29 September, 2015

New Quilts for Alberton Beds

New Quilts for Alberton Beds - ballroom.

The New Quilts for Alberton Beds finished yesterday afternoon when we gathered up the quilts into big piles and took them away, leaving the house looking a little less colourful!  I think it went pretty well, we've had some nice feedback and quite a few people stopped by to talk to us on Saturday and Sunday as part of Heritage Week. Unfortunately the exhibition had been put into the Workshops section of the brochure, along with an invitation to come along for free workshops on quilting which sent (some of) us into a bit of a tizzy (ok me) but in the end it was ok. There were a few people who showed up expecting something, but I don't think they were too put out to get some time on a design wall making quilt patterns and then getting to try out hand quilting and binding. One lady, when we mentioned coming along to our group, announced she was a traditionalist and really didn't like the colours of modern fabrics and flounced off, apparently with a mouth like a cat's bum. We all just looked bemused I think! :D So if that was it in terms of active negativity then we did well.

New Quilts for Alberton Beds - attic bedroom

Now what the heck do I do with all these quilts I have back in my house?

New Quilts for Alberton Beds -sewing room.

New Quilts for Alberton Beds.

New Quilts for Alberton Beds.

21 September, 2015


During my blogging break I've been doing quite a bit of crocheting as well as making quilts - well ok some crocheting and making quilts!

A teething ring for my little niece Eva. I saw a similar one on Pinterest and also in a tutorial. The rings are curtain rings and the beads are just wooden ones from Spotlight that I sanded until all the varnish was gone so nothing will come off when chewed :)

Wood and crochet rattle/teething ring for my niece Eva. #crochet #crochetbead #rattle #teethingring

Some egg cozies

Happy Easter everyone! #Easter #crochet #bunnyears #egg #eggcup
Egg cozies - breakfast just got cuter. #crochet #eggcosy #egghats
At the risk of offending the bunnies the mouse is my favourite. #egghats #eggcosy #crochet
And if you prefer your egg to come more hockey flavoured I can do that too. #egg #eggcosy #egghats #montrealcanadiens

and some kittens

Three little kittens have lost their mittens #crochet #amigurumi #kitten

I also made another crocheted hanger, from Mollie Makes No. 41.

Crochet hanger No. 3. Pattern from Mollie Makes 41

17 September, 2015

I've got a style!

Last Christmas we did a little present swap at our Monday Modern group. I made a pot holder and when Lou unwrapped it she knew straight away who had made it (and so did everyone else). I was puzzled because as far as I know I don't really have a definite style.

Oven mitt with HST patchwork.

I was wrong, I do! I only just realised it though, when I was making up the info sheets for the quilt exhibition and my four quilts were on the same page briefly. I was quite taken aback when I saw them together like that, particularly the first three, because despite being quite different quilts, they're all remarkably similar when judged purely on colour. The oven mitt fits in perfectly so I can see how I was outed so easily!

My quilts at Alberton
My quilts at Alberton
I'm currently working on a red and white quilt and one with Lotta Jansdotter fabrics in oranges and blues and greens so I'm hoping that means I'm not going to typecast myself too much! I think having a style is great, but not if you don't push yourself to do different things sometimes.

14 September, 2015

Modern Building Blocks Quilt

Ages ago I did a post about starting to make the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. I did actually finish it quite quickly for such a big quilt (and for me!), but then it went off to a display case at Alberton without a photo of it finished and it's been there for almost 2 months. We finally set up the quilts for our Monday Modern 'New Quilts for Alberton Beds' exhibition and I got a proper photo at long last.

Moda Building Blocks

The colours aren't that great as the only place we could find that was big enough that we could hold it out fully was on the verandah where the lighting wasn't the best. This pre-quilting photo I took for Instagram shows it more clearly.

Finished! It's crazy big, I had to stand on a ladder and use panorama function on my phone to get it all in (hence the distortion). Still think it's super-busy. #modabuildingblocks #modernbuildingblocks #mondaymodern #quilt #patchwork

It was quilted in an all-over geometric pattern by Carol Fearon at Art Quilts in Onehunga. I love the way the shapes reflect the angles of the block patterns. Although part of me likes it for the bright solids and some of the blocks are great and I'm glad I did it, I'm still not a fan of the sampler quilt - they're just too busy and jarring to my eye. Luckily not everyone's like me and it's going to a friend who does like them!

If you're in Auckland come along to the exhibition at Alberton - not only do you get to see a bunch of nice quilts there's a fabulous old house to look through as well!



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