Saturday, 20 August 2016

Katrina Hajimichael Retreat

We are just finishing our first full day with Katrina.

Last night we had her Show and Tell and were totally inspired all over 
again by her work.

Then we had time to sit and stitch on a project we brought with us or do 
some planning for the next day's class.

Then up bright and early this morning for breakfast and some serious stitching.

The day has been magnificent stitching with a lovely group of woman .......
and a view to die for.

Katrina demonstrating.

Some of our day one work - mine and Carolyn's.


Now it is time of a glass of wine and then some more sewing - maybe we will 
make it to midnight tonight.

Back tomorrow with progress and some photos of the other project some ladies are doing.

Friday, 19 August 2016

1800s Mini Quilt Display

This is a little display in my hall at home.
It has been in the planning stages since 2010.

The display was inspired by the cover of Kathleen Tracey's book.
I made several of the schoolgirl quilts from this book starting with the one on the cover.

The first little quilt was started in 2010 and the last was made a year or so ago.
Now they are all form being on display at the shop so I can
set up my dreamed of display.

There are eight quilts in the pile mostly based on quilts by American 
Schoolgirls in the 1800s.

This is an apprentice mini chest of drawers. Young cabinetmakers often made 
these chests to demonstrate the skills they had mastered.
I am not sure how old this one but I fell in love with it about 20 years ago 
and it just had to come home from the antique shop with me.

The machine has a similar history but I have probably owned it for longer.
It does a chain stitch.

The shoes are the newest addition to the collection. I found them in an Antique 
Mall just outside Houston just a couple of years ago.

Maybe this could all feature in our next window display so you can see it real life.

Back soon from our Katrina Hadjimichael Retreat that starts tomorrow.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Mrs Holder Moves On

My Mrs Holder Quilt is making good progress - it is so nice to sit and stitch on 
at night as it relaxing and a bit of a no-brainer.

This is the next brown row - row number 17.

This brown row uses a variety of fabrics in this repeat pattern with the centre 
stretched hexie changing every second time.

Now another blue and cream row is started.

The top cream and blue row alternated blue and cream with a variety of fabrics.
The lower cream and blue row uses almost the same fabrics but has a 
different pattern - three creams followed by two blues and this repeats 
all around but with a varied collection of fabrics.
But in one spot I had to have three blues so I could make the top 
and bottom points could be symmetrical.

The lower row has this stripey fabric added in.

Back soon, Robyn

Friday, 29 July 2016

Mosaic Quilt Progress

I have got the next set of borders on my Irene Blanck "Mosaic" quilt now.
Last weekend was good for putting borders on quilts!

This first border is hand piece hexagon flowers all linked up.
I love the scrappy effect she created with this.
But I did change her plan slightly by putting one of red fabrics in the 
centre of each flower. I felt this defined the flowers better.

This hexie border went on perfectly. Her measurements were perfect.

Her method of getting around the corners worked well.
As you can see the hexies change orientation, but they just
almost touch.

This border did need to be measured carefully so you hexies didn't get 
chopped off in the seams!
But that was easy enough to manage.

Now for the preparation of the next border featuring diamonds.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Breakfast Club Quilt Bordered

I did decide to add a border onto my Breakfast Club Quilt.
This was it before the final border

I felt it was a bit too small for the bed, but it also needed a stronger
more colourful finish to the edge, so this is what went on.

That's better don't you think?

I met with Helen Harford who will be quilting it for me
on Thursday and we have chosen a whirlygig quilt pattern
that will will up and over everything

I found an extra wide white patterned backing fabric.
I know a bit boring, but it is a clean, fresh looking quilt and the 
coloured prints that were left on the shelf just looked too much.

Now just a decision on binding to go.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Breakfast Club Almost Finished

My Breakfast Club Quilt is almost finished.
This is the quilt that my Saturday morning monthly class has been working 
on since February - 4 blocks per month.
They should all have finished their blocks this Saturday

So I have been frantically sewing

Adding little frames around each block 

Adding sashing strips

Adding spotty cornerstones - I love how cornerstones in the sashings 
help you ensure that your blocks line up perfectly.

And pressing

Then onto the double bed to see how it looks.

I think I feel a border coming on - who knows - what do you think?

Monday, 4 July 2016

Mrs Holder Row 16

My Mrs Holder Reproduction Quilt is progressing well.

Row 16 is on - it has 90 stretched hexagons using  8 different fabrics.

I have used a traditional Cook Island Postage Stamp technique
to keep my hexies in order. I chose the order, laid them 
out around the quilt to check that it would work and then 
threaded them onto a long piece of embroidery 
thread - all six strands.

Just  put a knot on the starting end of the thread so you can easily 
pull one hexie at a time of the other end as you need it.

I had fun raiding my stash of 1800s reproduction fabrics for this row.

Next comes a brown row - also more scrappy.

Back soon.