Saturday, August 22, 2015

Linen and Liberty

This little experiment reminded me how much I really, really dislike quilting!

The front is Essex Linen. Possibly flax, definitely not ivory, but maybe natural. I can't remember. I like it. It has quite a bit of brown in it.

The backing I bought in the 'Arab Quarter', Kampong Glam, Singapore back in April. That part of town is a fabric shopping paradise!

I plan to attach these liberty fabrics to the linen side. I discovered Florence and Mary in Havelock North and bought my liberty fabrics there. They feel very nice!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Binding the Windmills

I have given some time this weekend to binding the windmills quilt.

Lacking in imagination at the moment, I went for a black and white striped binding. I think the fabric came from Spotlight a while ago. I do like this quilt. As I went, I tried to make my hand stitches a bit longer in an effort to get them, and the spaces between them, more uniform.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Prototyping for the Round Robin

Our Monday Modern group has started a round robin. I have passed on tui o'clock -

At our gathering last week, I received June's centre block. She must have a nice collection of low volume fabrics.

I was keen to replicate the green flying geese-like shapes, so set out to prototype possible triangles using scrap fabrics-

It really was trial and error. In all my reading about innovation and creativity for school, the message is fail early, fail fast. Apparently, it breeds resilience, perseverance and creativity. So I don't feel too bad that this took me a while to work out!

Once I ended with the kind of proportions I was after, I pulled some fabrics from the stash that went with June's originals. Here is a sneak peek at my finished border -

I would love to see some gold or fuchsia added to this quilt in the next round.

You can check out others' progress on our flickr page

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks - Done!

Well, the top is. I plan to pay someone to do the quilting, so my part is practically done.

It's huge (2.13 metres x 2.43 metres) and, therefore, challenging to photograph. Here is attempt one called 'standing on the couch' -

And attempt two called 'standing on a small ladder' -

If I was to do re-do this one, I would use more navy than grey in those first blocks. I prefer navy and green to grey and green.

It was much easier to photograph different sections -

I made my first block mid-December last year. It was always going to be a long term project.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks Update

Another section of the MMBB quilt is complete.

This section needed to be a bit darker to balance out the other navy sections of the quilt. I also need to get some light blue cross fabric in. Even thought I don't like it, there is another 6" block down the bottom where I used that fabric, so I thought I better balance it out. I repeated some of the 6" blocks and googled for two different ones too. I could not be bothered making fiddly blocks.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meow Quilt

While I got this finished back at the start of June, I have had no where to photograph it as it's big and heavy, and the weather has been rubbish. I took it down to Hawkes Bay in the hols and took the opportunity to take some 'finished' photos.

I tried this location right out the back of the shed and was disappointed the baby trees had no top wire, so that didn't work!

So I walked on down the muddy track -

And found some bigger trees whose top wire I could borrow. A good southerly was blowing.

Job done. Ready for Lucy's 3rd birthday in September.

The pattern is a slightly enlarged version of Camille Roskelley's Round and Round. I upsized it a little bit to take into the account the size of the cats in the middle of each block. And that's also why it's called 'Meow'.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Windmills Quilt

This is the second quilt I have made from Sujata Shah's book, Cultural Fusion. I don't think I have ever made more than one quilt from any other book I own. In fact, I doubt I have made anything from most of the quilt books I own! (Kind of  Just like most of my recipe books.) So Cultural Connections is a winner in my opinion.

I started this one a while ago - just after I finished my favourite pink toran (which has been gifted to baby Lily). I decided on Saturday I wanted to have a productive day so I made four simple school skirts and got the top of the 'windmills' quilt finished.

And then on Sunday, I got lots of quilting done. I used perle thread. Possibly I should have used a slightly thicker thread. I also experimented using a chenille needle, but found that hard going as the needles are quite thick and not very sharp.

I plan to channel my inner Red Pepper and bind in a black and white stripe.

Speaking of black and white, this is one of the skirts I made. I wore it to school today.

As per usual, bargain fabric from Designer Textile Outlet in Otara. Bought a while ago.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Round Robin Starter

Our Monday Modern group is starting a round robin. Our first centre blocks are due at our August gathering in a couple of weeks. I thought I would get mine done while I have the head space (school hols).

First, I wanted something circular but thought that would be a real pain for the next person in the round robin, so I went with curves.

This hung around on the 'design wall' (ha!) for a couple of days until I decided it was too much like my Circle Game quilt. I think it's the black and white background fabric.

So I googled 'cool quilt blocks' and that got me to some paper pieced patterns, so then I googled some more and came across Bubblestich's patterns on Etsy. I was very tempted by the cow pattern, but went with this one because it's cool.

The only bird fabric I have in my stash is a tui print I bought for an 'art' project which failed. So it's a tui clock rather than a cuckoo clock. I look forward to seeing what develops from this start over the next six months or so.