Sunday, 26 July 2015

St Louis Star 2

A winter cold and some less-than-exciting sewing (backings zzzzz) have conspired to rob me of my sewing mojo. In an attempt to get it back, I decided to do some purpose-less sewing yesterday. You know, just for fun.

I went hunting in Quilters Cache and looking for something to take my fancy. The  St Louis Star 2 block caught my eye. I'm not hugely keen on paper piecing but I'm really pleased with how this turned out. It might even be promoted to 'starter block' for our Monday Modern round robin.

Today I got back to work on my Treasure Map blocks after a bit of a revelation. It is soooooo much easier cutting on the bench (I'm sure most of you know this).

See that pen? It's a Frixon pen. This is my latest favourite-handy-thing. It makes nice dark lines for marking and then they just iron away. I found it at Ribbon Rose.

I have two quilts about to be dispatched to Carol Longarm. (That's not actually her name, but its the name she goes by in my head). I'll be so pleased to get these back and bound and finished.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Round robin with Monday Modern

Our Monday Modern group has decided to do a round robin starting next month. It's not going to be a secret round robin, instead we will share progress with each other each month. Not having done a round robin before I wasn't sure what to do for my starter block. A couple of the others have done paper pieced blocks, but my first attempt focused on colour and shape.

After seeing Karyn's block I visited Bubblestitch just in case I want version two to be a paper pieced block . I'm very taken with the wolf block pictured below. I suspect this is because my poem-of-the-moment is called "Little Red Cap" by Carol Ann Duffy. It's in a collection of poems called "The World's Wife", if there is even the tiniest smidgen of the feminist in you, you ought to check it out.

...As soon as he slept, I crept to the back
of the lair, where a whole wall was crimson, gold, aglow with 
Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head,
warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood.

from Little Red Cap by Carol Ann Duffy

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Moda building blocks update

Thank you for the suggestions you left in response to my last post 'Pondering'.
I have done some picking apart and adding in, and I think the whole thing is looking better now.

I remade a few blocks using a new fabric - the one in the centre block above. It picks up the blue and the green and is just generally quite lively. 

I then added a block of small blocks down the left hand side and put some strips of the low volume fabric in amongst the blocks to break them up. Unfortunately no picture of the whole thing yet, it's blowing a gale here today!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


I love going along to our Monday Modern meetings. There is always plenty to laugh about as well as food for thought.

Last night we heard from Linda talking about the process of her Lone Star makeover, and Heather who has done crazy bold things with her Moda Building blocks quilt. You can see what it used to look like here.

This caused me to head home from work in the daylight for once and take a better photo of my Moda BB quilt. You can guess where this is heading right?

My theme this year seems to be making quilts I'm not that fussed about and this one is no exception. I don't have any sort of art/design vocabulary to work with, so I'll just say it looks squished up, unbalanced and a bit grey. I didn't follow the original pattern layout because I wanted a smaller version and I suspect this is a major contributing factor.

This is what I'm pondering. Do I pick it apart and try to salvage it somehow, or just quilt it, bind it and give it away to the first interested passerby? The pondering is the result of the one block I really do love. (Top right corner).

Sunday, 10 May 2015

If at first you do not succeed...

I have learnt something important over the few short years that I have been quilting. If I start something and I don't really like it, continuing on will not make it grow on me.

I have been wanting to make an Irish chain quilt for a while now, and thought that a dark chain would look really dramatic with my AMH Folk Song fabric. Indeed it does look pretty dramatic.

Although the dark fabric looks black here, it is a peppered cotton and is in fact a dark charcoal (I think it might be called Carbon). Like many a super model I'm guessing, it photographs really well but in real life looks quite different. The result was way too heavy/dark for my taste.

This morning when I woke up and looked at the dark chain version, I knew that I couldn't love it no matter how much I wanted it not to be a waste of several hours of sewing. In version two I used Lecien Yarn Dyed Melange/Chambray in natural which I bought a while ago from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics for another project.

It is quite a different look but I'm much happier with it. I'm hoping that the chain effect will still be able to be seen when I have more of it completed. The melange/chambray is lovely soft material to work with and it looks like a linen without the bulk. This close up up might give you some sense of the textured look of the fabric.

Off I go now to spend some quality time with my seam ripper. Joy.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Flying farfalle {a finished quilt top}

After buying a bundle of Cotton and Steel and not loving it *gasp of horror all round*, I wanted to make something quick that I would be happy to give away. I remembered Flying Farfalle by Ashley at Film in the Fridge and thought the navy would look great as the 'farfalle'. I also decided to add in a few coloured ones for fun.

I think I'll end up giving it to a niece or nephew so I stopped when I thought it looked big enough for a little person. From memory it's 50.5"x 60" so I should be able to quilt it myself without too much of a wrangle!

Monday, 13 April 2015

2015 Finish-Along {Q2 list}

I wasn't sure about the whole Finish-Along thing to start with, but Q1 was ok so I'm joining in for Q2 as well :-)  I quite enjoy the 'keep the list manageable approach' so I'm going to continue only listing things in my Finish-Along goals that I have a shot at finishing.

1. This one must be a sure-ish thing? I have a quilt top, it just needs quilting!

2. I have nearly all the blocks for this 'Flying Farfalle quilt made, so hopefully I should be able to get this one finished and quilted too. 

3. I only have two blocks made for this flying geese project made with my precious Oakshott rubies. If I get this one pieced in time, it could be done in time as I'm hoping to get it longarmed.

4. I'm adding this as-yet-unnamed project to the list, just in case. I started making these simple blocks with some solids I have had laying about for ages. Not really sure where I'm going with it yet but it pays to be optimistic right?