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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