Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday sewing

Another FQR project has been dug out of my stuff to be worked on. This was taught by Amy Smart and is from her book Fabulously Fast Quilts.

I was frustrated by my lack of progress during the class as I struggled to get the unfamiliar sewing machine to sew properly. I then changed machines and found sewing a quarter inch seam a struggle too. Hopefully I can "fix" any differences in block sizes as I go along.

I pulled out a jelly roll by Sweetwater for Moda and took out the predominantly red strips. I then stepped out of my comfort zone of white background fabrics and chose this spotty fabric by Makower. It looks very odd in the first photo, but the close up shows it's just a regular spotty fabric. I have all of the strip sets sewn together. Tomorrow's task is to sub cut the strips into 2.5" chunks whilst my long arm does its thing. I'd like to finish this quilt for Matthew to take to Uni at the end of September. Hmm, a tad ambitious perhaps? I plan to use the 22 leftover strips to make the border and binding if possible.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

No trip to Sark today

After I dashed to the shops at 7.30 am to buy milk and juice, I returned to a text to say the forecast was dodgy with the wind pushing 17 knots and a 6ft swell. Not ideal for a 12 seater RIB. Never mind, we all have an extra day to do stuff - Nick is cleaning the garage, Matthew is shortening his shower curtain and I've finished a FQR 2014 project.

When I saw the details of this class with Brioni, I picked out colours to go with our kitchen. On my return Lizzie said it was perfect for the kitchen. The reds are just scraps from my scrap bags as were the black half square triangles.

At The Festival of Quilts I bought some of this franked fabric in black and having used the white version on the front, I thought this was perfect for the back. I quilted half inch straight lines on the back of the cushion. On the front I did blanket stitch around the petals, quilted the seam between the four flowers and around the black border.

I did consider doing a scrappy red binding, but soon found the remainder of the red dot fabric from another, as yet unfinished project from FQR. The binding was soon on, and stuck down with quarter inch seam a seam tape on the reverse, a couple of rows of straight stitching on the front and then a decorative feather stitch on the front and it's finished. well all apart from one press stud which is half done. I was going to use a new pack of bigger studs but couldn't work out how to attach them so I need to order some more from Amazon.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Moda Modern Building Blocks

I spotted this quilt on the internet a few months ago and immediately started looking for a source to buy the pattern and found that you could pre-order it from Sew and Quilt. So I pre-ordered a copy for me and one for Jane (without telling Jane). However Jane asked me about two weeks ago where the pattern could be downloaded and I admitted to already having it on pre-order.

Fig Tree are also doing this as a Block of The Month using their own signature colours. In the UK Justine at Simply Solids is doing it as a Block of the Month using the original Bella Solids by Moda.
I understand the UK distributor was taking delivery of the patterns on Wednesday, so mine should be here next week. Happy dance. What do you think about doing this over the twelve months as a sew along? There are 48 blocks which makes for easy maths and I thought of breaking the blocks down into the seven sections shown in the Block assembly handout. I am going to start with blocks 1,5 and 6 to complete section B and block 4 from section D.
My colours:
Low volume for the backgrounds instead of eggshell
Modern fabrics in similar colours to the Bella solids
If you'd like to join in, come back on 15 September to share your fabric pull and on 1 October to share your first four blocks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Siblings Together update

That's a relief, I found the wallet of blocks to add the two I received this week and I even found my own block. I believe I have two still to come. And the month isn't over yet. These girls are quick. Several, including me, have already done their September blocks.

Seeing these on my design wall I was wondering whether I needed to make some more blocks to make it square. However I moved Jane's green block and it looks better balanced.

Ladies have used lots of my favourite fabrics - text, Bonnie & Camille, pearl bracelets and more.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mani pouch

This pouch from the free Noodle head pattern at Robert Kaufman has been 90% made for about two months. As my mojo seems to be on holiday I've been attempting some easy finishes. This is one of my successes.

Pretty ribbon, I'm sure you realise that I added this to cover up a mistake. Practise using the Prym fasteners before using them on your finished article is all I'll say!!

This is designed as a manicure pouch but is best for flat bottles such as the Sephora polishes. It could also be used to hold four reels of cotton in the top section and scissors and needles in the zipped section. If you'd like to try your hand at Zippy pouches, Sirens WI have a zippy bag session on Saturday, 13th September at ST Saviour's Parish Hall. E-mail me if you'd like further details.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A bit more sewing

Mary is the Queen Bee over at Siblings Together for September. She drew up this plan for her quilt for the charity in Touchdraw. I've done the Touchdraw session at FQR twice and still haven't used it. I like the free Quilt assistant programme for block drawing, so haven't pushed myself to use Touchdraw.
I found a great blue fabric immediately and set about cutting, oops I cut it 6" wide and not 6.5", so I dived into my purchases from Festival of Quilts for this great honeycomb print and also the spectacles. This quilt is designed for a boy, so I hope my choices are okay.
Don't forget if you'd like to participate in one of these bees, Siblings Together 2 are looking for two new additions to their group.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A little bit of stitching

Jane was the Bee Mama for the Siblings Together Quilt Bee for July and has received all of her blocks back. Her dilemma was whether to include two blocks on the reverse or make three more to make a quilt 6 blocks by 5 blocks. Both Jo and I offered to make an extra block so here is mine. Her blocks so far look great.
If anyone would like to join the Siblings Together 2 bee, we are looking for two extra ladies and we will be working from stash. Visit the Flickr pool for an idea of what was made in 2013/14. The blocks tend to be a quick make and can be sewn along with a bigger project.