Thursday, 15 September 2011

Peaceful Pathways: Part 2 is launched

Peaceful Pathways: Roads and valleys that run up, down and over, wind and turn. Of course, there are endings, sharp corners and crossroads.

How is everyone faring with Peaceful Pathways so far? I’ve seen many beautifully embroidered text blocks by machine and hand and I'm looking forward to seeing what you all get up to this month.
With the 4 centre square blocks completed, I’m already thinking about the kind of quilting that would work on the pathways. I’m considering white quilted feathers at this stage.
If you are making Peaceful Pathways, do consider joining my Yahoo BOM Group. Membership is and always will be free. It’s a great place to discuss the pattern, share ideas and post photos of your progress.
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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

WOW: GoBaby Brights Quilt

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday

Yes, I've been working on my GOBaby Quilt again

I’m thinking about a border of half square triangles – done the fast and easy way of course.

I love it. I’ve already got plans for the next top and a few projects too. I didn’t think I’d be this excited about a cutting tool, but I have been pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

It’s Tomorrow, Today

Update: 10:55am

Yes, I am using fusible throughout. That way I can simply iron into place. I plan to satin or buttonhole stitch afterwards.

I am still considering my options - because fusible is too expensive to use as freely as I want. I have so many plans. I'm thinking about glues like liquid stitch? But since it's not readily available where I am, I am thinking this through.

With fusible, even with the added cost, I still feel the advantages outweigh the cost. I am really still experimenting and deciding as I go. I will keep you posted. Working with this easy cutter is still new to me.

So if you have any thoughts, please share them, I'd love to know.

Oops, I forgot to post my GOBaby progress. Where was I? Oh yes, here we are
As I mentioned in my previous post, going straight into arrangement without cutting is a lot of fun and I’ve been playing around with brights. I have some projects – a bit different to what I normally do, that I’ve been meaning to make for some time. But you know how it is. With so many WIPs on the go, I never find the time. And to be frank, I haven’t been motivated to organise and cut…for the sake of experimenting.
Until now...

Still going ... will update again
tomorrow for WOW

Monday, 12 September 2011

Thank You Wyndham Quilters

Well, I had a lovely time on Saturday, guest speaking at the Quilt In. Being a Guest Speaker is really such an honor and something I enjoy so much. Sometimes when talking about your quilts (or looking through them) do you sometimes surprise yourself?
I do. I forget sometimes how many quilts I’ve made. It doesn’t feel like it as you work through each quilt, but after a few years (I’ve been quilting for 11) it starts to add up.
As per the theme, I wore black and white and my something bright was my lipstick.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Come and See Me Today

I've got my black and white...still sorting out the little bit bright part.
I have 10 minutes before I leave, so I'm thinking fast!

If you can, do visit the Wyndham Quilt In,
it's going to be a great day!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

AccuQuilt GoBaby

I’ve heard a lot about GoBaby and no doubt, you have too. I’ve been wanting to try one out myself for a while now, so I was really happy to receive this machine from AccuQuilt last week in order to do just that.
If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of beautiful fabric you want to put to use. The idea of quick cutting really appeals to me. And I have to say, the GoBaby does not disappoint.
Yesterday I pulled some brights from my stash and started playing. How easy is it?
Prepare the fabric
I cut several layers at a time
And put the plastic cover on and roll it through

As I'm rolling these through,
I'm daydreaming about how wonderful it would be
if all applique were this easily cut...

The result is perfectly cut shapes

I keep the cut away fabric, I like these ‘negative’; stamped cuttings, I know I will use them to great effect somewhere, possibly a border.

When I ordered the bird, daisy and feather dies, I knew straight away that I wanted to applique brights on a plain white background – I want a fresh and vibrant feeling quilt.

This is not my usual kind of quilt - and that's what I was after. Something that allows me to experiment more than usual. I have a lot of tools that, honestly, I don't get much use out of.

It's always a dilemna when I find new interestings things. Will I use it? Will I really use it?

I can see so many possibilities with this tool

Something a little whimsy. Something to have fun puzzling together, because this is how it feels, with the cutting done you are simply putting what you want, where you want.

This is my progress in one afternoon….
Today I will iron down my designs and show you what I got up to, tomorrow

In the meantime, why not take advantage of Accuquilts current free offer?
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

WOW: A Very Exciting Arrival

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Last week a little something special arrived in the shape of a parcel...

I was sick with the flu, so I wasn't able to enjoy it. I left it to sit on my studio table, surrounded by my shelves of fabric that this machine is going to help me conquer.

Oh yes, I have a lot of fabric and ideas. Today, I unpacked it and those ideas are shaping into a day of doing.....

Stay Tuned....

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