Sunday, January 20, 2013

Just Takes 2 times 2

 This is my finished( unquilted) Justtakes2 quilt. My beautiful son and his mate kindly held it up for me so I could photograph it. As you can see it was a sunny day and as it's summer here in Aus my back "lawn" is looking very dry.
 Two of the blocks so you can see that I actually used probably 5 different fabrics mainly as I thought I would run out of the paisley fabric. Both blues are the "Sunflower of Provence" range and I used cream homespun with a couple of other off white fabrics for my backgrounds.Didn't put a border on mine as I don't even know if I have enough fabric for the binding! The whole quilt is now at the quilters for Leanne to work her magic. Do you know how hard it was to choose the quilting pattern??? We ummed and ahhed about two different ones before picking the one and for the life of me I can't remember which we chose.
 Being held up in the tearoom at work is my friend Nancy's JustTakes2 quilt. This believe it or not is her second quilt and I think she has done an amazing job.She buttonhole stitched all the applique blocks using just ordinary cotton and her stitching is so fine I am in awe. Nancy also put the propellers on her plane blocks ( unlike me) and has bordered hers as well.
 Up close and personal with one block. Nancy used homespun and calico for her fabrics. I have given her a huge pat on the back for finishing this quilt as so often she was daunted by some of the blocks but still kept on. Now on to the next challenge, just not sure what we are going to do. I rather fancy the GenX sisters BOM.
 As Marina of "Maisie and the boys" posted we had a lovely day of stitching on Friday as well as a visit  to Jemima's quilt shop.I was very impressed with Marina's hexie quilt and while with her and Rosalie I stitched some of my pathway hexies. When I got home my DD2 sorted them all into the correct shepe and put them into the box. I think they look so gorgeous waiting to be stitched together. Thanks again for a really enjoyable day mMarina.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

The AHHH's are back and some block swaps

 This is a block I received in the Quilt Block swap Australia for Dec. I do love my stars. Thank you, Jane for this addition to my star quilt.
 Jane wanted another 9 patch star. I have made this for her before and I love the block. I did do slightly different colours this time.
 For Jan Brenda wanted any block in 1930's fabric. I had to visit the local quilt shop as I don't own any 1930's. I don't normally like green but the peach ( yes it is peach ) and green go very well together. Thanks to Sue for the inspiration for this block... Balkan puzzle. It was a great one to make. Brenda has got it so I can show. I eagerly await my block which is in mid air from Ohio.
 Blogger doing weird things here!!!Didn't mean to include this.
 The Ahhh's are back and this is the one I have had going for absolutely ages. It was supposed to have small stars in th corners but I gave up even trying to draw it up so just used star fabric instead. Visit to see more AHHH's and see how easy it is to get started. Tonya is selling the precut papers so the hard work is taken away.
 I know that my photograhy skills are not so good but I can assure you that these strawberries that I picked from our plants tasted delicious. Nothing quite like picking them in the warmth of the day and popping straight into your mouth. Yum
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