Wednesday, 13 December 2017

December Block Round up

Queen Emily from The Darling Dogwood  requested a bookshelf block for our final block in the  Bee Inspired group. She asked that we decide on a theme and add something else such as text on the books or something you might find on a bookshelf. I have a fair bit of Dr Suess fabric having been a huge fan when I was a youngster so the theme part was easy and I decided a storage box would be a simple addition to my shelf.

My Wayward Transparency quilt, made for the quilt along being hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, is still in the works. It’s an easy quick make unless you decide your fabric choices weren’t right and unpick it all like I did.

This is the first incarnation. I thought it was washed out and insipid looking and lacked the transparency effect it was supposed to have. All up I was very disappointed and considered a full new start.

I auditioned a few fabric replacements and decided it was worth the time and effort of a re-do. I have a feeling it would have taken less time to start again from scratch.

The Block 2 units are the easiest ones to un-sew and remake so I’ve gotten those done and I think it’s way better. The seams don’t match up so well this time but it’s a very forgiving pattern being a monochromatic design so I’m living with that.

This is going to be my last post of this year. I’ll be spending Christmas with family in Adelaide for the first time in ages. Whatever you do (and whatever you celebrate) I hope you have a great holiday season!


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November Block Round up

This month’s queen in Bee Inspired is Paige from Quilted BloomsHer block choice is one she designed herself and is based on the pines and colour of the clay near her house. It’s a very simple block but Paige’s planned layout looks stunning. You can find the tutorial and the story behind it here.

Paige is the star in this group with a book co-authored with Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs due out in February – Modern Plus Sign Quilts, among numerous other quilty accomplishments. 

The last block for the year for Stash Bee is this simple block for Diane. She requested a combination of bright colours and black and white prints. I think it should make a simple stunning quilt and I know the others in my hive have been seeing the potential in it. I’m not sure if the block has a tutorial elsewhere but you can find Diane’s here.

Sign-ups for next year’s Stash Bee are still open but will close soon I think so don’t think too long!

I started a new long term project this month. My plan is to make at least a couple of these blocks a month but we’ll see how that pans out. 

The block is effectively a Pickle Dish Variation variation and since I’ve modified it and lost the dish shape I’m going to call it my Hold the Pickle Quilt. At this stage I’m not sure just how many blocks I’m going to end up making, either 30 or 42. It’s a project that fascinates me since it’s a step out of my usual style and it will end up being a great scrap buster.

The decorations are all up in the shopping centres and Santa’s there for photo opportunities with the youngsters around here. Hope your Christmas sewing’s on track!


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Just a Little Improv

I’ve had a little experience in improv piecing with a couple of the bee blocks I’ve made but a full project? No. So I decided it was about time I had more of a go and what better project to take a foray into this technique with than a mug rug or two.

According to improv tutorials I read a common mistake is forgetting about the seam allowance and making the blocks smaller than you wanted. I made that one, and the whole mug rug could have been a little more generous in size if you ask me, but it still works and I’m using it *slurp* so it’s practical. They finish at around 4 inches by 6.

I’m a fan of Cindy Grisdela’s work so these pieces channel her influence and I quilted them in a fairly dense crosshatch with dark green thread.

After that experience I’m still keen to do more but it doesn’t really suit my control-freak-must-work-with-plan personality so the projects will likely stay small for a while.

What about you? Have you tried improv and what are your tips?

Till next time, enjoy your sewing