Sunday, November 25, 2018

Black and White Gingham Star Quilt

I decided to start something new. I bought a range of cotton ginghams from the Fabric Shop in Otara a while ago. I cut into them yesterday to start a simple star quilt inspired by Then Came June's Gingham Inside Out Star Quilt.

Cutting WOF at 8 and 3/4 inches has been the most frustrating part so far. The fabric is wider than my cutting mat and 8 and 3/4 inches is wider than my long ruler. The good part is that all of the cutting is done up front, so I am done with that.

In Meghan's original she used white for the stars. I feel I used enough white in quilts in the first couple of years of the 'modern' quilt phase. And I am making this for my nephew who is nearly 8, so thought a small print grey would be more user friendly.

Yesterday afternoon I got three blocks done and I added the sashing to see what it would look like. I am pleased with the look. I like the handmade-ness of the mismatched gingham.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

... a quilting update

I've had a week off quilting after my thumb split.

I am up to straight-ish line quilting of the liberty fabric.

Roll on the school hols - two weeks to go!

Friday, August 31, 2018

... a finished quilt top

Back in June I finished the Junction Road top and pieced the back. Once again I have included my favourite floral rescued from the donation bin at school. I may have made a mistake using linen in this one. We will see. I have zigzagged around it. I also added an extra 'border' to make it a more usable size, and am not sure the got the weave of fabrics right in the top right hand corner. However, like the Frankie and Ray quilts, I like the simplicity of this pattern. I would love some recommendations for other quilts like Frankie and Ray's and like this one.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

... a Finish!

This is Blanket Bay by Frankie and Ray. I first discovered Frankie and Ray quilts through Linda at KokaQuilts and made two Aunt Bet's quilts about 18 months ago that are still waiting to be quilted. I like Frankie and Ray's 'uncontrived', scrappy, country look. 

This quilt used only fabric from the shelf, and I was keen to use fabrics that people don't recognise. The back is no work of art. It's pieced from the shelf too. 

I quilted this one with a combination of maize gold perle thread, two variegated Eleganza threads and my favourite variegated thread from Romania. Unfortunately, the Romanian thread ran out and there was none left in the shop. I prefer its weight to the Eleganza thread. I used a combination of masking tape and ruled lines for the quilting. It's interesting to see how crooked my straightlines are! 

I have used a wool batting so the quilt is super soft. 

Here it is hanging on the neighbour's wall up the driveway on a typical grey-ish winter's day in Auckland. I shouldn't say typical, because typical would be rain. Rain is the worst thing about an Auckland winter. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

... to Maungakiekie

I walked around and up Maungakiekie (formerly known as One Tree Hill) this morning. It's only the second time I have ever been there despite living in or near Auckland for about 20 years.

It was (and still is) a lovely blue sky morning and about 12 degrees Celcius. There were plenty of people out walking, running and biking.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Afternoon Quilting

While watching creepy TV - The Replacement. I am all out of blue thread and waiting on some to arrive.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

... more quilting

Totally making this up as I go. Straight-ish lines on the blues and my old favourite crosshatching on the golds.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

... quilting update

I have chosen to hand quilt 'Blanket Bay' with perle thread. It's taken a while to get back into the quilting rhythm. I struggle with perle thread to get my stitches and gaps between them even. With regular hand quilting the smaller the stitch the better. I need to get comfortable with bigger perle thread stitches. So far I have been using a mustardy-gold thread. I may use leftover variegated blue for the blue borders. It's feeling nice and soft with the wool batting.