This collection is a side collection, used to fill in the side edges of the quilt to make them straight. This is a quick collection to make as everything here is made with machine piecing and foundation piecing.
Pebbles in the Storm (blue on pink) shows the ripples formed as water rushes down the street and around small rocks during a storm. Don't we all just love the rain ... particularly these days with increasingly long droughts. Parts of Australia have been in drought for many years.
Cheryl's Pendant (mustard on cream) - one of my friends always wears the most exquisite jewelry and this particular pendant she had bought on a trip through the Middle East a few years previously.
|Oops Log Cabin Baskets is upside down. If you stand on your head you may be able to see the basket more clearly... or perhaps not:)|
|The design for Argyle Sweaters was taken from a jumper I made many years ago. I must get back into knitting sometime it was such a relaxing pastime.|
|Winter Secrets is a miniaturised version of one of the blocks from my quilt Winter Secrets. This was a stitchery which I designed, reworking some of the blocks from Raconteur, for when I was travelling and not wanting to take too much stuff.|
|The design for Norwegian Wind came from a jumper that my youngest son bought. He lives in Norway and so the name. Carol's version is here|
|Maypole is made in an interesting manner. I made two identical blocks and then cut sections out from one of them and appliquéd them onto the other reversing the colours.. my appliqué skills were definitely improving although it was just a circle that had to be appliquéd so no points or tricky bits. For a TOTALLY different appearance check out Carol's two versions here.|
|Natures's Force was simply six arcs sewn together. If you check out Carol's block you will see though that it is also easily made using appliqué.|
|Spinning Spokes was my first attempt at really tiny hexagons NOT made with English Paper Piecing and it was a success confirming that this was a method I could avoid for now and the future.... try it. You will be amazed. Carol again showed a total change with her colour choices here.|
|Well Collection 11 must be the most insane collection. This collection contains about 500 individual pieces! Yet it doesn't contain the block with the most pieces from the entire collections.|
these are gorgeous blocks but if you haven't paper pieced before then I strongly suggest you do the exercises in the tutorial I uploaded earlier.
|Don't you just love those little children who hold up an assortment of fingers declaring I'm Three and what could me more enjoyable than a Rose Garden... well a rose garden that is maintained by someone else. I live opposite a TAFE college which taught horticulture. The students practiced on my garden and I enjoyed the fruits of their labour. Carol's blocks I'm Three and Rose Garden|
|Mandola at Midnight - yes I did design this at midnight. I had received QNM just that day but being very busy didn't have the opportunity to read it until bedtime. This became another night of little sleep and so I decided I may as well get up and have a go at designing my own mandola as the directions seemed so easy :)|
To read more about this block and also to see Carol's block click here.
|Lynn Hewitt is a NSW quilter who teaches throughout the state. At one retreat I attended she taught sashiko and everyone in the class agreed it was a most relaxing pastime.|
|Tall Ships was a variation on a block that I found in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I can't remember which issue but it was an early one. The original block was an eight point star and didn't resemble ships at all... shows you how poor I am at trying to modify something... new block though|
|Hunter's Web was supposed to be a log cabin. If you found you way into this cabin you might not find your way out. Carol's block|
|I know there is little Winter Sun apparent in this block but it is what I think the winter sun would be like in the cold northern hemisphere where the sun seldom shines in summer. Carol's block is a lot brighter.|
|Collection 10 contains mainly early blocks ... and how can I tell this? Well simply by the colours of the fabrics used. |
Raconteur was to be a pastel quilt. After about 100 blocks I discovered that I wasn't a pastel girl and if I didn't extend my palette then I would never finish.
Funny to think that it took me so long to work out pastels weren't my thing ... I'd had to scrounge many of the fabrics for my early blocks from my friend Margaret :)
|Fiesta was obviously named because of the colour and pattern in the fabric, very similar to what one would expect to see when ribbons are twirling in the air at the parades of a South American party. |
I just had a thought I hope fiesta means party as I never bothered to look it up just thought it did.
|As I said in my BOM post Twenty-One was named because that was the name that popped into my head at the time.... surprisingly it is also the number of pieces of feature fabric that was used... I only discovered this when writing the previous post.|
|What do children in kindergarden spend an unbelievable amount of time doing? Rainbow Writing, writing words over the top of themselves using as many different colours as possible. Looks pretty ..takes time.|
|I don't think there is actually an airport called US International but travelling through the USA it never ceased to amaze me how busy and full their airports always were. Few places of peace, or places to relax between flights.|
|September is spring and that is when the lavendar blossoms. I love when the lilac blosoms tumble to the ground... Sweet September|
|Salmon Run, the young fish are washed into the sea andspread afar. Yet years later return to waters they never knew. Some make it back others are not so fortunate.|
Who didn't grow up watching The Mouscateers? I still remember the Xmas I received my own mouse ears hat. Never see them these days.
Yes Mickey was My Hero.
|Collection 9 - moving along the second row of the quilt..only a few more rows to go:)|
Sports Day was made at the end of a long day at school. When I first started teaching I taught at a wonderful school which had these great sports days where there was an event for any child who wanted to participate. Many schools now still carry on this idea and I love the friendships that are displayed on these days in particular. This block was to represent the parachute activities that are common particularly when little children are involved. The children hold onto the edge and lift it up as high as they can and then run inside while a few strategically placed adults remain on the edge holding it out. Laughter always dominates these events.
|Childish Tube - do you remember that old tractor tyre that you would take to the local swimming hole. Everyone would hang onto it or then you would play King of the Castle and see who could stay on the longest. Wrapping your legs as tight as possible around the tube was your only chance of staying on.|
|Accepted Few is a reminder of the nastiness of schools and the groups, who is in and who is not. School isn't always a happy place for one and all.|
|Rabbits in the Light yes I was a country kid and we did go rabbit hunting. When I was a child it was to provide food on the table and the way my mum prepared it was the best. Nothing as sweet as memories of childhood favourites.|
|Denali is a mountain in Alaska and although it is quite high the day we visited there was so much cloud cover that all that could be seen were a couple of smallish hills|
|Portrait Pain we have all been there ..school photos.. stand straight look this way smile now..you all know the routine... My eldest always hated them and although he had the money to pay for the photos he would regularly skip out, particularly at high school. I think I only have two photos of him while there.|
|When Two are One was made to represent how two people in love can develop as one each making the other complete.|
|Collection 8 - can you believe we have come so far already? This collection contains a few of my favourite blocks, many of which were made early on as can be told by the soft pastel fabrics that were used.|
|Spring Surprise was given its name because of the soft fabrics reminded me of the pansies that were blooming at the time.|
|Too Many Thorns - Just like our roses so many points and so many thorns.|
Banana Custard - this must have been made in winter. With my sweet tooth banana custard is one of my many favourites.
|City Living - the tightness of this design suggested what I see as life in the city - Too much! Too close! The dream of distant open spaces.|
Rising Mist - Umbrellas within a sea of blue. What better name?
|Summer Picnic - Doesn't the floral fabric remind you of those frocks we all wore when we were younger.|
King of Versailles - yes this was made during one of our visits to our son who was studying in Paris at the time. A beautiful city and so suited to us. We loved the early morning walks where many streets were empty as the city didn't wake up until 10:00.