Friday, 30 March 2007

Little Stash Quilts

I'm making progress on the little quilts I'm making from my stash of deep red/maroon fabrics. These are going to be made into cushion covers for our bed, to match the summer quilt. I wanted to make 2 different designs because I think it suits the scrappy style. I'm not sure what borders the Birds in the Air one will get - that will be this weekend's project.

Monday, 26 March 2007


Last year for his birthday DH was given a gift voucher for a glider flight, and yesterday, after months of waiting and planning for the perfect flying conditions, he took his flight. I've got to admit it was the most beautiful day, just perfect for gliding and he spent a fabulous hour up in the air on the Kapiti Coast. This really is him getting into the front seat of the glider!

I got to stay firmly on the ground (thank goodness - see how close to the front of the plane the front seat is) from where I could study not just the gliders but also a large flock of ducks taking advantage of the great soaring conditions. It got me thinking about some of those quilt blocks with fabulous names like Birds in the Air and Flock of Birds, so tonight after work I put together one of these blocks.

Now if I just make another 3 blocks, I will have the centre of a cushion cover for one of the large cushions on our bed AND I will work my way through a little bit more of the deep red-maroon stash, more particularly those extra squares that I overcalculated when cutting the last project.

Saturday, 24 March 2007

Thanking my lucky stars

I'm just so happy to have managed to set up this blog, and upload a photo successfully - me and uploading photos have not mixed well in the past. What better quilt to have chosen than this one using the Lucky Stars pattern by Atkinson Designs.

I made this just over a year ago for the then 9 year old daughter of friend. When asked for a colour scheme she replied "purple and plue with a touch of pink" - you can tell her Mum is an artist!

In the picture you can't really see the detail of the different fabrics and they all blend together. There really are 12 very different batiks in there, sourced from 4 or 5 shops. Maybe I should have looked for a different border fabric and that would have had a bolder effect. I love batiks but dont find them easy to work with, often thinking as I'm piecing that they are too blotchy.

I had fun with the back of this quilt too and used up some fabrics from the stash that were never going to find a home anywhere else. Even some very ugly hand dyed fabric found a happy home in this back

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