28 October 2018

Finished and Bound

I have finished the hand quilting on 'Happy Days' the 2016 BOM from Sarah Fielke. It was the first time I used a big needle and thicker thread; I loved how this turned out and will definitely do this type of hand quilting again.  The top is all Liberty Tana Lawns apart from the background which is a small grey pin dot on white from Marsha McCluskey staples collections.  I used Hobbs Quilter's Dream Request Cotton Batting and Aurifl 12wt Threads. You can see this quilt coming together in my previous posts:


19 October 2018

Adventures in Low Volume

I have seen many quilts popping up on social media that are described as 'Low Volume'
Melanie at Southern Charm Quilts has an interesting article explaining what makes a fabric low volume HERE

I think of these as Modern Quilts, and as someone who is normally drawn to antique/repro fabrics I thought it would be fun to have a go at a low volume quilt of my own.  I had an EPP pattern I wanted to try and bought some pale fabrics, you can see the original plan here:


I cut out the pieces for a few blocks and started stitching; I very quickly got bored 😔 I enjoyed fussy cutting some of the pieces, but a whole quilt in Low Volume, really wasn't holding my attention. My work isn't wasted, I learned something and the blocks I made were just the right size to turn into a pouch to hold my light pad 😀

I will use my 'fussy cutting' fabric for the back - I had to search to find a piece large enough with no holes 🤣

I still really want to make a quilt with modern Low Volume fabrics, looking again at all the quilts that have inspired me, I think it is the combination of these as backgrounds to brighter colours that I love.  On to Plan B ....

Add some bright colours to the pale selection, lots of these are leftovers from my 'Down the Rabbit Hole' Quilt

Melanie is hosting the 'I am enough" QAL , it is a Free pattern she has designed and you can find all the details here:

It is my favourite kind of quilt, scrappy with lots of different blocks 😀 I am learning a lot too with this one! so far I have tried a new fusible appliqué thread (Charlotte's Web) and the French Braid pattern which has been on my list to make for years. I have lots of handwork on the go at the moment so I think this will be my machine project.