Wednesday, August 10, 2022

WIP Wednesday - marine stars


My customer requested Sally by the Seashore for this marine themed star quilt. Pantograph from Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches. As there is a lot of white / white on white background, a contrast thread was requested and we chose Superior Threads' Angel Teal which isn't too much of a stark contrast.

This was collected yesterday and will be bound and gifted next week to the daughter of a marine biologist, hence all of the marine themed fabrics and digital pantograph. It has a fabulous Australia themed backing too.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Monday make - 1992 santa

 I love the lobster on the 1992 Prairie Schooler sampler. Not so keen on the gold coat, I do prefer a mainly red Santa. Time now to work on the 1993 Santa.

I have just ten more to stitch for a full set. Very achievable 

Friday, August 05, 2022

Friday finish- double crossed quilt

I am very pleased with this finish. I used red, white and blue fabrics and added in pink and turquoise to the mix. The pattern is by Angela Pingel and should be released this month. Angela's pattern is one of the best laid out patterns I've seen with beautiful photography.

I quilted the quilt on my HQ Avante using the Urban Elementz pattern called Malachite and using a baby pink thread from Superior Threads.

I found the perfect Aurifil thread to match the binding which was made from leftovers of the backing.

I then stitched the binding down using a foot with a guide on my Janome Atelier 7 and my Clover wonder clips.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

July 2022 achievements

I had already finished the July UFO challenge piece which freed my brain up to work on some other items. 

1. My first finish was the 1991 Prairie Schooler Santa

2. One more branch on Christmas Tree by Barbara Ana. It feels achievable now to complete this in 2022 as I have three branches only left to complete, though the area increases as you go down the tree.

3.  Coco dress by Tilly and the Buttons in John Kaldor fabric 

4. Another Coco dress in jersey from ByGraziela.

5. Test quilt of Double crossed Quilt by Angela Pingel Designs.

That was a more productive month than I expected but August is going to be light on finishes.

Monday, August 01, 2022

August 2022 plans

A busy month ahead celebrating my 60th birthday, a trip to the Festival of Quilts and Matt and Lizzie are coming home for a week's holiday.

1. 1992 Prairie Schooler Santa which is about half complete already. This isn't one of my favourite Santas as there are no big blocks of red to stitch. I think I've completed 28 out of the 38 patterns so far.

2. The Tree by Barbara Ana designs. Five branches have been finished and three more to go.

3. Finish Havana Quilt which is almost pieced together.

4. August UFO for our Guild Challenge which is The Light by Barbara Ana so portable and achievable. First I have to find it though.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Friday finish - coco dress


I made another Coco dress using the pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. It was quick to cut out as I had made a first version. Thus version is 4 inches longer than the pattern as drafted. The neckline still gapes and I’m not sure how to fix that? Perhaps lift the front shoulders and drop the neckline.

Next I will try out the unseasonal Jarrah sweater. It has a relaxed fit so I might drop down a size or two. The Cielo dress is also calling my name.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

WIP Wednesday -Havana Quilt

 I am currently quilting my other WIP - Double Crossed Quilt by Angela Pingel Designs so I have laid out the Havana Quilt by Paula Steele on my deign wall. This is made using a kit from Modern Quilt Club so no waste. Unfortunately there were four large turquoise triangles missing from the kit so I am at the mercy of Royal Mail and Jersey Post to deliver the missing pieces which Lisa has posted to me. I hope the pieces arrive soon and I can get the top sewn together before the end of the month. I doubt it will be finished in July.

The fabrics are all Tula Pink solids from Freespirit and are cut by Lisa using a Sissix die cutting machine.