20 July 2019

Planning new Projects!

I showed the fabrics I bought for a new quilt in my last post, I am making Cherish by Tales of Cloth it's an English Paper Pieced pattern and destined to be another long term handwork project :)

I have had loads of fun matching fabrics and cutting out the pieces for the first few blocks

I pieced one block and yes I really like it!

I even found the perfect backing and binding fabric on sale

While it is all very lovely buying new fabrics for a project I am conscious of the fact that my scrap baskets are full to bursting. This is just a small section (!)

I am really good at saving all my scraps, I am really bad at using them! After 20+ years of quilting they are in danger of getting out of control! I really admire quilters like Karen who make fabulous scrap quilts all the time.

One of the challenges I set myself this year was to try and use what I have, so when this month's issue of Quiltmania arrived I was thrilled to see at least two quilts that I want to make.  My scraps are a mixture of civil war/antique style fabrics and more modern brighter colours.  I will make this 'Drunken Sailor' with the more muted colours

I have cut out the pieces for the centre block, I will change the pattern slightly and need to do some maths to use my templates as they are a different size from the pattern in the magazine.

 I have always wanted to make a mariners compass block and try a machine pieced drunkards path, I bought some templates years ago but my machine skills were not good enough then.

This will be my focus machine project, another of my goals was to improve my machine skills and after successfully machine piecing the curves on my Coming Home  quilt I think I can attempt these simple curves - we will see!

Once I have finished this, I would like to make another of the quilts in this issue to use my brighter scraps.

This should keep me busy for a while and hopefully improve my machine skills while making a dent in the scrap baskets, although I doubt it, as fabric seems to multiply in my house when I'm not looking!

05 July 2019

Another Finish!

I have finished the hand quilting on my 'I am Enough' quilt.  It went really fast with Aurifil 12wt and a large needle. The combination of machine quilting in the ditch for stability and then adding hand quilting details is something I plan to do more of on future quilts, it's much kinder to my hands and quicker!

I treated myself to some new fabrics to celebrate! These are from Bari J for Art Gallery from her 'Virtuoso' and 'Bloomsbury' ranges, along with some of the Pure Elements co-ordinating solids.

I plan to make the 'Cherish' quilt by Tales of Cloth, it's EPP and I've had the papers for months!

I am having great fun selecting fabric combinations and making a complete mess in my sewing room!