Waiting In The Wings

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Quilting weather and a another project

Yes, another rainy day here in Auckland, the lawn is more
like a marsh at the moment.

On to the quilting, I've re-arranged the setting for my latest quilt, 


I decided to have the row of stars between the large and small rows
of square in a square. Three, maybe four rows to be added.

Working on this quilt layout and dealing with the
intricate piecing of Gypsy Wife I decided I needed something
quick and easy to play with.

A jelly roll won from a giveaway with
Sally T at the theobjectsofdesign,
plus a roll bought many years ago were perfect for this
strip and half square triangle quilt.

Strips divided into roughly lights and darks


then sewn


and cut


onto the half square triangles


these are put together to make a four inch block, then
four blocks sewn together and I have the
block below.


I think the finished size is supposed to be around 78" square
so I've quite a few more blocks to sew up!
The pattern is in a book by Edyta Sitar

I'm off now to link up with
Linda and Julie
for
Sew Stitch Snap SHARE

Happy Quilting

Maureen

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Memory Quilts - Happy Days 1

A few things going on around here has meant
that quilting has been on the back burner, however,
this gave me time to really sit and think about my quilting.

I love making quilts that have a story, I've long thought about
a series of quilts on my childhood memories, 
places and people who meant so very much to me.

The one in progress here is the first
Happy Days 1
the story I shall tell when the quilt is sewn together.


Above are the first two rows with strips separating, the
blocks in the second row are not yet sewn up, I've been
playing around to get them in an order which pleased me.

The third row is just beginning and those of you who read
my blog regularly will remember my stars begun for RSC 2016
but never completed!!


These are a perfect fit for my story, still a work in progress
so not a chocolate box photo shot


and the small square between the two stars
will be appliqued.

Apologies for the oversized letters, no time
left tonight to resize them.
I eventually have my camera in working order again but
now see I need to reduce the font size after having used the camera
set up on my iPad for a little while.

That's all from me for a few days, see you soon and have
lots of happy quilting time!

Maureen

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bits and pieces

Definitely a bits and pieces sort of 10 days, barely anything
achieved on the quilting side - ongoing saga of back problems - but
I was able to spend a little time on a few pieces for the
dark quilt started a couple of posts ago here



and if you have the Judy Newman book - Quilts for Life made with Love - you will
 know that in her quilt Vintage Comfort there are no stripped elements.
I like to change things around a little.

I've been going through my old Hoffman fabrics and cutting them
into strips with my GO cutter, some must be 20 years old!


I needed to make room in my storage baskets making them easier to lift out.
This one below I couldn't bear to cut up


and I'm busy thinking of where I could use a decent
size chunk in a quilt.

A package of fabrics came from Glorious Color,  these are from
the Spring 2017 Kaffe Collective range, the ones below are still
waiting to be stored away.


I'm signing off with a sunset from a few days ago


Back soon, hope you're enjoying some quilting time.
Linking up with 
Linda  and  Julie
for
Sew Stitch Snap SHARE

Maureen

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Kaleidoscopes and colour - a bit heavy on photos!

A big thank you for all the encouragement you gave me after
my last post and the borders are on,
I couldn't get a good full photo so we'll have to make do
with a quarter shot


on a bit of angle - sorry.
  This is the third kaleidoscope quilt I've made and like most kids
I had a toy kaleidoscope which fascinated me.
A few years ago I bought a modern version of the kiddies
"turning the end"model and later another which relies on a huge
marble held at one end and manually rotated. I worked
out how to take photographs of the patterns created - not
an easy task - I've taken a photo of a photo to show you.



I have shots of some amazing patterns, the photos above don't do justice
to the colour.

I love colour, as you all know, in my fabric choices, the sky scenes
and garden flowers. Two days ago I noticed a stream of light hitting
one of my cyclamen and the stem seemed translucent


love this peep of red amongst the greenery.

My husband paints in oils, acrylics and watercolour, I love
watercolour and the strangest things attract me.
He was about to clean off his palette one day when I shrieked to him
to stop, I loved the effect of all the colours used
blending in together.



Another of my favourite colour fixes comes from posts by my internet friend 
Alison Crosthwaite  in the UK. Alison is a spinner and weaver and also a painter,
I rub my hands with glee when I see one of her posts, they explode with colour.
She's just published a book and whilst it's not about quilting I wanted
to quickly show you the cover.


If you're interested
you can see how wonderfully Alison uses colour by visiting
her blog
alisonsartweave.blogspot.co.uk

That's all from me, hope you've managed to get through
all the photos!
Enjoy the weekend.
Maureen

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope 2 aka Helicopters

Mmmm, I was hoping to show a finished top to join the 
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies link up, I've only completed the central
piece - and have a bit of a disaster on my hands.

You can probably see why in the photo below.


Two issues with this
a) my iron decided to spit out gunge on the cream fabric second row from bottom
b) the dark fabrics are showing through two layers of the cream by the seam lines,
in some cases.
I was extremely careful to trim away any excess knowing that it's so easy
to get a shadow effect, I should have used a heavier weight cream
fabric - lesson learned!



I am so cross with myself, I don't know whether I can bear to put
the border on! I guess I could quilt 1/4" away from the seam
which would hide any shadowing through.

My little companion cheered me up as we played in the garden


here she is against a backdrop of weeds and now just over one year old! Oops my
watermark has landed across her little white paws.

Off to join the link-up with 

Have a happy weekend.

Maureen

Friday, May 26, 2017

A slow two weeks

Definitely a slow two weeks!
Thanks to everyone for good wishes after my last post,
sadly the CT scan showed problems with my spinal canal have progressed 
so off for another appointment in two weeks time, until then I shall be very careful!

Quilting - two short sessions only. Last post I showed this photo


and decided pastels were not for me, I had decided to make
a quilt from a Judy Newman book below


in fact it was the one on the cover.

sent me links to this particular pattern made with some nice
splashes of colour here and there. This week I decided to play around
with fabrics again and this is the first row


I decided to go with a KF fabric - Dream in Dark - for the setting triangles.
Not a great photo, Gypsy Wife is on my design wall so this strip ended up on
the dining table.

I've been spending time reading, cutting the last of the roses



and enjoying watching the sun rise


I'm going to link up now with 
for
Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE

and hope I have more quilting to post about next week.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This and That

It's been a funny sort of week for me, not 
as in "ha ha" funny but a pretty frustrating one.

 I showed a photo of a book by
Judy Newman some time ago, beautiful old-fashioned sort
of quilts, soft colours. This week was the time
to begin one that I found particularly lovely.

I spent ages pulling fabrics - some below - and as I'm not known for my soft pastel colours
 it was difficult finding fabric to use, some are below but


when I had the first row in place on the wall, it just wasn't
me!! Didn't work at all, I needed a colour fix
so on to Section 10 of Gypsy Wife. Two small blocks sewn - one
obviously a bit on the too small side - and a few strips later
my tendonitis flared suddenly which put
paid to any more cutting or sewing, I made it just this far below.


I took a telephone call from the hospital where they asked me
to please come in for an appointment Friday (tomorrow), I needed
to be seen sooner than my scheduled appointment in a few
weeks time, so that didn't add to my week.

There was a bright spot yesterday with a package in the mail of two books
 ordered a couple of months ago.



The colour in these two is amazing, I think of the two my favourite
is New York Beauties and Flying Geese, full to bursting
with colour!
I intend to relax tomorrow before going to the hospital with these two.

So, not a productive week at all but I did take a photo
of one of my beautiful hibiscus


and hopefully I shall be back at the machine early next week,
fingers crossed!

Hope you've all had a good week with lots of quilting.

Maureen


Friday, May 5, 2017

Kaleidoscope - stripping again!

A little more work on the Kaleidoscope quilt - starting
with these strips of varying widths,


these then get cut into blocks


which then are sewn into a long chain and


using my Kaleidoscope ruler I then cut these into
the pieces below


and when I have enough variety these have spotty
corners added and join up with plain cream wedges below.



If I follow the pattern (Kathy Doughty & Sarah Fielke) exactly there will be a piano key style border as shown above,
possibly a little deeper than these left over sets shown here.
I have a few more partial blocks made but I forgot to starch some of the dotty fabrics
and ended up with terrible corners so more work's needed to fix these.

I'm loving grabbing strips out of the box and stitching up with no
matching of colour or width - great stress reliever this pattern.

Speaking of stress relief a wander around the garden
showed another of my Vireya rhodos flowering,


just what is needed in the Autumn garden!

Have a good weekend, back again soon.
Linking up with Cynthia for Oh Scrap!
Maureen