Friday, April 26, 2019

Something 'Fishy'

I have spent the past couple of months making these fish themed wallhangings / bar mats or table toppers.  They were a lot of fun to make and quilt and I am now hoping I will be able to sell them.
This is my favourite as I have a fisherman husband and have heard this comment on many an occasion.

My best friend and I spent this past summer most days in the boat with the men so it was only appropriate that this quilt was made as my friend embarks on becoming a fly fisherwoman.

I love that most fish caught nowadays are released back into the Lake so another angler might have a chance to 'catch and release'

One of the main reasons why my husband and I have been going to our highlands fishing cabin on the lake for the past 40 years - he is 'hooked on fishing'

Happy quilting !

Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 is my 'Year of the Trout Fish'

I have begun 2019 in a frenzy of sewing tote bags.  Some of the bags feature a 'fish theme' as I experiment with designs in preparation for a series of bigger quilts (around 40inches x 40 inches) to be made before the end of this year.  More about these later.  Each of these totes are lined and have a pocket.

In addition, I have been slowly working on making a selection of bags using the same pattern but which are quilted and fully lined as well.   
Spending lots of time at our highlands fishing cabin over Christmas and during January and February, also allowed me lots of time to 'play' with my selvedge stash.   I managed to get two quilt tops done and am working on another quilt in between other more intense projects.
This is just one bag of selvedges, another was sitting on the floor beside the table. Both of those bags are the printed selvedges.  I also have a huge bag of plain selvedges which I use as backgrounds or in blocks alongside the printed selvedges.  Nothing goes to waste.
I plan on putting a 'piano key' border using selvedges onto this quilt and am collecting the right size ones to sew as I go through my selvedges.

This is my current selvedge quilt project where I am using scrap blocks and selvedge blocks.  All the blocks are sewn and I now need to sew them all together.

This is another selvedge quilt top completed over the holiday time at the cabin.  Printed selvedge blocks are surrounded by plain selvedge strips, a chance to use up some of my blacks.  
My obsession with selvedges grows with every quilt I sew.  Just when I think my stash is decreasing, another bag of selvedges comes from a quilting friend or from a purchase online from a quilter who thought they might sew them only to decide they needed to go to another home.  Of course, I am quick to snap them up.

What will become of the 30 plus quilts I have made so far with selvedges?  I am not sure where they will end up but for now they take pride of place at one end of the bed in the spare room where I can look at them from time to time.

Happy quilting,

Australia Series of Quilts and so much more

I really should become a more regular blogger but I much prefer to sit and sew.  Since my last post about my 'Australia Series' of quilts, I can proudly say 10 quilts have been on display in a local gallery for the past 2 months and I have received very favourable comments about them all.
One of my favourites is the large Eye Spy quilt featuring Australian icons and animals.  For the background I used left over scraps of different blue fabrics from my stash.
Any series of quilts I make nowadays isn't complete without one (or in this case 2) selvedge quilts and this quilt used a selection of indigenous selvedges.  The background is a gorgeous Indigenous designed fabric which I quilted extensively.

My all time favourite in this series is the Shape Up Australia quilt. It makes me smile everytime I look at it.  

Here is the Eye Spy quilt on its own.  I have enough Australiana scrap fabrics to make another quilt as this one was so much fun to do.

These quilts will be on display again later in the year at the local Information Centre before they will be offered for sale.

Happy quilting.

Monday, September 24, 2018

'Celebrating Australia' series of quilts

I have been working on a series of 'Australia' quilts the past few months and I have them almost completed, except for hand stitching down the bindings.   The first Australia quilt I made was this one.
 I sewed lots of crazy 4 inch squares, joined them all together and then cut the outline of Australia and machine appliqued it onto the background fabric.
 This one is aptly named 'Australia Shape Up', a mix of different shapes of varying sizes machine appliqued onto the background fabric.

 The idea for this one came after a visit to Canberra.  I had a lot of smaller black and white fabric scraps left over from other projects and so I started drawing around a 20 cent piece onto the fabric and cutting out hundreds and hundreds of circles.  They were fused onto the background fabric to form the shape of Australia and Tasmania.
I then sewed 2 lines through all the rows of circles to hold them down.
 Here is the quilt ready for the background quilting to be done.
This quilt is made up of different countries that fit into the Australia shape.  Each country is a different colour and is fused onto the background fabric and machine appliqued in place.  
This quilt spells out all the States of Australia.  As well as outline quilting around all the letters, I have quilted the capitals of each State onto the background.  
This quilt is made up of different colours for the States and each section is foundation pieced using strips of scrap fabrics.  The background is foundation pieced using creams and whites.  
I could not pass the chance to make an 'Australia' quilt using some of my selvedge stash.  This one is made with the word selvedges and the background blues, whilst not selvedges, allowed me to use up some of my blue fabric scraps.
I was also given a bundle of indigenous fabric scraps and selvedges and these went into this quilt.  The background blue fabric is a gorgeous indigenous print, which I have quilted.  This is my favourite so far, although each quilt is unique in its making.
Here is a close up section of the background fabric showing how the quilting was done. 
I had collected bits and pieces of 'Australiana' fabric over the years and some of those pieces went into this 'fussy' fussy cut Eye Spy Australia quilt, with emphasis put on adding pictures to the quilt that applied to each State.  
I am now working on a much bigger Eye Spy Australia quilt, with not so much 'fussy' fussy cutting which allows me to use some bigger pieces of fabric.  The background blues were foundation pieced using the remaining blues scrap fabrics I have accumulated over the years.  

I am hoping to have all these quilts completed and ready for display in the lead up to Australia Day 2019.  

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Selvedge Obsession in Print

It has taken 35 years of quilting to open up a quilting magazine and read an article about my quilts.  The latest issue of Down Under Quilts, a popular Australian quilting magazine, includes a two page feature article on some of my selvedge quilts.  
What a joy it is to see your quilts on display for others to enjoy.   My obsession - and it is quite literally an obsession only few people can really appreciate - with selvedges is ongoing and started about 5 years ago when I saw a picture of a small pincushion made out of them.    I went through my fabric stash and cut all the selvedges off each piece of fabric then and there.

Over the years my selvedge stash has grown to containers and containers full of both word and plain selvedges, collected from quilting friends around the world.  I have a quilting acquaintance from  interstate who regularly sends me a parcel of selvedges.
In 2016 I held a display in a local gallery over a weekend of my selvedge quilts, large and small.  Many visitors were astounded to realise that the strip they had been cutting off and discarding from their piece of fabric for years and years could be made into a lovely quilt.  Many left the display eager to keep their selvedges and 'play' with their newfound knowledge of what to do with them.
This quilt is one of the larger quilts I have made using both the word selvedges and plain selvedges together in the one quilt.  

All my quilts are sewn by me on my Janome domestic sewing machine, on the dining room table where all my quilting is done.
This quilt called 'Love in Tasmania' features my home state sewn using plain cream/white selvedges and the background sewn using just greens/blues plain selvedges.  The little girl has a 'selvedge bow' in her hair.

This 'Hand Quilt' is made using just the numbers and dots selvedges.  None are discarded, just put aside until I have enough to make a smaller project or until I can come up with a design where they will fit nicely into a quilt.
Here is a close up of the thumb of the Hand Quilt.
I am currently making a series of 'Australia' quilts and this is one which is made using selvedges for the Australia and Tasmania sections.  The background blues are fabric scraps.
I was given a bundle of indigenous fabric scraps and selvedges and they went into this 'Australia' quilt.

I have many more ideas for selvedge quilts and will spend some time in 2019 delving into the stash again to make a few more.  

If you are interested in seeing some of my other selvedge quilts check out my Facebook group called Selvedge Quilts.  

Do you keep your selvedges or cut them off and discard them?  

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ulverstone Street Directory Quilt

It's been a while since my last post and my blog has a new name - Apple Isle Quilts.

The Street Directory Quilt, a mammoth 2.7 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, is currently hanging in a local art and craft gallery.   It is so heavy that even the reinforced rods buckled in the middle after it was hanging for a few days.
 All the quilting on the quilt was done on my Janome domestic sewing machine on my dining room table and it was quite a challenge.  There were a few times that the bulk of the quilt fell over the edge of the table pulling the sewing machine across the table as I was sewing.

 Here are some photos showing the quilting.  I added lots of detailed quilting such as dogs on leads on the beach, seagulls, surfboards outside the surf club and shells.

 Each street and main road has its name written on it as well as the major highway running behind the town.
 The river, which runs through the town, has fish swimming in it, a log or two in memory of the 2016 floods when so many logs and debris floated down the river into the sea.  There are yachts outside the Yacht Club, canoes outside the Rowing Club.
 This photo shows the yachts sailing in the ocean just outside the mouth of the river.
 Cows, a horse or two, lots of rabbits, baby lambs, frogs, trees and grass are quilted into the outlaying fields surrounding the township.

I have had two articles about the quilt featured in the local 'Central Coast News' and an article written in the local newspaper.  These articles were also reproduced in an interstate Quilting Guild newsletter in New South Wales. 
The quilt will be hung in the local Visitor Information Centre in September at the beginning of the spring/summer tourist season.  

Happy quilting !