17 August 2017

Down the Rabbit Hole - All Caught Up (Almost!)

It is no secret that I really enjoy hand work, and although I have a lovely old Bernina, we are not the best of friends :(  In the last couple of years I have tried to challenge myself by choosing to make quilts that stretch me and take me out of my comfort zone.  This year's BOM by Sarah Fielke has certainly done that and I have loved every minute of it so far!!

We started the year by machine piecing the central wedge, a challenge indeed, but with patience and excellent instructions I managed.

Next came the lollipop flowers and leaves, much more to my liking - lots of wonderful needle turn appliqué, I raced through February and March :) even adding a couple of little insects

Then came April and the paper pieced house border - I ground to a halt, whilst I love the accuracy of paper piecing I really don't like it! The fabrics sat on my desk all summer while I jumped ahead to the appliqué for May, June and July, telling myself that it was really too hot to sit at the machine.  This week the weather has been a lot cooler, and as I really love this quilt, I needed to piece this border so I could move on.  I decided to simplify the houses, omitting the pieced windows and choosing patterned fabrics instead, I did paper piece the roofs and I happy with the end result.

I had already appliquéd the corner sunflower blocks, so I was able to add this border fairly quickly

The next border contains the rest of the sunflowers and dresden plates, again I had already completed most of the appliqué so these went on fast too

It is now too big for my little design wall, so I have it draped over the banister

I just have to appliqué the sunflower leaves and I am all caught up ready for 31st August and the next machine pieced border (!)

01 August 2017

17 in 2017 July Progress

Here is my July progress for the challenge; original list for the challenge is here

See how everyone else has done this month on Meridith's blog https://pomegranateandchintz.wordpress.com

No. 6 Embroidery Angel Mermaid

Class has finished for the summer, I will see if I can continue on my own, this might be hibernating until August 😃

No. 15 Down the Rabbit Hole

I have enjoyed all the hand appliqué on this quilt; it has been too hot to sit at my machine, so I am behind on the pieced borders.  Hopefully it will be quick to assemble them once the weather cools.

I started and finished an EPP Hexagon pocket for my Kindle

Not too bad considering I spent the first half of the month hosting visiting family and the second 'en vacances' ...

21 July 2017

EPP Hexagon Kindle Cover

I love to read and while I much prefer 'real' books, I do like to load up my kindle for holidays and travelling.  While browsing Pinterest I saw several pictures of patchwork covers and thought I would have a go at making one.

I had a mini charm pack of Kate Spain fabrics that I picked up on sale, they are the perfect size to cover 1" hexagon papers. I carried my tin of hexagons and pieces around with me while visiting friends, and just kept joining hexagons until I had a piece about the size of A4 paper

I enjoyed piecing this and finished it several weeks ago, realising that we leave for France in a couple of days, I thought I better get on with actually making it into something!

I found a scrap of batting in my stash and a cute piece of fabric for the lining

I machine stitched in the ditch down the length of the piece and then trimmed it down to 8" x 13"

added binding all round and folded up the bottom to make a pocket; I stitched on a couple of pieces of velcro to keep it closed

all ready to go en vacances :)

15 July 2017

Daisy Do

The problem with tidying your fabric stash, is that you rediscover all your favourite fabrics and quickly abandon tidying in favour of starting a new quilt, or is that just me? 🤣

I bought this book 'Quilt Lovely' by Jen Kingwell a few months back, I normally like a muted palette but lately I have found myself drawn to these clear happy fabrics that Jen and other Australian designers favour.

I particularly liked the cover quilt 'Daisy Do'

I think it will look fabulous in some of my Liberty fabrics, mixed with others pulled from my stash

 so I bought the acrylic templates

There are templates in the book, but I like these acrylic ones as they are accurate and I can cut a few pieces at a time with my small rotary cutter; a rotating mat makes it really easy to cut these shapes.

I then mark the registration marks on the back of each piece with a pencil. this makes lining up the pieces much easier before you sew.

I like to lay out all the patches wrong side up on a flannel board to make sure they are all there and the right way up! They never look like they will fit together 😀

Linda Franz has an excellent video demonstrating how to stitch these gentle curves, you can find it on YouTube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcF4jkDVwQo

I have pieced the first block, but my hand piecing skills are very rusty, I think I need a bit more practice

EDITED: I thought it would be fun to link up with a couple of new blogs this week:
Sew, Stitch, Snap & Share
Let's Bee Social
Needle n Thread Thursday

11 July 2017

The July Gardern

Come for a walk with me around the garden...

The penstemon are at their peak...

as are the hydrangeas... (we have clay soil, it doesn't matter what I add, ours are always hot pink)

It's been a very good year for the perennial sweet peas...

The bees are loving the lavender and the buddleja (as are the butterflies)

I love this Himalayan honeysuckle ...

The crocosmia are looking wonderful...

and the first of the dahlias ...

The agapanthus is just coming out

and the pots of geraniums are so cheerful

I keep deadheading my old roses and they keep on flowering and flowering ....