Thursday, 31 October 2013

Quilt Blocks Stitched!

quilt block

I think I am going to call this project the Alternative Trip around the Block/Blocks, or something like that.

quilt block

As you can see I decided to leave the white areas untouched on this block. I like the way the stitching flattens the red.

quilt block

I like the way the lines all criss-cross in the middle.

quilt block

Here it is with it's partner.

quilt block

My initial plan had been to do some free form handwriting in red saying #QuiltRoutes but decided it would be quicker and easier to just stick to the straight line stitching. And yes the use of red in the bobbin, even when stitching in the white areas was deliberate. I like the little red dots :)

quilt block

The Asterisk block is my favourite out of the two and if I ever did decide to make a whole quilt with this block it might look something like this!

red and white quilt

Stay tuned for the next block!

**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Quilt Blocks 1 and 2


As mentioned in my previous post I have pieced the first two blocks. I decided to go for the Red and the White and painted a strip of red in preparation.

quilt block
Asterisk Block

It surprised me how easy this one was to put together. I kept to the pattern and I didn't have to be too fussy and it still turned out okay.
quilt block
Hash Tag Block

The mental calculation I did when working out how much red I needed obviously went a bit awry but I have a plan!.
This block is called a Wonky Pound Sign in the Craftsy tutorial but I straightened it up and called it a Hash Tag Block.
quilt block

These are modern blocks as opposed to traditional blocks, but it is a start.
Stay tuned for the quilting!

If you want the instructions for making these blocks you can find them here.

hand painted fabric

Fabric Friday

hand painted fabric



Thursday, 24 October 2013

Adding Stitch

art quilt stitching

It doesn't always have to be about dropping the feed dogs and free motion stitching. The majority of the work done on this is straight line stitching. 
I like make a quilt sandwich and stitch through all the layers.  

art quilt stitching

First up is the choice of threads. I often choose a clear mono filament to stitch background elements moving to stronger, darker threads as I move  toward the foreground.

art quilt stitching

I stitch back and fore, following the shape of each hill.

art quilt stitching

Straight line stitching around the hare with added colour for emphasis.

art quilt stitching

The sky has also been done in mono filament (you could do this before adding the hills} to keep it far away, with just a little bit of free motion stitching around the moon!

art quilt stitching

The grasses are wavy but still done with straight line stitches and the feed dogs up.

Hope you have found this helpful.

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Fast Fuse Applique

 Fast fuse applique is called fast for a reason.
If you have not done this before here is a quick run through of the technique.

fast fuse applique tutorial

The first thing you need to do is trace the appliqué patterns onto your fusible web*.
Use a light box or an available window.

fast fuse applique tutorial

Remember to reverse the patterns if this has not already been done.
Cut out the templates outside the cutting line and fuse onto the back of your fabrics.

fast fuse applique tutorial

Cut out on the cutting line.

fast fuse applique tutorial

Place into position on to the backing fabric.

applique tutorial

Heat set/fuse with iron, following the manufacturers instructions for heat setting.

fast fuse applique tutorial

Using a heat resistant sheet will save you iron form eating sticky.
Now to add the stitching.
Instructions here.



*There are many fusible products on the market. I use Heat n Bond, but the choice is yours!

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I have a plan in mind.

quilt blocks

A while ago over at blue hare blogland I had a bit of a brain storm and decided to join in with the Farmer's Wife quilt-a-long. I even bought the book. Visit the Flickr group here if you are not sure what I am talking about.

quilt blocks

I am not sure what compelled me, as I don't do traditional. That is not because I don't love traditional quilts, more to do with the fact that My quiltmaking abilities veer more to the liberated/improv side, by design and technical ability :) 

quilt blocks

However, I am now beginning to realize that the urge comes from a need to cover the basics and maybe fill in some blanks in my quilting education as I more or less jumped straight into the "arty" side of this craft.

Needless to say my flirtation with the Farmer and his Wife was short lived. I put together what was going to be a wall hanging (below).

quilt blocks

But swiftly pulled it apart again and made this. As I write I realize that I have eight more blocks but have absolutely no idea where they are.

art quilt

The plan? Well that urge to fill in the blanks hasn't really gone away and while perusing the free classes over at Craftsy I have decided that I want to try again. This time it will be easier because I can follow the video instructions. I am definitely a visual learner.
Of course I will be using up fabric that I already have Scrap Busting style. I will also be putting a bit of my own spin on things. I will not be making a big quilt but sticking to the mini quilt format. Along the way I will hopefully be improving my piecing skills, perhaps learning the names of those blocks... not an essential skill to have I know but it would be nice :)
Stay tuned!

p.s.
Craftsy have not asked me to do this but I can recommend their free B.O.M. classes
I am not going to be sticking to a time table....this could take a while :)

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Autumnal Flag

hand painted fabric prayer flag

A couple of weeks ago I asked for suggestions for what to do with this piece of fabric.
Joy suggested making a Prayer Flag and as I have not done one for a while I thought this was a good idea.

hand painted fabric leaves

I decorated it with my own fallen leaves taken from the garland that I made here. It has been hanging in my studio shed for a while now and is starting to look a bit worse for wear but I like how the leaves look here.

hand painted fabric prayer flag
Over on The Prayer Flag Project blog I have wished everyone joy in the changing seasons, whichever form that may be, and I wish the same to you here.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

BLAH!!!

gelli plate printed fabric

The problem with blogging something, is that once you have shared it you feel compelled to carry it through even if you are not feeling it and just want to abandon the whole thing. I know if I was a retrospective blogger this wouldn't be a problem, but I am rarely that organised.

gelli plate printed fabric

That is how I am feeling about my last post. The process was fun and I got stitch with my Gelli Plate printed fabrics. I have learnt that even though they are ordinary acrylics rather than fabric paints, they still work really well because the Gelli Plate allows you to get a thin layer of colour on. It is fine to stitch through and doesn't stiffen up the fabric too much. So that is good.

gelli plate printed fabric

However, once I started to quilt and stitch I just decided that the pieces were simply ugly, and just because you can get lots of layers and colours going on, it doesn't mean you have too.

gelli plate printed fabric

I have did throw more at them in an attempt to improve them.

gelli plate printed fabric

I have played around with the stitching, using wool and adding hand stitching.

gelli plate printed fabric

I have even thought about adding text with some new paint pens that I want to try out and if I can think of some word other than BLAH!! to write on these I might just do that.

Other options would be to paint over them with block colours, or cut them up into A.T.C.  all of which means more work.

OR I could just throw them in the bin, which is what a friend of mine did recently with a baby quilt that just wasn't working out. It caused a bit of controversy I can tell you, but it freed up her head to get on with other things, and I think that is what I need to do.

Have you ever thrown pieces away?

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Playtime!

Remember these?

gelli plate printed fabric

Time to do something with them.

gelli plate printed fabric

gelli plate printed fabric

I have put together two small mini pieces that now need to be stitched.
I have made a start...honestly :)

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