Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Travelling Around OZ - project number one" Insanity"

This is the first of three project I've taken with me to keep me busy while travelling around Australia (OZ) This quilt for a very good reason is called "Insanity" there are 10,339 hexagons which I have pre-cut and are ready to be sewn together by hand.

I was given the pattern and instructions from a quilting friend who is doing the same quilt at our quilting group, it was originally published in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine, Volume 16 No 6. Below is my attempt so far " Yes this is Insanity".

Yesterday, Monday we moved on from Sampson Point which was an ideal stopover to explore the Central Pilbara Coast. The town of Karratha which is home to the North West Shelf Project(Gas Plant)amazing place to see.

From the town of Roebourne we drove the 27kms on a dirt road to Harding Dam,

which has some dramatic scenery with the red Pilbara rocks contrasting vividly with the deep blue/green of the dam water.

Then we travelled to the abandoned town Cossack which was home to the North West's first established pearling industry, but due to the over fishing of the pearling grounds the pearling fleet moved to Broome, the town was then abandoned, it is now a popular tourist destination with many of the heritage building restored.

Below is my favourite picture so far its my DH in Coral Bay on the beach, he isn't hold a coin its the full noon. I love this photo.

We are staying near Port Hedland at Cooke Point.

Until next time Happy quilting

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Travelling around OZ

Hello Everyone - DH and I are traveling around OZ' and are currently in Coral Bay WA, which is glorious. We are going around OZ clockwise and should be in Darwin by August. I have taken three hand sewing projects with me.

Our next stop will be Exmouth for 7 nights.
Will keep you posted.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cyberman quilt block completed

When you turn humans into machines they become Cybermen they stand 6 feet 7" tall and are made from steel instead of silver and the "handle bars" attached to Cybermen head are supposed to aid with their hearing.

Below is my 12" foundation pieced block:

The process of converting humans into a Cyberman is called “upgrading”, once humans are upgraded they are emotionless, ruthless, vicious, cold and scary machines. You can see this by looking into the lifeless round black eyeholes... pure evil.

This free pattern was found on trilliumdesign.blogspot.com

Thanks Caroline Press for the easy instructions to make this block.

Happy quilting until next time.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Work Like an Egyptian - Scribe

Did you know that only scribes and priests were taught how to read and write in Egypt, the position was often inherited and pasted from one generation to another in the same families and not everyone could become a scribe.

Scribes were usually only men who learned to read and write at a special school. It could take 3 to 5 years for a scribe to write and memorize all the hieroglyphic symbols.

and this is the assembled Steward

This is the panel with all the figures ironed onto the background fabric so far....

The panel is nearly completed....I only have to position my Pharaoh and Queen

and the Harpist on the background fabric. Wow... I've just realized that it's not as daunting a task as I thought it would be. The figures are coming together nicely.

Happy quilting until next time

Saturday, April 26, 2014

UFO Orphan Blocks - Sienna's Quilt

Oops! This has been on the "To Do" list for some time!! and Yes, I forgot to post this post last month, anyway, two month ago I decided to clean out my cache of unfinished projects (UFOs) and leftover orphan blocks. And surprise, surprise, look what I found, these sixteen orphans blocks that were left over from Samantha's quilt which I made for her in 2009.

I used the quilt as you go method on these blocks and joined them together. I thought if I added some side panels and top and bottom border, the orphan blocks could easily be made into a small quilt for Sienna.

The photo below includes the two new side panels.

To complete the top and bottom border I re-arranged and traced the letters to spell "Sweet Dreams Little Sienna" from an old pattern sheet I found in the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine Vol 23 No 6 onto the paper side of the fusible webbing... I used a fingers width between each letter for spacing and machine blanket-stitched around each letter.

Ta-da hear is a photo of the finished quilt for Sienna's, she is only 3 years old and has a new baby brother Jake born 11th March 2014 (Jake is our newest grandson).

I didn't want Sienna to feel left out with the arrival of Jake, so I made her this quilt... and she loved it....

Happy quilting until next time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work Like an Egyptian - Carver & Hieroglyphics

Wow ...Did you know that the Egyptian carvers only had bronze chisels and hammers to carve into the stone and leave these hieroglyphics writings behind.

My hieroglyphic carver has turned out so well on this panel. I am going to blanket-stitches around the applique shapes using two strands of matching embroidery thread, and stem-stitch the hieroglyphics.

I am busy fusing the shapes in place to make the Lotus Flower side panels, the one below will join onto the above carver panel.

Here is how it was done.

Started by removing the backing paper from the applique shape and fusing applique shape no 1(the green stems) into place with a hot dry iron, as you can see I am using the pattern sheet as a guide, which I have covered with baking paper to assemble the shapes on.

then I positioned applique shape no 2 and fused them into place,

applique shape no 3 is overlapped and fused in place with a hot dry iron

applique shape no 4 has been positioned and fused in place and my Lotus Flower is taking shape.

The completed applique Lotus Flower is ready to be removed from the baking paper and fused to the background rectangle fabric.

I need to make four of these Lotus Flower panels, so I still have two more panels to get ready.

Happy quilting until next time

Friday, April 18, 2014

Work Like and Egyptian - Flute Player & Soldier

The shapes for the Flute player and Soldier have been reversed and traced onto the fusible webbing

then the small cut out pieces were numbered and assembled in order and pressed lightly into place

- I am using baking paper to iron the shapes onto and the pattern underneath as a guide. I love the result...

When the assembled pieces have cooled, the figure can be carefully lifted from the baking paper and the figure will remains intact.

The Fluet player is then ironed onto the background fabric.

I am enjoying this assembly process so far. The pattern can be found on www.smeedesigns.com

Here is the Soldier.

Happy quilting until next time
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