Wombat’s Tropical Box

Sounds like the title of a children’s story, doesn’t it?

However, the truth is that today I got to catch up with a friend I haven’t seen for over 2 years. A keenly-anticipated pleasure is that she’s made a beautiful quilt for me, using scraps of Liberty fabric, and although I didn’t get it today, once it has featured at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show in October, it will be sent to me. I can’t begin to express how wonderful it is (I’ve seen photos), and how very grateful I am for this wonderful gift. So of course, I had to reciprocate!

Cath, who blogs at Wombat Quilts, is a fellow EPP-er, making lavishly gorgeous hexie flowers which are slowly but surely building into a quilt for her lovely husband. So I thought it would be fun to make her a hexie hand-work box, using the pattern designed by Tialys (a tutorial which can be found in her Etsy shop as well as ready made ones). I’ve made two of these already, one for me and one for the Dowager, and they are extremely useful and extremely decorative. So that was the idea sorted. After that, it was time to choose the fabric.

Well, she was visiting the tropics, she loves bright colours, and the fabric choice sort of leapt out of the fabric cupboard at me.

I think she likes it!  She and her husband and I and mine all had lunch together in the Manta Ray, a lovely waterside restaurant on Hamilton Island. It was a cool, windy and rather damp day, so she’s looking a little wind-ruffled, but that’s a happy face, I reckon! (By the way, if you ever go to Hamo, the Manta Ray does amazing gluten free pizzas, a real bonus since she and I both need to eat gluten free.) Hours of talking, eating, talking, drinking, talking (well you get the idea) ensued.

I leave you with a photo from the highest point of the island, looking out over the sea towards Whitsunday Island. Would you just look at those colours….


Gallimaufry Line 1

OK, this is definitely the last one before we head off.

It’s Line 1, the top row. As I make more blocks, it’s more and more apparent that there will need to be some swapping around of blocks to balance the balance of lights and darks. I like this row a lot, but it throws Line 3 out a bit.

I’ve chosen a cool pale blue homespun for the backing and back sashing, and I think I may use dark blue front sashing to give a clean visual punctuation to each block. When I get back, I’ll cut the backing and batting squares so I’m ready to go once the front blocks are finished.

Here’s the lineup so far. Just two more rows to go!


Gallimaufry Line 2

Yup. Another 5 blocks done.

Halfway through the piecing, I’m fairly confident I’ll want to switch a few blocks around, perhaps not the type of block, but perhaps the colour balance.

I’ve also decided that I’ll quilt it in a warm coral-y shade of pink, rather than cream to match the Blue Hour quilt. I really like how it looks against both the beige backgrounds and the very dark blues. What do you think?

Tomorrow I have to pack the caravan and get a few things ready for the off on Thursday morning, but I hope to get a few more blocks done before I go. I’ll be taking the Anemone big hexies project to work on, in the event that we don’t find plenty of other things to do while we’re in Airlie Beach and over on Hamilton Island for the day on Friday. We’ll definitely be eating out a couple of times, so I won’t need to do heaps of cooking, which will be a nice break. And if I remember, I’ll take a photo of the Blue Hour quilt on the Husband’s bunk, looking gorgeous.

Here’s the line up to date:


Gallimaufry Line 4

The excitement persists. I’ve made another row!

Line 3 was appliqué and traditional piecing, with a light sprinkling of Y-seams. I thought it was time to introduce something new. So on line 4 we have scrappy and traditional piecing, paper piecing and appliqué. I thought the sunrise block would be harder than it actually was, but I just drew it out on gridded quilt design paper, stitched the fabric directly to the reverse of the drawing, and then appliquéd the ‘sun’ into the corner. I’m not afraid of piecing curves, but I like the look of the blanket stitch – it’s almost lacy.

That block on the left isn’t as wonky as it looks, it’s just the way it’s hanging on the design wall. I could go back and re-photograph, but I’m sure you get the idea!

If I can get all 5 blocks in a row done each time, I think it would look good in each post if I can stack the photos of the finished rows in order. It does mean that if I jump ahead and do line 6 soon (so I can play with the caravan appliqué, of course!), there’ll be another gap. I’ll see how it looks, but I still like the idea of building the quilt row by row, visually as well as literally.

So, which row shall I play with next? Perhaps I should start at the beginning…

SAL 48: time on my hands…

I’ve made a good bit of progress this time.

I had to take a few breaks from things like quilting and joining blocks, and the embroidery was the perfect way to do that and get something useful done at the same time.

Here’s where were last time:

And here’s the latest progress.

There’s a mistake in there, but it’s minor and I’m not sufficiently worried about it to do any frogging. I’m simply going to adjust the design slightly to make it look ‘on purpose’ 🙂

As always, the others in the group are working on fabulous projects which you can see by clicking on the links below. We’re in different time zones and post at different times on the same day, but if there’s nothing new there the first time you check, it’ll be well worth your while going back for a second look.

ConstanzeDebbieroseChristina, Kathy, Margaret,
Mary Margaret, Timothy

See you next time, on 16th July.

And the next one: Gallimaufry

Isn’t that a wonderful word?

According to the dictionary, a gallimaufry is a jumble or medley of things. I’ve just finished a quilt where all the blocks were the same, and I feel the need for some variety now. I sat last night and scribbled some ideas and came up with 6 blocks I wanted to play with, a mix of traditional and something different. I’m also going to be a bit more liberal with the colour palette than I was with the Blue Hour quilt.

So, this is the design for Gallimaufry. It will be the same size as before, 5 x 6 blocks of 12 square inches each, finished size. The colour emphasis for the blocks will also alternate dark and light, but the effect will be less extreme because there is more pattern and colour, and also because I’m not using so much of the dark Prussian blue which gave that inky effect to the Blue Hour quilt.

And because I’m excited about this idea, yes, you guessed it, I’ve dived straight in and got a line of blocks done already. This is the third line down in the design, because I just had to start with the appliqué heart 🙂 Click on the image to get a better view of fabrics.

So, I’ve got three more block formats to try out, and the cute caravan appliqué block to play with. That one’s really calling my name, so don’t be surprised if you see it in the next post!

It’s so nice to be working with florals  and  using different shapes again!

The Blue Hour quilt, finished

Here it is at last, all done.

I’m really pleased with it, and so, more importantly, is the Husband. It’s been quick, enjoyable and fun to work on, all highly desirable qualities in a quilt. It has used quantities of my dark blue scraps, and comparatively small amounts of new fabric, mainly for the back and sashing. I decided on very narrow binding for the quilt, which was a bit more laborious to attach, but I love the effect.

Without the distractions mentioned in my last post, I’d have had it finished a week ago, but it’s done in good time for our next trip, which is next week. I think it unlikely in the extreme that I’ll have mine done in time, but I plan to make a start!

Now, I wonder what that one will decide to call itself…