Mothers Day Card

Lavender Card; Faby ReillyHere in the UK it’s Mothering Sunday on 26th March and three days later it’s my mothers birthday as well. I’m always in a bit of a quandary as what do you get someone in their 80’s, I thought I’d got it sussed when I suggested a day out at the quilt show in Harrogate, she loved the idea, but unfortunately she was poorly on the day and couldn’t come…so I was back to square one!

On facebook a couple of weeks ago a very pretty card designed by Faby Reilly popped up. I’ve stitched a couple of her designs now and I’ve patterns for a few more in my to-do pile. I clicked over to her site and decided the Lavender card would be perfect for my mum, even better, if I don’t quite get it finished for Mother’s Day, she can have it for her birthday instead!

 

Lavender Sachet; Faby ReillyI then noticed the co-ordinating lavender bag and sachet, so I ordered both patterns with the idea of giving her the lavender bag on Mothers Day and then the sachet on a padded coathanger for her birthday. I was even given a lovely bag of lavender in my goodie bag at the #sewdowndewsbury day, so I’m all organised!

I’m about half way through the card. It’s a lovely design with a nice variety of stitches, as well as cross-stitch there’s diamond eyelet stitch, tied oblong stitch, french knots and petite stitches. I did get slightly perplexed by the ‘petite stitches’, as I wasn’t sure if it was tiny cross-stitches or what I would call petitpoint, which is like a half cross-stitch. I know if I had messaged Faby she would have replied pretty quickly, but of course I was too impatient for that so I studied the photo on the website closely and decided it was mini cross-stitches…and when I say mini, I mean MINI! The linen I’m using is 32 count, so I get 16 standard cross-stitches to an inch, the mini ones are over a single thread, so that’s 32 to the inch! You do have to be careful too when it’s just over one thread not to pull the thread firmly as it is very easy for the thread to slip into the hole next door! The petite stitches are growing nicely and they do give a lovely effect, I just need really good light!

For the beady eyed amongst you, yes there is a slight colour difference half way through ‘for’ I’ve spent ages trying to suss out what colour I’ve used for the first half, one thing is for sure, I’m not unpicking it!

I’ll hopefully finish this over the next few days, so I’ll have time for the lavender bag and the sachet too, there’s not as much stitching on those so they shouldn’t take long.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone has been hand-stitching.

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Jenny Wren Embroidery

I’m feeling well chuffed with myself, I have designed and stitched a proper embroidery all by myself! I even remembered to take photos of my progress!!

At Embroiderers Guild we are doing a Travelling Sketchbook project, we’re in groups of six, we each picked a theme for our sketchbooks (mine is mountains) and we swop books each month so we all embroider something for everyone’s book over about six months. At the last meeting we swopped for the first time…

I have to confess I was a bit overawed when I saw the book I was doing first, it’s beautifully presented, it even has an exquisitely illustrated page for us all to sign! The theme of this book is garden birds…I had a good mooch on pinterest for a bit of inspiration and finally decided to stitch a wren, one reason being that it has quite a recognisable shape! We also have wrens in our garden, one year they nested about 6″ above our back door, under the carport. The singing at dawn and in the evening was glorious but loud, they are known to be one of the loudest songbirds but it seemed to be magnified under the carport! It was very sweet when they were learning to fly as if you opened the backdoor at the wrong moment and put them off they plopped onto the doormat!

I decided to use some lovely ivory cotton fabric I won in the raffle last month, it’s really soft but firm enough to embroider. I sketched an outline on some scrap paper before using a soft pencil to draw on the fabric. I then used silk paints to colour the background. I’ve only just started using silk paints with embroidery, I really like the effect but I really need to try it out on lots of different types of fabric as it does behave very differently to normal silk painting. The advantage of these silk paints is that they are set with the iron, so it’s pretty quick. Having painted the fabric I then decided I preferred the colours on the back of the fabric. This actually worked quite well as I could follow my outline from the back and not have the line on the front of my work.

I started outlining the wren with stem stitch, I stitched all the way down the front before deciding to do the rest with a tiny running stitch so it wouldn’t have such an obvious outline and it would also be easy to cover up with other stitches.

Next I had to work out how to embroider and embellish my wren. I used DMC varigated threads for most of it with a couple of their standard ones too. I started with the wren’s breast, I used feather stitch in creamy variegated one and then added another row with a thread with hints of pink in it, adding some french knots as well.

I chain-stitched round the wing next, added some fly stitches, but it needed something else so I had a rummage in my bead box and found some perfect soft gold beads.

At this point I felt I needed to create the eye and the beak, to give me a bit of focus, initially I just used a french knot for the eye but I later swopped it for a tiny checked sequin (also in my raffle prize!) with a little dark bead on it.

Wrens have quite striking little tails, I tried using spider-web stitch  but it didn’t really have the effect I wanted, it looked a bit messy, so I added some more beads!

It took a while to decide how to embroider his head, they have quite dark heads so I used a richer brown thread and just did neat rows of running stitch, very simple but I think it’s worked pretty well. His back was the next puzzle, I had another look on pinterest and noticed someone had used lazy daisy flowers for a birds breast and I decided it may work for his back. I picked a variegated thread that has brown, olive green and deep pink, I love it, it picks up the other pinks I’ve used whilst blending in nicely.

Having stitched my wren I felt he needed to be standing on something, a bit of grounding! This is the only bit I’m not 100% happy with, I started off with brown straight stitches, it needed a bit more so I used the thread from his back to do some french knots and more straight stitches…and some beige threads…and some green…I think if I do another I might try just a light green/beige thread. These things are all a learning experience!

I stabilised the embroidered with some vilene before blanket-stitching round the edge. The finished piece is about 3″ square, so Jenny Wren is just about 1.5″ from beak to tail.

I just need to write a little piece about wrens and attach my embroidery.

I found a lovely poem about wrens to end my piece;

And then at dusk as evening fell

the trilling voice was heard,

of tiny mouse-like Jenny Wren

the Queen of all the birds.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone has been hand-stitching.

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Looking back at February

February seems to have whizzed past, I know it’s a bit shorter, but even so! We’re knee deep in decorating at home at the moment so sewing has pretty much been restricted to evenings when I collapse in a heap in my sewing room! This month I’ve painted the office and the conservatory, stripped wallpaper off the kitchen and half stripped the dining room…and in the middle of all that I had the flooring changed in my sewing room which meant emptying it, and no, it still hasn’t quite recovered!

In the midst of all that I did manage to make a skirt, a button back one and it’s been worn quite a few times, my concerns about it popping open were unfounded, it’s actually really comfortable to wear, I think I’ll be using that pattern again.

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I was hoping to make a dress as well that would have covered both the monthly stitch challenge of something from the decade you were born in (OK so I was going slightly earlier to the 1950’s) and the dress-makers bloggers challenge of making something with love. I was hoping to make a dress for our wedding anniversary, but as it’s in 2 weeks time I don’t think it’s going to happen, it’s a shame as I’ve got the lining, the zip. thread…maybe I’ll try!

I’ve done quite a bit of embroidery this month. We’ve started a travelling sketchbook with embroiderers guild (EG), this month we had to do our introduction and first piece, my theme was mountains so I embroidered a picture of Catbells, my favourite fell. I’m really pleased with this as this kind of embroidery where I have to design it is well out of my comfort zone. We’ve now swopped books so I’ve to do an embroidery of a garden bird this month for someone else’s book, I have a few ideas going round…

Catbells embroidery

I finished my rolling landscape which we started at a workshop at EG, Catbells starred in it again. I had a beautiful bobbin made by The Turners in the Church at Bedale to put it on.

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I embroidered a very pretty card for a certain anniversary too, it’s a design by Faby Reilly, I’ve just got to make it into the card now.

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I made another sketchbook cover from an embroidery I did a few years back, this sketchbook is a working one for my own ideas.

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My progress with my Flower Lattice has been slow but steady, I’m half way through my third block. I’m still struggling to find the best time to do this embroidery, so it does tend to be in the few days before I’m due to post again!

Quilting wise, I started my new block of the month, ‘Down the Rabbit Hole by Sarah Fielke, a circle made from forty wedges was a bit of a challenge to say the least. I’ve still to add some homemade bias binding and then this month I add lots of round flowers.

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My biggest achievement this month was finishing the final blocks for my Splendid Sampler quilt, a hundred 6.5″ blocks, all sashed and quilted. I’ve started sewing them together now, I’ve done two blocks of sixteen squares, so I’m a third of the way there. I’m happier with the mixed fabric backing now, I got cold feet at first, but I think it’s going to look OK!

Highlight of the month has to be the #sewdowndewsbury, a fabulous day fabric shopping with fellow sewists.

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So, my plans for March, apart from stripping, lining and painting three rooms…hopefully my SS quilt will be finished and I’ll be well on the way with Helen’s elephant quilt. I’ve a little bird to embroider and my entry for the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook, it’s in France now, so I think it will be with me soon. It’s Mothering Sunday here soon too so I need to make a little something for my Mum, maybe a Lavender bag from Faby Reilly…and you never know, I might actually get that dress made!

Fabric Stash

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After last weekend’s shopping spree it has somewhat crept up, though when I emptied my sewing room, I looked at my stash laid out on the spare bed and I didn’t think it looked that much 🙂

13645348_1265772793463288_4222454598765578193_nStash at end of January 2017      54 lengths

Lengths used          1

Length given away 1

Lengths bought      8

Stash on 31st January 2017            60 lengths

I’ve just worked out that if I only make one item a month my stash will last five years! I need to up the ante!!!

 

 

 

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Fun, Friendship and Fabric

What more could you want for a perfect weekend than fun, friendship and a bit of fabric retail therapy! I had a great time!

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On Saturday it was #sewdowndewsbury, a sewists meet-up in the nearby market town of Dewsbury. Ali, AKA Thimberlina is the amazing organiser, this is her third one now, so she is getting a bit more chilled about the day and enjoying it herself too instead of worrying whether everyone else is enjoying themselves. If you get lots of sewists together in a fabric shop, we are bound to enjoy ourselves 🙂

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Handmade by Chris

There were about thirty of us this time, we met in Wetherspoons, it was a great time to renew friendships and make new ones. People had traveled from all over, but the person who won the Brownie points for travelling the furthest definitely went to Chris, of Handmade by Chris, who came all the way from Nuremberg in Germany, it was great to meet her and have a chat after all this time following her blog.

There were too many of us to all go round together, but we kept meeting up in the various shops before meeting up for a late lunch back in Wetherspoons. Ali had organised a goodie bag swop which was a lovely touch, we all took a present of sewing goodies, some had made bags, lots had made sewing accessories.

Goodie Bag Swop

Goodie Bag Swop

I won a gorgeous bag made by Eleanor of nelnanandnora, I love the fancy zip. Inside were lots of goodies, including a pretty fat quarter, a lovely purse clasp which is a perfect size for a new purse I need to make, some labels for gifts I make and a bag of lavender which smell divine. I’m thinking of making my mum a lavender bag for Mothering Sunday, so it will probably be used pretty quickly. There was also a cute hedgehog pincushion and a mug cosy which will be very useful as I’m forever getting distracted and letting my tea go cold!

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Of course I bought some fabric! Having arrived with the mantra ‘Mustn’t buy wools or shirt lengths’ as I do have a few waiting to be made up, I fell for a simple white cotton shirting which just feels gorgeous and also a pretty length of soft blue/grey with feathers on it. A length of Liberty cotton also caught my eye too! I did get a couple of lengths of jersey for tops though…and that was just in Fabworks!

We then went round to Lucky Fashions where I first fell for some love fine teal cotton, what I loved with this one is that it looks pretty opaque when you hold it against the skin, but it’s acid etched in a pretty design which makes the pattern more translucent. The lady then showed me where there were some more in different colours and I fell for the white one too, it’ll make a lovely shirt for the summer. I did manage to find some stretch jersey heavy enough for some trousers, that was on my list of things to look out for!

It was a great day and judging by the photos I got from Ali, I seemed to be laughing all the way round!

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On Sunday I went to the Spring Quilt Festival at Harrogate showground. There were some beautiful quilts on display. I particularly loved the one piece quilts, what I would call Durham quilts. They were hand quilted and the stitching was exquisite.

Of course there were lots of stalls too, I picked up a few more fabrics for my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt as I felt I needed more greens and purples, I also spotted some brighter ‘Teal’ fabrics, so I’ll quickly make another block for Kate’s Tealed with a Kiss quilt as I’ve not posted my other one to her yet. I’ve sussed out how I’m going to make it, so hopefully it won’t take long.

Just got to find a home for everything in my sewing room now 🙂

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Sweet Roses

str070-crd-pfi01I wanted to make a wedding anniversary card and when this design popped up on facebook I immediately clicked over to the webpage and bought it. It’s perfect!

It’s a design called Sweet Roses by Faby Reilly, I discovered her designs just before Christmas last year, I made a Mistletoe Humbug to hang on our Christmas tree. I love her designs, they’re straight forward to make but very effective. There’s several designs in the Sweet Roses range so you can even make a present to go with the card!

As usual, despite a box full of DMC threads, I had a few to buy, but I used some Belfast linen that was left over from another project, once I started it really didn’t take very long. If I was that organised it would probably be one of those designs that’s easier to do with a needle threaded in each colour so you can quickly swop from col0ur to colour.

One thing I like with Faby’s designs is that she doesn’t faff about with half and quarter cross-stitches, it’s all whole stitches, leaving the back-stitch to give shape to the image.. The eye follows the back-stitch rather than seeing the cross-stitch below. I managed to get a photo just before I back-stitched the last two roses…

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I finished it this evening, I just need to make it into a card now, on her website she has excellent tutorials on making up all her designs, including cards, so I’ll be popping over there for inspiration. I’m tempted to make one for Mother’s Day now as well, there’s a very pretty lavender one.

I really like the quote on this design, I’m planning another cross-stitch and embroidery project and I’m very tempted to incorporate this into it, so watch this space…

I’m linking up with Kathy’s quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not have a look what everyone else is hand-stitching.

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QAYG

Well I have finally started to put my Splendid Sampler quilt together. I’ve been prevaricating a bit, partially because I’ve not done it before and having spent the last twelve months making the blocks, I don’t want to ruin it at the last stage.If I’m honest I’m also feeling a bit snowed under with our house decorating schedule, trying to organise workmen, together with trying to keep up with challenges I wanted to keep up with, like the monthly stitch challenge.

I’ve decided to forget about the challenges until after the decorating, concentrate on finishing my Splendid Sampler quilt, I’ve then promised my daughter Helen an elephant quilt…and I’ve a charity quilt to make for the end of May…then I’m going to catch up with lots of dressmaking!

I decided fairly early on in the Splendid Sampler journey to try quilt-as-you-go or QAYG as it’s known. I knew I wanted to quilt each block individually, according to the design, rather than doing an all over design like I’ve done before. There is no way I could do that on my domestic sewing machine, with a 75″ quilt I think I would struggle to quilt it anyway. With QAYG each block is sandwiched and quilted separately, then the blocks are joined together. There are a couple of ways to join them, but I decided to follow the tutorial on Tall Tales from Chiconia Kate’s instructions are excellent.

The Splendid Sampler

Once I had quilted my blocks I trimmed them all to 7.5″, my original plan was for 8″ blocks but as Kate stressed how important it was for all the blocks to be exactly the same size I decided to trim them a bit more.

I chose a soft teal colour for my sashing, I cut 1″ strips and with quarter inch seams either side, the blocks lay perfectly together.I used my walking foot and double-checked my quarter inch seam before hand. The underneath sashing is made with 1.5″ strips folded in half, I machine stitched one side at the same time as stitching the front strip on, and then hand-stitched the back down. If you’re confused, check out Kate Chiconia’s tutorial, she makes it very simple!

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This is my progress so far, I’ve a couple of pairs and one set of four. I’m really pleased so far. I’ve decided not to stress over my sashing squares not meeting up squarely, if they do, great, if not, I’m chilled! I also think it will be easier to lay them out on the table in 16’s, decide on the arrangement before sewing them together and then moving on to the next sixteen, I can’t cope with trying to arrange 100 blocks at once!

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One factor that has made arranging them a bit more tricky is my decision at the beginning to use a variety of floral cottons to back. A decision I’m still hot and cold on, but once I’d started I had to continue! In the end I’ve done half patterned and half plainish with the idea of chequer-boarding them. I never thought it would be so confusing trying to get the patterned and plain in the right place!! I got myself in a right muddle last night. It didn’t help that I hadn’t sussed out that as long as the design wasn’t directional, I could just turn the blocks the other way up!! Once I thought I’d stitched them the wrong way round, but actually they just needed turning!  I had a bit of a brainwave today during my lunchbreak at work, I’m going to put a pin on all the patterned ones at the front, so I don’t need to keep turning them over!

I think now I’ve started it and got a bit of a system going, it shouldn’t take me too long, just 96 blocks to go…

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Stitch-a-long 7; Flower Lattice

It’s three weeks since I last posted my progress on my Flower Lattice. It’s a design by Di van Niekirk which uses ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. I’ve done a little ribbon embroidery before, but I’ve never tried stumpwork, so I’m learning lots to say the least!

This was my progress three weeks ago, I had just finished my second diamond;

Flower Lattice

I’ve not managed much this time, but I have stitched a bit. We’ve just started major decorations and work on our house, so in the last couple of weeks I’ve painted one room (ceiling and woodwork today!) stripped wallpaper off another two rooms, prepped another… hopefully by the beginning of summer I will have redecorated eight rooms, have new doors and floors and be all sorted, back to normal…the chaos when you start decorating is just not conducive to sitting peacefully embroidering!

Panel three is ‘a lily, narcissus & a ladybird’. I’m trying to be strict with myself and stitch them in the order of the book, so I don’t start with all my favourite ones and leave the tricky looking ones to the end!

The lily is meant to be stitched with silk organza ribbon, I’ve only got the normal silk ribbon, so I used that instead. My silk ribbon was quilt a bright orange, rather than the rich copper shown in the book. I decided to try overdying it with my silk paints, I added some deep pink to a drop of water in a plastic cup and dunked my ribbon in it, gave it a swish and then ironed it dry to set it. I’m pleased with the result, it’s just softened the orange. It’s not quite as bright as it looks in the photo, but it’s probably more tiger-lily than copper coloured!

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The buds were stitched first, followed by the main flower and then the leaves. The centre of the flower is filled with french knots and pistil stitches. The long stamen is a cake decorating one. The book showed one big one which was stuck in with a dab of glue, I didn’t fancy that method. I used a smaller one, dipped it in very dark brown silk paint and allowed it to dry thoroughly before I folded it in half, made a hole in the fabric with the biggest chenille needle I could find before threading the stamens through the hole. I just secured them with a few stitches at the back.

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At the moment it’s not my favorite flower, but hopefully the daffodils and the ladybird will tone it down a bit! Maybe the cute little ladybird will take centre stage!

The next step is to embroider the basket which the plant sits in, it has like a woven effect using whipped spider web stitches…so that’s another one to learn!

Tomorrow it’s my Embroiderers Guild meeting so I’m planning to take it with me to stitch on in the morning, so hopefully next month you’ll see more progress.

There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long now, all around the world. It’s organised by Avis, so if you fancy joining in just drop her a line. Everyone will hopefully be posting today so why not have a look what everyone else is creating at the moment.

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole BOMThis year I’m just starting one Block of the Month, it’s by Sarah Fielke and it’s called Down the Rabbit Hole. It’s a mixture of piecing and applique, so hopefully by the end I will have mastered needleturn applique.

The design is gorgeous, the first block was released on 31st January and it’s taken til now to pluck up the courage to start! Once I started I realised I shouldn’t have worried as Sarah is a brilliant tutor. The pattern is released on line, the instructions are easy to follow but there is also a video tutorial, where she talks us through the whole process, demonstrating each bit, it’s great! The facebook page helps us all to keep motivated by sharing our blocks, seeing different colour schemes, helping each other etc. Sarah also released design sheets so we could try and work out our colour scheme first, mine is all sort greens and purples, based on The Potting Shed range of fabrics by Moda. I’m hoping to pick up a few more greens at the quilt show next weekend in Harrogate.

Down the Rabbit Hole BOMThe quilt is a ‘Medallion’ quilt, so we start at the centre and work outwards. This months’s task was a circle made from forty wedges!!! We made a strip first and then used her wedge template to cut all the wedges. Just as important as cutting accurately is stitching an accurate 1/4″ seam. We were encouraged to double check our seam width first as a tiny discrepancy makes a big difference when it’s multiplied forty times!

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We made the wedges up in quarter circles first, so we could check the angle was right. My first one was spot on but my other three needed a bit of fudging with the iron. I was very relieved when I finally stitched it into a complete circle to see it would pretty much lie flat with just a bit of extra pressing (AKA fudging!) in the centre.

My next job is to make some quarter inch bias binding to make stems which radiate out of the circle. Hopefully I’ll finish it before the next month’s pattern is released on 28th February.

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Splendid Sampler is nearly finished!

It’s time for a little celebration! I have just finished the last two blocks of my Splendid Sampler journey. We started a year ago, two blocks a week with a couple of weeks off at Christmas for good behaviour and on Sunday the final block design was released! Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson who are the architects of this amazing project are publishing a book with all the designs in, it’s out in a couple of months time, so if anyone fancies making themselves a Splendid Sampler, and learning so much a long the way…I can recommend it!

I’ve actually got three blocks to show you, block 97 was designed by Lynn Harris, it’s a mixture of a french Fleur de Lis and Hawaiian applique techniques. It’s called Fleur de Lei, I must admit I chickened out of the Hawaiian tecnique and just used bondaweb and blanket stitch. I used a variegated DMC thread, I wasn’t sure about the colours at first as the fabric is a very soft green whereas the thread had alot of yellowy green in it, but as soon as I started sewing with it I liked it, it just gives a bit of a subtle lift to the block.

The Splendid Sampler

The penultimate block was by Kimberly Einmo, it’s called ‘Four Corner Spinwheel’. I really enjoy doing pinwheels now so this was a pleasure to make. Kimberley describes this block as representing her quilting life; ‘I love travelling around the world to meet quilters from all four corners of the globe! My hectic –but fun — travel schedule is represented by the pinwheel and the fact that I often feel like my life is spinning by in a whirl as I travel to teach! But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There are four blades which make up the double pinwheel and four triangles in the block corners which represent the four corners of the globe. I’m always happiest when I’m travelling and meeting quilters’

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The final block was designed by Kate Spain, it’s called ‘Centred’. It was a lovely block to finish with, it took a bit of thought to work the colours out, and a bit of time and concentration (not to mention the odd outing for the stitch ripper!) to stitch it. I decided my rabbit fabric could have a final outing for this block, it seemed apt seen as they also had pride of place on the very first block, they are surrounded by a field of flowers!

Her inspiration for the block was the calmness that sewing and quilting can have, ‘I made my first quilt in 2009, around the time I designed Verna, my first fabric collection for Moda. The methodical attention, care and focus it takes to measure, cut, and sew fabric pieces together is a surprisingly calming activity that I enjoy more than I could have imagined. But the part I love most is free-motion quilting, nothing fancy, just whatever transpires on my home sewing machine. To me, it’s like doodling with thread and the meandering, unpredictable pathways draw me in to wander along and to see where they go. Work, deadlines and the busyness of every day life dissolve into a zen-like state where I feel peaceful, centered, and simply happy. The design of my “Centered” block is meant to reflect this feeling and all the tranquil moments I treasure at my sewing machine. ‘

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I completely agree with Kate on the relaxing nature of sewing, how you can lose yourself when sewing , by hand or machine. It’s also very satisfying, especially when you have finished 100 different blocks!

I’ve quilted over three quarters of my blocks and this is my pile of trimmed blocks ready to stitch together. I’ve trimmed them all to 8″ square as they need to be exactly the same size for quilt as you go. Just got to start stitching them all together…

The Splendid Sampler

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Tealed with a Kiss

How teal is teal? This is a question I’ve been pondering since I volunteered to make a block for the Tealed with a Kiss quilt. Kate blogs over on ‘Tall Tales from Chiconia’ and she regularly makes quilts to raise money for ovarian cancer, the colour representing ovarian cancer is teal. At the moment she is making and collecting blocks for a quilt entitled ‘Tealed with a Kiss’, so all the blocks have a cross within the design, so there will be lots of kisses.

I looked through my stash for some teal fabric and to my surprise I had very little. I’m surprised because it is a colour I like to wear, but I clearly haven’t seen many fat quarters I fancy in it. I remembered one I was using for my Splendid Sampler quilt, luckily I’ve nearly finished the quilt and there was enough left for a 12″ block. I found another one that coordinated and then found a scrap of cream cotton with gorgeous teal butterflies on. Cracked it, I thought…

Then I made the mistake of looking at the others that had been made, they looked a lot brighter than mine and I began to wonder where teal stops and turquoise began, or jade, or peacock blue…I’ve decided to make one up and let Kate decide, I have assured her that I won’t be offended if it’s made into a cushion instead 🙂 I’ll be keeping my eye open for brighter teals in future!

I found a pattern on the Aurifil website, it’s from one of their quilt-a-longs, I felt there was enough of a cross in this one. Kate had mentioned that she could do with some crosses with a teal background, so I used the butterflies and plain cream for the cross and the two teal (well I think they’re teal!) fabrics for the background.

The block design is 12.5″, Kate likes if poss a bit extra in case quilting takes up some width so I made the outer border 1/2″ wider than needed so it’s easy to trim to the required size.

So here is my teal block (I hope it’s teal anyway!!) it will be winging it’s way to Australia this week.

Tealed with a Kiss

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