Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Is it Black or is it White?

I have a huge collection of black and white fabrics so there is a little 1" square of most of them in this quilt. Interesting that some fabrics are black/white and some white/black. Others of course are straight half and half so it was an interesting exercise in value.Hope you enjoy the quilt Helen as much as I have making it.

Kutting-edge Kaleidoscope

I'm not a serious collector but it seems over the years I have accumulated a number of pairs of scissors, rotary cutters etc. You might say tools required for quilting.
Kutting-edge Kaleidoscope is a computer generated quilt which resulted from a scan of some of this accumulation. The scan was then manipulated in Photoshop to produce first the kaleidoscope and then the border fabric, printed with an inkjet printer on to cotton and finally quilted and bound.
I have attached the original scan as I thought it may of interest to see how it looked in the beginning. The portion used to create the kaleidoscope was taken from lower right corner.
Thank you Helen for setting such an interesting challenge. It has been fun and I am really enjoying seeing the other quilts as they are posted, all are inspiring.
Cheers Judy

Lorraine's Collection

What collection? Fabrics of course! Here are 99 samples from my fabric collection - and they didn't even scratch the surface. I enjoyed this challenge thanks Helen.

Love Deb's buttons as well. Did you use wool fabrics to stitch them onto?

Looking forward to 'Through the window"

cheers Lorraine

Monday, November 29, 2010

Helen's Red Collection

I considered my Carltonware and my grandmother's teapots before deciding on a more personal focus for my collection.
The book on the quilt (which on reflection could have been larger to better suit the dimensions) opens to reveal details of the red collection that, in part, includes red t-shirts, red shoes, red shorts, red gloves, red vests, red shirts, red scarves, red watch, red jumpers, red eye shades, red coats, red wallet, red hats, red earrings, red bracelets, red handbags, red socks, red skivvies etc. and silver car!

'bits and bobs' - Deb

I have collections of all sorts of things, so it was hard to choose! This one is probably a bit obvious - a collection of buttons! It's also a collection of my shot cottons (35 in all). I wanted the finished quilt to look like a piece of modern art! Some of the buttons have been passed down from my grandmother and my mother. The edging was something new - a binding method from andsewitgoes blog. It was also an interesting exercise getting the quilt to the correct size. I measured accurately but must have stitched with a slightly smaller than 1/4 inch seam allowance - therefore the quilt is a bit bigger than 12 x 9!! And I've learnt how to crop the photo!

Too Many Recipes, too Little Time

When Helen chose "My Collections", my first thought was, I don't collect anything.  Then I thought there is lots of fabric, but by definition, to be in this group we would all have lots of fabric.  I looked at my bookshelf and saw all the cook books, thenI went to get something from a kitchen drawer and saw my "recipe file".  My recipe file is a large plastic bag containing scraps of paper - hand written, cut from magazines and newspapers, or promotional brochures put out by various companies.  It is not organised in any way, but when I need a recipe I always know what colour paper I am searching for!  There are so many that if I started today and made something different every day it would take years to get through everything - but I still cut out new things when I see them.
My little quilt shows my bag bursting with recipes.  The small squares around the border represent my fabric collection.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

"my collection: favourite fabrics" by margie may

For Helen I made a shadow box in which to display fabrics from my collection.  Some of my favourites fabrics and designers are Itaya Naomi from Japan, Kaffe Fassett, Souleiado from France, Liberty of London, Alexander Henry; and I love stripes and spots.
Apart from fabric I’m not a serious collector of anything in particular – a bit of a bower bird. I have drawers of buttons and ribbons and lace and pieces of needlework that I might do something with one day – haven’t we all! I recently discovered a shop in Castlemaine called “habadash” [‘vintage, antique buttons, bits and bobs’] – a seriously dangerous shop to enter! - but if you happen to be passing by highly recommended. http://www.habadash.com.au/
Happy collecting, Margie

Saturday, November 27, 2010

'2 from 11 = 9'

Hello everyone,
'2 from 11 = 2'. That just about says it all! I'm a collector! Can't help myself.
So when it was time to make this little quilt I was in a real bind......... what collection should I do?
Well the old lace and buttons won. It is a bit hard to see the lace in a photo though.
Have been enjoying everyone's comments and photos.
This is a great way to keep in touch but I am still learning all of the 'ins and outs' of the process.
The photo is meant to be the other way around but I can't do that yet.   Baby steps!

Friday, November 26, 2010

September Challenge - 12 Lorraine Cocker

This is my September 2010 challenge - better late than never!!! Twelve daisies with 12 petals in each, organza surrounds and heavily quilted. cheers Lorraine

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Memory Collector

Here is my Collection of Memories on my Memory Tree.
I am not a collector of things so thought my memories were important to me.
And I am still collecting memories of family, friendships, special moments, holidays, teaching, quilting and good wines to name a few!
Congratulations Helen on your wins at SA quilt Show.
Hope you enjoy my 12x9.
Happy Quilting to all,

Ring A Ring A Rosy - Kerry Glen

What a busy couple  of months it has been for me. I have been to Adelaide for the Craft and Quilt Show, Brisbane for the Craft and Quilt and finally Melbourne last weekend for the Quilting Trade show so I spent plenty of thought processes on what my collection could comprise of and came up with the obvious, my fabrics of course.
This selection of my collection just jumped off the shelves as they are just new in and I think the colours are very much Rose colours . My garden gets so little attention but the roses just keep on coming. And when in Adelaide was impressed how well they were growing in the beautiful gardens we passed to and from the showgrounds.
So Helen from my garden to  yours.My congrats also Helen on your beautiful quilts. And I would like to thank the girls in Adelaide who as usual made me very welcome and supported my stand to the extreme.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Good morning everyone!  I have been away for a couple of weeks.  Had a lovely time - family wedding, exploring the south coast of NSW, the High Plains country of Kosiusko Nat. Park, then on to Rutherglen to replenish the port supplies.  I finished my "Collections" quilt before I went but I will save that for a later post.

I would like to say "congratulations" to Helen for winning two prizes at the Quilters' Guild of SA's recent Festival of Quilts. I am sure all the South Aussies in our group went to the show - it was while I was away.  You can see Helen's quilt by going to the Guild's web site and following the links.

Well done, Helen.  The quilt looks beautiful and I hope I can see it in real life soon.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Hello everyone,
Pleased to say that I have my "Collections" quilt finished. I will post a photo at the end of the month.
We are finally getting spring weather in New Zealand  after rain and very strong cold winds.
The theme for the next challenge is "Through the Window".
The quilts are looking lovely and I will look forward to maybe seeing them all in real life and in an exhibition somewhere!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Theme order!

Good idea Deb. I like the idea of you putting the theme beside the name.
Would everyone be happy if we followed the order of names on the Blog to show the next to choose a theme. Example: that means Anna would be next. It would be so much easy for us all to follow, I think.
I haven't started my theme quilt yet either. Have had this idea going around in my head, so better put it to fabric. Have found this theme quite hard as I am not a collecter of anything really. So who knows what I will end up doing. Love these challenges!!!!
Happy stitching to you all.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Progress report from Deb

'My Collection' - well I'm sure we've all got a few collections (and more!), and don't even mention the fabric collection!!!   I haven't started my quilt yet but I think I've finally got an idea, so that's a start. Loved all the quilts from 'Twelve' so really looking forward to seeing the results from this theme. 
I have put the title of Pam and Helen's themes next to their names in the right hand column of the blog, and will continue as we all choose our theme. Hope that's OK?