Tuesday, 28 January 2020
This is the back - a lovely Riley Blake zig zag.
Now I'm off to decide what to make next. The luxury of having no WIPS or UFOs (at least, that I can remember!).
Of course, it might be time to have a bit of a sort out of my scrap bins, which once again are bursting at the seams!
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
I decided to make oversized blocks - they finish at 14" square - and this is how I did it.
I cut 6 x background strips and 6 x feature fabrics strips - each of them 5.5" x width of fabric. (So a yard each of two fabrics would also work, with enough left for binding it).
Next I subcut the pressed fabric pair strips into 10.5" squares with the background fabric closest to me, then cut them all diagonally from top left to the bottom right. It's important that they are all cut the same way!
I chose just three feature fabrics. Six might have been more fun, and I'd have scattered the block colours around more rather than making strips.
I think that this would also work in just two fabrics, and I might try that soon.
This gives a overall size of 42" x 562. Perfect cot quilt size.
Now all I have to do is back, quilt, bind and label it!
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
This is one of those.
Found on my shelves when I was tidying them (in order to store more fabric that I bought *by accident* in the New Year sales).
I can see why I didn't complete it - there is an awful lot wrong with it - but it wasn't going to anyone any good to be left in a folded heap on the shelf, so I got on and finished it!
Wednesday, 8 January 2020
I used part of a charm pack of Downton Abbey fabrics, a little white-on-white fabric, and some purple scraps for the setting and the outer border.
My accuracy is still something to be worked on, but some blocks were showing signs of improvement which is to be applauded!
I used a pattern from a book called 'Teeny-Tiny Quilts' by Donna Lynn Thomas.
I decided to try a decorative stitch pattern for the quilting. If I was to do it again, I'd stitch the straight line down the middle with large stitches, use it as a reference line, and remove it at the finish. I'd also work harder to get exactly the same start position for the pattern so that the lines were parallel - but that's why you try things out, isn't it? Without learning from it it would be a waste of an experience!
A good start for 2020, I'm going back to tackle a UFO next, I think.
Wednesday, 1 January 2020
Thought that I'd brag about two of my top Christmas presents today. The quilt holding gingerbread man is from my lovely friend Benta, who cleverly chose blocks from the mini sampler quilt that I made (thank you Kitty Wilkins) earlier in the year. You can see more about it and other personalised designs here.
The coaster is from my lovely friend Avril - a perfect spot to balance my cup of lemon and ginger tea when I'm crafting.
Two beautiful presents from two beautiful friends. I'm very lucky!
I'm also lucky to have had some time to do a little sewing. When I say little, I'm not kidding - I'm making another small quilt and have been strip piecing short lengths of 7/8" fabric together before sub cutting them..... watch out for photos in the next week or two!
Enjoy whatever crafting or sewing time you have too! Wishing you a very crafty New Year!