Thursday, April 28, 2011

A room with a view...

When I'm ready to throw a quilt sandwich under the machine, I commandeer the kitchen table. Lots of lovely light and space. I'm quilting this in a wavy grid pattern and it's proving to be as wonky as the piecing. I've decided to ignore the many flaws, acknowledge that it will look great at a distance, and still keep people nice and warm. I'm doing the interior square at the moment. Pieced borders will be added in a 'quilt as you go' method. I should be able to make a little progress before I go to work.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Scrappy Potholder

So we are off to a family tea at my sister-in-law's but I had a few minutes to finish up this scrappy potholder/trivet. The last one I gave her she didn't want to use because it was too 'good' so I thought surely this one would be ordinary enough to use.
A very plain back and as I had to use a flash to get the photo, you can't really see the quilting.

It's got two layers of wadding, one cotton and one insulbrite. It measures approximatley 12 inches by 14.5 inches.


I've nearly got the back pieced for my green wavey quilt and hope to sandwich it up tomorrow for machine quilting - going to practice a little free motion. Gotto go now to check my vegetable casserole as my contribution for tonight. Evidently my niece-in-law is bringing fish pie. Should be interesting.


Hope you all have a very blessed time with family and friends this Easter.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Picnic

Our annual church family picnic was held on Good Friday at beautiful Matilda Bay. I love this view of the marina with all the masts - like a swaying forest.


Even though we are well in to autumn it was quite hot - although this tree was trying very hard to tell us it really is autumn.
The many children enjoyed their swim in the river. Although this little guy was probably not too enthused with the company (size of my little fingernail). I have it on good authority that he was put safely back in to the river. PS It's a jellyfish.I didn't take many photos - too busy eating and talking and walking. And I don't like putting photos of other people up without their permission. It was a good day. Hope you had one too!

Friday, April 15, 2011

A surprise gift...

This little treasure was waiting in my letterbox today. From Stephanie of Loft Creations. A small notebook with a fabric bookcover (made by Stephanie I'm sure), a pink Sharpie and the cutest card. I think blogging friends are the best ever! Thank you Stephanie!! I absolutely LOVE it!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A little progress...

I managed to finish my curved blocks without too much crying... still a few puckers and distortion but to me it doesn't matter. This is a trial layout... will probably play a little then decide that's enough and just sew them together. While I'm pondering the layout I'm cutting some 2.5inch strips to make a piano key border in an assortment of greens and black/whites.
So far the 'home retreat' has been ok. Still more distractions than a real retreat, but a very welcome break nonetheless. Still two more days before I go back to work!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

and you thought you were busy

Home Retreat


The retreat planned for this weekend was cancelled as the venue sustained storm damage that would not be repaired in time. So I decided to keep my time off work and have a Home Retreat. I've instructed my family to pretend that I am not here! We will see how successful that will be - ha ha. Still, I hope to have something to show you for my efforts. I decided I won't be sleeping in the tent as it seems we are finally due for some cooler weather!


The photo below is just for laughs. This is Barbie at 50. Looks like she's having a retreat as well.

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pojagi


Here is a link to an exhibit at the International Quilt Study Centre & Museum at the University of Nebraska: Pojagi.

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Wikepedia states: "Bojagi or bo for short (also pojagi or bojaki) is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Bojagi are square and can be made from a variety of materials, though silk is common. Embroidered bojagi are known as subo. Bojagi have many uses, including as gift wrapping, in weddings, and in Buddhist rites. The "Korean Beauty" postage stamp series included a stamp in 1997 to honor bojagi as part of the rich cultural heritage of Korea."

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There is also a Japanese version called furoshiki.

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Wikipedia states: "Furoshiki (風呂敷, furoshiki) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that were frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods."

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There is a short tutorial on how to make them at this blog: Mairuru.

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Have a good weekend!

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