Thursday, 17 April 2014

Spring is here....

Spring has finally arrived, I think.  We have had a really mild winter this year, too much rain but very little snow....trouble is this kind of warmer spring weather, (hard frosts in the morning and bright sunshine days), makes you a little complacent, next week could be back to cold sharp winds....

The sheep are lambing thick and fast, cows are calving and although there are always problems all seems right with the world outside.





Primroses
In my little bubble of a sewing room pantographs seemed to be the order of the month.  Well, I'm a little late to post these as some were quilted up last month.
Quilt Path has been quilting up a storm, it's good to be able to change up the density of the designs to suit my customers likes and needs.

This is a fun quilt for Carols Grandson, it was difficult to catch the quilting design against the busy fabrics, I used Dave Hudson's 'dinosaurs' pattern, lovely fabrics for a child's quilt.


Not to be left out this quilt is for Carol's DH, love this piecing design. Carol sent the tops and backing to me in the post, left me to choose the quilting and was very happy with Buzz by Hermione Agee as my choice, it's a buzz saw type design, great for men. This quilt had a very dark backing fabric (Chocolat by Three Sisters), and was also a little difficult to capture the quilting but the circular design against the geometric lines was just striking...




I seem to be having a bit of a run on these 'trip around the world' type quilts....it's amazing how different they all look but strangely I don't seem to have taken a full photo of this one (note to self... when things settle down a bit time wise, I must remember to spend more time taking photos for reference). Jane chose 'feathered leaves' by One Song Needle Arts, it was a great match, this is a big quilt...



Next in line, a raffle quilt for one the local quilt groups. Souter Quilters in Selkirk, will be having their exhibition in June, some of the ladies pieced up this quilt to raise money for funds. again I was left to choose a design, this is Florance by Anne Bright, I quilted it with an open density for a softly draping quilt







This one is now off to the binder and will be finished very soon.

The Clock is ticking.....




The clock has been counting down since June 2013, the official start of the Common Riding which is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Hornshole is 5th June but Rideouts start 4/5 weeks before that on 10th May...not long at all.....

Tick Tock....

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sundries.....

As usual it's a bit soon to show any customer quilts just yet this month but they will be delivered soon. Instead here are a few photos of the 'Delightful Stars' sampler sew a-long I'm  doing.  It's surprising how quickly this quilt is coming together even though I seem to be doing it in fits and starts, although we will still be sewing-a-long till into August.







So that is another 3 stars plus a Friendship Star to send off to Canada for the Teacher......





I had a commission to make a set of Aga hob covers so decided to make two sets same fabrics slightly different binding and stars. I think I like the stars with the skinny spikes best.  For those of you who have never heard of an Aga, it's a stove for heat and cooking. The hob covers save the stainless steel covers from getting scratched by plates and pans and also let you warm your hands when it's cold outside without getting your fingers burned.


I seem to have overflowing scrap bins, this is the second flimsy I've pieced up recently and guess what the bins don't look any different now than they did when I started.  Another quilt top in the queue for quilting.....

Sunday, 23 March 2014

A Girly DNP Quilt....

For the uninitiated that's a 'Girly Disappearing Nine Patch' quilt.  It's a very effective yet simple block, colour choices can make a huge difference to the over all look. I've had this pink flowery spirally fabric for a long while, it was waiting for this nice black to come along.

Well actually, I didn't intend to make this quilt it wasn't on my 'to do' list. A lot of what I'm doing at the moment isn't on my list, must be procrastinating, putting off doing something else that's a bit more intense...

This quilt measures 63x73, I used Hobbs 80/20 batting/wadding and a white Metro thread. The panto I chose is Trellis Hearts by Patricia Ritter, I used the digitised version on my Quilt Path system. I bound the quilt with matching black fabric and added a little machine embroidery in black thread for added interest in the border.











Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial

Tutorial for my version of a  'Disappearing Nine Patch' quilt using alternating coloured blocks....
The Quilt can be seen here A Girly Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt

This tutorial is a work in progress.....thanks for your patience......

Cut 4 inch strips from width of fabric (WoF)

Strip set 1......Sew with a 1/4 inch seam to make strip sets....  press seams away from the centre strip
Strip set 2. press seams towards centre strip......

Strip set 3. Press seams toward centre strip.  The strip sets should now measure 10 1/2 inches by WoF

Cut strip sets into 4 inch sections and layout as 2 x 'nine patch' blocks as shown with black running through the diagonal on one block and pink running through the diagonal on the second block.
Block 1 needs two sections from Strip set 1 and one section from Strip set 2
Block 2 needs two sections from Strip set 1 and one section from strip set 3
Sew your blocks together with a 1/4 inch seam and press the the seams away from the centre on both blocks


Block 1 and Block 2



Using a rotary cutter and ruler cut vertically on the solid red line through the centre of both of these blocks.  Depending on your own seam allowance the 1 3/4 inch mark should fall on the seam line.

Cut horizontally through the centre of both blocks by placing the 1 3/4 inch line on the seam line

From the left block take the top left piece and turn 180 degrees and place back in the same space within the same block. Now take the bottom right piece of the same block, turn 180 degrees and put back in the same space within the same block.  Repeat this same procedure in block 2.

Flip the rows over right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam

Open and press the seams in opposite directions so that the seams nest together for the final seam
You will have two 10 inch blocks like this.

I set my quilt 6 x 5 blocks (30 blocks), 15 of block 1 and 15 of block 2 set alternately with additional borders.