Saturday, 14 June 2014

Tour de France

I live in West Yorkshire where the Tour de France is starting from and our MQG is entering into an exhibition on the theme of wheels.  Of course I did not read the instructions fully and now realise after reading Quilt Sue`s blog that mine in incorrect.  Apparently it should have a white background,  no white at all on mine!  The pieces are then going on the the quilt show in Harrogate at the end of august but mine does not qualify for that either as the cushion size must not be more than 18" and mine is 19", never mind I quite enjoyed using up some old batik fabrics,  the test was getting the circle right,  not 100% circular but have done my best.  I have hand quilted it with Oliver Twist hand dyed threads.I will take it to our next meeting just to show what should not have been done

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

wristwatch quilt, CQJP june

This last few weeks I have been doing the wristwatch quilt that Paula of Sassy quilters did through Bear Creek web site.    Once again it is for Helen hence the pink and grey.   Now all blocks together and it is at the flimsy stage but problems re the quilting,  as there is so much blank space it needs accurate quilting so think it needs to go to bed for a few years.  I have lots of the grey fabric,  5 yards which I picked up for £5, she wants that on the back too, rather boring but if it is what she wants!

Helen is not only  into pink and grey   she is also into butterflies so this fabric has worked very well.  Now you can see the problem with all the plain areas for quilting.  The quilt measures 60" x 60"

Yesterday I worked on Helen`s crazy block for june

  I have more to do on this one, the grey cat fabric at the bottom needs seam treatment and a few more bits would not be a bad thing but it will be cut down slightly when I put them all together.  Rather like my butterfly,  it is from the fabric I used in the wristwatch quilt, I bonded the butterfly then added some straight stitches and french knots.   I struggle with this colour range but Helen seems to approve so that means all is okay.

I live in West Yorkshire where the tour de France starts so our MQG have been invited to make things based on wheels for an exhibition that will run in july in Harrogate   I have made something,  not sure it will be accepted, I take it to the meeting on 21st, if approved I will put a photo on here.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

a finished quilt

I have finally finished the mini 24 block Tula Pink sampler quilt,  it has been waiting for the quilting and binding and now it is done.   I used my bernina and walking foot but still having problems re the weight and sometimes not feeding through but I will improve in time.  Each block has been quilted individually with a matching thread for the block and different patterns too and the black sashing has just been straight line quilted either side of then seams.  Finished size 33" x 38"

Overall I am happy with it and it sits on the back of my 2 seat sofa,    will probably do another one the same size for the other sofa and then use the left over 52 blocks for a larger quilt.

Also done the bee blessed block for june, called a scrappy  but classy block.There will  not be another one till september.

Another block also from the QCQAL with Alison at little bunny quilts, the Dutchman`s puzzle,  I am not so sure using the green as a background fabric is the right choice but too late to change as I have done 8 blocks and green is my favourite colour.

I have decided to ignore google + completely so anyone that has asked me to link to it it is nothing personal but I do not understand what it is all about. and it seems it effects blogger so will keep my distance.