Saturday, July 23, 2016

Nearly Done

The feathered star wall-hanging dried completely overnight. Here's a view of the back of it, where you can sort-of see all the quilting:

Today's job was making and attaching the binding:
I got about a quarter of it hand-stitched down before it got too dark to see clearly.

Begun in February 2009(!), and very close to being crossed off my list of unfinished projects.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Blocking

Today I visited a quilter who has quilts hanging throughout her home, held up with wooden clips. When I asked about them, she showed me one:
The back part hangs on a nail or screw or whatever, and the quilt is held between the back and the curved front piece by the tightening of the screw. These clips come from America, where they are probably quite common, but they were new to me.

While I was there I finished the hanging sleeve on my Zoo Animals quilt, meaning that it is crossed off my list of unfinished projects. But I didn't get a photo of it.

Back home I decided to block my feathered star wall hanging before adding the binding. The quilting left it a bit wavy round the edges, and it was also a bit grubby as it is 7 years since it was first pieced. I gave it a gentle wash by hand with some eucalyptus wool wash (the batting is wool), then spun it in the machine for a minute or two. Here is it pinned out flat to dry:

I'm not sure how long that will take, but it is in the loungeroom not far from the heater, so it might be reasonably quick.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Logs, Lines and Llamas

Two tractors at work breaking up the last pile of tree-trunks:
This pile has the potentially usable logs, so rather than being cut up for firewood, they were cut into 3-metre long sections. They could become garden structures like arbours or gazebos. Just not close to the house!

I stitched some lines on my June UFO, a feathered star wall hanging begun in 2009:
After that I stitched some more in other parts, and now I might have finished the quilting. I've hung it on the design wall to consider if it needs anything more or not. Either way, it was good to make so much progress.

Earlier this week the dogs and I met some llamas. They sniffed each other through a fence. But I didn't have my camera with me, of course. So this afternoon we took the dogs and the camera to try to recreate that moment, but it just wasn't happening. There were llamas,
but they kept their distance:
It seems that having sniffed the dogs a few days ago, they didn't feel the need to come close again today.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Delivery

This arrived today:
 It's the book of this year's Great British Sewing Bee TV show. It includes patterns for some of the challenges the contestants made. I particularly wanted this pattern:
The asymmetric skirt. I really want to try my hand at it!

The book has lots of general sewing info in the first chapter. One of my nieces apparently wants to learn to sew, so perhaps I should have ordered two copies. However I did notice a mistake in the diagram "Anatomy of a Sewing Machine" where one part is mislabelled. The patterns each include a few pages of instructions with diagrams, and they come in wide size ranges, (8 to 20 for the women's garments), maximising their usefulness. The end-papers have photos of the contestants from this series, and the judges and host. It is a lovely book, and makes me wonder if I should try to get hold of the books from the previous three seasons as well.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Winter Flowers

A sunny winter day reminds me that spring isn't far away. Yellow flowers glow in the sunshine.

Mahonia (Mahonia aquifolium):

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox):
Not the best photo, but they smell nice.

We have three different jonquils starting to flower. A regular yellow one:
A creamy double form:
Or maybe actually a triple.

And lastly, an elegant plain white one:

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Borders Done

Attached the last two border sections. Photos don't quite show the true colours of this quilt, because there is quite a bit of purple which the camera turns blue, and the greens also seem duller in the photos than they are in real life.

Earlier today I discovered I do have enough batting to make a piece big enough for this (enormous) quilt, which is good news!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sit and Sew

Another guild "Sit & Sew" day gave me the opportunity to do more work on my UFO for this month, Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street:
I added the inner border and two sides of the outer border, so it is nearly a complete top. I have the fabric for the backing, but no batting large enough, so I will have to go shopping before I can baste this quilt. And is it is 244cms square, I can't use the regular 240cm-wide stuff, so I'll need to find somewhere that sells the wider batting.