Friday, May 13, 2016

Little Quilt swap

This year I finally participated in Lori's of Humble Quilts blog,  Little Quilt swap  I've been meaning to join in previous years but had always missed the sign up deadline :(

So here is the lovely little quilt I received from Christy, all the way from the USA, isn't it adorable?Thank you Christy & also a big thanks to Lori for organizing this great swap :)

 You can view all the gorgeous little quilts made & swapped at Lori's linky party here

.....and here is the small quilt I made & sent off to Mary

 Whilst I had all the repro scraps out & was in the mood, I also knocked out a few more small quilt tops, some of them just to use up little orphan blocks I had lying around.

Just need to crack on & get these hand quilted next!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Circle progress

Well...... I have fallen way behind in making may daily circles as too many other projects are distracting me.
I'm still trying to avoid as little waste as possible by using the circle cut outs to make more circle blocks as in the next 2 below
 So to date I have 86 units/blocks or if you count the number of individual circles appliqued 138.............I think I'll stick with the latter number, it certainly sounds better :)
I'm also joining the blocks as I go & here they are all together so far, this isn't the final layout as it looks a bit messy, still needs a bit of tweaking as more blocks are added.
Whilst on the subject of circles, here's my 1st attempt at a Georgetown circle block by EPP. This is going to be the centre of a medallion quilt one day, when I get round to it!
Do go & visit Audrey's 365 circle link up, lots of lovely circles being stitched, grab a cuppa & enjoy all the lovely projects being shared

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hexagon Fun

Although I wasn't going to embark on any new projects this year, I couldn't help being drawn into making some of these Glorious Hexagons based on the patterns from Katja Marek's book , after all, who can resist fussy cutting Kaffe Fassett & EPP?

There are quite a few Facebook groups working on these as weekly/monthly projects, but you need the book for the templates to make the individual blocks:

Glorious Hexagons by Liza Prior Lucy & Kim McClean
Katja Marek's Quilt with Me  - you can join in the quilt along from her website here
Katia Marek's Fussy Cutting/EPP workshop - administered by Lisa Rinn Palmer



Wanting to do my "own thing" as per usual (I can never follow patterns), I decided to frame my 3" hexagons with shot cottons & tonal prints & drafted a framed diamond to join them all together

A black & white photo of the layout is always good to check tonal balance



The rows are growing!

April so far, gradually enough made to add another row to the top

Whilst making the above hexagons, I got a little side tracked with the idea of using up some recycled shirt scraps, which led to these below.....

So that's already 2 new projects started this year, there's no hope for me! 
Happy stitching

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hand Quilting & a Finish

 Good progress is being made hand quilting this top during the holiday break. 
Pattern is La Passacaglia from Willyne Hammerstein's 1st book Millefiori Quilts
Here's a shot from the back
Up closer
  I'm enjoying revisiting the fabrics used in each rosette as I quilt them

 Sometimes the fabric pattern dictates how that rosette will be quilted
 I'm about two thirds of the way done so far & am determined not to start anything else until it's complete.

Last month I finally finished a WIP that has been on the back boiler since 2010!
Tessellations BOM pattern by Australian designer Brigitte Giblin
I really didn't like the border fabric below that was provided so the blocks remained unframed until I came up with a different plan
Original border fabric that was provided - used some for the back
Back view

Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy 2016 full of quilty possibilities :)

Update 13/01/2016

I'm still hand quilting my Millefiori top & making good progress, linking up to weekly WOW

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Playing with circles

Audrey over at Quilty Folk is sewing a circle a day for 365 days, loved this idea for using up some of my Kaffe Fassett scraps

The first 6 days worth of 4.5" blocks
Realizing I would end up with lots of neutral circle cut outs, I thought, what if I add these to the mix too?  (I hate wasting fabric)
So this 4.5" x 8.5" block was born
Then I thought what if I throw in some bigger circles using up bits of made fabric from scraps a la Victoria Findlay Wolfe 15 minutes play time?
No waste here either as I can get a 4.5" background for a smaller circle block from the cutout
A few sewn together..........and here we may have the beginnings of a pattern for a quilt? 
Not sure I'll be able to stick to making just one circle a day from now on though!

December 1st update:

Having started sewing circles on 5th November I'm now up to day 27. I'm counting each background piece of fabric (whether it contains one circle or three) as one day's work, so without further ado, here they are to date:

It's quite a nice process coming in from work each day & dipping into the Kaffe scraps to choose that evening's fabric for my daily circle & quite a relaxing bit of mindless stitching after a stressful day. I couldn't resist fussy cutting some of his bigger prints to throw in here & there as well. 
Linking up to Quilty 365, thank you Audrey for the inspiration :)