Monday, May 22, 2017

Major May Finish

Last week I posted about February's False Starts and Flimsies  well, the quilt in question was going to be my second finish for the Roma Show.

I had 3 days until the deadline and all that I needed to do was quilt and bind.

WRONG... this quilt did not have a backing, so I needed to make one (it was also Sunday and the shops were closed).  Thankfully I had a bolt of white fabric that I picked up on an amazing sale so I could create the right look. (Finished photo at the bottom of the post)

O-me was having a big week and she didn't let me down.  The quilting went very smoothly, thank goodness.

As the quilt is a star, I quilted swirls & stars as an all over design.
 I love the feeling of the last stitches.
Then I created a red binding from assorted red fabrics in my stash and bound while watching more evening drama & crime shows.  

I present "Exploding Star"  60" x 60".  
(Photo is a little dark as it was almost midnight when I took the photo)

 and the back of "Exploding Star"

I am so very proud of this quilt.  I am so excited I was able to design something that worked.  A few tweaks along the way, but that is an important part of the design process.

My boys inform me this is my best quilt yet - but they are also fairly sure they will not be permitted to use it.

So this is OPAM # 2 for May and entry 2 for Roma Show.

See you again soon.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Makings

 To begin May makings we have to go back to October 2016.  Everyone close your eyes and go back a few months..... a few more... yep, that's it... October 2016.

Roma Patchwork & Crafters Inc hosted a Mystery Quilt Workshop with Sue Pukallus from Bymount Qld.  The lovely Janeene of Fabric Patch to come to Roma with a Pop up shop.  We were going to be spoilt and we had no idea what we were going to make.

 Janeene's shop was full of many treasures and yummy fabrics.
 My workshop fabrics were shopped from my stash.  12 fabrics and a background.
 We got to work.  Busy Bees were we.
 My quilt in progress
 As the quilt tops came together they were varied and all so beautiful.

Gaye's autumn tones.
 Proof I was actually there, obviously someone else had a camera.

Liz's bright bandanna quilt.
 Leanne's pastel beauty.
 Gayle's black and yellow striking quilt.
 Kim's black, white & red. Wow.
 Sue's (our lovely tutor) pastels.
 Olivia's modern brights.
 Kelly's autumn
 All of us together with our quilt.
In usual Debra fashion, I cam home from the workshop, showed the family my quilt and popped it in the sewing room to finish later.

Later finally came on the 5th May.  I had two looming deadlines and needed to finish the quilt.

Onto O-me for some quilting.
 After dealing with some bobbin issues, I realised a simple arrow on my bobbin case might solve the backwards threading issue in the future.  (fingers crossed)
 and back to O-me. Once I dealt with the bobbin issues, it was quite an easy sew thankfully.
 Deadline one "THE ROMA SHOW" was not overly far away, so a finish was needed.
Deadline two had passed in October, but this baby was going to be gifted as a very belated 40th birthday gift after the show.... So onto binding.  Thanks to some late night dramas, binding was completed in record time.

Front "Red, Red Ribbons"
 And the custom made backing from the left over fabrics.  
(I promise they are the same colour, just a trick of the light).
So it was finished with 3 days to spare, leaving time to finish a second entry for the show.

OPAM 1 for May complete. 

Yes I am deadline motivated.  
No I did not get to bed before midnight for a week. :)

Thanks to the always attentive Chooky.  I have found the original pattern "Ribbon Boxes"

See you again soon.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Quilt Connect Brisbane

The end of April saw Queensland Quilters Inc host "Quilt Connect" an exhibit of quilts from affilliated quilt groups across Queensland.
Roma Patchwork & Crafters Inc were one of the groups who exhibited.
 Each group sent 5 quilts for display.  Once of the quilts was mine.  It was great to see them displayed in a State Wide Quilt Show.
 I had the opportunity to meet the President & Vice-President of Queensland Quilters. These ladies work really hard to promote quilting in Queensland and their idea of a state wide quilt show was amazing.
 There were some wonderful quilts on display.  This stained glass window was my favourite quilt.
"Rose Window" by Chris Gordon. (Quilt details below).

 These quilt was made entirely from 1/2 inch hexagons.  It is amazing.  It is approximately queens size. (Quilt info and close ups below).

  Close up of hexagons with my hand to show size.

Some of the fabrics were cute, others were quirky but there were so many different designs.
 I love the little man with the thimble hat.
Queensland Quilters have shared a post of all the exhibit quilts here.  Go and check it out, they are fantastic, varied and not all "perfect quilts".

Until next time.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Music, Music, Music

As I mentioned yesterday, Easter is a big deal here in Roma.  We have a street parade on the Saturday morning and community groups, schools & businesses enter floats for the parade.

My family are involved in Maranoa Music Inc, the local community band.
We were decorating a float for the parade when we realised we did not have enough falls for the music stands.  (For the non- music people, the fall is the fabric thing that hangs from the stand to make it look pretty)
Being the sewer that I am, that was unacceptable, so I decided I'd better fix the problem.
Thanks to trusty overlocker....
 and unpicking helper husband to unpick the one I sewed upside down...
 we managed to make another 12 falls with pretty gold tassels.
 Thank goodness for the last minute
 And the float was complete.  The Band sounded awesome too.
 This is my family ready for the parade.

 Our Easter Saturday afternoon relaxation, was a trip to the Mud Derby. 
It is always a lovely afternoon and the weather was perfect.
As odd as it sounds, I find sitting at the mud derby relaxing, so I take my hand sewing and I stitch while watching.
 This year's stitching is hearts for the 1000 hearts project. 
 Nice and simple hearts that were easy to sew between mud cars.

 These 15 hearts were packaged up and sent home with my Mother in Law for her to gift to people she comes in contact with.
Until next time.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easter in Roma

Easter in Roma is a huge event.  Easter in the Country is a major tourist event for our town and our region.
My patchwork group, Roma Patchwork & Crafters Inc held a display in conjunction with the Easter Art Show.

This is the display through the windows of our studio.  It was themed "A Touch of Red"

It was fun to set up the exhibit with works from different people.  It was also sort of scary to find out how many 'red' quilts I had in my house.

The old pinnock looked quite at home in the window with the red & aqua quilt. (not my quilt)



Next year is a quilt show year again, so the display for Easter 2018 will be much bigger.

Till next time.
Debra ~Outback Crafter

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