Saturday, May 31, 2014

BOM 18 - Evening Star

Collection 18
Evening Star is a simple star that I often use when teaching foundation piecing to students. It has so much forgiveness when it comes to joining sections that the student can hide a cartful of errors. Try it I am sure you will agree.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

So Many Points

Collection 54

Well this must have been one of the pointiest collections. Love Bygone Days and Blood from the Dust. They looked so different in fabric from the original sketches.
C54 Stars Upon the Snow

C54 Blood from the Dust

C54 Beside the Fountain

C54 Bygone Days

C54 Fred & Ginger

So which block is missing?
C54 Jellyfish Swirl

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Norwegian Folk Museum

Well I am improving on writing posts for this blog on my iPad, although the formatting is still a struggle. Often I use a table format so that photos and writing will line up. However I haven't been able to make the tables work on the iPad and will probably have to fix these up when I return home.

Formatting and layout aside I thought people might like to see some of the embroidery work that was on display at the folk museum.
This piece was only about 25cm wide. If you are able to enlarge it you will see magnificent stitching.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Nursery Rhymes & Collection 6


Collection 6

Just a few more blocks from the Nursery Rhyme quilt. These blocks were taken from collection 6. Funny how we take a liking to a design and use it time and again. 

Crystal Dreams has featured in three quilts so far. 
Firstly in the original Raconteur quilt, where the colour choice was so terrible that you couldn't see it unless looking for it. Next I used it in Snippets, which is a collection of seven blocks that I taught at various retreats where people wished to start on their own Raconteur. Finally it is here in Nursery Rhymes. I know I will use it again as I have seen it made using a variety of colours in the one block and it looked good enough to try ..yet again :)
C6 Crystal Dreams

C6 Disappearing Hope

Disappearing Hope what a strange name and no idea where it came from but I do like the effect here with the blue outer border making your eyes lose the white design and focus on the blue.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Future Plans

Aren't these great? On Norway Day some men also wore the national dress and although not as elaborate as those worn by the women you have to admit the socks are to die for. I doubt I will ever try the two colour versions but I am definitely planning on tackling the cabled ones...once I manage to make some without the holes that for some reason develop when I'm making the heel. Perhaps I should just go for lace patterns, as holes are desirable there :)



Monday, May 19, 2014

Norway Day

Must say it is easier to write posts on my computer than it is on the iPad. Will fix things when I return home but for now just look at the embroidery in these outfits.

Paul and I are visiting our son Richard and his partner Hilde, in Norway and this week there are many celebrations to commemorate 200 years of democracy.

Yesterday there was a concert highlighting the arts and in particular national costumes, called bunad. 
There are many areas in Norway and each has its own traditional costume and what amazing works of art these are.

Even toddlers dress up for the day. Gorgeous isn't she?

The children usually have a simplified version of their parent's outfit as the real thing is very expensive.

It is such an occasion that many men also wear their national costume.

When I return home I'm going to upload a really great phot here of five girls from the same family. Their mother made their outfits and they are beautiful. The photo is somewhere on this iPad but be blowed if I can find it when I want it...don't you just love technology?



row 4, cell 1block 5row 4, cell 3
block 6row 5, cell 2block 7


The concert was free and held in the park which is overlooked by the Parliament House. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cheating to Succeed

Collection 52

Carol said that Erica's Bouquet was the hardest as there weren't many flowers around that size. I cheated in that I didn't stay with the design on the fabric. I had been told that the viewer doesn't know what the original flower looked like so if needed just appliqué it where needed!
C52 Erica's Bouquet

C52 Lifesaver

C52 Flight of the Fireflies

C52 Steeples Abound
C52 Michelin Babies
C52 Semaphore Flags





Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fantastic Mittens

Well what do you think of these mittens? Fantastic aren't they? They were made by my son's girlfriend's mother, Ellinor, and they are even more beautiful in real life than they are in the picture. Ellinor's knitting is fantastic, stitches are all even and no holes. Unlike the socks I have been trying to knit for the past few weeks :)

As Gerringong is nowhere near as cold as Norway I am looking forward to a cold snap when I will be able to wear them. 

Weather is an amazing thing. We arrive in Norway, with suitcase full of clothes for the expected cold weather and have basically spent much of our time in the clothes we wore when leaving home plus the extra we took for our two day Bangkok stopover. I suppose I will never get the clothes side of travelling right!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Purple & Green Should Never be Seen


Purple and green should never be seen...without a colour in between.  Have you ever heard that? I don't remember where I learned that fact but it is just so wrong. Even though Carol does have a colour between her purples and greens these days I figure any colour can go with any other .. as long as the setting is appropriate.  What do you think of these blocks aren't they great?


C44 The Emperor's Hat
C48 Antipodean

C47 Buttercups

C48 Change

C48 Lily Pond

C48  Incredible Lives

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Carol finishes Collection 50


Collection 50

Well Carol has finished all of her blocks for Collection 50. Which is your favourite/
I found it very hard to choose. Her colours appear to be lining up similar to ones that I have chosen in the past but she still has a brighter tinge than mine.
C50 Hold Me Tight

C50 Hotel Taoyuan

C50 Morning Dip

C50 Talking Heads

C50 Sunday Brunch

C50 Moving Walls

C50 Twisting

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Nursery Rhymes and Collection 5


Collection 5
Still trying to decide if I will make up the central block from Collection 5 for the Nursery Rhymes collection. Only time will tell. I am enjoying the working with brighter colours.
C5 Taylor's World

C5 Gift Wrapped
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Coincidences



C49 Looking for Isobel

Coincidences are a strange thing.
Carol sent these photos to me over a couple of days and today when uploading them I was surprised that all of them reminded me of pleasant events experienced since joining with Paul.
C48 Pacman's Revenge

Grandma was Paul's mum and she was the most delightful person you could meet. She loved gardening and always had the most glorious flowers in her home..sometimes purchased but other times home grown.
C49 Grandma's Garden

Pacman... shows my age I know but this was my favourite computer game when I first met Paul. We met while training to teach deaf children and at times we would skip classes and wander through Sydney Uni with Paul pointing out significant places from his uni days.
Always we would stop in at the student bar and play this 'wonderful' game...kids these days wouldn't touch it!
C49 Just the Two of Us

Funny Carol chose pig covered fabric for this block...what is she implying :)

Kendall was our dog, a labrador-retriever cross. Definitely our best friend for many years.
C49 Kendall