Friday, 3 March 2017

17ufosin2017 February update

I don't think I did as much as in January but I'm still going well with the 17ufosin2017 challenge. The GnT Sisters came for a weekend of fun and sewing so it was great to get their help with a couple of layouts.

I finally decided on a layout for the CCCQ and have sewn all 33 blocks together. I want to sew on a sawtooth border to finish it off so still a way to go.

I also used the opportunity to get advice on the layout for my Value Proposition Quilt and achieved consensus.

Don't you love the border fabric I'm using? There was bit of discussion as to which way it should go - tassles hanging out (above) or hanging in towards the quilt (as below) what do you think?

Winterthur Museum John Hewson #5492

I finished the pathways on the last few blocks so now ready to tackle the centre pathways.

I also managed a couple of blocks for the GnT Sisters' still un-named quilt. Now, when I machine piece blocks I don't do any pressing until the block is finished, I find I get better results this way when nesting seams together.

Gussie's Goose Block

Weathervane Quilt Block
Weathervane Block
And I've drawn up the next block, 4 baskets and looking at some fabric possibilities. I'm really enjoying drafting up my own blocks from Sharon's blocks, so that I get the 9" size I want.

Good luck to anyone else in the challenge and thanks for your ongoing encouragement!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

17ufosin2017 January update

Yikes, we've tipped over into February already but here's my January update. Meredithe & Anne's challenge has really worked for me so far and I have three finishes from my list😊😊😊
1. The [Travel] Comfort Quilt - most of the fabrics in this quilt are from my travels in Japan and New Zealand. This quilt was designed by Leanne Beasley and the pattern is in her Vignette #3 magazine. It's lovely to have it on our bed during the summer months.

The little EPP tumbler blocks on the label were left over from a sewing box that I made, all these fabrics are in the quilt.

9. Sew Laugh Love - another Leanne Beasley design.

I really like the way the applique squares and triangles from the border fabrics blend in and don't you love the vintage buttons that I inherited from a friend?

15. Boro coasters - these were started in a BeBe Bold class.

I have also FINALLY finished all of the blocks for the Chester County Criswell Quilt - yay! As you know I have subsituted some different blocks into this quilt, the pineapple block below was designed by Elly Sienkiewicz

 I drew a pomegranate block from a picture I saw on one of Barbara Brackman's blog posts.

So I have finished all the blocks but now I'm struggling with the layout, anyway hope to have it sorted soon.

And I have made a block for the retro quilt from Sharon's blog.
Bow tie block
I have also been doing a lot of hand sewing of the first pathways for the Value Proposition Quilt, the done pile has now out grown the unfinished pile.

Thank you for all the encouragement I received about my list. This challenge has really motivated me and it's not too late to join in the fun.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


LI've decided to join Meredithe's challenge 17 UFOs in 2017. The idea is to 'substantially progress' 17 projects and any finishes are considered a bonus 😀 Now, do I even have 17 projects???
Let's start with a list:

1. The Comfort Quilt - just finishing off the binding as we speak! FINISHED! 6 January 2017

2. Chester County Criswell Quilt - I know, I know I keep saying one more block but I've done some substituting... It's a long story.

3. GnT Sisters as yet un-named quilt, we're all making a quilt that is a combination of Jeanna Kimball appliqué and pieced blocks. I'm using Sharon's 30s repro quilt-along blocks for my pieced blocks.

4. Value Proposition Quilt - coming along nicely, slowly but surely - all the blocks are made so now working on the pathways (oops please excuse my toe).

5. Vases of Flowers wall quilt - good one for sewing on the train - yes I've moved, no longer on the Warrandyte Bus.

6. Cheltenham - it's hard to be motivated to progress this as I'm no longer attending the Warrandyte Appliqué Guild chapter meetings, where some of us started trialling Sonia's pattern.

7. Dear Jane - I can't believe it's a year since I last made a block! I'm using all blue Liberty fabrics in my version of this iconic quilt.

8. Words to Live By - I'll probably wait until Winter to work on this wool appliqué quilt again.

9. Sew Laugh Love - I usually grab this for a few stitches when I have absolutely nothing else prepared. FINISHED! 19 January 2017

10. Sovereign - I decided I needed a new quilt for the new home.

11. 12 Days of Christmas - another Christmas has come and gone....

12. Aunty Green - it was great seeing the original at the Australian Quilt Exhibition last year.

13. Cushions - I made the cat print one for son #2 and his girlfriend for Christmas and would like to make more from the heavy weight fabrics and linen I bought in Japan last March.

14. Simply Blessed - I've chosen the fabrics and bagged them up for the first two blocks so I'm calling it a start.

15. Boro coasters - I started these in a BeBe Bold class, must try and finish the little set of 3. FINISHED! 8 January 2017

16. Home Sweet Home - this quilt is so old I'm not even sure if it's the correct title. It's no longer really my style or colours but I should just get the binding on (which I found yesterday) and finish it.

17. Phew! That's it, I think I'm done, don't seem to have anything else. Oh wait, there's more!
Knitted scarf - I lost count of stitches and rows and broke the circular needle with my first attempt at knitting for years so here it is in the too hard basket waiting for some cooler weather and inspiration.

You might be wondering why my blue & cream AWS didn't make the list??? That's because I finished it just before Christmas :D I might post about it next time.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and all the best for 2017!


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Peek-a-boo I sew you!

I have finished the top of my blue and cream version of Di Ford's Antique Wedding Sampler (re-visited) - yay! 

Antique Wedding Sampler revisited quilt Di Ford

Unfortunately my closeline no longer winds up to its full height so the quilt is left dragging on the ground. It's quite a big quilt as my sashings were cut wider to accomodate the design on the fabric. The last time I blogged about this quilt I was doing the broderie perse and I don't think you've seen the centre vase and you can see how I cut the sashing fabric. I got the sashing idea from Sofie and the vase of flowers design from Lynne - it's great to have friends to get inspiration from!

Antique Wedding Sampler revisited quilt Di Ford
I felt as though I needed a border or some kind of break between the busy triangle blocks of broderie perse and toile and for some crazy idea I decided to do a 'peek-a-boo' inner border (hmmmm, I think I can blame/credit Veronique for this one). Initially I just pinned the binding style strip sandwiched between the quilt top and the outer border and sewed it together on the machine. 

Antique Wedding Sampler revisited quilt Di Ford

Well this was a complete failure and came out all uneven. Would you believe I sewed on two sides without really looking at it and then I had to do about 4 metres of reverse sewing (unpicking) - ugh!!
So I decided to be a lot more methodical - this is the process I came up with. First carefully measure across the quilt top and mark to match up equal distances.

One problem I had was strip not staying folded and together nicely... I spray starched it (as I would for bias stems). 

Even though I did not cut the strip on the bias it was still acting floppy and stretchy so I stitched the two raw edges together onto the outer border with a large tacking stitch on the machine 1/8" from the edges.

Then I sandwiched it together and pinned, using the lines I had marked earlier with the frixion pen.

Also pinning carefully on the diagonal to catch the seam allowances on the triangle keystones.

Then sewing it all together, with a 1/4" seam and I used a slightly larger seam stitch.

Hopefully you can see the 1st large tacking 1/8" seam that attached the strip to the outer border and the normal 1/4" seam that sandwiched it all together.

A good press...

...and voila!!! Nice and straight and even.

Antique Wedding Sampler revisited quilt Di Ford

I then mitred the corners the Di Ford way...

Antique Wedding Sampler revisited quilt Di Ford

Where you hand fold, pin, tack and hand sew the border strips together. You can find Di's mitring method on YouTube.

I don't know if I would ever do another peek-a-boo border on a large quilt but I think it was worth it in the end.

Antique Wedding Sampler revisited quilt Di Ford

Be sure to hop over to the G'nT Sisters where you can see Lynne and Sofie's AWS quilts just back from the quilter.

Thanks for your well wishes from my last post, I'm completely recovered from the flu.

Oops I nearly forgot, what's one of my posts without a CCCQ update. Here are my latest blocks only one more to go....

Chester County Criswell Quilt
CCCQ Block #28

Chester County Criswell Quilt
CCCQ Block #33 or the 'Jatz Biscuit'
I have substituted this wreath block from
 Corliss' Celebrating Mary Brown pattern there were lots of inner curves in this one!

Chester County Criswell Quilt