.......for about 3 weeks now. Can hardly believe there's only been one post since I reopened for 2015! Slack, I know.
It's been really nice to catch up with lots of my loyal customers/friends during the past few weeks. Town is still pretty quiet on the whole, which is totally understandable given the dire circumstances of the season. Why couldn't some of that recent coastal rain come our way? Not fair!!
Have you been thinking about, planning, or working on your entry for the Star Quilt Competition? Entry forms are due very very soon and quilts need to be completed and in the hands of the organizers by the end of March.
The criteria is simple. Your quilt must meet the size requirements and include a star...lots of stars if you choose. They can be pieced, appliqued....any method you like as long as there is a star! If you have any queries whatsoever, just give me a ring at the shop...46511999 or Wendy or Sue (numbers on the form, click to enlarge) Entry forms are still available at the shop.
I haven't spent much time at my new machine, the Sweet Sixteen. The garden is still taking precedence but I have managed to complete (in a very short time actually) a small quilt that I made about 12/13 years ago for a workshop that we had in Barcaldine.
I tried different types of quilting - templates marked with a chalk quilt pounce, freehand straight lines, faux feathers and some stipple. It's far from perfect but I'm happy enough with it and really can't wait to try out a lot more. The pattern was from a book by Debbie Caffrey, called Open a Can of Worms and used 2 1/2" strips, long before pre-cut jelly rolls were released. It was the first time that I used "the tool" that most of you know, I absolutely LOVE!
Would you like to have a bit of fun and join a few of us in a quilt along? I have chosen a pattern by Emma Jansen called Rainbow Row by Row. It's colourful, easy but interesting piecing and uses scraps!
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow - this is the inside of the pattern, so gives you a very clear layout. Easily made smaller or larger, this one measures almost 2m square. All the pieces, apart from the background which is a constant, are made of mixtures of "like" colours.
I've made a few samples and cut lots more. We're going to swap some fabrics as well, so that there's lots of variety. It could be made using just about any colour way you choose, just delve into those scraps!! Still waiting for the rest of the patterns to arrive plus the drunkards path templates, should be this week. When they do, I will be offering a starter kit of the background (4.5m of your choice Kona solid) plus the pattern plus the template for $85.00, a saving of at least $15.00 if you were to buy them separately. Anyone can join in at any time. No-one is going to make it from go to whoa in one hit, it's just going to be one of those projects to take along to a sewing day, or maybe steal an hour or two at home if you can. I'll be hoping to have pictures of everyone's work to keep us all motivated and ticking along.
This is getting a bit picture heavy, but must show you my "tamed" buffel grass corner which has now been heavily watered, re-shot and hit with the Roundup! Also have started on the preparation of the plots for the fruit trees. Plus a visitor today heading to the trough - she's (?) been living in our house paddock for quite a while now.
I have a dental appointment early tomorrow morning, so if I'm a little late opening you'll know why. I will be there eventually!
Talk soon, Sandy.