Wednesday, 4 March 2015

not so modern a quilt block

Alternative Trip Around the Block by Quilt Routes

The last time I talked about my Alternative Trip Around the Block. I had completed the Modern Frame Log Cabin block. I made two variations and inspired by slow stitching and by my increasing enjoyment of hand stitching I decided to put the two blocks together and do a bit of kantha stitching...

Alternative Trip Around the Block by Quilt Routes
...and give bit of a nod to Japanese Boro stitching.

The thing is all of this stitching has drastically changed the size and shape of this block and for a while I was pondering how I was going to bring it to 12 x 12 inches. 

Alternative Trip Around the Block by Quilt Routes

But then I thought the whole point of doing this is to have some fun and see where it takes me and that is when I decided to over stitch by hand around the whole block. 
I will share the whole block when I have finished. 
I could be here a while!

**This is part of my own personal challenge to create and learn a bit more about traditional quilt blocks while adding my own twist, as described here. I am following the free Block of the Month classes on Craftsy as my guide.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

hoping for blue skies

hand painted fabric by Quilt Routes

Yesterday I shared a pic of my process on Instagram saying that I was hoping for blue skies while painting some sky fabrics...and today I got some:D

my morning walk

This is a shot I took this morning while walking the dog. It does truly lift the spirits, especially after some of the grey weather we have been having.

hand painted fabric by Quilt Routes

Happy Fabric Friday!

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Moon Gazing Hare

Deborah O'Hare

Facebook followers will be familiar with this piece as it is my cover image at the moment.
It was a very serendipitous piece which you can read about here.

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After completing it I saw that it would look very nice in a smaller version, and so I put together a pattern and made this 9 1/2" x 11" piece, which is fast fused with a mixture of machine and hand stitching.

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This is another version with a woven background and done entirely by hand.
Yep! I even did needle turned applique!

Quilt Routes by Deborah O'Hare

 I am enjoying hand embroidery more and more I find.

Now for the hard sell!!
A paper pattern is available, along with a hand painted fabric pack in my Etsy US$ and Folksy GB£ shops and I am working on having a digital version very soon.
Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

More Book Wraps

I have been stitching up some book wraps using unloved quilts and other bits and pieces.

This one was made using some old curtains and is similar to one I created when putting together this tutorial. That one ended up in the Quilt Guild's Tombola!

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Monday, 16 February 2015

a landscape

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Last week I had the pleasure of taking a scenic drive through the Brecon Beacons to the market town of Llanidloes in Mid Wales. It was great to see bit of snow.

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The reason for my visit was to teach these lovely ladies the joys of Landscape Fabric Painting at The Quilt Association which is based in the Minerva Art Centre (above).

fabric painting workshop

Want to see some landscape fabrics? See here!

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