I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Fun with Lumiere

I saw the Chimney Sparrows block some time ago and wanted to make a wall hanging using it.  The piecing is tricky. I felt I wanted a quick, trial project, so instead of piecing each block, I painted each block with Jacquard Lumiere fabric paint.  I then pieced the blocks together on point.  I sandwiched with 2 layers of Hobbs polester and white cotton backing.  The really fun part of the project was the quilting.  I love thinking about how to show off the blocks to their best advantage.  Any excuse to quilt feathers! :)  I probably should have used my rulers to quilt this, but decided to 'wing' it and just  FMQ by eye.

I still need to add a binding...

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Not much time to Sew

The last few weeks have been extremely busy and I have found little time to sew.  Our house is sold subject to contract and there is so much to do as we are downsizing - 21 years worth of 'stuff' to part with. 

I have managed to finish piecing Pythagoras' Lute and am presently quilting it.  The photo below was taken before it had been sandwiched.

I have signed up for the UKQU Winter Mini Swap.  It will be my third mini swap with UKQU.  I have 4 different plan possibilties based on my swap partner's likes and dislikes.  I am presently making small samples before I make a final decision.  I always have to question my motives.  I want to make something my swap partner will love...but I also want to challenge myself by making something I haven't tried before. 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

From the Ashes

I wanted to try to make my first One Block Wonder quilt.  I had some lovely Jinny Beyer border fabric that had been sitting in my stash for a long time.  I knew that as much as I loved the fabric I would never use it because I didn't have any fabric in my stash that worked with it. So, I bought a book and watched some videos and started piecing my hexagons.  When I put them together Irealised I had made a big mistake.  Regardless of how I moved the hexis around, it was too much and giving me a headache.

What to do?  I can't bear wasting fabric - especially lovely fabric.  I wondered if I could break up the hexis with a second fabric.  I decided to go with black and try to make a medallion quilt out of it.  It was fun trying to reverse engineer the dimensions of the quilt so that the hexis would fit.

Anyway, the result is below.  No longer a 'one block wonder', but now more 'stack n whack'. I am now working on a second attempt at a OBW, and I think this one is looking more promising.

What have I learned from this disaster?  Fabric choice is everything.  Fabric with lots of straight lines don't work - at least, not for me. You don't necessarily need a lot of different colours, but variations of tone and saturation are needed if I want to create the kind of effect I have in mind.  Onward, ever onward!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Miniature Swap Quilts

I have made a few miniature swap quilts for various swaps over the last few months, but not posted photos.  It is so much fun to play with designing small projects.

I made two for The Quilt Show International Miniature Quilt Exchange.  I made the blue one first and then decided the colours weren't right for my swap partner, so made the second one in pumpkin.

Again, I made two miniatures for the Spring UKQU Miniature Quilt swap.  I wasn't sure about the one with rings, so sent off the ombre one based on the Fibonacci series to my swap partner.

I turned the edges on all of the spirals and circles.  I can only assume my applique is improving as those spirals were a challenge!  I love working with ombre fabrics.  They seem to just add that bit extra to a quilt.

I love the idea of swaps and the design process.  The only issue is the constant worry my swap partner will be disappointed...hence I end up making two every time!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Bally Birds is Finished

I finished making Bally Birds last week, but I have yet to get a decent photo of it.  The photos below seem to have a bit of a green cast.  It was a lot of fun to make and I am happy with the result.  It was a great opportunity to improve my broderie perse and hand applique.  If we ever get a decent day - not too sunny or not too dark - I'll take some better photos.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Class with Di Ford

Last Friday, I attended a course laid on by Karen of Running Chicken which was taught be Di Ford.  We worked on the centre medallion of her latest quilt, Maling Road.  It was a fun day and Di was very generous with her time.  She covered needleturn, broderie perse and fussy cutting as well as telling us about how she approaches colour, quilt and fabric design.  She had several of her completed quilts with her - my oh my - real eye candy and beautiful workmanship.  I was particularly taken with the wonderful little details in all her quilts.  You can't really appreciate all the wonderful little touches unless you see the quilts up close.  The whole day was a succession of little treats and a great experience! 

I did think my hand applique was ok, but I now realise I have a long way to go, so much more practice is needed!  I do enjoy a challenge!

I also managed to buy a copy of her Bally Birds pattern.  She had the quilt with her - an absolute stunner!