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 !

Monday, December 4, 2017's Summer Time !

The third day of a Tasmanian 'summer' and this is what I experienced at our fishing cabin in the Central Highlands this past weekend.
4-5 inches of snow everywhere and on our walk in the snow you could hear and see huge branches crack and fall from the trees under the weight of the snow.
This is the view from our back door, I love how the snow is clinging to the outside wall and the trees were so pretty.
Of course, it wouldn't be fun if you didn't take a walk in the snow so we donned layers of clothes, beanies, gloves and walked up the road in vehicle tracks, although these disappeared half way around our 'block' walk and then the walking got hard.  I even had to take off my glasses as the snow covered them making it impossible to see where I was walking.
We weren't sure we were going to get home yesterday but when the power went out and I couldn't get any sewing done, we packed up and drove in convoy with 6-8 other vehicles down the mountain, passing cars stuck in the snow as they attempted to get up the mountain.  Crazy !

I did get some hand sewing done in the evenings and another dozen or so bags made during the couple of days I spent inside because of the rain and snow.  I did spend one day sitting on the verandah on a very warm day stitching and reading - such a contrast in the weather conditions but not unusual for this time of the year.

Happy Quilting !

Monday, October 30, 2017

Street Directory Quilt - Ready for Quilting

The street names have been added to the Street Directory and I spent yesterday afternoon basting this mammoth quilt ready for quilting.

I could have waited and went to a hall and used more tables to lay it out, but no it had to be done yesterday and so my dining room table was pulled into the middle of the room for the task.   I used a wideback black fabric for the backing which seemed to take forever to iron.  

Then the pinning began, hundred of pins went into basting this quilt top and it took a few hours to get it all basted.
 Here is a closer view of the street names written on the quilt.  I didn't want them to stand out too much so they are printed on with a Sharpie Permanent Marking Pen.   The highway name will be hand embroidered on after the quilt has been quilted.

I will also applique 'Ulverstone' and the year onto the quilt after it is quilted.  I want to quilt the ocean are where the name will go before I add the applique, which will be hand done.

Now will come the almighty challenge of quilting this beauty on my trusty Janome domestic sewing machine.   Stay tuned !

Happy quilting !

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Yoga Monkeys Quilt

I couldn't resist buying this piece of fabric off an online destash site, it is so cute.  Here is the finished quilt hanging outside as I tried to take a decent photo of it as a slight breeze blew.

I didn't want to cut into the fabric so I quilted around each of the monkey poses and then highlighted the blue circles.
I added a nice bright backing fabric to it.

And with the leftover piece of fabric there was enough to make a carry bag for the quilt.
My son's partner is mad keen on yoga so this will be gifted to her when we visit in a couple of weeks time.

Happy quilting !

Monday, October 16, 2017

Street Directory Quilt - Top Done !

It's huge and needs 'squaring up' but the top is finally finished.  I am yet to decide whether to put a border around the whole quilt or not.

I will now start the mammoth job of adding the street names.  The word 'Ulverstone' will also be appliqued at the top section of the quilt before quilting takes place.

Happy quilting  !

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Street Directory Quilt - Update

The Street Directory Quilt is starting to come together, 3 sides done and roughly straightened.

Now to tackle the sandy beaches, ocean and rocky outcrops of the coastline.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bags, Bags and More Bags

Bags, Bags, Bags.  I love making them and over two weekends at our highlands cabin, I have made 18 bags from scrap fabrics passed onto me.  Each bag is lined.  Over the summer months, this will be my project, making bags,  when we spend time at the cabin.  The bags can be used as shopping bags and will be given away.

I am also using up some of my selvedges to make this same bag pattern but quilting the side panel and main outer bag sections.   These quilted bags will be sold.

I have done a little tutorial to show just how quick and easy it is to put together one of these bags.  Check it out and make up a bag for yourself.

Happy quilting !