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!

Friday, 24 February 2017

A New Year, but Slow Progress




This is my first post since October due to flu and a new pup.  On January 1st, I made a list of projects still unfinished:

Works in Progress
Carol’s friendship quilt
Hearts and Flowers 2
TQS 2017 BOM
Daisy’s quilt
Passacaglia quilt
2015 Quiltmania Mystery Quilt
Hexi wallhanging
Gem quilt
Phoebe quilt
Rambling Ways

...and a list of projects to start

Waiting to start
Etoile Rouge 2017 BOM
Quiltmania 2016 Mystery quilt
Amish II Nancy Rink Quilt
Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu

I've decided not to do the 2017 Quiltmania Mystery quilt this year.

It is the 24th February and progress has been slow.  I have two finishes.  Carol's friendship quilt is finished and has arrived in the US OK.  I tried out a faux piping binding this time. 


I finished my second version of the Hearts and Flowers Quilt.  I really enjoyed making the first version in Moda Fig Tree fabric scraps and wondered how the same quilt would look in reproduction fabrics.  Again I have a lot of scraps, so didn't need to buy any fabric.






I made the melon blocks a little larger, increased the width of the middle appliqued border and added an extra star to each side of the outer border.  This version ended up a little larger than the original. In addition, I added a narrow flange instead of the piped border in the original.



I have also made a start on the TQS 2017 BOM.


...and a start on the QAYG Etoile Rouge blocks



Diamond Hill Block 1 (added March 1st)




Wednesday, 19 October 2016

This and That

I've had a difficult few weeks without much progress to speak of.  Instead of concerted effort at one project, I have flitted between them.

I have plenty of WIPs:

  • making a second version of my Hearts and Flowers design - this time in reproduction fabrics
  • a jewel quilt top that still needs an outer border
  • my Hertfordshire quilt has another border half done
  • started a Pine Valley Rambling Ways quilt - 2 blocks appliqued
  • restarted Phebe quilt by Di Ford with some painted appliques for the centre medallion



Sunday, 7 August 2016

Hearts and Flowers

I had fun with this one...using scraps from the Dashing Hearts quilt.


I love applique, so drew out the motif for the medallion centre and looked to carry on with plenty more applique in the melons border and the floral border.

I decided to add some piping between a couple of borders.  The jury is out.  I'm not sure if I like the piping or not.  It was tricky to FMQ up to each side of the piping.

I decided to embroider the stems instead of making bias stems.

I have always liked the Ohio Star block, but never pieced it before.  I used foundation paper piecing to ensure the blocks were as perfect as possible.  Using left over jelly roll strips made them straightforward and quick to make.

Adding yo yos and buttons added to the fun.  I found some perfect buttons on eBay.  I really like the way they look in the centre of the Ohio Star blocks.

The quilt finished at 42" square.   It would be easy to make a much larger quilt from this design by increasing the size of the melon and Star blocks.
 The quilting was very simple on this one - mostly stipple.

I have started writing up a pattern for the quilt.  That should keep me busy for a few days!

I'm off to the festival of Quilts Thursday and Friday with the lovely ladies from Hawkinge Patchwork.

Happy quilting, all!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Dashing Hearts, My First Quilting Pattern

After receiving positive feedback for my 'Dashing Hearts' quilt, I have put together a pattern that will be available on Craftsy.

IIt may look complicated, but it is a fairly quick project.  I completed the quilt, including the quilting in about a week.

I am excited, but a little anxious, as this is completely outside my experience and comfort zone.  Below are a few photos. The quilt finishes at 36 inches square.

It incorporates some of my favourite things - Churn Dash blocks, yo yos, and applique.   I was able to incorporate an on-point central block.  This is something I haven't tried before.

Making the quilt was such fun!  I used Moda Fig Tree fabrics.





Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Flowering Urn Quilt Finished

I am happy to have finished my Summer Wall hanging.  The quilting on this is a little boring with crosshatch in the centre and stippling in the outer border, but I wanted the applique to be the star.  I thinkthe effect is what I was after, but it was a big yawn to quilt. 

I have an idea for an autumn coloured wall hanging and I hope the quilting will be more interesting on this one.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to start it...not for three weeks at least. 

Happy quilting!



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Slow Progress

Making slow progress. Lots of embroidery to do - tendrils, bird feet and bird eyes...but the sun is shining, so no contest! It is looking a little sorry for itself, as I've handled it so much while hand appliqueing. Once embroidery is done, I will launder it before adding the wadding and backing. Happy quilting, all!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Working on my 'Summer' Wall Hanging

A long time ago, I attempted to make the Flowering Urn Quilt by Rosemary Makhan.  Unfortunately, I did not have the skills and I gave up.  It isn't like me to give up on a quilt, but at the time, it was easier to put it in the bottom of a storage box and forget it.

I want to have a different wall hanging for each season of the year - to hang in my sitting room.  I have a Spring and a Christmas wall hanging, so summer and autumn to go. 

I love the Flowering Urn pattern, but don't have room on my wall for the whole quilt, so will just add two borders to the centre block and it should fit just great.

I decided I would hand applique the quilt.  Sometimes it is nice to be able to sit and be sociable while sewing.  Although I have done some hand applique over the past two years, I had never appliqued onto a piece 30 inches square before.  I didn't realise it would be tricky to sew on such a large piece of fabric.  I think in future, I will think twice about undertaking appliquing such a large block.

I wanted the colours to remind me of summer.  I also have a considerable stash of batik fabric, so thought I'd use some bright batiks.  I also decided to use a white background fabric (instead of my usual first choice of cream) to give the batiks a bit more pop.

There is still quite a lot of embellishing to do on the block.  I haven't decided whether to machine or hand embroider the leaves and bird wings.  I still need to embroider the bird legs.  I used a white sequin topped with a small black seed bead for each eye and a double strand of embroidery floss for the tendrils.

The next border is pieced, and then the outer border is appliqued with more birds, pomegranates, leaves and roses. 

I also need to get around to quilting my Sutton Grange quilt.  I've made a start on it, but there is still plenty to do!

Happy quilting, all!