I have been very busy over the few months with family and work, but I have been able to find time to fit in a bit of craft work. Few months ago, I attended a workshop at Carolyn Konig’s Design featuring Katrina Hadjimichael. The quilt we did was the lovely Meryton – a Jane Austen inspired quilt measuring about 90 inches by 90 inches. I was very nervous doing this quilt but as I progress through the quilt, I am becoming very happy with the way it is turning out. I describe the fabric range as French provincial – consisting of browns and blues and birds and flowers throughout. And yes there is some of my favourite fabrics in it – French General. I have completed the centre piece and am underway to complete the border pieces followed by further blocks. I like how it is turning out and think it will look lovely when finally finished.
I also completed a lovely quilt for a friend of mine that I visited in Sydney. The quilt was lovely and was well appreciated and was much needed in the cold winter experienced in Sydney.
I have been slowly working on the quilts that are for birthday gifts and now have to add 2 baby quilts to my workload. At least I can space out the time it takes to do some of these quilts. I will keep you up-to-date with their process but I will show you what I have already done. On the Modern Moda Building Block quilt I am down to the 6 inch squares – not much more to do.
Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a Jelly Roll Sampler. Many of you may have seen various books that show how to use pre-cut fabrics to make different quilts. I have been using one type of these books by Pam and Nancy Lintott’s Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt. I used the Classic Sampler and made 12 beautiful blocks. This is my first time of really doing a traditional type of block design. It was made easy by using a Creative Grid 45/90 degree ruler which helped to make the triangles. Most of the pattern involve using either squares, rectangles or triangles. I’m very happy with the final result. I used the Moda range by Basic Grey called Persimmon. I just now need to the boarder and sashing which I have already gotten with lime for the boarder and white for the sashing. It should look good when finished.
On another note, my poor puppy has to have surgery on her knees and need to stay at the vets overnight. As I know she will be anxious without me, I have made her a little quilt out of squares that were mistakes. I must admit, both my dogs love lying on the quilts I make and have a particular liking for the ones with the French General fabric. I have trialled the squares and believe it is big enough for her. My youngest daughter decided that a blanket was need to be placed on top of the other squares…Can you spot the dog?
I have sent my sewing machine back to be repaired. I’m hoping to have it returned soon, ready and will to perform my quilts. Currently I’m using my other machine which works ok but needs to have some fine tuning.
Is anyone doing Hugs ‘n’ Kisses’ Cornelian? I’m currently doing it and have just started to put on the hexies on the first block. Of course it is French General range of fabrics and it looks very nice. I got mine through Quilt Fabric Delights Creative and I love it. The kit uses the applique pre-cut paper which dissolve in water. I’ve only just starting to do hexies, but this is really fun. Again, I am a little behind and have to catch up but that is fine. Since my studies have completed, I’ll be able to catch up with some of my quilt and get them finished.
Well I have been busy. I have been trying to finish off my scrappy quilt. I found that placing the pieces out and taking a photo of them helped to remind me how it was set out.
While sewing it together, I found that I really needed to buy a walking foot. I looked everywhere for a singer walking foot and eventually I got a walking foot for my singer sewing machine off ebay.
I have also been busy making other quilts. I have attended a couple of classes making quilts at Whatever Whereever. I learnt how to make hexagons and turn them into stars and how to applique jugs. I enjoyed doing these.
I have also discovered that a friend was having a baby. What’s a quilter to do…you guessed it make a baby’s quilt, but what color when you don’t know the sex of the baby. Thankfully, I discovered a range called Celebrations which came in boy and girl colors. So the challenge was on…do I make 2 quilt or one. I found the pattern called “Through the looking glass” by Sarah Price and brought 2 kits – one boy one and one girl one. I cut them out and sewed them up and decided to sandwich them both together. I discovered that by starching the tops they sat nicely. What I do is use a lot of starch, allow to dry then iron and the tops look great.
I used three pieces of wooden curtain rods and rolled each of my pieces up with them and slowly pinned them together. Once done, I trialled my new walking foot. Was a bit of a challenge getting the walking foot onto the sewing machine but the effort was worth it. I commenced sewing with a fancy stitch, almost finished and got new bobbin in then my sewing machine decided to tell me C4 error. I am trying to fix it but I’m not getting there fast.
Now I have to try and fix it or send it away. And I was so close to finishing this baby quilt…
Last week I went to the second part of class I had attended to make a “Scrappy” Quilt As You Go. The night before I caught up with my work only to find out that I had rushed myself and didn’t concentrate on what I was doing and made mistakes. I started to do some of the quilt and understanding how to put them together the right way. So after completing the class I looked at what I had done. I’m just about to make some more of the pieces I need to replace but what to do with the mistake squares. Well while I was looking at the quilt on the floor, my dog (Raphy) made himself comfortable on the wrong squares…solution to make a dog blanket with the mistakes. See even a dog must likes a home made quilt.
Close-up of stitchery
Do you take some quilting with you while you go somewhere. I always have some craft work in my car. I have just finished some stitchery for part of a pillow that I did at the Christmas in July with Gail Pan. This is the first time I have used Cottage Garden Threads. These are cottons that are variegated and are made in Australia. They were very nice to work with and I love how they work with this stitchery.
I’ve also been working on another project – Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson. I have already received the third BOM and have to trace them on to the fabric. I don’t mind tracing but I don’t have a light box. Being creative I made one. I brought a A4 clipboard which had a plastic clear sleave on it and a reading light – thus a light box.
I’ve been trying to get some things finished this week. Have I achieved that – well in part yes. I have just got to put the handles on my Doctor’s Bag and then I’ll have a new work bag. It should be big enough to put my cup, my workbelt, some food, keys, mobile phone and my stethoscope. Should be big enough. Oh and I love the fabric – French General which I got from Quiltopida!Designs and the pattern was designed by Joy’s Patch.
As I had Sunday off, I went to Craft Alive in Wodonga. Lots of quilts around and I brought some more buttons for Welcome to the North Pole and some fabrics. I was so happy to find a layer cake by moda called Sakura Park which is the one my daughter wanted and I also got a pattern to use for the jelly roll that I had already found in the same range from Katie’s Patchwork Pack. I also found a quilt that I wanted but as luck might have it I didn’t have enough money but grabbed a business card and will be getting that quilt. While looking around, you’ll never guess who I ran into – Rosalie Quinlan and I asked her to help me to select my fabric for Scandinavian Rose. Made it so much easy to have the designer there but I didn’t feel pushed into buying what was chosen. I’m very happy with the range though we have chosen.
Now to cut some more fabric and do some studying….oh and do my tax (yuck!!!)