Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Zebra

This is my second entry in this year's Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.  It's my Zebra wall quilt, made from a pattern by TartanKiwi (Juliet).


Juliet ran a class for our guild and I started my zebra there.  It's quite tricky foundation paper piecing a design like this, but I was very happy with my finished piece.


I had my Zebra machine quilted by a friend.  I just didn't think hand quilting would suit this design, and my machine quilting isn't up to this standard.


You can read more about how I made this quilt here

The finished quilt is just 20" x 20".  The pattern is available for purchase and download here, but Juliet also has other sizes available in her Etsy and Payhip stores.  She even has a book out now called Animal Quilts.

My first entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival for 2018 is Home and Away and you can see it here.



Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side has been hosting the Bloggers' Quilt Festival for many years.  I've been entering since 2014 because I love joining with other quilters to show what we can make with fabric and thread.

This year is different - you don't need to visit all the categories, and you don't need to vote for winners.  The prizes will distributed randomly across everyone who enters.

I encourage you to pop over to Amy's blog and see all the quilts on display.  Once you visit a quilt there is a check mark that appears on the photo, to help you keep track of where you’ve been. The linky software Amy uses keeps track of your IP address, so if you switch devices you won’t have the same check marks.

Home and Away quilt

It's September so it's time for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival with Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.   My first entry is my Home  and Away quilt.  Wendy Williams from Sydney, Australia designed this pattern and I made it as part of a Block of the Month programme from Material Obsession in Sydney.  It's wool felt applique so I sewed all those felt shapes on by hand, and then joined the sections up.



I had this quilt quilted on a long arm machine because I couldn't imagine hand quilting around all those shapes.  I love how Sue B from Busy Bee Quilt Shop managed to avoid all the felt pieces when she was quilting it for me.


Here it is on the spare bed.  That wall quilt above the bed is designed by Wendy Williams too! I love her bright colourful designs.



You can read more about Home and Away on this post.  If you want to buy the pattern you can get it from Material Obsession here.   A word of warning though, this quilt took me almost two years to make.  There's a huge amount of cutting and stitching, but all the good things in life take time.




My second entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival is my Zebra and you can read about it here.




Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side has been hosting the Bloggers' Quilt Festival for many years.  I've been entering since 2014 because I love joining with other quilters to show what we can make with fabric and thread.

This year is different - you don't need to visit all the categories, and you don't need to vote for winners.  The prizes will distributed randomly across everyone who enters.

I encourage you to pop over to Amy's blog and see all the quilts on display.  Once you visit a quilt there is a check mark that appears on the photo, to help you keep track of where you’ve been. The linky software Amy uses keeps track of your IP address, so if you switch devices you won’t have the same check marks.




Thursday, 13 September 2018

Halloween bookmark

Last week I started something new.  It's a mystery Halloween bookmark from the Victoria Sampler Chat Group on Facebook. 


Thea Dueck (owner of The Victoria Sampler) is going to release the pattern over four weeks and we can stitch along as each section gets released.

There are no recommended linens or threads, so everyone's bookmarks will be quite different.



I chose some mauve linen that I had left over from my Sardinian knotwork piece (pattern by Yvette Stanton). 


I'm using some of the threads left over from my Haunted House - also by The Victoria Sampler.


Which of course reminds me that I still have finished my Gingerbread Needlework Shop yet. I only have two more side to make now, so I still intend to have it ready for Christmas 2018.


And then I'll be able to start the Gingerbread Retreat Cottage which I have here waiting for me:


If you'd like to know more about my Gingerbread Village you can click on the tab at the top of this page - Gingerbread Village.

And of course my Christmas Village is still in the "To Do" box too!


 I need more time!!!!

An online friend in Canada had a destash sale this week, and I was tempted to buy a Chatelaine pattern and threads, but I resisted the temptation.  I'm quite proud of myself.  I was realistic and thought "when would I ever get to do this?".

I hope you've got something fun to work on over the weekend. 


Thursday, 30 August 2018

Bon Bon by Jen Kingwell

I made a new start last week.  Back in January I bought one of Jen Kingwell's Tempter block patterns when I was at the Amitie shop in Torquay, Australia.


The Tempters are a set of acrylic templates designed for hand piecing.  Each of the designs is very intricate and that's why Jen recommends hand piecing.


The blocks are 10" finished.  I'm only intending to make 5 and then turn them into a table runner for the top of the book case in my dining room.


The shapes are all irregular, and it's easy to get confused.  I now refer to the plan I drew out on paper and make sure I have the pieces round the right way before I sew them together.


I'm using Alison Glass fabrics, mixed in with some other fabrics I already had.  The end result might be a bit crazy, but it's better than the blue and green table runner currently on the book case.


I've made 2.5 blocks already and like how it's looking.


Blogger have finally fixed the comments problem - Yay! So I'm now back to getting sent your comments by email. 
However, many with Google+ profiles don't have visible email addresses.  That includes Sue from Raumati. So, sorry Sue - I couldn't email you directly.  I paid $40 in Wellington, but everyone charges differently so ask around.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Cobweb Quilt update

Since our exhibition I've been busy working on some WIPs (plus making a very small new start that I'll talk about next time).


I started this quilt in a class at Nancy's Stitch Studio in April 2017, and I last posted about it back in March 2018.  You can read that previous post here because I'm not going to repeat where to get the pattern from etc.


Last week I finally sewed all the foundation paper pieced sections together.  Months ago I laid them all out in my hall way, then went upstairs and took a photo of the layout.  I bagged them up in rows so I wouldn't join the wrong sections together.


My new kitchen bench works so well as a quilting table!


Unfortunately now I've got the massive job of removing all the papers.  Many people on Instagram have told me that I should have removed the papers before I sewed it together, but the pattern designer (Chris Kenna) is a very experienced quilter and quilt judge, and she said we should leave them in.

Having the papers in certainly helped with aligning the sections when I joined the rows together.  There would have been a lot of stretch otherwise.


Anyway, I've been removing papers every day this week, and I'm half way done now.  I guess I might be finished by next weekend.



As for quilting - yes, I'm going to hand quilt it.  I'll work out how when it's basted.

Anyway, I'm in love with my Cobweb quilt and can't wait for the weekend.


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Long arm basting for hand quilting

Some of you have asked for more information about getting quilts basted by a long armer for hand quilting. Here's what I do.


My long armer lets customers bring their own batting and backing, so I tend to do that.  The back needs to be quite a bit wider than the top, so they can attach it to the rails.  Ask your long armer about their requirements before you prepare your backing.


My long armer sews straight rows across the quilt approximately 3" apart.  She uses a big stitch length of 1.5", as shown in the photo above.  The cotton is just regular cotton - I don't even discuss the cotton, I just let them use whatever coloured cotton they like.

She also goes right around the very edge of the quilt so the stitches don't snag and unravel.


Here's another example I had basted on a long arm machine. Again, the rows are about 3" apart.


I love getting my quilts basted by a long armer.  It means that the quilt is centered on the backing fabric, and the tension is just right for hand quilting.

Basting row 3" apart

I hope that answers some of your questions.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Best Hand Pieced award at Capital Quilters QUILTED Exhibition

Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post.  So many people said lovely things about my quilts over the weekend.  I'm all enthused to start something new now, but I'm also enthused to finish some of my WIPs - which is a very good thing.

The final quilt I won an award for at the Capital Quilters exhibition was la passacaglia.  I won the "Best Hand Pieced" award and was thrilled about that. 



If you'd like to read more about how I made this wonderful pattern by Willyne Hammerstein, you can click on the link at the top of blog (or here) and visit all my previous blog posts.  It is all English Paper Pieced and hand quilted by me!

Some of you will remember it from the QuiltNSW show last year, where I won the Bernina Amateur Encouragement Award. 



Like Vibrant Curiosities, this will be la passacaglia's last outing.  I'm going to enjoy using it, because my quilts are made to be used. 

My friend Debra who designed the layout of the show, put my la passacaglia next to another millefiori quilt, and they looked perfect together.


The Moncarapacho in the centre is one of Willyne Hammerstein's designs from Millefiori Quilts 3. This version was made by Amanda Evans and I just loved it - quite possibly because it's blue and green - my favourite colours.



I will write about how I get my quilts basted by a long armer in my next post.