Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Quick One

Took my Bloggers' Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop

Actually, now I've posted that pic, I realise I've unintentionally left one of the fabrics out but never mind.

I took all the majority of the fabrics, made them into Flying Geese units, added random solid scraps to make each unit a square, played around until I got a design I liked.
Then I sewed it all together, cut out the pansy fabric individually, spray basted each one to where the solids intersected on the quilt and then secured them in place by quilting quite close (ish) together.

I wonder if I could get a job as a pattern writer...

And that was that.

Oh and I used a black polka dot for the binding.

And I found a rather funky backing fabric in a local shop here. It has the smallest selection of fabric I've ever seen but a rootling rummage did reveal a few hidden gems.

And you could probably knock the whole thing up over a rainy summer's weekend.

Because we know a thing or two about them round these parts.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

I'm stumped

What am I supposed to call this post?

I Finished Another Quilt?

Here's Another Quilt I Made?

I don't name my quilts and I have long since passed the imagined necessity of making quilts because we need one on every bed in the house. And the people who have ever vaguely expressed a passing interest or shown any slight love for my quilts - they have got one too.

And what about the people I know who don't ask: who have babies and engagements and weddings and birthdays. I'm afraid they've all had one too.

So this is a quilt finish for no other reason than because I like making quilts.

You can see the original blurb about the making of this quilt here.

That was back in December of last year and it's sat in a corner of my sewing room because, to be honest, the one part of the quilting process I really do dislike is the laying out of the backing, batting and top and the putting of the three layers together, ready for quilting. If it's a fairly large quilt, I've got to be in the right frame of mind to do it...otherwise it sits to one side.

When I am feeling extremely lazy (as was the case this time), I lay the backing fabric on the floor, then the batting and finally the top. They're all kind of sitting on top of each other but I haven't done any of the usual smoothing out and I haven't used masking tape to adhere the backing to the floor...as I usually do.

On this occasion, I just scoop all three layers up and fix my hand quilting ring to the middle of the quilt (so it is nice and taut and smooth) and start lightly hand quilting.

Once it is secure, and the layers are together without any puckers, I then switch to the sewing machine. Especially, as in this case, I wanted to practice my mediocre free motion quilting skills.

The backing is not going to win any awards for creative application.

It was more a case of hunting through my stash and using some fairly old fabrics I had, which I thought went well enough with the limited colour scheme of the front of the quilt.

And that is it.

I Finished Another Quilt.

I think the actual colours are probably most true on this picture

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Soy Amado No. 68

Soy Amado No. 68

Bright, primary (well if we ignore the pink and the purple) colours.

I am still enjoying making these.
I know I'm not going at them with the same intensity as last year but I think that's why I'm still enjoying them.

Each time I work on something else, or I have a little tidy and come across scraps of fabric, I cut them up into 1" and 1 3/4" strips, put them in a cardboard box, wait until it starts to look full and then pull out 20 blocks to assemble into a Soy Amado quilt and use up some of the strips.

Sometimes I have enough to go right across one section with the same strip of fabric but most of the time I don't and I actually think that works better with the whole scrappy feel to each quilt.

Soy Amado. No. 68

Thanks for your comments in my previous post about blogging versus Instagram.

Fear not, this is still my preferred medium.

Maybe not as frequently as I would like but still staying here.
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