Wednesday, 20 March 2013

World Textile Day

Minerva World Textile Day


On Saturday I went to the Minerva Centre in Llanidloes, mid Wales, for their World Textile Day exhibition.  Minerva is the home of the Quilt Association and they put on some amazing quilt exhibitions.  I read the title wrong - I thought that I was going to the world (textile day), meaning one textile day for the world.  In fact, what they had was a (world textile) day, meaning an event showcasing textiles from all over the world.  It is one of many throughout the country on different dates.  There were some really beautiful handwoven and hand dyed fabrics on display with lots of information about how the textiles were made.  All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting display.

Storm at sea quilt block


Back home and I am trying to finish quilts from my UFO pile, but I can't seem to stop myself from starting new projects as well.  I have begun a storm at sea project which was going to be a quilt but I think that I would be better settling for a wall hanging, using far fewer quilt blocks.  I am trying to show that storm at sea can be made without having to buy templates, but I think perhaps I should have just bought the template.  We'll see.


Quilting log cabins


I've also been experimenting with different ways of quilting log cabins.  Last week's newsletter project was a log cabin star quilt, and I'd like to quilt it sooner rather than later.  I've tried using random circles on one log cabin quilt, but I do definitely feel that feathers would look great.  You can see the circles quilting on the log cabin shown on the left.


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Rose

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Craftsy Blocks of the Month

CATCHING UP WITH BLOCKS OF THE MONTH


It's good to start catching up on quilting again.  I began with the craftsy blocks of the month because they tend to be quicker to make.  The one on the left is the February block and the larger one is the March block.




The February block is a partial seam block.  I posted a partial seam block on my website some time ago, the bright hopes quilt block, so that was fairly quick to make.  The neat touch with this one was using five strips of fabric sewn together for the squares.  That gave a pretty look to the block.



The March block is a series of square in a square.  Usually I would have made this with a whole lot of half square triangles, but I decided to follow their method and begin with a full square, adding triangles on each edge to give the various layers.  I probably kept the corners of the square more pointed with this method.


So now I really feel that I am getting back to normal.  Tomorrow I'll try and do a few of the other bom's that I have signed up for.  I thought that I had finished the quilt for Friday's newsletter but then I realised that the design would not be symmetrical unless I made another row of blocks, so that's this evening taken care of.

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

CROSSED SQUARES QUILT BLOCK

Crossed Squares Quilt Block Pattern


I'm starting to relax a little now after last week's stressing over my new website.  I think that some of the links from the old website aren't working properly yet, but I'm hoping that will sort itself out over the next few days.  So now I'm doing what I enjoy most - quilting.  I've made the crossed squares quilt block.  It's one of Nancy Cabot's and it ended up 20" square - not many would be needed for a quilt.  I keep typing it as 'cross' squares - I think that must be an indication of my mental state!.



Altogether it took sixty four 2.7/8" squares in both red and white, twelve 2.1/2" red squares and twenty four 2.1/2" white squares.  It's classified as a ten patch block, which is quite unusual, but it went together really quickly.  Completely straightforward:  ten rows of ten and sew them all together.  You can see the top five rows and then the bottom five are the same.

I've had several requests for quilt patterns so I'm going to make a start on next Friday's pattern soon but before that I'm determined to catch up on all the February blocks of the month that I didn't have time to do before.  Otherwise I feel sure that I'll end up with too much of a backlog and find myself putting them off forever.

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

My New Website

Ooh I have missed writing on my blog, but I've been away for a very good reason - for the past six weeks I have buried myself in re writing my website.  I had to re write every page so that I could transfer across to a wordpress site.  We finally made the transfer late Monday and promptly lost half the pages because I hadn't clicked all the right buttons.  Anyway I think that it's more or less all there now and I can get back to what I want to do - making quilts.  Do take a look and tell me what you think - I'm hoping that it will be simpler to find your way around and each page should be quicker to load.  It's on this link:  http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/.   The photo shows the nine patch pinwheel quilt pattern that went on to the website last week.


I've added quite a few quilt block patterns to the new website, which I hope you'll find helpful.  This one is called the old fashioned quilt block.  It's lovely and bright and cheerful and not difficult to make.  If you look there's a nine patch in each corner and they are joined by white sashing with a blue square in the centre making up a different nine patch in the middle.  I seem to be able to get less photos on the new webpages, so the quilt block page is way too long.  Any ideas on how I could best split them?  I don't know whether to split them alphabetically or have categories like stars and flowers.  I'd appreciate any ideas on what you think would be a logical way of dividing the quilt blocks into pages.

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Rose
http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk