Saturday, 22 September 2007


I've been tagged by Ami of Enchanting Quilts. You're supposed to list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. I could say that's easy coz I don't have a middle name. That wouldn't be cheating would it? No, I can't get out of it that easy. Ami also said that if I don't have a middle name, then I should choose one that I like. Hmm...maybe I'll just use my first name.

C - creative. I can't remember a time when I didn't make things. For the past 24 years it's been quilts.
A - Australian and glad to be one.
T - teacher. I used to teach all kinds of quilt classes - machine quilting, fabric dyeing, foundation piecing plus many others. I loved it but unfortunately can no longer do this because of the MS.
H - happily married to the most wonderful husband.
R - reader. We have shelves and shelves and shelves of books. Murray and I are both avid readers.
Y - yellow clothes make me look like I'm three days dead LOL. I'll have to save yellow for my quilts.
N - not enough hours to make all my quilty ideas into actual quilts. I have lots of original patterns and ideas that have yet to appear in fabric. If anyone's figured out how to sleep faster, can you share the secret?

Okay, that's it. Definitely harder than I thought it would be.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

scrap quilt progress

My scrap quilt is progressing very nicely. Just one seam left to sew and the quilt centre will be done, then the borders. I'm going to quilt it with a pantograph called 'waterworld'. I haven't used that one yet and want to know what it looks like quilted up. Here's some photos.

First: the blocks after I had used up most of the scraps from the red/yellow/orange/brown tub of scraps. They ended up somewhere between 7" and 8.5". As they were all different sizes, I decided to cut them down to a uniform size.

I did this by using my 6.5" square ruler, and putting the ruler on the blocks at an angle. I forgot to take a photo of this step so used the ruler with a square of fabric so I could show what I meant. As the blocks were different sizes, the angle I could place the ruler (and still have all of it on the block) was different for each one too.
Nola suggested that the blocks needed a colour from the opposite side of the colour wheel, and I agreed so put a 1" border around each block.
Next decision was what colour to use for sashing. I tried several but this light one looked best.
What do you think? I'm hoping to finish it at the weekend, and get it loaded on the longarm to quilt next week.