Wednesday 29 November 2017

WOW: Not Another WIP!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I am determined to get my Secret Garden top together before Christmas. I cannot start 2018 with Secret Garden in pieces - it must get done! This is the challenge I have set myself and right now, it's full steam ahead. Obviously my working frenzy has had an effect on my mental calendar because somehow I lost an entire day. This morning I got up convinced it was Tuesday and packed and dressed as if I was about to take on my usual Tuesday routine. I feel like a quilter lost in the Twilight zone, I must have worked so hard I simply forgot myself (and the days of the week!). I'll blame it on this time of year - with Christmas just a few weekends away now, I suppose I must have entered the silly season early.

Here I am working on my Secret Garden centre block on a lightbox so I can trace in the lines I want. I will go over those lines with either hand embroidery flourishes or with a thicker thread in my bobbin as I did for the leaf veins in my last post, time will determine which one wins.

What's Your WOW?

Monday 27 November 2017

Secret Garden: Leaf Stitch Details

Secret Garden is so saturated with detail 
that I knew my leaves needed a special touch to complete them
 And I wanted the look of embroidered veins without all the handwork, so I used my sewing machine to do all the work for me. Ii used AURIFIL in the 12 weight, this is a thicker thread and perfect for this kind of work. This is my Victoria Findlay Wolfe pack, as you can see I haven't even used most of the spools yet.
I used the gorgeous gold colour
I loaded the 12 weight thread into my machine bobbin. Now, when you purchase a sewing machine, always ask for the extra bobbin which takes thicker threads. You do not use the regular bobbin or your thread loading might jam.
 This is what my thicker bobbin looks like. 

My machine is a 35 year old Toyota straight stitching only machine. No fancy business here! 
It's all metal parts and this is why it does so well. I'm currently 'in between' sewing machines at the moment. The problem is that I grew up during an era when sewing machines were made to last a lifetime and metal parts were the norm. Today, many machines demand high prices for plastic parts and lacklustre warranties. It's really left me between a rock and a hard place. 

People assume I have a selection of the latest sewing machines at my fingertips. But this is not the case and frankly, isn't necessary. You can sew and quilt on pretty much any machine you have. I quilted all my award winning domestic machine quilted quilts on a 1950's Elna. So don't let what you think are limitations with your machine stop you from thinking creatively about your quilting potential.
I mention all this to let you know that you could also use the Aurifil 12 weight normally as your top thread as well with an ordinary bobbin. But if you did this, you would need to play around with the stitch tension of the machine. And I didn't want to do that.

I used the 12 weight thread in the extra large bobbin and used regular thread in the top spool. I adjusted my stitches to a large size 4 stitch and let the bobbin do the work.
Then I simply stitched over marked lines on my fusible
 I stitched them down on my machine using AURIFIL thread and lots of patience..
 I simply stitched over my fusible papers
 Like so
 to create my stitched in leaf veins
 And then continued with the usual turn edging process
Using Elmer's glue and a manicure stick 

I just love the finished result.. another lovely detail in a design that oozes lovely details

Saturday 25 November 2017

Secret Garden: My Centre Block Details

First thing to consider was the centre. From my fabric selection, the only combination that anchored the centre was blue print with a dark gold ring. 
 Taking into account the strong use of pinl and blues in the surrounding blocks, I went with yellow outside and pink inside bloom heads.
 Like this
following my usual fusible applique technique, here's the back view
 and the front view

and still working.. 

Friday 24 November 2017

Secret Garden: Working On My Centre Colours

Today I'm looking at my fabric choices to determine what fabrics should make up my centre blooms. I have some strong pinks in the surrounding blocks, so I need to balance these out without making the quilt lean too much on any side visually due to the colours (if you know what I mean).

I painted myself into a corner by selecting such a soft and delicate fabric range, my own eye always prefers mid tones and I really thought limiting my pallette would help me get over my constant and frustrating fabric deliberations.. but it just means that I relied too heavily on introduced shades to make the existing ones work.

Fabric selection is definitely something I need to work on. I yearn to make crazy colour clashing quilts but then can't find the fabric to do so and feel stuck with whichever selection I opt for. When it comes to my relationship with fabric, the grass is always greener on the other side!

Fabric battles aside, the delicacy of this pallette is dreamy and feels so gently and romantic, like a swaying breeze. I can't wait to have my own Secret Garden to show off.

Thursday 23 November 2017

An Attitude of Gratitide

I was sent this card today, and I decided that I must share it here on my blog and take a moment to thank you all. For reading my blog, for supporting my work, for giving me kind words of encouragement. I'm grateful for all of you. 

Thank you so much. 

Wednesday 22 November 2017

WOW: Shine On!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
So, I've been doing a little fabric shopping to get me in the 'zone' for all my BOMs and projects and bonuses that are coming in 2018, and this beauty just stood out. 

And, as I can't show you my bonus projects just yet, I thought I would share this gem. And that's the perfect word for it, isn't it? I decided to use these jewels in the making up of flowers for applique. But as soon as my DD saw it, she had different ideas, and this reminded me that I have to design some extra easy quilts that just show off fabric. Because I don't even want to cut this beauty up!

It's been a while since a fabric offered me this much fun just for existing and I am loving every minute of it! What do you think? 
What's Your WOW?

Monday 20 November 2017

BOM 2018: Introducing 'Daisy Blue' (3 of 3)

Beginners, fear not! I have not forgotten you in my BOM 2018 offerings. As you know, my BOM 2018 includes 3 x BOM quilts (and a few extras to boot) and whilst I'll always show you how to navigate the blocks of all my quilts each month, I know there are some of you starting out who just want things easy.

'Daisy Blue' is a quilt custom designed for all you beginners out there and is approachable, achievable and a perfect quilt to 'step up' your skills with.

I'm thinking of making my own Daisy Blue from my Fassett stash, which explains my riot of colour below, but as always, the potential to create your own style with your own favoured fabrics - be they bold or gentle, is limitless.

Make your 2018 the most creative yet, join my BOM 2018 now to secure your Early Bird Discount (expires Thanksgiving). You can pay in full once or in monthly installments. Simply click the early bird to learn more and sign up.

Sunday 19 November 2017

BOM 2018: Introducing 'Love Always' (2 of 3)

'Love Always' is inspired by the ever intriguing Love Entwined 1790 Marriage Coverlet and is an entirely new quilt hopelessly devoted to re-imagining the original in an updated but still breathlessly beautiful design. This is quilt for applique enthusiasts and lovers of fine detail and heirloom quilts. Finished size is 88 x 88 inches.

Although completely new, this original design is, in my own mind, a sister quilt to Love Entwined. They belong to the same family of romantic florals, bows and beauty. I always knew when I released Love Entwined out into the world, that the design story wasn't over for me. I wanted to go back to the evocative style of the coverlet and create something new.

I'm still thinking up colourways for Love Always and will update and show off a few more ideas before today is over. But my first colour was is highly symbolic for me. It's in red and white, just like my first ever BOM 'Red Delicious' was and it feels like a nice tie in to present Love Always in that way. As you know, 2018 is all about celebrating my 10 years of blogging and BOMs, so having Love Always nod to Red Delicious in this way feels so right.

If you've signed up to my BOM 2018, Love Always will be available to you, just like Morning Glory (revealed yesterday) is and just like Daisy Blue (revealed tomorrow) will be. There'll also be extra bonus quilts on offer to make 2018 my biggest ever quilt-a-thon year!

Make your 2018 the most creative yet, join my BOM 2018 now to secure your Early Bird Discount (expires Thanksgiving). You can pay in full once or in monthly installments. Simply click the early bird to learn more and sign up. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I'll release the sketch for 'Daisy Blue' (3 of 3)

Saturday 18 November 2017

BOM 2018: Introducing 'Morning Glory' (1 of 3)

 'Morning Glory' is a design that delights in the vintage glory of old quilts and brings them together into a modern, elegant design. Flourishes without fussiness, classic blocks that shine in their frame and a central evergreen vine - it's an ode to the opportunity of each new day. 'Morning Glory' evokes the pleasures of old whilst stepping firmly forward. The balance between applique and piecing allows each block to highlight your favorite fabrics. Finished size: 72 x 72 inches.
I hear birdsong against a shining sky when I look at 'Morning Glory', and I hope you will too. Of course, this is just a sketch, but I'm sure you can already see the potential in this beautiful quilt. As you may already know, 2018 is set to be my biggest year ever as I celebrate 10 years of blogging and BOM-ing.

This is a significant milestone in my online quilting journey and one I want to celebrate and share with those of you who have supported me. For this reason, I've made the unusual decision to share 3 x BOMs under the banner of 'BOM 2018' which means you only have to pay for one in order to access ALL 3 x BOMs on offer. There will also be additional quilts projects on offer exclusively to BOM 2018 members (at no additional cost), and I'll discuss these as and when they launch. What I can tell you is that you've never see a year like the one ahead!

See more sketches in different colour schemes in my video below. I haven't committed to a specific colour or fabric scheme yet. Right now I'm thinking of reproduction fabrics, but of course, this may change depending on what I fall in love with next.

Make your 2018 the most creative yet, join my BOM 2018 now to secure your Early Bird Discount (expires Thanksgiving). You can pay in full once or in monthly installments. Simply click the early bird to learn more and sign up. 
Be sure to check back tomorrow when I'll release the sketch for 'Love Always' (2 of 3)

Wednesday 15 November 2017

WOW: Free BOM / Last Block!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Today the last installment for 'On My Windows, Flowers Bloom' is released' and this BOM is going places! I've already seen so many incredible Bloom quilts out there coming together that I am all excited with what you have done with your own flowering windows. They're all beauties, that's for sure. 

I always feel a bit sad when a beautiful BOM comes to an end, because the journey is always so pretty and interesting and fun. And, if you're a member of my BOM Group over on Facebook, you already know what a stunner this BOM turned out to be and I'm going to miss all the chat and progress pics that came with each new monthly release, but all good things must reach their conclusion and today is a good day to 'ice the cake'.

And, when one window closes, another one opens. In 2018 I'm celebrating 10 years of blogging and my BOM offering is H-U-G-E with 3 x BOMs for the price of a single BOM and bonus projects along the way. I started with 2 x bonus projects and it's already crept up to 3 and we haven't even started yet. Oh yes, it's going to be a bumper year. I had planned to show off my BOM sketches on my birthday early this month, but I've seen so sick with the flu it wasn't possible. Now, I'm back on my feet and ready to share the fun of three new adventures. Be sure to come back on Saturday for an exciting update. You won't want to miss it..

On My Window, Flowers Bloom 
An applique wall hanging, finished size 38 x 48 inches.

This is a FREE BOM
Running from August 15th - November 15th 2017

 This is a Free BOM in 4 parts, we are up to Part 4 
Release Dates: August 15th - November 15th

Download it: 
--free download no longer available--

Members of my BOM Group can download the file from the Group "FILE" area


What's Your WOW?

Wednesday 8 November 2017

WOW: My Birthday

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Last week feels like just yesterday to me right now, so my birthday took me somewhat by surprise this year. I have been battling a bad sinus infection which makes lifting my head up for more than 10 minutes very difficult, so I wanted a low key quiet day. I also wanted to bake a traditional cake this year around, but was much too sick, so my DDs brought round a tray of delicious morsels. And of course, there were tulips. Right now I am in love with tulips and can't get enough of them.

Thank you for sending me good thoughts and birthday wishes this past week. I am finally  on the mend and my mind is preoccupied with one thing - showing off my new beautiful BOMs. I'm getting back on my feet even as I type this, so it won't be long now..

What's Your WOW?

Wednesday 1 November 2017

WOW: Make Way November!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I've got big plans for November..but first I just have to battle through a sinus infection that has left me lying about in bed feeling dizzy and cross eyed. It's my birthday later this week and I really can't be having it from my sickbed, so I'm doing everything I can to get better.

I know you're all as excited as I am about my BOM reveal and I can't wait to get back on my feet and start showing off exactly what I've been up to.. because, oh boy, it's special!

What's Your WOW?

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