Sunday, January 25, 2015

A productive 2014

In no particular order, here's my 2014 round up -  this little quilt was commissioned for a baby due in December whose parents farmed & loved tractors......hence the choice of fabrics used.

Hand applique & hand quilted using perle cotton 8
Earlier in the year I was given this huge pile of fabric which had been used as wedding bunting & asked to make a memory quilt for the young couple

The fabrics were a varied mix of cottons & polycottons 

So this was what I created in order to try & use as many of the fabrics as possible

Thought it was best to keep the design simple & also constructed this one using the quilt as you go method with narrow sashing.

the back
Then in December, their first baby was born & this was made for the happy couple still using fabric from their wedding bunting.

I also finally finished the recycled shirt fabric sampler quilt for my son, so far this is one of my favourite quilts, it was just so much fun to make and put together like a puzzle. I blogged about the construction here.

Back showing the hand quilting

Other projects completed last year included these 3 tops:

EPP hexagons using Saltwater range fabric by Tula Pink

Japanese boxes using Kaffe Fassett scraps - EPP

(the triangle border on the right has now been removed)

Depression block - Scrappy half square triangles
 machine pieced
2 more quilts which I've blogged about in previous posts were also completed:  Easy street, a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt was hand quilted & bound. Then in October I  finished the modern Oakshott cotton quilt which I wrote about in my previous post here

All in all, a pretty busy year :)  More to come for 2015, I have so many projects on the go it may be time to seriously take stock & complete these before starting anything else.

What do you do to control the urge to keep trying new patterns, techniques etc? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fabulous Oakshott cottons

 Remember these gorgeous Oakshott cottons? I blogged about them back here and here,

Well I finally got my act together to complete this project this year. I had made a dozen or so 18.5" blocks of the 30 required when my trusty little electric Brother machine broke down.
The only way I was going to get this finished by my friends birthday in early October was to use my 1929 Singer 66K treadle machine which I acquired this July & hadn't quite mastered the art of treadling yet......... that soon changed!

The blocks are constructed individually quilt as you go method (I used Hobbs 80/20 fusible batting for this project) here's a quick photo record of how I did this. 

I would start with a simple pieced background using a couple of colours or some circle units made up of drunkards path blocks and add some straight line quilting to the background.  
The green section below
Next I would play around with placement of odd scraps/offcuts & folded 2"strips 
A bit more background quilting added here
more folded strips are added, careful placement of these secures the rectangle scraps added on top when the strips are stitched down
these are then pressed over & stitched in place
this vintage Singer machine really does stitch beautifully!

Sewing curves for the Drunkards Path blocks on the electric machine was easy following this great video tutorial I found on you tube, however this technique didn't work on the treadle, believe me I would need 3 hands!

After some practice  with scrap fabric, I mastered curves on the treadle: the secret? use lots of pins!
.......and before long, I was motoring away and was gradually running out of floor space to lay out these large blocks

Finally enough were made to complete the quilt. The blocks were joined together using my usual quilt as you go method (see labels on side for a link) with plain black sashing to try and add a little control to all this colour

 I have to mention here that all the credit for the inspiration of this quilt goes to Marianne of The Quilting Edge blog who very kindly gave permission to use her quilt as inspiration Thank you Marianne :)

and the leftovers?

Well I just couldn't let these go to waste now could I ? They were cut into squares & framed with a very pale grey (Kona shadow)

and over a couple of weekends, a lap size top was created

all with the treadle!

I have loved working with these gorgeous fabrics, Oakshott cottons have such vibrant colour & shimmer, can't wait to work with them again.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time for an update

Just don't know where the time goes these days & can't believe it's been so long since I last posted something here.......but I haven't been completely idle!

The remainder of 2013 was busy sewing wise completing an order of baby quilts and tactile taggies for  the shop at Durrell.

Throughout 2013 I had been making quite a few Antique rose blocks by EPP which would be an ideal Christmas present for someone I know who loves polka dots

 These blocks are such fun to make & great for using up all sorts of scraps

It was a bit of a mad rush to get this quilt top completed & quilted in time. I opted for big stitch hand quilting with Pearl 8 cotton

........and chose to stick with hexagons for the border quilting

I just managed to complete it on time as the last stitch of the binding was made on 23rd December!

2014 so far .........

Remember this time last year I was up to my eyes in making Easy Street, which was a mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter, well this top was chosen as a 60th birthday present for a special person & needed to be quilted asap

For this one I decided to hand quilt in concentric circles radiating from the centre of each main block & filled the gaps in between with concentric squares

I quite like how this one turned out, even though the patchwork design is quite busy with lots of piecing, the hand quilting still shows up well

I now have a new project on the go for involves hexagons & guess what EPP!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Scrappy Shirt Tails

I have a quilting angel......... a dear friend called Sandra who lives in Georgia & spoils me by sending me wonderful surprise  packages of recycled shirt fabric. 

Inspired by a quilt in one of Bonnie Hunter's books, I started making these star blocks, quilt as you go method. But........ you know me, after about 7 or 8 of them, I just got bored and  started playing with the fabric & making a mixture of different blocks, whatever took my fancy at the time.

Union Square
Sister's Choice
Ohio Star

Some are traditional & some just made up to fill the gaps where required. Not much maths has been involved in this process as I tend to get it wrong!
Beginnings of a layout
Planning another row to be added on the right

Of course, quality control has to be monitored at each and every stage!

Progress so far

For the "Quilt as You Go" sashing & backing, I'm recycling a cotton double size duvet cover that I picked up at a local charity shop for £2......good value or what?
The back
I'm trying to be as accurate as possible, but there are already and no doubt will be more missing points off stars, geese loosing the tips of their beaks etc, but I'm not too fussed about this as, after all, quilting is meant to be fun and not stressful. 

Whatever you're making, enjoy the process, 'till next time, happy stitching :)

PS. Apologies for the formatting on this post.....blogger's just not playing ball tonight!