Friday, April 11, 2014

Santa's Rising Sun Quilt by Victoriana Quilting Designs


The image above has been available as a jigsaw puzzle for many years.
Recently, I came across a post at Victoriana Quilting Designs featuring this quilt.
It appears there was Facebook interest in the block and Benita at VQD 
did some investigating and found that it was similar to a rising sun block. 
Benita has drafted a pattern and written a lovely tutorial so we
can all make "Santa's Rising Sun" quilt. Please pop over and
take a look, and also enjoy all the other lovely things at this site.
This quilt is being added to my already too-long bucket list.
No sewing going on... lots of the day job...
Hopefully needle in hand over the Easter break.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Modern Quilter of 1933


This beauty was made by Edith Morrow Matthews for the 
1933 World's Fair - Sears competition.
I found it on The Quilt Index here
but you will also find it here.
I think it's totally awesome and very in the
spirit of the modern quilts we are seeing today.
You've all probably seen it already,
but it's new to me.
(I'll show you my sewing soon.)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SSCS 2013 What I sent away...

This is what I sent to Melinda.

The leafy sea dragon is native to the waters of the
south west of Western Australia.

 detail

For some of the quilting I repeated shapes of the
elements of the pattern. I used freezer paper templates.

I enjoyed making this art quilt for Melinda.

I also made this little owl ornament for her.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Disappearing Pinwheel Churndash Block

The Missouri Star Quilt Company has this great tutorial for this block.
It starts with a giant pinwheel.
Go have a look.

(I found this image on the web.)

Two of my favourite blocks combined.
I think I'll grab the remnants of a layer cake
and try a few blocks. I love these Missouri Star tutorials.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

In Recess


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This blog is in recess until February -
unless of course something interesting comes up.
Hope you are having a good summer!
(or winter for the Northerners.)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Greetings 2014 - A Year of Yes & No

The DH and I do not celebrate New Year's Eve.
We watch a few of the 'year that was' programs
and go to bed at the usual time.
There is nothing wrong with boring.
This year we greeted the New Year
with an early morning picnic.
This spit of land in the Swan River is
exposed at a very low tide.
(Point Walter for those who want to know.)
 
We met friends around 7am and walked out.

There were a couple of stretches of shallow water to wade through.

The pelicans and other birds were mostly not interested in us.
 
Looking back towards the shore.
We had the place to ourselves. 
 
The small island is a sanctuary during nesting season.
This is not nesting season.
 
There are no trees on the island.
One large bush and then low scrub like this.

From the island you can see Perth's most
expensive real estate. The one that looks like a
resort is one compound with guest houses and a
couple of pools. It set a record in Australia for
private real estate sales. You can see other early
risers in the canoes. It was a beautiful, still morning.
 
Perth's expensive toys.
 
We had a lovely picnic of fruit and yoghurt when we got back to shore.
We boiled a kettle on a little gas stove for a hot drink.
And totally enjoyed the company of our dear friends.
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My mother always said 'start as you mean to go on'.
This was a great start to the year, and hopefully sets
the standard of what's to come. More special times like these.
***
 My goal for 2014 is to say 'yes' to activities with family and friends.
Yes to de-cluttering (use it or lose it) and yes to 'me' time.
No to swaps and buying fabric. I'm also going to step back from
volunteering positions as they come up for renewal.
Yes to assessing my goals and prioritising.
Yes to giving myself permission to say 'No.'
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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Small Christmas of 2013

I had severe Christmas Fatigue this year.
No Christmas Spirit.
Christmas appeared in the shops in August.
By December First I was Over It.
I got the big tree out of storage.
But it never made it out of the box.
However, we were expecting visitors.
So only my favourites came out to play.
The little nativity scene is so sweet.
It reminds me that we call the holiday
Christmas, not Santa's Day.
 
I found this other small tree in the attic.
It was already decorated and had lights strung.
 
The angel was made by daughter #2 in junior primary school.
Of course she had to come out to sing.
 
The candy cane reindeer were made by ladies in
the quilt guild. They make me smile.

So a little Christmas spirit was found and sometimes
a little bit of something is enough.
Best wishes to you all in 2014.
May your year be full of good times with family and friends.
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