Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Fuglies

I think I am certifiable!  Huh?  You say.  You already knew that didn't you?  😄 

But why am I making such a claim out in the Big Bad World of the Internet? 

Well 2 weeks ago when I was down at Cabarita at a Stitching Hearts meeting, I looked at the overflowing tubs of donated fabrics that No One uses, I thought I would do some damage to the florals.  So a bunch of fuglies came home with me.....

 Who in their right mind would pick up a huge bunch of ugly fabric and bring it home, eh?

The Pinks

The Blues

The Brights
I also bullied Jan into taking a bunch of apricots.  At least I gave her a choice of which pile she wanted.  Ha ha.

That same afternoon, on the way home Jan and I stopped at Craft Depot, the biggest patchwork fabric store anywhere within cooee.  At the counter, I noticed a magazine which had a photo on the front of it, and I was inspired.  Apologies to the publication and to the maker of the quilt, but the name of both escapes me.  If someone recognises this, give me a hoy and I will properly acknowledge it.

I came home and pulled the Brights out, and added a few from my stash too.  LOL


Some leaves and flowers were cut from Vliesofix and fused to the fabrics......


And in very short order, there was a quilt top.


 
One of the flowers....


And an upside down one....


And just in case you missed it, another shot.....


Really pleased with the way it turned out. 

I have a Plan for the pinks and the blues are already partly pieced - show you those next time.  I'm on a roll with those fuglies!  Funnily enough, me raiding the floral tub did little to diminish it.  Oh well, I've tried.

Til next time.....Keep on stitching.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Adopted Orphans

This all started some weeks ago because Evelyn, my friend from Stitching Hearts, shoved a bunch of 3.5" squares into my hands and said "Here.  Do something with these".  They were all in autumn colours, a colour palette I love.


So I got them home, and after thinking about it for just nano seconds, decided to do 4 patches.  After adding some 3.5" squares cut from scrap light value fabrics, I made up a pile of 4 patches.  Nice easy peasy sewing.

 
But then I got to the point where I started to wonder what the heck to do with them.  I remembered that literally years and years ago I had cut a whole lot of triangles for a quilt I had never made.  They would make up cute pinwheels to go with my 4 patches I thought.  So I scratched around in my stash cupboard (must tidy that up one day soon).
 
The first thing that I spotted was a fistful of maple leaf blocks.  No idea where I got those.  Most likely at Stitching Hearts as we get loads of UFOs and orphan blocks come in and I often take them home.  And then again, someone may have given them direct to me.
 

 
Perfect colours to go with my autumn 4 patches!  So I grabbed them, and kept looking for those elusive triangles.

No luck on those, but I found a little packet containing dozens of pieced flying geese.  Again, I have absolutely no idea where I got them or when as I have no memory of them at all.  They would do for some borders.  Perfect colours, perfect size.


I ended up doing a row by row quilt with sashing made from a fabric I have had in stash for years, and years.  I had gone to a sale of fabrics left in storage which had not been paid for, for months, so they were being sold off at a pittance by the storage warehouse.

To finish off my quilt, I raided my 2" squares stash to make 2 rows of 4 patches to go on each side of the quilt.

 
And here is a close up of it.


I've made binding for it from left over bits of binding and will be taking it to Stitching Hearts for pinning.  So pleased with my adopted orphans!   Its just a small lap quilt which will be donated to the group and used as required.  If you feel like taking a look at what our little group does, click on the link here or on the little Heart icon on the left of this blog post.  Some of the quilts that are made are totally inspiring.

There's actually enough of the flying geese to make some borders on another quilt.  Now that I have remembered I have them, I will find a use for them. 

And No.  I haven't found the triangles!  LOL  They really must be in a dim dark corner somewhere.  But I'm not that worried as I have used up lots of stuff which has been hanging around for years.

I also want to show you my gorgeous orchid.  Our sweet next door neighbours moved out to a retirement village about 4 years ago, and gave me some tubs of orchids.  We split them, gave some to my daughter, planted some in the garden, and these are in the little indoor courtyard of our house.  They have recently thrown a flower spike.

 
This is what I look at when I am sitting at the table in the family room.  Aren't they gorgeous?  Thank you Douglas.  Your orchids continue to give me joy each year.

 
The ones outside are also flowering, but I don't see them as often as they are in a corner of the garden somewhat tucked away.

Til next time.....Keep on stitching