Saturday, 28 January 2012

Last of the summer quilting

We're nearing the end of the Summer break and I'm preparing to return to study and work.  This means I won't be so free with my time and the quilting will have to take a back seat to textbooks and teenagers.  I'm sad to be preparing to pack away the sewing machine for a bit, but excited to get back to University and my girls at School.

Here's the quilt I've been working on for my nephew for his 21st birthday which is just a week away now. Being a boy's quilt, I chose the beautiful blues, greens, chocolates and creams of the Moda Pure line, worked in a simple geometric design - no fuss, no frills.  I hope he likes it!

Flash! He just had to join in the picture

Now that I've sandwiched the top, batting and back, I'm at the machine quilting stage. This is a large queen-sized quilt and is proving a challenge to pass through my poor Elna, especially since I've chosen to do diagonal lines across the quilt. But I persevere! 

As much as I love these 'boy' colours, and I'm hoping Matt will too, I felt like I needed to indulge in splash of bright Kaffe colour (for me!) to fortify myself in preparation for the big push to finish Matt's quilt.

So I whipped up this little backing for my Faultline quilt (which languishes in the 'finished quilt tops' pile that haven't quite made it to the sandwich/machine quilt/bind phase).  Ah Mr Fassett, I feel so good when I'm playing with these fabrics and colours of yours!  This is an easy combination of jelly roll strips and charm squares.  Because it's a pieced back, I'm naming it - Strata.  Nice, orderly, stable layers that represent the geological strata I wish we had here in Christchurch.

'Strata' backing for Faultline


 Yes, we're still shaking, over a year since the big 7.1 Mw quake of September 2010 and the killer quakes of February 2011.  Sigh.  The strata of our geology, and our lives, continues to change. Thank goodness for quilting, it's keeping me sane. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

So exciting!

Yay, check out this gorgeous Kaffe quilt being coordinated and constructed by the awesome Sarah Fielke over at The Last Piece for Amy and Anabel. 

I can't tell you which ones are mine but I kid you not, some of these blocks were made by ME. This is the first time I've participated in a group quilting event and I have to say, even though I've never met either Amy or Anabel and know them only from the blogsphere, I found it quite a humbling experience. It was for a very good cause and I hope the completed quilts bring Amy and Anabel some small measure of peace and  release. 

Friday, 6 January 2012

Favorite things

Today has been all about favorite things; my friend Jo and I went and picked raspberries which we later ate with Kapiti Triple Chocolate icecream (divine) whilst finally watching True Grit (awesome script, even if it does end rather abruptly).

Plus, my nephew's 21st quilt is taking shape:

My cats are well - here is Zorro in full stretch, out on the patio.  (He insists that is all fur, not fat.)

Mind you, there are still a few things going on that are not my more quakes today, and a run in with a couple of runaway knives that fell into the active waste disposal unit. Whilst maniacally spinning round, they collected my finger.

Still, at least it wasn't an important finger, the cut is nice and clean so should heal up nicely and I can still quilt.  After a good soak in cold water and then a wash, the blood is out of the tea towel too.  All things considered, it could have been worse!  

And, if I ever do need a smile, I just think of my friend who is rowing the Tasman in a tiny boat.  Currently the 4 boys are doing it naked.  The mind boggles!

There's lots to be grateful for and appreciative of.