Wednesday, 16 August 2017
These are the result of the last quilt. An A4 book cover, a tissue pack, a zippy pouch.
Oh, and the two cushion covers, of course!
It's working out well!
I'm pleased with this one too.
There are flowers....
It was a whole bundle of fun to quilt!
Time to give these to my niece and move on to other projects now, but it's been lovely to play with these over the start of the summer holidays!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
I love how the 3D effect works on this!
I'm so pleased with it!
It says "Let your smile change the world but don't let the world change your smile".
Quilted with a loopy line and some simple motifs.
Happy summer sewing!
Thursday, 3 August 2017
I knew that I wanted to make a couple of cushion covers to go with the quilt, so the diamonds provided the perfect jumping off point!
They needed to be added to with other scraps, of course, but all these pieces were cut quilt easily from what was left over.
This one is complete - with spiral quilting.
Funny story about the fabric that acts as a border and backing for these cushions.
I bought it online, Was delighted by the colour match of the aqua and purple in in to the quilt top. Stood back and wasn't sure that I could make a whole quilt back that looked like rain - it doesn't feel very huggable, somehow. I showed the fabric to my DH, explaining my dilemma. When he said "Rain? I thought you were going to say tears" I knew that I couldn't use it for a quilt backing!
I'm still happy with it for small areas - or things that won't be wrapped around someone - but the quilt now has a deep aqua print instead!
Thursday, 27 July 2017
This is always a lovely moment, isn't it? Quilt top completed. Although the photo here shows it sideways (DH didn't want to trail it on the damp lawn!) you can see the 3D effect on it.
It was a 'proper' patchwork in the final section when I discovered that I had more light diamonds than I wanted, and not as many darks. Creative use of the scraps was required to make up the missing shapes that I needed.
Feed dogs will be lowered later today and a free motion whirlwind will last until it's complete!
Tisha Dolton I thought that I'd try a self portrait.
Does it look like me? I don't know - but you can decide by comparing the stitched image to the photo I used below.
I think that the biggest lesson I learned was to choose a photo where my lips were closed rather than open - that blank space in the mouth looked even worse when I tried to add teeth in!
Anyhow, I'm thinking that I'd like to try and make portraits of my DH and two DDs. They might look good shown as a set of four. I wonder if I'll let each family member choose their own thread colour? Mine, if you can't tell, is purple.
All good fun - and nicely portable for summer holiday projects!
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Now I'm starting to lay them out and sew sections of the quilt together.
Now time to go back to my diamonds and sew up a storm until my DD's break up from school on Friday!
Happy summer sewing!
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Aren't these fabrics fabulous? Chosen by my SiL and niece for a specific quilt pattern that my niece has chosen for her 'Uni Quilt'.
It hardly seems enough fabric to make a complete quilt top, does it?
The pattern, by Karen Lewis of Blue Berry Park, was published in Love Patchwork and Quilting in October 2014. I've been wanting to make it since I first saw it! I'm excited that I'm finally doing so.
Happy sewing and crafting, everyone!
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
This is a 44" lovely, made from my 2" strips and squares, the surprise additional size that I cut when I was tackling my scraps.
I put the strips together 'lasagne quilt' style, stopping once I'd got to a size that I thought I could cut up usefully.
I thought that adding the sashing and border to bring the size up a little was a good plan, and rotating alternate blocks seems to work well too.
I shall pass all three of these scrap quilts on to Project Linus at my quilt group next week.
Patsy Thompson DVD (thank you Avril!) I decided to quilt with a loop de loop vine. My leaves need some work on consistency, but its a good start point for me!
You can see here the leaves amongst the loops on the back of it here.
I'm off to fondle some fabric and perhaps even iron and cut it - planning and starting a new project is always fun, isn't it?
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Sprawled over a sofa it is inviting a snuggle now that the weather is a little cooler again!
'Busy as Can Be'. Just 7 charm squares and a few minutes. Perfect for posting overseas to friends.
On the actual day a Victoria sponge was requested.
Its been a tiring week, but a fun one. Time to settle into some quiet sewing now!
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
This layout used just 16 of them.
Here is it is basted and ready to be quilted - but not until the hot weather we're being subjected to at the moment cools down a little. The room where I sew is roasting hot at the moment!
This remains a WIP!
I hope that you are a enjoying the weather where you are! Happy sewing!
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
I've also taken the chance to try a couple of outdoor quilt photos in this mornings sunshine. I couldn't persuade our chicks to pose in the background of this first one, though, despite using the fence of their run. They looked faintly bemused and went back to their dust baths!
Overall the quilt is 45" square. I originally intended to make the sashing and borders wider, but decided to live more or less within the constraints of typical 'width of fabric'. Of course, as I was adding the borders I realised that as I was making them with cornerstones I could have made them wider at least! A lesson for next time!
Avril recently. A fun design! Thanks for the reminder!
The backing is a bargain from IKEA. I usually make a trip to see if there are any fabrics that I could use as a generic backing fabric once I run out of whatever I last bought - and although I don't love this as much as some of the prints that I've bought over the years, it's a lovely 56" wide blue grey fabric, which has a lot of appeal for me.
Time for me to go and start on the next scrap top!