Friday, 22 February 2013

Ooops, I got a bit carried away.......

I've been having a clear out of my studio this week.  I unearthed a load of orphan blocks.  Some were left over from quilts, some were practice pieces to try a new technique, some were supposed to be a quilt but I got bored!  So each morning this week I came into my studio an hour early and quilted them all up and I have made them into cushions.

Progress so far.....


My hexi quilt will never be finished because the cat was sick all over it whilst I was piecing it together and so half of it had to be cut off and thrown away.  The few blocks that were left  have been made into this cushion and a loose cover for my footstool in the lounge.




 This cushion was made using a few blocks left after making the quilt below...


This was just an exercise in playing with a 'red and white' theme


Wasn't happy with the centre of the star so decided not to make it into a quilt... a cushion is fine if you don't look too closely!


Katy very kindly lent me her ruler for making kaleidoscope blocks.  I had it for ages, long enough to make at least 3 quilts using that block but this was all I came up with.....enough for 2 cushions!   I had to give it back to her eventually or she would have thought I had kidnapped it!!  Sorry Katy.


This was my attempt at an 'Urban Deco' block.  Love it but a quilt made using these blocks is a long way off.


These were made for a mini challenge. My friend Janie sent me a jelly roll and a couple of charm packs of Minick and Simpson fabric (can't remember the range) and these are what I made.  I was trying out some foundation piecing and my little 'twister' ruler.





These were blocks left over from the quilt below....


And these blocks were another go at a red and white quilt.  I will make a full size quilt eventually using this pattern as I love 'house' quilts.

 

This is a picture of them all on my sofa.  They don't match anything in my house but since when has that been a factor in the quilts we make?  Maybe 13 cushions is overkill......perhaps I should open a shop!


At least I am sorted for birthday gifts for a while!

Just in case you think I have been too self indulgent this week, I have done some work.

This lovely quilt made using a Material Obsessions pattern was beautifully made by Kris.  She modified it slightly as she didn't want to applique the arch onto the background fabric.  Instead she made a template and  stitched it using curved piecing....so clever.  This is one that is going on my quilting bucket list.





It was quilted using a pattern called 'bubbles' using a shocking pink thread.

The following quilt was made by Katy.  A variation of the 'scrappy trip' quilts that we are all making at the moment.  There are so many ways that the blocks can be set.  Love that 'Chicopee' fabric.  I still haven't cut into mine but seeing it all made up into a quilt has made me think I should get if off the shelf and into a quilt.


Katy wanted a sort of loopy figure of eight pattern on it so this is what I did.  I used a bright green thread called lime splash.



This quilt was made by Jan using some lovely African blue and white fabrics.... so fresh.




Jan also made this storm at sea quilt.  I quilted it with a wave pattern, keeping with the 'sea' theme.




Well that just about sums up my week. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Happy Quilting

Chris

PS. Have discovered Pinterest this week!!  When I have worked out how to get a button on my blog, I will put one on if you want to see how I have been wasting hours of my time!!!!!  So much inspiration.  Love it.


Thursday, 7 February 2013

Quick 'Basket Case' update

I couldn't wait to hand sew the binding to the back so I stitched it down by machine.  I don't usually do this but as it will be a throw for myself, I didn't mind doing it.  I just wanted to see what it was like after it was washed.

Here it is after a wash and a gentle tumble dry.  I LOVE it, all wrinkly and soft.  I'm a happy bunny!!







I also managed to quilt a quilt for Jenny today.  It is a lovely Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt.  So pretty...
She chose 'Rosie' as her quilting pattern.




Well, that's me done for today.  Just off to the post office to send 2 quilts back to their owners.

Happy Quilting.

Chris

Basket Case!!

Yesterday morning I came down to my studio early with the intention of 'quickly' quilting my trips around the world quilt.  I decided I would freehand quilt it with a basket weave pattern. Well quick it certainly wasn't! I was still at it 6 hours later......I went to bed saying in my head - up, down, up, down, up, down, up, right, left, right, left, right, left!!!!  I finished the last 8 rows this morning before starting work.  I like the look but am not sure now whether it is a little bit stiff with all the quilting on it.  Hey ho!!  I will wash it as soon as the binding is on to see if it softens up in the wash.  I used a Moda wide batik on the back which is also a stiffer fabric than plain cotton.






I love the texture of the quilting if you run your hand over it.


In the spirit of it being a 'use up your scraps' quilt, I am using some scraps of binding that were in a drawer to bind it with.


I'll try and attach it to the front sometime today so I can sit this evening and hand sew it to the back.  Then straight into the washing machine.

Chris

Monday, 4 February 2013

Miserable Monday

Today the wind is lashing the rain against the windows of my studio and it is freezing cold.  I needed something to cheer me up so decided to start cutting into all my American Jane fat quarters.  This is what I decided to make....



It is called 'Charming Addition Quilt' and was designed by Kathie at inspiredbyantiquequilts.blogspot.co.uk
It would be a perfect quilt to use up all those scraps you didn't use in your scrappy trips around the world quilt...... and I know hundreds of you made one of those!!!!

A design wall is really helpful to plan this quilt as the pattern is interlocking and you have to piece it row by row.  I amended my quilt slightly as my blocks are made of  two 2 1/2inch squares and one 6 1/2 inch rectangle, whereas the pattern above is made of  five 2 1/2 inch squares (I just like to make less sewing for myself if possible!!)




Now I just have to start taking the pieces off the wall, row by row, and sew them together.  I will have to do this fairly speedily as it is taking up my design wall and I can't use it for anything else until I have pieced it - it took ages just to place them in position so I am not going to take them off until they are ready to be sewn.

I also quilted a small quilt for Jill today.




That just about sums up my start to the week.

Happy Quilting.

Chris 

Friday, 1 February 2013

Seeing stars

This week I have quilted 3 quilts made by sisters, Helen and Caroline.  All three are made from star blocks but using very different fabrics.

Caroline made this one using a very soft pink and beige palette.  So feminine and pretty.  I quilted an allover pattern called 'Rosie'



Caroline also made this quilt using prints and batiks to good effect.  She chose the allover pattern called 'stars and loops'


Helen Made this quilt using prints and batiks in a green and pink colourway.  She chose the pattern 'swirling' to be quilted on her quilt.



Star blocks are a very popular choice for quilts.  I'm sure most of us have made at least 1 quilt in the past using stars.  This is one I made about 15 years ago using Laura Ashley curtain fabric!  I started to hand quilt it and never finished it until I got the Gammill.  I unpicked the awful hand quilting and longarm quilted it instead.  I love the look of handquilting but I'm afraid I don't have the patience!


Have a great weekend everyone.

Chris