Sunday, 22 July 2012

Round one with Border Agency

Ahaa, you think, what on earth is she up to now?  No, I'm not in trouble with immigration.  It's all about another new beginning, namely, the centre block that is set to travel around the UK visiting the other members of the UK Border Agency Quilting Bee.  Clever name hey.

When I researched different medallion quilts it was interesting to see the variation of block patterns that quilters have used in their individual quilts.  Making a decision for my own block was consequently not the easiest decision.  Sometimes I wanted to go the traditional route and other times I so badly wanted to break away from it, but then decided that what I am hopeful for is a traditional style medallion quilt and so that is the route to go.

With that in mind I used 'free time' in the 'home library' to flip through pages of books and magazines that I have.  There were so many block patterns that fit the bill that I then had to narrow it down. 

 Eventually I decided on a rose of sharon style block and found a really great and easy to follow pattern in The Sampler Quilt Book by Lynne Edwards.

If you look at the book cover you will see that it is the block on the right edge, second one down and next to the 'T' of the word 'Quilt' in the name label of the book. The pattern instructions want you to use turn edge applique to stitch the petals and leaves to it's background, in the traditional fashion.  This is where I've gone off course and done my thing. 

Firstly by drawing off the template pieces onto two sided fusible stuff, cut them out roughly, ironed them onto the back side of fabric, cut out the shapes and removed the paper.  I cut out a 13 inch square of backing fabric and folded it to form a triangle, pressed it with a warm iron, folded into the opposite way and gently pressed the second fold.  When I opened it up I had an x running from corner to corner and this allowed me to place the pieces neatly and evenly before pressing them into place.  Then I stitched 1/8th of an inch inside the edge of every leaf and petal, using a colour that more or less matches.

It's not the first time I've done raw edged applique and I'm really liking the technique and its effect.

Before sending it off to the quilter who will add the first border, I decided to select and include some bits of fabric similar in colour as well as left over bits of those used and some of the background fabric which might look white but isn't.

This is the first time I'm involved in anything like this - a quilt that grows while it travels and am very excited.  I'm hoping that those that get to add borders enjoy the creative process.  They're trusting me with their blocks and am really looking forward to doing the first one.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Thanks Holly

Every now and again you discover that there are people out there that do give a hoot about what you think and go all out to deliver the very best service that they can.  Holly who has her Etsy shop at Certified Cute is one of those people.

What you might not know is that I have a serious weakness when it comes to Denyse Schmidt's fabric lines and over a period of time am in the process of collecting her fabrics.  There are a few patterns that are contenders for a quilt using this collection.  In my world the FQ's I have gotten together so far, which include these new ones, constitute a collection, some of you might think otherwise.

So when I read that there was a new fabric line out I started browsing and came across Holly who lets you make up your own bundle. 

Inbetween all this I'd bought myself an Accuquilt and had decided which dies to get.  After checking various websites and shops and not being able to find the diamond die locally, I cheekily wrote to Holly and asked her if she had any dies or if she had access to them and explained why.  Without obligation she said she would see what she could do.  In no time she had sourced one and put it in with the fabrics.  When the postman delivered the parcel I was so chuffed, if Holly had been near me she would have gotten the biggest hug.

I'd like to thank Holly for going to all the trouble that she did, for being a great communicator and an accommodating Seller.

PRESALE Chicopee Half Yard Bundle, Denyse Schmidt

When the new Chicopoo line comes out, guess where I'll be getting my stock.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Sorting leads to a Success

So, my sorting and purging continues.  I'm looking at the house with new eyes and am saddened at just how neglected it has become over the period of time I had my nose stuck in books.  I got to say it really is good not to have any deadlines or having to sit into the wee hours doing research.   To get back on track overnight would take a miracle so I've decided to deal with it all on a reward based system.  So I do a chore and get to sew for a bit, do another chore and sew some more ... get the idea  It's working for me!

During my me time I sat fiddling at the table in my sewing area, trying to make space and tidy stuff up.  I get distracted so easily and while clearing the space ended up digging up some fabrics I'd forgotten I had. 

 Keeping in mind that I need to make my BQS3 partner a mini quilt, I started faffing, but without intention or plan.  In no time at all I had some hexagons cut, using a glue stick I fixed them to their backing and set about sewing them down using a straight stitch 1/8th of an inch in from their raw edges.  

 To quilt the layers together I've stitched between each hexagon and around the edges I've stitched ghost outlines of hexies.  

Going on what my partner said, it is not necessarily her thing, however, from the response left on the Flickr page,  there are quite a few that would be happy to have it hang on their walls.  Enman also loves it = yay!

It is going to take a while to complete sorting all the fabrics, I really didn't realise I had so much.  Hopefully in that time there will be the chance to make another mini quilt, and some other goodies.  Happy days! 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

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