Two finishes

I have finally completed the top of Miss Hitchens’ Whimsy, just the quilting to do now.

*Insert Happy Beaming Face*

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Miss Hitchens’ Whimsy

With MHW’s completion I got stuck into OMG Ombre…cutting the fabric for the remaining flying geese blocks.  Well when I say remaining I mean 22 of the 25 needed…I hadn’t got very far initially.

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Ready to sew.

I spent a lovely (coldish) weekend two weekends ago sewing by the fire, using foundation piecing for speed and accuracy.

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The pile of finished blocks getting bigger.

 By the end of the weekend I had made all the Wild Goose Chase blocks and then started playing with the alternate blocks…I needed to decide if I did or didn’t want them scrappy, did I want to add pink triangles? (cos I had a nice pink Ombre print I was dying to use)

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Some ombres, some checks, some florals… No pink, didn’t look right.

There was a bit of this going on periodically to make sure I was still happy…

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Yep, happy with that.

But the weekend was over too soon and I had to pack it away :-(

The very next weekend, out it all came again and I finshed the alternate blocks, assembled them and *even* got the border on.

More decisions to be made there of course, lol I had in my head that it would be quite a subtle pieced border…there was enough going on in the centre I thought.

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I started out subdued but got progressively bolder.

I tried all sorts of combinations and ended up with this… Not what I had in mind at all but, hey sometimes you have to listen to what the quilt has to say.

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More ombre, more prussian blue, more brown.

 So I have two quilts ready to machine quilt .. such a good feeling.

Hoping you are getting some productive sewing time too

til next

Happy stitching

Margaret

Progress x three

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I’m so close to finishing Miss Hitchens’ Whimsy … I can hardly believe it. I’ve calculated just four evenings of stitching will complete the remaining two small corner blocks. (once I have prepared them of course) And then I just need a few hours to assemble because all the border strips are sewn… …and the […]

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OMG Ombre and some new patterns

Rising Sun Medallion

I’ve been enjoying working with some Ombre fabrics which have been in my stash for a wee while, and I confess I’m still adding new ones to my shelves. Ombre fabric, also known as a Rainbow or Fondu print, was very fashionable with quiltmakers during the 1830-1850 period.  The fabrics created shading and interest to applique quilts (think epergne vases in Baltimore Album quilts)  […]

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No way, it can’t possibly be…can it?

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Well the computer can’t lie, and I am hanging my head in embarrassment here. I haven’t blogged for long time.  I have been hanging out on Facebook a little bit and lately on Instagram too but it’s not quite the same is it. https://www.facebook.com/quiltstation http://instagram.com/margaretmew/ Shall I just get back on the horse and hope […]

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June Orr 1849

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I was really surprised to realise when writing the last blog post that I hadn’t written at all about the June Orr quilt which was hanging over the top of the ladder in this pic from last time  So as promised, though not as timely as promised, ( I have been back nearly two months…eeek […]

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Travel prep

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Isn’t it great that we can take our stitching with us when we go gadding about.  I just wish I could sew in the car though, I know many can but not me…makes me feel a tad squeamish. Before first light tomoro I am off to New Zealand for what we now jokingly call the […]

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Autumn Sewing

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Autumn is nearly over… it is my most favourite time of year. Central Victoria is just gorgeous during autumn and this morning when DH and I drove in to Castlemaine to grab a few supplies I enjoyed seeing the poplar trees in a blaze of yellow.  The photo above was taken here at Quilt Station […]

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Step One…make a mess. Step Two…make it bigger!

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“I’ll just reorganise my stash a little better“ I don’t even know what prompted the thought that popped in to my head, other than I had about an hour or so to spare while waiting for DH ~ we were heading off for a couple of days R & R. Also I had just bought […]

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Oh dear, people are starting to mention it.

lazy bones

It’s true… I mean I knew I hadn’t blogged for *Ages* but consoled myself with the thought that no one had said anything, so all is OK…no one thinks I’m a lazy bones. But now you’re starting to notice. And I’m very pleased cos it’s so easy to get out of the blogging habit and […]

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I’m Houston bound tomorrow

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I’m feeling a little bit exhausted after a busy few weeks getting ready for this trip, I just wanted to enjoy them, if only for a moment. Today I finalised the last bit of hand sewing I’ll take with me, You may recgnise some early repro’s in the pic….RJR’s Sarah Johnson Collection as well as […]

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