Friday, 22 May 2015

Giveaway Time

Earlier in the year, I got the opportunity to put together a Blogger's Choice Bundle for the Fat Quarter Shop

One of the best parts for me of the whole quilting hobby thing, is the putting together of fabrics. I also lucked out on the fabrics I was asked to choose from as there was Cotton & Steel, Jen Kingwell and Kaffe Fassett in there.

You have to choose from little images off the computer screen so it wasn't as easy as I thought it was. I wanted to go for really mad and bold colours that were not so off-the-wall that they didn't go together, as well as being mindful of offering a choice of tones.

I hope I succeeded.

Fat Quarter Shop is very kindly giving one bundle away.

To enter, please leave a comment telling me who your favourite(s) fabric designer is at the moment and why.
Extra comment for followers just because I think if you've hung around a while it's fair - in that comment tell me the temperature where you are.

All random comments, just like my Blogger's Choice Bundle.

Giveaway stays open until Wednesday 27 May, after which I will use Random Number Generator to pick a winner.

Good luck.

Friday, 8 May 2015

A hatchet block quilt.

The hatchet block.

A ridiculously easy block to put together that gives you endless design possibilities.

This is all you need.

The set on the left requires the large square to be light and the two smaller squares dark.
The set on the right is the dark/light reversal.

What size large square you start off with is entirely up to you. I went with a 5" square so I could use some pre-cut charm squares.

The smaller squares MUST be BIGGER than half the size of the larger square for you to get the hatchet effect (so think of the larger square as the hatchet handle and the smaller squares as the chopping blade). They need to stick out either side of the handle but how wide you make them is up to you.

Half the 5" square would be 2 1/2", so I made my smaller squares 3". The bigger you make the smaller squares, the narrower the larger square will become. On reflection, I would have gone up to 3 1/2"for a more pronounced hatchet effect but I still like it as it is.

Place the smaller square as per below - right sides of fabrics facing.

I've pencil marked the sewing lines but in reality I don't bother - I just eyeball.

Once you've sewn, cut off the excess fabric.

And you should be left with a block looking like this.

After that, it's just a question of playing around to get a design you like.

I chose to make the centre darks with solids, then two rounds of pattern,then a round of solids and so on.

And the back - which was my first time using the IKEA Nummers fabric.
I'll be doing that again as I bought a whole roll.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

An Anna Maria Horner Swap Option Two

I kind of like the last quilt too much to give away, so I needed a back-up plan and this one is it.

If my partner expresses a preference on Instagram, that's fine. If she doesn't, she's getting this one.

It's a very fun block to make using the Triangler ruler and just the right size for a mini quilt.

I used Perle cotton on the star block, a combination of running  and chain stitch and then switched to my sewing machine to densely free motion quilt the space. (I would say 'negative space' but that starts to sound modern which I'm not. I think.)

That was actually really fun as I treated each section completely different and just 'drew' whatever came into my head.

Within reason of course.

Some things are best kept in your head.

How can anyone one not like brown when it looks as beautiful as it does in these fabrics?

And the back.

I got carried away and did a video for Instagram to try and show the texture of the quilting off. Then I discovered you can only upload 15 seconds worth.

So here's the longer version (not sure why it doesn't cover the full screen though) - popcorn is optional.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

An Anna Maria Horner Swap

I decided I wasn't going to do any more public/group swaps because I've kind of found them a bit of a mixed bag.

But then a swap was announced on Instagram to make a mini quilt with only Anna Maria Horner fabrics and before I knew what I was doing, I'd signed up.

And here's my make.

It's a Goergetown Circle pattern which finishes at 24" square.

It's entirely hand pieced and just in the outer circle alone, there are 64 triangles.

For the quilting, it is a complete mixture of machine and hand quilting with some Perle stitching thrown in for good measure.

And the back - I've only used AMH fabric which was no great hardship.

I'm going to block it now and them ponder the possibilities of actually keeping it myself and instead making something else for my swap partner.

I'm still not convinced I would or should give it away.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Soy Amado No. 64

Such was the indecent haste of The Photographer to 'get it done quick before I see anyone I know', said  photographer  failed to let me know I was holding the quilt upside down.

Which in this instance makes all the difference because you can't have an upside down heart.

No. 64 is the end of the present supply.

There were 19 blocks left at the end of the pile so I added in one of mine.
The stain glass window applique flower block which was the result of a one day workshop and from which nothing further ever happened to it.

Until now.

It became block number 1,280, which is how many I have sewn together these past 14 months.

It felt kind of odd that for the first time since I started this project, there were no blocks waiting to be sewn together.

The feeling didn't last long though, as less than 24 hours later some more arrived in the post.

Not enough to make a quilt which is fine.
I need to take a breather again and concentrate on other things.

So this is not the end of Soy Amado.
I'm just hitting the pause button for a while.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Soy Amado No. 63

Predominantly pink.

Still windy(ish) so we're inland again, looking for those sheltered spots.

And then we spotted a tree.

I've seen quilts hanging all artistically off tree branches so I was up for having a go.

But by the time I yanked it up and over a branch, I wasn't entirely sure that it was a particularly good idea.

And The Photographer's Assistant showed a complete dereliction of duties.

Bringing Soy Amado No. 63's photo shoot to a close.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Soy Amado No. 62

It's March winds here so the chances of me giving you a half decent coastal quilt shot are fairly remote at the moment.

But you deserve more than my washing line.

So we ventured out to the relative shelter of the small nature reserve down the lane and came up with this for you.

I was reduced to quilt holding upping duties and The Photographer's Assistant took charge so the eye was not always on the correct ball.

And the back.

Now just as we were leaving, I spotted an island speciality: the so called Hedge Veg stall.

They're dotted all over the place and come in all shapes and sizes and are used to sell people's excess produce. Money is left in the honesty box and off you go.

Sadly. a small minority of people 'off you go' without paying or even taking the money box with them.

Which has resulted in some of the bigger Hedge Veg stalls having to install CCTV cameras and some of the smaller stalls closing altogether.

Hedge Veg stalls also used to be a good way for some of the larger commercial scale growers to sell some of the export products to the local market - we get our tomatoes this way each year. During the 1970s, Guernsey was exporting nine million trays of tomatoes a year.

However, the island has slowly been pushed out by cheaper markets and many of the once thriving greenhouses now look like this.

Hello camera shop, I paid you £25 to service my camera and remove that annoying piece of fluff in the sky
It has had to diversify and is now the largest producer of clematis in the world but is still littered with once thriving greenhouses, now falling into eery disrepair.

Anyway, I'm wandering off track, this is Soy Amado No. 62

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