Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Work on Wednesday 17th July

Hi Everyone,

Have had 3 days off so have been making progress with getting my Forget Me Not quilts ready for our groups exhibition next month. Was meeting day yesterday so took my Retro version along and got all the binding finally sewn down. So much easier when you are chatting Lol.

Photo's are before I got the stitching finished. Didn't have a clue what fabric to bind with but was thinking something dark or orange. Took the quilt to my local fabric shop and nothing was working, one of the girls said where is that neutral basket weave - out the back, hiding-  and WOW it was the perfect fabric.

Now have hanging sleeves to add before 12th Aug, set up day. Am having a week off work so I can help out and DH is coming to help get all the quiltsup on their stands.
We are a very small group, only 29 members and our exhibition is biannual. Think we have 57 quilts this year
plus another 60 something smaller exhibits. Our group makes a couple of raffle quilts throughout the year plus other raffle prizes,  last time we were able to donate nearly $2000-00 to charity organisations serving the Northland Area.

Took the opportunity while I was in Dargaville to go back to Country Dawn and found the perfect fabrics for my  Love Entwined Diamond Borders

Feel so lucky to have them almost on my doorstep, only 60 km's away.
They are an on line fabric site based in Dargaville and have such a wide selection of fabrics life is easy, but I still couldn't find the pinks I wanted.

Decided I wanted to use my inspiration fabric instead of the triangles around my compass so with fussy cutting came up with this.

There was a  gold line just outside the pattern edges and  thinking it was giving me a wonderful trimming line I cut to that. Was I wrong!!!!
I did sample stitching to find my satin stitch size but still had to unpick my first one, luckily no holes in my background fabric.Every trace of black showed through my gold metallic thread so every trace of black had to come off !!!

Finally I am happy but I had one more problem. I had marked my 32 points with pencil, and then decided  I liked 16 major points better. My compromise, 16 major points with sequin plus bead as my Paua buttons were a fraction too big - and 16 beads only to cover my pencil marks.I'm Happy!!!

And to today
I have been trying to get my head around those diamonds.
Used Esther's pattern page  for fusible, traced it out  as I don't have printable fusible, thought this looks quick and easy.While I am cutting them up I realise some go one way some are the other - have I stuffed up!!!!

I think I am okay, I will have two dark corners and two light corners. I like this so carrying on.
Hope you are all having as much fun as I am.
Cheer's  Jenny


  1. What a clever idea to use the focal fabric to create the appliques around the compass. Thanks for showing the border--helps to see a picture. You are doing a wonderful job.

  2. Be still my beating heart! I do believe you have excelled here Jenny, as usual!

    Can I invite you to add this post to the specific Love Entwined Linky? This post is too good not to share!

  3. Such wonderful work. Just when I think you have outdone yourself on something, you go and outdo yourself even more!

  4. Fabulous work, Jenny! You have the eye for seeing what a pattern needs to bring it to glorious life with your fabrics. I'm going to use your idea of the beads to demarcate the other 16 points.

  5. I really like your background fabric. Subtle but lively. Your exquisite applique work will be well shown.

  6. Love your work. Just everything about it. The choice of background fabric, your fussy cut 'crown' around the compass, the compass and the beads! Wow!

  7. Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing the diamond borders as I am still struggling with how I will tackle the. Love your fabric choices and your center is exquisite!

  8. Jenny, this is so beautiful done... I LOVE it !

  9. I really like your fabric choice, with the beading and all the detail. I would love to see the finish quilt its going to be beautiful :-)

  10. Hey Jenny! Love your feature blue fabric (one of my favourites!)
    Your LE is looking wonderful as usual - and BTW I waved as we flew over your Nth Island on the way into Auckland on Monday -so beautiful!!!! - Cheers Wendy

  11. I love, love your work! Your background fabric is awesome. I have searched high and low for a white fabric with a little pink (scrolls) or any petite sized designs as a background and am coming up empty! I have purchased a white on white, but am not truly happy with it. Oh well, I shall just have to make do. Anyhoo, your block is really spectacular!


  12. Oh my, I am blown away by your work. Just beautiful!

  13. Love, love, love the alternative points. Brilliant!

  14. Jenny as beautiful as ever and so original. You do inspire me to keep challenging my self. Thanks for sharing your talent. Cheers Glenda