Saturday, 20 April 2019

A Very Last Minute Easter Project

This morning I woke up inspired to make something just in time for Easter. This is what happens when all your quilts are finished, your WIP queue is empty, your house is spotlessly clean and your Easter Lunch is completely organized. Am I kidding? Of course I'm kidding! Have you ever experienced such a fortunate feeling? Pfft! Me neither!
But it is, however, true that I decided right now was the perfect time to make a new table runner. If you're a reader of my blog, you already know how I wrangled this boardroom 3 metre long table into the house and how everyone pretends it's a dining table. Yes, we do have long, lovely family get togethers around this wonderful space, but it's proper purpose is all mine. It's my favourite place to draw, paint, sew and create.
So, because of it's unusually big size, I have to make all my tablecloths as none are available in this size. This isn't a problem as I have so much fabric. But today I woke up thinking about this beauty.
It's a blue tree of life print on linen. The linen is a lovely upholstery weight and perfect for a table runner.
I joined two pieces together to get the length, matching up the design as best as possible. Next, I tacky glued the edges, turning them and creating neat mitre corners in preparation for some ribbon.
I'm using Grosgrain ribbon in a matching blue
which I will sew down into position on the top side, I like the distinction of framing it in this way.
And so now I'm going to gather up my fabric and sew down the centre join and the ribbon all around, then I'll iron it flat and see how it looks when the table is set. I'm after an elegant and simple look and I think this fabric really fits the bill.

I'll keep you posted on my progress..

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

WOW: Tulips for Easter

  WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays  
Remember these beauties? They're my table runners, Tulip Delight. The pink one on top was a gift I gave away and the one I kept was the green and purple. With a pansy wreath on the door, I've decided to go all tulips for my inside decor this Easter. 

I love this time of year and it's opportunity to pause, reflect and reset. Spring is the natural New Year of the seasons and it's always felt like the 'true' New Year as far as I'm concerned: my designs, family ebb and flow all seem to start something new at this time of year. I have lots of projects and ideas I'm considering and can't wait to get stuck into new and exciting things this 'New Year'. 

Today, I'm digging out this table runner; I actually can't remember where I stashed it. So I'm hoping that it will appear with the Easter Dinner Plates and decorations. I also have all the usual errands - and I'm having several quilts washed over at my local dry cleaner. 

After years of searching, I've found a good little shop that actually washes my large quilts beautifully in a huge machine. I started with a few early quilts I wasn't worried about and even tested the service with some batik heavy quilts. I warned the cleaner about color bleeding, but it turned out fine. In fact, better than fine. Washing quilts can be such a chore; especially some of the large ones I've made. And I've resisted the chemical washes of cleaners in the past, worried about degradation, but this new system is completely wool safe and doesn't effect the dyes or stitching of my quilts. I'm excited to get my stash re-freshed. I do use most of my quilts - including the stencil ones, and I like to wash them yearly.

So that's my WIP today, getting my house in order.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

OMWFB by Judy Collier Longmont

'On My Window Flowers Bloom' 
by Judy Collier Longmont

I don't know what I love more; each individual window scene, or the scene as a whole? I am just in love with every inch of this stunner! The colours, oh my the colours: all you can do is helplessly drink it all in and then take another look at all the splendid details.

How perfect is this wall quilt?! Silly question I know, it's superb. Thank you Judy, you have made my morning and I'm delighted to be able to enjoy your finished quilt in this week leading up to Easter, it's put a real spring in my step! 

If you'd like to read more about On My Window, Flowers Bloom, you can check out the OMWFB post archive right here on this blog by clicking the image below. 
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'On My Window, Flowers Bloom' 
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Monday, 15 April 2019

Hold Onto Your Heart:The Pansy Scallop Frames

This is my pattern which I use to guide me through the steps for completing Part 3
Here are my almost completed pansies in position on the background.
I pin the accurately cut pattern sheet in position on the background fabric which as the seam allowance all around marked a guideline. 
I make sure the centre of my pattern sheet is the centre of the background fabric: they need to nicely line up. 
When adding the scallop frame, I start by positioning the middle scallop down first
Like so
This is what my scallop frame looks like from the back. You can see I've turned the corners and I used glue to get those edge down.
I also use glue during these steps to get the scallop frame down.
And once the centre is down neatly, then put down the sides
As soon as the frame is down, press down firmly, you want the edges to stick
Once the frame is in position, you don't need the pattern sheet in position anymore.
Next, I double check the 'pointed' bits of the frame, I want them properly stuck down.
Then I turn my block over:
with the frame glued down into position, I now have 2 layers of fabric in position, which is unnecessary. So I'm going to cut away the background fabric. 
Do this extra carefully: I cut away one side, then the other, meeting at the centre scallop point.
I have left a seam allowance overlap when cutting so my frame is safely and securely snug in position
How stunning is the scallop pansy corner? I'm totally in love with it.
As you can see, I haven't finished my pansies - they have the extra overlap piece coming for their heads which I think I will stitch on the machine.
and it's time for the thread embroidery too..
But as I say and keep saying, there's no rush. 

Quilts as magnificent as this one, come together in their own time. Don't rush the process. 
 'Hold Onto Your Heart' is a paid BOM 
It's a breathtaking quilt full of meaningful symbols and beauty. The floral border is a triumph which offers an additional  pieced option - making it versatile for all skill levels. Perfect for lovers and enthusiasts of applique. 

You can start this BOM today! 
Be sure to visit my Online Quilt Group on Facebook where progress images are being shown all the time. It's a massive inspiration and I warn you, it's addictive!

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

WOW: Metres of Bias..

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Time for bias. Lots and lots of it. I can't decide which fabric (what's new, huh?) to use on Hold Onto Your Heart in the coming months, so I'm making tape out of the top three contenders. Yes, it means three times the work - but on the bright side, once you get into the swing of things, it usually starts coming together quicker than expected. And for the two tapes that don't make the cut - I'm sure I'll use them in another project. Bias tape in beautiful fabrics is something I can never have too much of.

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Monday, 8 April 2019

Forget Me Not: Like It? Make It!

I've had 'Forget Me Not' on my mind this past week: after all, there are 24 gorgeous but 'forgotten' quilt blocks out there and all of a sudden I can't stand it, I want to see them revived! I want to see them worked on and brought to life. This is the perfect quilt to grow with and learn on - from applique techniques to over painting and embellishing and as my own is buried deep in the WIP pile, it's time to brush off this pattern and make it current again.

So here it is, the entire mystery back from 2012, the complete pattern for just $4.80 for 48 hours. Buy it, make it and show it off for all of us to see, love and be inspired by. 
Forget Me Not
Complete Digital Pattern
Finished Size: 60 x 59 inches 
$39.95 USD

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

My 'Forget Me Not' Progress Blocks

'Forget Me Not' was released back in 2012 as a Mystery Quilt and is one of my earlier patterns. Because I'm always two steps ahead of myself, I was already onto the next quilt before I finished this one and it somehow became a WIP. It's always on my Must Finish List because it's so beautiful, but somehow.. well.. you know how it happens.. I simply haven't finished mine yet. I really do crave to see some Forget Me Nots out there and I do feel a bit guilty that I have let this design down by not finishing it. After seeing Bunny's two beauties yesterday, I'm going to share my own progress with you.
Here are some of my Forget Me Not blocks: as I mentioned in yesterdays post, each month there were 2 x floral blocks to pick from with the idea that no single quilt would be the same as everyone would have a different assortment of blocks picked out:
Sun and Cornflower Block
Tulip Block
Magnolia Block
Poppy Block
Jacob's Ladder Block
Hibiscus Block
Forget Me Not Block

These are just a small sample of the flower blocks : there are 24 in total and I will show them all off once I have completed my quilt top.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

'Forget Me Not' by Bunny

'Forget Me Not' is one of my early quilts. It isn't seen much because I never finished mine and there are hardly any photos of it about. My blocks are all done, but I simply haven't sewn up the top. The wonderful thing about Forget Me Not is that each month I released 2 x floral blocks with the idea that each quilter would pick one. What ended up happening is that many quilters couldn't decide between the blocks and made both - which allowed for 2 quilt tops. 

Bunny made both in these two colourways and I'm so grateful to her for these pictures because I know so many new members have never seen this quilt!

I love both colourways, they each shine in their own beauty. And I love all the flower blocks themselves, so it's impossible to pick a favourite. I'll just say I love them both equally. 

Thanks for sending these pics through Bunny - honestly I can't wait to see more Forget Me Nots in the future, it's such a beautiful quilt.
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'Forget Me Not' 
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Friday, 5 April 2019

'Secret Garden' by Bunny

'Secret Garden' by Bunny of Canada
We all know and love Bunny; she was a Moderator over in my Group for years and is still around as a fellow member now, offering good advice, encouragement and plenty of know how. In fact, although she's not a Moderator anymore, she'll always be an Honorary Moderator because she's a part of the fabric that is my Online Quilt Group. Bunny has made many -in fact, most of my quilts and they're all utterly beautiful. She's always an inspiration and her colour choices always leave a lasting impression. 

Here is her Secret Garden quilt top before quilting. I love these before pics, they're hugely motivating. My own Secret Garden is in a similar state - in need of quilting and I can't wait to show it off once it's finally finished. What can I say? It's on the WIP pile.. But back to Bunny - how harmonious are these colours? They're so beautiful, I just love how this quilt looks. 

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'Secret Garden' 
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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

WOW: Working on HOYH

  WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays  
Oh wow, look away now. I am driving myself crazy with selecting the right fabrics for my full colour HOYH quilt. I have been shopping up a storm, going backwards and forwards and ending up in a different place every time. And the worst thing is that I love every possibility and can't decide between them. I really thought I would struggle with my 'limited' pallette quilt, but actually it's this full colour version that's causing all the drama in my studio.
 There's no way you've been able to keep up with my flipping and changing. So here's my update: in the last week I've been torn between using this golden polka dot linen, the Fassett poka dot above and the Tula Pink polka dot in aqua below. All I know is, I have an issue with polka dots. The issue being, I can't get enough of them. 
I have these combinations up on my design wall where I can see them with 'fresh' eyes during the day. At some point I will commit. 
I just don't know when..

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