Monday, 3 July 2017

17ufosin2017 June Update

For my June update I'm going to start with something off my 17ufosin2017 list I've called this the Grandbirds Tree and it is a commission piece created for a family friend. The brief said the brighter the better! 

Grandbirds Tree
Grandbirds Tree

Now onto the list! I've had one finish with this knitted cowl. I don't really think knitting is for me (all that keeping count!). The variegated wool helps to hide a multitude of sins but it will keep me nice and warm this winter.

I've made substantial progress with the Value Proposition Quilt, I've finished piecing all of the hexies for the top and now I'm up to attaching the border.

I had envisioned mitred corners but didn't have enough fabric so I've made corner-stone blocks instead using colours from the border.

Value Proposition Quilt

Value Proposition Quilt

Value Proposition Quilt

I have made four but forgot to photograph the last one :(

My main focus at the moment is Words to Live By, its really nice to work with wool in this wintry weather and I've finished three more blocks...

Words to Live By wool quilt

Words to Live By wool quilt

Words to Live By wool quilt

It's hard to believe we are half way through the year, looking forward to making more progress in the second half. I'm linking up to the 17ufosin2017 June linky party, thanks Meredithe for the motivation to get help us get this far.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

17ufosin2017 May Update

I told you I'd be back soon ;) Better late than never and I'm just in time for Meredithe's Linky Party :)
I have a big finish for April (literally 2 metres square) - the Chester County Criswell Quilt!!!

I don't have a rotary clothesline any more so its hard to hang it anywhere to get a decent vertical photo.

Many thanks to Sharon Barnes who generously shared her family heirloom through her blog and pattern designs. I was lucky enough to swap a couple of blocks with fellow bloggers Chris and Wanda.

I have also made a lot of progress on the Value Proposition quilt - I've sewn all the rows together and just need to do a few setting hexies along the bottom, then I can start appliqueing onto the border fabric.

I've managed to sew 3 more blocks for Reading the Fine Print...

...and one for Words to Live By.

I've had fun selecting fabrics for this quilt from my stash. Hope I can source more of that fabulous French General border fabric. Now that winter is here it is nice to work with wool.

Stay warm in the southern hemsiphere and enjoy the warmth of summer in the northern hemisphere.

Australian Quilt Convention 2017

Last April I went along to the Australasian Quilt Convention held at Melbourne's Exhibition Centre. 

I'll just let the pictures do the talking so grab a cuppa and enjoy...

Margaret Sampson George was one of the featured quilter's with her Take an Element exhibit.

Luke Haynes from the USA was also featured.

As you can see there was lots of inspiration but this next quilt really made the trip into town worth while for me - the Year 60 Quilt by Norma Slabbert from New Zealand. To chronicle her 60th year she made a quilt block of her daily life, every day for one whole year "without fail", simply amazing! Her beautiful 11 metre quilt was so inspirational.

So when I've polished off a few more UFOs towards the end of the year, Norma has inspired me to create my own Year 60 Quilt. After coming back down to earth about it I don't think I could make a block every day, instead I'll try for 60 blocks across the year, maybe one every 6 days or five per month. I'm thinking batiks and Japanese taupes in the greens, blues, greys and browns of nature.

I'll be back before you know it with an update on my 
17 ufos in 2017.