Tuesday, 22 May 2018
I'm prevaricating at the moment. It's pinned to my wall whilst I decide what I should do. It may be that weeks 16 / 17 of my Aves quilt aren't as finished as they should be if I do decide to re-do their coupling.
We've each been given a piece of this fabric - mine was roughly 6" x 8" (thank you Benta for nabbing and sending me this in my absence from the meeting!).
We were then challenged to make an 8" square quilt where the fabric could still be recognised.
This is called 'Don't Fence Me In'.
All three quilts use fusible applique (so I lost as little of the challenge fabric as possible) and machine stitching.
All good fun! I'm now planning to go back to my scrap drawers and start a new scrap project.
Happy sewing everyone!
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
It finishes at 36" x 46".
The blocks in the centre are 'lozenges' (rectangles with the corners 'snowballed') which used up some particular size of squares that I had. Then I had almost enough rectangles to create a border around them. Just five more needed to be cut - one from a scrap of fabric that I had beside my sewing machine, four for the corners from another left over piece.
I relived some of the happy memories of making the quilt for him and his wife and of the phone call from him on his wedding day, with their 'thank you' for the quilt.
I wouldn't think that a simple measurement could bring all that back so vividly! I'm almost sad that I've used all of them now - although happy that I've made a further dent in my scrap drawers!
Another quilt for Project Linus is complete!
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
This is how the block started out. I have to confess to a couple of mis-cuts but I didn't do too badly with the instructions that we were given by Katherine Kerr.
I suspect that next week we'll be making a flying geese surround for it.
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Lucky that they were both nice and easy to complete, once the fabrics were decided upon and cut!
More hours (many more hours!) spent on starting to change my email addy in the myriad places that it is used as I will be changing from next month, than spent on delicious sewing - sigh!
Never mind, at least when it's complete I'll feel pleased!
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Fun to make. You can see where I sewed lines (from behind, using the paper piecing lines) to show me where to sew it to the inner wheel and later to the rest of the quilt top.
I think that next time I'll do it without any thread, just leaving me the holes in the fabric to guide me.
I should have pressed it before I took a photo really!
Kempton Steam Museum which was in steam last weekend (and will be again for another five weekends or so during the year - if you can get to south west London to see it I'd recommend it!).
Magnificent and on a scale bigger than I'd realised. This triple expansion steam engine is about 6 stories high - and the two fly wheels that you can see here are 32 tons each! Apparently they were made in two halves, and the maximum weight that could be carried on the railway wagons of the time was 16 tons. Fascinating stuff.
Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway. Cute little steam engine (working every Sunday afternoon and museum weekends from March until November). They are using this to promote / provide experience for an exciting project, which is to relay track from here to Hampton following the old track which was laid in WW1 to provide easy access to coal brought up the Thames.
A laudable project and one that I'm fully in favour of!
We didn't spend a lot of time at these attractions, but I've come away inspired to try and use some of the aspects of them in a quilt design.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
I got out all my left over rectangles (8" x 4")and left over squares (1 3/4"square)....
This has left me with a pile of lozenges - but no real design layout in mind for them!
Of course, I realise now that if I'd planned it out first that it might have been a better idea and that I might get a better result! Lesson learned.
When I get some more sewing time I will play with layouts until I get something that works for me. Always fun to play!
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
As well as this we were encouraged to put the central area of our quilt top together - but for some reason I don't seem to have taken a photo of that!
More time spent on school holiday fun than on sewing this week!
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
I'm really pleased with how it came out - even to having the perfect colour backing for it already in my stash! It was a sheet gifted to me by a friend when she emigrated to Australia, just one of many pieces of household linen that has supported my quilting over the years! Thanks Kate!
I LOVE how complex the pattern looks. It is just one block repeated 25 times: 13 times with white and dark purple, 12 times with white and lighter purple. It just looks a lot more complicated than that when you put them together.
I think that this might be a pattern that I return to - and I might even make a tutorial so that you could make one too if you wanted to.
I used one of the blocks again, but used sashing and HSTs to make it up to 20" so that it would accommodate the folded quilt easily.
I'm pleased to say that I had it labelled, washed and dried in time to hand over as planned. I'm even more happy to say that Grandma Greenwood, who had asked for it to be made and specified the colours, seems really pleased with it. It will be gifted to her friend at the end of the month where I hope that it will be equally well received.
Off to start my next Aves blocks now - it looks like a big week as there are some mid point assembly instructions too - very exciting!
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
My plan is to have finished the quillow by Sunday ready to pass it over. I'd better go and carry on with it now!
Happy Easter, and I hope that you find plenty of time for crafting too!
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
I'm off to do some more sewing now! Hope that you are able to enjoy some crafting time this week too.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Aves BOW week 7 complete!
Of course, I'm working on Week 8 now, which is the flying geese circle for around this block.
Richmond and Kew Quilters) and run by Gillian Travis who was teaching her 'Interchange' fusible applique technique.
I started this penguin wall hanging which finished at home (once I'd got back to a machine with zig zag stitch on it).
The 4" squares looked a little dull just as they were, so I appliqued a flower on top. Better, but still not my best work. I think that a red might have worked better as a flower. Next time I'll audition more fabrics before going for it.
Approximately 40" x 20"
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Just a couple of extras cut from stash, plus a central block of the hen fabric that appears in quite a few of my scrap quilts!
I wasn't sure what binding to use. I wondered about something in a soft colour to complement the sashing / border (which reminds me of an old fashioned eiderdown) but decided instead to pick up on the greens that appear in some of the blocks with a lime green spotty binding. Not the perfect green, but the best that I had in my stash!
Of course, if I managed to sew the right pieces to the pattern it might be quicker - yesterday I sewed eight pieces with the wrong fabrics (and unpicked them all, despite the short stitch length because of it being foundation piecing). This is on top of the unpicking that I've done because I've failed to place the pieces well enough (those tricky triangles).
It's a beautiful block, I just hope that I can do it justice - eventually!
I need to take 'final shots' of it, but I enjoyed quilting and finishing it last week.
On to other new projects now!