Saturday, 27 June 2015

Soy Amado No.66

Taken on the coast, on and around one of the many German bunkers that line our coastline.



A bright and happy quilt.


And this is the back



Soy Amado No.66


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Colour

I like colour.

A lot.

If it's random colour I love it.

I'd had this pattern by Chris Jurd for a while and was keen to finally make it. Chris makes some absolutely stunning paper pieced quilts and I don't think it will be my last quilt of hers.



Now I know my style isn't to everyone because I think I muddy the waters when it comes to playing with values. So many times I see a quilt pattern that says (and this one didn't btw) 'take a dark, medium, light' or 'avoid big prints' 'for the best effect.

I disagree.

If you do that, you reveal the quilt pattern immediately and I find it's quite harsh on the eye.
If you soften the boundaries between colour values and sometimes merge those boundaries, you get a pattern that the eye searches to find and it slowly emerges.

And the whole time I am doing this, although it looks random, I am keeping an eye open for how the colours play within the values - and sometimes I get it wrong.

In the central flying geese block below, I had the idea to edge the block in a thin strip of lime green. I did it but it looked all wrong, stopped the flow of the quilt, so unpicked it and put a strip in of the same background fabric.


And I'm also actually thinking about the fabrics themselves.
My default is mad, large prints but a quilt with all those types of fabrics would look out of control.
So I've tried to use the big prints but mixed them in with tonal, quieter prints, just to give the eye somewhere to rest.

I also try to repeat some of the fabrics so there is some semblance of continuity within the pattern.

I just want to try and create quilts that have energy, are exciting to look, that hold interest and above all, have a feeling of fun and warmth.

All fabric is good fabric, including this kiwi.



And I still think the use of brown is key to the warmth I think appears in the quilts I make.
I wish more quilters embraced their inner brown.



Not sure how I'm going to quilt this one yet but it will get done as this is my new favourite 'for me' quilt.




Saturday, 30 May 2015

Every little scrap counts

The left over 3 1/2" squares from my Hatchet block quilt were sitting in my quilt room when I popped in to get a tape measure the other day.

I am obviously easily side-tracked because over the next few days, I kept returning to them and eventually ended up with this.



I sewed four of the squares together to make a (wait for it) 4-patch square.
Then I decided to sash them in either a variety of shot cottons, dotty or striped fabric.


There was no real master plan.
I was just having fun faffing. (I've linked that last word because according to comments left on my IG post, Americans do it but don't know what it's called).

I added a couple of borders; one skinny, one not so skinny, and called it done.




Completely love the backing fabric.
Completely forgot I had it until I started rootling.


Yesterday, my first Massdrop purchase arrived - a selection of Tulip needles.


I'd heard only good things about Tulip needles (they're a Japanese brand) and I was keen to try them out.
Nice packaging but for $35 this is what I got.


I'm not sure if that constitutes good value - which is what Massdrop is supposed to be all about. I used one of the generic sewing needles (purple label) to sew the binding down. Initial thoughts are the needle is super smooth, felt good quality but didn't feel as delicately sharp at picking up a tiny bit of fabric. Several times I found I'd gone through to the front. It's early days though and I haven't tried them all yet. Would be interested to hear if anyone else has used this brand before.



Linking up to Finish It Up Friday


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Blogger's Bundle Winner

I ran the giveaway to win my Blogger's Bundle across both this blog and IG with the idea I'd amalgamate both sets of comments and pick a winner.



Then I wondered if you'd think it was unfair if you were the winning number but because I'd added the IG comments first and then the blog comments, that then you weren't.

Does that make sense to you?

It does to Fat Quarter Shop because they have very kindly agreed to give two bundles away.
One here and one over on IG.

So, the winner here is


which was 




Thank you to everyone who entered.

And to end on - a little quilt pretty: the result of the 3 1/2" left over squares from my hatchet quilt, mixed up with some dots and shot cottons.
I still think scrap quilts are the best.




Monday, 25 May 2015

Soy Amado No. 65

I've had a couple of months off from making these quilts but the quilted blocks have still been coming in. In one particular pile from Mina in Texas, there were quite a few blocks with white round the edges and I thought they would make a really interesting quilt.

So interesting, I came out of self-imposed Soy Amado exile to make them up into No. 65.



It's slightly breezy out there today and especially so at the coast, so what follows are not the calmest of quilt pictures.



Best one of the back I'm afraid.


And the backdrop in all its glory.



In keeping with the all white theme, I was planning on using only white for the binding. Then I found a backing off cut from my last quilt - hatchet block. I liked the tiny flash of red it gave so added that to the binding length.


And then I found a spot to get one final (and slightly calmer) shot of the front of the quilt.


Friday, 22 May 2015

Giveaway Time

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Earlier in the year, I got the opportunity to put together a Blogger's Choice Bundle for the Fat Quarter Shop

One of the best parts for me of the whole quilting hobby thing, is the putting together of fabrics. I also lucked out on the fabrics I was asked to choose from as there was Cotton & Steel, Jen Kingwell and Kaffe Fassett in there.

You have to choose from little images off the computer screen so it wasn't as easy as I thought it was. I wanted to go for really mad and bold colours that were not so off-the-wall that they didn't go together, as well as being mindful of offering a choice of tones.

I hope I succeeded.



Fat Quarter Shop is very kindly giving one bundle away.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me who your favourite(s) fabric designer is at the moment and why.
Extra comment for followers just because I think if you've hung around a while it's fair - in that comment tell me the temperature where you are.

All random comments, just like my Blogger's Choice Bundle.

Giveaway stays open until Wednesday 27 May, after which I will use Random Number Generator to pick a winner.

Good luck.

Friday, 8 May 2015

A hatchet block quilt.

The hatchet block.

A ridiculously easy block to put together that gives you endless design possibilities.

This is all you need.



The set on the left requires the large square to be light and the two smaller squares dark.
The set on the right is the dark/light reversal.

What size large square you start off with is entirely up to you. I went with a 5" square so I could use some pre-cut charm squares.

The smaller squares MUST be BIGGER than half the size of the larger square for you to get the hatchet effect (so think of the larger square as the hatchet handle and the smaller squares as the chopping blade). They need to stick out either side of the handle but how wide you make them is up to you.

Half the 5" square would be 2 1/2", so I made my smaller squares 3". The bigger you make the smaller squares, the narrower the larger square will become. On reflection, I would have gone up to 3 1/2"for a more pronounced hatchet effect but I still like it as it is.

Place the smaller square as per below - right sides of fabrics facing.


I've pencil marked the sewing lines but in reality I don't bother - I just eyeball.

Once you've sewn, cut off the excess fabric.


And you should be left with a block looking like this.



After that, it's just a question of playing around to get a design you like.


I chose to make the centre darks with solids, then two rounds of pattern,then a round of solids and so on.


And the back - which was my first time using the IKEA Nummers fabric.
I'll be doing that again as I bought a whole roll.




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