Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Look what Judy brought back for me from Market!!!

:) We all got presents today and this was mine. Love it. Thank You Judy! :)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Improv Piecing is great!

My first improv piece and quilt as you go project... and all done in an evening! So satisfying. :)

Has some batik strips. Used a backing and piece of batting... ironed out the strips and pieced away.

HST Quilt in Progress

I started working on this HST quilt a few months ago. I had some fabric left over from another project... 3.5" squares. So I made a bunch of HSTs. Been working with the fabric itself... and started in the centre... so this is taking some time... lots of time... anyway... will be good when its all done.

This was what I was planning when I first drew the design a couple of years ago! Needed to make a quick baby quilt for  a friend. I was going to use large blocks and make a little quilt. Never got done though. Now I'm making a large quilt with litte blocks. 

Friday, 19 October 2012

I am piecing by hand!!!

Taking the Beginner Hand Quilting with class with Jeannie at the store this season and here are the blocks we've learned. I never thought that I would piece by hand...ever! But its great fun and look at the blocks? Don't they look good? I am amazed at how simple the process is and Jeannie's so good with her instructions that it's really a breeze. I don't feel like I'm doing anything great... I just follow instructions!
Block 1 - 16 Patch
The first block is a good way to get started. We cut out our square template from a plastic template sheet. Then marked the squares on the fabrics using the templates and cut the squares out with scissors... yes... in the old fashioned way! I have to admit that I was so tempted to rotary cut... but then I told myself that this class was about learning the traditional way that I will. Jeannie does give us the option of rotary cutting though... so one of the ladies in the class is doing that. I have always believed that my scissor cutting skills sucked so I am proving myself wrong and working those shears! :)
Block 2 - Star
And we're on to triangles!
Block 3 - Tumbling Blocks
Tumbling Blocks have finally entered by repertoire! I have to piece them and applique them on to a background but I wanted to see what they would look like. Very happy with the effect.

Three blocks down and three to go. We have an applique block and a Dresden Plate in the mix which I am very happy about. I remember watching videos of how to make dresdens and thinking ... I don't know when I'm going to make those... the time has come!

Linking up to:

Sew Happy Geek
Plum and June

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

These are flowers so far for the Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt Sample for the store. Been trying to work out a background colour... there are pictures on the store blog of different options. You can see them here: Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. I guess I'm leaning toward Kona Cotton - Coal... but for some reason I'm having a hard time choosing. My initial thought was to go with white but then... it's not transferring so well..

Speak to me Flower Garden Quilt!!!