Saturday, November 15, 2014

I'm BACK! Grab a cuppa!

Where have the last few weeks disappeared?  If I am not regimented and post on a weekend... somehow it ends up being a new week... and sometimes even a new week again.

I've been plugging along quilting the Baby Bunting Quilt.  I had hoped to have this finished in time to exhibit at the Waimate North Agricultural &Pastoral Show last Saturday (think lambs, cows, horses, produce, floral, hand crafts and baking competitions), but by Wednesday I knew that it wasn't going to happen.  So over the last week I finished up the last of the quilting and the scrappy binding - now just the threads to cut, and a little bit of hand applique to tidy off the bit that I missed with the machine.

The stipple quilting has made the applique and star points pop - plus provides a lovely all-over texture.

I also disappeared off to The Auckland Festival of Quilts with Charlotte and Mathea... a mere three hour one way journey (time for lots of girl talk... and oh, the range of topics discussed!)  We walked and walked... looked and looked... and shopped and shopped.

I took a series of random photos - mostly to remind me about something in particular rather than showcasing the gorgeous quilts that were on display.

I really liked how this double wedding ring quilt included this applique border.

I really like this somewhat Hawaiian applique style  - stylized pohutukawa pattern.

It also had some wonderful quilting.

While I'm not usually a fan of diamonds, I did quite like this log cabin like arrangement.

And this one also had a great quilting pattern in the background space.  It can be hard to fit daisy like flowers together, but filling up with pebbles seems to work well.

 And I don't think I even took a photo of the rest of this quilt - but was fascinated by the precision quilting... computer aided I am sure.

A variation on a disappearing nine patch block.  This had a really interesting setting.

A nine patch sliced somewhat off centre... very clever!

This panel was just interesting...

Combining both machine and hand quilting.

I still gravitate somewhat towards the low volume backgrounds... also the soft colour variations in the feature areas.  This one very cleverly had a graded colour wash of plus shapes - something not noticed until viewed from a distance.

Similar but different...

Check out Charlotte's blog  here for more FOQ (really, do you think this abbreviation will catch on... after all, how would YOU pronounce it?) pictures (of some actual full quilts) plus more links to other blog photos.

In the shopping basket I have some new thread to try... plus a new (unphotographed) quilting ruler.

 And what's a quilt show without some new random fat quarters?

Adding to the wee random collection I had purchased from The Country Yard at their exhibition a couple of weeks ago...

Random + Random = a new wee bundle.

Ahh... love these soft soft colours...


  1. Love the green and orange fat quarters in the first fabric purchase photo! And the circle quilting on the + quilt is very effective! You must be very pleased with your Baby Bunting quilt- it is very pretty!

  2. a delightful baby bunting quilt. Some beauties you have shared from the quilt show, thanks and good to see what you bought whilst there, I am off to a show next week and hope to see lots of inspiration there.

  3. The baby quilt is really lovely, well done. Another one that thought to get the names of the makers of the quilts at the festival, I forgot! I got some of the Gem thread to try too, my machine seems happy with it.

  4. The Baby Bunting quilt is so adorable!!! So fun to see the quilts from the show that caught your eye.

  5. Love that you showed us bits that inspired you and why they caught your eye. And you had me laughing out loud about the abbreviation, never tried it out loud!! And so when we go to FOQ, we can be FOQer's off to FOQ!

  6. LOVE your finished Baby Bunting Quilt, well done and what a lucky recipient!! You always manage to mix your fat quarters so well, look forward to the masterpiece they create. Have a great week.

  7. Congratulations on finishing the baby quilt, it really is beautiful and a shame it wasn't finished in time to exhibit. Looks like there was plenty of inspiration at the FOQ, I'm like you, I tend to take photos of bits of quilts too!

  8. I really like the off center disappearing nine patch. You are right - very clever! Thanks for sharing your pics.