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Where does ….

June 10, 2011 1 comment

… the time go? It’s been a whole month (nearly) since my last post – I have been busy though, honest! Ok, so I may have read the odd book or 3 (I know, what was I thinking? So many quilts to make) but I still managed to do this

a test piece on shadow quilting that I started at a workshop and finished at home (do I like it? Not sure yet – interesting having a go though)

 this tumbling blocks quilt (with a twist – ok, a hexagon)

this rocket ship pram blanket (you can find the pattern for the applique here)

and this little amigurumi bunny

I’ve just bought a book an Amigurumi – not something I knew much about until recently. I think I first saw the word on Anna Maria Horner’s blog (love that new fabric she’d just launched, LouLouThi – scrummy!!) but I kind of skimmed it, made a mental note to ‘google’ it cos it sounded interesting and then never did. Then I was looking at a book catalogue in the shop a couple of weeks ago, saw one on Amigurumi Robots and fell in love !

This is Laura Bunny, as christened by Charlie who now has – ooh, maybe 7? bunnies? Did I mention she likes – no, loves – bunnies? Anyway, she was very easy to make and I was pleased at how she turned out for a first effort. I’m now busy making a ‘super-monkey’ (he even has a cape!) for Jamie who likes – ok, loves – monkeys. So far so good – may have to make myself the penguin next – although the zebra is very cute, oh and the frog … oh well, they’re a bit more portable than quilts to carry round and work with 🙂

Speaking of quilts, the Central Park tumbling blocks quilt got off to a good start this week – on Monday I had a pile of these

and by yesterday (Thursday) they had turned into the quilt top above – I wasn’t completely sure how to order the fabrics as I used different ones to the pattern (which you can find here)  but I think it looks ok – the blocks should have a bit of a 3d effect, so I hope I ticked that box 🙂 – just need to add the border, an applique giraffe (ooh, should be fun!) and then I can get on with some swirly quilting.

I bought some lovely orange variegated King Tut thread for the top, which I’m really looking forward to using  (sad case that I am – night out on the town, maybe? No, cup of tea and some shiny thread for me, please!) – the same time I ordered that, I got some ‘Superior Thread’ bobbinfill – think it’s called the bottom line, or something like that and, wow, is it gorgeous!! Finally decided to read up on threads (I had a look at some stuff on the Barnyarns website which was really helpful) and this looked like it could be good one to try. I’ve got loads of spools of thread that I’ve bought and tried over the years, without really understanding what I’ve got, so I’ve had a good sort out, by type and weight – cotton, polyester, metallic etc. Hopefully if I think a bit more about which needle and thread I’m using, it will make a difference when I get around to quilting this next quilt – Sugar Pop was a bit of a trial in the end, and although I the quilting is ok(-ish), I struggled getting it through the machine and I think  that shows – well, to me anyway.

I even cleaned and oiled the machine this week and it hasn’t been clunking quite so much – I must have cheered it up a bit, with a makeover and some lovely new thread to use. Lynette (aka The Stitch Witch) who ran the shadow quilting workshop I went to insists that all sewing machines should have names – mine hasn’t – yet! I was trying to think of something beginning with a T (well, it’s a Toyota) and I just thought of Topsy – from the Topsy and Tim books I read as a kid? (God, am I really that old??) – well, Topsy she is, I think – we’re on a sewing adventure together here,  me and old Topsy – she may not have all the bells and whistles of those expensive machines, but I reckon we’re doing ok (just need to remember to clean and oil her, change the needle, check the thread and we’ll be fine….. ho hum …. so off we go….)

Bloggers Quilt Festival – Spring 2011

May 15, 2011 11 comments

Finally, finally the Sugar Pop quilt is finished, quilted and basted – and just in time to enter it in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

BQF is arranged by Amy Ellis (go visit her blog at Amy’s Creative Side) twice a year and co-incides with the international quilt markets held in the USA in the Spring in Autumn. Currently there is one underway in Salt Lake City, Utah (oh, how I’d love to go!) On Amy’s blog you will find hundreds of quilts from bloggers all over the world, sharing examples of their work – I  entered for the first time last Autumn and found tons of inspiration from the quilts that were shown, and also came across many of the blogs that I follow now. Thanks must go to Amy for hosting the ‘festival’, and giving quilters an opportunity to come together in one place – and also for organising a host of giveaways from all her lovely sponsors (did I not mention giveaways before? Quick, stop reading now and go get sewing, there’s still time to get your quilt in … well, um … just 🙂

So ta – da – my entry this Spring is my Sugar Pop quilt

I found the pattern for this in a ‘Quiltmania’ magazine from Jan/Feb 2007 that one of my sewing friends passed on to me – I put it on a pile to keep and make some time in the future (along with hundreds of others) but when I saw the Sugar Pop fabric – specifically a bundle of the pink/plum colourway – it set me thinking about the pattern again. I was busy with the paper piecing on the bunny quilt and the prospect of doing something that would come together a bit faster was quite appealing!

     

I changed the layout of the quilt so that it was rectangular rather than square, but kept the dimensions of the blocks the same, and set them on point just the same. The quilt top came together really quickly but it sat around – or rather, laid around, draped on a chair – for quite a while, until I could decide how to quilt it. As I mentiond in a previous post, this is the first time I’ve used basting spray on a quilt and I was curious to see how it fared – I have a bit of a problem with basting and where to  lay everything out, so it means quilting (especially straight line quilting) can be a bit of a struggle, battling puckers and pulls!

I finally tackled the quilting this week and, in the end, went for a simple chequerboard pattern – it was fairly straightforward as I started at one edge and just kept going up and down the seams til I got back to where I started! I love how it turned out on the back

 After I’d done the main part of the quilt, I went round the border again, with a narrow line of echo quilting , and then again with a wider echo, to take the quilting further into the border. You can’t really see the quilting lines at the front but I’m really happy with how it looks on the other side.

 Although this was a bit of an impulse make – and by someone who isn’t really that bothered about pink! (I love the cooler colours, blue, green and purple much more) I really love this quilt and it always puts a smile on my face. I love how the patterned fabric and the solids work together. It was interesting to have a go with the basting spray and I’ll probably use it again, although I found it didn’t eliminate puckers altogether – basting is one task I’ll have to carry on working at, I think and just hope I’ll get better at it. I found straight line quilting a bit of an effort again, as well – I definitely find free motion quilting easier (even if it turns out a bit wonky sometimes!) but I still love the results in this quilt – I didn’t think that fmq would work so well here because the fabric is so densely patterned and coloured. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments 🙂

 

Time to post …

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

..at last! The tiddlers are fast asleep so here I am – I’d love to say this is the start of a new era, but since it’s taken 2 months to make my first post, that seems a bit unlikely! !  The last few weeks have been spent trying to make some things for a Christmas Fair so at least I have some things to show – yay

  

This is the first quilt I started on – yellow pinwheels – just the right size to baste on the table, luckily! I read on another blog that taping the back down and then adding the other layers and pinning them together is a good way to go about it – I’d been pinning them on the carpet til then, but I’d usually end up pinning the quilt to the carpet! At least this way, I can’t pin it to the table :o).

Here it is all finished

This was about my second or third go at machine quilting – I soon learned that it works much better with a thinner batting! My first attempt used a polyester 4oz batting but it was like trying to sew through a cotton wool snowdrift – thank goodness for the internet and a fantastic blog by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts . I used Matilda’s Own batting for this – a wool mix which is lovely to work with and nice and snuggly on my knees when I’m hand-sewing the binding – just have to be carful not to get hot chocolate all over it in the process :o))  

Here you can see the quilting on the back – I was really chuffed with that! Probably just as well that this wasn’t all straight lines, so I didn’t go too far astray – lots of thread ends to tie off though, going to have to think how to get round that bit. I added some bits of material to the back that I had left from the front – really like how it ties it all together.

Here it is again pretending to be a yoga mat!

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