Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brit Sewing Thursday - New York Beauty

Just Sew Sue

The last Thursday of April. Where did the month go? I've had a fairly productive month as I've stayed at home to encourage my eldest to study and I've had a nasty cough for a month too. I won't say it has gone as I did that yesterday and promptly had a coughing fit.

Much to Jane's disgust I have finished my New York beauty cushion. This was a Craftsy pattern and a bargain at $3. If you haven't yet discovered Craftsy, I have an affiliate link in my side bar if you'd like to sign up. Do try some of the many free classes too.

I love this cute Buddha ant. I don't know who gave me this fabric. I always love other people scraps, they are so much more interesting than my own scraps. The franked background fabric is from The Running Chicken which I bought at Knit & Stitch last month.
 I quilted from point to point in the middle circles which joined up to make a star. I didn't have a long enough ruler for my long arm so I quilted it on my Bernina with Aurifil thread. I need to add a long arm straight ruler to my shopping list.

I am really pleased with the back of the cushion which was made up from bits from my black scrap bag. I tipped the bag onto the table and pieced bits together, chopping and straightening as I went along. Strange though how the scrap bag seems to be as full as when I started. I then quilted the back in straight lines spaced 1/2" apart with a few random smaller spaced lines. Then I bound it with another black fat quarter from my stash.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One of two

Jane has patiently (most of time) waited for me to quilt my Eisteddfod entries (February) then get my long arm fixed. This is one of a pair of quilts for her mother's spare room.

The pattern of Japanese Clouds really stands out on the reverse of the quilt which is quilted with Aurifil white thread.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday mail

We haven't had any mail since Thursday due to no deliveries on Saturdays and a bank holiday on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Annie told me to expect my fabric order today (yes I was being impatient) and it did arrive.
These are all fabrics for my Aviatrix quilt. The timing is perfect as this week we are to cut out our fabrics. Last week I also received a laminator that I'd ordered from Amazon. My plan is to laminate my fabric reference page from the instructions with all the 1" squares of each fabric I've cut out and carefully stuck on as reference. with over 30 fabrics to play with this chart is going to be essential.

Annie has labelled all of the Kona solids for me which is also a very useful reference. I have a Kona chart but it's already out of date and many of the greys used in this quilt were not on the chart.
I also ordered a bottle of Flatter to try - it's starch without the starch. This is the yuzu scented version. We first came across the fruit yuzu when selecting macarons in St Malo. I fancy a day trip to St Malo soon.
Today I'm quilting one of a pair of quilts for Jane. We loaded it up ready to quilt and then found one of the leads to the motors wasn't connected. I go into panic mode with anything technical, but fortunately Jane reminded me that it wasn't a lead in the wrong place as I'd quilted another quilt since the machine came back from being serviced. It took me a while to find the right lead, of course it was the one you can't see!!  I also want to finish binding my New York beauty cushion today to include in Show & tell at our guild tonight.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

I hand stitched the binding of my Hugs & Kisses quilt last night whilst watching rubbish on television. I don't like the current trend of Britains's Got Talent to bring overseas professionals to compete.
I used more of the Ikea Bitten fabric on the back which I hand dyed. I'm using the last piece to quilt the New York Beauty today. I also used the same fabric for the binding. I hope the weather is better where you live than it is here. It's wet and horrid so a perfect day to quilt (me) or study (Matthew). 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Back in business

Hooray, my long arm arrived back on Thursday. Yesterday Matthew helped me put it on the frame. Ten minutes later, I had connected all the cables and it was ready to go.
It didn't take too long to quilt my Hugs & Kisses quilt. It was already loaded onto the leaders so I just had to Velcro the leaders back onto the rails. I used a pantograph called Cusco with a tropical theme to reflect the fabrics I'd used.

When I'd finished that quilt, there was enough wadding and backing for my New York Beauty block. However my rulers weren't long enough to do what I wanted, so I've basted it ready to quilt on my Bernina.
Today's job is to sew on the binding on the Hugs & Kisses. I may put another of my quilts on the machine tomorrow, ready to quilt tomorrow and then Jane is coming around on either Monday or Tuesday to help me load her two quilts. She has been very patient for these and finished another whilst waiting.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New York Beauty - Brit Sewing Thursday linky

Just Sew Sue

Another week has flown by. The good news is my cough seems to be going after a month of discomfort, drugs, nebulizer and Vitamin C. Also my long arm should have come in on last night's boat. I am now stalking the UPS tracking so that I can swoop down and pick it up once it has been logged as arrived. Customs did a quick job of clearing it yesterday so there should be no delays today. Still waiting for my aviatrix fabric to be delivered.

Jane sent me a link to Flickr on Sunday, asking where she might get the pattern for it. Fortunately I identified the block as New York beauty with flying geese and in two clicks of my mouse I'd found it on Craftsy. So what is a girl to do. :)

This morning I inset the centre circle, which won't dominate quite as much once I've appliqued the centre smaller circle. I changed the pattern, and have joined the pieces into a circle so as to eliminate the seams in the centre circles and the background.

So just the circle to be inset into the background and the centre circle to be appliqued

Sometimes when you live in a place like Jersey, you forget how lucky you are. yesterday morning I went geocaching in the Portelet area and I sat down to write a log, looking at this view. Just one dog and owner on the beach. It is a four hundred feet hike back up and my breathing was wheezy to say the least.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


You know I just can't resist a good quilt along and another took my fancy at the weekend. - Aviatrix by Elizabeth Hartman. Elizabeth's solids version is pictured above. The schedule starts today with selecting fabrics. I bought the pattern on Saturday and impatiently waited to hear what the background fabric was, whilst digging out my Kona shade card to match up some prints and plain fabrics from my stash.

I even had an attempt at being organised. I printed out the pattern twice. The first time the printer didn't have enough coloured ink so I attached the black and white copy of the fabric chart to the second copy of the pattern and stuck in a 1" square of each fabric that I chose. You can see that I was pretty successful and have all of the fabrics chosen from my stash cut up. I have then ordered the remainder from The Village Haberdashery and I hope they'll be here by Wednesday. Each colour family will have three printed fabrics and two plains. This was more by chance than design.

With Matthew's help I put together my Ikea trolley which Jenny was kind enough to buy for me in France. I have bagged up each border of Aviatrix in its own labelled bag ready to sew each week. The scraps are also in a separate bag just in case I need them.

And because I find just cutting for hours on end, very boring, I've put together a few blocks. These are for borders 2 and 5. I will finish these once the other fabrics arrive and I will finish the preparation before starting the centre block.