Thursday, July 3, 2014

Carol loves Florals

Collection 51

Another collection completed. I have to choose Colours of Age as my favourite in this collection. I just adore how the purple stands out against the roses. Can't say if it is my favourite because of the colours or the fact that I love roses.
C51 When I am King

C51 Colours of Age

C51 Amethyst

C51 Pretty Maid

C51 Star Within

C51 Rising Mist

C51 Tail Spin

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOM 19 - Place d'Italie

Collection 19
This is an interesting block with its mixture of small and large pieces. I had planned to have six of the smaller triangles in the inner section but somehow misplaced them and as I didn't have any spare blue fabric with me changed the block so that I could sew that night.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Revising Tutorials

As it has been a while since some of the tutorials were posted I thought this would be a good time to write a quick summary with links for people who have joined recently.

If you are new here, or even if you have been here a while but didn't know, at times people have sent in suggestions to help others. Here is a round up with links to previous posts.

Foundation Piecing -
How to plus a couple of simple beginners level blocks here

English Paper Piecing
I have only ever used EPP with 1/4in hexagons and didn't use it for Raconteur but Carol swears by it. She was the one who asked for the templates and if not for her request then there would have been no EPP templates.
Sue Daley has made a series of youtube videos about EPP. These appear good but I found that one needed more patience than I had to use this because of the size of the pieces. The video demonstrates with large pieces.
I have personally found that if you want to use glue with such small pieces then Roxannes glue is the best because of the fine applicator
This post talks about a site by flossie cakes and the wealth of information there
Post about a new product for EPP. I haven't tried this product yet but Sue Daley is well respected in Australia and is know as the queen of EPP. here

Applique is a method I have never enjoyed. You will be surprised to find that I have pieced many blocks which others may do using appliqué. This post provides a list of links to various appliqué sites.

Photographing Your Blocks
just a few suggestions on how to take photos of your blocks to make it easier form to photoshop and upload them. Btw if you want a copy of your cropped photo just ask me when you send it in and I will happily send it back to you. here

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Carol & Collection 58

Collection 58

Well Carol has definitely been steaming away whilst I have been overseas. Collection 58 .... almost to the end. Then we will have the fun of seeing how she combines them. I joined the blocks so that the colours complemented each other with no preconception beforehand. This is a sampler for her to join as she wishes. Can't wait!
C58 Smiling in Red

Smiling in Red and Celtic Gem I recognise both of those fabrics. Would check to see where they were in Raconteur but it is amazing how hard it can be to track down a particular fabric in that quilt.
C58 Celtic Gem

 Stripes would have to be my favourite, every wonky ones
C58 A New Kingdom

Garden Party would you believe me if I told you that there are seven different fabrics in each triangle ... and the triangle is less than 2in high!
A New Kingdom was designed in the middle of the night... no wonder it has so many tiny pieces. No one in their right mind would 'plan' on that many pieces!
C58 Garden Party

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ohhhh Look!!!

I decided last night to see if I could find an image of Raconteur with its rosettes and look what I found! There are more photos of other quilts from the UK National Quilt Competition here

It was interesting to see the different way that the quilts are displayed.
For those not from Australia, generally in our competitions the cloths used behind the quilts are black, although these are not always used. Also the quilts are hung in long aisles, side by side. This doesn't appear to be the same from the photos.

One thing I am curious about. If you know please leave a comment .... are the quilts arranged so that those from the same category are hung together or are the quilts arranged by size?
Generally here they are arranged by size and so if someone wants to see which quilts were in a particular category it is necessary to refer to the catalogue and wander throughout the entire show... apart from the miniature category that is.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

UK National Quilt Championships

Well I received a fantastic email this morning ...... read below....


Hi Cinzia

 I’m not quite sure how to start this! So here goes:

Katy has left a message with your son via the phone number on your Sandown Quilt Entry form for T 02 ‘The Raconteur’s Quilt’.The message is as follows:

Your quilt has won awards in these categories –

Sampler award
Pieced award
Theme category winner
Overall Runner Up

I’m sure she said that you are currently out of the country, but we thought you’d like to know at the earliest possible moment – well done! If you have someone who you would like to nominate to collect your trophies and rosettes at the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 pm – and they are able to attend, let me know and I’ll make the necessary arrangements.

I know it’s a bit late in the evening, now, but I’ll be in the office from 0730 in the morning.

On behalf of all of us at Grosvenor, can I offer our congratulations on your success. Without quilt entries there wouldn’t be a competition, so thank you for entering your quilt – dare I say ‘your mum would be proud’.

Well done, speak soon


My son will be surprised when he finds out. I'm not sure when that will be as he only switches his phone when he KNOWS that he will be receiving a call :) Definitely not one of the young who feels he must stay connected.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Getting Closer

Collection 55

Well what do you think of the great range of colours in this collection. Carol is almost at the end and then the fun begins deciding which blocks will go together. She is definitely looking forward to seeing which colours go with which. .. Me too!
C55 Sneezing

C55 Fifty & Loving It

C55 Fields Lay Fallow

C55 Over the Headland

C55 Inspirations
C55 Peacock Pride
C55 Friday Night Flowers

Saturday, May 31, 2014

BOM 18 - Evening Star

Collection 18
Evening Star is a simple star that I often use when teaching foundation piecing to students. It has so much forgiveness when it comes to joining sections that the student can hide a cartful of errors. Try it I am sure you will agree.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

So Many Points

Collection 54

Well this must have been one of the pointiest collections. Love Bygone Days and Blood from the Dust. They looked so different in fabric from the original sketches.
C54 Stars Upon the Snow

C54 Blood from the Dust

C54 Beside the Fountain

C54 Bygone Days

C54 Fred & Ginger

So which block is missing?
C54 Jellyfish Swirl

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Norwegian Folk Museum

Well I am improving on writing posts for this blog on my iPad, although the formatting is still a struggle. Often I use a table format so that photos and writing will line up. However I haven't been able to make the tables work on the iPad and will probably have to fix these up when I return home.

Formatting and layout aside I thought people might like to see some of the embroidery work that was on display at the folk museum.
This piece was only about 25cm wide. If you are able to enlarge it you will see magnificent stitching.