Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Remembering Summer

Blackberry Freedom
Birds at the Window
Summer's Day
All three of these blocks were made at the same time during a visit to Queensland one Summer.  As we relaxed inside my brother-in-law's home there was a bird which in the heat lost its bearings and crashed with an all mighty bang into the window.  Don't you love Carol's choice of fabrics for this one:)
Blackberry Freedom was a reminder of the times when as  child we would go blackberry picking and eat so many we returned home with mouths all coloured from the juices. Mum would make a pie with lattice strip pastry across the top, if we had returned with enough berries.. a wonderful Summer's Day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Collection 3 - Carol Le Maitre

Fox Pawed
 Yet another seven blocks completed. It is great to see all of Carol's bright colours. So different from what I started with. Raconteur was supposed to be my first pastel quilt.  About thirty blocks into it I discovered that I was not a pastel person and so although I tried to primarily work with pastels I ended up using many birght pastels. I love the sense of adventure which Carol shows with her choice of colours.
So where did the names come from for these blocks?
After the Showers
Fox Pawed was named after I accidentally cut some of the fabrics from the wrong fabric and so had to work out a new design with the pieces. Friends of mine at uni had lived in a house they called Fox Paw Manor a play on the french faux pas and I have always remembered this and call errors fox paws with friends.
Burning Bright
After the Showers was completed one afternoon as I relaxed at home watching the birds come to life and foraging for food after a long wet spell.  The bow ties resembled their wings and the central start their prey.
Burning Bright appeared to me like the explosions from the midngiht fireworks of New Year's Eve.
Ketchikan Jewels
On a trip to Alaska one year I purchase a few bags of coloured pebbles as I collect strange things at times. These small pebbles sparkle so and are used in one of our board games and so Ketchikan Jewels  was named.
One to the Left
One to the Left was named because it was another error and the outer blocks were supposed to be placed outside of the kite but as I didn't have the design with me when I was sewing it I put it where I thought it belonged but that was one spot to the left.
 Paprika reminded of the spice of the same name, hot and sweet. And last but not least is Raspberry Swirl, why are so many of my blocks named after food... probably because I love food and sweets in particular:) 
Raspberry Swirl
These are definitely a gorgeous collection and should look great when finally sewn together into a full quilt.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Carol Le Maitre

The Rice Pickers
I have finally started to upload some of Carol's blocks. She has finished all of Collection 2 but has decided not to join them together at this stage, after I suggested she wait and then join them in a way that suited both her own fabrics and the designs. Racontuer is perfect for making many quilts and all of them may be different.
These three blocks were originally made while we were travelling.
The Rice Pickers represents those people in Asian countries who spend their days toiling the fields, bending and straightening, what a painful back they must have.
I Love Lucy
I love Lucy was a rerun on a French TV channel when we were visiting, even the continentals have the old black and white reruns.... although my knowledge of French was minimal it was enough to reignite the memories
Creme de Chantilly
Creme de Chantilly was made on the night of my husband's 54th birthday as we celebrated eating the most divine cake our son had ordered from a local patisserie in Paris.  I could live on those cakes but alas I am positive it wouldn't be too healthy.  Why are all delightful things bad for us?

Monday, January 7, 2013


Cafe Creme
 Well I have been having fun with Photoshop and while searching around found Carol's lost files.  I would tell you where they had been hidden but I have no idea.  I really am not a PC person, give me a Mac any day.
My Hero
Cafe Creme was named because my husband and I had been to a delightful French cafe that day and had this totally nonfattening slice which I am positive was nothing but cream.
While this one looked just like Mickey Mouse who was everyone's hero in our youth as we tuned in every week to the Mousketeers.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

More colour

Behind the Walls
 Carol's latest block, Behind the Walls, is just radiating and it has nothing to do with the lime green background.
Carol was very busy when she recently visited her friend and managed to finish seven blocks in just a few weeks.  At this rate she will definitely finish her quilt a lot quicker than I finished mine.
With Care
Doesn't the red background really focus your attention on the excellent matching of the design in With Care. I always like to see the fabrics that people pick in a block that allows reflection.  Excellent choice isn't it?
I still have another two blocks to upload but have lost these somewhere on my computer :(

Carol has been busy

Green with Envy
 Well Carol has been very busy.  Here we have another three of her blocks from Collection 4.
Doesn't she use such a wonderful array of fabrics. 
I was 'talking', well emailing with one of her friends a few days ago and mentioned about her colour selection.
Rainbow Semaphore
 I am sure Carol won't object to my publishing her friend's comments "Carol’s colour scheme?  Is there ever such a thing in her vocabulary?  She uses whatever she has and everything is as Joseph’s Coat."
Isn't it great when one's friends see our strengths and still love us with them!
Your Decision
Green With Envy was named after looking at my husband's garden and all of the wonderful produce he reaps from his efforts.  I love the flowers, vegetables and fruit but unfortunately am too lazy to contribute more than the worm wee (?) and bokashi compost. 
Rainbow Sempahore was named because it resembles what I thought would be semaphore 
flags.  I don't know if it is accurate though as I have never seen the flags.
Carol's skills with applique, in Your Decision, are definitely better than mine, which is why I pieced this block rather than attempt the applique as she did. This block evolved from an old maths graph, the sine/cosine curve. These graphs are identical but placed differently on the number plane, hence the title.