Sunday, January 19, 2014

My Town....from Australian Homespun

Here is my new hand sewing project for this year. it is called My Town and the patterns are found in the Australian Homespun magazines running from Vol. 12 # 3 through Vol. 12 #12.  I am still searching for #9.  i had a heck of a time finding the ones that i have. one i found on eBay and it actually came from Australia...postage costing more than the magazine. 

The fabric line used is Wild Rose designed by Blackbird Designs for Moda. this was a 2011 fabric so it is also extremely difficult to find. i still am missing 1 fabric and on the search for it. hopefully by the time i need a piece of it, i will have found it. 

This project was put together by some of the finest designers in Australia....each of them making a block. and then the quilt was raffled off to make money for a charity in Australia called Starlight Children's Foundation which helps seriously ill and hospitalized children. 

Here is a picture of the entire quilt. it is so soft and warm looking...great colors.

The first block was a Quilt Shop....naturally. LOL    according to the directions, you cut out the pieces and fuse them to the background. then stitch around the pieces and add the details with embroidery. and that is exactly what i did.

I thought it would go quicker than it took me several evenings to finish. there is a lot of detail.

The ladies are showing up for class. See that little star above the head of the girl in blue. it is hanging from the clothesline and was put there by the designer to represent the Starlight Foundation. the second block has a couple stars, too. i'm thinking there might be a star in each block. i think that is very cool. good thinking.

It is hard to do letters very tiny. my bored husbands chair is testament to that. hahaha  but perhaps it is just me. 

This was so much fun to do. i have the second block fused together and ready to start stitching. it is the Country Store. lots of detail there, too. 

I'm going to try and stay on this project and get it finished in a timely fashion. 

1 comment:

Elizabeth Newton said...

Hi Shirley,
Perhaps it would help you to know that Homespun 12/9 is available as a digital back copy from Zinio - it's $3.50 (Australian) and the pattern is accessed via our website, This link will take you to the Australian site, but it gives you the idea:
Deputy Editor, Homespun

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