Sunday, 14 June 2015

Moda building blocks update

Thank you for the suggestions you left in response to my last post 'Pondering'.
I have done some picking apart and adding in, and I think the whole thing is looking better now.

I remade a few blocks using a new fabric - the one in the centre block above. It picks up the blue and the green and is just generally quite lively. 

I then added a block of small blocks down the left hand side and put some strips of the low volume fabric in amongst the blocks to break them up. Unfortunately no picture of the whole thing yet, it's blowing a gale here today!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


I love going along to our Monday Modern meetings. There is always plenty to laugh about as well as food for thought.

Last night we heard from Linda talking about the process of her Lone Star makeover, and Heather who has done crazy bold things with her Moda Building blocks quilt. You can see what it used to look like here.

This caused me to head home from work in the daylight for once and take a better photo of my Moda BB quilt. You can guess where this is heading right?

My theme this year seems to be making quilts I'm not that fussed about and this one is no exception. I don't have any sort of art/design vocabulary to work with, so I'll just say it looks squished up, unbalanced and a bit grey. I didn't follow the original pattern layout because I wanted a smaller version and I suspect this is a major contributing factor.

This is what I'm pondering. Do I pick it apart and try to salvage it somehow, or just quilt it, bind it and give it away to the first interested passerby? The pondering is the result of the one block I really do love. (Top right corner).

Sunday, 10 May 2015

If at first you do not succeed...

I have learnt something important over the few short years that I have been quilting. If I start something and I don't really like it, continuing on will not make it grow on me.

I have been wanting to make an Irish chain quilt for a while now, and thought that a dark chain would look really dramatic with my AMH Folk Song fabric. Indeed it does look pretty dramatic.

Although the dark fabric looks black here, it is a peppered cotton and is in fact a dark charcoal (I think it might be called Carbon). Like many a super model I'm guessing, it photographs really well but in real life looks quite different. The result was way too heavy/dark for my taste.

This morning when I woke up and looked at the dark chain version, I knew that I couldn't love it no matter how much I wanted it not to be a waste of several hours of sewing. In version two I used Lecien Yarn Dyed Melange/Chambray in natural which I bought a while ago from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics for another project.

It is quite a different look but I'm much happier with it. I'm hoping that the chain effect will still be able to be seen when I have more of it completed. The melange/chambray is lovely soft material to work with and it looks like a linen without the bulk. This close up up might give you some sense of the textured look of the fabric.

Off I go now to spend some quality time with my seam ripper. Joy.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Flying farfalle {a finished quilt top}

After buying a bundle of Cotton and Steel and not loving it *gasp of horror all round*, I wanted to make something quick that I would be happy to give away. I remembered Flying Farfalle by Ashley at Film in the Fridge and thought the navy would look great as the 'farfalle'. I also decided to add in a few coloured ones for fun.

I think I'll end up giving it to a niece or nephew so I stopped when I thought it looked big enough for a little person. From memory it's 50.5"x 60" so I should be able to quilt it myself without too much of a wrangle!

Monday, 13 April 2015

2015 Finish-Along {Q2 list}

I wasn't sure about the whole Finish-Along thing to start with, but Q1 was ok so I'm joining in for Q2 as well :-)  I quite enjoy the 'keep the list manageable approach' so I'm going to continue only listing things in my Finish-Along goals that I have a shot at finishing.

1. This one must be a sure-ish thing? I have a quilt top, it just needs quilting!

2. I have nearly all the blocks for this 'Flying Farfalle quilt made, so hopefully I should be able to get this one finished and quilted too. 

3. I only have two blocks made for this flying geese project made with my precious Oakshott rubies. If I get this one pieced in time, it could be done in time as I'm hoping to get it longarmed.

4. I'm adding this as-yet-unnamed project to the list, just in case. I started making these simple blocks with some solids I have had laying about for ages. Not really sure where I'm going with it yet but it pays to be optimistic right?

Monday, 6 April 2015

Adrianne's stars {finished}

I found a sunny spot this morning and finished hand stitching the binding down on my star quilt. The block is one that Adrianne from On the Windy Side adapted, hence the name of this quilt!

I'm so pleased with this quilt, it's really soft and snuggly. I ditch stitched the blocks then hand quilted around the stars.

The hand quilting is by no means perfect, but it's good enough. I found a lovely backing fabric which echoes the stars on the front and has tiny little hearts in it. That Katarina Roccella is clever :-)

When I put this on my list for the first quarter of this year's FAL I didn't expect to get it finished because I had no idea how long the hand quilting would take. It didn't take as long as I imagined so I actually slip in with a finish this quarter!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Geometry 101

Many times I have acknowledged that maths is not my strong suit. I like to remind myself of this by producing new evidence on a fairly regular basis. My 'make a hexy a week' project is already running a little behind schedule.

To put these block sections together successfully, all the angles need to be running the same way. That didn't occur to me when I started stitching them together.

I have since learnt a couple of things. 
1. Lay the paper pieces out correctly first and mark the backs before you go anywhere near the fabric! 
2. There is a weird but inexpensive tool called a tailor's awl that is just magic for unsticking  erroneous basting. I suspect it will be used quite often over the next few months.

Wishing you all a relaxing and crafty Easter weekend!