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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Catherine quilt

Introducing the latest addition to my WIP quilt collection
the Catherine quilt

if you ve been following me for a while you will remember that last year i joined in a Churndash block swap with my local quilters group, the swap was organised by the gorgeous Cathy Pitkin


Last year at Bathurst, my trusty little Bonnie (singer featherweight) sewed together the last of the 110 churn dash blocks i needed to complete my quilt.
and then
my lovely little collection of churn dash blocks sat in a shoe box waiting

until about a month ago

i had been thinking about what i would work on at the Bathurst retreat this year
i have a lovely jelly roll with an idea of quilt . . . . . should i start something new?
i have A LOT of hand stitching ( i am currently about 3 months behind in the Lucy Boston blocks)
and of course i have the border to crochet on my cosy stripe quilt

i looked at my WIP's and there in their little shoe box was my churndash blocks.
and i thought that's what i want to work on, i want to put the top together.


so i wandered down to Onpoint (my local quilt shop) and the lovely Cath spent an awful lot of time helping me choose fabrics, Cath was favouring the pink i was favouring the antique gold but hadn't ruled out the blue.

i went home to contemplate my decision
i looked and looked at the photo's. and finally in the morning as i sat with my cup of tea i knew i was heading back to Cath's to get the antique gold.
i wanted this quilt to look old, really old like it had just came out of a really old trunk that had been stored in an attic. i wanted it to look like a civil war quilt.
the Gold was the only answer.


so i ve been playing on my design wall, moving blocks around

working out the final placement of the blocks and contemplating the name of this quilt
well that's not really true i think i always knew this quilt would be "Catherine"

when i first started looking at the background fabric i tried out a very purple / plum fabric i quite liked it and it was a major contender,
i was showing the ever fabulous Cardygirl and she commented that it was very moody like
"Wuthering Heights"
hmm my brain clicked with the name.
sadly the purple fabric was no longer available.

then the saddest of things occurred and the beautiful Cathy Pitkin passed away
leaving a hole in our little sewing group that could never be filled.

then as if it was just mean't to be when i picked up the first three bolts of fabrics to try out for the background the antique gold was in the first three.
the fabric is from the Jo Morton fabric range
called
"Catherine"
so that was it a serendipitous moment

it could only be called Catherine in honour of my lovely friend


I ve been crunching the numbers, working out the size of Borders
and i believe that other than choosing  another fabric for the border
the Catherine quilt is almost ready to start



and i could nt be more excited, i think i am a little in love with this quilt already.

Ciao

Googy Girl

"Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"

Friday, August 21, 2015

I ve been thinking of this all day....

Chooky did a post about what she does to relax.... And today when I could catch a breath and had time to daydream about what I would like to do this evening.... This was the scene in my mind......



Maybe a little tidier, but exactly this.... My fire ticking away , my scrappy Chook quilt on my lap and a glass of red beside me.... 
How's your Friday looking . . . ?
Ciao 

Googy Girl

Friday, August 14, 2015

Scrappy Chook quilt

This beauty has been the focus of my attention for the past week or so . . . .


I ve been stitching in the ditch, on the diagonal, with the plan being to stabilise the quilt. Allowing me to come back later and do some gorgeous free motion quilting.


The job was way to big for the sewing cabinet so I have had to take over the dining room table . . . .
luckily the Googy household is pretty used to this and are happy to share their dinner with my quilt and Victoria 
One day I will have to invest in a new sewing  cabinet that has the extension table on the back . . . . 


The label is on, I guess I should explain why it s called the scrappy Chook quilt.
The two times that I have been fortunate enough to visit the Chook shed I have had the great fortune to sleep under one of chooky's gorgeous quilts. I loved it so much I wanted to make one for myself. So waaayyy Back in 2013 I did a workshop at Cottage on the hill. Kerry helped me by working out the pattern and choosing a lot of the fabrics, anyway you can see Chooky's quilt and read more about my quilt here


My Attic 24 cosy blanket, is all but finished. As you can see I had to fold it over the line, it s pretty long , I just need to put the borders on. Sadly as I started crocheting the border I realised that I was going to run out of wool so I had to buy more . . . .  Of course why pay postage on four balls of wool when you can get another whole kit for only a little extra . . . . So as we speak my next potential Attic 24 blanket is heading my way.




I hope your hands are working on a project that you love
Ciao

Googy Girl
"Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"


Monday, August 3, 2015

My comfy cosy stripey crochet blanket

Finally last night i crochet the final row on my attic 24 cosy strip blanket.
it was a bit of a interesting moment, it was wonderful to have reached this point but also a bit of a sad moment as i have enjoyed many snuggly warm nights under my blanket and it's a little sad to think this journey is almost over.


today i grabbed the opportunity to curl up in the warm winter sun streaming through my lounge room window to tidy up the threads


just adore the colours they are just such happy happy colours



too long to hang on the line, it had to be folded over

. . . time to start crocheting the borders now . . . 



look what i found , peeping up in my garden
on this beautiful winter day

i hope you had a lovely winter day

Ciao

Googy Girl

"Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sydney craft show twenty sixteen


Early Saturday morning miss S and I headed down to Sydney to see the craft show. It was my first time at the glebe Island venue


I had planned to catch the bus from Central. But Miss S suggested the ferry I was so  glad she did it was really lovely cruising around the harbour


The glebe Island venue, looked small from the outside.... But  it was truly like the tardis




Inspired by Cardygirl I purchased a cross stitch, I have not done one of these for years. So I went small.... It's pretty cute and I m excited to have a go. I purchased this kit from Karen at Linen and Threads and I just want to say how absolutely lovely an experience it was, she was so very very helpful that when I decide to purchase a kit again, I will be contacting Karen.


The rest of my purchases. Some super cute scissors. My red led light...which the scissor man assured me charges faster because it s red.... Lol

Some fabric for my double wedding ring and MSG quilts. Some pounce powder and  binding clips.
I also had a really lovely long chat with Karen from Somerset patchwork. Somerset is always one of
my favourite shops.  She was just so lovely she happily helped me plan my Europe sewing project.  I was also fortunate enough to meet Di Ford who was very friendly and had a bit of a chat with us, happily answered all of Miss S 's questions about hand piecing.

Of course it was all made perfect because I got to have lunch with my gorgeous friend Cristie, who was working on the Bernina stand.

It was a wonderful day made all the better by the joy on my daughter's face.  To share something I enjoy with someone I love and see their joy just fills your heart.

Ciao 

Googy girl


"Life is like a cup of tea, it s all in how you make it"