Wednesday 26 June 2019
I thought that it would be fun to round up three photos from the original cover, and then show my versions of the same part, made into handling samples.
This is the flower and pot (well, almost - I think that mine was actually based on one from another spot on the quilt!) that was on the original.
They are a flatter version of the shape that I used.
I've used a random medly of fabrics just like the original did, in order to keep it interesting.
It was fun to make the fairly simple pattern for the paper piecing.
The odd plant stems coming from the corners were really tricky to applique with the needleturn technique - those inner returns were awkward, and I think are likely to be the parts that will suffer most in the handling rough and tumble.
I added my initials to the pink circles, though, just like it looks as though the maker(s?) might have done on the original.
So, there you have it. My handling samples complete and ready for action!
Wednesday 19 June 2019
I decided that I didn't want them to go back into my FQ stash, so I'd better make another quilt with them.
Then I chose an 8.5" square and set off sewing the strips around it until I either ran out of strips or reached the size that I wanted. Luckily for me they happened at about the same time. I've got a 60" square, and only had a few inches of strip left over.
I had to add a few inches of one fabric that I wasn't in the original pile, but it pretty much worked out OK without any more stash raiding.
This was so much fun to make that I'm tempted to pull out more FQs and start another one!
Wednesday 12 June 2019
These were left over scraps from my big 365 project from a while ago, that had been sitting in a little caddy on my sewing table, begging to be used.
I realised that part of my reluctance was that I had these little fiddly scraps, and a few larger ones. Once I'd realised that I just needed to split the two different families apart, things were much easier!
I didn't want to try too much detailed quilting as there were so many thick bumps where the tiny patches were joined. This is the back, before the 12" square was made into a cushion cover.
All pretty varied, but again, made into a nine patch and sewn together to finish at 12" square.
I thought that my machine would take to quilting this with more detail, and it did.
I used a handy CD to draw around with spray away pen to give me the start lines for my feathers and bobbles, then I had fun with the small scale stipple in the central areas, and a loopy line around the edges.
Another mini that I've turned into a cushion cover.
More scraps 'busted' and a cleaner, clearer work surface.
If I could just come up with a good plan for using my old colour catchers I could make even more progress, but I haven't found exactly the right idea for using them yet! All suggestions welcome!
Wednesday 5 June 2019
It was fun deciding on a layout for them all.
This 10" square mini quilt was the result of all those 1.5" squares. Lots of fun to make and quilt.
It is quilted at 1/8th" with a variegated thread. I'm not sure that the quilting really enhances the front.
I prefer the back! Of course, the binding is even more oversized that it would ideally have.... a learning point for future projects!