It has been over a month since I have spoken to you. I’ve been busy with work but have found sometime to do quilting. I have been working on some projects and been doing some pattern testing. I have never tested a pattern before and I found it very challenging. It made me release how much work is put into designing a pattern. The pattern was lovely and I was very happy with what I have done so far. The range I used was Fancy and consisted of pineapples and a Dresden Plate. It took me several goes to get the Dresden plate right. The pattern was Parade by Valarie Rigney.
It seems to be the time to also pull out the baby patterns and make some more baby quilts. My youngest has started to make a baby’s quilt for a friend and I have 2 that need to be done. This is again another one which is a boy colour on one side and a girl colour on the other side. The range is Storytime Rhyme, and the design is again Through the looking glass.
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 been very neglectful of late, but we tend to have busy lives and forget to pay attention to somethings. So I need to make it up.
I have finished another block in the Gail Pan Berries and Bluebirds. I’m very happy with it. Redoing some of the berries has made the blocks look much better and I’m more happy with it.
I spent sometime finishing a quilt as you go quilt that I hadn’t finished. I was very happy with it and it now is on my bed. My puppies love this new quilt and when I can’t find them, I am sure to find them on the bed. I notice that a lot of animals tend to love quilts too.
I have also been doing another quilt. Isn’t funny how when you use a pattern and make the quilt, you really don’t know how big it is until you put it on your bed. This quilt was to be 80″ by 94″ and it looks very big. I used the moda range Chantilly by Lauren and Jessica Jung with a royal blue used as a contrast colour. It was done using mainly a jelly roll and layer cake with very little scraps. I have made it my son’s friend – hope they like it when it is finished.
I also attended a day class with Helen Stubbing from Hugs ‘n’ Kisses and Rosaline Quinlan for their Stitching, through Sew Bright Alpine, at the Maze located at the Wandiligong Maze Café, located just 6kms from Bright. Lots of fun and a great day. The sponge cake was huge. I also got a little look at Helen’s new book which looked very nice.
Well I shall sign off for now and promise that I will keep you up to date with my going ons.
Well I have to now start to quilt some of my quilt tops. I have never done this before, so I went and checked out some websites. I discovered one called The Inbox Jaunt which is all about free motioning quilting. It is Lori Kennedy’s blog and gives examples of free motioning quilting and examples. It really inspired me so I decided I would give it a try. I brought a free motion foot for my sewing machine – most sewing machines tend to have this attachment available. I fitted mine and this is the result of my work.
I used the pattern called squiggles which is just free motion of the quilt. You move the quilt what ever the way you want creating a doddle like pattern which looks very nice. There’s a couple mistakes in it but I’m happy with it. I found the hard bit moving the fabric so it would glide across the machine. I don’t know if I should have put the dog feet down or just leave them up. I changed the stitch size thinking that it would help but I put it back to the default stitching length. I just need to play with this a little bit to improve my technique but overall I am happy with what I have done.
The top of the quilt is a jelly roll which was I used in a jelly roll race. The rows in it made it easy to use them to as a guide for the free hand designs. Hopefully my son will like the finished results of this quilt.
Well after finishing my last subject at uni I’m back doing my quilt. I’m very behind with this one. I also have some other projects to complete but it has made it a challenge to get some of them finished while balancing other commitments. But you know the feeling – start a project and see another project and then start it. I’m trying hard to get my projects finished. I love this sampler but didn’t realise how much thread I have had to use. Gee I hope I don’t have to buy anymore. Well this only means back on to the next block and try not to be tempted to start another.
My youngest child had been nagging me to start her a quilt. So as is the way she pulled out my GOOD sewing machine and commenced making her own quilt. I only had to thread the machine and talk her through some of the problems. She completed this quilt using the range Tickerlish which she was very happy with. We’ve started to doing the backing – my job was to cut the fabric. We created a number of 6 1/2 inch squares which she sewed together and she has almost finished it. Next the binding (I’ll have to cut that again and stitch it up) and then its finished.
So then son asked about his quilt. As a started to stitch I felt it would take forever. It took me over 1 1/2 hours just to do two rows!!!! I don’t know the name of this range but it only had 4 fabric so we repeated through out. Turned out to be cover my entire Queen size bed.
Now my other daughter was one – I have to look for the range Sakura Park….never ending story.