Friday, August 26, 2011

Waggas

well I have been away for what seems absolutely ages, and I have heaps to tell you, and I will ... over the next few posts.
First, I want to tell you about our local quilt group day yesterday. there is a loyal group of us that meet every Thursday in the local church hall, mostly we work on whatever takes our fancy, individual projects like, ..but yesterday, we had a guest.
 Sue Weston is an extremely accomplished quilter, who spreads herself between Wanaka and Auckland - clever gal she must be I hear you say... and yes she is one talented lady in so many ways.
Last year,  Sue came to our group and we all spent the day strip quilting, (see here), but yesterday..
we were introduced to the "Wagga" This is Sue holding up one of her Waggas. Do you know what a Wagga quilt is then?? Let me explain.. They are Patchwork quilts, bush or wagga rugs, using men's suiting samples or swatches and they were common in regional Australia in the first half of the 20th century, particularly NSW.
  They are an important example of the Australian practice of reusing materials, or 'making do', when resources are scarce. You can read more about waggas here.
 .. for ages our group has been visiting Op shops and other suitable sources to scrounge wool suits, skirts, blankets, you name it..
 so yesterday ...
 we cut, we stripped, we played
 and pondered
 and came up with a few really good results
 and generally had a pretty good time
...and we made Waggas,
thanks Sue, we love having you come to stay!



p.s. in the next post I will tell you all about my fabulous trip away!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fugly Fabric

I am sure you all know fugly fabric, we all have some from time to time huh.. yeh come on own up, I know you all have some!
well, when I was sorting through some of my own personal stash, and then cleaning out the shelves in the shop .... to make room for new arrivals, ... and my they are coming in thick and fast at the moment.. anyway... when I was cleaning and sorting, and looking at some of the end of roll fabrics, I thought to myself, as I often do...
what shall I do with these, they don't really belong anywhere, with anything else... and not enough to do too much with
and what on earth can I put with them  or do with them.. after all they don't look much like this do they??
so I cut and pieced, and stitched.
and this is what I came up with
any fabric is glorious if you cut it up small enough... even fugly fabric...
It is off to the quilty machine now...