OMG Ombre and some new patterns

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) 

On my shelves these two ombres started inching their way forward ’til they fell off, giggling and holding hands and I noticed them again.

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Classic (not to mention gorgeous) Ombres.

And of course then I got enthused.

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Wild Goose Chase, working title OMG Ombre

So I have a few more blocks to make…I will be alternating the Wild Goose Chase blocks with another pieced block.  Yay, a chance to use more ombres and I’m happy to have some more machine piecing to do after months of hand stitching.

 The hand stitching I’m doing is piecing my 1800s Sunburst blocks.

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1800s Sunburst blocks.

I am just loving the fabrics in this quilt, again I’m pulling out oldies but goodies along with newies.

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Marcus Bros. Aged Muslin and (in no particular order) a bounty of 1800s fashionable fabrics.

 And ombres feature here too. This pic is just from the last time it was up on the design wall and I coudn’t resist sewing four together so I could see how the applique would work as a secondary pattern.

Two recent-ish quilt finishes are

Margot

Margot, after my Mother-in-law Margot DeCamp and Margo Krager ~ whose fabrics I adore and use A LOT :-)

Margot, after my Mother-in-law Margot DeCamp and Margo Krager ~ whose fabrics I adore and use A LOT :-)

and Rising Sun Medallion

Rising Sun Medallion

Rising Sun Medallion

I’ve also finally updated my Pattern page with some new additions, I’m very excited to have some more patterns for sale.

A cup of tea and some more sewing beckons,

happy stitching 

til soon

Margaret

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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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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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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Life

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I was thinking of the sorrow and joy DH (Lindsay) and I have had here at chez Quilt Station over the last few months, it’s just ‘life’ and the same for all of us really.  And it has been a whirlwind of racing hither and thither, but at the same time still just going through […]

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Once you cut you’re commited.

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It’s a long weekend here in Australia, Queen’s Birthday weekend.  Aaah the perks of still being a Colony My home country of New Zealand celebrated last weekend, Queen’s birthday is celebrated the first Monday of June there. What does that have to do with commiting to cut? I don’t think either country is seeking to […]

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