Thursday, 15 February 2018

A Little Tip I Learnt This Week

I like using as many fabrics as I can in my projects and I love scrap quilts. Some time it works but I am not always happy with the results.

Here is one I am not so happy with, the heart blocks were given to me and I have added 4 patch and rail fence blocks. I am concerned that some of the fabrics are of the same value and there is low contrast.


You might be asking what this has to do with learning a little tip?   I have a piece of fabric I want to use as the background and I am unsure how it would look with the fabrics I am using.  After searching the web, visiting you tube and talking with others, one of the ladies in my craft group gave me a great tip.

If you are unsure of your background  fabric lay it on a table and place small squares of the other fabrics for the project on top of it.

You can see at a glance if your background fabric will work with the other fabrics you have chosen. I asked myself, do the fabrics stand out against the background and Is there enough contrast?    

I can see  the top right hand corner fabric is not a good choice, it does not standout and will leave dull uninteresting areas in the quilt.  I am glad I was told this tip it would be a great way to choose contrasting fabrics for scrap quilts.

Cheers Pauline

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Scrap Busting

One good thing about moving, I was forced to face all my WIPs and scraps.  I chose to keep three  WIPS and I had several grocery bags of scrap along with some charm squares I received from a Chris Kringle.  I did not want to part with them but was unsure how to use them.  

As always I looked to the Internet for inspiration, I looked at scrap quilts on pinterest visited and followed the link to her website.  Mary's website has instructions for some beautiful quilts, many are made using strips from the scrap bag.

After a large dose of eye candy I decided to do a Log Cabin block called Courthouse Steps. Although it is a little scrappier than it should be I am pleased with the results.

Yesterday I finished the backing and pinned the quilt.  I am going to do big stitch quilting in a circular design. I think the circular design will give the quilt some movement.

Big stitch quilting is my style of quilting no perfect quarter inch stitches and it takes a relative short time to finish. Here is a video from you tube on how to big stitch quilt

Cheers Pauline

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Embroidery, whats your style?

I mentioned in my previous posts I am taking part in Take a Stitch Tuesday. A new stitch is announced every Tuesday to learn, practise and explore.

I started doing a single row of each new stitch and I quickly came to the conclusion it is really not my style. Single rows of each stitch reminded me very much of our needle work classes at school and I can still see the cross stitch on gingham everyone made.  

When my grandmother and mother were young Semco mass produced printed embroidery designs on good quality linen. The instructions told you what colours to use and the stitches were limited to basic stitches.  To complete one of these embroidery designs took many hours of work and crafters now collect them to incorporate into new pieces of patch work and other crafts.

I enjoy a variety of crafts and become excited about new techniques especially if I can combine them with crafts I am already enjoying.  Crazy patchwork is one of these techniques, combining patchwork with free form embroidery and embellishments. No rhyme and no reason to what you are doing I think the only aim is to cover all seams with embroidery and or embellishments

I enjoy both of these forms of stitching but I think my passion is for free form art quilts.  I will continue with the lines of embroidery stitches on the first piece for Take a stitch Tuesday and make a second piece using the stitches in a free form way.

I have spent time this week looking at Textile art and found lots of inspiration on Pintrest

Which style do you prefer or do you have a passion for one type of embroidery?

Cheers Pauline

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Regan's Quilt

While we were living at the little house on the hill I was working on a quilt for my daughter.  She is legally blind without her glasses and wanted a bright quilt.  I designed a simple quilt on EQ7 and included bright batik fabrics.

Each hexagon was to be made using strips of batik fabrics and when finished appliquéd to a background fabric.  Sounds simple? hmm not so simple.  I don't know if it was the hexagons, my sewing or my brain injury but I just could not get them right.  My other problem was the background fabric was a little bland neither of us liked the blocks very much.  

Fortunately we discovered this early on so changes could be made.  While looking at homespun on line I asked The Reverse Quilter his opinion and against my better judgement I ordered the fabric he liked, it was bright boy was it bright. I change the hexegons for circles and appliquéd them to the fabric he choose.

In the end I was surprised how it turned out and Regan loves it.  Some times we need to trust our instincts and others choices.

Cheers Pauline

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday and a bee sting

Tuesday has come and gone and Sharon from had announced Fly stitch as the  stitch of the week  for TAST.  Fly stitch is not one of my favourites but after some googling and practise I think I mastered it.  I was able to do a straight line and use it in a scalloped design.  If you want to join in, the weekly stitches and instructions can be found at or on the TAST Facebook page.

I started writing this post yesterday evening but had to rush away because our sweet little Suzee was stung by a bee or a wasp somewhere on her face.  Her poor little face became swollen within minutes and she started to vomit.  We made a dash to the emergency vet hospital and  the vet administered an adrenaline and an antihistamine injection.

 Two hours after the injections. 

When we got home we stayed with her until midnight and gave her an antihistamine tablet before going to bed.  This  morning her face was still swollen and she required another antihistamine tablet before it returned to normal. Suzee is only 4 months old and is still so little.   

We were unaware that a bee sting or wasp sting could be so serious.  The vet has told us if she gets stung again her reaction will be worse and could be fatal.  We are very thankful she is still with us

Cheers Pauline

Monday, 15 January 2018

Cuppa time

It has been so long since I have done I cuppa time I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. So grab a cuppa of whatever you enjoy and join me on a blog visit

has been working on a Mystery quilt called On Ringo Lake. The blocks have been put together and the quilt looks great.  Rosemary is also a very skilled knitter and has started a new project.

Mary is busy unpacking and has been working wonders with another string quilt and has a goal for 2018 to quilt a top a week.  I wish her good luck

Peg has received quilts back from the quilters and is preparing to bind them.  Both the quilts and the quilting are beautiful, I love the saying she has posted and I think I should apply it to my quilting.

Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry bags has posted a list of  what they need for 2018.  If you are prepared to donate why not have a look at the list and see if you can help out. All quilts and laundry bags go member of the Australian, RAAF, Army and Navy for the men and women who serve our country.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST)

I love Crazy Patchwork and part of the enjoyment is learning new stitches and revisiting old ones, to help me do both I have joined TAST an embroidery skill building group run by Sharon over at Pintangle 

Each Tuesday Sharon announces a stitch of the week and how you practise the weekly stitch is entirely up to you. The first few weeks covers easy stitches and over the weeks the stitches become harder. 

Week one was running stitch and this week it was buttonhole stitch.

My Running stitch sample.

Easy does not mean boring if you visit the TAST Facebook page you will see some amazing stitching being done by both beginners and accomplished embroiderers. 

I enjoyed the running stitch for the first week but realised I needed a different project to incorporate the rest of the TAST stitches.    I dug through my fabrics and found a piece of patchwork I had stitched to use for a tote. I have added both the running stitch and the buttonhole stitches to the piece and I am looking forward to Tuesday to find out what the next stitch is. At the end I will have a crazy patch piece I can turn into a tote.

Cheers Pauline