Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sew Along Come and Join in.

I'm hosting my very first sew along.  Come and join in.  We will be working through the process of making a Great Granny patchwork cushion cover.  They are great beginners projects.  So quick and easy.  Let start by getting our supplies organised.

You will need to have the following

Self healing mat
Rotary cutter
quilting ruler ( I use a 6 1/2 inch x 24 inch)
ironing board.
sewing machine.
1/4 inch sewing foot.

Walking foot ( or free motion foot if you are going to do free motion quilting)  If you have neither don't worry hand quilting is a great option for a cushion and the small size means it will come together  quickly.

Good quality cotton sewn thread. I use Aurifil 50 weight.

Approx 1 metre of quality cotton for the backing and background.

 24 inch square piece of cotton wadding.

5 inches width of fabric for binding.

and assortment of 2 1/2 inch squares of quality cotton prints in a co ordination scheme ( I am going to use a charm pack of Honky tonk fabric square and cut them in quarter)

Hand sewing needle.

I think that is it.  Get your supplies together and we can get started the week after next.  If you are struggling to get everything you need let me know and I might be able to make up some kits.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

Where Have I been and What have I been doing

Hi everyone it has been a long time.  In all honesty I just haven't felt like blogging.  Life has been full on and I have made the big decision to pack up my sewing business.  It doesn't happen over night but the process is well underway.  I have a little sadness that it is ending but am excited and relieved to be moving on.  The thought of being able to sew what ever I want rather than a conveyer belt of bibs and  purses etc etc is good.
I have been feeling quite homesick of late we have been living in the Channel Islands for 18 months and although I do like some aspects of life here it is just not home.  I miss the accents, the casual chats with people who you just meet, the friendly hello in the morning from everyone, fresh air, hills, mountains and the humour.  
I plan on baking loads, working out and sewing loads of quilts.  Here are some of my recent projects.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

End of the month and what have I done?

Hi everyone can you believe it's the end of January?  ( thank goodness I hear you cry)  January can be a difficult month for all sorts of reasons the weather for one and all the darkness.  I have been a busy bee in my studio and in between all my wholesale work I have been getting a few hours quilt making in.  I thought you might like to see.

My fist red and white quilt top completed I love it and can't wait to get it quilted.

Next is my snowball nine patch, so pretty.
A little baby scrappy log cabin quilt top.  I used a duck egg cotton for the sashing.

And a scrumptious Goose chase quilt top.
I think surrounding myself with all these beautiful fabrics has made my January go by very quickly.  Which quilt is your favourite?

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Now this is my first tutorial so please be kind .  I was basting my latest quilt today and I thought it would be a good opportunity to go over the process one step at a time for those of you who are beginners.

This is what I did there are other methods.

First I steam cleaned my floor to make sure it was not going to leave any marks on my fabrics.  Second I layed down my ironed quilt back making sure it was wrinkle free,  I had run out of masking tape so I used some low tack tape instead just to hold it in place.
 Next I layered my wadding centering  it on top of the backing again keeping it wrinkle free and straight.

Centre the quilt top on the wadding right side up smoothing as you, keeping it straight and centered.

Make sure your wading and backing are larger than your quilt top.

Starting in the centre of the quilt using basting pins I  curved saftey pins) basted the 3 layers together.

Thats it.  Don't try to rush the process just work away methodically.  Now you are ready to quilt.

Hope that has been helpful.
Happy weekend.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Straight Line Quilting

Hi everyone, I thought you might like me to share one of my last finishes for 2013.  My fist straight line quilted quilt. The idea behind this quilt was to show the versatility of quilts.
 I love just about every period of quilting from English paper piecing, civil war  quilts with their tiny pieces of fabric to pioneer quilts with quilt blocks that tell the story of the settlement of the west and the journey made by so many to depression feed sack quilts, Retro, and our modern takes on them all.  I appreciate that not everyone is the same.  Some people think quilts are old fashioned and dated. ( gasp)

This quilt was simple in its construction and utilised a palette of pistachio green, aqua, robins egg blue and dove grey.  I straight line quilted it with aurifil 50 cotton thread and bound with pistachio and hand stitched onto the back.
What have I learned about straight line quilting?  Tension can be tricky to get right, a walking foot is essential, it is back breaking and hugely time consuming.  Would I do it again? yes in a heartbeat, the texture is so tactile and the effect is simple modern and breathtaking. What do you think?  i would love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Neglecting my Blog

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I have been absent from my blog for too long, other things just get in the way.  Life is hectic, the run up to Christmas is more like a looooong sprint but I am nearly there.  I have been doing a few local markets and have been taking orders for christmas delivery.  My facebook page has taken off and its lovely to get comments and likes and messages on a daily basis.  You should come for a visit your very welcome. I am going to try to keep to weekly blog posts in the New Year.
Happy Friday