Wednesday

BOM 6 - Crystal Dreams

By Carol Le Maitre

By Daiva Ceicys

From Quilt Snippets

BOM6 - Crystal Dreams


Crystal Dreams is the free BOM for August. This is one of my favourite blocks although the fabrics used in Raconteur itself do nothing to showcase it.

I have made this in a few different fabrics and it is amazing how different the block looks every time. The first two blocks were made by Carol and Daiva and you can see how delightful they are. The pale green was made by myself for another quilt that I made called Snippets.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this block too. The featured collection and free BOM will be uploaded tomorrow here.

BOM 6 - Crystal Dreams

By Carol Le Maitre

By Daiva Ceicys

From Quilt Snippets

BOM6 - Crystal Dreams


Crystal Dreams is the free BOM for August. This is one of my favourite blocks although the fabrics used in Raconteur itself do nothing to showcase it.

I have made this in a few different fabrics and it is amazing how different the block looks every time. The first two blocks were made by Carol and Daiva and you can see how delightful they are. The pale green was made by myself for another quilt that I made called Snippets.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this block too. The featured collection and free BOM will be uploaded tomorrow here.

Friday

Another Great Link for EPP

In the Raconteur yahoo group there are some links to useful sites. These have been added whenever anyone recommended it and until now I haven't had a chance to actually check them out.
Today I decided to have a look at one of these, flossieteacakes and found it a wealth of information.
Although Florence says it will be just a quick post she does give a lot of information, so this is another brew up a coffee first type of web pages. The post was written from a beginner's point of view as she has only recently started using this method so is perfect for those of you who have also decided to try it particularly for the miniature Raconteur.
Just a short summary to the topics she covers
  • What is EPP?
  • Fabric Choice 
  • Books and Patterns and Doing Your Own Thing - 
  • Paper Choice 
  • Creating Shape Templates 
  • Making the templates for cutting the fabric
  • Cutting the Fabric 
  • Basting the fabrics around the paper
  • Wrapping the fabric around the paper
  • Thread 
  • Thinking about needles
  • Types of stitches - whip stitch vs ladder stitch and how many stitches
  • How to sew it together
  • clever tips
  • Storage
  • Removing the papers
  • Over to the experts
Lots of good information and worth a cup of coffee.

Sunday

Design Layout Thoughts - colour & quilting

Well here you have an uncropped collection. Along the top of the photo you can see the fillers that I used to level off the top and bottom sides of the quilt. These were left overs from another quilt and when I had run out of ideas as to what to do for Raconteur,  I remembered these. I actually have over two hundred of these triangles as the original quilt turned out to be a real flop...even though the triangles, (well diamonds in truth as I was making a lone star quilt) looked great.

The collections are set out in the Grandmother's Flower Garden setting with each subsequent circle of petals having a different frame (outer) colour. Red, green, red, blue and red again. There should have been a red outer border but I couldn't find one to suit when I reached that stage. The green border that I chose unfortunately doesn't focus your eyes on the colour plan, which is a shame considering that I had to redo several of the frames when I made the quilt to get the colour sequence that I wanted. Oh well we love and learn.

The quilting in the collections isn't obvious since it is merely ditch stitching around the feature fabric in each individual block and then on both sides of the small borders. This was all completed before the collections were joined together. I had no quilting in the dark outer borders (called frames so as to avoid confusion in the notes, between the little block borders and the collection borders:)
Every collection was completed and quilted and then they were all joined together. It would have been impossible to quilt the whole quilt any other way...particularly with my skill level..or lack thereof.

Saturday

Scatterday Zealot.... Not here

Well I realise that Z is not the easiest of letters to scatter for but as I had included a chicken's escape plan only a few weeks ago with the letter X I thought people might think I was being slack if I included another escape plan....particularly since everyone apart from Christine and me had done the hard slog last time.
So here goes ...without the assistance of the vampire accent either I will have you notice.

My initial draft was to be based at a zoo but once I started googling I found a lot more interesting reading looking into criminals. 'Notorious' was always going to link into criminals. Well here are my stars of the letter Z.

Scott and Zealand Fitzgerald were notorious party animals. Reckless, beautiful and always intoxicated – Jazz Age decadence personified – Scott and Zelda made headlines for their scandalous exploits: jumping into the Plaza Hotel’s fountain fully clothed, joyriding around the city in various states of intoxication, spending night after night partying until dawn with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Sadly, their lifestyle — and their mutual dramatic personalities — soon began to backfire, disrupting their marriage, their reputations, and their health.

Zesty antecheros - now personally I don't think that these are edible however there are at least some Mexicans alive who would swear that I am wrong. Now admittedly t
hese are only number 6 on the list of the most terrify foods in the world and my son's girlfriend was not too happy when she spent Xmas in Australia and discovered that we didn't readily have the ingredients for lutefisk which is number 4 and a regular item at her family Xmas lunch!

So what are zesty antecheros.. they are the eggs of the giant black Liometopum ant. They are highly venomous and have some kind of blood grudge against humans.... I wonder why?
They do have a surprisingly pleasant tast, buttery and slightly nutty

Family what could be more comforting than our families.... how about the Zerilli family. Dad made it to the top and his son Joseph grew up and followed in dad's footsteps all the way to the a five year holiday at state penitentiary when the feds became interested in his interest in a few of the Las Vegas casinos. Before his vacation he headed one of the most vicious Detroit mafia familes. Seems he knows what happened to Teamster president James Riddle Hoffa. Most of us in Oz know little/nothing about the teamsters and I am in that mob but their name did start with Z.

This post was written up the night before I flew out to NZ for the symposium and my brain can't think of a ZZZ apart fromt hat is what I want to be doing now.

Back on  Wednesday...hope those who are at the Scquilters retreat are having a ball of a time ... I'm going next year.

Scatterday U

 I am at present in New Zealand and this is a quick post to get the categories up for the next Scatterday post
@ Magazine
 @ Dangerous
 @ Yellow
 @ UFO

posting date 3rd August

Wednesday

Collection 57 - Where did that name come from?


C57 Quiet Reflections
Quiet Reflections was named because they were soft colours that I always associate with reflective times.
C57 Carefree Bubbles
Dappled Light slipping through the curtain or blind cracks. Spots of brightness against the pale drabness of a colour neutral wall.
C57 Dappled Light
Carefree Bubbles don't the fabrics appear to be like bubbles from your childhood. Remember those plates of soap mix your mum made which kept you amused for ages...dipping the bent wire clothes hangers, blowing the bubbles and chasing them. Childhood is a wonderful time.

C57 Pink Tutu
Pink Tutu -  I never learnt ballet as a child, very few children did in my neighbourhood but you still dreamed of a pink tutu in which you could twirl and dance.
C57 From All sides
Oh Where? Look carefully at the central fussy cut circle and you will see where the name came from...Little Bo Peep of course. The circle was pieced into the centre but if you like you can always applique it.... your bock ...your choice.
C57 Oh Where?
From All Sides - this was one of the first 'intricate' blocks. It looked great on paper, and also when finished but when I started to make it I was surprised at the patience it took to fit all of those tiny pieces together. Only 61 pieces though.
C57 Box Pleats & Windos Ties

Box Pleats and Windsor Ties - The kites reminded me of the ties we all wore to school...back when the ark landed and of course our uniforms had those horrid box pleats that created such a pain when the hem would come undone... oh for the simplicity of today's modern high school repair job... staplers do a great job don't they and you don't even have to worry about the staples snagging your stockings and causing a run...the stockings have also gone:)

I hope you are all enjoying the first of the Surprise Day Collections. Looking forward to seeing some photos.







Collection 57 - Where did that name come from?


C57 Quiet Reflections
Quiet Reflections was named because they were soft colours that I always associate with reflective times.
C57 Carefree Bubbles
Dappled Light slipping through the curtain or blind cracks. Spots of brightness against the pale drabness of a colour neutral wall.
C57 Dappled Light
Carefree Bubbles don't the fabrics appear to be like bubbles from your childhood. Remember those plates of soap mix your mum made which kept you amused for ages...dipping the bent wire clothes hangers, blowing the bubbles and chasing them. Childhood is a wonderful time.

C57 Pink Tutu
Pink Tutu -  I never learnt ballet as a child, very few children did in my neighbourhood but you still dreamed of a pink tutu in which you could twirl and dance.
C57 From All sides
Oh Where? Look carefully at the central fussy cut circle and you will see where the name came from...Little Bo Peep of course. The circle was pieced into the centre but if you like you can always applique it.... your bock ...your choice.
C57 Oh Where?
From All Sides - this was one of the first 'intricate' blocks. It looked great on paper, and also when finished but when I started to make it I was surprised at the patience it took to fit all of those tiny pieces together. Only 61 pieces though.
C57 Box Pleats & Windos Ties

Box Pleats and Windsor Ties - The kites reminded me of the ties we all wore to school...back when the ark landed and of course our uniforms had those horrid box pleats that created such a pain when the hem would come undone... oh for the simplicity of today's modern high school repair job... staplers do a great job don't they and you don't even have to worry about the staples snagging your stockings and causing a run...the stockings have also gone:)

I hope you are all enjoying the first of the Surprise Day Collections. Looking forward to seeing some photos.







Tuesday

Surprise Day Collection 57

For the first Surprise Day there is a one day sale on Collection 57. For just today, with a few hours either side to allow for different time zones, Collection 57 is able to be purchased for the sale price of $8. To pick up your collection click on this link and purchase Collection 57 in the same manner as you usually purchase your BOMs or Featured Collections each month. At the check out add the coupon code SDC  and the price will then be reduced to $8.
Collection 57  has one of the harder hand pieced blocks in Raconteur, From All Sides, but it is a beautiful one.

If you want to know where the names came from for this collection check back tomorrow when the post will be uploaded. Happy sewing.

Surprise Day Collection 57

For the first Surprise Day there is a one day sale on Collection 57. For just today, with a few hours either side to allow for different time zones, Collection 57 is able to be purchased for the sale price of $8. To pick up your collection click on this link and purchase Collection 57 in the same manner as you usually purchase your BOMs or Featured Collections each month. At the check out add the coupon code SDC  and the price will then be reduced to $8.
Collection 57  has one of the harder hand pieced blocks in Raconteur, From All Sides, but it is a beautiful one.

If you want to know where the names came from for this collection check back tomorrow when the post will be uploaded. Happy sewing.

Wednesday

Practising ZentNgles

While my photography skills may leave a lot to be desired I think you can still see my latest zentangle clearly. I have been drawing zentangles off and on, more off than on, for just over a year.
Have you tried it yet?
Check out this website http:// www.zentanglepatterns.com for lots of ideas and how to instructions

Sue Daley's Youtube videos for EPP



Sue Daley is the queen of English paper piecing and she has now released a set of videos to show you how to get everything just right.
http://www.suedaleydesigns.com/my-new-youtube-channel/
On her website you will find not only all the bibs and bobs that you need for regular paper piecing but lots of inspiration and new ides as well as a new video tutorial series that may teach you everything you need to know about EPP.
Episode 1 was all about using hexagons while episode 2 goes onto using six pointed stars. Each video is just 15mins so brew up a coffee and settle down to check them out..one for today, one for tomorrow and while you are there if you subscribe you will receive an email each week as Sue uploads the latest video... well worth the coffee break

Tuesday

Collection 5 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 5 


C5 Behind Walls
C5 Pointing the Finger

C5 Gift wrapped

C5 Echoes
C5 Baby Blue
   C5 Mums Among the Gold
C5 Taylor's World
I will need to work out a better way of displaying these blocks. Might try adding background to the blocks next time I crop them....if I can work out how to that is:)

Collection 5 contains some of my favourite blocks and many were early blocks in the design and making of Raconteur. How can I tell this? By looking at the colours used. Raconteur was to be my first 'pastel' quilt. However as I progressed I decided that baby pastels were just not my style and although I attempted to still remain in the pastel range I ventured into the stronger pastels such as those used in Mums Among the Gold, Echoes and Behind Walls.
So now for the origin of the names. Some are easily seen such as Mums Among the Gold - this one is a direct reference to the fabrics used. The bright pink reminded me of chrysanthemums and although not clear in the photo, the background fabric is a gold print on a white background.
Baby Blue I explained in a post earlier this month.
Taylor's World was named after a student that I taught and the title is from a book which her mum, Jenny, wrote about Taylor's first few years and the trials and tribulations in the family during those years. Taylor is a great kid and I enjoyed teaching her. She is someone who gives her best all of the time.
Echoes should have been called Ripples as it was named after the effect you see when dropping pebbles in the water but at the time the only word I could think of was echoes.
Behind the Walls - doesn't each individual section remind you of someone sitting alone in a little room, locked in their own thoughts and own world. Are they all the same or just that little bit different? You will never know for certain.
Pointing the Finger was named after a long day spent mainly in primary schools. One thing which I always found interesting when working with children from toddler stage to the end of high school was the different ways that problems were sorted. I understood little kids would cry, you ask, they tell the cause...easy peasy. High school they sort out a lot of things with their friends or by themselves. Primary school they dob... jealous about something... dob on the kid, angry with someone...dob, doing the wrong thing...dob on someone else.... the day is full of kids dobbing, which is a slang word meaning to tell on someone or point the finger.
Gift Wrapped - don't the arrow heads remind you of that gorgeous ribbon bow that arrives upon parcels which are wrapped by someone who has a lot more skill than I do with curling ribbon. Every year at Xmas I attempt to master the curling ribbon with scissors trick... never does it look as beautiful as my expectations or someone else's effort... but I keep hoping.

For some other colour combinations check out Carol's blocks. I have linked each of her blocks to the block title above so click on them and check them out. These were all made last February and it is good to see the blocks made in different colours.
Don't forget to email your photos so that I can also include them here in the blog. Everyone loves to see what others are doing.

Collection 5 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 5 


C5 Behind Walls
C5 Pointing the Finger

C5 Gift wrapped

C5 Echoes
C5 Baby Blue
   C5 Mums Among the Gold
C5 Taylor's World
I will need to work out a better way of displaying these blocks. Might try adding background to the blocks next time I crop them....if I can work out how to that is:)

Collection 5 contains some of my favourite blocks and many were early blocks in the design and making of Raconteur. How can I tell this? By looking at the colours used. Raconteur was to be my first 'pastel' quilt. However as I progressed I decided that baby pastels were just not my style and although I attempted to still remain in the pastel range I ventured into the stronger pastels such as those used in Mums Among the Gold, Echoes and Behind Walls.
So now for the origin of the names. Some are easily seen such as Mums Among the Gold - this one is a direct reference to the fabrics used. The bright pink reminded me of chrysanthemums and although not clear in the photo, the background fabric is a gold print on a white background.
Baby Blue I explained in a post earlier this month.
Taylor's World was named after a student that I taught and the title is from a book which her mum, Jenny, wrote about Taylor's first few years and the trials and tribulations in the family during those years. Taylor is a great kid and I enjoyed teaching her. She is someone who gives her best all of the time.
Echoes should have been called Ripples as it was named after the effect you see when dropping pebbles in the water but at the time the only word I could think of was echoes.
Behind the Walls - doesn't each individual section remind you of someone sitting alone in a little room, locked in their own thoughts and own world. Are they all the same or just that little bit different? You will never know for certain.
Pointing the Finger was named after a long day spent mainly in primary schools. One thing which I always found interesting when working with children from toddler stage to the end of high school was the different ways that problems were sorted. I understood little kids would cry, you ask, they tell the cause...easy peasy. High school they sort out a lot of things with their friends or by themselves. Primary school they dob... jealous about something... dob on the kid, angry with someone...dob, doing the wrong thing...dob on someone else.... the day is full of kids dobbing, which is a slang word meaning to tell on someone or point the finger.
Gift Wrapped - don't the arrow heads remind you of that gorgeous ribbon bow that arrives upon parcels which are wrapped by someone who has a lot more skill than I do with curling ribbon. Every year at Xmas I attempt to master the curling ribbon with scissors trick... never does it look as beautiful as my expectations or someone else's effort... but I keep hoping.

For some other colour combinations check out Carol's blocks. I have linked each of her blocks to the block title above so click on them and check them out. These were all made last February and it is good to see the blocks made in different colours.
Don't forget to email your photos so that I can also include them here in the blog. Everyone loves to see what others are doing.

Saturday

Scatterday Z

Artwork by Karen Anne Brady
You just have to love this zentangle of the letter Z. If you haven't heard of zentangles before do a google and you will be amazed. There is even a blog which does a daily update of a new zentangle. It is really a very relaxing art form, even if you're not stressed.
Anyway the categories for this week are
# Notorious
# Edible
# Family
# ZZZZZZ
You might even want to try drawing a zentangle for each category.

posting date 20th July

(k)Nees rule the Scatterday

Well this is an easy Scatterday post. During the past fortnight I have been to my knee specialist, had an MRI.. not a happy way to spend an hour or so... Torn cartilage it seems is the cause of my pain and swelling. Day surgery will be needed but as I am off to NZ for the quilt symposium in a couple of weeks and then the surgeon is off the NZ for skiing with the mates, then Paul is in for a new knee the following week (and we couldn't get a job lot discount either) looks like mine won't be done until probably September.

For celebration I think I can submit Paul's new knee as that will be a cause for definite celebration.. so we are having a new (k)nee celebration. I have even decided to make a cake to celebrate... in truth I have decided to make a cake as Paul won't be home to prevent such event happening... I need to lose a few kilos and he is helping as best he can by keeping my nose out of the pantry and fridge. He is also refusing to cook any nasties (interpret that to mean sweets) until I reach whatever stage I want that he doesn't have to feel guilty for feeding me all of the sweets I love. You have to love old google I did a search for "cake decorating knees images" and this is it..even I could manage this decoration as it is simply a picture that you stick onto the top of the cake.... so cooking a cake is the only hurdle.

Here you can see a photo of the nasty ocean between North Beach and New Zealand.  this nasty New Zealand section, of the Not North Pacific Ocean, is known to many people as the South Pacific Ocean. This photos was actually taken in NZ and again found using google so we have here




Notions ..my sewing room is the home to just about any notion that was ever invented I was going to photograph my favourite, well present favourite anyway, but it can't be found so of course google again to the rescue. So what is this well it is a left handed ergonomic rotary cutter and it is great. I bought it earlier in the year when I had horrid RSI. Now that I only have moderate to severe RSI I can't find it but am not as stressed either about it:) Here is the right handed version. It's a great little cutter and a=was very easy to learn to use with my left hand.