Monday, April 30, 2012

Sew into Solids - Week 8

Another week gone and another round-up on the Sew into Solids Group.  This week I thought I’d make a couple of mosaics from the pictures being posted in the group.  As you can see below we have some wonderful work being added.  1. Ironwork* Quilt Top, 2. Don't Touch Me, 3. Fire and Ice, 4. Sew into Solids 1st Blues Block

Now that you’ve seen their work, how about popping by their blogs and seeing what else they have been up to :o)

  • Sandi has posted the next part to the Ironwork Quilt Along.
  • Amanda has done a fabulous primary quilt but needs help deciding what colour thread to use for the quilting.
  • Amy is looking for ideas on how to quilt her Fire and Ice quilt.
  • Katherine’s fabric finally arrived and she has started piecing her blocks.

1. IMG_7485_resize, 2. Diamond Ripples, 3. Solidly Pink Pillow 2, 4. Mixed-Up Rainbow Brick Wall

In this next group…

Until next time....

Sunday, April 29, 2012

112 in 2012 (#11)

I've completed a big span of pictures for my "112 in 2012" Challenge... and now I'm faced with some of the more difficult topics and won't be able to rely on chance so much.  I will have to start picking my subjects a little more carefully....in other words I've done the easy ones! :o)


#87 Stained Glass


#106 Something in Sepia


#61 Windows
(glad I don't have to wash them!)


#21 Cloudy Sky


#103 Farm Animal


#97 Eye

Until next time....

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Results are In…

Back in 2010 I started 2 sampler quilts from the Lynne Edwards Sampler Book.  There was one pink one and one homespun one.  The pink one was finished last month and the homespun one was finished last week, but I didn’t want to share it with you until I had done one final thing….over-dye it!

You may remember me talking about using Pebble Beige Dylon Dye to “age” my quilt to make it look a lot older than it really is.  Back in January when I mentioned doing this I promised I would show you the results (good or bad)…and as the post title suggests…the results are in :o)

I used 2 boxes in the washing machine along with the recommended 500g of salt.  Each box dyes 600g of fabric and as the quilt weighed 1200g I needed twice the amount of dye.  The results are subtle, but it knocked back the bright white and made the quilt “old”.

It may be difficult to spot the differences, but the mariner's compass in the middle shows it quite well.  The pictures don’t do it quite the justice it deserves, but that white background was quite bright and now has a more muted effect.

I’m really pleased with the results but now I need a suitable rustic room to put it in! :o)

I loved working with the homespuns and seeing how the different patterns played with the plaids of the fabric.  My favourite block was the pineapple (in the upper left-hand corner) and I would love to do a whole quilt of pineapple blocks in plaids….but first I need to get some of my other projects completed! :o)

Until next time....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

112 in 2012 (#10)

A few more pictures for the "112 in 2012" Challenge.


#35 Spots or Dots
My favourite measuring jug.  I added a couple of textures to the photograph to make it more interesting


#7 Rainy Day
Raining so hard on the M1 we had to stop at the services to wait it out...so what do you do to pass the time? You take pictures!


#89 Field or Meadow
Taken on the way home from Buxton


#95 Berry or Berries


#31 Liquid
I like the reflections and ripples...

Until next time....

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sew into Solids - Week 7

Sew into Solids has been ticking along quite nicely for a few weeks now and I thought for this week’s post I would do something completely different...because let’s face it my blocks are all the same and posting the same thing week after week gets a bit boring :o)


I dug out the fabrics I won from the Village Haberdashery and thought I’d have a go at this tutorial I saw for Drunkards Path’s blocks.  This method of cutting the shapes is genius as there is very little fabric waste.  Two squares of equal size are cut and then the curve is cut out of the squares.  I used a circle ruler I had to get the shape rather than use the template in the tutorial.  Then, and this is the clever bit, a 3/8” sliver is taken off both sides of the concave shape…meaning that your shapes are ready to sew and you haven’t had to cut an inside and outside shape leaving you with weird fabric scraps.


Then the next thing I did to make my life easier is that rather than use pins to hold the pieces together I used some Roxanne’s Glue Baste it.  I matched the edges and the centre first, then went back in with a dot-dot-not-a-lot in the seam allowance.  As the seam was all matched and glued before I went to the machine, nothing shifted and the sewing went smoothly.

Not stopping at one idea, I tried the same method again but on a larger sized square.  This time I started with a half square triangle block and cut curves out of both corners.  Then I cut my 3/8" sliver off the edges and swapped my curved piece pieces around so the dark fabric would be next to the light fabric.


I think these blocks offer lots of possibilities and I really love the boldness the solid fabric gives the pattern.
Now that you've seen what I've been playing with, pop over to Katherine and see her work.

Until next time....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

112 in 2012 (#9)

During the Easter Break we took the family to Ragley Hall near Alcester, Warwickshire.  It was a lovely day out even though it threatened rain the whole time we were there and the house and grounds were beautiful.


This is the front of the house...


...and this was the back.


The grounds went on for as far as the eye could see and the fields were peppered with sheep and their lambs.

As you can imagine the grounds provided several photographic opportunities and I was able to capture a few more shots for the "112 in 2012" challenge.


#57 Landscape


#3 Bright and Colourful


#49 Statue or Sculpture

Until next time....

Saturday, April 21, 2012

...and the winners are!

Thank you to everyone that left comments on my last post for the giveaway. I sometimes think I'm rambling away to myself on this blog so it was such a thrill to hear from so many of you that you are regular readers.  I really appreciate all the lovely comments and all the support you give me.

...So without any further delay the winners are...

First Prize:


Second Prize:


Third Prize:

Please drop me any email with your address and I'll get your goodies out to you next week.

Until next time....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

578 Posts and 327 Followers…

Cause for a celebration!  Most people wait for a round number, but as I’ve past the 500 post milestone a few months ago and the number of followers changes daily, I thought I’d just get on with it. 


There will not be 1 winner, but 3!  With the Queen’s Jubilee right around the corner I’m feeling generous.  First place will get the jelly roll which I’ve carefully selected and cut from my stash of red, white and blue fabrics.  Second and Third prizes will each receive a charm pack of red, white and blue fabrics.


Although I’ve only photographed the fabric, I will be adding more to your prize…just little things, but things I hope will be a nice surprise when you open your winning package.


To enter for your chance to win comment on this post. First name pulled will get the jelly roll and 2 others will get the charm packs.
Anyone can enter as long as I have a way of contacting you.
(Leave your email address in your comment if you don't have a blogger account.)
One entry per person please.
I will choose a winner
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 
(which happens to be the Queen's birthday!...boy did I time this well!)
The winners have been chosen...
Thanks to everyone that left a comment. 

Until next time....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Good Day for Ducks…

It's raining, but that didn’t stop Lynda and I and friends to check out the new quilt shop in town; The Quarter Inch.  Located in Market Harborough, this quaint shop has all the things that make quilter’s heart go pitter-patter.  


You can just about make out the rain we braved to visit her shop in this next picture…can’t complain though, as we are in need of some wet weather.
Eunice, who you can read more about here, started the shop recently and has a small, but good selection of pretty fabrics.


She has some good basics that could match just about any colour scheme.  I was looking for white on whites for my blue and white quilt and found one that will go nicely.


She also has a good range of threads…don’t they look pretty all in a row :o)


..and some of my favourites..the Tilda fabrics!  Eunice also has a great range of British themed fabrics which I did manage to resist, though I was tempted.  The bolts were in my hands and then back on the shelf a few times before I got out of the shop.


Then once I was back home it was back to my half square triangles to get them sewn into blocks.


I’m really pleased with them and now need to sew them into sets of 4.  As you can see there is some consistency with the background fabrics.  They are either beige, yellow, pink or blue and I’m trying to decided whether to put them in colour families or to piece them together randomly.  I’m not sure I have the right amount put them in a clever setting, so random might just have to be it.



Until next time....

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sew into Solids - Week 6

Last Monday I challenged the Sew into Solids group to make at least one more block towards their project..me included.  So yesterday afternoon I ignored the family and got my second block finished…and here it is:

Of course, from this picture I could be simply photographing last week’s block and trying to pass it off as block number 2…so here’s a better picture illustrating, that yes in fact I did make a second block.  That’s 2 down 10 to go :o)

This time I cut my half square triangles larger (4” square cut on the diagonal) and trimmed them up to 3 1/2” and that worked so much better and helped with the accuracy I felt was missing in block one.

So did anyone else get some work done on their project? 

If I’ve missed anyone, drop me a link in the comments :o)

Until next time....

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sew Many Ideas…

Sew many options... What am I talking about? Well, I’m having a go at the Rebecca Collins pattern that Lynda has raved about and I now understand why she didn’t stop at 1 quilt.  There are so many options to sew these units together that you could easily sew this pattern over and over again and never end up with two the same.

Basically you start with a 2 - 9” squares (a light and a dark) and cut them on the diagonal.  (You could swap your lights and darks with friends to really jazz things up like I did)

With right sides together (a light and a dark triangle), and measuring from the long bias edge you cut a 2 1/4” strip and sew a 1/4” seam on both sides (creating a tube) and you sew a 1/4” seam along the long edge of the remaining big triangle.  Then using a ruler you square up the large HST triangle to 4 1/2” and cut 5 - 2 1/2” HST from the tube by lining up the 2 1/2” marks on both edges of a square ruler with the sewing line.  Here’s a great post explaining it better.  If you have the Eleanor Burns HST Triangle Ruler then this is a perfect use for it or even the Wonder Cut Ruler

Then with your 5 little HST and 1 large HST you can arrange them to make new patterns.

I quite like this one above and that was very close to being the arrangement…but then I played with the blocks some more to see what else I liked.

This one seemed too busy even though it was full of subsidiary patterns like stars.

Then I tried hearts with a zig-zag border, but I would never keep that straight when I moved it to the sewing machine.

So I settled on this one :o)  As the colours I have in each block don’t always convincingly read light or dark I thought grouping the same fabrics together in “little parcels” would be the most effective way to show off the fabrics.  It also seems to be a pattern that doesn’t rely as heavily on the light and dark effects needed in some of the other arrangements.  I’m quite surprised at the number of possible variations and have already started to think about a layer cake being used this way… wouldn’t that be pretty?

Until next time....