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I live in regional Victoria, Australia. I quilt and create in between caring for my family.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

January to Febuary

Seeing illness has kept me a little low profile in blog land....here is a catch up!
This is my Christmas navitiy

I've been part of the Vingatge christmas BOM from Shabby Fabrics, so I decided to start working on them.  The  pattern kit includes a precloloured fabric to stitch but I prefered to stitch on the backing fabric so that it toned in  with my Nativity set. I've stitched these so far...
2 down 18 to go !
Then I decided that I just had to have a neutral fabric bag to put my stitching supplies for this project in.  This is the first bag I made

It was tooo big..so I made it smaller....
My new beach bag!
This one was just right!

Then I had to have a needlecase to match......

Now I have practised 2 little quick items for my Thimbleberry lovers yahoo groups next secret santa swap...
speaking of which..this was 2011 secret santa parcel under my Christmas tree...thanks ever so much...

Then I swapped a Crazy patchwork boot.  This was mine, and I was very touched that the hostess of this swap ended up with my boot.  Her family choose the one they think she would like out of the boots before they are sent on the way.






Then I have made a star for a special person...I won't say who.....


The other thing I've been working on is my Goldwork RR.....



My CQPJ block for January

A needlecase for CQ for newbies swap ...

Then I've soldiered on with Hydrangea Lattice.
This is what is in the quilting frame...

I went to a quilt in arranged by the Lions club with Robyn Falloon as the guest speaker...where I did put my foot in it big time...I wish  could sit on my mouth instead of my hands at times...Her is Robyn  comentating 'Show and Tell'
My personal favorite

It's a pumkin!
Yvonne's Journal cover..inside
Robyn's award winning quilt
Close up
this lady crocheted flowers and butterflies onto this crib quilt
The heart I stitched for next years raffle quilt
Some close ups of some antique quilts owned by Robyn..



So that's it for now!
But I don't have anything photographed to show you for TAST yet.
Who can believe that it is Valentine's Day just around the corner!
Love Karen

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fools Gold Round Robin

I left a comment on Gerry's blog, which was I thought wishful thinking on my part.  It was along the lines of  "what a great idea, I really wish I could do that too.....................(I have listed and linked everybody's blogs at the end)

  Then, like a dream come true "  I was in a round robin"  entitled "Fools Gold" with 2 of my crazy patchwork heroes.....once I got over the shock.....panic set in.   I kept on panic mode for a few days and then sorted myself out.  Research was going to be my  saving  grace.  So I hit the engine and kept on looking.

  Finally I started making my blocks because I had an "idea"  I used the "the year of the Dragon" as my basic starting point, and then found out that 2012 was also the 6 year cycle of " the water Dragon" which will tone done the nastier side effects of the fire dragon!  I chose mainly batiks because I thought that they would allow alot of blending effects.  I did 3 hot coloured blocks and 3 cool coloured blocks.

  So they have been sent on to Cathy!
  Arlene's blocks arrived early.  Thank you Arlene, because of her I worked out how to do the notebook that accompanies the blocks. Unfortunately ,  Madeline, my darling daughter, ( I have to remind myself!) emptied the black and most of the coloured ink in my printer.  I was left with handwriting my notebook and was able to use my draft computer copy for the front cover.  I think every one will know that this is definitely my first round robin!  Out of the 6 blocks I chose this one to DYOB ( do your own block)

  I  chose it for its simplicity and strong large shapes.  I have decided to do my "military" inspired cuff in gold leaves in one corner.  This will be my 'signature" for this round robin. Then as Arlene likes flowers, I have echoed the wavy curve in her print fabric in my stem and have started on some stylized flowers and leaves.
  I was very grateful that I had Pat Winter's magazine "Crazy Quilt Gatherings" issue 2 2011 for the articles by Cathy Kizerian and Gerry Kruger on round robins, as well as Pats " Embellishing - where to begin".
So I have spent some time looking at Arlene's blog to get a 'feel' for her and her work, but I have kept in mind Gerry's advice for the first person in a RR to be conservative.  So my individual element is the military cuff.  I will stick to the flower vine.  I am thinking that as the other blocks have a fabric with perfume bottles and 2 of the blocks are fan shaped, that they are screaming Paris to me.  So I hope to include a fan, the Eiffel tower, a perfume bottle and a bow.....maybe!  I know Gerry loves to add a bird and I love embroidering peacocks, so I will try to sneak in a peacock.  However this is all subject to change!!!! See what I have done below!
 I hope Arlene Likes it!!!!

Here are everybody's blogs as promised, you will enjoy visiting.
Arlene  http://arlenes-crafts.blogspot.com/

Gerry   http://olderose.blogspot.com/

Pat      www.gatherings100.blogspot.com