Monday, August 29, 2011 anyone there????

It has been a while since I last posted....

These 3  Barbara Brackman Civil War Quilt blocks are all the sewing I have managed in the last 3 or 4 weeks. :(

The title of this post should be "What I have been buying!".......Lol

These fabrics I found in a dress making fabric shop. (Cutting Edge (no website) on Glenferrie Rd Malvern for anyone in Melbourne)

The print on the left of the first photo is a Liberty which will be added to my collection.

The fabric on the right has 4 panels printed across the width. I think it will make an interesting quilt.

Both the fabrics in the 2nd photo are Italian. I am not sure what I will make yet, but I love the designs.
Who else buys fabric with no purpose in mind? Just because it is pretty??

After reading Kathie's recent blog posts about Betsy Chutchian's recent fabric release (Cross Roads to Texas) I caught her enthusiasm and did a bit of purchasing in several places to gather the collection above. The book, also by Betsy Chutchian, not only has patterns and instructions for many quilts, it also tells the story of Betsy's great - great grandmother, Lizzie Carpenter with excerpts from Lizzie's journals.  It made for very interesting reading and plenty of quilting inspiration too. I haven't made a Lone Star quilt before, so I think that will be the first one I make from the book.

Choosing Quilting Designs is not a new book, but still contains plenty of relevant information. At the moment I am leaning towards hand quilting my Morrell Quilt, so this book will be very useful.

Treasures From Holland by Petra Prins is a much more recent publication. It is full of amazing quilts with clear photographs and diagrams and plenty of very clear instructions. Again there are several quilts I would love to make in this book.

Since my last post about the medallion above I have added to the collection of fabrics. There is more of the fabric on the top right coming (thank you Dawn for identifying it for me)
I have also designed my first quilt using these fabrics. It will be a traditional medallion quilt.

Now to wait till my arm gets better so I can sew for more than a few minutes at a time!!!

I hope all is well with all in USA who were affected by Hurricane Irene.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fabric identification help

If anyone could please let me know any details of manufacturer and/or line of the above fabric I would be very grateful. :)

Thank you very much to everyone who has left a comment on my Morrell Quilt top finish, or the finishes of my first Friends of Baltimore block and first Roseville Album block. Much appreciated. :)

Thank you to Dawn who identified the fabric for me! I have found the fabric and have some on the way here! Bloggers are the best!!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

First Roseville Album block finished

I finished this block last week.

Thank you for all the suggestions for the vase fabric. The red was the most popular suggestion, so I went with it.

No more sewing is going to happen here for a while. I need to keep resting my elbow.

Here are a few photos from my garden today.

Have a great week everyone! :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Morrell Quilt top is finished!

After about 2 1/2 years and many hours of hand (and some machine) stitching the top is finished.

All the blocks and borders, except the triple Irish chain block, are hand pieced or hand appliqued. The quilt features 27 broderie perse blocks. Each of the elements  were hand stitched with one strand of Guterman sewing thread using buttonhole stitch.

 The block with the 3 rows of triangles at top centre was the last block I made.

Each block is 10 inches finished.

The peacock block was the broderie perse block that took me the longest to make.

Some blocks were simple piecing with only a few pieces, others were more challenging.

  Along the way I learnt a lot of new to me techniques. I really enjoyed making this quilt.

The Sarah Morrell quilt was designed by Di Ford and the pattern is available at Threadbear in Castlemaine.  I have a little about the original quilt's history in this post.