Here is my latest baby quilt made for one of Suzi's friends who will have wee laddie in December. It's made from Saffron Craig fabric and is all organic cotton. I have to say I enjoy doing non-traditional baby quilts like this one. It provided a huge challenge as most of the coordinated fabric set consisted of highly dominant patterns. Even the smaller flower prints seemed really dominant to me.
In the end I decided to make strips and join them all together. The strips would "tone down" or reduce the effects some of the dominants like the huge spot and I included two solids, a medium grey and an ordinary unbleached calico. I put "dollops" of the solids in each strip. It worked for me and Suzi's friend loves it. The colours are a deep red-purple a lighter red-purple, grey, cream and acid green. It's never difficult to do a baby quilt in bright colours or use coordinated baby fabrics but these more unusual fabrics designed by a well-known Australian designer were a definite challenge. I think the border in the "fence post" type print work well.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I took the three new aprons (pictured in my last post, yesterday) to Little Treasures this morning. Craig put them on and paraded from the kitchen to the coffee shop swinging out each leg in turn. What a scream. He had the whole coffee shop laughing. Such a pleasure to go there because Craig always has some thing wonderful to say. He and Nick coped with Suzi, me, Suzi's friend Mel and three small restless children this morning with grace and cheerfulness (AND good food!). I didn't think to take a photo unfortunately (laughing too much) but will soon.
OK OK I'll tell about the Jesus loaves. The loaves are baby ones that Craig serves with soup (remembering it is winter here). The savoury ones have feta, dried tomato, and basil. The sweet ones have berries etc in them. They were SO delicious I said to him that I bet that's what the loaves tasted like when they handed out the loaves and fishes after the sermon the mount. He looked at me blankly. I told him he was a heathen and ever since then we've called them Jesus loaves ( absolutely no disrespect intended). AND they are heavenly.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
What do you think the flowers are? I have guessed that they are rhododendrons. I know they are not waratahs (red Aussie native) but they do look a bit like them.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Every year several quilting groups (St Ives, Bathurst Flying Geese and Caroline Bay) get together and we have a retreat at Jamberoo south of Sydney. There's always a lot of yarning, sewing and informal teaching going on. Children and grandchildren are boasted about and problems nutted out. The food and drink are yummy and we all thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The centre is manned by doughty senior women who clearly know their stuff in terms of lace. The woman in the handknitted beanie recognised it immediately as "Teneriffe" work :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teneriffe_lace (also known as Nanduti). She gave me a book to describe the technique which I read immediately.
It is done traditionally on a leather topped pincushion studded around the edges with pins which are used to make a radial (spiderweblike ) framework for the lace. The lace is woven on the framework. Now that I know something about how this beautiful doily was made I will treasure it even more. I don't want to make lace myself but am fascinated with the different techniques people have used down the ages to beautify their lives with textiles.