Saturday, August 6, 2016

a question of content (or: going forward)

So, I read a post over at Stitched In Color today called "Where Have All The Blogs Gone?" about the future of quiltblogging in an Insta-focused world. That led to an article over at Generation Q entitled "What The Heck Is Happening In Our Q-niverse?".

And that got me thinking.

My regular blogging used to be largely WIP Wednesdays, thanks to Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. This summer, she's chosen to focus on her own quiltmaking and patternmaking, and so the impetus to post something every week has kind of drifted away off into the sky.

Some of the resultant slack has been taken up by the 2016 Finish-Along, but that's really just a minimum of two posts per quarter, which isn't quite the same as a dozen posts per quarter.

I guess the thing I'm curious about is what you, the readers, want to see on this blog? Mostly, I just post WIP status updates, with the occasional tutorial. I have ideas for patterns, but actually getting them completed is another matter.

Do you have any thoughts on what I should post? Preferences? Things that you'd like to see?

*crickets chirp*

Friday, August 5, 2016

home with quilty plans

So, I'm back after a month of travelling, with absolutely no quilting done while I was gone. I didn't even take hand-work.

My goals for the remainder of August are:

1. Finish the curtains:
Q3 finish along: curtains

2. Make the young goalie on my hockey team a quilt by presentation night (1 month away)

3. The centre medallion for the Sydney Mod Squad's 2017 group quilt! 18" square, plus a grey border, and I have a design but I have to work it out in colours and the piecing - and that's the tricky part!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Do I Know My Own Worth? Where The Rubber Hits The Road

So, you know about Hunter's Design Studio's We Are $ew Worth It theme, right? Or perhaps you know the concept of We Are $ew Worth It better for Molli Sparkles' post about No Value Does Not Equal Free, where he talks about the cost of making a quilt and does a very handy little spreadsheet to calculate it.

The rubber has just hit the road for me. A friend has offered to buy The Promises Of Spring since I mentioned in another blogpost that I was wondering what to do with it:

Promises of Spring

So, what is this quilt worth?

As noted in the post by Hunter's Design studio, this is an entirely different value to what I can get for it. I can do some rough maths to work out a value for the quilt, probably using Molli's template. However, the sale of the quilt poses a question about how I value myself - which, frankly, is the more challenging question. Numbers are easy; self-worth is difficult.

The question I have is how to approach this. Do I put out a spreadsheet laying out the price of the effort I put in (approximated because I didn't bother to record how long it took)? Do I just give her a number and wait for agreement or disagreement? Do I say "this is how much it cost me to make, this is what I'm happy to sell it for"? The friend is buying it for her daughter, and if she's not rolling in it, she's not destitute either.

I'm more than happy to gift a large portion of it - I've given quilts before and not said how much they cost; I've indicated how much quilts cost in casual conversation, but I've never had to have the conversation about how much my quilts are WORTH. And it's one thing to know that my 'hobby work' should be valued as much as my 'office work' (for which I am paid in easy excess of $50/hr) - certainly my 'hobby work' has brought considerably more pleasure to myself and others than my 'office work' tends to - and yet another to actually sit down and value my efforts.

It won't be easy. But maybe it's time.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Q3 proposed finishes (Finish Along)

Goals for Q3 set!

To Complete

1. Never Did The Quiltmath

Not convinced this quilt is going to work quite the way I envisioned... #neverdidquiltmath

2. Elizabeth In Wonderland

#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter

3. Friendship Supernova

Q3 finish along

4. Large Log Cabin

Finish along 2016 Q2

5. Lounge Room Side Curtains

Q3 finish along

Again, somewhat unlikely to complete all of them given that I'm away for a month in July, but with the best of intentions nevertheless!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Q2 Finish-Along: Valley of the Kings

So, I got a few things on my Q2 Finish Along list off the list - the first item and the last item!

7. Valley Of The Kings

I've had this on my to-do list for far, far too long. I'm glad it's out.


Now I just have to get it quilted and sent off to the original recip. Or else gifted somewhere!

LInking back to the Q2 Finish Along!

Q2 Finish-Along: The Snowflake Quilt

So, I got a few things on my Q2 Finish Along list off the list - the first item and the last item!

1. The Snowflake Quilt

This is me standing in front of it as it hangs in the Sydney Quilt Show:

Quilt Show 2016

This was entered in the Open Amateur part of the show, and titled "The Promises Of Spring" with the blurb: Every winter's flake carries the promise of summer within it.

And for a slightly better image of the quilting:

Promises of Spring

Yes, I quilted it myself. The block was designed by Madame Parfait several years previously - the 'Rainbow Blossom' block, and I posted a tutorial for making the block back about three years ago, which I used to make these blocks. However, I've since had someone draft me a foundation paper piecing pattern, and as soon as I get back from my holidays, I'm going to turn it over to pattern testers and probably release it through Make Modern Magazine.

Linking up to the Q2 Finish Along!

Friday, June 24, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one with curtains

It's actually Friday here. But whatever!

Bought some Parisville this week at painful prices (and yet I paid it): I think it's going to end up as a bag...

Hey @molli_sparkles: no sooner asked than arrived! Thanks muchly. 😊😊 Going to have to find a nice big print pattern for this one!  #parisville #tulatroops

Now I need to find a bag pattern I like. And possibly a stall at the Sydney Quilt And Craft Fair that sells leather.

I should make a separate post about the things I bought at the Craft and Quilt Fair...


Dining Room Curtains

I know, they look finished, but that's only half!

Curtain call! Alas only one half of it - have the other half yet to do!

But they look pretty spiffy, IMO!


Other than that, there's still heart blocks for #quiltsforpulse:

#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter: #quiltsforpulse

Lounge Room Curtains:

More curtains at the @sydmodsquad super sew-in! #sydmodsquad

And making at least one Liberty dress for my trip away.

This is me at the Sydney #craftandquiltfair the Liberty store run by @the_strawberry_thief

That's me at the Sydney Craft And Quilt Fair outside the Liberty store run by @the_strawberry_fields.

Lots of things to do this week...and today. So I'd better get down to work!

Quilty To Do List

Before Trip

- Lined Drawstring Bags for my trip
- Dining Room curtains
- Living Room side curtains.
- Liberty Summer Dress

After Trip:

- quilt for my spiritual mentor
- quilt for the young goalie on our team (?)
- technicolour galaxy
- a bajillion other things

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It's been a while... The Update Post

Sorry for the absence! I haven't been unproductive, just busy - dealing with health, dealing with life, dealing with other activities, and prepping my entries for the Sydney Quilt Show 2016!

Fireside Bowl Bag

Completed! And quite pretty, if not as stiff/structured as I'd like.

Presenting the #FiresideBowlBag - a #sewsweetnesspattern in @cottonandsteel - finally complete after the hardware from @Studiomio95 arrived today! #BagLadySel #sewmystash2016 #sewmystash2016aprilchallenge

I'll take it to the Sydney Quilt Show on Thursday - lots of space to carry purchases! *grins*


I've started work on the curtains for our house - the dining room curtains in a Jewel Box pattern using RK Essex Linen and Reece Scannell shot cottons:

It's been a while since I posted anything quilty on here. Curtain details with RK Essex linen, and Reece Scannell shot cottons.

At the same time, I've started on one set of curtains for the loungeroom - again, RK Essex Linen, although this time with Kona Solids, in the Concerto pattern designed by Alyssa Lichner of Pile O'Fabric.

More curtains at the @sydmodsquad super sew-in! #sydmodsquad

I need to actually finish these curtains; it's not that hard, just a couple of hours of sewing. And I should do them before I go away on vacation in early July! Eek!

Sydney Quilt Show

I have two quilts in the show, Intulawoven and The Promises Of Spring.

Intulawoven's interest is in the piecing, with an all-over 'fiery curl' stipple that I rather like.

A day (or two) late, but hopefully not a dollar short! This is "Intulawoven" although I've started to think I should call it "Tula With A Twist" - apart from the white, all the fabrics (both front and back) are Tula! Posted, finished, for the #igquiltfest

The Promise Of Spring, on the other hand, has a good look on the pieced front, but the focal part is supposed to be the quilting:

Various things

Promises of Spring

This one's going to be difficult to get a good picture - it's white on white, and very difficult to see from the front and under good light! Ah well, hopefully people will stop to look at it and admire the piecing and the quilting. Mostly, I want people to look at my quilts and have a "okay, wow" moment, even if they come to realise it's not technically perfect!

My quilting group - the Sydney Modern Sewists and Quilters group (otherwise known as the Sydney Mod Squad) enters a quilt into the Sydney Quilt Show every year, and this year it looks like our group quilt won a prize! Our president got The Call from the Sydney Quilt Show, asking if someone from our group could be at the presentation to accept the award. So Penny Poppleton (who also got a call for one of her personal quilts entered in the show) will be there to accept our award!

Other Things

With a lot of people coming to Sydney for the Sydney Quilt Show, Gnome Angel and a couple of others organised a meet-up, and added a nametagswap so people could do a bit of swapping, and also have an easy way to ID each other.

This was the one I made for @shoppershaz on Instagram:
Various things

And this is the one she made for me!

That flamingo dude is pieced! #greataussienametagswap

Look at those legs!

I also am making heart blocks for Orlando.

#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter: #quiltsforpulse

In the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub, the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild announced their intention of giving a quilt each to the survivors, and a quilt each to the families of the dead. Ideally, they'd prefer full quilts, but they're willing to accept blocks, quilt tops, and financial aid to help with the quilting, padding, backing, and binding of the partially-done quilts they receive. Details are here at the Orlando MQG site and is a way to help out after tragedy.

(Another way you can help out is to vote for the regulation of guns. Not the removal of the 2nd Amendment but the regulation of who can buy guns, the process of purchase, and the types of weapons available to the general public - particularly high-powered, swift-firing weaponry - in exactly the same way our societies regulate alcohol consumption, plane travel, and opioid drugs for the general safety of society. It's not a ban, it's a limitation, and it keeps more people alive through the management of otherwise sane and careful people's rights.)

(Yes, I got political. So shoot me. Good luck getting that gun either in or into Australia, though.)

Upcoming Things

So the Sydney Mod Squad is planning for our show quilt next year - a round-robin medallion quilt. And I'm doing the centre. I have a few ideas, need to draft some things, and quite possibly very soon, because I'm going on holidays!

Speaking of holidays, I really need to hurry up and get the pieces of my Passacaglia sorted out, because I'm going to be doing at least a little sewing here and there while on holiday (through Vietnam, Western Europe, and the US).

There are a dozen Lined Drawstring Bags to make for a bunch of friends I'm meeting up with in Denver, and another quilt I started cutting out because I'm a sucker for a new project. *facepalm*

And I was hoping to get around to making some quilts for the church group heading out to visit some country missionaries, but with everything else on in my life (including the return of client contracts after six months of sporadic work) I'm not going to have the chance. I'd better let the woman I offered them to know.

Just not enough time in the universe for everything.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP: the one with a nearly-completed bag!

Bags are not my bag, baby, so this is pretty exciting. Plus, my first bag from this book of patterns!


Fireside Bowl Bag

Saturday night, I had the pieces all cut out:

#sewmystash2016 April challenge at #saturdaynightcraftalong hosted by @barefootcrafter

I spent most of Monday fitting it all together - it's not too difficult, although I probably need to change a few things up.

Nearly done! Just waiting for the swivel hooks to arrive - I had the wrong size and the wrong type.

A little #cottonandsteel for the day off!

I'd like to do this again, but with leather as the 'contrast' fabric. Pattern is by Sew Sweetness, from her book 'Big City Bags'. And it's certainly a pretty damn big bag - very roomy inside!

Plain Jane Passcaglia

Another rosette centre is done:

The morning commute. Much easier when it's a decently long trip. #plainjanepassacaglia

I've kind of decided to go off the pattern; I'm not going to follow her structure, just going to fit my own together and finish it up. I don't think I have the staying power to complete it that way.


1. baby quilts for twins
2. baby quilts for sibling brothers (one was born just this morning - and mum and baby are all good - yay!)
3. Scrappy Log Cabins

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the one on Thursday

So I'm a day late.


I put a post in for the 2016 Q2 Finish-a-long, listing the projects I aim to finish from April to June. Yes, there are a lot of them!

However, I've already completed one!

This fabric has been sitting around in my stash since 2009. At first I didn't know what to make with it; then I realised I wasn't as fond of the fabric as I initially thought. Then my style and ouvre changed and I couldn't think of a pattern I could do that would suit... And then it just got stashed away somewhere to gather dust.

Finish along 2016 Q2

I resurrected it a couple of years ago to make a quilt for an online friend who's gone somewhat AWOL in the last couple of years; I'm just not sure it's in her ouvre either!

Anyway, it's done.


Back it, quilt it, bind it, send it off!


#SewMyStash2016 has a bag challenge for April!

I've had my eye on making something in Sara Lawson's "Big City Bags" for a couple of years now - ever since I won the book in a random draw! I'd like to make one of the bigger bags, but figured I'd start small-ish.

Goals. I has them! #sewmystash2016

So that's going to be my project for the next week! We'll see how it goes.


Also in the meantime, some scrappy log cabins with 2.5" scrap strips (mostly left overs from bindings and other jelly roll projects). Not sure I particularly like the look, but it's simple and easy to do, and makes some really good scrap quilts to give away.

Finish along 2016 Q2

May need to slice a few more coloured strips for the right colour mix...


A friend and I have been thinking about the state of the WIP Wednesday, and were thinking of running a regular WIP Wednesday link-up - most for Australians, but this is the intarwebs, so really for anyone who wants to get involved.

Still in thinking process, although we'll probably talk about it on the train tonight.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Q2 Proposed Finishes (Finish-Along)

So, things I propose to finish this quarter:

1. The Snowflake Quilt (I kind of have to; it's been entered in the Sydney Quilt Show 2016)

2. Never Did The Quiltmath
Not convinced this quilt is going to work quite the way I envisioned... #neverdidquiltmath

3. Elizabeth In Wonderland (so named after several comments on Instagram)
#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter

4. Large Log Cabin - top

Finish along 2016 Q2

5. Friendship Supernova (extended version) - top

6. Drunkard's Path - top
"I'm feeling like a Monday, but someday I'll be Saturday night..." What I would be doing in the #saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter, if not for the fact that I'm utterly wiped out...

7. Valley of the Kings - top
Finish along 2016 Q2

I won't get them all done, but I might as well list them so I know what I should be working on in the coming months!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2016 Finish: La Trivetiata

I've forgotten the name for these things... Oh, wait. Trivets! They're called TRIVETS.

At least they are around here. Don't know what other people call them.

The fabric has been sitting around since 2011, when I first started a quilt for my mother using RK's Imperial Collection 7 (I think). I trimmed down the tiny HSTs, sewed them together and then took forever to finish binding them. I'm awful that way.

Also, my old machine (a Brother NS50, which I originally was using for dressmaking when I turned to quilting) wasn't good for binding. My new machine (a Juki) binds quilts like a damn Trojan! (Or maybe it should be a Spartan? THIS IS BIIIIINDIIIIINGGGG!!!)

But they are FINISHED!

2016 Q1 Finishes

(And yet again, I have to work out what to do with them. They were to be a gift for a friend when I started them, but that boat has kinda sailed...)

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

2016 Finish: Honey Honey

At some point in the past, I may have given this quilt a cutesy name. However it's been so damn long that I don't actually remember what I called it.

2016 Q1 Finishes

The fabric is Kate Spain's Honey Honey from, oh, 2013? 2014? And the cream is (I think) Bella Solids (but I don't remember the colour). That's how long ago I did it, and how little I remember of it!

It's been sitting around with a backing and a batting for ages, and I simply didn't get to quilting it. I wanted to quilt it myself because of the large amounts of negative space, except...time. And opportunity. And a whole bunch of other things. Not least of which I decided that, having made this, I didn't actually like the fabric and colour choices anymore...

I am, however, quite proud of the quilting:

2016 Q1 Finishes

So, it's done, it's bound, and I have to work out what to do with it. Possibly give away as a gift? I feel kind of bad giving something away that I'm not satisfied with, even if it's a question of style and taste, and not one of quality.

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Intulawoven - all done!

Got it bound a couple of weekends ago, photographed, and ready to show!

Literally ready to show, since I entered it in to the Sydney Quilt Show. Now to see if they accept it!

Pic of the front:

2016 Q1 Finishes

Pic of the back:

2016 Q1 Finishes

Pic with house:

2016 Q1 Finishes

I think I'm keeping this one. It's just too pretty to give away. (I could be wrong. I was going to keep 'Swarm', too.)

The post about making this top is here.

Linking up to the 2016 Finish-Along!

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Done Wednesday

1. Four quilts and backings mailed off to my longarm quilter
2. Photographed Intulawoven
3. Not much else.

Thank heavens it's a long weekend coming up - an extra-long weekend, too, with Easter. Good Friday + Easter Monday = four day weekend.

I feel like I really need it right now...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WIP Wednesday: the with, uh, a finish...?

Intulawoven is finished!

#saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter binding this! #intulawoven I'm starting to think I should have called it "Tula with a twist"

I longarmed it at the Sydney Mod Squad meet-up on Sunday 6th, and bound it on Saturday 12th, during the #saturdaynightcraftalong with @barefootcrafter on Instagram.

And quilted! #intulawoven

Now just to get a pic of it full-size, which is easier said than done since our weather has tended to rain for the last couple of days.

Otherwise, due to health issues, I haven't been terribly motivated to do anything. Currently, I'm piecing together a back for the "Shattered Star":

@pennypoppleton! The Shattered Star #quilt! It looks better with some distance.

And after that... Probably some backings for my HR Mendocino quilts "The Seaweed Is Always Greener":

The Seaweed Is Always Greener (Mendocino Mermaids)

And "3:10 to Mendocino":

And done! Wondering if it needs a border...  #310tomendocino #yumaqal #yumaquilt #mendocinomermaids

And then the quilting for "The Promise Of Spring" (a.k.a. "The Snowflake Quilt")

What are you doing lately?