Saturday, 28 February 2015

Caturday Wisdom #109

Happiness is sleeping as inconveniently as possible. Ivy
Ivy is blissed out. The cats are very happy to have ALL the things from America to sniff, and mediumly happy to have Adrianne back from QuiltCon.
I kid, they've been exceptionally cuddly and I expect they're very glad to have her home since they've only had me for company for the last couple of weeks.
Happy weekend, hope you sleep as well as Ivy!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WIP Wednesday - More Marsala

So I thought it was time for a little update on my Marsala Medallion quilt.  I blogged about it here but I've used the same images in this post so if you're feeling lazy, you don't need to go back and read it again.

So, to recap, I'm making a quilt inspired by this lovely bunch of flowers from my mum, this is my fabric pull, and I'm making a medallion using traditional blocks and some of my own designs.

This is the first block.

This is the second block.

This is the third block.

And this is the block which will take centre stage in the middle of the medallion.  It's my own design and I'm really happy with how it's looking so far.  Now I just need to hand stitch down all the appliqué - this could take a while!

I am having way more fun with this quilt than I expected - to be honest I was a bit blah about Marsala to start with but these odd colours and fabric combinations make me happy.

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala

I hope you're getting inspired and ready to work on your Marsala quilt too!

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Monday, 23 February 2015

A Quilter's Pantry - a free block pattern

I'm sharing the task of setting the block of the month at my local quilt guild.  It's really good fun - I'm enjoying coming up with blocks that I think people will enjoy making, and seeing the results the next month.

This time round, I designed a simple jar block to let people use their novelty fabrics.  I know I can be a sucker for a novelty print but sometimes they're hard to use.

I've written this up as a free pattern and you can find it in my Craftsy store now.  If you use it to make something - let me know, I'd love to see it.

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Caturday Wisdom #108

Always strive for peace...ful naps on the couch. Ralph

Ralph really does care about peace, sometimes. He cares less about it in the morning when he wants his biscuits immediately and will nip your feet and ankles until he gets them.

Caturdays have been a bit light on the Ivy pictures lately because the box obsession continues. I can't get any novel photos because she's in there All. The. Time.
She's always spent a lot of time in there during the day - see below when I tried (and failed) to catch her unawares, but now it's all night while Adrianne's away at QuiltCon. I don't let them sleep with me because the little devils come and sniff my face in the middle of the night and it gives me a heart attack.
I wonder if she'll change her tune in winter when the coldest room in the house is no longer the most desirable.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Cherry Christmas Quilt

Woohoo - I finally have a finished quilt to share with you!  I started this quilt all the way back in July 2013 (in this post) - can you believe it?

Cherry Christmas 

It's not even that this was a massively time consuming project - it just kept getting pushed aside in favour of other things.  I used Aneela Hooey's Cherry Christmas line, with a couple of other random fat quarters thrown in to make up the numbers, and the scrappy trip along design that went viral a couple of years ago.

Cherry Christmas 

I had this quilt thread basted by Sue Burnett, a local long-arm quilter.  Seriously, if you have access to a long-arm quilter, ask them about this.  After trying it myself, I don't think I'd baste a large quilt again and many of my friends are converts now too.  It's generally not very expensive and such a time and hassle saver.  I then quilted the quilt myself on my Juki (for those who are curious, I didn't use the frame - this quilt was a bit big for it unless I added the extension).  I love the simple loops design - it's the one I start off with when teaching free motion quilting and I like to show that it's something I actually use on my quilts as well.

Cherry Christmas 

I like hand stitching my bindings and I usually do so in the normal way - with a simple ladder stitch that's nearly invisible.  On this quilt, I decided to do something different and stitch the binding down with Aurifil 12 weight thread using a running stitch.  It's probably not quite as secure (and it certainly took a lot longer) but it's oh so cute.  I will put together a little video tutorial on how to do this when I get back from QuiltCon (and I'm sure I've seen someone else use this on their quilt but I have no idea who - if you know, let me know!).

Cherry Christmas

So now I have a Christmas quilt!  It's hanging out on my couch even though it's nowhere near Christmas time.  Luckily, Ivy approves.

Anyone else working on something completely out-of-season?

This is the first item I've finished off my Q1 Finish-Along list.  I'm afraid my number of finishes for Q1 is going to be fairly unimpressive!  How is everyone else going?  

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