Saturday, 28 January 2012

It started with this.....

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..... mini art quilt that I made back in 2010 as a result of winning Marjorie's giveaway of some lovely batiks.
This came about because I wanted to use up the scraps that came about from putting together this....

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There were a lot of bunting quilts around at the time but all the ones I saw were applique. I decided that there had to be a way of doing a pieced bunting quilt that would appeal to people who knew that the quilt would be in and out of the wash a lot, as one would expect with a quilt made for a child. (I know we all love bunting but in my head this design is for babies and children).

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I wanted to keep the movement of the applique quilt so I designed a left and right facing block, and as you can see in the above photo. I took the bottom point to the edge of the block and then added a strip along the bottom.

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The addition of some blank blocks and some stitched string makes this a wall quilt.
But how to make it into a bed quilt?

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For my next attempt I adjusted the block to not need a separate strip between rows, although I did put a vertical sashing between blocks, because I found the kona cotton that I used for this slightly thicker than other cottons, and I was afraid that I would have problems matching up the points.

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I hand quilted around and between the pennants with cotton perle, and machine quilted the background.
I still was not happy though I wanted something that would be a lot quicker to put together.

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So finally I did this.
A baby size quilt that was very easy, and quick to piece and machine quilt.


bunting quilt

Okay, as you can see this has taken lots of twists and turns but it is done.

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Friday, 27 January 2012

hand painted fabric friday

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The sun is poking it's head out of the clouds today, so I have been painting some skies.

Painting a summer sky would seem to be a relatively easy thing to do, but because there is a larger  water to paint ratio (to get the pale blues needed) they don't always turn out as well as I would like. The water can "travel" and not always in the direction you want. Fine if it is a hot day and the paint dries quickly, but in January......

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Not to worry. It is easy to go back and add more paint.

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That's better!

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Getting Organised

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These fabric rolls have been languishing in my loft since before Christmas. It's time to get organised.

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All cut (or rather torn) up ready to for painting.

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Maybe like this.
Until next time!

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!


Guess where I was at midnight.
London Embankment. Best fireworks EVER!!!!
Happy New Year to everyone.

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