Sunday, June 28, 2015

Slow Sewing

I recently ordered a handwork project. And that made me think that I should do something with the one I have had on the shelf-o-fabric since before Christmas. 

So it involves tracing, freezer paper, needle turn applique videos on youtube, basting and quite a bit of finger pressing.

Roll on the school holidays. 5 days to go.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Binding the Meow Quilt

This 'Meow' quilt top has been waiting for just the binding for months! I found some bright blue spot in my stash and made a start recently.

I do enjoy binding. But I always think, I am nearly finished, and it ends up taking ages. Based on how long it took me to do one side, I reckon it will take about eight hours all up to get this one finished.

I plan to gift this one to Lucy-the-niece. Probably for her birthday in Sept.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks - Progress

Over the long weekend, I got six more 6 x 6 inch blocks made. I added them to the top of the section on the left. Once they were done, I joined the two large pieces together to get the bottom of the quilt top done.

I have just one section to go - six more small blocks (I am over them and am doubling up now on the easy blocks just to get them done!), one 18 x 18, and three 12 x 12 inch blocks. They will go right up in the top left corner. They definitely need to be a bit darker.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pink Toran Finished

This little one has been finished for a couple of weeks, but it's now autumn/winter so getting a semi-decent photograph is not easy as it's either grey, windy or rainy, or being Auckland, a bit of everything.

I like this little one lots. I like the colours. I like the linen-like fabric and I like the 'organic' hand stitching.

The idea and pattern comes from Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah who blogs at The Root Connection. I have started another baby quilt using her book, so it's been a good investment.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Moda Modern Building Blocks Progress

I am nearly there.

Only 12 6 x 6" inch blocks, three 12 x 12" blocks and one 18 x 18" block to go! A couple more months is all it should take.

I tried to be less uniform in the two blocks on the right hand side. I am looking forward to seeing it finished. I love the green and navy combo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An Update on the X Stitching

I am still mastering getting my x stitches even. I think the trick is to make them biggish and to have them well-spaced.

I learnt this stitch from this Jen Kingwell video on youtube. I quite like the look.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Work in Progress: Pink Toran

My copy of Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah arrived recently. I love ordering books online. Sometimes I forget I have ordered them, so when they arrive, it's kind of exciting! I don't know how I discovered Sujata's blog earlier this year, but was taken by her photos from India.

I decided I would make my own version of her Toran quilt -

I was keen for a pink and red combination and did my best not to use green and blue fabric ... because I am always drawn to those colours so always use them.

All of the fabrics came off the shelf including the linen-ish 'solid'. If I did this one again, I would cut my strips fatter because I often ended up with a skinny strip right at the bottom when I trimmed the blocks back to 8.5",

I also felt like hand quilting. I am trying to use bigger stitches and to get them even. I think I will stitch in between these lines with some pink perle thread. And I 've seen a Jen Kingwell video online where she demonstrates hand quilting little x stitches, so I might add some of those too.

I like this little quilt lots.

In the April hols, I went to Singapore, primarily for the World Education Leadership Summit, but managed some holidaying before and after the conference. I hadn't been to Singapore before. It was an interesting place to visit. I particularly enjoyed the smaller communities outside of Orchard Road. I loved the side-of-the-road sewing service. There were Juki machines everywhere in Little India.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pink and Orange

Instead of working on small elephants to actually get something finished, I had the idea of making a pink and orange quilt so I did.

I see the original, by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation, has a much cooler title: Strip Tango Baby!

I used my long hoarded Silent Cinema (2011) and some even older Denyse Schmidt along with some last year Tula. I like the colours a lot. It measures 48" x 60" and is awaiting quilting.