Monday, 19 January 2009

Ta dah - Last One Done

I just got this one finished today, my last day of holidays. This is the October journal.

Theme - "Symbols/Movement". The little triangle are off cuts from making flying geese for a yearquilt (where you choose a fabric to symbolise each day of the year), some mine, some from friends.

The technique was "Stamping & rubbing plates" - the blue fabric is one I tried a paint stick on using the bottom of my slipper as texture. The light border has some random dabs of white paint (just to make it fit the criteria really!)

Back to work tomorrow. I don't know that I've acheived a lot in my month off, but have got the journals finished, started Bonnie's mystery (and got all my pieces organised in my drawer so I can just sit down and sew in the evening without having to work out where I am up to), and the puttying and sanding of the house is done so it is ready to paint.

Off to make dinner!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Monday, 12 January 2009

Last Year's Journal Quilts

I'm still finishing up my journal quilts from last year. I got behind with posting, and making these when we moved house. Now I'm catching up and only have October and November to finish.

July - "solvy" - my friend Helen came over for a quilting evening and taught me how to make leaves with solvy:

August - "Blooms" - I had a lot fun with this, and it was good to have some handwork to do because I had to pack up my sewing stuff to get the house tidy for sale:

September - "man and environment" - I couldn't think past the home envirnoment so made a very simple house using curtain and upholstry fabric samples. The words and from the 1941 plans for our new house which I scanned and printed onto lutrador:
Lastly for now, December - "family" - a photo of my Mum holding my eldest brother:

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year

I'm so pleased to be finished with 2008 and into a new year. To celebrate I decided to do Bonnie's New Year's Eve Mystery Quilt. Gave me a great excuse for a fabric shopping trip :o) Clue one has kept my pretty busy today - cutting, sewing, pressing, cutting, sewing... 120 blocks takes awhile. I think I'm 2/3rds of the way there. Bonnie is posting clues daily. Could be a challenge to keep up this pace every day, but I'm going to try.

My fabric choices look quite Christmas-like in the photo, so I've added photos of our tree and cake (which DH is currently devouring 'cos I don't eat fruit cake). I swapped green for Bonnie's indigo cos it just seemed to work. I didn't put include my background fabric in the photo - it is scrappy creams and beiges, the only useful thing in my stash.

Back to the sewing now!

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