Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I Made Some Trees

To go with the house blocks for our Monday Modern challenge/project.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I Made Two [More] Houses

These are further modifications on Carolyn Friedlander's outhouse pattern - such an unfortunate name - for our current Monday Modern challenge/project.

Don't think I have a favourite from the three houses I have made. I like them all for different reasons. Now for some trees.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I Made a House

Our current Monday Modern challenge is house blocks. 

Being on a bit of a Carolyn Friedlander roll at the moment, I purchased her 'outhouse' pattern. I tried to upsize it, but my home printer has limited functions so it ended up a bit stretched and that's it.

Clearly I made up bits of it as I went to get it to 12.5 x 12.5 - the lawn being in five pieces is the best example of that! I know what I would do differently next time.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I Made a Top

Just before the hols, I bought the Stylearc Daphne Duo Tunic pattern.

I bought a size smaller than usual, as the finished ones I had seen on Instagram were quite roomy. I find Stylearc patterns short in the body and I am not tall, so this finished top is shorter than I would like. I also found the neck and bottom binding too short - and I thought my seams were pretty accurate. So it wasn't a totally enjoyable making experience but it will be a top I wear as I love the fabric! The fabric from Draper's Fabrics in Newmarket. Who knew that shop even existed!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I am Making Progress Quilting 'Botanics'

So after quilting in the ditch around all of the appliqued pieces, I decided to kind of echo quilt the rest of the centre panel. There was no measuring involved - I just used my eye, so it's certainly not a uniform pattern of quilting - just as the appliqued pieces are not uniform.

Now for the first border. I am thinking about freehand cross hatching. Freehand because I think anything too uniform will conflict with the design.

I have also read Caroline Friedlander's book these hols - Savour Each Stich. It's a good read. I like that it's got lots of words in it. Words about pattern, design, lines, contrast, etc. It is worth looking up.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I Started Quilting the Botanics Quilt

The quilt I started this time last year and finished some months ago!

I have used a wool batting on this one and am quilting it with traditional quilting thread and small stitches. At the moment I am just stitching near the ditch. Not sure where I will go after that.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I Made a Quilt

And gave it away on Friday.

It's called Amio which means to orbit. It's made from Spotlight solids, some leftover silk from a dress I made and essex linen. It's stitched using eleganza thread. The binding is a mix of the blue and mustard solids and the essex linen. I am a convert to the Flourishing Palms method of binding for almost perfect corners.

I made it for a colleague who finished up at school on Friday due to poor health. As I've been at the same school for 12 years, I have worked with Andrea for 12 years - the last 18 months in the office next door. She is responsible for the heart of our school and has personally provided me with a different perspective on things and calm and wisdom in times of turbulence. So Amio is kind of symbolic for her role in our school over the last 14 years.

Given it's winter, I go to work in the almost dark and/or rain and get home in the almost dark and/or rain so was forced to photograph this one on Friday morning at school. It was the first sunny day in weeks and weeks. (We had 125 mm of rain in June.)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Have Been Quilting

I started this quilt way back in March when the light was bright. Now it is rainy and grey most of the time. Good weather for quilting.

I used my quilting hoop for the centre and then lap quilted the grey. All the rings are free hand to go with the mis-matched and free hand cut centre curves. It's quilted using variegated black-dark grey Sue Spargo eleganza thread.

I used a bamboo batting because Spotlight was out of wool. I wouldn't use it again. It produces a very flat finish, and I like some puffiness, and it shed worse than hand quilting a cotton batting.

This quilt has been finished this weekend. Possibly just in time for gifting later in the week. Pix to come when it stops raining. This one is 'Amio' - Maori for orbit.