Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nessie's Birthday Wagga

Anna is the last of the big little's to get a Wagga. All the kids but not yet any of the grandchildren have one.

 Made using an old aqua blanket and other hand dyed blankets. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"O My Dove' Sampler Pattern Finished

I really love this pretty verse. It speaks to me of the welcome place a friend or lover makes for us, so that we might open our heart. We yearn for someone to want to draw us out. Pattern available at my Etsy shop.

Made in 1994.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Wagga

The back of the new Wagga. A combination of bits and pieces I've collected, made, worn, purchased recently or over time.
The Mona Lisa tea towel's a beaut! I gave her a pretty crown of lazy daises.

The same as the last one I made my son, but this is all dyed (I ran out of the colours on his and we liked it so much I had to replicate it). So, it's all old blankets dyed with Landscape dyes.

Red bunny I had stitched on a skirt. The writing is from a tea cloth with Welsh Spoons all over it. A big part of my ancestry is Welsh and I have the looks, apparently, so...

I must have made that feathered star 25+ years ago! Note the John Wolfe's 'Paris Garret' ex skirt. 
There are the Welsh spoons. And a couple of bees from an old cushion I made a had as a class. Back in the day. I keep everything significant or loved, regardless of the space is takes up. It's my space anyway, so I may as well use it how I please.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Churn Dash Love

I found the quilted peachy-pink satin bedspread (lining) at Wandin North Op Shop for $4! It's a page out of my childhood. Well, not mine exactly, but that time when people had that type of thing. None of this polyester rubbish, it feels so silken and luscious. I don't even know if I want a V cushion, but it was too perfect and I might take up more reading, or embroidering in bed, so it will be perfect. 
Reminds me of a 60's McCall's Needlework photo shoot.
The buttons on the cushion are actually (very) old lead disks, self-covered. Grandma's stash.

Cousin Ivy's Pineapple Lilly (Eucomis).
I made the Churn Dash quilt top years ago. It's all satin-backed shantung and old silks etc. The back is turned out and ties hold the layers together.

I can't figure out my camera. I might have to actually read something, but time is always too precious. So, sorry about the dullness of the shot. It' actually amazing and rich in colour and smells pretty.

This is the new shed/arbour/patio between the house and the vege garden. Nice brickwork my dear.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My First Born Is 40! So...

The real colours are a bit softer. I liked it so much it was hard to give away (which is the best mark of a good present). All made using woollen blankets, the ducky blues hand-dyed.
Size: 2.5 metres square. Huge! Roll on winter. It was very hot making this beauty.
He looks happy. Is he happy?
Now I'm cutting a smaller one the same, for us, because we need those colours in our lounge-room and the OTL always pulls up a blanky and has a little sleep.


Both of these photo's were taken during Mum and Dad's honeymoon, April 1955, when Mum was 21 years old.
Having a sky as background makes them work as tapestries, I reckon. 

Go to my Etsy shop if you want anything done, won't you.

Monday, January 02, 2017

The One True's Log Cabin Quilt

Made mostly using vintage Japanese silks.
The idea is (as I keep saying) to use my stash. But... I had to buy extra, which is like having permission to go sick at the lolly shop (Kazari/Ziguzagu). Plus use Phillips Shirts fabric for the back.
The quilt is around 1.2-3 metres square.
The anomaly in the corner was accidental, but I'm happy to leave it.

Back, obviously. I put a facing all round to get a good edge. It's difficult otherwise to do the zig-zags neatly.