Monday, 16 April 2012

Calla Lily Block

Details from my Calla Lily Block from Part 3 of my Mystery BOM: Forget Me Not.
Well, it was only a matter of time until the lily block arrived and here it is.

The technique used for the lily is turn edge applique, just like my Peony block last month.
 Once again, I used pencils shading to add some green around the yellow stamens.

Sewing the leaf lines. Like last month, I am sewing the back of the leaf so that the 'wrong side' becomes the right side and the the bobbin work is what you see on the front of the leaf.

I do this because I used thicker / heavier thread to achieve this look. This is done before the leaf shape is cut out, it just makes working the stitches so much easier.

 You can of course embroider the foliage background, I opted to sew it in

The pattern calls for tiny red points at the tips of the background foliage. I haven’t added these in yet as I am undecided on how or if I will do them. Because my background is yellow, I am still yet to decide if they work or not. 
The red tips might be too much…or I might change the tip colour so that it doesn’t stand out as vividly as red- on -yellow is certain to! These are the little changes that need to be considered when working with your selected backgrounds.
What will yours look like?

Tomorrow: details of the Cosmos block!

Esther’s Free BOM
‘Forget Me Not’ is my current free BOM
Blocks are available via my Yahoo BOM Group or Website only.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Forget Me Not Part 3 is launched!

This month we are creating either a beautiful Calla Lilly block or a joyful Cosmos block, the choice is yours! Remember, you need only make one block per month. I am making both because I am making 2x quilts ( 2 x DDs!) and the real pleasure of this is that no two Forget Me Not Quilts will be the same.

Over in my Yahoo BOM Group you can download the current block for free. The other advantage is the helpful chat we exchange with each other – sharing ideas and sharing photos. I have to say, whilst I love the chatter, seeing the newly posted photos of blocks is a real highlight of my day!
The Corn and Sunflower and Peony Blocks from last month look amazing, I am so impressed with what you have all done with them!
Tomorrow I will post up close pics of the block…

Esther’s Free BOM
‘Forget Me Not’ is my current free BOM
Blocks are available via my Yahoo BOM Group or Website only.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sneaky Peek!

Who's ready for Part 3 of
Forget Me Not Mystery BOM, released tomorrow?

here's a sneaky peek of what to expect...

Esther’s Free BOM

Forget Me Not
is my current free mystery BOM

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

WOW: Easter Egg Cozy

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday

Easter Egg Cozy is finished! I love it!

I was going to pop a chocolate Easter egg beneath my bunny cozy, but can you believe, there's no chocolate...Easter kind or otherwise in the house. So Easter Bunny is decidedly healthy this year and warming a better kind of egg.

I added some felt flowers around the edge
and voila! here he is, front and back

This week's linky will last longer than usual
so that you can share any last minute Easter items with everyone!

2017 update
This pattern was released for free to my online quilting BOM Group back in 2012. It is no longer available for free, It can be purchased for $2 USD as an instant download PDF digital pattern. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Easter 2012 Project

Easter Egg Cozy

I think this little bunny is too cute, he's from my sketchbook and the fabrics are all from my stash, so he's a stash busting bunny! 
After drawing him onto my fabric, I stitched the outline on my machine with wool wadding behind to give him some shape. Looking at the reverse image (below) I realised that he would look pretty cute the wrong side up too.

Then I coloured him in with Prismascolor pencils and Indian Ink

Then I outlined the overall shape and cut him out with a seam allowance

 Heat set the pencil work
Select the egg cozy background. I opted for felt.

Stitch the bunny down, turning the seam allowance edges as you go. You could also raw edge applique him if you wanted to.
And lightly stuff to puff out the bunny shape as you stitch
Don't forget his tail...
and this is the shape you will end up with. Simply stitch the outline together to create the cozy. I used 1 inch felted wool for the bottom edge you see here, cut with pinking shears.

I will post pics of my finished cozy tomorrow...

2017 update
This pattern was released for free to my online quilting BOM Group back in 2012. It is no longer available for free, It can be purchased for $2 USD as an instant download PDF digital pattern. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

WOW: Playing with my Domestic

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Everyone needs to practice their domestic machine quilting! As it's been a while, I decided to warm up my trusty 1950's Elna and quilt some freehand. I am thinking about how I might like to quilt my Forget Me Not BOM when the time comes, and it's never too soon to start thinking about how to enhance the flower blocks.

trying out some decorative stitches ...

Monday, 26 March 2012

The “Pandora’s Box” of Quilting

Update: 27 March:
Thanks to everyone for commenting and leaving your opinions -all of which are equally valid and interesting. I really think that this whole issue is something that as quilters we need to dialogue about.... it could effect any of us and I personally don't want quilting to 'look' or feel like this. By this I mean uneasiness and anxiety around the creation and exhibition of our work.

I did want to mention that I know the issue being discussed relates to the printing of an image on a tote bag for promotional reasons, however the printed image in question was not a re-print of the printed fabric, but was an image of a project which featured the fabric. Therefore, the question of quilters / designers/ printed fabrics and creation rights still stands as a concerning and I think unresolved question.

Here is an updated link that you might like to read if you have been following this issue:

Please read these blog links to see what I am talking about.
Imagine this: you design and create a quilt (or project) using commercially available printed fabrics. Perhaps you’re a well-known quilter publishing a book of your work and perhaps a fabric manufacturer sends you some fabrics to create your projects with. So far, this all sounds rather ordinary, yes? Now, imagine that the designer of the fabric range you used in your project sees your published book and decides to sue you, the quilter ($150,000) for breaching their licence. Unlikely? Impossible? Ridiculous?
I have been following the development of this very same scenario over the last week with great interest, concern and annoyed confusion.
I really feel that the Pandora’s Box of Quilting has had its lid pulled off…and the implications may not be nice for quilters.
  • How often do quilters see a quilt pattern and decide to purchase the very same fabrics used in the original quilt? Very often in my experience.
  • How often do quilters go out of their way to ask the designer what range of fabrics were used in a particular quilt? Very often in my experience.
  • How often have you purchased a fat quarter with no selvedge or fabric manufacturer details (not the retailer) listed anywhere on the fabric? Very often in my experience.
  • How often have you been pleased to know what range a fellow quilting blogger is using in a shared pattern or design? Pretty much always? Almost expect as much?
What are the implications of this situation? Does it mean that quilters are not able to create designs with commercially available printed fabrics free from the worry of being sued? Even when the fabric manufacturer sends it on to them? Are we all exposed to being potentially sued by designers who didn’t issue written permission or approval to us specifically to feature their fabrics on our blogs? Does this mean that, as a quilting blogger I am not allowed to show what fabrics I am using, creating and or simply like?
I don’t sell any fabrics and I don’t receive any monetary value from listing what fabrics I like or select for projects here on my blog. I know that the issue at hand is regarding a quilter publishing a book which included her projects being made up with a designer’s fabrics (which are commercially sold and available and in this instance were provided to the quilter for use), so my question is, if quilting fabrics aren’t allowed to be exhibited or shown or published as used examples without the permission of the designer…what are quilting fabrics for? Should we all be working with solids and hand dyes exclusively? Or are we simply not allowed to show and exhibit or publish any works which involve printed fabrics? And what are the implications for Quilt Shows and Festivals?
Surely quilted fabrics are made to be used in quilting and associated projects, so what’s the problem? Should designers have an avenue to sue quilters for promoting their own work using fabrics that were designed by someone else…and who’s designs were sold for the express purpose of quilting?
Anyone who follows my blog, website or is a member of my Yahoo Bom Group knows how seriously I take Copyright – it always matters. But is this really about Copyright? Surely designing a quilting fabric range means you expect quilter’s to use it?
This issue raises so many questions…for quilters and bloggers. If you blog, you are publishing.  So these questions are important.  It’s something I really think all quilters should be talking about, blogging about and expressing an opinion about.
Do I have to ask every single designer’s permission before sharing commercially sold fabric on my blog? Is that even possible? I couldn’t possibly discover the designer of each fabric range and writing to a manufacturer like Moda would take months.
This is my blog and this is my personal opinion. I sincerely hope that I don’t offend anyone because that is not my intention. But I am one of many quilters now questioning my design possibilities. I love finding new fabric ranges…will that have to stop now?
I have removed all Kate Spain’s fabric from my range, which is a shame because I love her work…but really, who needs the worry and heartache? And who wants to ask permission for every single fabric I use? I use hundreds of fabrics. Even in a scrap quilt??
Also, regarding selvedge’s on the fabrics ( when they are there), should they really tell us specifically what they mean by Rights Reserved? If something is Copyrighted, I am the first person to abide with it. However, I didn’t think quilting fabric was copyrighted to the extent that it couldn’t be shown once used.
What do you think?

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