Monday, 18 June 2018

Finding the Way.

The wedding quilt is finally done.  It took almost six months to complete.  It was hand quilted, on my lap. Here finally is the end result.
It is Queen size, made with traditional South African Shwe-shwe fabric.  The more the fabric is washed the softer it becomes.  It is incredibly durable, which means it will last a long time.
 The quilt from the back,  this is the center.
One of the corners, all the mariners compass blocks, received an extra round layer of batting to give  them a 3-D effect.
Pink centers was used for the four corner mariner compass blocks, this is for the four daughters.  Each have been married before, and have two daughters each.  Including them, as each and everyone of them are special in their own way.
 The large center.
 The back of the quilt.
The Label, this saying came from another quilt.  Would love to give credit to the writer, but this was one poem that was passed on from quilter to quilter .....

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Creative inspiration.

My Peonies are just a pleasure this year.  They are all full of flowers, the sun is shining and we have blue skies.

Love Entwined:
 All the French knots on the hearts are done.
Started them last year, then packed away my LE to work on projects which needed to be finished.
The center is now done.
Finding the Way:
 The binding is on, the quilting is almost done.
 The batting for this one is polyester, as it has to be shipped and the weight had to be kept as light as can be.
 The down side to working with this batting, it makes my skin itch. Once it is enclosed between the fabric layers, this is no longer an issue.   So as soon as the quilt was quilted enough, the binding was sewn on.  It is been quilted on my lap, so no hoops involved.  It is also more portable, which has allowed me to move it to were the coolest spot is in the house.
The quilting is not done yet, another week of quilting and then it will be done.  It is a queen size quilt.
This bowl was made from the base of an apricot tree. This won a few awards.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Pressing the reset button.

Sometimes in life, we have to hit the reset button.  Lately things have gone beep in the night.  Since the recent windstorm, to be precise.  So come saturday past, we decided to go and do something completely different.  The Highland Games was being held at the local Fair grounds, so off we went.

 It was great fun watching the bands compete, as we saw them practice beforehand to make sure they were all pitch perfect.
 This was serious business, they had four judges, all from different clans. The clipboards were out and they were writing as fast as they could.  Not just a simple one liner... 
 The drummers all had a few tricks up their sleeves
 Now, it could not be a Highland Games, without the men showing off their muscle.
This one was interesting, it looked like a hessian bag filled with hay.  Hockey sticks was used in a game to toss it over this goal post.
Did not get a picture of the dancing, clear forgot to take one.  They were all very good, so being a Judge on the day for, must have been a difficult task.