Friday, July 31, 2015

BOM 35 - Winter Blossoms

Winter Blossoms
 I just love those blossoms that appear towards the end of Winter .. cherry blossoms and others. I suppose the Japanese fabric suggested the title for this one. Oh it isn't that hard a block ... give it a try.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Colour Variations

Mixed collection variation -  Snippets

C60 variation - Post Scrip

Thursday, July 9, 2015

2016 South Bay Quilters Guild

I was contacted a short while ago by Sue Glass who is the quilt show chair for the 2015 and 2016 South Bay Quilters Guild of Torrance California.  

For their 2015 show, the challenge was 12 ½ inch red and white blocks, and one of those submitted used my block “Patrice’s Gift” from the Quiltmaker 100 blocks magazine.

Since then they  decided to use those challenge blocks to make their 2016 opportunity quilt, which is really lovely (red and white of course). The quilt will travel around the Southern California area and be displayed at their quilt show. 

I just had to share the photo. Isn't it a beautiful quilt. Patrisse's Gift is the second block from the top on the right hand side, just below the 's' in quilters. What an honour.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Collection 34 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 34

I always think of an English Garden as a subtle restful place with delicate flowers here and there.
English Garden

Paul loves gardening and could spend forever there ... even at night with stars in the sky if able :-)
White Wall Tiles

The lime green in this block looked as stark as White Wall Tiles in a new building. Funny it doesn't look as stark in the finished quilt.
Follow Your Heart

Yes I know the saying once in a blue moon. At the time this block was made there were so many once in Blue Moon events that I had to make a series of them.
Blue Moon

The long strips in Solid Gold appeared a lot more definite in the finished block than they did in the design.
Through the Roses

Which is the maze, the pink roses or the green path that meanders Through the Roses?
Solid Gold

Well of course you will all immediately guess where I was when I made Champs Elysee Alight and what I'd been up to the previous night ... Paris is beautiful. I'm so glad PJ studied there for a few years.
Champ Elysee Alight

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOM 34 - Follow Your Heart

This is one of the few applique blocks in Raconteur. The title and absence of many applique blocks reflects my attitude to this technique. I don't enjoy applique but adore piecing and so following my heart I do as little as possible. The star was reverse appliqued from the centre of the block to signify taking away rather than adding to.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Joy's Quilt

What a difference fabric can make. Joy, the woman with the bright red shoes, made this quilt for one of her grandson's and isn't it absolutely amazing. 
She'd had many plans but wanted to highlight the background fabric and her original plans would have meant a LOT of work and left little space for this fabric to feature. 
She had already made about 40 of the NYBs when she saw the Wedding Quilt layout and thought it would be the way to go and so asked me to design a central circle that could feature and allow her to us my layout. 
Viola not bad ... the quilt I mean. 
Won't her grandson be gobsmacked when he sees this!

Friday, June 19, 2015

One Man's Trash .....

Well I have been given a friend's unwanted scraps and boy what a monumental task it has been to organise them. I have been cutting for over two weeks and now have managed to clean up most of it but I was wondering this morning could I have done it better and after a bit of surfing have discovered that yes...... I could have completed it a lot more efficiently.
One site that I found is this one by Cindi Souder who gives some good suggestions on how to organise yourself for both better/cleaner cutting and more organised time management in the task of cutting fabric. Hopefully I remember it for next time but for now I have cut the following queen sized quilts from my friend's 'rubbish'
  • Storm at Sea
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Penrose Tiles
  • Three strippy quilts
  • Two hexagon scrooge quilts
What makes it even more amazing is those were cut from her small scraps. There still remain larger pieces to be cut ... another day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hexagon Anyone?

Was just cleaning up my camera card and came across this photo. Would tell you the name of the maker but I just don't know it but there she is in the photo. 

She lives in Berry if that's any help :-)

Isn't it a great quilt! Looks simple enough too .... If you like fussy cutting and EPP neither of which am I into.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Robbie Eclow Class

I was recently cleaning up my photos and came across these delightful quilt photos from a class that I did a year or so ago with Robbie Eclow .... where did the time go? If you ever have the chance to do a class with Robbie jump at it. She is the most amazing teacher.
All of these quilts were completed in just two days. As you can see there is just so much variety. Each is an original.

Oh and why isn't mine here? Well because I had RSI and so was unable to cut fabric for two days so I designed for the entire time and learnt so many skills that I am now able to design a lot more intricate quilts of my own.

Great teacher!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Look what I found!

Was attempting to clean up my sewing room... not a successful venture if one is honest but look what I found. I did a class several years ago with Jacqueline DeJonge and started this quilt. Learnt her technique but like all classes hit a snag after the class finished. That is one thing about doing classes the tricky bits are often at the end... well after the teacher has gone. I have actually finished all of the pieces but alas the circle appears to have too much in the inner section to fit the outer section.... another problem for another day.