Sunday, 31 July 2011

Winner Of Giveaway

The names of those who commented on the giveaway post (via networked blogs) were put in a pot for my daughter to draw out a name.  Many thanks for the comments and suggestions.
The name that came out of the pot was  Karen Jurd.  Karen, if you'd like to email me with your postal address I will send the pattern and the book to you.
This is the first time that I have run a giveaway like this, so many thanks to all who participated.

This week I have begun experimenting with some of the Clover templates.  The photo on the right is a large yo yo that I made to use in a quilt corner.  I also have the rose and heart templates so I'll have a play with them next week.
On Ludlow Quilt and Sew I put directions for a trip around the world quilt which I really enjoyed making.

During the week my daughter Samantha had a friend to stay and we had great fun showing her the sights of the area.  I do feel very lucky to live here in Ludlow - such a beautiful and friendly town.

Thanks for calling by my blog.  Hope to see you again soon.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

P and Q Giveaway

Those lovely ladies at Patchwork and Quilting magazine have given me a copy of their  fantastic bookzine 'Inspirational Projects' to give away - well, they have actually given me two, but I'm giving away one on facebook and one here.

There are 12 amazing projects with full details and patterns including the butterfly quilt shown on the front cover.

To have a chance at winning a copy, simply choose which of my patterns you like the best at my
quilt pattern page and tell me by commenting on this post.

The winner will be chosen (names in a hat) next Sunday and will receive a printed copy of the pattern of their choice along with 'Inspirational Projects'.  Distance no object - I will post  to outside the UK.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Quilt Museum York

I find that in my quilting life there are two major delights:  one is looking at fabrics - by which I mean spending so much time in a fabric shop that it looks like loitering with intent - and the other is looking at other people's quilts.  This always fills me with awe at the creativity and workmanship of quilters but also gives ideas for things to incorporate in a quilt design in the future.

So it was a double pleasure to visit the Quilter's Guild Museum in York to see their Celebrations exhibition.

Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside so I had to settle for this photo of the outside of the museum.

Inside the building is just amazing.  The hall that houses the exhibition is the 15th century St Anthony's hall which is truly beautiful.  It has high ceilings and lots of beams which give it quite a reverential feel.

And of course the quilts were marvellous also.  The highlights for me were a quilt made to commemmorate Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1887 showing Victoria's head in outline surrounded by the embroidered signatures of those people involved and a really striking crazy patchwork quilt.  These two quilts really stood out, but there were also some breathtaking examples of quilted clothes in the form of a wedding dress and slippers for a baby.

As if that wasn't enough, a small side room contained quilts and fibre art hangings from local crafters.  A wonderful exhibition overall and well worth a visit.

 Because I couldn't show you any photos of the quilts at the quilt museum, I've put a couple of random photos in of quilty things!

This one I designed as a beach quilt - terribly simple design of strips in one colour one side in cool colours and on the reverse in hot colours (reds).

 This is a quilted wall hanging using a Celtic design.  Most of it is made from two different nine patch blocks and it was great fun playing around with the blocks to decide how to place them.

The rosebud quilt block.  Another example of how you can create all sorts of secondary designs without realising it until all the blocks are sewn together.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Quarter Square Triangles Quilts

The first time that I used quarter square triangles in a quilt I ended up with loads of them left over to add to my stash because I hadn't realised that half of them would be mirror images.  Sometimes that can be part of the design, but that wasn't the case for that particular design.  Oh well, back to the drawing board ....   That was why when I posted this simple design for a
quarter square triangles quilt to my website I also included examples of quarter square triangles using different combinations of half squares and plain squares, just so that all the options would be together in one place.

Quarter square triangle units can most easily be made by laying two half square units face to face, drawing a line along the diagonal, sewing a seam 1/4" either side of the marked line and cutting along the marked line.  This gives two quarter square triangle units which are exactly the same as each other.

But if you sew a half square triangle unit to a plain square of fabric, you get two quarter square triangle units which are mirror images of each other.  Sometimes that's exactly what you need for your quilt design, but sometimes it isn't!

The quarter square triangle unit that can look really impressive is made by sewing together two half square triangle units made from four different fabrics.  The resulting quarter square triangle units are not the same as each other although they are both made up of all four of the fabrics.  These can make your quilt design look really intricate when in fact the units have been relatively simple to make - but of course you don't tell non quilters that when they comment!

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Colour in Quilts

Every now and again it's fun to get out of our comfort zone and try something new in quilting:  it might be a new design or a new method of quilting or simply a new choice of colours.

When I made the quilt shown using the Balkan Puzzle quilt block, I decided to use some colours that I don't think I have used before in a quilt.  I was really pleased with the result.

It ended up as quite an eyecatching quilt with plenty of interest for the eye through the secondary designs that appeared.  It was really simple to make, mainly using 3.1/2" strips of fabric cut into squares and then sewn to other squares to make half square triangle blocks.  The full tutorial is available on balkan puzzle quilt pattern.

I was reminded of this by the quilt that I have been working on this week, because the choice of fabric colour made such a difference to the design.

I began using a light brown fabric for part of the design and somehow the only part of the quilt block that really stood out to me was the pinwheel in the middle.  That wasn't what I had intended at all, so I tried it again with a much darker brown.

I was pleased at how much it changed the quilt block.  The pinwheel is now much less dominant and the secondary designs are going to show up much better when the quilt blocks are put together.

I think that's also answered my vague thoughts about whether I would use sashing:  it would be a shame to break up those designs.  I'll just have to be inventive and make a bigger border if I need to make the quilt a bit larger.

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