Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Done!

This is probably getting boring as I have been showing the same thing at slightly different stages over and over again, but I am finally done with the quilt top!..(and what a bugger this was to piece together). Turned out a bit on the bigger side, i.e. approx. 62"x 70". It sort of evolved as I went along as most quilts do.


Now I only have to get some backing and I am on my way...looking forward to the quilting of this top. Still thinking that a general meandering design would look good as it is quite busy.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Karin

Monday, 28 October 2013

Slowly Does It

More progress on the disappearing Four Patch.

After I messed up my rows, I had to re-do some of my blocks which slowed me right down. I am glad though that I did persist with my original layout...this is exactly how I wanted it to look. Actually not that easy to get that organised 'thrown together' scrappy look where the colour distribution is just right. And while this might sound a bit obsessive, for me there is nothing worse than finishing a quilt with that sinking feeling of ...gee, I wish I had done this differently after months of working on it.

It turned out beautiful


This is the continuation of the borders that I will work on today. Again, the distribution of colour around it was a bit of trial and error to get it right. I design my quilts in EQ7 and while I had the body of the quilt all worked out in the program, for those surrounding strips I actually had to lay them out on the floor to see how this all interacts.

 
There will be another black border to finish it off. The effect I was going for was for the viewer to be instantly drawn to the fabric (as this is my very special fabric, that was so special it had not been touched for some years). I think that I might have achieved this. So far, my family has commented more on the fabric than the actual piecing of it all.

As for the quilting...at the moment I am thinking of meandering all over it but, who knows, this might change in a couple of days...

Linking up to Anything Goes Linky Party at Stitch by Stitch.

Karin

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Look what's arrived!

My Aurifil thread has arrived....


This is the first time that I ordered thread over the Internet...usually I buy it at a shop in the city, however their selection is limited. Was a bit sceptical on how well I would be able to match the colours to the Wholecloth quilt this is intended for.

Must say, I am very happy with this...the colour selection is good and should blend well into the background.

A bit of a trial....

Now I don't know which colour to choose for my Wholecloth quilt. The darker colour is a slightly different tone to the fabric...

in fact, have not decided exactly how to quilt the background, whether to just microstipple or choose a different kind of design.

Decisions, decisions...!











Seems like an awfully big area to microstipple...should have really thought that through a bit better.



Karin

Friday, 25 October 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013

The Blogger's Quilt Festival is on again over at Amy's Creative Side. Had a lot of fun with this last time and am entering my Colour Adventure Quilt this time.

October 25 – 31 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice
November 1 – 7 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories
November 8 – Winners announced

I am entering in the category of Favourite home machine quilted quilt as the quilting is a major feature of this quilt.
 
In making this quilt I wanted to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone using the full range of bright colours in an organised but structured way. If you look closely, the middle section is surrounded by the opposing colours on the colour wheel and then I used a mix of colours in the corners.

This would have to be the brightest quilt I have ever produced and for a while there I cringed every time I walked past because my usual colour arrangement is more country type, muted colours. Also queried whether the scrappy look in the corners really had worked...however as time went on I quite liked it and was amazed that this actually worked, colour wise.  The other purpose for this quilt was the FMQ...I had a very clear idea on what and how I wanted to quilt this, right from the start.



I am quite pleased with my efforts with this quilt as all the designs except for the middle star were done hard core freehand and involved minimal marking. For the quilting of the star I drew the design and then used Golden Threads quilting paper to stitch the design into the yellow star because I wanted this to be precise.

Many of you would realise that the border treatment is inspired from the many designs seen on Patsy Thompson's web page. When I quilted this, I think, my flexible curve ruler had just arrived from the US and as you can see I had some fun with this.

The back showing the extent of the quilting

Some close ups of the quilting


 


Hope you enjoyed the photos of the quilt as much as I enjoyed quilting this. Heading over to Amy's Creative Side to check out the entries...

 
For other entries in this category, click HERE. For a look at all categories head back to the link above
 
Karin

Monday, 21 October 2013

Not much progress

I have been working merrily away on my latest project-Disappearing Four Patch quilt. Now, this has appeared easy enough ... WRONG!

This is how far I've got


Yes, that's right...only one row more than I had last time. The last two rows were completed but to my absolute horror, my little system of how I was going to place the colours and match this up with the ironing of the seams did not match. Each row starts with either the seams ironed in or out and all of a sudden I was left with what appeared to be an additional row of the same way of ironing. That, of course threw out my whole organisation.

I must have been confused when I laid it out. Over the weekend then I tried to re-organise the blocks...however, this did not work as I then had the colours all in the wrong spot, like all the red in one corner and blocks of the same fabric next to each other. In the end I decided to take a deep breath and approach it in a more considered way. Back to my original plan...I am now re-doing 3 blocks as the way they are ironed it is not a simple matter of re-ironing them the other way...they actually would have to be taken apart, re-ironed and then put back together. It was easier to just re-do them, I thought. I did it with one the blocks (undoing and then re-pressing), and that turned out alright, but it is quite finicky...

Can't believe...on the last two rows. On the plus side, I bought a country-type black border fabric and have a clear idea on how to finish it. By the end I will have used up every scrap of each of the Fat Quarters that I had and it will look great. Just a matter of getting there.

Also, if you followed my posts about this quilt you would have seen earlier my struggle with the intersecting seams...thought I show you a photo of the pinning down of the seams...I pin from the top and the bottom, so to speak. Normally I would have less pins, but given the trouble I had earlier I want to make sure that absolutely nothing moves.

 
 This gives me really crisp intersections



Linking up to Anything Goes Linky Party at Stitch by Stitch

Karin

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Blasted Intersections

Sharing a bit of frustration today. I am in the midst of assembling my Disappearing Four Patch quilt started last month (or was it the month before).

This is a carefully planned scrappy type of quilt, made with some country fabric that I had in my stash. Block construction was alright, however due to the middle sections being ironed open I have had some hassles getting things to line up properly at times. The intersecting seams tended to slip just slightly over now and again which in this pattern becomes very noticeable. So, lots of pinning which slowed me right down.

I have finished 42 blocks now and this morning was looking forward to putting it all together. I love this part when it all comes together. For some reason I did not think about that the same seams would have to be met at the top/bottom and sides. So, assembly has been slow going with several seams having to be re-done...very frustrating.

First 2 rows...

 
 
Next few rows I did in about half an hour...go figure!
 
 


3 more rows to go...this is indeed a sneaky little block. While quite easy and straightforward to construct, accuracy really is a must with this. Very deceptive.

Finally, I made it on a Tuesday to link up to Freemotion by the River




Karin

Monday, 14 October 2013

Craftsy Pattern Store

Managed to finish the write up for my Playing with Colours Pattern. Renamed the quilt 'Let's Play'.
You can find the pattern over at my little Craftsy Pattern Store.

While you are over there, check out their blog. While I was browsing yesterday I found some very interesting and helpful posts...one about stippling and then today Angela Mitchell's presentation of six Hip Teen Quilts. If you are new to quilting she invites you to come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow! They’ll be sharing beginner quilting tips and patterns.

Will need to do some more exploring as I have missed this myself.










Also, consider nominating your favourite blogger in the first Craftsy Blogger Award. Today is the last day for nominations in the various categories and by nominating you are automatically entered for a chance to win a free online Craftsy class.

So much to see...but for me its back to piecing for today.

Karin

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Go To Jail - I am a Quilter

When I saw the post at Lilypad quilting, I thought it would be fun to link up, but must say I was a bit reluctant, as this would mean I would have to share some mess in the house...

There are quilts everywhere, so I went around the house just shooting pictures as I went around...yep, there is stuff everywhere, in fact it has taken over the house. Unfortunately I am not as organised as some people, so many quilts are adorning the floor or are hung on every available wall...and this is just a selection, because some of this is just too messy.


So, I am linking up with Lily Pad Quilting-Go to Jail to showcase that I am indeed a quilter and to have a look at some of the other links. I believe there is also a giveaway at the end of the week...good fun!

Karin

Monday, 7 October 2013

Piecing Galore

Continuing on my many WIPs in my sewing room...next on the list is the Disappearing Four Patch quilt.

While the Four Patch block is quite easy to construct, it took me a while to work out the pressing of the seams. As it is a one block quilt, one should have thought that this is quite easy, but it took a few trials (more orphan blocks) to get it right as the blocks have to match up in a light/dark fashion so each alternate block has to be pressed in a way that the seams interlock across as well as down.


In the end I worked out my colour distribution (this will be an organised scrappy quilt as I selected a narrow range of my favourite country fabrics) and started on one half of the blocks pressed in one way. Managed to finish those 21 blocks yesterday...

 
Going about it in this organised way helped me to get less confused about the different fabrics and the pressing of the seams. I got on a roll and was able to chain-piece my units which sped up the process enormously. Actually got into a bit of a competition with myself of how much I was able to match my intersecting seams correctly when piecing the segments of the 21 blocks. Needless to say, some days were better than others...yesterday I ploughed through about 10 blocks and hardly had any mismatching seams...yah, this does not happen too often!

Chain piecing the Four Patch Units


A mountain of Four Patch halves building up behind the machine
 

Ready to snip the units apart


The completed units
 Only about 19 blocks to go of the other lot...this should look good when completed. I am planning to give this quilt to one of the magazines, so am on a bit of a schedule.

After this I am planning to continue with my FMQ. Finally gave up on my idea to drive to the Quilt shop in the city for my thread and ordered it over the internet. Will be interesting to see how I went with choosing the right colours...also am itching to do another FMQ sampler similar to the one that I did last year when participating in Leah Day's Wednesday Quilt Along...idea after idea...

Linking up to Anything Goes Linky Party at Stitch by Stitch

Until next time

Karin