Friday, 11 July 2014

New York Beauty and Mariners Compass Blocks

A quilt I've always wanted to make is a New York Beauty and this week I decided to make a start.
These blocks were designed by Donna Duquette and I found them as a free download on the internet.
There are lots of free patterns and tutorials out there.

The main fabrics I'm using for this quilt are a selection of 18 fat quarters called Stonehenge by Linda Ludovico. They are gorgeous and bright and I'm mixing them with batiks.
I like doing the foundation piecing, that's good but I am not so keen on the curved seams.  I am trying to be as neat and precise as I can but kept chopping some points off.  I don't know how many times I sewed and unpicked some of the seams in this block.

Still not happy with it so decided to switch fabrics and PRACTICE. 

 This is a block before its sewn together.

Another one done - curved seams going ok now.

 My DH and DD did not like these blocks - say they are too busy but I rather like that.  A few more and I think they would make a pretty quilt for a little girl.
In the same pile as the New York beauty patterns I found these foundation pieced Mariners Compass patterns.  I had printed them ages ago.  They are from Quilting on the Square but I can't remember if it was a blog or a website I got them from and I cannot find it again to share the link with you.  I used Blocks 1,2, and 3 but can only find the links to these blocks:

 I used my Stonhenge fabrics for these and I love how they turned out.  I may mix these 12" blocks with the 8" New York beauty blocks - undecided yet - think I will just see what happens as I go along.  

Hope you will come back and follow my progress.
Enjoy your weekend

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Breakfast at Tiffanys Lap Quilt - finished!

Hi everyone

Hope you have a good week.  I've had my quilting blinkers on determined to get this lap quilt finished.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment last week.
I did get the quilting finished.  Here is the progress in photos.
If you missed the first post on this quilt, you can find it here.

I'm feeling much more confident on my frame now and am really enjoying it.  I don't think I'll ever free motion  quilt another big quilt on the table top - maybe just small projects.
I just have to trim and bind this now.  I'm already thinking what I can load onto the frame next........
Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Breakfast at Tiffanys - a lap quilt.

Hello quilty people
I've been working on a new quilt this week.  Its an unplanned project that started with a Moda charm pack called "Breakfast at Tiffanys".  I only had one pack that was gifted to me by a friend.
I started with a disappearing 9 patch center and took it from there.

 I'm using bondaweb to do my applique.....

 Prairie points in the corners ?  Yes, why not!

 Big open spaces for quilting ?  Yes definitely!!

 For the first time I'm using a blanket stitch on my machine (Janome XL 601) and I really like how it turned out.
Usually I use a close together zig zag stitch.

 The variegated Gutermanns give a nice effect,

 Adding borders.....

 For the background fill I'm doing (or trying to do) a McTavishing with pebbles.

 There's a bit of fullness going on in the center here - I knew I shouldn't have trusted pre cut fabric but I will just have to deal with it as best I can.  Its all good experience for me.

So that is the story so far.  Hoping to get this finished next week - fingers crossed :)
Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Friendship Star Baby Quilt

Hope you have all been having a good week.  I've had a great week.
I finally got my big Janome back on the frame and couldn't wait to get started on something.
Luckily I had this little Friendship star top all ready to go.

It's quite small as it is for a baby and measures 31" x 37". I used one layer of Soft and Bright wadding.

In the outer borders, I worked a freehand flowery design with echoes.

 I kept the stars lightly quilted and filled in the background with McTavishing.  I've always found McTavishing a bit tricky but it is easier to do on the frame than FMQ it and I guess it just takes practice!  To my absolute delight, Karen left me a lovely comment when I posted a photo on Facebook.  I cannot tell you how much that made my day.  Thank you Karen.

 Little half feathers in this border.  I only used 3 colours of thread - cream, lemon and pink.

                                                                McTavishing done!

                                                            Back view of flower filler.

   All done and I'm pleased I've managed to make a quilt with no feathers ( I'm not counting half feathers ) - probably a first for me!

              I am going to use either pink or yellow for the binding.

Before I go, thought I'd share some good news with you.  Here in the UK, its the National Quilt Championships at Sandown in Esher.  I entered this show for the first time and am delighted that both my quilts won ribbons.

Gecko quilt came 2nd in the Bed quilt category.......

....... and my Owl baby quilt came 3rd in Cot quilts.
I am so thrilled!!
Til next time
Happy sewing

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