and ironed, and even sewed for me today, all the while cracking the whip to get me finishing projects! THANKYOU. She did manage to spend some time sitting outside in the sun, while sewing a binding. I am sure her vitamin D levels will be better than the rest of us, who weren't game to sit outside, for fear we wouldn't get back inside to sew. It has been a beautiful weather weekend, and I could have spent 4 days in the garden easily, but was on a mission inside.

I will recap my 4 days to summarise what the results have been.

Day one I quilted this top, and sewed the binding on which was hand sewn by Raelene. A finish that has been in the box for quilting since 2002.

And then I quilted this wall hanging that I made in a Michele Hill workshop, back in 2005. Another one out of the box, and bound by Raelene!

And this applique was quilted, embellished and made into a cushion. When I was searching for the workshop instructions for one of the other projects, I found the notes from this class, which was in February, 1998. It would have been the first machine applique I had done.

Day 2 was spent at the sewing machine, and I finished sewing the quarter circles for my Fractured Circle quilt, and then put them back in the box until I decided what to do with them next.

On the second day I put the blocks from my Quick Curve Ruler workshop together, and this is now in the box, waiting to be quilted "one day".

On day three I stood at the quilting machine all day, and finished another 3 things. 
This applique wall hanging has languished in the box for many years, and was made using fabrics from Holly Hand dyes. The background is a Ricky Tims Convergence quilt, and I fused the flowers to this, and put it in the box. I had not stitched the flowers, so decided I would do this as part of the quilting process. Raw edge applique is not as neat, but it is certainly quick and easy on the longarm, and it is finished and not in the box any longer. Thankyou to Raelene again, as she hand stitched this binding too.

I also quilted this Contoured Landscape quilt, made in a workshop with Gloria Loughman, and I don't know how long ago this was. At last it is out of the box, quilted and bound!

This is the table runner that I quilted, all done and bound, ready to use on the table. The other hexagons that were to be placemats, will be joined by more when I make them, and hopefully will be another quilt in the "near??" future. (Watch this space).

Now this brings me to the start of day four, and I wanted some sit down at the machine sewing time. By mid morning, (after a very late start), I had decided that I would sew the quarter circles together into blocks, and then sash them and add borders for a quilt. I sort of had a plan, and started working it out in EQ7, but drawing the curves got the better of me, and I just decided to sew them. I admit to picking them up by the machine and making the blocks, and not laying them out first. And by about 8pm tonight this is what I had.

Now that I can see the photo, I can see where the same colour is close to each other in a couple of spots, but as it was just picked up and sewn together, it is not a bad result, and it is a finish to the top stage, and not blocks in a box anymore. This has only been waiting in the box since 2008. Hopefully it will be quilted by October for our local exhibition!! And I have to thank Raelene again, as she pressed for me, and also helped to sew the strips for the pieced border. So I think a good day's work for day four. After that I looked at the hexagon box and made a plan, so that I know just where I am heading with that.

All in all, I think my 4 days have been rather fruitful, although I admit some of those projects are only small ones. I have taken things out of the "to be quilted" box, to make room for some more that have been added. I still have a long list of projects to work on, but I do feel a little less stressed about them, and can see my way forward. Another "long" weekend might be in order when I can schedule it in??

Time for bed, another quilt to load tomorrow.

Blessings, From Jude