Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tula Pink la passacaglia rosette

This week I finished my Tula Pink la passacaglia mini quilt.

I made the centre of this rosette when I was making my quilt, but the colours weren't just right for my quilt.  I felt this rosette stood out too much, so I just kept it "for another day".

 That day finally arrived and I felt inspired to finish it off and turn it into a mini quilt.

I try out lots of possibilities before I stitch

It took just under 3 weeks to add the outer rounds, applique it onto a dark background and hand quilt this little mini.  It's ended up 20" across, and will look quite nice on my wall I think.

I can't claim to have invented this idea - it's one that I saw months ago in the facebook group.  Alewives Fabrics is a shop in USA and the owner there had made this version which I've always loved.

So as you can see, there's plenty of ways to use up those left over rosettes.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Halloween Haunted House

Last year I made a very cute Gingerbread Haunted House.  It's part of the Gingerbread Village designed by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler in Canada.

I'm not going to repeat everything I wrote last year, but will just provide this link to my detailed post all about the Haunted House,

and this link to a whole page dedicated to my Gingerbread Village and links back to all the posts I've written on it.

I will write more about it in the lead up to Christmas, and especially the Gingerbread Quilt Shop which I haven't blogged about yet.

I'm currently working on the Gingerbread Needlework Shop, but I'm not sure if I can finish it before Christmas 2016 or not. The amount of stitching involved can be deceptive!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Modern Hexies Rainbow

Last week I finished my Modern Hexies Rainbow.

This table runner / wall hanging is made using a technique made popular by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft. You can find her tutorial here.

I decided to made a rainbow wall hanging because I loved the thought of the bright hexies against the grey Heath fabric from Alexander Henry.  I had some Heath left over from my Wheel of Fortune mini quilt.

I recycled the 1" hexie papers I used to make Honeycomb Spin. They are called 1" hexies because each side is 1" long (that's how paper pieces are measured).

And for my final thrifty step, I dug through my scraps and cut a hexie from each of the RPYGBIV fabrics I came across. So this quilt is made entirely from things I already had at home.

Getting the hexies evenly spaced is the trickiest part of this design.  I had already made a mini quilt just to try out this technique (see below), and I knew the hexies had to be straight so the quilting lines could run through them nicely. I like to use my long ruler to keep the rows evenly spaced.

The hexies are all glued down with Roxanne's glue, and then machine quilted, so they are quite secure.

I decided to quilt with a variegated Auriful thread I had on hand.  I thought that white thread would highlight any crooked lines in the quilting, and dark colours might just disappear into the grey.  So I decided to compromise and use a variegated thread.

I marked lines with my hera marker, but they were difficult to see on the grey Heath fabric, so I resorted to using a chalk pencil too.

When it came to the binding I was really stuck.  Did I want black and white to let the hexies shine? Or did I want a bright colour? And if so, which colour? Mulitcolour just looked crazy.

So I went to my local quilt shop, Nancy's Stitch Studio, and the owner Mary Self suggested black and white with pops of colour.  I loved that idea, but was worried that a pop of colour might end up on the corner bend and be very bulky.  Mary said that sometimes she just makes up the binding as she is sewing it onto the quilt! What a rebel!! Why hadn't I thought of that?  Anyway, that's what I did.  I started with a little bit of quilt maths, but then made it up as I went along.  Thank you Mary!

Unfortunatley the grey background is very hard to photograph.  It looks dark in some photos and light in others.  Trust me - it's really nice in real life.

Finished size 40" x 20"

Saturday, 1 October 2016

How exciting is this! I'm the winner!!!

Thank you everyone who voted for my quilts in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.  Not only did both of my entries win their categories, but I also won Viewers' Choice with my la passacaglia quilt!!

I'm slightly stunned, but very thrilled too.  Thank you to you all for your support and votes, and all the lovely comments left on my blog.

I was hoping that la passacaglia would do well, but I certainly didn't expect to win the Small Quilts section with my Honeycomb Spin. I guess people liked it because it had different design techniques - the hexagons were glued on and then quilted in a spiral pattern. Credit must go to Anna Hicks of Nancy's Stitch Studio who taught me this pattern in a class.

Amy has a fair method of sharing the prizes around, so I will only receive the prize for Viewers' Choice. (I will show you the loot when it arrives.) The good thing about Amy's policy is that my online friend Maryse from Canada will receive the prize in the Hand Quilting category for her beautiful Anna Maria Horner Dresden Plate quilt - click here to see it. 

You can find links to all the winners here on Amy's blog. Again kind friends, thank you so much for voting for my quilts.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Voting is now open in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival

As promised, I'm back to tell you that voting is now open in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side.

Each person gets 3 votes in each category.  To cast your vote for a quilt you need to click on the heart in the top right hand corner of the thumbnail like this:

Amy's website isn't very easy to navigate, so here are the links to my quilts if you'd like to vote for them:

My la passacaglia is in the Viewers' Choice section here:

(Thank you so much if you were one of the people who nominated my quilt for the Viewers' Choice category - I'm honored to know so many people like it and voted for it.)

and also the Hand Quilting section here:

My Honeycomb Spin is in the Small Quilts category here:

Voting is open until this Friday, 30 September.  You don't need to vote in every category, or even use all 3 votes in each section, so just pop on over and vote for your favourites if you've got time.

PS Cathy Melancon - I'd love to reply to your emails, but you're a no reply blogger and I can't track down your email address.  Can you email me directly so I can see you email address please?  thanks.  wendysquiltsandmore at gmail dot com

Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Zebra

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to attend a class with Juliet van der Heijden, who you might know as the Tartan Kiwi. This is what I made - a 20" zebra mini quilt.

We spent the day learning some tips and tricks for foundation paper piecing and working on our zebras.  Our aim was to make Juliet's 20" zebra pattern and by the end of the day we had got this far:

that's Juliet's on the left - the class sample.

I came home and continued to work on mine while I still had the ideas in my head.  I laid out all my greens and yellows and tried to plan each section before I started piecing it. It's quite confusing because everything is mirror image with foundation paper piecing. I wanted to keep the light colours close to the zebra, and the dark colours on the outside edges.  I thought it would look like the zebra was emerging from the bush - not sure if I achieved that or not, but I like it anyway.

I got my zebra assembled without too much unpicking.  I was very happy with my finished zebra, but I didn't know how to quilt him.  I knew he would sit unfinished for years if I waiting until my free motion quilting was up to speed, and I didn't want to hand quilt it due to all the bulky seam allowances.

I've long admired the beautiful quilting Donna Ward does on mini quilts, so asked her if she might quilt my zebra for me. Donna kindly agreed and free motion quilted it for me on her domestic machine.  I'm thrilled with what she did - it's so far beyond anything I could do at the moment.

My zebra now has a hanging sleeve and is ready to hang on the wall. I like to put hanging sleeves at the top and the bottom of my small quilts, because often the bottom edge can be a bit wavy and inserting another wooden rod can keep it hanging straight.

If you want to make your own zebra you can find this pattern in Juliet's Etsy store here
or on Payhip here.

PS a friendly reminder - voting in the Bloggers Quilt Festival starts tomorrow.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - la passacaglia - hand quilted

Hello and welcome.  Here is my second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. It's my la passacaglia quilt, which is in the hand quilted category.

This beautiful pattern was designed by Willyne Hammerstein, and is based on the Penrose star.  The pattern is in Willyne's first Millefiori Quilts book.

I English Paper Pieced (EPP) my quilt, and then hand quilted it with Aurifil 28 wt.  Look at all those gorgeous threads!!

I mainly used threads that matched the fabrics.  I felt there was already so much going on in my quilt, the quilting didn't need to fight for attention too!

It took me 18 months to make my quilt, and I learnt a lot of tips and tricks along the way.  I have a full page dedicated to this quilt on my blog, and you can view it here.

Finished size: approx 65" x 75"
Design: Willyne Hammerstein - Millefiori Quilts

Thank you for visiting my blog and reading about my la passacaglia. I love this quilt, and I've enjoyed sharing it with you.  My other quilt in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival is my Honeycomb Spin and you can read about it here.

Voting isn't open yet, but I really encourage you to go and check out all the other quilts in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. More and more will be added to the linkup until entries close on 24 September. Then voting will be open from 25 - 30 September. Winners will be announced on 1 October.  It really is a great way to see a huge range of quilts from the comfort of your own home.