Dear Pratima, Sheila, Pip, and Theresa, and of course anyone who still drops by,

I’m in Booleroo and it is my time for catching up: reflecting, relaxing, refocusing and play.

It is pretty hot but I am thinking of you in Adelaide Pip and Sheila, with those horrible bush fires and hoping the conditions stay OK for the next couple of days until hopefully a cold change on Thursday.

Well my intention to blog last year failed miserably. I just haven’t felt that I have had much to say for the last couple of years.

The difference now is that although I still don’t feel I have much to say I think i will try anyway just to stay in touch with faithful neglected blogging friends. Thanks to you Pratima for getting me started again by encouraging me to do some Instagram posting.

In the last 2 years I have dabbled a tiny bit with social media things and I am now a little all over the place!  Freud would have had something to say had he examined my fragmented i-net identity.

For the moment I have

        • a slightly active, but I can see that it is quite easy and maybe very addictive Instagram account PIECE_PLAY
        •  a very slightly active Facebook page. I started this page mainly because it was the way the  wonderful riding school and club where I learn to ride, stays in touch with its members. Consequently other members of the club are the main people I have contact with on the page and I tend to post animal videos and pics! Please ‘friend’ me if you would like the odd animal snap!
        •  Pinterest. A couple of boards!
        • PiecePlay Flickr, my old friend.  I did have a big disaster with Flickr (long story but i tried to set up a group board for a large group of friends) this year and I think the platform is a bit more complicated and glitchy than it was..but  I am going to try again because I loved it so much in the past.

I don’t want to duplicate things too much and I do want to stay in touch with the couple of very lovely web friends I have made so we’ll see…

The main thing I have really been trying to do over the last two and a half years has been as I alluded to before, is to learn to horse ride and I’ll post a little about this later.

I have found it is something that I really love and with the support of Phil we bought Chloe. a gorgeous, maddening, mercurial, ageing at 18 years young, horsey drama queen and I absolutely adore her.

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Now just a bit about the little bit of sewing I have done

  • I have finished piecing my crazy Medallion Quilt. I haven’t taken pictures yet and I don’t have it here but I’ll take some when I get home. Quilting it is my challenge and deciding how I will do it. I have searched for ages and chosen a beautiful pieced back
  • I made this little whole cloth quilt for a friend’s baby. I just followed the stripes on the back for quilting and used the gorgeous Megumi Sakikibara linen for the top.

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  • Another baby quilt for the grandchild of a friend. Now i loved this but it took me too long and the child was too old by the time I gave the gift. It was so late that the gift didn’t work!

My only consolation is that my friend’s daughter has recently had another baby. Eek.

Well I hope i have learned the lesson well and I will be more realistic with my plans or will adapt something I have been making for someone else (!) for example, so that I am able to deliver a timely celebration gift!

little crazy owl quilt

little crazy owl quilt

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I am happy with the way the quilting turned out.

I made up strips of backing and piecing and ‘quilted as i went’ and then added some crazy flight paths by hand.

  • I finished the crazy, ugly, super bright green, Kaffe Fasset pin wheel quilt for my sister. i didn’t take photos because it looked so unlike the way I do quilts. In fact I searched and I have deleted all pics of this top from everything! However…finished..it looks fantastic in her room. Never give up 🙂
  • I made a very quick improvised log cabinny quilt. It was really a delight to do. No problem, quick, and I really like it.

I started with the idea of making it quite pink, for friend who really loves pinks but it turned into a baby quilt ( see

above !) and it became more pastel.

I machine quilted it and it was my best effort so far (don’t laugh too much Sheila).

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  • I haven’t finished this quilt but again the quilt top came together quite quickly and easily.

The inspiration is the lovely lion print designed by Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel.

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This is an attempt to show the fabrics and the colours. The yellow is really really bright.

  • Now I am working on a quilt top that has not been easy ….I’ll post about it this week. In the Booleroo quiet i have made some progress. Phew.

For the moment Bella is looking at me and wondering what we are going to do with the apricots.

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The crisper is full and another bucket on the porch.

PS for the moment i will duplicate these photos all over the place.xx

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Happy New Year 2014!

December 31, 2013

I’m not a bloggers bootlace. I have not posted for so long and I logged in today guiltily, furtively,  to see if I have the nerve to give it another go!

Over the last few days I’ve  looked at months of posts on the wonderful the websites  on my sidebar. I didn’t need to log in to my site to do that!  They were,  just as I’d always found them, interesting ,engaging and inspirational and I’d missed them.

In the time I’ve been away I’d forgotten my password, without which I was unable to leave comments, the look of the platform had changed and I found in my dashboard a handful of drafts I have written over the last 2 years. Cringe. I’m not reading them. I’m deleting them and I am dipping my toes back into the blogging water.

I haven’t done a lot of sewing over the last two years. Only a few small projects I will share in the next couple of posts and share a little of the other things that have occupied me during this time.

Best wishes to any who may drop by this year.

Kathy

May 8, 2011

My mum as been very ill and in hospital for the last 8 weeks…and again I just stopped blogging.

My sister in Adelaide has been wonderful doing so much visiting and work talking to doctors and such. I  been travelling and trying to help.

As usual the needle is my friend and comfort as we sit bedside.

It is just great to be ‘told’ what to do and not have to think so the  Civil War Blocks have been a godsend!

Also I have done some real ‘sew play. Dustin Cecil has organized the collaborative add-a-border block swap group where we add to foundation blocks started by other people. I really love this type of challenge, being given a fabric; a shape; a block (civil war) and working on it.

The original 6 inch Friendship Star was by Dawn Derrick

The second starter block was by Dustin Cecil

I have not been keeping up very well with bloggy things but have been inspired Pratima’s  Trip Around the World quilt  is just the most gorgeous quilt I’ve seen for ages!

Finally I’m on to the last border of my epically slow Medallion quilt.  I’ve used greens in the 2nd last border and I’ll try to take a full photo when I finish the last border .

Modern Relief -once the deadlines were halted, I’m embarrassed to admit, so did I.  I’ll keep moving slowly, as I usually do without a true deadline and I’ll give it somehow.

This little thing looks little more than a concept plan, but believe it or not I have spent some time drafting and rethinking my plans for the featured remnant of fabric.

I purchased the last 60 cm of this beautiful piece of fabric by Megumi Sakakibara

Yes, that’s right-just little nine patches of random fabrics is what I came up with!

Tomorrow I finally give away the 2 year Beanie. Hopefully I can get a photo!

Thanks for still being around, Kathy.

some progress

February 13, 2011

16 blocks finished but I do like a big quilt I’ve decided so I’ll make some more. It will probably have to be 5 blocks by six so that’s another ..14..gulp.

It is very traditional, perhaps old-fashioned but I am really happy with it so far particularly the really simple blocks

From one extreme to another.

This top is now difficult to hang, to photograph and to gauge the overall effect.

This border really wasn’t my finest I don’t think. I wanted some definition with the pieces but for all the work involved I should have had a bit more. The places where I used  fabrics other than the main block fabrics I think are better. Oh well it’s no big deal.

Last year I was fortunate to visit London for a few days. I was too late for the V&A Quilt exhibition (it was still great but no quilts at all by the time I got there).  I did manage to visit a wonderful shop in Hampstead run by Christopher who has collected quilts for 30 years. Christopher has sent me photos of some of his wonderful quilts, mostly very old and beautiful chintz quilts and is happy for me to share them on my Flickr .

Also I’ll post a couple of photos of Adrienne’s latest masterpiece here in the next few minutes.

February 2, 2011

The main cyclone has passed over coastal Queensland and although the material loss in some places was great there fortunately hasn’t been any confirmed lives lost.  I felt ‘we’ were all holding our collective breaths yesterday because the predictions of possible damage and loss of life were so dire and the Aussie flood devastation was  so recent.

The world feels  smaller  with the constant and better reporting of international news and the floods in  Brazil and Pakistan  were bigger and more devastating.. and we have some better resources .. so we’re lucky.

But as one caller on the radio said, ‘one in one hundred year events seem to be happening more often’ !

February 1, 2011

Does anyone out there sometimes think they are ‘fiddling while Rome burns’ while they are in there sewing room listening to news radio ?

Fingers crossed, thoughts and prayers for the people of Egypt, the people in Far North Queensland,  those still battling floods  (some of them for more than two weeks) in Vic. and a few now fighting fires here. Fingers XX

what’s on today?

January 10, 2011

Phil and I had a quick trip to Jamestown and I was able to visit Charlenes, the lovely local quilt shop.

It was easy to find  a few  lovely fabrics to add to my collection.

These souvenirs for my collection were among the very oldest stock available apparently, and are in no way representative  the  large range of stock available.

The very next day I was on to this

These pieces are for the quilt my sister and I started. It was her first fabric choosing effort and I found she was very attracted to a bright vibrant, scrappy  style!

We’d had both stalled with the  collaborative effort so I decided to slightly change the way I was working and took out (from my potential scrap stash) the stripes,  the blues and bluey reds, the plains and the pieces with a lot of white and have very happily used all the other pieces I have here.

I have about 23 blocks in Melbourne  10 in Adelaide and now 16 here so we’ll put them together and I’m sure it will still be vibrant colourful and scrappy.