Monday, September 19, 2016

The 70273 Project

70273 Project - An International Memorial Art Collaboration.
Did you know......
"Between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls – were murdered by the Nazis. Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed. Most were murdered within 1-2 hours."

I was totally unaware of this event & felt extremely sad on learning this & felt compelled to participate & encourage others to do so too.
Jeanne Hewell-Chambers is the mastermind behind the 70272 project & the aim of this collaboration is to make 70,273 blocks, one block to commemorate each disabled person who lost their life.


Blocks must be a white base with 2 red X's on it and one of 3 sizes: 3.5"x6.5" (9 cm x 16.5 cm) or 6.5" x 9.5" (16.5 cm x 24.2 cm) or 9.5" x 12.5" (24.2 cm x 31.8 cm ). The red crosses can be machine pieced, appliqued, embroidered, made with ribbons, buttons whatever you choose, even drawn or painted (as long as the medium is permanent). 

All blocks must be accompanied by a completed and signed Provenance Form which includes the address to send your block/s  ( if you make multiple blocks, only one form needs to be completed) which is available here:

More information about the project can be found here:

I hope you will join me in sending many blocks to Jeanne :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Going to America!

Well, unfortunately I'm not but my La Passacaglia quilt "Tulafiori" is!
It's one of 20 chosen for the Quiltmania exhibition being held in Houston, Texas next month, how exciting is that! Can you hear me screeching with excitement?
Here are a few close up shots taken by my work colleague Tiff  Lang who's an awesome photographer, thanks Tiff :)

I had better crack on & get that label on the back before posting her off :)
Quilt stats:

La Passacaglia pattern by Willyne Hammerstein
50 x 63 inches
Hand pieced by EPP
Hand quilted
99% Tula Pink fabrics

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Slow stitching - EPP progress & some Applique

I always have many EPP  projects on the go, that way I can switch between them usually on a fortnightly basis & never get bored of stitching the same thing. Here are some I'm currently focusing on.....
Back in August 2016 I started making some EPP Glitter blocks having drafted my own templates a little larger than those from Jen Kingwell's book Quilt Lovely
This is another great pattern for mixing up the fabric scraps

Where I'm at so far....
Then in October last year, inspired by some amazing vintage hexagon mosaic quilts, especially those of  Albert Small I decided to design my own mosaic. I started colouring in like mad & came up with this for a starting off point
Then the stitching began....
another round was added...
& another section
This is where I'm at today, the main centre pattern is nearly complete. I'm using 3/4" hexagons for this quilt

Next up we have EPP triangles. I had a quite a few redundant triangles cut for a border of another quilt which just didn't work out as I had planned.

One day I came across Linda Collins' Panama Pyramids FB group, (as you do) & finally found a use for these pieces & just had to join in!
These are so easy & quick to make up
Some more sets prepped & ready to stitch.
This is another great scrap project, I'm sticking to using Kaffe Fassett Collective prints & shot cottons for these

Finally, last week, inspired mainly by my love of blue & white china and images of Kaffe Fassett's collection as well as his fabulous mosaics, this design was born
Fabric mosaics using up even smaller scraps, each piece hand appliqued
Embellishing the ginger jar with some simple back stitch embroidery to give it a bit more dimension
A little contrast hand quilting added
This will be bound with the same darker blue spot fabric to add balance to the piece. I
already have more ideas developing on this this space!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Another finish

This English paper pieced top of 1.5"hexagons was finally completed back in January last year & sat there waiting for quilting ideas.

so last month I decided to have a go at some simple zig zag quilting on my Singer 1929 treadle machine....
which wasn't always easy as extra weight had been added to the quilt layers!
Finally it was complete
Pattern is "Hex on the Beach" by Tula Pink oringinally sold as a kit of 1" hexagons from her Saltwater range of fabrics from 2013. So I had to take it down to the beach for a photo shoot!
The back

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Shirt Stripe Boxes - we have a finish!

Back in 2012 I started making blocks for Kaffe Fassett's Shirt Stripe Boxes quilt from his book Passionate Patchwork, using recycled shirt fabric. You can see the original blog post here
Gradually over the next few years a few more blocks were made here & there as the mood struck until eventually at last in 2014 all the blocks were finally done
Then they just sat there,with the backing fabric squares also cut out all ready waiting to be quilted.  I planned to construct this using the Quilt As You Go method with some plain royal blue sashing
Then last month they were pulled out again, simply quilted with straight lines on my trusty Singer treadle & all assembled into a completed & quilted top
This last weekend the binding was attached & I made the most of a beautiful day in the garden to finish hand stitching the binding down & ta dah......we have a completed quilt, finally!

So pleased to cross another WIP/UFO off the ever increasing list!