Well a new quilt on the horizon

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I have been wanting to try an Amish inspired quilt for a long time. I just love the use of vibrant colours against the black. A little while ago I was scrolling through Pinterest when I came across Amish quilt front

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I was determined to make one of these but wasn’t sure how it would be so, I decided it was time to try a miniature quilt. I visited a shop in Mt Waverley called Somerset Patchwork and they had some lovely Emma Louise Fabric so I purchased 1/2 metre of each fabric. Initially I was thinking I would make an Amish bar but decided I preferred this style more. I really wanted a different colour rather than producing an almost replica quilt. So I purchased 1/2 metre of Tangerine Emma Louise Fabric from Oz quilts one of my favourite online stores.

Then came the tough nutting out of making this miniature so armed with a pencil and a ruler I began to draw the design and workout the cutting measurements. This was then all placed away in a box ready for cutting. On hindsight I should have cut it out then and there as I would have remembered what was cutting size and what was my finished size. Yesterday I cut this out and went to my sewing group only to find out some of it I had cut to big so I needed to cut some of the fabric down and I needed my thinking brain in action. Fortunately I needed to cut it down and not add any.

I proceeded to sew and work on it and came home and finished it last night. I was so delighted that I placed this photo on facebook.

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When I received a lovely message from a dear quilting friend who had noticed I had made a mistake, I ask you to look for it, even leave me a comment if you like. So this morning I set out and fixed the mistake.
Now for the backing I checked my fabric and I will make a backing in the style of an Amish or Welsh bar quilt, with the leftover fabrics from the front.

Plan for tomorrow it to baste the quilt after I have place my design on and start my hand quilting. Be sure to look out for coming posts on the quilting. This is certainly going to be a fun project. I am calling this quilt “Gelato”

Until next time have fun and enjoy life,

Wendy

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Storm at sea quilt progress

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I starting planning on making this quilt for my daughter who was in her final year of secondary school around this time last year. I was madly gathering fabrics and researching how to do this quilt, the options are almost endless.

Firstly I consulted Heather and we decided on greens and blues and the design was to include a heart in the centre of the quilt. I began the search for the pattern which lead me to http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/storm-at-sea-quilt.html for the pattern. I then found another site which included lots of variations of the design by the placement of your colour, they also had a doodle sheet. So with this in hand I printed off a few copies and retrieved the derwent pencils and off I went as though I was back in kindergarten experimenting again. It was great, I was able to work our different colours to be used and how to do the heart. I then proceeded to gather more fabric as I now new what I was doing thanks to http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/storm-at-sea-quilt.html.

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I was finally started sewing this quilt. I was using freezer paper foundation method. I had done the heart for the centre and was working on the rest of the quilt, I was quite happy with the heart and when Heather saw it she decided the quilt needed four more hearts in the corners, well I had only calculated enough fabric for one heart so off to the shops again. I had purchased the two fabrics for the hearts from two different stores, both not too far away luckily. So with enough heart fabric in hand I continued making blocks for the quilt. The size had been determined with one heart and once we decided to add the other four hearts we realised it would look strange if it didn’t have an equal amount of distance between the hearts within and around the border of the quilt. At this stage I thought I had cut enough fabric….but no I hadn’t so back to the cutting table again. I would continue making quilt blocks.

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It was obvious that I didn’t have floor space large enough to lay this quilt out, but by now Heather had finished her final year at school and had received a very good atar score which would enable her to get into Melbourne University to study Bachelor of Arts. So the hunt was now on for her and her sister to find a house to rent in the suburbs of Melbourne. It only took a couple of weeks to find a house. Because Heather was now in Melbourne I could use her floor space in her bedroom, it worked but still wasn’t really big enough. By this time I knew I needed 399 blocks and the final third of the quilt after all of the hearts were made became a jigsaw with the colour placement, when I got down to the final 98 I had a colour plan of the blocks and. It them out specifically, this took extra time.

Armed with all of my blocks made and took them and all of my pins to my local community centre where I spend my Wednesday afternoons with my this that ‘n chat group. I laid out all of the blocks and then rearranged a few until I was happy with the mingling of the colours. Photos were take and I then pinned the blocks in their positions and brought them home. Over the past week I have been slowly putting these blocks together.

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Today was the final countdown, with only a few rows to sew I went to my Tuesday quilting group and sewed the final few rows, it is now a pieced top. I will be putting a thin border around to help rest the eyes.

The next stage is to load this onto my quilting frame. I am going to hand quilt this and am hoping to have it done by our local quilt show in start of May.

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This has been a wonderful and fun quilt to do, I have enjoyed every stage of this quilt journey so far.

Day full of cooking and sewing

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I have just taken these out of the oven. These are a favourite snack I my household although one daughter prefers them without the sultanas. They are the perfect snack for a coffee or to put In the lunchbox. They can be frozen and taken out from the freezer when needed, they could also be nice warm with a dollop of cream or ice cream for dessert. Whilst I was making this batch I decided I would share my recipe with you. So here it is:-

Apple sultana scone scrolls

3 cups of self raising flour
About 3/4 to a cup of vanilla low fat yoghurt

Mix these ingredients until a soft dough is formed. Knead a little until smooth on a flour dusted bench top. Roll out to form a rectangle to a thickness of about 1/2 inch thick.

Spread a thin layer of butter over the rectangle, then sprinkle with brown sugar over the butter and then lightly with cinnamon. Cut an apple with skin on into small 1/4″ cubes and sprinkle over top of rectangle then sprinkle a few sultanas over this.

Then roll your rectangle up so it forms a long sausage. Cut this into 16 slices and bake in a oven on top shelves at 200 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes.

Let cool on a rack or enjoy straight from the oven.

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These two blocks are on their way to Queensland to be made into a quilt to be raffle of to raise money for drought relief in chinchilla. I made these from fabrics from my stash. I also made today another block which is to be made into a wedding quilt for a friend as she never received a wedding quilt.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you can enjoy my recipe as much as I do

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all the very best for everyone,
Please visit me again,

wendy Gontier

A little idea became a wonderful surprise for an amazing lady!

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Recently one hot night, it was too hot to sew or do anything apart from see what was happening on Facebook. Whilst doing my usual look I found a post from other in a group called Nanny Swapz asking our admin when her birthday was. We knew it was in February but the date eluded us. After a few nudges our lovely lady gave us her birthday.

I began chatting with Ineke another friend from this group. One thing lead to another and I said I think I will send a real card for Nanny’s birthday and Ineke was feeling the same. We continued throwing ideas around and then decided we had to invite others to send her a card also, I suggested to Ineke that it would be fabulous if we could make a quick 9 patch block up to put within the card. we were both thinking quicker than our brains could keep up. Ineke said that she would try and msg these other group members if I could help her, I said no problem. We had decided we would try and get as many people to help make Nanny’s birthday as special as we could.

So the next morning when I awoke I realised the easiest way to get this happening was to make a new group on Facebook called Nanny’s birthday love, so I set to work making the group and then adding as many people I could to the group. Ineke came on board and added as many as she could and then we started messaging others to come on over and help Nanny celebrate. Our mission had begun.

I would like to explain a little about Nanny. Not only does she admin some pages and groups on facebook she co-ordinates fabric swaps between a couple of her groups. She also sews for charities and makes pillowcases for oncology wards for children, she also asks for help to make some of these to be given to the children to bring a bit of happiness to there lives. Recently she coordinated and called on our help to make blocks to make quilts for fire victims of New South Wales. This was a massive effort with her mailbox full often with items but never anything that she can keep for herself.

This all happened on a weekend, the first of the mail arrived in Nanny’s mailbox in the middle of the next week, her birthday was the following Sunday. Nanny has received almost 50 cards and blocks just for her. We have all tried to sign our blocks and write the date and surprise on each block. Nanny will be putting these blocks together to make a quilt for herself.

I am so thankful for chatting with Ineke on that hot Saturday night, I have gained a new friend and we have managed to unite a lot of like minded people to do a good deed for a very lovely lady

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