Happy New Year! I am hoping you have soaked up a wonderful Christmas and of course a fabulous start to 2016. A fresh start, no New Years Resolutions here, just one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, all the while allowing peace and happiness to consume me.
With the official Christmas season behind us it was time to put away the few Christmasy bits n' bobs I had out on display.
Amazing what you find in cupboards when looking for something completely different! How could I have forgotten this beautiful quilt! I bought this hand pieced, hand quilted grandmothers flower garden quilt from an antique shop a few years back. It is quite fragile in places, but I may as well have it out to enjoy.
My snowmen needed to be rounded up and herded to a different location in the house.............."snowmen out when it's not Christmas"? ........."snowmen out when it's summer"? Yes welcome to my snowman world!
One outing to town saw me purchasing a lovely pot in memory of my Mum. I had been given some money and a voucher for use at a garden centre from a couple of friends. Now fondly known as "Mum's Pot" :-)
I have finished two more quilts for family members, wanna see???
This one is for one of my nieces who constantly asks me when am I going to make her a quilt, oh and Aunty Leeanne you know I love purple right? So purple is not my number one favourite colour, I knew it was her's, so I thought I would make use of some of my scraps and pull them all together with purple sashings and borders.
A few years back I saw Joan's post on her "Joan's Window's" quilt, post *here* I guess I can call my version "Angela's Window's.
The backing and a photo of the label, once again I used part of one of Mum's hankies for the label.
|I had to dig deep in my stash for some bigish purple fabrics for this pieced backing.|
"Angela's Windows" Blocks.
Matilda's Own Poly Batting.
Finished size : 56" x 69"
Panto Pattern: "Butterfly Charm" by Lorien Quilting.
Thread: Madeira's Aero Quilt, a variegated in purples.
Flange Binding: from Missouri Quilt Company. See below for tutorial.
Here's a peek at another quilt finished with this awesome flanged binding, this is my new way to bind quilts people! So pretty and fresh, but quick too.
Another quilt finished, well to be honest, I finished this back at the start - mid last year! I just needed to add binding.
Using Kiwiana fabrics and using this super quick pattern this quilt came together quickly, not sure why the heck I waited sooooooo long to bind it??!!
And one of those special labels again!
Giant Chevron Quilt Pattern: from Craftsy *here*
Finished quilt size: 53"x 72"
Quilting: Light custom.
Warm & Natural cotton batting.
Standard Binding stored like this: this is a tangle free way to store your binding!
More scrap sewing has been absorbing my time, what a joy to see these pieces from quilts gone by! More purple for another purple loving family member.
I found this block, called: Scrappy Crossroads on Lori Holt's Bee in my Bonnet blog - see *here*. Using more of the solid purple that I used in Angela's Window's and my 2" scrappy squares. Loving these blocks!
With all this pottering about, creating new blocks & finishing quilts, I have cleaned some window's and the long awaited oven clean........oh my it looks like a new one! Plus some more lovely bush walks up and around Mt Parihaka and the town basin loop.
All the while being supervised by this bloke!!!