F²F³: Last but one…

Better late than never, I say…

By which I mean that I finally got round to pressing and photographing these lovelies. They’ve been sitting on my work table at the old house, and I kept forgetting to do it when I was over there packing boxes.

They were made for me by Nanette for my F²F³ month, and are the last but one set. I was finally reminded by poor Nanette’s latest blog post, in which she shows her ScrapHappy work, but also tells us that she’s had dengue fever, very nasty, very tiring and you feel just horrible. So everyone please send Nanette lots of comforting, healing and positive thoughts.

She attached little notes to two of them to explain where the block design came from, and if you click on the photos you can read what she’s written. The third one, without a note, is Anvil, one of her favourite blocks.  I really love all three of them, the colours are beautiful and delicate, and they will work so well with all the others.

Thank you, Nanette, and may you recover quickly and return to health and full creativity very soon.

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ScrapHappy April

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Here’s more progress on Days Gone By, the memory quilt made from scraps generated in the making of Days for Girls kits. Quite a lot to show, this time!

Before:

And after:

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). We have two new members this month, do go see and if Bekki and Pauline have anything for us.

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki and Pauline

I’ve also had an email from Eileen Burke, who wanted to share a particularly amazing scrappy project with us. She says:

“This quilt was started when I was 15, made completely from scraps, and finished when I was 45!  Better late than never. That was 12 years ago, and I  use the quilt almost every day…. The quilt was inspired by one that I saw in the Queenscliffe museum when I was young, made by WWII prisoners of war.  Mine has so many memories for me, friends would give me scraps of fabric to include, and my mother used to work in a clothing factory as a machinist and would bring home offcuts of fabric for me. I hope to go back to making quilts some time, but probably not by hand again!”

She goes on to say that the largest squares in the quilt are 1 x 1 inch.  And here it is, in all its marvellous scrappy glory. Brilliant!See you again, same time next month

 

In the Arms of the Angels: the fundraiser

So, massive congratulations to everyone who worked on this quilt, or indeed offered encouragement, inspiration or practical help. 

Last night the Trudy Crowley Foundation was launched at a Twilight Dinner at the Mackay Marina, and I’m delighted and thrilled to let you know that the quilt raised $1,050 at the live auction. There was a professional photographer there and a cameraman from the local TV station, so there may be better publicity in the next few days than my phone camera shots… Also present were the deputy mayor and a couple of the local MPs, so the PR team had done their work.

As suspected, the quilt went to Trudy’s great friend and Director of the Foundation, who’d already told me she was prepared to outbid everyone else to secure it. She was as good as her word.

The Foundation has already secured the services of a warm, passionate and dedicated Ovarian Cancer and palliative care nurse, the lovely Rosie, who was at the dinner and has expressed interest in a pair of teal wings to wear at work 🙂

I’ll be having a meeting soon with the organisers to discuss the next quilt, which will be auctioned at the Nude Lunch event. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get it done for this year’s, which is in September, but definitely for the next one.

But maybe not till after I’ve moved house….

Reno #9 and BougieNights: a tale of three squares

Yes, it IS an odd juxtaposition, but let me explain why.

I have spent a large proportion of the last two days on hands and knees. That’ll be tiling the bathroom floor, then. I have 15 left to set, and then the main part is done, after which I just have to do the infill round the edges and the skirting/baseboard pieces, which can come later. Anyway, the result of this was (as you might expect) an almighty sore back and a sharp rise in my analgesia intake 😉

Looks good though, considering we had to come up with a design which used up the small quantity of terracotta tiles we’d been given, boosted with new white tiles. It’s probably not what I’d have chosen to do if we’d started from scratch, but I simply couldn’t chuck out perfectly good and useful floor tiles. I shall pretend it’s the mosaic floor of my Roman bath house, and accessorise accordingly!  That’s square No 1.

Square No 2 is the individual blocks of Bougainville Nights, now in their final positions.

There have been a couple of minor changes since I last posted about this, but I’ve had to draw a line under further alterations, because I’ve now positioned the remaining 6 blocks on the back and spray basted everything. If I change something now, chances are I’d need to mess up the pattern on the back.

You can see Square No 3 beside the quilt layout. There was one block I really loved, but it had too much lemony yellow in it to work with the rest of them. So I pulled it out, and bordered it with more bright yellow and orange to make a feature of it. It’s going to be the cushion that goes with the quilt – in the same family, but separate. I’ll back it with dark blue and bind it in pink and all will be well.

And now, I am very knackered, so I’m going to make a cup of tea and some toast and honey and kick back.

And now for something completely different

Well, not THAT different. It’s a quilt, after all.

But you haven’t seen this one before. I’m calling it Bougainville Nights (or BougieNights for short). It’s composed of the blocks I received from the previous session of F2F, not the one that finished last month but the one before.

This is the initial layout for the front of the quilt. It’ll probably change again a couple of times, but this seems to be fairly balanced. If you have suggestions for improving the layout, let me know what you think.

Some of the blocks I received are not shown here. I’ll still be using them all, but six are going on the back, and one is going to make the front of a cushion. The ones not shown are either on light backgrounds, or they contain fairly large amounts of yellow or pale orange or pale pink, which read too light and don’t work with the other blocks. They’re all beautiful, but they don’t fit in this version of the front. For the back, I’ll probably have a mainly dark blue background, with these blocks arranged in a left to right pointing chevron. The cushion cover block is gorgeous, but has lots of bright yellow in it which stands out very strongly if used on the front, so I’m going to border it with more yellow to make a feature of it. I’ll use dark blue joining strips and binding it in hot pink and orange. Should be nice and bright!

I have no idea how much time I’ll be able to spend on this over the coming weeks. But it’s been agitating to get out of my head and onto the design wall, so I just had to get that done so the quilt would shut up! I have a feeling my sewing room is going to be fairly low on the priority list in the new house, simply because it’s not ‘necessary’. So I’ll just have to take advantage of what I have now for as long as possible. This’ll be another QAYG project, and each block is small enough to quilt in a short time. I’ll be grabbing half hours here and there, and slowly, it’ll get done.

And now, it’s time to get up and get going. Things to do, boxes to pack.

 

ScrapHappy March

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Not huge progress to show you this month, on account of all the stripping, filling, sanding, painting, grovelling and climbing ladders that life has held recently. However, I did get a bit more stitching together done on the memory quilt from the scraps generated by Days for Girls. Even though it’s mindless work for the evenings, there were days when I was too tired even for that.

Before:

And after:

The ‘diamond’ on the far right is waiting to be sewn in, which will probably happen tomorrow at my regular Saturday DfG session, as well, I hope, as a bit more progress.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). We have a new member this month, do go and take a look at what Bekki has for us.

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie and Bekki

See you again, same time next month!

F²F³: three more beauties

I got another squishy this morning 🙂

The package was from Moira, who has sent me three really beautiful blocks for my amethyst and slate colour scheme. Aren’t they lovely? And what gorgeous fabrics and perfect colours. I particularly love the white-on-white pineapple print, perfect for its new tropical setting!

Click on any image to enlarge.

She also sent me a piece of wonderful Kaffe Fassett fabric as a bonus. I love this so much that I’m going to save it for a garment or accessory of some sort, so I can see and enjoy it all the time!

Two more sets of blocks to come and two more of my own to make, and I’ll have the full set. Then, of course, it’ll be time to start planning the quilt. I think this lovely colour scheme is going to be perfect for a quilt for one of our new bedrooms. Hmm… I’ve never tried wool batting, but it would be lovely and cosy for those cooler nights.

And now, back to my packing list!