Friday, April 26, 2013

Bonjour Quilts

Today it's all about the admin.

Firstly: I changed my name to Well, my URL. You know what I mean.

I've been meaning to change for a while and the demise of Google Reader was the push I needed. So please do update any links that you need to.

Secondly: no more Google Reader come 1st of July. If you're an aggregating type you'll need to find yourself a new platform.

Replacement options are out there - most folks in the crafty sphere are changing to Bloglovin' or Feedly. If you are with Bloglovin' and want to continue following me, click below:

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It's been a bit boring around here, just a whole lot of this since our shipping container arrived from France a few weeks ago:

At least someone enjoys unpacking boxes:

The rest of us, not so much. So I've given myself a very nice incentive to get it done:

This is my NEW MACHINE!! *hyperventilates, pokes self in eye with seam ripper*

I've jumped ship from Bernette to Janome; I hope she lives up to my high expectations. I'll be sure to let you know once I get her out of the box.

A few lovely commenters on my Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show post reminded me that I didn't show you my purchases, so let me correct that.

For some reason Marg and I found ourselves very drawn to the Japanese themed booths - I picked up these various cuts with the idea of making some new lounge room cushion covers.

Happy colours! 

I am also pulling bits and pieces together to make a low value quilt of some sort - these will go towards that collection. (For the non-quilters, by low value I mean low colour value, not that I'm making a cheap and nasty blanket.)

Continuing on with fabric news - I've just ordered some vinyl from the US to re-cover our dining room chairs (see tartan in first photo). Cats, children and fabric-upholstered seating don't play well together.

I found some pictures from last year and realised I hadn't shown you the Christmas gift I made for a lovely French friend who was very good to our family while we were there. She really loved this quilt:


And this one:


So I combined the fabrics from the first with the design of the later, et voilĂ :

The backing is a print from Dear Stella's Ikebana called Medallion in White (with a thin border of Tiles in Charcoal from the same line). Quilting was a simple grid down the centre of all the sashing lengths.

It's lap sized and my friend seemed quite happy with it.

Hopefully I'll have some more sewing, Janome sewing, to show you in the near future. Until then, have a great weekend!


Unknown said...

First off, those quilts are gorgeous - well done, you! Second, could you possibly tell me the name/designer info for that top fabric in your low volume photo? I'm a little in love with it! Thank you!


Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts said...

From the selvedge - D's Selection, produced by Fumika Oishi, Made in Japan.

Bought from from BeBe Bold's stall ( Maybe give them a try?

Susan said...

Bonjour! What- you don't like the tartan!?? Love the quilt made for your French ami! I need to do some low volume stashing too! The one Carolyn has her eye on is gorgeous!

Teresa said...

All the above quilts are so beautiful! I'm more and more convinced I must start serious quilting one of these days.

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Lovely quilts! And gorgeous LV stashing - look forward to seeing the quilt!

Aidan said...

Aw, the baby!
bisous A

Anonymous said...

These quilts are all just gorgeous! I can't wait to see the low value one all complete.

Nicola said...

Ahh dear old Crown boxes. We've had those in our life for the last 12 years. Some have never been unpacked! The Janome box looks much more exciting. Open it, open it, open it!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, fab purchases there, and enjoy the new toy when you get to it!

Annie said...

Those quilts are divine! Love your sense of humour re the low value quilt...I wouldn't mind trying one of those. Good luck with the unpacking and enjoy that box starting with J

Camilla said...

Welcome back. The incentive would work for me-IF I couldn't open the Janome box until the others were done. Moving is always such tedium interspersed with the need and excitement of having a home again...
Love those quilts and the resulting one for your friend is gorgeous. I'm sure it'll be much appreciated.

Sara Louise said...

Look at those curls!!! I want to gobble him up! x

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Oh you are having such fun! I hate unpacking so much. For that matter I hate packing too! It's a job that never seems to end and there is so much mess involved. Best of luck with it.
Look at your littlest one, so many curls!! What a sweetie.
Love your quilts and the fabrics. Your lounge is going to look amazing when you have finished with your revamping plans. So when do you get to unpack your new machine?? I couldn't wait. I got a Horn sewing cabinet yesterday, so exciting. Took ages to unpack it, it weighted an absolute tonne.
Must sign up to one of those new reader things too. Happy days!
Sarah xx

Marg said...

Unpacking SUCKS. I still have about 10 boxes in the garage that I need to unpack....before I die, lol.
Your quilts are beautiful, I can't believe you haven't shown them already, I would be bursting with excitement after finishing such beautiful work. I absolutely love the colours.

Unknown said...

Fantastic! Thank you, Kirsty :)

Anonymous said...

I love unpacking - there's always surprises as I find things I've forgotten. On one memorable occasion we'd had stuff in storage for several years and out came two cases of rather good French wine! Bliss!

Am looking forward to your adventures with the new machine and more glorious quilts. Sharon.

Ali said...

The new URl explains why I stopped getting your posts via email! I'll have to fix that at home tonight.

How are you liking the Horizon? I'm thinking that I should upgrade to one soon.

Lorna McMahon said...
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Lorna McMahon said...

Admiring your work, Kirsty... Just wanted to let you know, I am your newest follower on Bloglovin' and that I hope you don't mind if I shared a couple of your quilts, with a link back, on my facebook page at
You are very talented and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
PS. I deleted the first comment as I accidentally misspelled your name. Sew sorry!


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