Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AQC.........

Hi everyone, first of all can I just say congratulations to Teresa and Susi. What a fabulous achievement to finish your quilts and on the same weekend too, who would have thought that could happen. Well done to both of you but don't abandon us will you, I think we all need a little of your inspiration to get finished!! I have added another page to the blog for quilts that are finished. If you look on the right hand side you will see the links 'home and finished'. As each person finishes I will put a photo on the page.
The Australasian Quilt Convention is on this weekend and Saturday seems to be the day of choice to meet up. I think there are about six of us so far and I thought that we could meet at about 11.30am at the Expo Cafe for a cuppa, a chat and some show and tell if you bring your blocks, is that ok with everyone else? I will be emailing my mobile number to those of you that have said they're coming, so that you can ring if you need to. Ros, you are down as 'no-reply' so I can't email you, you will need to send me an email address that I can reach you on. Kali is coming over from Tasmania and the rest of us are from Victoria I think and I'm really looking forward to meeting some of you, and seeing Cathy and Deb again. That's it then, see you on Saturday if you're coming............. Lizzie xxx

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hi to you all
I have been a lurker for some time for this gorgeous Quilt, and have at last finished and photographed my 1st block. - Yay!!
I really love hand applique - it is my first choice of applique, but as there is not enough time for me to make everything I want, I have decided to machine appliqueing my Civil War Bridal Quilt.  I did this block using freezer paper inside then slitting the back and taking the freezer paper out.  It looks a bit crumpled as I had to wet it to get the paper out, and haven’t ironed it yet.IMG_1490
Not sure whether I like this method, so at the moment I am doing one using wash away paper.
Hope to have my second block finished any day now and will post a photo as soon as I can.
I love viewing all the lovely blocks and seeing the different fabrics people are using.
Sue

Sunday, April 25, 2010

the second bride is quilted!!

my dear friends,my bride is quilted and binded,i am nearly a bit sad,but there is more sewing to come,i`m sure,happy stitching to you all,susi

Friday, April 23, 2010

The bride is DONE!!!

Zzzzz...
Well, the project is DONE!! I can't believe I got it finished!! I am SPENT!!!

For all of you playing along at home, I finished binding it at 3:08 AM, April 23...just a few hours ago.

MaryLiz is the winner of the jellyroll, (Maggieblueyes, Crafty Maine Mom and Paula were SO CLOSE!).

Thank you and a big shout out to everyone who ventured a guess on when I would finish it...your comments and well wishes kept me motivated and moving forward, even when I was hitting mental brick walls and doubting my ability to pull this one off!

I'll post better pictures later...I don't have a blank surface in my house big enough to do it properly now   I hope I can photograph all the quilting so it will show.  I used YLI 'ecru' quilting thread, and it is exactly the color of my background fabric. 

I outlined quilted everything, then quilted little details on most pieces (veins on leaves, designs on urns, pockets on overalls, 'cracks' on eggs, texture on things like the tablecloth, smoke coming out of the chimney, etc.).  I decided not to cross-hatch in the blocks...so many of the blocks are so full of applique that it would have been overkill.  By the time I outlined everything, the blocks were pretty heavily quilted.

I quilted a double piano key pattern on the borders, "weaving" it into the corners.  I didn't want anything on the borders that would pull focus away from the blocks:

                               


I'm going to take a nap before I go unveil it at my Friday quilting group...Sunday, it travels to Archbold in Northwest Ohio to be registered into the Sauder Village Quilt Show, which runs the following Tuesday through Sunday.

In stitches my pajamas,

Teresa :o)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Third Block Completed

This is my third block - YEA! Lots of good practice with leaves. I pretty much stuck with the color scheme on the quilt pattern for this block. The little leaf on the bottom left is folded back so it can extend into block 3 when they are sewn together. I am still enjoying the making of this quilt and the sharing on this blog immensely, I look forward to all of your posts. Have fun Australian friends at the quilt convention! Happy Stitching... Cheri

Monday, April 19, 2010

Who's going to the show...........

It's only a couple of weeks now until the Australian Quilt Convention.
I would really like to get a few of us together if we can, even if it's only for coffee and a little show and tell of blocks. I just need to know who is able to make it on Saturday or Sunday and if you are going, do you want to meet up? I know that the Stitches and Craft Show is on the following weekend (a bit hard on the traders) and was wondering if more are going there instead? 
If you can let me know, that would be great. I have a couple of yes' for any day on the weekend. I'm really looking forward to meeting a couple more local (ie Victorians) 'brides'.
Have a great week everyone. 
Oh yes, and Susi and Teresa, just keep stitching, don't be distracted! We're all waiting for the two of you to brag about your finishes!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Closer View of Stitching

First off, thankyou very much to the lovely ladies who have welcomed me and made such positive comments on my blocks...it is so encouraging, especially as I was a little dubious about using anything other than the needdleturn method. Several ladies have requested a closeup photo of my machine stitching which I am now posting. It is very simple to do, and just uses a buttonhole stitch.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Here a Chick, there a chick?

Well, I have been swamped with sooo many other things. I finally finished this block.
I felt that the bride and groom needed some place to rest their heads.
The block is a combination of the table block with the flower arrangement and my own little house design.
Though, the more I look at it, my eye keeps going to the big empty space in the front yard.
So help me here, what should I add? Chickens, sheep or ? I am open to ideas. Please keep in mind the block measures just 5 x 7, so there really is only room for something small.
This is block #4 for me and they are all looking so very nice together. I promise a group photo with my next post.
Blissfully Stitching,
Bobbie

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Introducing Myself

Hello ladies. My name is Kali and I live in Tasmania. I was fortunate to be given the patterns for this amazing quilt as a Christmas gift from my daughter, as I had mentioned to her how beautiful I thought it was. I have made the first two blocks and will be starting on the third one this week. Although I do a lot of needleturn, for this quilt I decided to do machine applique for a number of reasons. I wrestled with myself for quite a while over this decision, but now that I've made a couple of blocks I find that I'm very satisfied with the result. I've been following this blog for a few months and love seeing the posts that you've been making showing your progress with this quilt....your colour selections have certainly opened my eyes and will hopefully help me to be more adventurous with colour as I go along. These are my first two blocks.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The bride

Well I did it, I finished my third block and can't wait to prepare and start the next one. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Strawberries Forever.....

Strawberries forever......yeah, it took me awhile to applique the strawberries and the little tops. (I changed the little tops from the original) The color of the stems and leaves are actually on the greener side than posted and the strawberries are a brighter turkey red color. Love the blue strawberries! They're the little misfits!