Quilting Circles

I am practising with one of the shapes (circle) in my ‘Westalee” Template Sampler Set – the second of my 3 expensive purchases at the 2018 Quilt Show.  As usual using this at home is much harder than the demonstration sample I tried at the show!.  I have had to move away from using my Bernina BSR foot for free motion quilting; very surprisingly some of the results are acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Silk Coverlet Phase 1

I was given some wonderful pure silk material in jade green and gold; about 5 meters of green and 3 meters of gold.  I don’t wear silk clothes so had the idea to turn them into a bed coverlet.  The basic pattern came from my sewing group tutor, and I adjusted it – adding the vertical piece in the middle and corner squares of gold (not in the photo).   The approximate size is 88” X 88”

I have struggled with this for the last couple of weeks – ripping the pieces meant they frayed at a touch, there wasn’t a straight line to be had, the silk pins kept falling out and as it grew I had to lay it on the floor and crawl around measuring and pinning!.

Having got this far, thanks be to my newly acquired overlocker, it is going away for a rest.  The intention is to back it in soft calico and quilt with no wadding.  Eventually or maybe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangular Challenge

For some reason this year I wanted more of a challenge in quilt blocks (which I may well regret), and feeling the chilly weather I remembered some brushed cotton material in my stash marked out for a quilt for me.  I looked through all my quilt magazines and books for inspiration and the only one I felt fitted the muted colours of the material was a pattern made up of only triangles!  So challenge 1 – make an accurate template, challenge 2 to cut lots of accurate triangle pieces (not having a die cutter).  I sewed a few together to test my cutting accuracy and decided that was sufficient (not perfect!).  I now have over a hundred triangles cut out and more to go

‘Handbag’ pattern Quilts

    

‘Handbag’ pattern Quilts

Yes I know the blocks don’t look like handbags, but I stole the idea from one where the bag handles were appliqued on to the top or narrow end of the ‘bag’.  As I was intending these for Project Linus for boys (most quilts are rather girly in colours and material) I left the handles off.

While simple in idea my brain did not cope well with sewing the slanting sides together.  First I sewed a straight side to a slant – the result was Not a rectangle.  Reverse all that and try again:  I sewed slant to slant but still Not a rectangle.  The idea is to sew the fat end to the thin end not fat to fat!.  Second go and reversing, and finally correctly shaped rectangles.

Originally I had planned only one but I had so much material there became two with still some left over.

All the fabric is brushed cotton. The paisley fabric on cream was given to me – about 7 yards worth, so it got used as backing for both quilts as well as the binding and some blocks.  The dark blue was left over from many years ago when I made myself a pair of pyjamas.  Apart from the red check, I didn’t buy any fabric.

Sampler Quilt – My First Quilt

I have just needed to repair one of the corner appliqued hearts on this quilt and realised I never shared it.

I am proud of this quilt – back in 2010 it was the first quilt I sewed on my own, without constant advice and instruction.  The pattern was a ‘block a month’ from Threads and Patches with a choice of colourways, so the elapsed time to make it was over a year.  Following some of block instructions was challenging and I called upon my sewing guru for assistance several times.  The layout was pre-set; if I made this again I would put the blocks together differently.  The binding and backing fabric was my choice.

Strangely not long after my friend had received it (a year after I said I would make her a quilt of course!), one of the American tv programmes showed a scene with a similar quilt!.

 

Appliqued Paper Pieced Hexagon quilt

This project was another ‘memory quilt’ for a friend, whose mother had already made a number of paper pieced hexagon flowers.  She had clearly planned to make more as there were more hexagons already cut out.  I thought it a shame if this didn’t get completed, but after discussion with a sewing friend we thought it would be best finished in a different way.  No least because to make a whole quilt out of just hexagon would take me a LONG time!.   The plan was for

  • a square quilt – approximate end size 44” X 44”
  • The four already constructed ‘flowers’ in a square separated by cream backing (see below) .  These each have 7 rosettes each
  • The additional rosettes made from the loose hexagons around the outside of the central ‘flowers’ separated by cream
  • The ‘flowers’ and rosettes will be appliqued onto cream calico. as white proved to be too stark against the bright colours.
  • Backing – the same cream calico.
  • After arranging the flowers and rosettes, there was one hexagon over which was added to the label.

Quilted in cream thread, around each hexagon with some additional hexagon outlines in-between some. The centre hexagon of most rosettes was quilted inside in the same thread colour as the hexagon.

I used self binding, and had to look up how to do the mitred corners. Machine stitched down in cream thread.

Time taken: 65 hours

Elapsed time was 6 months from April to August.

Making up the additional rosettes took me 25 and a half hours.

Layout:  1 hour 30 minutes

Applique:  12 hours 50 minutes

Quilting:  18 hours 15 minutes

Binding: 2 hours 50 minutes

Label: 4 hours

Summer Linus Scrap Quilt

I’m calling this quilt ‘summer’ not just because it was made this summer but a couple of my friends at the Linus sewing day said “Strawberry and Raspberry colours”.  Unlike most quilts this one started with the backing – a piece of embroidered material presented to me at a previous Linus sewing day with the request to “make a front for this”.  I delved into my ‘stash’ and found a collection of similarly coloured squares and the plain material, all passed on from a friend.  I had only to add one square from my material to make enough for the front; it’s quite small 26” by 34”.  I planned and cut the squares at home and sewed and quilted it at the last Linus sewing day.  The quilting (free motion ‘scribble’) was done from the back to avoid sewing over the embroidered flowers. The binding was found in the Linus pile and today I attached the binding, so it’s all ready for the next sewing day.

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