Block of the Month · crocheting · Quilting

Where did September go?

Oh my Lord, I just realised I haven’t written a post for over a month. Time has just flown so quickly these past few weeks. I feel busy but don’t seem to accomplish much which is really frustrating and we’ve had a few sunny, warm weekends too so I don’t really want to be indoors.

Winter keeps lingering here & whilst I’m usually a fan of winter, this year I’m over it and ready for some warm days and balmy evenings.

The coolest thing I did in September was spend a weekend at Ricky Tims Quilt Luminarium brought to Perth by Handcrafter’s House. Ricky is engaging and funny, a great story teller, an amazing musician and a genius quilt maker. I think that the things I learnt are still sinking in.

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This is Ricky playing this beautiful piano. He didn’t use any sheet music. He has been playing since he was three. He not only plays piano but he also composes and conducts. A truly talented man.

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This was a piece showing his appliqué technique and how he uses the embroidery stitches he has on his machine to add the wow factor to his quilts. The best bit was that we were allowed to touch the quilts on display and have a good look at how they were done. It took us a while to do this since you are usually told not to touch the quilts.

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This is a self portrait quilt Ricky did, and in it he included things that told us about who Ricky is as a quilter. The appliqué and the wavy seams are typical of Ricky’s quilts.

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This quilt is magnificent in the flesh. This picture just doesn’t do it justice. It was just some of the most beautiful work I’ve seen and yes we could touch this quilt too. It was so soft, using Ricky’s own hand dyed fabric. It has a real suede look to it. Of course I had to buy some. Now I just have to decide what I’m going to make with it.

It was so much fun and by Sunday I was exhausted just from thinking about ways I can incorporate some of the things I’ve learned into the projects I currently have going now and what projects I can make from the 130 page book that came as part of the Luminarium. Needless to say I spent quite a bit of money. Thank God for birthday money.

The Luminarium really sparked my passion again for my quilting. I have been working on some designs of my own which I will reveal in the coming months and I was feeling a bit stuck in the mediocre mindset but like Ricky suggested I let my design talk to me and every night when I got home from work I couldn’t wait to get into my sewing room. It was so rewarding to see my designs start to get the life they deserve.

I have been very interested in trying out the Quilt-As-You-Go method and I have two books on it, which I’ve read from cover to cover. I decided that I would use my least favourite fabric to have a trial run and see how it goes. I made some pinwheels from some 5 inch charm squares to create 8.5 inch blocks. I have nine of these blocks and I’m going to add some borders to make the quilt bigger if I like the way it turns out.

What I’m enjoying so much about this at the moment, is the quilting is so much easier to do on a domestic machine when you’re only quilting an 8.5 inch block. This has allowed me to be a bit more adventurous with my quilting and when I finally get my butt into gear and practice my free motion quilting, I’ll be able to do that as well. I’ll keep you updated with my progress.

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The quilt as you go blocks I’m trialling.
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My trial block, now hanging on my wall.
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Getting a bit more adventurous with my quilting.

This morning I have spent some time finishing off some crocheted flower hair pins that we are going to sell at the Relay for Life in a few weeks to raise more money for our team, the Beanie Bandits.

I forgot how fiddly the hot glue gun can be, ending up with strings of glue all over my fingers. They turned out much better than I expected.

So what’s in store for the rest of the month? Continuing with the Quilt-As-You-Go quilt and finishing up some more of the Homespun BOM blocks. Also working on my own designs which I will reveal soon.

Until next time…get creative!

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