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Friday, October 3, 2008

When will my ship come in???? and more UFO's for Finn's challenge.....and the real haunted house!!!!









Well have just finished binding the string quilt...with the dark, quick binding...and bound and finished a little old Christmas panel.... did some very simple swirls on it. But I made Wonky letters for my South African Memory quilt....made from blocks my friends made for me before I left SA. They incorporated some of my favorite things...and memories into each block. What a pleasure to see it loaded on my machine.... and have begun dwirling.... or colleenishing the quilt. About half way through now. I am so excited...as still have some of the bright sashing fabric to use for the binding. Nothing from SA yet...but now have been told it will be coming next week.Will my ship ever really come in???? It will be fun to see when that actually happens.




The South Africa quilt....has a picture of the Mountain that was just behind our town, and animals from the Kruger Park, My favorite radio station, Algoa FM, A cricket player....... a Xhosa hut, my books for Africa program, our sewing group.... Can't wait to have it all done..... and show it off. I think it will look pretty grand...now have to sort where to hang it. As my buddies added some beading... and dimensional things...so really can't be used on a bed...or laid on. The South AFrican quilt, has been fun.... and I had never used Tonya's methods to try to do any kind of lettering before. I had so much fun, not quite as Wonky as I would have liked, but I really enjoyed trying to do these. Its going to be quiet week here, I must baste a quilt for a hand quilting friend.... and finish off Memories SA, then try to work on my Halloween stash buster table topper. I am going to use Libby's idea..of putting some harvest colors on back...so it can do double duty. Can't wait to scratch through the strip drawers to see what I have out there. And finally a picture of the real haunted house...... My mom's house....taken last year.... just before Thanksgiving! I warned you ..... it really is falling to bits. Can't find the pics of the closeups.... but still looking. Have a great weekend...... I so am going to!!!!

23 comments:

Miss 376 said...

I love the South Africa quilt, tells a real story

The Jen said...

I love LazyGal's method for those letters and the cute houses. Its been a while since I've seen that house... wow. ~jen~

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Good Evening!! Thanks once again for stopping by...Love your quilt. My mother has always quilted but I am just not good at it..Yours is beautiful...

Ivory Spring said...

I love all your quilts, Colleen. The Christmas one is really cute.

Thank you for the kind words on my grousey quilt. I quilted a 15" square, and the finished size is 13". It took me close to 24 hours to do the tiny stippling, but I enjoyed it.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Wow such lovely quilting!

skoots1mom said...

i'm so glad i found your site...love your quilts!
come visit again soon....

Charlotte said...

What an interesting house and lovely quilts. Thanks for visiting my blog. I've enjoyed my visit here.

Bo said...

Beautiful quilts...and I would love to see more of your mom's home...falling to bits or not, it looks so pretty! ;-) Bo

Libby said...

How exciting to be almost done with your South Africa memory quilt - I can hardly wait to see it all done and its place of honor. Have fun with piecing up the back of your Halloween quilt. I think we are on to something here *s*

Catherine said...

I love that Christmas quilt!! Gorgeous!

Ivory Spring said...

Hi Colleen,

Thanks for coming back! Thanks also for the kind comment. To answer your question...

I am using a Bernina 640E with the BSR foot to do all the quilting on that quilt block. I have only quilted less than 3 years in my whole life (no sewing experience prior to that), and have only dabbled in the free-motion quilting stuff since January 2007.

Thanks again for the encouraging words - they mean the world to me.

Have a great evening.

Dawn said...

Colleen, such kind words.. thanks for popping by my blog....I am hooked on smocking and so love how fast it comes together...and the fact I can sew for my little girls...when my boys were little I did only make them some shorts...now having girls the skys the limit with clothes to make for them.....I love your homeland Quilt and I have some very close friends from S Africa and also go to a church here in South Australia started by a guy from South Africa...and have been there twice myself....beautiful countryside and sites to see amazing.
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs
Dawn x

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

I love these quilt. Your work is amazing.
The house looks awesome! Falling to pieces or not...it's so pretty!

Micki said...

You have been busy too. The South African quilt tured out beautifully! Someone should fix and renovate your mom's house. it could be lovely!
Micki
In Ireland

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I don't think we have visited since you were back in South Africa. How are you doing? Your quilt is amazing. ~ Lynn

Carrie said...

The South Africa quilt has such interesting cultural details.

Karen said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. Love the quilt you made from the sqs that your SA friends made for you. What a treasure;)

Kimonos and Sushi said...

What a lovely quilt to remind you of S.A.. YTHe house does looka little scary.....:) Andrea

My Thanh said...

Wow, that house is spooky!

Carin said...

Love your moms house!

hunnybunny said...

That South Africa quilt is amazing!
I also love your mom's house, I have been admiring houses a lot more lately and I love the "old, crumbly" ones. Those houses are the most amazing story tellers.

jovaliquilts said...

The South Africa quilt is wonderful, and such a wonderful thing for you now, I should think. It's not easy to leave home.

Tracey said...

South africa quilt is wonderful,

you have been so busy, take care