Friday, July 29, 2016

Getting Things Done

Finally hung this much-needed little reminder in my sewing room:
While I was up the step-ladder, I glanced out the window and saw this:
The first spring star (Ipheion uniflorum) opening! I don't know how many more there might be, but I know from my old garden that they turn into little clumps over time. This one is actually a warmer purple than the photo, of course. As are the purple parts (the feathers, the binding) of my feathered star:
Binding completed this afternoon. I still need to add a way of hanging it, but the quilt itself is done.

I even managed to re-assemble the bobbin winder, and wind bobbins of the threads I bought at the quilt show yesterday:
Much easier than anticipated, but now I need to find a place for this monster to live.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Craft and Quit Fair

Went to Melbourne for the "Jeff's Shed" quilt show, also known as the Vic Quilters Quilt Showcase:
The Craft and Quilt Fair is the real name of the event, but I wonder if anyone calls it that? There are lots of other crafts available and on display, but the quilts are my main interest.

This antique crib coverlet was one of a small display of antique quilts (the bottom right isn't missing, it was just behind part of the display). There wasn't much info available about it, just that it is typical of coverlets from the north of England, and it was hand-pieced, probably over papers, and is not quilted:
The red and white spool blocks created an optical illusion for me, where my brain would sometimes see them as alternating red spools and white spools all sitting up, and sometimes see them as either red spools or white spools in alternating orientation. Every time I look at it, my brain interprets it differently. The centre section also intrigues me, as it is quite irregularly regular. Or regularly irregular. So I may have spent more time looking at this one quilt than at any individual new one!

I watched the prize-giving, and was happy to see one friend collect an award. But sometimes the category a quilt was in was a bit puzzling. For example, none of the prize-winning "Modern" quilts struck me as particularly modern. And yet this one, which does look like a modern quilt, won a prize in the in the "Traditional - Two Person" category (this is a small section of the quilt): 
It is called Bay Leaves, and is the Bay Quilters raffle quilt for their show in October. I'll have to keep an eye out for ticket sellers for that one! Love the quilting, which enhanced the modern feel of the quilt.

Apparently there were floor talks on, "What Judges are looking for when they judge your quilt. Why this quilt won a prize and why this one did not win", which I'm sorry I missed. That could have been very interesting. I find it puzzling when a quilt wins an award for "innovative embellishment" when it used computerised embroidery digitised by someone else and purchased by the quilter, (which happened one year) or an award for "use of colour" when it was made from a pattern which specified the actual fabrics to use (so actually the designer's colour skills on show rather than the quilter's).

 My only purchase at the show was a colour card and two spools of thread:
I've been using pre-wound bobbins of this thread in my Sweet 16. At a previous show I did a joint purchase with three other quilters, where we each bought a box of 24 of a different colour, then swapped them around so we had 6 bobbins each of 4 colours. I didn't have anyone to do that with this time, and didn't want to buy a box of 24 bobbins of any one colour. (I haven't used up 6 of any one colour yet.) So I got these two spools, and will have to bite the bullet and, for the first time, use the intimidating bobbin-winder that came with the machine.

Anyway, it was a fun day out. The show is on until Sunday if you want to check it out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Two Lakh Kays

Couldn't quite catch the car clicking over to 200,000 kms today:
I suppose I could have, but I didn't want to pull over to take the photo. For this one I was conveniently parked at the supermarket.

(Lakh - Indian for 100,000, although there it would be written as 1,00,000)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Water

This winter has been quite wet. Our 80,000l tank is full. There is water pooling in places down the block:
And almost flowing
right across the block.
But the soil underneath is still quite dry.

In the garden, the white salvia which the rosellas stripped back in April is trying again to flower:
Good luck with that!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dog Perch

Jack climbed up on my shoulder and sat there to get a better view out the window:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Nearly Done

The feathered star wall-hanging dried completely overnight. Here's a view of the back of it, where you can sort-of see all the quilting:

Today's job was making and attaching the binding:
I got about a quarter of it hand-stitched down before it got too dark to see clearly.

Begun in February 2009(!), and very close to being crossed off my list of unfinished projects.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Blocking

Today I visited a quilter who has quilts hanging throughout her home, held up with wooden clips. When I asked about them, she showed me one:
The back part hangs on a nail or screw or whatever, and the quilt is held between the back and the curved front piece by the tightening of the screw. These clips come from America, where they are probably quite common, but they were new to me.

While I was there I finished the hanging sleeve on my Zoo Animals quilt, meaning that it is crossed off my list of unfinished projects. But I didn't get a photo of it.

Back home I decided to block my feathered star wall hanging before adding the binding. The quilting left it a bit wavy round the edges, and it was also a bit grubby as it is 7 years since it was first pieced. I gave it a gentle wash by hand with some eucalyptus wool wash (the batting is wool), then spun it in the machine for a minute or two. Here is it pinned out flat to dry:

I'm not sure how long that will take, but it is in the loungeroom not far from the heater, so it might be reasonably quick.