Thursday, 26 June 2014

Hexagon three finished - Lonely little dog

I have finished this hexagon which I really loved because of the image of the little dog in the centre. The quote underneath the dog (which is now covered up by fabric) read "Wandering in and out all day, wondering why you're so long away."  Isn't that gorgeous, obviously a postcard to a friend who has been out of touch for awhile but the dog looks so cute that I'd love to give him a cuddle......
I realised that I cut the previous hexagons a bit close to the outer stitching line and so I had a fiddle to cover them with the backing piece one it was turned over to the front in a double hem so this time I have left a good half inch beyond the actual hexagon measurement.  Here is hexie 3 only comment would be to explain that where the black/multi-coloured braid goes up over the Apricot coloured braid, it will be removed as it is the outer 1/2 inch and then the folded over hem will cover the next half inch............moral is, don't sew late at night when you are (a) tired and (b) have drunk two glasses of wine, blah.........

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hexagon 2 Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Here is block 2/100.  I couldn't put this one down until it was finished, it became an obsession!! For those people not familiar with the stories of the Gumnut babies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, they are the work of May Gibbs who first introduced them in 1913. They live in the Australian bush and most, if not all, Australian children would have heard of them.  May Gibbs used the stories of the Gumnut babies to teach children about the wonders of the bush; about the animals, birds and insects that live  there and how we must be kind to them.  She was no doubt way ahead of her time because her stories are just as popular now as they were back in 1913 when they first appeared.

This hexagon is based around a print of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie peeping out of their gumnut homes surrounded by their bush friends - a spider, a ladybird (ladybug) and two butterflies.
I spent a long time with my sister yesterday - she is a sane quilter - trying backing fabrics on my two finished hexies. We tried black borders, plain dark coloured fabrics to match each block and printed fabrics and in the end, we both decided that the best look for these hexies is the printed material. For hexie number one I chose some pale blue material with a pattern of pale pink roses and for this Australian bush hexie I have chosen some Gumleaf fabric.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Storing Charms for crazy quilting

Lisa and Thearica left comments on my last post about where I got the Humming Bird charm from........ sorry, the answer is, I don't know except that I fished it out of my charms storage box labelled "Gardening".  I get my charms from ebay, from local charity and thrift shops, from swapping with people, some are given to me by friends........ but all of them are then put into storage boxes labelled with the names such as Christmas, Gardening, Nautical, Love and Peace, Animals, Celebrations, International and Miscellaneous, etc.  Whenever I require a suitable charm for a specific project, I can go straight to the right box and (usually) find what I want straight away.  If it isn't there then I don't have it  :>(

Contents of my "Miscellaneous" tray containing bits of broken jewellery, single earrings, brass rings, buckles and buttons 

Contents of my "Nautical" tray containing shell beads, tiny gold mermaids, sea-horses, enamelled lighthouse and anchor, pieces of mother-of-pearl shell, in fact anything that might come in handy for an UTS project. At the back of the tray are sequin roundels cut from garments bought at the thrift shop.

This is the Gardening tray with flower beads, buttons and charms, butterflies and dragonflies and the odd bee and bee-hive, birds and spiders. At the back are plastic bags with flower buttons.


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

First Hexagon cq patch completed - 99 more to go!

As I said last week, the best thing about starting a new crazy quilting project or block is getting all the fabric, trims, laces, beads and threads together and deciding which ones to use and which ones to reject.  The WORST thing is putting it all away again once the block is finished.  I hate putting all the bits back in their rightful places in the studio and often finish up with a huge mess of tangled threads, bits of trim and a mixed box of beads and charms and buttons and all the other little extras which are left over and then when it is all driving me nuts I'll make the effort to pack things away again.
So, rather than put everything away straight away, I have cheated.  I found a hexagon block amongst the 100 that I've created which needed to have exactly the same colours that my previous square block required.  I've also found another square block that could do with some of the same colours too.........whew! saved for another day!  I don't have to put everything back in it's place just at the moment. 

I have cut out one hundred hexagons and printed out a Victorian image onto finely woven "photo fabric" for each hexagon - ($40 for a packet of ten A4 sheets so not cheap but well worth it for the good results). I managed to get between five and seven images onto each sheet so it wasn't too bad. I am not sure yet what I will back each hexagon with, probably a layer of thin wadding 1cm larger all around than each hexagon and then fabric on the back which is folded over to the front to form a hem or frame.  Anyway, this is the first block finished and also the same block with the other 99 piled up around it. The images are of children, painted scenes, flowers, Christmas and Easter and Halloween postcards, birds, animals such as horses, cats and dogs and of course glamorous ladies. I want to keep the colours of the fabrics and threads etc in 'quiet' Victorian colours to match the images. As yet, I don't know whether to back and frame each hexagon in one dark colour or back each one in a colour to match the image in the centre??? Time will tell.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Blue Bird Crazy Quilt block finished

This block is a memory block for all the wrong reasons! Also it didn't "flow" either, probably because it lived in my bag and only came out when I was sitting in medical waiting rooms, consequently I found it very, very difficult to finish.  I did the Feather Stitch loops around the bird picture and the multi-coloured edging with tiny flower sequins first while waiting for  Eddie to have treatment on his jaw bone at the Oral Surgeons.  The 3D Daffodils got done at the GPs while Eddie was getting his three-monthly implant into his stomach. The orange silk ribbon roses and also those blue flowers on the yellow patch at the top were done during two separate visits to the oncologist and that check ribbon and those orange flowers and leaves at the top left and also the butterfly with the meandering line behind it were all done while Eddie was having radiation over five days.  The rest of the bits and pieces were done watching TV to finish the damn thing off because by then it was driving me crazy. I am not at all happy with the finished result but like I said in the beginning, it is full of memories of places that I wish I hadn't been in. However, the more I look at it, the more cheerful it becomes........all this treatment is necessary for a positive outcome.