Thursday, 30 January 2014

Embroidered Quilt Block

quilt block

The plan had been to reproduce the look of all those lovely art journal pages that use white, instead of the usual black, to add line and pattern.
It hasn't quite come off, but I think that is because the thread I have used is not thick enough to give the definition that I was after. I sort of knew this would be the case, but I am trying to use up stuff that I have had hanging around as opposed to buying MORE than I already have. This particular white is a poly on a cone that I purchased while living in Brunei over 15 years ago. Thread was so cheap to buy then and I have quite a few cones still, bought to use in my over-locker when making clothes for my daughter.

quilt block

My first thought was to hit it with some paint, but I didn't really want to obscure the fabric, so I added some black...

quilt block

...and then a bit more.

quilt block

This is not quilting but machine embroidery and I know that you might think that I have ruined a perfectly good string block, but there are lots of lovely string blocks out there, but only one like mine :D
Stay tuned for the edge finishing.

**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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Friday, 24 January 2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

String Block

quilt block

Continuing in with my A.T.A.B. (Alternative Trip Around the Block), the next technique on the list is Foundation Piecing. I am actually a big fan of foundation piecing. It really is the only way I personally can get any accuracy ,when it is needed :) and a luck would have it I already had these four blocks languishing away among my UFO'S.

quilt blocks

Well, the String Quilt was never going to happen so it is good to find a use for this.
I foundation pieced it using the Freezer Paper Method. I like this method because it saves on ripping out papers, it is how I did my Birthday Bunting Quilt. It can be slightly less accurate than pure paper piecing but I did all four of these blocks using the same bit of freezer paper. ..and they were exactly the correct size needed for this block!
If you Google "freezer paper piecing" there are lots of tutorials out there if you wish to give it a go.
Next up...how to quilt it?

**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


Monday, 13 January 2014

Another quilt block


....that has become a cushion.
Back last year I began work on this Chevron Block as part of my Alternative Trip Around the Block which you can read about here.
I had thought that I wanted to completely hand stitch this one, and I made a good start, but the call of other projects and the fact that it was quite hard going stitching through the layers at the seams with my chosen threads got me to thinking that I needed another plan or this was not going to get finished.


You cab see my hand stitching here (and it is stitching not quilting because I have not added any wadding yet).

I had thought that I wanted to completely hand stitch this block and I made a good start, but the call of other projects and the fact that it was quite hard going stitching through the layers at the seams with my chosen threads got me to thinking that I needed another plan or this was not going to get finished.


So I utilized some of the computerized stitches on my machine, looking for straight line stitches (I found
two!) This one is meant to look like hand quilting.

quilt blocks

See the difference? The wobbly lines are mine!!!

I made it into a cushion because I didn't follow the instructions properly and it came out too big to match my other blocks!

**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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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Stitching Showcase Workshop

textile workshops

****This is a post for anyone that has signed up to do my Stitching Showcase workshop at Busy Bees next Saturday****
Despite the fact that shop was razed to the ground in a fire recently, the workshop is still going ahead at Duffryn Community Centre. The ladies need to know if you have signed up, as their workshop list went up in flames too!
You can contact them via their website or Facebook page, or contact me (email link at top of page) and I can give a telephone number. 
Hope to see you there!





Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Art Quilting Landscapes


I am spending the week trying to get organised, in reality, and in my head :)
Meanwhile I have felt compelled to make another mini version of my Tuscan Hillside pattern. Not quite finished yet.
I am thrilled and overwhelmed with how many have purchased this pattern. If you are here because of that welcome and thank you.

landscape quilting

In true Blue Peter fashion (U.K. readers only will understand this reference ). Here is a mini one I made earlier!

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