Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Scrap Busting #2

I am beginning with the close of this next scrap busting piece that I began here. I don't know what it is but I am finding it very difficult to get a good photo of these pieces from a distance. I think I need a new camera!

This one was put together by making four off centre log cabin type blocks. The quilting was going to be a cross hatch but once I stitched the first set of straight lines I decided that it was busy enough.

I like the contrast of the light centre with the dark outer, even if my camera doesn't.

Oh how I love random/liberated/wonky/improv/whatever you want to call it piecing:D
....and there is still a bit left over...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Wonky Log Cabin Block

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A couple of Wednesdays ago I showed a sneak peek of what I was working on. Did you guess that it was the next block in my A.T.A.B.?

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This is the Wonky Log Cabin block that to me looked like a crazy quilt block that was crying out for some embroidery.

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A bit of a subtler palette than you would normally associate with Crazy Quilting, but I am determined to use up my scraps and use what is at hand. I think the fabric choice has helped to calm down all the activity of being Crazy.
I had to do a sample piece of Crazy Quilting for my City and Guilds qualification. I got so fed up with the pace of making it that I used my sewing machine computerized decorative stitches to complete it. 
How times have changed! 

And because I can here is the outside shot, but no on-point for this one because although the sun is out it is very windy!

**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, 17 April 2015

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Scrap busting!

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I know that it is already April but at the beginning of this year I made a a pledge to myself to use STUFF UP! I am sure that lots of us feel overwhelmed by the stuff we have collected over the years.
It is amazing how quickly it all mounts up. The growing piles around me need to used up or got rid and the second is not really an option.

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Long time readers of this blog will be aware of this quilt and my reason for making it even though it is totally not what I would normally do. In order to complete this quilt I purchased a reduced fabric pack form a L.Q.S. and a cotton sheet. There was a lot of it left over and I decided to tackle this pile first.

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Back in 2012 I did make this quilt on the back of the Bunting Quilt, which as you can see is it's more random cousin! Completed with matchstick quilting before I knew it was called that!

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I have been making some progress. The process has allowed me to play and explore the liberated quilt maker in me, which is something I have been wanting to do for a time.

The first piece that I have put together is this one.

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It actually began as a demo piece while teaching a workshop and I just kept going with it.

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Lots of close lines of machine quilting, with some cross stitch thrown in in because I need to have some hand stitching on the go, and a few other stitched details.

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Not the most attractive quilt you have ever set eyes on but I enjoyed the process.

Stay tuned!
There's more!

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Friday, 3 April 2015

a very wordy fabric friday!

I am trying something new.
Certain fabrics that I paint are very popular which is a good thing.
However, these popular fabric tend to go quickly at workshops and talks which means that my online shops get neglected. So I have created new listings for summer, sunset and night sky fabric that are quick and easy to list (for me) and means that for those that want them they will always be able to get these particular fabrics.

It will be great for someone who perhaps would like a pale summer sky, one that is not going to dominate the whole of the piece that they are working on, and one that I would never normally put online because the truth is, the paler skies while perfectly lovely in the flesh don't photograph very well. If you only knew of the hours I spend trying to get the image to reflect the true colour of the fabric, especially with the paler and darker pieces such as these!

Perhaps intense, in your face skies are just what you are after, and that is catered for too!
Available in my Etsy and Folksy shops now.

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