Winter has truly set in in the Southern Hemisphere. But, this year I really was out in it, through the onset and into Autumn (fall). I had forgotten how good a bracing walk feels and how beautiful Autumn is. Even the dog started to get fit. Unfortunately when nearing the equinox it’s too dark to be walking anywhere, especially with my ageing dog!
I have a dear friend, who remains out of touch with social media technology, who will be the recipient of this Hunter Star Quilt. I am pretty safe sharing it’s progress online as I am sure it’s existence will remain somewhat buried to him and luckily, as it will be his birthday gift in September. This 60″ square quilt has plenty of cutting and piecing but given its recipient has made me about 7 years worth of bespoke Christmas decorations, I owe the time and more! I am really happy with its progress so far and love the civil war replica fabric called Civil War Melodies, by Judie Rothermel who designs for Marcus Fabrics if you have never used Marcus do yourself a favour as they are a dream to work with. In Australia they are pretty pricey but worth it for special projects. Anyway, back to it. Happy Stitching!
It’s been a productive weekend and as you know, I’ve been playing with my scrap bags over the last couple of weeks and I have settled on a theme for my next gift quilt. I’m pretty pleased too, as the scrap bag is yielding some nice results. You do realise when looking back at the scrap bag how much you lean to particular colours. The quilt has country feel. Also my little friend who never ever comes into my sewing room decided that it looked comfortable enough to take a pause, or should I say … paws!! Happy Stitching!!
If you’ve been around any quilters you may have heard them talk about “auditioning” fabric. I like to audition blocks. When you have a fully stocked scrap pile, or in my case a plastic bin and two big black bags, to choose from it’s often hard to audition fabric. Scraps by any other name can be anything from fat 16ths to something smaller than a 50 cent piece so fabric auditions can be sketchy at best. Sometimes you need to make the block to see how the colours sit together and whether the values (pattern types) marry. I had a play today with some of my scrap bag. The brilliant thing about auditioning blocks is that sometimes a beautiful cohesion occurs out of colours you wouldn’t normally put together like this brown with red and blue. And, another beauty also emerges – as the more you make, the more likely it is that you’ll end up with a pot holder or two. Nothing is wasted! I’ve even used odd blocks as labels. Happy Stitching!