Monday, 14 September 2015

Still paper-piecing

Still busy with my paper-piecing project. My background chalk spots fabric arrived today! Go SA post office!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Paper-piecing progress

My paper-piecing hexagon quilt is coming along nicely. I've decided to focus on shades of purples, greys, greens, and turquoises. I've ordered some more Kaffe Fassett chalk dots background fabric online. The South African postal service is so annoyingly slow these days, I'll be lucky if it gets here in under 4 months... grrrrrr

Friday, 17 July 2015

Meeting Kaffe Fassett

I got to meet Kaffe Fassett after his colour lecture that he gave in Cape Town on 15 July 2015. He signed my favourite Kaffe Fassett quilting book: "Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts". He was very gracious. 
I enjoyed Kaffe's colour lecture very much. Brandon Mably introduced him as "His Lordship", which made everyone laugh. Kaffe spoke about his life and how he got to where he is now. He showed lots of inspirational pictures, pictures of things he had crafted and designed, and photos of quilts from his workshops. Afterwards, he held a Q&A session with the audience, I even got to ask him a question about the colours he uses. It was a wonderful evening, which I will never forget. I never thought that I would get to meet Kaffe and Brandon, living here at the bottom of Africa, but wishes do come true.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Kaffe Fassett is coming to Cape Town tonight!

I'm back from my work trip to England. I've been working on my paper-pieced hexagon quilt. I was super excited to find out that Kaffe Fassett is in South Africa and will be giving a lecture in Cape Town tonight! So excited to see his lecture, can't wait!!!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Trying out some paper piecing hexagons

I'm trying out paper-piecing, it is nice to do while watching TV in the evenings. I like all the pastel Kaffe prints that have been released recently. I'm off to the UK soon for a work trip, so I can put this in my suitcase and keep myself busy in the evenings.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Rose Tea-Party Quilt complete

I finished my Rose Tea-Party Two-by-Two patch quilt yesterday. Sweety-Bird "helped" me with the safety pinning of the quilt sandwich on the weekend. Actually he was being naughty and behaving possessive about the box of safety pins, biting my fingers. Thanks boy...
I used a fun Dear Stella print with clothes pegs for the backing and used a pink Moda rose print for the binding. I stitched-in-the-ditch all the seams for the quilting. The finished quilt is around 52" x 48".

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Unfinished Objects (UFOs)

I see that quilting bloggers from time to time report on their list of UFOs. I decided to make a list so that hopefully it will inspire me to get them finished!

1. Knitted Patchwork Blanket (started when I was around 14 years old, circa 1992). This one will take a while longer to finish since I need to first KNIT the blocks before I can finish assembling it (*sigh*). 
Unfinished Knitted Patchwork Blanket

2. Wedding Ring Quilt (started when I was around 16 years old, circa 1994). This one has been in a half finished state for decades... I think the problem lies in that I lost some of the background blocks (*sheepish grin*) and also it looks a bit 80s to me.
Unfinished Wedding Ring Quilt
3. Kaffe Fassett Chintz Quilt (started in 2011). This quilt top is about 20% pieced. I got bored with it because I was following a pattern exactly from a book, not enough creativity involved. Now its in the back of a cupboard somewhere.
Unfinished Chintz Quilt

4. Curio Hexagon Quilt (started in 2012). This quilt top is 100% finished piecing, but the pieced back panel is slightly too small for the top, and I've run out of Curio fabric, so I ran out of steam for finishing this quilt. I need to find a similar tone fabric to finish off the back and the assemble the quilt. It shouldn't be too hard. I just need to get my butt into gear.
Curio Hexagon Quilt Top
Curio Hexagon Quilt pieced back

5. Zig-Zag Quilt (also started in 2012). This one was started shortly before we moved into our first house. Somewhere during the packing up and moving, the blocks got disordered and some even went missing (oops!). So it is unlikely that this one will get finished without significant re-cutting of triangles and re-planning. Oh dear....
Unfinished Zig-Zag Quilt
6. Kaffe Fassett Postcard Quilt (started in late 2014). This quilt top is about 10% finished. At least it is fun to make because all the blocks and prints are different (except for making precise flying geese, not fun!!!). Hopefully won't take forever to finish.
Postcard quilt centre

Original Postcard Quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book Quilt Road

7. Flora Kaleidscope quilt (started by my mom in 2014)
My mom finished piecing this quilt top from Moda Flora FQ bundle, and she even managed to finish safety pinning the quilt sandwich just shortly before she became very ill and passed away in June 2014. I plan to machine quilt it myself; I haven't felt much like working on it because it makes me feel a bit sad.
Flora Kaleidoscope Quilt top

My completely finished quilts are shown at the end of the right side panel of my blog. Fortunately, there are more slightly more finishes than UFOs! ;)