Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fractured Quilt Along Week 4

Fractured QAL

Another week working on blocks for Fractured!
I have been a little more productive this week, the layout so far may change as I go along. I am making each block and placing as I go along to try and keep the colour flow with the dyed fabrics. In between making up a few C blocks using my favourite colours ready to place.
I found that there seemed to be a discrepancy between the detailed diagram of the four blocks on one page re the angle of two seam directions in the small four and a half inch parts  and the block lay out on the next page. What did I do but in the middle of making the first four I looked at the detailed ones, then next day started working off the layout for all the blocks, that's when I noticed this issue. However I 'm not intending to change a thing, don't have the time. No pulling the small blocks apart, as long as the pattern follows a zig-zag then I'm happy.

Here are three C blocks waiting for a home further down the track





The shot below is part of the top left hand quadrant


Now this doesn't look as bright as it should - I need to re-arrange my sewing room to get better light on my wall, I hope to work on that tomorrow. I can also see one block which needs to be moved and a brighter one put in place instead.

Everyone will be linking up with Vicki so please go and visit her blog to see what we've all been doing

We have had a few storms over the past week, very strong winds with huge gusts so I headed off to the veggie patch at the bottom of the garden this morning to see if there was any damage but luckily no harm done. The only damage is done on a regular basis with the darn snails and slugs. We have tried a number of ways to get rid of the darned things and don't want to put strong poison pellets down because of Daisy and Seamus so I am resorting to hunting them out by hand and popping them in a bucket of water for a while until they are no more and putting them in the compost heap!



Lunchtime - enjoy your weekend and happy quilting!
Maureen

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Tales

I have been so caught up in the Fractured Quilt Along that other blog matters seemed to have fallen by the wayside. I had thought with my husband away in the UK for three and a half weeks I could spend my time doing nothing but my quilting - hasn't quite worked out that way! Looking after two ailing aged animals and an ageing self plus trying to keep the weeds at bay in the veggie patch and garden beds and all the usual cleaning chores seems to have made a huge dent in my plans. Also tonight we are in the middle of a storm, huge winds and rain and just as I was settling down for the evening with a movie which I have watched so many times (The Notebook) the power and telephone system went down!

Seamus (old doggie) was not best pleased with all this and I had to hunt out the candles, the huge lantern and go around making sure the power switches were all off and sat there listening to a howling gale!
But  hooray - the power is back on again, fingers crossed it stays on.

On the quilting front I have completed a few more blocks for Fractured, received  an order of fabric from Glorious Color, always lovely to fondle the fabrics, and found a photo of a quilt I made for our eldest granddaughter when she about 5 years old, from memory my husband took a quick shot of this so it's just a casual shot. Looking at it now I think I would like to make a couple more using this simple pattern.


Also on the quilting subject have any of you seen the fabrics from Kaffe Fassett Collective for Fall 13?
I happened to be looking at  The Fat Quarter site and they were showing them as coming in October - they are yummy!! Some new patterns and they have the Philip Jacobs Brassica - my favourite pattern - in two glorious colour ways, if you are a fan try and find time to have a quick look. I'm going to contact Glorious Color to see when they will be getting them in store. I really do need a larger studio! Husband actually suggesting taking down the wall between the room I am using (a small bedroom) and the room next door that would be great but if we do that he will lose out on room for his art and that takes quite a bit of room for his easel, paints and so on and I don't want that to happen, perhaps we could reach a suitable compromise.

After my quick ramblings above I will now brave the weather as my doggie needs a toilet stop outside - this should be fun!

Watch out for my Fractured post and the link with Vicki on Friday, although I can't link until Saturday am because of the time difference.

Maureen


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fractured Week 3 and Americas Cup Racing

Fractured QAL


Here we are again - week 3 of Fractured Quilt Along sponsored by Vicki hop along and see her blog, I shall be linking up there in a moment.  I am rushing to get a post in before the next scheduled race for NZ agains US in the Americas Cup - can't miss it!!

OK quilting - four blocks completed this week, next week I can crash on with the C and D blocks, that's the plan anyway, here are four more for the centre column



You should see my little sewing studio - total mess!

I am posting a cropped shot of a batik quilt made some time ago, the photo was not well set up hence the cropped look, I love the colour in this one.


I get great inspirational ideas for colour  in  quilts from my garden - and other gardens seen on my walks around the neighbourhood, one of my all time favourite shrubs is the hydrangea and I have a number in our garden, the one below is a delight to me, very soft colours in this one

So sorry about this rushed posting, just have three minutes left before race start so I'm off and will do my link after the race is finished!
See ya
Maureen

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fractured Quilt Along Week 2 and Flowers


Fractured QAL 



Well here we are in week 2 and everyone has been soooo busy - except for me!! What lovely work everyone is posting
Head along to Vicki's blog where we are all linking up.

I haven't had a productive week at all with only two more A blocks to show in this post, but I am hobbling around with a stick and helping my husband get ready for his trip to the UK, he will be away just over three weeks and I've also had sewing machine issues, so a little excuse there. I'm hoping to have more time over the coming weeks for speeding up with the blocks and also working on the quilt for my daughter, given that in addition to the usual chores I will be caring for our elderly dog with very bad back legs plus Daisy cat who has kidney failure it will be a case of fingers crossed! Nothing is ever straightforward is it? It's also taking me a lot longer to get things done around the house with this leg problem.

So, below are two shots of my efforts this week. Don't know quite which spot in the quilt these will go, there are only a handful of A blocks to place so need to have more finished blocks on the wall before making a decision. I have also abandoned my original design plan which was working out to be extremely time consuming taking a great deal of planning, given all the issues for me over the next three weeks I decided to simplify my plan. Don't need to make this stressful, it is after all meant to be an enjoyable process, not a chore and I am enjoying it very much.










One thing I did achieve last week was to plant some veggies and in the process I saw my clivias were blooming pretty well this year so had to get a photo of those.


Don't forget - pay a visit to Vicki's blog where we are all linking up

Happy quilting
Maureen

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fractured Quilt Along Week 1


This is the day of our first posting and link with Vicki who is hosting this Quilt Along
No doubt everyone else has already posted but because we are 18 hours ahead of the States  here it is Saturday 7th at 7.00am in the morning.

Well, it took me some time yesterday putting two blocks together! I had fabrics ready, made a quick test block two days ago, had to decide on my darks, already collected lights which I showed in my last post 
but I'm showing again, plus some of the dyed fabrics for my darks









Here is my progress so far - miniscule  compared with the number of blocks Vicki has on her design wall, but I am loving this, very happy with things so far and can't wait to make more blocks! 



Ok - time to link up - more progress next Friday gotta go and get breakfast! then more sewing!

Maureen