New-Zealand quilt festival

Last week, I was telling you about my foundation paper piecing class. I was lucky enough to stay at the New-Zeeland Symposium quilt event the following day to enjoy the merchant hall and the main quilt exhibition. I would like to show you some of the quilts that I particularly liked:

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Lehuna by Nobuko Windecker

I think, we were all impressed by this Hawaiian inspired quilt and the use of “chicken foot” stitches.

Blanket Ripples by Bridget McFarlane

Blanket Ripples by Bridget McFarlane

I specially liked the echo quilting on this quilt. Bridget used recycled wool blankets for her piecing and it looks so soft and subtle. It’s a really nice work. She received the Amateur Award for this piece! You can check her IG account here.

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The French Connection by Nancy Woodney

I was so impressed by the miniature size of the HST. I would love to have my ruler to know how small they were but clearly smaller than 1/2 inch. This quilt was featured in the Quiltmania magazine.

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Circle the Wagons by Gael O’Donnell

I loved the off-centre shapes and colours of that one. The dense quilting gave nice dimension. I thought it was very pleasing to look at it.

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Towards Great Barrier reef by Juliet Taylor

This one was also very pleasing to look at. I loved the use of calming but vibrant colours. There is a very nice balance on this quilt. to me, she totally managed to express the Barrier reef feeling.

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Starry Starry Night by Claire Davis

I also love traditional quilts. I’m very impressed by the technique on that one. I have a thing for stars at the moment, so I could imagine myself replicating this one with modern colours.

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Rainbow lorikeet by Helen Golden

I was so impressed by the background quilting one that one. The use of colours and different designs is spectacular. It is very inspiring.

Hope you enjoyed these quilts as much as I do, if you want to see more pictures from the exhibition, check those three ladies:

  • Wendy from Wendy’s quilts and more
  • Shirley from Don’t wait to create (she dedicated several posts to the exhibition)
  • Adrianne from On the Windy Side

Learning foundation paper piecing

This week-end, I went to “Symposium”. It is the national quilt event here in New-Zealand. It is held once every two years and moves from city to city. The entire local quilt community was so excited about the event that it got me excited too. The event is over four days and it was at Palmerston North this time, which is 2 hours drive from my city (so not that far). I decided to take part and check the class program. Luckily, there was one class to learn how to create a Mariner’s compass with the foundation paper piecing technique. I’ve wanted to learn this technique for a while but it was quite daunting so far. The prospect of having a teacher and fellow students was enticing. So, I picked my colours and dived into my first ever quilt class.

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I was right to make that class as foundation paper piecing is a hard concept to grasp (well, to me anyway). Perforating layers of papers with your machine? What? Sewing on to paper? What? Sewing in reverse? What?

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It slowly made sense and my first point was created:

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The class ran for an entire day but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough time (for us students) to finish a block. I was slightly disappointed by that but now I know the technique and I can replicate it at home. I need to work on it soon though, before I forget all the different steps.

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When linking one piece of paper to the other, you can’t imagine the pride and fulfilment you get when your two corners meet so perfectly.Ha!

I can’t wait to finish this block and share it with you.

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Q1 finish along

Last year, I joined Kathy for the finish along party. The principle is simple: you summit the list of WIPs you wish to finish by the end of the quarter. You can then share your progress and be on the draw to win prices. I love the concept, it definitely helps to have a “to do list” and a certain deadline. Plus, I’m nosy and I love to see what everyone is up to.

I joined the party slightly late in 2014, on Q4 but managed to have 3 finish within my list (Meadow quilt, Arizona quilt and the Sailor jumper).

This time around I’m on time to take part in the Q1 finish along organised by Adrianne on her blog: the On the windy side.  I’m determined to finish more than 3 items within my list this time. Go and check the Adrianne’s blog for more details:

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
My list of WIP to finish for Q1 is:
  1. XOXO
  2. Kiwiana
  3. Pixellated heart
  4. Acorn Trail
  5. Wonky star
  6. Honeycomb
  7. Lace knitting
  8. Summer dress
  9. Kiwi’s favourite jumper
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Yes, the XOXO quilt was on the last list and I haven’t touched it. You know when you want a quilt to be so perfect that you stressed out and don’t do anything? Well, I felt like that for this one and decided that this quarter “done is better than perfect”. The pixellated heart was also on my list but I now have a plan for it.
I recently started two other quilts: Kiwiana and Wonky star. I need to finish the piecing and the quilting on them.
I also want to start two new quilt projects: simple patchwork squares with the Acorn Trail fabric line and some machine pieced extra-large hexagons with the Sweet as Honey fabric line.
I have two knitted projects on the go. It’s getting warmer here in NZ and I wasn’t feeling much like knitting. The lace jumper is so hard! I’ve un-done it and started from scratch a couple of times already. The other one is also tricky, I have difficulty following the pattern while decreasing. My colleague is a perfectionist, so she won’t let me have any error on this project. I can’t recall how many rows we unpicked.
And last but the least: The dress! I’m made great progress on the dress but it is still not wearable in public just yet.
What about you? Do you have WIP that you would like to make progress on? Join the party!

2014 in review

Last year I’ve decided to create a blog about my crafty adventures. My blog isn’t quite a year old yet but I managed to fill it with lots of new and colourful projects.

Before 2014, I only created four quilts. Last year alone, I created 13 quilts! Phew, what an achievement. Mainly baby size quilts (I blame it on all my friends having babies :-) and I also used extensively long arm quilting services. Nevertheless, I slowly improved my piecing skills (taking bigger quilts on board) and even ventured to free motion quilt my own quilt.

Below, is a quick picture summary of my fabric creations:

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  1. Chevron quilt for baby Grace
  2. Forest friends cross stitch quilt for baby Elliot
  3. Happy corners for baby Mia2014.04 quilts March
  4. Flower Power
  5. Aztec quilt
  6. Flying geese for baby Soline
  7. Hedgehog Hexagons for baby Max
  8. 2014.06_09quiltsSnowflake quilt for baby Léonie
  9. Pinwheel star quilt for baby Nina
  10. Equilateral triangle quilt
  11. Irish Chestnut2014.10q4quilts
  12. Meadow brick wall for my husband’s family holiday house
  13. Arizona quilt for us

It’s quite nice to see them all in one place, you can definitely see improvements. It is impossible to choose a favourite though.

This year, I also learnt to knit (thanks to my colleague) and created four different projects. It was very exciting and rewarding at the same time. I’m looking forward to knit some more this year.2014.12knitting

What was also amazing this year, was to be part of a Round Robin group. I just love the quilting community and being part of a group enhance this feeling by 100%. It’s so exciting to see all the creations come to life and see what the next person will bring to the quilt. We worked on five different quilts so far and we have three more quilts to go. I’m eager to see them all finished but, at the same time, I don’t want to see an end to our little lovely group.

  1. PossummagicMy centre
  2. Rebecca’s centre
  3. Carla’s centre
  4. Serena’s centre

So, this is a nice wrap up of the year. A also bought a new sewing machine and we scored a two year visa with my husband to stay in NZ.

My head is already spinning with ideas for new projects to fill 2015. I can’t wait to get started. I’m wishing you a very crafting new year!!

Q4 finish along

This time around I’m on time to take part in the Q4 finish along organised by Katy on her blog: the littlest thistle. The principle is simple: you summit the list of WIPs you wish to finish by the end of the quarter. You can then share your progress and be on the draw to win prices. Go and check the littlest thistle blog for more details.

Finish Along 2014

My list of WIP to finish for Q4 is:

  1. Meadow brick wall
  2. xoxo
  3. Striped jersey
  4. Summer dress
  5. Pixelated heart
  6. Mini cat quilt
  7. Arizona random rectangles
  8. Brambleberry Ridge
  9. Polka dots stars

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I’ve made great progress on my Meadow brick wall, I only have the binding to sew and a label. My xoxo quilt needs to be quilted as well as my pixelated heart.

I have many quilts to start from scratch:

  • Arizona: I found a nice pattern on “1,2,3 quilt” book by Ellen Lucket Baker. It looks random but it is actually made of 4 different blocks. It would be my first time following a pattern.
  • Polka dots stars: I was inspired by Kaffe Fassett book “Shots and stripes”. I think, I would like the stars to look more random on the quilt, so I might not follow the exact pattern.
  • Mini cat quilt: one of my Instagram friend generously gave my some fabric of which some cat nap scraps and I would love to make a cat quilt.
  • Brambleberry Ridge: now, I love this line but I’m not 100% sure how to use it. I’m thinking triangles and I’m thinking making a boy and a girl version of the same item. We shall see how the inspiration strikes.

I also included non-quilt projects (which is, I believe, ok with the Q4 finish along rules):

  • Striped jersey: this would be my third knitted items and would build up my skills in learning how to do buttonholes and pockets. I hope to be more independent and be able to read the pattern on my own.
  • Summer dress: when I first started sewing, I wanted to created dresses. I haven’t had much success and I have 5 unfinished dresses in France. This time is my revenge and I’m determined to finish and wear a dress by the end of Q4.

Phew, it seems very ambitious, doesn’t it? I hope I can achieve most of these projects though.

I should mention that we are not 100% sure that we would live in the same country by the end of Q4. Obviously, this might have an influence on the outcome of this project. We are really hoping to stay in the country and are making visa paperwork for it. Please cross your fingers for us :-)