Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Aren't these fabrics fabulous? Chosen by my SiL and niece for a specific quilt pattern that my niece has chosen for her 'Uni Quilt'.
It hardly seems enough fabric to make a complete quilt top, does it?
The pattern, by Karen Lewis of Blue Berry Park, was published in Love Patchwork and Quilting in October 2014. I've been wanting to make it since I first saw it! I'm excited that I'm finally doing so.
Happy sewing and crafting, everyone!
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
This is a 44" lovely, made from my 2" strips and squares, the surprise additional size that I cut when I was tackling my scraps.
I put the strips together 'lasagne quilt' style, stopping once I'd got to a size that I thought I could cut up usefully.
I thought that adding the sashing and border to bring the size up a little was a good plan, and rotating alternate blocks seems to work well too.
I shall pass all three of these scrap quilts on to Project Linus at my quilt group next week.
Patsy Thompson DVD (thank you Avril!) I decided to quilt with a loop de loop vine. My leaves need some work on consistency, but its a good start point for me!
You can see here the leaves amongst the loops on the back of it here.
I'm off to fondle some fabric and perhaps even iron and cut it - planning and starting a new project is always fun, isn't it?
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Sprawled over a sofa it is inviting a snuggle now that the weather is a little cooler again!
'Busy as Can Be'. Just 7 charm squares and a few minutes. Perfect for posting overseas to friends.
On the actual day a Victoria sponge was requested.
Its been a tiring week, but a fun one. Time to settle into some quiet sewing now!
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
This layout used just 16 of them.
Here is it is basted and ready to be quilted - but not until the hot weather we're being subjected to at the moment cools down a little. The room where I sew is roasting hot at the moment!
This remains a WIP!
I hope that you are a enjoying the weather where you are! Happy sewing!
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
I've also taken the chance to try a couple of outdoor quilt photos in this mornings sunshine. I couldn't persuade our chicks to pose in the background of this first one, though, despite using the fence of their run. They looked faintly bemused and went back to their dust baths!
Overall the quilt is 45" square. I originally intended to make the sashing and borders wider, but decided to live more or less within the constraints of typical 'width of fabric'. Of course, as I was adding the borders I realised that as I was making them with cornerstones I could have made them wider at least! A lesson for next time!
Avril recently. A fun design! Thanks for the reminder!
The backing is a bargain from IKEA. I usually make a trip to see if there are any fabrics that I could use as a generic backing fabric once I run out of whatever I last bought - and although I don't love this as much as some of the prints that I've bought over the years, it's a lovely 56" wide blue grey fabric, which has a lot of appeal for me.
Time for me to go and start on the next scrap top!
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Here are my resulting piles of 3" squares. Once I'd finished cutting the scraps they were re-loaded into a (slightly smaller) set of plastic drawers. First back out are my 3" and 1 3/4" squares, ready to make the first of this set of scrap quilts.
Although I've laid it out like this, I'm planning to sash the blocks to show them off a bit better. I've bought some Kona 'Ash' to do that.
'Scrap Quilt Sensation' by Katherine Guerrier.
They definitely give it a little extra 'zing' don't they?
My plan is to work on this quilt before starting on the next set of sixteen blocks, which will just about be right for the number of 3" squares that I've harvested from my scraps. I love to lose myself in my little bit of fabric heaven.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
As expected it has been quite time consuming. Also as expected, I've been distracted into cutting additional sizes as well, so 2 1/2" squares and anything 2" wide have also been added to the piles! This does have the advantage that I am wasting even less fabric, though, which is a good thing.
It's lovely finding 'old friends' as I go through my scraps - some of them from my very earliest days of quilting, maybe 17 years ago!
We are also in the process of trading up trampolines - moving from 8' round to 9'x13' oval. That's the biggest size that we can manage on the decking. Our DDs are looking forward to it!
I'm looking forward to finishing scrap cutting so that I can get on with some scrap sewing. Hope that you have fun goals too!
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Completed size at about 18" x 14", this really is a mini quilt. You may remember that it was a laser cut kit from John Flynn. My accuracy leaves some thing to be desired, but I'm pleased with the overall effect.
They are very easy to make by hand or machine and can either be used as tiny gift pouches or left open to make little 'trays'. I think that they would be handy for jewellery on holiday - somewhere to put tiny things so that you can find them again!
Can you tell that I'm between quilting projects now?!
At one point I was trying to cut to a system and the drawers are labelled up with the size pieces that I thought I was going to use.
However, more often than not, at the end of a project I ended up stuffing random sizes of fabric into these drawers. They are now so full that I'm no longer able to do that!
Careful examination showed the zip lock bags where I was keeping scraps according to colour - an idea that I love, but which, again, I'd failed to really follow.
I've now come to the momentous decision that I should actually cut these pieces into standard sizes. It's going to take me a while!
In addition I'm going to have anything sensible at 2 1/2" wide (jelly roll width) and 1 1/4" wide (my favourite binding width) as well as 5" (charm squares).
The list of sizes is hung up in front of me so that I can't get distracted into other sizes. Its going to be time consuming to prep these fabrics but it will be very satisfying to make good use of them at the end!
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Trimmings. Funny sort of word - it could be the little cut off edges, like here, or lace around a hat, or stuffing and food stuffs around a roast meal - before we even start to think about trimming sails or trimming a boat..... Anyway, I was thinking about the first sort of trimming this week, as I set to work on the mini blocks that I was making for my 'storm at sea'.
This layout was the first that I tried. I've tweaked it a couple of times now, but I haven't started sewing it together yet as I'm trying to find some secondary patterns. I'm not sure that I shouldn't have done that before sewing the parts together, but I'm not sure that I have a household that wouldn't have fiddled with the tiny pieces before I'd got that far, so block making first seemed like the best plan!
Whilst that layout is still under consideration, I decided that I should put some 'raw' fabric paint onto my favourite calico, just to have a reference chart.
I learned from my previous Wendy Dolan inspired piece, and diluted the colours a lot more this time.
Of course, I think that I may have gone too far in the other direction. Slightly paler than in my head!
This is the start point (fabric blocks, paint washes) of my next attempt. I also used a little fabric paint that was supposed to puff but didn't, really. More experimentation required!
This is the stitching start point, where I'd got the main lines down using the walking foot.
This is closer to being complete. Lines given more weight by going over then more than once, curved lines and FMQ completed with a hopping foot. I used a lovely variegated thread for the two different plants.
It's still not quite there yet, though. I need to add a little more weight to the gate. I need to add something in the bottom RH corner (perhaps a sketch pavement? I'm not sure yet).
Overall I'm pretty pleased that it's a recognisable interpretation of my front entrance. Lots of fun to do - and plenty more exploring to do on this technique.
Off to work on these two WIPS now! I hope that you are finding some stitching time too!
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
It might be hard to pick out, but the nine blocks used to make the quilt are each made up of nine small blocks, which have between one and nine fabrics in them.
The quilt design was published in 'The Quilter' by Lesley Coles.
It's one of the challenges set by my quilt group - Richmond and Kew Quilters - in order to generate a few special categories for our quilt show (which is still some way off).
The front is a little busy with a lot of similar sized prints. I decided to make the quilt from my stash, so some fabric choices were based on whether or not I had sufficient fabric within the colour families that I wanted to use!
Curly quilting all over - trying to make the whorls large enough that the quilting wasn't too dense as I wanted this to be another good snuggle quilt for someone. After the exhibition it will probably go to Project Linus.
Another fast finish as I'd made the small blocks for this last year. It's fun working through my WIP list and clearing project piles away as I go.
My next WIP to work on is a mini storm at sea. I started it some time ago but put it to one side when I wasn't pleased with my seam accuracy. I'm now thinking that I either need to brace myself to unpick it or to carry on and complete it - just leaving it to one side isn't good enough! Wish me luck!