Monday, 11 November 2013

DUDQS {finished}

I managed to get my doll quilt finished over the weekend - I will be pleased to get it posted away tomorrow and tick it off my 'things to do' list. I'm off to London then Copenhagen on Friday (taking my thesis 'on tour' in a manner of speaking) so the list is quite long!

I had fun creating some little Liberty blocks then setting them into Essex linen. Then it was the trusty old straight line quilting treatment which does create lovely texture. 

I couldn't resist packing up the parcel with some yummy jaffas - a little kiwi treat for my swap buddy :-)

My next task is to get some more TP hexies basted so I can take some hand-stitching with me on my travels. Carolyn from Monday Modern showed me her 'plane safe' scissors and now I have some of my very own - so cute!!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Penny Patch QAL

I remember calling one of my posts not so long ago 'a thing for solids', and when I look back at the quilts I have made, I see solids have featured a lot.

But lately I have become more interested in quilts that have some depth and texture and find myself wanting to experiment with finding ways to explore that idea. I credit Alison over at Little Island Quilting for this change in direction, I'm just completely smitten by her quilts. I'm starting to see some different effects are made possible when you think about making a quilt that doesn't have any solids in it. Enter the scrappy Starburst quilt by Jen Kingwell, and now the Penny Patch.

Rachel at Stitched in Color has kindly created the Penny Patch QAL.  I loved the original colours in her Vintage Tangerine quilt and when she created a fabric stack that incorporated fabrics similar to the original fabrics she used, and I realised that I had quite a few of the fabrics in my stash, it seemed liked quilty destiny ;-)