Friday, December 30, 2011
The blog has been quiet for a while, but I've been working on this single block for the last two months, so had nothing to show until now. It wasn't until today when I was finishing this up that I checked the intro in the book to see if this was THE block, and it is: 229 pieces, the most of any of the blocks. It is paper pieced, and far from perfect. I was thankful that I had taken a paper-pieced miniature class a couple of years ago, as I needed all of those techniques on this one. Still needs to be trimmed and squared up, but I am so happy to be done with it!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Australasian Quilters Convention in April next year! Can you believe it?? I'm just gobsmacked, and completely honoured! Just when I thought things could not be more wonderful, they just get even better!
Chatter soon friends - I'm still on cloud nine! xox
Friday, November 4, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
I have not made much quilting progress lately, as we have some remodeling in progress. Remodeling means dust everywhere, which means I have to keep all my quilting stuff packed away in plastic bins. It's just too much effort to dust the room and get everything out again except on a weekend. But today I managed to finish a nice easy block.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Block 98. I couldnt put the first row together as I had not made B98. Made only one side as I just had to see what was going to happen when I added the sashing and cornerstones.
Ok so I have not made the top LH corner block or finished the second row as I need B96 but what do you think?? I like it. I like the colour graduation and the fabric is a little more golden than in the photo. The photo will enlarge
Here is a close up. Sure wish I had a wall to pin it on. I still have to make block 22 and I had been avoiding that one. I know the blue stands out in my sea block but there will be enough blue in the rest of the quilt to compliment. Long weekend Monday tomorrow and the weather is magic. Enjoy yourselves where ever you are in the world. Cheers Lynne
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Cut one piece a bit short at the bottom, but I’ll have enough to fudged it when sewing together.
Nice and Easy
I never noticed until now that two of the green diamonds go the wrong way. Grr!
Or are they?
This was an absolute pain to do as I kept sewing the strips together the wrong way around. I didn’t just do it once, but at least 3 times. Then after piecing the centre I had the two vertical rows of geese going away from the centre instead of towards it. Ah well….
I really like this block.
Block 60 –
Another nice one. I’m trying to have my colours not too drab.
This one is a bit different. Some of the blocks are so easy, and some are very difficult.
I really like the star blocks. I think they are my favourite.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Spring has sprung this week and the temperatures have been around 26c for a couple of days. My roses are out and so I could not resist making my block to include roses. I know the centre is not a Repro fabric but it is so perfect with little red roses and birds. I enjoyed making this block
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
I got stuck in once again with my Nearly Insane Blocks, and have managed to make these.
And, last but not least is Block 18
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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Feeling a little better as I see that Tazzie interpreted the block the same too. Maybe I should just leave it as a quirk.
Love that Dargate Indigo in the centre and decided to go for Green and Gold as an Aussie symbol. Pink is there as there are small pink flowers in the indigo. Besides I just happened to like that pink.
Finally finished all 120 units of 4 Flying geese! Loved doing them but I was sure glad to finish.
I can now concentrate on Nearly Insane and Maltaville. Have a Great Week All Cheers Lynne
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
But I am trying to do a few more blocks. I miss making them whilst I am doing other things.
I never noticed that I had made a mistake on the next one, but I am going to leave it. I’m sure when its in the quilt it won’t be noticed, and if it is, so be it!!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
of nice afternoons sewing, and have managed some more Nearly Insane Blocks. I am piecing mine on the diagonal of the quilt. I find it easier for me to work out where I am and I like ticking them off as I go.
Its funny how the brain works differently for every-one. This works best for me.
Below is Block 29
and Block 35 – this block took me all afternoon to piece. My purple is a little close in colour to the blue, but overall I don’t mind it.
These little blocks are so addictive, that I really missed sewing them whilst my hand was in plaster. All is well with the thumb now, just need to keep stretching it with exercise.
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Monday, May 2, 2011
B50 is done. All those set in corners were a challenge. Yes I did paper-piece. Loved the way the colours interacted. That centre Chrome Yellow is a zinger. I only bought a fat 16th from the Quilted Crow and a little bit here and a little bit there sure stands out. I love it!! Bye For Now Cheers Lynne
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Now that I am back to Insane I decided to make another with Australian Fabric. These prints are from very old ranges. The green wattle fabric compliments the inner stripe Repro. Love the gums and the waratah. Off to sew some more. Stay tune. Have a great weekend all Cheers Lynne
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I've been rotating through groups of 10 to choose which blocks to make...30-something, 40-something...etc. but picking a random block from each group of ten Having made it through another full round, it's time to head back to the beginning and blocks 1-9 and see what looks like fun for the next one.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The picture could be better, but I'm sure you'll forgive me - it's almost 10pm and so it's quite dark. But of course I couldn't wait until tomorrow morning to share.
Now I just have to wait until my backing fabric arrives, and I'll be able to get busy with the quilting. Happy days!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I'm much happier with this arrangement. Even though it's not how the original quilt is put together, I really like how the narrow inner border defines the edge of the pieced blocks. I also like how it tamed the problem of all the bumpy seam intersections between the main body of the quilt and the zig-zags. There are only two further zig-zag sides to put on, and then it's the final wide border, which is the same fabric as the sashing strips and the narrow inner border.
So happy with how this is progressing, I'm really on the home stretch :-)
Just one thing I'd like to share - this border doesn't really fit the quilt. I drew the centre up in EQ7 using the dimensions in the book and it sizes to 76-3/4", and making the border up as directed it measures 78".
As you see, I've eased it in place, but I'm wondering if I should take it off and add a narrow border 1/2" finished all around inbetween the blocks and the zig zag border. It's not in keeping with the original quilt, but it would solve the problem, and also make the issue of very bulky seam intersections between the blocks and the zig zag disappear. What do you think? And for anyone that has finished the quilt top, how did you deal with this? I just don't think the suggestion in the book of playing with the seam allowance is accurate enough.
Monday, March 21, 2011
When I was imagining how this border would go, I was certain that I'd choose tan and navy, but Jenny and I auditioned fabrics the other day, and we selected these pink and green fabrics which are the colours they used in the book. Looks nice, yes?
I'll be looking forward to getting more done ... I'll check back in soon :-)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Next on the agenda is the zig-zag border. My dear friend Jenny visited yesterday, and we spent a little time hunting in my stash and have found the perfect combination for the zig-zag's. After dinner is done with tonight, I'll make up a little test piece to ensure it's what I'm looking for. Happy days!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
How exciting to have completed all the blocks, it has been hard going at times, but utterly worth it. I have one little thing I'd like to finally do, and that is to alter Block 80. It's a little crookedy, and if I'm going to fix it, now is the time to do it - I don't want it to bug me for all eternity.
I'm so pumped to start putting that zig zag border together. Bring it on!
Monday, March 14, 2011
I made a small error with this block - the large cream outer triangles should have been green, and the smaller green triangles should have been cream. Having said that, I'm still thrilled with the way the block looks, so it's staying as is.
Rock on Thursday, I'm dying to get the last block made!!
Only two blocks to go now, and they're drawn up and ready to go!