Tuesday, June 30, 2015

C+S Aussie Charm Swap!

Ms Midge is running another charm swap for the Australians out there!

Ms Midge

...I still haven't used the charms from my Amy Butler charm swap. Although they might do quite nicely for the pieced curtains I'm planning for the lounge room from the Concerto quilt pattern...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with all the things I haven't done

So, that thing where I had a great long list of stuff to do? Yep, none of it is even close to being done.

Life and work and the quilt show and more work and work and ugh...


Backing for USA Hurray is on the way!

It's known the world over as #catspotting #cats #catsofinstagram

With cute cat for size comparison.

The Sydney Craft And Quilt Fair happened. I went twice - once on Wednesday and again on Saturday with a US friend who was visiting at the time.

I bought a lot of fabric - dressmaking fabric, mostly: some black-shot-green dupion that I've been hunting for years, and a lovely green-and-purple silk chiffon. Both were cheap as chips!

The take...so far... Plus, um, some Liberty lawn. No quilting fabric yet.

And some glass beads and bag handles and Vilene/interfacing and 6m of Liberty lawn...

...the Liberty lawn will hopefully turn up in time for me to make a couple of dresses out of it - and then possibly scraps? Which I'll probably sell because I have too many scraps already.

Speaking of the Sydney Quilt Show, while I couldn't get my quilts completed for that due to a torn calf muscle, I did have a small hand in the Sydney Modern Quilt Group's 2015 group quilt:

The @sydmqg group quilt... And my row! ������

That pink row is done by me! Including the Mendocino Mermaids!

And the arrival of a bundle of Far Far Away reminded me of a Heather Ross fabric print I'm looking for: the original Munki-Munki print gnomes in any colourway - not the Spoonflower, please. I've heard that the Spoonflower prints are not very lasting at all!

I'm looking for some more Heather Ross gnomes in any colourway, but I've heard that the spoonflower prints aren't all that lasting. Thoughts? Opinions? Do you have any gnomes? How have you found the spoonflower fabric?

If you have gnomes, please drop me a mail: seldear at yahoo dot com. I will happily swap 1:1 (or more) for original Mendocino Mermaid prints...

Oh, and while I was at the Quilt and Craft Fair, my, um, credit card slipped and now the Plain Jane Passacaglia has competition!

Yes. Yes, I did. #shush #millefiorimadness #millefioriquilt

But I'm steadily working away on the rosettes... Just not as steadily as I'd like!

That yellow looks really strong against the aquamarine... #plainjanepassacaglia

Other things

Finally, let me leave you with a laugh (well some of you, since this picture will make no sense to anyone but an Aussie, or someone who spent their young adult years in Australia):

Goon box cover, anyone.


How's your week (well, fortnight, it's been that long for me)? Gotten anything done? I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday (as I always do).

Monday, June 15, 2015

to do list - June

Good Morning, Monday!

Before we get to the list, have a pic of me and my friend dressed for the popup speakeasy in Melbourne Gaol for the Festival of Phryne (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries) on Friday night:

Popup speakeasy in Melbourne Gaol. A bit chilly! #cosplay #festivalofphryne #mfmm

Unfortunately, my SD card failed on Saturday morning and I lost a heck of a lot of other photos of us from that night - including pretty much all my photographs from the last six months, which I'd stored on the SD card in question (and didn't back up, DAMMIT).

I'm really very annoyed about that - and annoyed with myself for not backing up more often.


Anyway, here's the mid-year TO DO list. (You know what they say about aiming for nothing...)

- The Promises Of Spring
- Swarm
- Honey Honey
- French Farmhouse

- USA Hurray
- King of Bling (red letter day)
- Under The Sea (Mendocino quilt)

- Odyssea (binding)
- Darling Violetta (binding)

Aussie Handmade Birthday Club
- April
- May
- June

Yes, ambitious, I know, especially since there's really only two weeks of June to go. But it's DAMN THE TORPEDOES AND FULL SPEED AHEAD!


- Camille Roskelley 1
- Camille Roskelley 2
- Imagine Greater (Heather Ross)

Clothing (for August Round The World)
- 2 summer dresses
- 2 cotton trousers (1 elasticised ankle/waist, 1 loose ankle/elasticisted waist)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WIP: the one with 1920s fashion

So, I have been doing almost no quilting this week - just a little handsewing and dressmaking.


Millefiori Madness

One more rosette complete!

WIP Wednesday - June

Still a ridiculous number to go...

WIP Wednesday - June

It would probably be better if I did it every time I stepped on a train. But i'm not stepping on trains quite so often lately...

Other things

I have a friend who is hugely into the Miss Fisher Mysteries - a TV series set in 1920s Melbourne, and made in Australia. With looooovely costumes.

A number of events are taking place for fans of this show during June, including a Popup Speakeasy in Melbourne Gaol, several walking tours around the city, afternoon teas, and a dinner with one of the actors - Miss Fisher's Butler.

My friend figured that since I was down here and the costume tour was down here, she'd make the trip from the US, and so on Friday night we're going to the Popup Speakeasy in Melbourne. Appropriately dressed. (Well, as appropriately as one can given it's midwinter in Melbourne and 2015.)

I purchased two patterns from Ageless Patterns 1920s clothing patterns - the Monte Carlo dress, and the Paris Promenade dress - and have spent the last week or so umming and aahing about making them. I've finished the Monte Carlo dress and am working on a wrap for it.

WIP Wednesday - June

We'll see about the Paris Promenade dress - TBH, I'm wondering if I could get away with doing it in cotton instead, as a kind of afternoon tea dress... :)

But here's me in the Monte Carlo, with a few accoutrements:

WIP Wednesday - June

The hair will have to be different, of course - I think I'm going to do a Gibson Tuck, although it might take an army of bobby pins and a lot of hairspray to get it to sit properly. My hair is coarse and thick and doesn't play nicely with about 90% of pretty Pinterest how-to-do-your-hair tutorials...


Still thinking about what I'm going to be doing re: patchwork quilting in the coming weeks. It takes a lot of effort...

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with very little

So, the sprint turned into a hobble. Friday and Saturday were bad days for the leg, so I didn't end up getting the quilts done. Finding a commercial quilter who could do at least one of my show quilts within a week proved problematic, so I've dropped entirely out of the Sydney Quilt Show. :(


Still Swarm By Sel and The Promises Of Spring. They have backings, the issue is now getting them quilted. I have a very specific vision for The Promises Of Spring, but Swarm by Sel could be done in an all-over panto pattern if needful. If.

Anyway, while my board is clear and my space is clean, it's time to get back to backings and bindings...
- USA Hurray
- King of Bling (red letter day)
- Under The Sea (Mendocino quilt)
- Odyssea (binding)
- Darling Violetta (binding)

Oh, and the AHBC Birthday swaps for April and May, in which I've let myself get bogged down in uncertainty and self-criticism.


I may have to get a move on: I have a friend coming to stay from the US on Saturday and the only place to put her is in the sewing room!

Millefiori Madness

Still sewing slowly on the commute, although I'm liking the current rosette - gold diamonds and magenta centres - so pretty!

Millefiori madness

Other things

June-July quilts

1. 2 Camille Roskelley quilts
2. Imagine Greater: Heather Ross quilt


Linking up to Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with sprinting

It's been a month of finishes - or it will be, once I actually quilt and bind my two show quilts. Rush rush, time's getting on!



At the Sydney MQG sew-in:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

Complete! (With butt-stamp of approval by cat.)

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

A glimpse of the 'feature' block:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

And choosing backings:

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

I think I'll go with the bees and the butterflies and the flowers to separate them...

The Promises Of Spring

a.k.a. "The Snowflake Block quilt"

Y-seams are exhausting things; especially when you've cut the corners on your blocks!

I swear this quilt is mostly fixes. It'll look fantastic...as long as you're standing back... #snowflakeblock

But the overall effect is pretty stunning:

Never speak to me of y-seams ever again. EVER. #snowflakeblock

WIP Wednesday: sprint for the show

Although I'm not looking forward to filling all that whitespace - especially since I tore a muscle in my left calf at hockey on Sunday and am now limping through life - and will be limping for at least the next month... Free-motion quilting on a longarm is usually a breeze...this time, it's probably going to be a chore...

millefiori madness

Very little progress on this and no photos...


Do you ever get depressed by how productive other bloggers are? Those women who have photo after photo after photo of quilting and crafty things in a neverending stream? I'm feeling a little flat about my own output lately.

So how are your WIPs going? Linked up to one of the linky posts of the week?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with Tula scraps

Not much to report. Kind of did myself in with all the sewing the other weekend; this week has been The Writing Week instead.


Tula Pink MiniQuilts

Yeah, I kept going with the scraps after my #aussietulapinkswap was done.

WIP Wednesday may

The quilting is very experimental, although it looks great from a distance. I'm just...I feel bad about giving it away as a gift to a quilty person who I feel will be all "ugh, they're giving me this - but it's so bad!"

WIP Wednesday may

I've been the recip of an "ugh, this was badly made" gift before; it's not fun, and so I try not to be That Person.

WIP Wednesday may

I have another set of half-square-ish triangles blocks which I'm going to use to make another one.

Swarm By Sel

Or: why I will never win a show.

My seams are entirely too flexible.

WIP Wednesday may

WIP Wednesday may

Another six rows put together. And I'm running out of small triangle blocks. Which means a whole new set of making is going to be necessary.

It's going to get messy...

Other things

1. Thinking of buying a Bernina 750 QE - assuming I can get one at Kim Bradley Creations' VIP Sale tonight. Not sure I'll make it in time to snag a machine, though. I also need more of the C+S neutral basics to finish Swarm.

2. Going to need to do a lot of sewing this weekend. I was hoping to have Swarm done by Quiltmarket, just to have something to show off amidst the stream of fabric envy posts.

3. I really don't like the new Flickr update - in order to share a picture now, I have to select the 'share' button, select the size, select the code, and 'cut' it for pasting to, say, a blog post. That's four discrete actions, as comapred to the two it used to be. The size used to be automatic to the last setting, and the code was already selected.

Why the extra steps? Unless they plan to put advertising into the whitespace, like they do everything else. I'm a computer programmer, I know about user experience - and this is BAD user experience.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sydney Quilt Show

Haven't gotten my acceptance letter yet.

Maybe I didn't get in this year?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with Tula Pink

Oh it's been such a fortnight! Life happened last week, and I didn't get around to doing a WIP Wednesday post.



I only realised this was due when I started seeing Instgrams about people posting theirs! So it was a rush job, over the weekend:

Tula Pink swap

Full post HERE!



Slowly moving - I'm a bit tired out by that Tula swap!

WIP Wednesday may

Birthday Swaps

Yeah, a mini quilt. Of more Tula. This time it's scraps and a bit of improv.

WIP Wednesday may

To Do This Week

1. Swarm
2. Birthday Swaps (before I get behind again!)


Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Aussie Tula Pink Swap

My first problem when creating a quilt is fixing on a single idea. I have no shortage of creative ideas in any sphere; my problem is less one of creativity and one of focused creativity.

So, for instance, I had a dozen ideas of what to do for this mini-quilt, and about all I'd managed was pulling out my box of Tula.

Tula Pink swap

Yeah, not very helpful, really.

Then, while digging through my pattern books and templates, I found the Marti Michell Hexagon Ruler - and spotted a pattern on the paper instructions that I rather liked. As it turned out, it's called Ring Cycles, but I pretty much just worked it out off the pattern on the label. (I'm really awful at following patterns, but great at working things out myself.)

Except the fabrics I started with didn't work together:

Tula Pink swap

The raccoons from Acacia (and the associated fabrics) were just too strong for the Salt Water octopus and the Fox Field prints. So I took them out (and will make a mini up for a friend in the US.

Change up the Acacia fabrics for some Fox Field, and BAZINGA!

Tula Pink swap

Much better!

And then there was the quilting:

Tula Pink swap

I think I've become a convert to the school of Angela Walter's "quilt it until it's good and dead"...

Tula Pink swap

As in, really really dead.

Tula Pink swap

Really really really dead.

Bound and finished - and Smokey gave it the buttstamp of approval! (Admittedly, that is not difficult in this household.)

Tula Pink swap

It needed some blocking, so I started off steam-blocking it, and then just ended up wetting it and laying it out flat.

Tula Pink swap

I'm quite happy with it, and if the recipient doesn't like it...I'll be more than happy to take it back off her and make another one!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with swarm


"Swarm" by Sel

#swarmbysel is my first quilt for the Sydney Quilt Show. It's a bit of a monster, actually - I've been working on it for a year, very slowly, and it's only the impending deadline that has me working on it right now:

Why do i do this to myself? Why? #swarmbysel

Plus, those little triangles in the background triangle blocks? They're 'bees'.

They look really spectacular But they're a PAIN to make.


P. A. I. N.

But it's all coming together quite nicely, I think!

WIP Wednesday: swarm by Sel

It just needs to be four times longer...

If you'd like to watch it all come together, then I'm on Instagram as seldear - here.

Plain Jane Passacaglia

I joined the FB group for the Passacaglia. I'm not sure that was a good idea. Mostly, it becomes a little daunting to look at all the beautifully cut-and-pieced fussy-cuts, and then look at my own 'Plain Jane'.

Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind... #plainjanepassacaglia

Sometimes I feel rather like the entirety of online quilting is a big LOOK AT MOI! Including myself.

Going Nowhere

Birthday Swaps




To Do This Week


I have some time this Saturday - it's ANZAC day, and things will be pretty quiet commercially (although the circus surrounding it will be massive, since this is the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. I'm debating whether to go to a dawn service, but not sure I can actually make it. Plus, I think that the memory of war and the gratefulness towards those who serve in the military is something that should be remembered in the midst of the kind of life they fought for, not on one day of the year - rather like love in the little things should be shown every day, not just on Valentines' Day.

And that's my meta for the month.

Have a good and productive week, and I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday: the one with free motion quilting!

So, last Friday/Saturday, I attended the HandiQuilter's Blessington Academy up in the Blue Mountains, took three classes, and two lectures with Angela Walters, and learned about the HQ Infinity 240 (or something like that; I don't remember the specifics of the machine).

First class with Angela Walters in 30 mins! ������ #hqblessington Anyone else here?

It was VERY good, and I came back with a heap of new thoughts and experiences, as well as some new outlooks on my quilts and quilting them!

Many things





Came home from the Blessington Academy on Saturday afternoon, quilted it Saturday night, bound it last night. It goes in the post tonight (somewhat belated).

February Birthday Swap!


Many things

Completed the cover at the Blessington Academy on Friday afternoon and it goes in the post tonight.

Esme top

Too late for summer, of course.

Many things

And probably needs to be one or two sizes smaller in the body. I'm practically swimming in the fabric!

Oh, well, next summer...



First pictures!


Once I start sewing the pieces together, it comes together pretty fast. I can do a row or two per night and the top will be done in a couple of weeks. Which then means I have to get cracking on the quilting...


Must start thinking about that now.

Plain Jane Passacaglia

Another Rosette 7 done!

Another rosette of the #plainjanepassacaglia finished! Huzzah!

I think a Rosette 11 is up next...

To Do This Week

Set the blocks, lay it out, JUST DO IT.


April Birthday Swaps
Sew Together Bag? Drawstring Bag? Another Compact Shopping Bag? I'm on a Bag run right now.

Got fabric for the Aussie Tula Pink Swap. Need to work out what I'm actually doing with it... It shouldn't be that hard, right? RIGHT? *facepalm*


Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.