Quilt Inspector declares July OMG done!

Henry Lee inspected my July OMG project this morning, and declared it finished:  woohoo! 🙂

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After failing to get it completed as my June project, I knew I had to get it done in July … given that it’s a present for a dear friend who celebrates her 92nd birthday in early August, I really couldn’t procrastinate any longer!

I’ve backed it with a pale fawn fleecy-type fabric, which makes it lovely and cuddly, and just tied it (I’ve tried quilting with a fleece backing before and it was a total disaster, so I didn’t want to go there again).

So, all I have to do now is put a label on it, and then get it packed up and posted to Invercargill:  sweet! 🙂

Linking up with the OMG “It’s Finished!” party at Red Letter Quilts here.

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The sequel.

Or Take 2.  Or Plan C.  Or Epilogue.  Or whatever you want to call it …

You may recall this fabric:


Which I posted about here yesterday, recounting the difficulties I was having with using it for my Plan A project, which was an OBW.  When that didn’t work, Plan B was a 4-patch instead.  Well, we’re now up to Plan C, and I think (hope) this one is going to work.

I was still keen to achieve a sort of kaleidoscope / repeat pattern effect if I could, so I decided to use some 5″ batik charm squares I had on hand, combine these with the original fabric in half-square triangles, and then see what I could come up with.  Here’s what I had designed by earlier this afternoon:

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OK, so it’s not the whizz bang OBW I originally planned, but on the whole, I’m actually quite pleased with my retrieval of this project.

(I really wanted to punish that fabric, you know, for being such an awkward, reluctant, misbehaving, unco-operative child – I just wanted to stamp on it and cut it all up into lots of little bits and throw it in the fire and say, “There now, see what you made me do?!  It’s all your fault!”  …  Thank goodness I resisted that temptation! 🙂 )

It’ll probably end up a smaller quilt than I originally planned, due mainly to the fact that I’ve used up all the batik squares I had (managed to get another two rows done to add to the three in the photo, so it’s currently five rows of four blocks).  I’ll add a border or two, possibly even using some of the original fabric as one of the borders; but as a rescue job, it’s not too shabby, yes?  (This jury here thinks so, anyway.)

As the saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.   Cheers!   🙂





The build up. And the let down.

Don’t you just hate it when you get all excited about a quilting project, and then things don’t pan out the way you thought they could / would / should?  I’ve just gone through that:  the build up, the let down … the vision, the reality … *sigh* 😦

Step 1:  It all started with this fabric.


Bright.  Cheerful.  Full of intriguing possibilities.  I hummed and hahed for a whole two days before I succumbed and took home four metres of it.

Step 2:  Ran it through the online OBW (One Block Wonder) Design Helper and got even more excited about it.  (Excuse the washed out colours, this is a scan of a print out.)

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Look at all those wondrous hexagons!  Oh, this IS going to be fun! 🙂

Step 3:  Put aside current project (July OMG – only have the binding to finish off now, so fairly safe bet that I will still be able to get it finished before the end of the month).

Step 4:  Lay out new fabric (stroke, pet, admire).  Work out pattern repeat on fabric, work out where to cut strips, cut first six strips, layer one on top of the other, start to pin together in order to cut six-layered triangles for hexagon construction.  Hmmm.  Pattern repeat seems to be a smidgin off in a couple of strips.  Coax gently persuade force fabric to line up.  Nope.  Not gonna work. Wonder why … wait a minute – how come these two strips aren’t the same width from selvage to selvage???

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What the ….???? *sigh*  No wonder I’m having trouble lining up the design repeat!!

Step 5:  Put the kettle on for a cuppa, I need some time out.

Step 6:  Decide to put aside the idea of using the fabric for an OBW.  Think about alternatives.

Step 7:  Plan B.  What about … a 4-patch??

Step 8:  Layer four strips together – seems to line up better than six strips – start cutting squares for 4-patch blocks.   Hmmmmmm (again).   Design does not appear to have been printed consistently throughout fabric.  If I cut on lines of design, blocks differ in width from one selvage to the other.  If I cut blocks the same width from selvage to selvage, design lines are not straight.  *sigh* 

Step 9:  Put the kettle on for another cuppa, I need more time out.

Step 10:  The jury’s still out on this one.  I’ll get back to you when the verdict’s in.





July OMG: Groundhog Day …

OMG buttonI scored 0 out of 10 for my June OMG project, not even getting close to getting it finished; so, at the risk of being boring, I’m going to try again 🙂

This is a single bed quilt for my soon-to-be 92-year-old friend who lives in Invercargill – it’s her birthday in August, and I think perhaps the fact that I thought at the beginning of June I had plenty of time to finish it before August is what held me back … or maybe it was just that I allowed other projects to distract me!  I finished tieing it last night, and now just have the trimming and binding left to do.  I’ve used micro-fleece for the backing, so it feels nice and cuddly 🙂

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I’ll be linking up with Heidi at Red Letter Quilts here – here’s hoping Take 2 is more successful than Take 1 was 🙂


And now for something completely different …

A year or so ago, a work colleague mentioned that he was working on a small film project for which he was seeking crowd funding, and I decided to make a small contribution.

The project was a documentary called “Rivering”, and it was all about the joys of kayaking on some of the beautiful rivers of New Zealand.  Not only were these rivers beautiful, but some of them were quite remote, and some of them looked downright scary … 🙂  Anyway, my small donation got my name painted on one of Bill’s kayaks and also recorded in the credits at the end of the film, as well as an invitation to the “premiere” here in Christchurch back in early March.  It was an hour and a half of wonderful entertainment!

I thought you might like to have a look at the end result:  I’ve never been kayaking, but dang me, this doco almost (almost!) got me thinking I should give it a go …  🙂

Here’s the link – enjoy!


PS  This film is free to view, and free for you to distribute amongst your adrenaline junkie friends as well!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


Quilty 365: Day 182

Quilty 365Having completely failed to complete a single circle in May, I feel I have slightly redeemed myself by managing to catch up with both May and June, and have completed 182 circles as at 30 June:  whew!!

I’m still enjoying the challenge, especially the opportunity to search through my stash (oh, the stroking and petting of fabric that goes with that!) for the whimsical or unusual fabric which says, “Look at me, pick me, use me, ME, ME! 🙂  I reckon having hung in this far I’m definitely going to be able to make it through the whole year – there may have to be one or two more catch-up sessions along the way, but this project is definitely lots of fun!

A couple of special circles in May and June:  the circle with the big ship in May (circle 10 – 2nd row, 3rd from the left) is a nod to my big brother K., whose birthday is on 10 May.  K. has this thing about sailing, and is always talking about buying his own boat – not one the size of the ocean liner in my circle, I hasten to add, but this was the closest thing to a boat I had on hand.  And then the last circle for June is to celebrate my son Simon’s birthday on 30 June:  like me, he is a cat lover, and I have him to thank for Henry Lee now living with me 🙂

So, here are May and June’s circles!

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Quilty 365: May’s circles

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Quilty 365: June’s circles

Linking up with Audrey’s Quilty Folk linky party here.