Saturday, 16 November 2013

Double basket quilt block
How can it possibly be two months since I posted on this blog?  Today I have a sweet little quilt block to share with you.  I rather like it because it's crying out for some embroidery or applique to fill the baskets.  In case you're wondering, the two baskets stretch from top left to bottom right - the bases of the baskets are in the middle of the block and the triangles forming the handles of the baskets are reaching towards the corners.

Layout for double basket quilt block
To make each basket quilt block you will need nine each brown and white 2.7/8" squares to make half square triangles, three brown 2.1/2" squares and four white 2.1/2" squares.  They are laid out in five rows of five - maybe I'll find time to add some embroidery when I have to put my sewing machine away over Christmas.

I think my biggest news (and the main reason that I haven't had time to draw breath recently) is that I have written three quilt patterns specifically to make into ebooks for sale on Amazon.  Writing the books was easy - after all, writing quilt patterns is what I do all the time - but I certainly went through a steep learning curve figuring out how to format it and offer it to Amazon.  I was so pleased with myself when I eventually managed it!  Amazon allow me to offer them as free downloads for a very limited period and at the moment the jelly roll quilt pattern is available as a free download till Tuesday.  If you would like to download it for free you can do so here:

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I hope you enjoy the pattern - I am able to go into far more detail in the book than I can in one of the patterns on my website.

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Rose





Friday, 6 September 2013

AURIFIL BOM SEPTEMBER 2013

I decided to make this month's Aurifil block of the month using scrap fabrics.  I spent so long hunting around to find scraps the right size that it would have been much easier just to cut the fabric from new.  Isn't it amazing how a very quiet pink has ended up dominating the block.

August was such a busy month that I am really enjoying being able to draw breath now and catch up on a few things.  The quilt above was my entry in the Festival of Quilts early in August.  I used a variation on the Bethlehem star block for the main bulk of the quilt top and then used a paper pieced star for the border.  I spent forever on it and it still ended up looking quite ordinary compared with so many stunning quilts that were on display.  Oh well, there's always next year.

I didn't manage to bring out a pattern for Christmas in July, but I did manage to do one just before the end of August.  This is going to be my table cloth on Christmas day so now I must decide how to quilt it so that it doesn't end up being a last minute rush.  I have used a Christmas bows block and then designed a simple Christmas tree quilt block for the border.

This week's project was quite a surprise - I began with a broad idea of what I wanted to achieve but had to make up the details as I went along.  Certainly not the way that I would usually work, but I was pleased with the result.  It's amazing what you can manage with just squares and rectangles.

And finally, for those of you who like those quilt blocks that give an optical illusion, I have written a tutorial for the Kentucky chain quilt block.  Here I was using scraps again, as for the Aurifil block at the top, so that's why some of the blues look slightly different from each other.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Aurifil July Block of the Month

I've reached the end of the month without finishing any of the blocks of the month that I am subscribing to, so today I thought that I would at least try and finish the Aurifil July block.  Now I just have the corner triangles to add and I feel that I should have used more different fabrics.  It was an interesting block to make - the instructions said to hand sew the whole block.

I thought that I would machine sew just the central star and hand sew the rest because of all the inset seams, but in fact I ended up machine sewing the lot because it was just so much quicker.  I'm not sure that I would want to make a lot of this block, but it was useful seeing how it came together.  The diamonds outside the white squares are exactly the same ones as those making up the central square.

With all the talk on the web about Christmas in July, I've realised that it's time I thought up some new projects to go on the Christmas gift section of the website, so I've made a start with a fabric baby book.  Now to think up some things for the adults!

The next couple of weeks are going to be quite hectic - there are a couple of quilt shows coming up that I want to get to so I'm really hoping the weather holds up for them.  I hope I'll be able to bring you some photos of them.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Blue Bargello Quilt Pattern


I am so pleased with my blue bargello quilt.  I made it to go on my next quilting dvd and I have just finished it today.  I've made it as a beginner quilting pattern so the pieces are larger than some of those very intricate bargello quilts that you see around, but I love it.

I know that I have neglected my blog this last fortnight, but there just never seem to be enough hours in the day.  I have also been working on a shapes baby quilt because I felt that my baby quilt patterns were a little boring, and that is getting close to being finished.

I felt the same way about my cushion cover patterns so I've added an Oxford cushion cover to the pattern page.  It's ages since I added anything to that section so I might make a few more cushions over the next few weeks.  Here in the UK we call everything cushions but I often see the same sort of projects called pillows in the USA - can anyone tell me if there is a difference or are they just the same projects with different names?

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Monday, 8 July 2013

FLOWER WALL HANGING

Flower wall hanging
Finished except for the binding!  I have so enjoyed making this flower wall hanging.  I thought that I would have plenty of time to do the hand sewing on it while I watched Andy Murray at Wimbledon, but in the event the tennis was too exciting and I hardly touched my sewing yesterday!  Originally I had planned on using the batik for the binding but I don't think that will work so my plan now is to use the white for the binding.

Echo quilting
I could do a lot more quilting but I have decided to stop with the flower outlines and let the fabrics speak for themselves.  Well, maybe a quilted flower in each corner ..... and perhaps some cross hatching in the black outer border .....

Four seasons quilt
Last week's project was a four seasons quilt using the weathervane quilt block.  I had planned on separating the seasons out with sashing but it would have been a shame to split up the white squares and diamonds so I abandoned the sashing idea.

I've decided to start giving quilting workshops and I've been pleased with the response to that.  I booked a local village hall for the first Saturday that was free and then found that it was the weekend of the Festival of Quilts, so I had to change that - who would come to a workshop when they could go to the Festival!

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

JENNIE RAYMENT FLOWER

Flower wall hanging in progress
Black may not be a traditional background for a flower but I am thrilled with the look of this wall hanging which is very much still a work in progress.  The one that I started at the Jennie Rayment workshop had a mountain in the middle which I have managed to avoid this time.

Detail of the flower wall hanging
I've used two different batiks for the petals, alternating them around the flower and now I am working on the hand sewing, manipulating the fabric.  As you can see, I am working my way down the right hand side and still have a fair way to go.  A lot of the edges are rolled back in the cathedral windows style and I'm using invisible thread for this.  I'm not sure that it is intended for hand sewing and it's not very easy to work with, but it does give a nice - um, invisible - finish.  I think this wall hanging is going to keep me going for a day or two yet.

Completed Hereford quilt
Before I began I had to finish a quilt for a 90th birthday present for a friend of my father.  I chose my Hereford quilt for her (very traditional colours) and I've meandered the main body of the quilt.  I used a variegated dark thread for the red and brown and then changed to a light thread for the cream sections.  Around the border I used straight line quilting in zigzags to outline all the squares and triangles.

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Monday, 1 July 2013

THREE ACROSS QUILT BLOCK

Three across quilt block
The three across quilt block is unusual looking.  It uses four colours and I can definitely see this in a quilt.  You'd have to rotate the blocks so that the yellow squares weren't next to each other and then you'd get the dark blue squares forming some sort of a zigzag.  I've made it as a 14" block using 2.1/2" and 4.1/2" squares mostly.

Layout for three across quilt block
This is the basic layout and it's best to sew it together as large top and bottom rows with a single middle row.

On Saturday I went to the Quilt Guild Area Day over at Stourport which was really interesting.  In the morning we were asked to help making Japanese folded quilt blocks - it just reminded me of why I don't like making them!  The highlight was a talk by Jan Hassard in the afternoon.  She really is so talented.  Some of her quilt patterns looked relatively simple but it was the colour placement that made them extraordinary quilts.  Sorry - I forgot to take my camera so I can't show you any photos of the quilts that were on display.

Manipulated fabric flower

Last week I attended a Jennie Rayment workshop which was so interesting.  I made this flower which is a long way from being complete and has a veritable mountain in the middle where it should be flat, but I learned so much!  I've abandoned that one for the moment and I'm in the middle of making another one using batiks which I'm really pleased with (and it has a flat middle!).  I'm hoping to have enough of it done to show you more later in the week.

This morning I received a surprise package from Marelize containing some bobbin washers.  I had commented to her that I could only find washers for industrial, not domestic, sewing machines so she sent me some all the way from South Africa.  Thanks, Marelize - you're a star!

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Mosaic Tile Quilt Block

Mosaic tile quilt block
This quilt block was called Mosaic by Nancy Cabot and the Ladies Art Company, but I rather like the alternative name of Zigzag Tile Quilt Block.  It's dead easy and only needs sixteen half square triangle units to make.  I've used several different black patterned fabrics, but of course you could use eight different fabrics with one background fabric if you chose.

Mosaic quilt block layout
The only point to watch is which way you place the half square triangles, but other than that it's just a case of laying them out and sewing them together.






On Saturday I went to the National Quilt Championships taking place at the Sandown Park Race Course.  I so wish that I could bring you some photos, but there were signs everywhere saying that photos could only be used with the written permission of Grosvenor, which of course I don't have.  There were displays of quilts by Liz Jones who lives not far from Ludlow amongst several others - I spent a thoroughly enjoyable few hours there and then went to see my daughter who lives in London so it was a great day overall.

Octagon quilt
I made an octagon quilt for last week's project on the website.  It could be used as a table topper or a picnic quilt and many quilters have come up with different ideas for uses - usually involving dogs or children!

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

MORE QUILTS FINISHED

Do I feel smug, or what!  We've had another foul weekend weather wise and I now have one quilt finished, one half quilted and one layered and waiting for quilting.  The part quilted Bethlehem Star shown above is one I've been wanting to get stuck in on for a long time, so I'm really pleased to have begun that.  So far I have quilted the central star with lines, the white around it with micro stippling (well, as micro as I am capable of doing), and a series of lines encircling the central area.  I'm still thinking about what to do with the rest of it, but at least all the quilting is now going to be nearer the edges.

The finished quilt is just a small one that I made some time ago using the Burgoyne Surrounded quilt block.  All I have done there is meander quilting on all the lilac fabric so it wasn't really much work, but it is bound and completely finished.

The layered quilt is one that I called the Truffle pinwheel, named by my daughter after our dog.  I'm planning radiating lines from the middle to the edges.  Once they are done I can decide whether I need any more quilting between the lines.  All in all quite a productive weekend and now I feel that I can settle down to watch Andy Murray playing tennis without a tinge of guilt.

This week's project on the website was a medallion quilt which turned out quite well.  I was using it to showcase the ocean waves fabric, but of course it could be used to showcase any pretty fabrics.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

AURIFIL BOM JUNE 2013

The Aurifil bom for June is a pretty quilt block that's quite straightforward to put together.  It's called Magic Star so I thought that it was appropriate to fussy cut a Celtic symbol for the central square.  I'm pleased with the way that it has turned out. 

I finished another quilt block yesterday that worked out quite well.  This was another one for which I had been sent a photo of a quilt and asked to identify the block.  In fact the wraparound block is made with diamonds, but I simplified it by using squares and it still makes a striking block.  The rows are sewn together along the diagonal rather than horizontally.





I'm working on a window dog quilt to go with my window cat quilt, but haven't got the dog recognisable enough yet to be able to show you a photo.  I quite like the idea of having a matching pair, even though I have sold the cat quilt - I'll have to make another as soon as I finish the dog!

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

DOUBLE STAR FINISHED

Where did this week go?  I see that I have only blogged once this week.  So, what I have been working on?   I finished the double star quilt block which I have made into a wall hanging.  I loved doing the quilting - so much space!

I used a dark thread to stitch in the ditch on all the dark star shapes and then I changed to my favourite all round quilting thread - Aurifil Mako ne 50/2.  I use this for piecing and for quilting because it's such a lovely smooth thread and gives brilliant results.  Perhaps I should whisper this - it's also much easier to unpick than some threads because it's so smooth - not that I would want you t think that I spend much time unpicking!  I quilted a flower shape in all the smaller white spaces and then a feather wreath in the corners.

Now I have started quilting the Bethlehem Star quilt.  So far this is all straight lines, but I am using my darning foot so that I don't have to swivel the quilt with every change of direction.  This one is going to take quite a lot longer than the double star did.





I was sent some photos of two vintage quilts and asked to identify the quilt blocks used.  The first one was the Crosses and losses quilt block - simple to make and very versatile,   The second one is also a simple block but it is made with diamonds and I want to try and see how similar I can make it using squares instead.




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Monday, 3 June 2013

UNION STAR QUILT BLOCK

Don't you just love star quilt blocks?  This one is called the union star quilt block and it is pretty and simple - two things that I approve of in a quilt block!  To make it you need four dark blue 2.1/2" squares and four white 2.1/2" squares with four 2.7/8" squares in both dark blue and white and ten 2.7/8" squares in light blue and white.

Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8" squares.  I've shown the layout here with just the dark blue and white squares first.  I think that it makes it easier to see how the quilt block comes together.  The dark blue/white half square triangles are placed so that they form larger dark blue triangles pointing inwards.




Then you just need to add all the light blue/white half square triangles.  As you can see, they are placed to form larger triangles in white pointing outwards.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the union star quilt block.




I finished another quilt this weekend which is pleasing.  I kept the quilting really simple using cross hatch quilting but outlining each batik square on my way across the diagonals.  Only the first diagonals have been quilted in the photo.

I have almost finished quilting the star wall hanging and I have loved doing it.  I've used several different quilting designs and I hope that I should be able to show it to you soon.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

DOUBLE STAR QUILT BLOCK

I seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment with tackling unfinished projects.  Perhaps it's because the weather is so awful that staying inside is the more comfortable option.  I made this double star quilt block some time last year and now I have decided to make it into a wall hanging.  There is so much white space in it that I'm really looking forward to the quilting.  It's a 20" square.

Last week I went to the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition in Ironbridge and then I completely forgot to tell you about it.  Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take photos inside, but it was really interesting.  They had made tapestry panels of people and events important to the Quakers through the centuries.  The exhibition is normally based in Kendal but was appearing in Ironbridge for two weeks.  They also offered embroidery and tapestry workshops and kits, which is a great idea.

One more project that I want to finish this week is this charm pack batik lap quilt.  I think that I'm just going to stitch in the ditch because all the fabrics are so busy that I don't think they need much.  It's another small project, so I have high hopes of finishing it later this week.







In my last post I showed you the sailboat quilt blocks that I had made.  I layered and quilted them separately so that they can be used as coasters - probably for a child.  This will definitely be a good one for charity stalls because it was so quick to make.








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Sunday, 26 May 2013

SAILBOAT QUILT BLOCK

The sailboat quilt block is bright and cheerful and seemed appropriate on this our third consecutive day of sunshine.  If only the sunshine would last!  I've made two of the blocks and now I just have to decide whether to sew them together and call it a mug rug or finish them individually as coasters.

The sails are made from 4.7/8" squares of yellow and white.  I've used two different yellows.  The half square triangles are made two at a time which is why I made two blocks.  The half square triangles for the ends of the boat are made using 2.7/8" squares of brown and white.







All you need now are brown rectangles 2.1/2" by 4.1/2" and blue rectangles 2.1/2" by 8.1/2" to complete the block.  Sew the patchwork pieces together across the rows and then sew the rows together.  Whether I sew the blocks together or finish them individually I think I'll use a red binding to keep the whole thing bright and cheerful.





I don't often buy quilt panels but I couldn't resist this hungry caterpillar panel.  The book was a favourite with my children and I think that I still have a copy of it somewhere.  I can't wait to start putting it together.








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