Tuesday, 30 June 2015
No 'proper' photos of the whole thing, as it's about 72" wide, so hard for me to get a full shot without involving two people to hold it for me!
What you can see here is one of the diamonds that is filled with quilting.
Each diamond is 15" square and each one took about 2 hours to quilt.
I started off with a couple of circles in each square but it was pretty difficult to see the blue wash out pen on the blue fabric, so I only used a circle construct on the centre diamond, shown below.
It's just as well that my new spools of white cotton arrived, even at 50wt each diamond took at least a bobbin full of thread, showing just how dense it is!
As you can see, I just used 1" wide parallel lines aside from the FMQ panels.
Next I'll be adding the binding and the hanging sleeve before washing out the blue guide lines.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Party cake was a replica (well, almost, my family pointed out all the errors like missing a crucial gap / obstacle) of the floating obstacle course that she and her friends had traversed for the first part of the party.
It seemed to go down well, and, of course, we have another set of Playmobil swimmers to add to our large stash of playthings!
The birthday went well, with friends, family and fun all day long.
here if you feel inspired to make your own).
I'm delighted with how it looks! 60" square is as big as I want to deal with when I'm quilting something though!
Its been such a lovely project and a good way to use some of my blue scraps!
You might just be able to make out the different scale of the quilting in the scallops and hearts border - much smaller and tighter. It makes the applique shapes stand out a little, which is what I want.
This is my 'round robin' quilt - laid out, basted and ready for me to start quilting. The ruler, plates and bowls were all to help me make some marks to guide my quilting. I'm planning to start with a some walking foot squares and than add in some free motion quilting.
This plan might have to go on hold for the moment, though, as I've just discovered that I'm almost out of the white thread that I'm planning to use. Perhaps I'll start and see how far I get!
Hope that you are having a good week with your chosen craft too!
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Another finish for my Project Linus pile and a little more out of the scrap drawers! Almost completed in March.....but I'm happy to have finished it now!
Once I'd hit on my size and shape (I've decided on a wall hanging for above where a new sofa bed will go once the building work is complete) it was straightforward to decide on a layout for the existing strips. I just needed one more strip to complete it. So, by next week I hope to have completed the top, basted it, and perhaps even to have started quilting it. A girl can hope!
My other sewing project this week has been to make these 'anti-ouch pouches' - underarm cushions with a strap to hold them in place. If you know someone who undergoes breast cancer surgery please think about making one or two of these for them. They are fast to make (about 30 minutes including stuffing and finishing, I should think) and can make people much more comfortable.
I'm sending lots of good wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to my cousin Jilly.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Its not as big as the space that I usually have, but I realise that I am lucky to be able to dedicate any space at all to it!
I've only sewn through a pile of paper once (so far!) whilst quilting. Not to self to remove ALL loose items from the surfaces first!
I started with the back of the binding on this little ' Angelika' (small quilt from leftovers of a bigger quilt). I couldn't quite remember when I'd made it - but searching back on the blog I mentioned it and it's big sister in early March, so it was due to be finished!
So, this hand quilting (from before my hand problems) on my Love Entwined will stay, but not be joined by any more.
I carried on using the same King Tut variegated quilting thread. The texture is very different to hand quilting, but it won't be clogging my mind as an unfinished piece!
Look carefully and you'll see a snake coming out of one of the flowers on the left of this bouquet.
(Shown before I stitched the hanging sleeve down).
I've really enjoyed making this, but I'm also happy that its finished so that I'll be able to display it (once the builders are through with making dust!).
I've just started quilting my Heart It quilt now, so still plenty more fun to be had in my little quilting space!
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
What you can't see is all the dust hanging in the air from when they took the ceiling down. We live next to a railway, and it looked as though there were a lot of steam train smuts from the pre-electric era that had gathered under that slate roof and above the ceiling. Black dust everywhere, despite the best efforts of the builders to contain it!
So far, just the cosmetic work has been started, and scaffolding put up outside.
Soon they will be taking down the left hand wall and building a 'floating' extension.
I've retreated to my 'cave' - our bedroom which is now home to my sewing machine, PC and our 'important' paperwork!
We both like coming across labyrinths in the underground stations. Just the sort of thing to help calm the mind, either from the concern about the builders starting or the excitement of a first trip to Oxford Street shops!
I did manage to get the Heart It quilt basted last week, before the dust descended. As it's 60" square I'm working up to the idea of quilting it in my temporarily reduced space by quilting another project instead - I hope to have a photo or two to show you next week!
Hope that you are enjoying some early summer crafting!
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Keeping on with the 'randuko' (that's Avril's newly coined word for random / Suduko scattering of items - in this case the grey centres of my bow ties and the background creams and whites*) I'm quite pleased with how it's coming along.
I'd be even more pleased if I hadn't made a mistake putting the borders on, resulting in an interruption to the alternate white and cream background squares - doh! I did consider correcting it, but the prospect of so much stitch ripping didn't really appeal to me, so I'm just going to consider it 'one of those things' and learn to ignore it!
At 56" square it's hard to take a flat photo of it in my craft room as it currently is.
Still, what the photo does confirm is that I'd like to frame the quilt with a scrappy blue border.
Time to get cutting the rest of those scrap fabrics into little strips!
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
More progress on my 'Heart It' quilt top - all the hearts and scallops added for me now.
I'm really pleased with how it looks so far.
On the opposite side of the room are the serried ranks of bowtie blocks ready to be chain pieced, now that I've put them into 'random' (we quilters really need a word to describe something that is closer to Suduko than random, where we organise so not too many 'sames' appear in the layout where we want 'scatters'!).
Wish I hadn't spent so much time on other admin, though, as I wanted to have made more progress!
I forgot to mention my purchase last week.
I've bought one of these cute shopping totes from Benta.
She is making them with a variety of fabrics on the birds - very pretty! Let her know if you'd like to buy one too!
Sorry that the photos don't really do it justice, but it is lovely!
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
I measured the 2 1/2" strips - this border is 36 1/2" long.
Using a water erasable pen (choose your favourite disappearing marker here!) I drew a line 1/2" from one of the long sides.
Finally I lay out my scallops so that the top of the curve just touched my 2" apart marks and pinned them in place. You will have a lovely line of scallops to applique round, properly spaced. You may want to catch the flat edges of the scallops down with a line of machine stitching - I like to make sure that I'm within the 1/4" seam allowance when I do that.
Esther's pattern (sorry Esther, no disrespect intended, just fiddling because I can!).
I've made a tear drop shape in Word, and I'm planning to applique this shape into the four corners of the scallop border. I'm expecting to finish these borders and the next ring of bowties this week. Exciting times!
My other excitement this week was going to a talk by Ruth Singer, a textile artist based in Leicester, at the Richmond and Kew Quilters.
Lovely thought provoking work. I bought a card and several post cards of her work to add to my pinboard.
Happy sewing everyone!
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
In truth, I haven't quite finished the bow tie blocks (nearly though!) - but I decided to start the layout on my 'design wall' (otherwise known as a bit of fleece hung on the wall!).
Of course, once I'd put the blocks up I wanted to start joining them together - so I did!
It's very exciting when you get to that stage, isn't it?
You can also see that I've made a slight variation to Esther's pattern and put a quarter circle in the corner instead of a straight triangle. I think that a tear drop with the smallest part of the drop into the inner corner might work even better, but I didn't think of that early enough in the process!
It's all very exciting, isn't it? I'm looking forward to working on it again this week and perhaps getting the top (or at least, the part of the top that I'm planning on making - I'm not going to make the outer hearts and scallops) completed.
Hope that you have some happy stitching planned this week too!
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
These were the scallops as I was counting them into sets (groups of 30 scallops - 12 for the shorter borders, 18 for the longer ones).
I've used my cool colour scraps - and it's lovely to see part of an old dress, fabric I used on the girls pushchair, a little from the very first set of FQs that I bought.....all sorts of delights from my quilting life!
The top row are machine appliqued, the missing row is on the sewing machine, and the two bottom rows are waiting for their turn for the zig zag process.
This week hasn't been a week with much time for sewing -but I have cleared out / boxed up a lot of my sewing space (which is also library and study as well as general dumping ground, it turns out!) and been looking after my DH who is rather immobile following an op on his foot. More of the same for the next week, I think, although we'll have a better routine in place, so I'm hoping I'll carve out a bit more sewing time again.
Hope that you are finding time to enjoythe things that you love too!
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
This 'lasagne' quilt was made by me a few weeks ago, as part of my scrap busting burst of energy.
I suppose that I should call it a coverlet rather than a quilt, as it is quilted straight onto fleece rather than having three layers.
It was fun and fast to sew, but I had hoped that the light and dark fabrics would distribute themselves more evenly across the whole piece. I know that I could have ripped some stitches out and changed it, but I felt that that would be cheating, so left it more imperfect than perhaps I really like.
In the shoe box are the bowtie blocks from the quilt. Not quite finished them yet, but nearly! It's nice to be making progress on this quilt again.
Happy stitching, everyone!
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
These 'wiggly bags' (bags for looking after the 'central lines' put in for people receiving chemo therapy) were made for a friend. Slightly different sizes until I hear which is the best size for him.
Esther Aliu's 'heart it' pattern. Here are the 'bow tie' blocks - some just as 2 1/2" squares, some partially constructed.
Then it will be time to start working on the scallops which were cut out before the Easter Hols. Lots more still to do!
I've also been entertaining myself by drawing up a list of projects to make / finish over the next few months. There is a chance that my sewing room will be out of commission for a while so I'm planning on projects which won't rely on full access to my stash and rarely used tools, just in case they are in storage.
Of course, it turns out that I've now got five projects with only minimal cutting required for them, so I should have plenty to go at!