Thursday 29 February 2024

Call of the Wild

I do love this bear quilt panel. Thanks to whoever suggested the bear paw block. I’m not a fan of points but I managing these slowly .  I’m not quite done with the challenge of the month so may be it will get finished  over the weekend coming up.This is my Chookshed Stitchers February Challenge to date. I’m planning on placing the same locks down each side . What do you think ? Or do I put a black or grey square in each corner and fill in with bear paw blocks.? Open to ideas to consider.

Saturday 24 February 2024

February's Cookshed Stitchers Project 2 Bear Quilt

 I am so glad we said we would 'work' on these projects because I have been away a lot of February and I don't think I'm going to finish but I have started . Well picking the design and fabrics anyway. I showed my panel in an earlier blog. I have decided to use a bear paw block in these colours .

Going with bear paws in some way 

My practice block

I had to do bit of planning for this one 
I like it — but now how many and the layout ?

Tilda buy up

 I just love Tilda fabrics so I had to buy some  at the Jubilee Celebrations. 

I can see some  Christmas gifts  in this lot.

Probably bought too much but … who cares.

I know what I will  be sewing on my next 2 retreats in April 

Tone signed my entry badge for

Friday 23 February 2024

A Meeting with Tilda 25th Jubilee

What a great day. The Tilda Jubilee Celebration was held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on the 17th Feb.  It was a very enjoyable event on many levels. Our tickets included a Talk by Norwegian artist, Tone Finnanger . She spoke about her journey as an art student, toy and quilt designer and eventually a fabric designer. She is one very talented and humble lady. 

The day was hosted by 2 Green Zebras, the distributors of Tilda in Australia. We had morning tea, lunch and shopping.  The food was quality but the shopping squashy but that was to be expected when there was so many people. (600 or so )

Tilda is colourful, whimsical, coordinated and  environmentally  friendly. It just makes me happy to look at it! 

Did I buy some fabric .. Of course 
Did I buy some kits for cushions and bags ... of course. 
Will I be swapping out one of my Chookshed Stitchers challenges for a Tilda Challenge ..of course OR may be I just add another one if that's not OK .  I will have to check up with the boss.

TONE  FINNANGER  ( Norway) Tilda designer and owner

Tone , her partner and 2 Green Zebras owners

Tone was very generous with her time and happy to meet everyone 

This is the one I would like to make

Line up ladies

Look who I found at the Tilda Jubilee .  Fiona , Marilyn and Shez 

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Shared Scrappy Quilt Finished.

 This past weekend I finished the baby quilt Bernie wanted me to make for his co-worker, Tegan . 

The baby boy, “Charlie “ arrived before I finished so his name was added. 

I have a love hate relationship with these scrappy quilts. It is a simple pattern but what  stresses me is organising all of the fabrics and choosing a border but I do like the finished result and the idea of all the friends contributing . 

I used my quilting machine to quilt it. It’s very basic and not that good but I’m still learning and she was happy with that.

I quickly learnt to check the back sooner rather than later as I had forgotten to do 2 petals . Ooops!

Friday 2 February 2024

Chookshed Stitchers 2024 Challenge 2 February

  Challenge  2 for February 

 This month I'm going to do an attic window quilt with a panel of a bear . My  husband  brought it back from Utah for me a couple of years ago. Hmm... looking at at the panel now I realize its horizontal  and an  attic window design  may not suit but I will be doing something with this panel. 

What do you think ?  I also have to use fabrics in my stash , it will be a challenge 


Thursday 1 February 2024

Friendship Drawstring Bag `Hatched and Patched’

 Chookshed Stitchers challenge 1 done and dusted. It’s amazing how we get things done when there is a challenge laid down. Just helps the motivation. Thanks Deana and Donna. I hope Annie doesn’t mind but I changed out the back bag fabric for another piece of Annie’s fabric that I love.

I was actually working on 2 projects this month, I now have finished the top of a crazy quilt (for a new baby gift) and have it on my quilting frame. 

When my grandchildren were born we had a baby shower and asked everyone to bring a fat quarter- well the variety of fabric you receive is crazy. Enough to send a quilter mad unless you love crazy quilts where you pick each piece out of a bag no matter whether it matches or not. That’s really not me. I am a bit of a ‘matching’ person. 

I then cut and laminated a scrap of each fabric and put the name of the contributor on it , place it in a little bag for the future. Even 10 years on my grandchildren look at and match their fabrics to their quilt. It’s amazing to see which people are still in their lives 10 years on. 

Friendship Drawstring Bag

A trip down memory lane my 2 completed  scrub stitching projects and the zip pouch is a copy of what I gave in the present swap. I’ll be all bagged up for this years trip.

The crazy baby quilt on the frame…today's job