Waiting In The Wings

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tea and Sympathy

Definitely tea and sympathy has been the order
of the day at our place over the past two weeks.

I've only just felt like sitting at the machine today and
sewing strips - nice and simple and not too much thinking!

Mardi Gras update, eight blocks so far with another
twenty eight to go!



I could go with nine full blocks set three by three, example of one
setting style above and
when all 36 are ready for playtime there'll be
some time spent arranging and re-arranging.

I could also go this way


I'm sure I'll find a few different settings when the time comes.

We can't quite believe that within the course of two weeks or so
we had news that two dear friends and a cousin of
my husband had died. 
The first we heard a friend in Germany had passed
peacefully in her sleep - younger than I am!
Then we had a call from Australia telling us that John's cousin
had died, again a good 10 yrs younger than me,
then an email from England with news of another long time
friend, known by me since I was
around 6 years old and as I'm now 70 that's a lot of years!

I'm now in a better frame of mind and quilting will
help, also I've been out for a few lemons off the tree,
lemon curd making tomorrow!


Hope that in the midst of all the turmoil in the
world at the moment you're still able to
enjoy quilting.

Maureen

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Forgotten Houses

Rummaging through an un-finished project drawer
I came across 13 house blocks, these were
part of the RSC 2016 challenge

I have 13 blocks and the original plan was to
make considerably more than that over the year
but I found it difficult keeping to one colour
theme each month, project stalled!
A mix of Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs, Jinny Beyer
fabrics with a few very old florals thrown in.

So, back to the machine yesterday with 12 of them


and here they are.
I decided not to add sashing,
 when they were up on the wall
I had a flash back to my childhood in Lancashire UK.
 We lived in terraced houses, 'though I was lucky
enough to be a few strides away from fields and a farm.
 These are not truly representative of rows of terraced rows
 but to me they say home, friends and family and surroundings
of childhood.

My next decision is whether to border or just bind - my gut
feeling is to leave this just as is and bind, it will hang on one of walls
in my sewing room to take me back to the wonderful times of
childhood.
What do you think?

Just having gone along to the mail box I feel that yes, Spring
is truly here, even though we're having a lot of rain. My tulips
from last year are all up and just about to open


only nine up this year.

On my mind at the moment are all who are
suffering from the devastation
in various parts of the USA.

Visiting
Julie
and
Linda
for sew stitch snap SHARE #12,
lots more goodies to see!

Also linking up with 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Back on track with my quilting - baby steps!

Had itchy fingers after taking things slowly
for a few days so off on to another project!! Do I really need another project
I asked myself - I thought perhaps I did!
Before doing that I decided to steadily tidy through
my wire baskets which hold most of my fabric stash.

First up was green

then yellow and orange

pinks and red 

blue and purple
I had an excess of blues and some have spilled over into another
basket. I have no idea why I collected so many blues -I don't use it 
a heck of a lot. The remaining 18 baskets will be
attacked a few here and there.

I'm sure you all know about my passion for the
Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics,  sorting these into
colour groups can sometimes be a bit dodgy. It's easy to get an
overall impression of the focus colour but with so many other
colours in the mix it can sometimes be a hit and miss affair.
However, the abundance of colour is the reason I love them!

As a break from this I decided to delve into the containers of strips,
long and short, thick and thin, some not uniform in width. Strips
were picked randomly but looking at these quarter blocks
I can see I've begun with two lighter blocks and veered off to
my usual richer fabrics!










It doesn't matter because this is intended to be 72" x 72" and they'll all hopefully
play nicely !! These blocks are 12".
Don't know why the two bottom photos are not keeping in line.
Name for this quilt will be "Mardi Gras".

I'm thinking now of blogger friends who may be caught in 
Hurricane Irma, in fact anyone who is experiencing this horrific
catastrophe. We have been following on the TV news reports,
quite unbelievable.

Stay Safe.

Maureen


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday again

Well, I finished the 10 churn dash blocks today - not good!!
I have a photo and it's taken on a ridiculous angle, but that's all I
could manage today, reason why after the photo
with wavy blocks!


 I wouldn't want to size this to Xtra Large.
 I've had back/neck problems for ages
and at my review Monday of my CT scan and appt with the Spinal 
specialist they confirmed that basically my whole spine is in a
very bad way.
I won't bore you with the effect this is having on me, but it's enough to make
life very, very difficult in a number of ways and extremely painful.
Decreased sensation in my fingers is having an effect on
my patchwork piecing and that bugs me!!! Small pieces
are now a no go for me, as you can tell by looking
at the Churn Dash blocks above.

Whilst I'm mulling over some issues relating to the above I
had a wander around the garden,
the camellia below is superb, around 6" across


and look what's just opened in time
for the official start of Spring tomorrow here in
New Zealand - my special little violet "Freckles".


Time to head over to see what's happening
on
Sew Stitch Snap SHARE
with
Linda at Koka Quilts
and
Julie at JulieLou

see you there!
Maureen

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Brief Encounter .....

This will be brief due to a silly way of rushing to grab a hold
of the car door - thankfully no fingers trapped but I tore
one of my nails almost halfway down the nail bed!!
OUCH

This was on Monday and luckily we were almost right next to our
doctor's surgery so I hopped in there and the
ever so kind nurse trimmed of what she could, the saying
"hanging by a thread" now has a whole new
meaning for me!
Very difficult to sew/type, below is all I could manage
this week.









So here are four 6" Churn Dash blocks, these
will be in the next row of my Memory Quilt 1,
see the labels on the right for a past photo.

I foolishly thought I could try a little hand quilting (sore
finger left hand), the quilt - Paintbox - was already in the hoop
with three blocks quilted - but it was a no go!!


All my above efforts were closely watched over by my
faithful helper


who is obviously letting me know that she's not moving!
I'll be back in a few days, have a good weekend.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Projects - present and future - and a visit to sew stitch snap SHARE

We're still in Winter, at least officially, but this beauty
was flowering yesterday


and heaps more all ready to open, the scent is out of this world.

I've finished my Golden Strips top


I had to lay it on the floor to take the photo, not enough room
on my design wall and the morning light was brighter than
I would have liked for photographing.

Here's a close-up with one of my favourite fabrics with
the gorgeous roses in Yellow Floral Delight, a Philip Jacobs design.


I 'd decided there was no more room on my book shelves for any
more quilting books but then I succumbed to this one,
it arrived in the mail a few days ago


and it's another glorious publication!!

One of the first quilts which caught my attention was this one


and it really is brighter than it looks here.
I have lots of the KF  stripes and his shot cottons so
this is on my list, the best part is I don't need to think about spending
on fabrics.

My Little Bits blocks are coming along slowly, there's quite
a lot of cutting in this one. Placement is supposed to be random, it is a scrappy quilt
after all,


but I'll make all the blocks before putting them up on the wall
and play around with them.

Paying a visit to 
Linda and Julie
for
sew stitch snap SHARE



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Moving forward

My Golden Strips quilt only has 5 more strips to go up


this should be all sewn tomorrow.
I'm still getting the hang of my new computer and all the gadgets,
 this photo was taken with my iPad and the light was not
very good, it's not coming up as rich a golden as it truly is.

You all know how much I love the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics,
one of the reason I enjoy working with strips from these guys
is the serendipity which can come from randomly sewing the strips, check out 


Shoal on the left hand side with a strip of Pastel Brocade next to it,
I love the way we almost have a secondary pattern where the centre of the 
Brocade flower meets up with the top of one of the fish - not cut and matched I have to say.

I had a new book arrive yesterday, I missed out on this at the first printing
and they went to a second print


and I'm looking forward to some practice over the next week.

Another project for next week is to gather my scraps from Gypsy Wife
and join in September with Ann  at Fret Not Yourself blog,
Ann thought it would be a good idea to make scrappy butterfly
blocks, I'm joining in with her 'cos there's
 no shortage of scraps at my place!!

I'm just going to post a photo of  lovely camellia -  Guilio Nuccio -
it's a practice run for adding text with a new editing system,
things may not work out too well on this first trial.
Here goes


well I can just about see the text bottom right,
a little more work needed methinks!

All for now, enjoy the rest of your week
and happy quilting.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE

And so another Wednesday has come around and
this week is another link up with
Linda and Julie
for
sew stitch snap SHARE.

Not a whole lot going on in my little sewing room,
just something easy and straight out of a book!


From a Kaffe Fassett book, pattern named Golden Strips!!
Pretty self explanatory.
I'm not too convinced about the Grey Brocade fabric, I'll sew up a few
more strips and see how I feel about it then.

The time since my post last week has been spent taking stock of
a few things, being up before dawn to look
at the planet Venus which is beautifully clear just before dawn
in the Eastern sky


just a tiny pinprick on this photo, but followed by


a beautiful sunrise.

Trying to walk on a very marshy lawn to see what's flowering in
the garden beds - one of my favourites is this


and if my memory serves me right this is a primula - correct
me if I'm wrong.
And that's it in this brief, barely quilting, post.
Don't forget to visit with Linda and Julie - links above
at the top.
I'll be back in a few days after upping my game with
the amount
of quilting projects I'm posting these days!

Maureen

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gypsy Wife and one hungry cat!

I had a change of mind over Gypsy Wife, I figured if I put her away in a
drawer it would be quite a while before she came out again!
So here she is, all stitched up, not perfect by any stretch of
the imagination but she is mine!
I can't get a good full on shot, to get this pic below I had to practically
re-arrange my sewing room.



 Would I make another one - no. I would not.
I am tempted once again by Long Time Gone, I've studied the pattern
and think it would be easier than GW, need more time to ponder on that one but
it would use up a heck of a lot of the scraps in my boxes.

I have four projects on the go, I have quilts to quilt and a few
UFO's tucked away in the cupboard, but I find
I am tempted constantly to begin more quilts, especially
using my favourite fabrics - you know whose - KF and friends.

So, guess what I have just been doing



 only cutting strips for another quilt.
This is an all strip quilt in a KF book, and at 3 and  1/2inches wide
a great change from 1"ones. 
Just what I need right now.

Our little Tuxedo cat Leila is a real character, so very
different from the others we have
been privileged to have as part of our family.
Here she is telling me it's time for her dinner


that's one hungry girl!!!!

That's all for now, I am feeling positively euphoric
at having achieved a finished GW top and feel I need to sit
and have a cup of tea, a large glass of a good Shiraz would
suit me better but that wouldn't be a good mix with my medications.
Hope you're all having a good week, see you soon.

Maureen

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last section of Gypsy Wife now sewn up - at last!!

Just finished sewing section 10 and two words
used sometimes by our two grand-daughters sum up my feelings tonight -
I am "so over" Gypsy Wife!



This really needs to be seen in place with all the other sections, but I don't have
the room at the moment and I'm afraid she's not very
well placed in this photo.

GW has been in the works now for 18 months, I was off to a great start
but sections 9 and 10 saw me hitting the wall a bit, just
couldn't always get the mix of colours I wanted, lots of breaks were
needed then I would usually come back and things
would fall into place.
A four legged feline has also slowed me up at times.

The sections won't be put together for a couple of weeks,
I just want to put it away somewhere and catch up on all my other
projects.

So, I'm going to sit in a quiet corner with this
lovely little rose by my side


and this on my lap


spotted two days ago in the local book store.
I'll tell you all about it next time I post, if the cover is anything to go off
I think it's going to be a wonderful read!

See you sometime next week.

Maureen

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A little more Gypsy Wife and fabric goodies

It's been one of those weeks where a lot of time has been
spent on thinking about WIPs and projects I should like to
make a start on over the next six months. Problem is there are so
many quilts on my "hope to do" list.
Added to the mix is the need to really sort out my fabrics, seriously my
scraps boxes need attention,
also I've been looking at up-dating my Mac computer to
the new model, this needs quite a bit of thinking time.


I did make a little progress with GW and below is the
far left hand side of section 10, I've changed out two of the
square in square blocks and made a wee kaleidoscope.


Three more blocks ready to go, the first one has a fussy cut
of the new range from Anna Maria Horner - a bit blurry for some reason





Goodies in the mail and brought home from the store, the
first two photos are store bought locally 



This one below are three of my favourites from AMH received in the
mail with a few others.


I fell in love with the patterned fabric below after seeing


the dotty fabrics I picked up again at a local store, not
particularly to use with the tropical fabric but just because I liked them
then when I was taking these photographs I thought
they looked quite good together.

The weather here has been atrocious, wild and wet and cold!
Today the sun is out, still very cold and impossible to walk
on the grass in the back garden, but in my front garden
my favourite camellia is blooming - Lovelight


and was I surprised to see these little beauties peeping out


my lovely tulips from last year, I can't believe they're coming up so early!

I'm off to make the most of the sun by putting a load of
washing in the machine and hoping I can hang it on the line
to dry.

My weekend is going to be spent dealing with everything
mentioned in my first few lines of the post so I'll head off and make a start,
possibly a nice cup of tea would help the process!

Enjoy your weekend and happy quilting.

Maureen