Saturday, May 29, 2010

Finally Finished

I've been completing my PHD's (projects half done).  This one was begun in 1999 (I think).  It was a Round Robin project with a slight difference.  It was made with five other quilters:  Brownyn Emsom, Sue Flego,Carol Newsham and Tracey Shepherd.  The usual idea for a Round Robin style of quilt is that you make your own centre and each successive quilter adds a border around what has previously been done.  In our case however, we decided to make one, or several beginning blocks and pass them on to the next quilter with excess bits of the beginning fabrics.  As the quilt went from one to the next, it could be added to or the quilter could make more strips or blocks.  The only rule was that the last quilter had to get it all together as a finished quilt top.

The quilt has been pinned up ever since it was completed in 1999 but I've never known how to quilt it.  For a long time it has been packed away - waiting.  with my recent decision to 'complete or abandon' I decided this should be completed.  Then I had the idea just to quilt down it in variegated thread in straight lines - which looked amazing.  I got it out to begin and then discovered that I no longer really loved this quilt.  I don't like black much and this quilt suddenly felt too black.  So now I was faced witht he 'complete or abandon' decision all over again, because I knew that once completed I would not hang or use this quilt.

My eventual decision was to complete - it only took a week to quilt - and then to give it away as a charity quilt.  I had it at work with me in the shop and a customer came in for batting to complete a quilt she was making for a charity auction at school to raise money for the Mission's.  I offered her my quilt as well and I felt very happy that it was finally on its journey to an owner who would love it.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy to have quilted for the second time

I won enough of these fabrics to make a single bed quilt, as the prize for a viewers choice award for a completely different bright aboriginal quilt. These fabrics were not a pallette that I would normally have chosen, but the quilt has ended up being my favourite one for the bed.

I sourced more fabrics to make a queen size quilt then batted it with wool batting, and quilted it in 2006, finishing just before going on holiday to Rarotonga for three weeks. 

Of course you always think you will remember the batting and of course I didn't and washed it in the machine in warm water.  The result was that the quilt shrunk by 31cm and looked like a seersucker fabric!  Lesson to myself - write the type of batting on the label - particularly on bed quilts that you know will eventually be washed one day.

Decision made, I resolved to unpick it and quilt it again.  Here it is being completed, this time with a polyester batting.

I must mention my trusty Pfaff 1475 sewing machine.  I've had it for 20 years and I know its coming up time to replace it.  It has been a wonderful machine, but its hard work quilting large works on it.  I still wouldn't want to be without it though.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Harvest Challenge

My Harvest Challenge for our quilt club was completed at the weekend.

Update on the flowering Yucca

I dropped back by the flowering yucca at the weekend.  It seems to be taking ages for the flowers to arrive.  It's interesting to watch that they leaves are turning brown as part of the process.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The World Does Not Need More Coal

Last weekend we had the largest protest rally that New Zealand has seen since the 1980's.  An estimated 20,000 people came to protest the Government's plan to mine coal in the Coromandel and Great Barrier Island.  Even the police were caught unprepared by the scale of the demonstration and the rolling roadblocks on Queen Street were cancelled as the entire street (1.3km) was a no-vechicle zone for 90 minutes.

The Coromandel and Great Barrier are holiday making area's of unspoiled New Zealand - still holiday zones of beauty and peace.

On Monday, this remnant of the protest remained to be seen.  Says it all really.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

What Matters Now - Enrichment

Rajesh Setty is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who contributed to the book:  What Matters Now

He says this about Enrichment.

The Litmus Test:  If you are truly enriching someone's life, they will typically miss you in their past.  They think their lives would have been even better if they had met you earlier.

You are only a rich as the enrichment you bring to the world around you.

If you want to see more you can get it here:  What Matters Now (Seth Godin)
Its 82 pages and covers all kinds of topics.

Here's a picture from the weekend of Abbey enjoying the setting sun.