Monday, 1 May 2017

17ufosin2017 April update

It's been a very exciting April as the Chester County Criswell Quilt has come back from the quilter. Katrina really turned this around quickly but did not skimp on her amazing attention to detail and beautiful quilting, I am soooo thrilled with how the quilt looks.

Chester County Criswell Quilt

Chester County Criswell Quilt

Chester County Criswell Quilt

Also this month, from the list I have made another cushion, from some interesting fabric I bought in Japan and some recycled velvet curtain fabric for son #2 and his girlfriend. Apparently velvet is in fashion again.

Off - list I made a little block for Marian, who is making a signature quilt 'Kindred Spirits'. I was thrilled that she invited me to join in. I really must update the name of my blog to reflect my move to the country.

Signature quilt

I haven't started the hand quilting kit yet but I have been working hard on my my Value Proposition Quilt and have sewn the first two rows...

Value Proposition hexagon quilt

...and the third row (of five) is ready to attach so I reckon I'm half way there. 

Value Proposition hexagon quilt

I nearly got 'my knickers in a twist' (an Aussie saying) when the way I had pressed the blocks wasn't working as I was joining blocks together, this isn't what one wants to see...

Value Proposition hexagon quilt

...I don't know if you can see but the seams do not want to lie flat where I am joing the rosette to the pathway. I always just pressed each rosette when I finished as a little reward to myself to see it all looking nice and flat without really thinking. Any way its nothing that can't be solved, just means more time at the ironing board re-twisting some of those joins and then thinking which way the rosette should go as I'm joining them.

Value Proposition hexagon quilt

I have also finished another couple of blocks for my 'Reading the Fine Print' quilt. 

This quilt is a combination of Jeana Kimball and Faye Anderson appliques and pieced blocks from Sharon's blog - that she is now turning into a mystery quilt along.

This month I also visited AQC and saw the most inspirational quilt that will guide my next MAJOR project. This deserves a separate post so stay tuned.

I am linking up to Meredithe's 17 ufos in 2017 Linky Party, if you want to see what other bloggers are creating.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

17ufosin2017 March update

Well I've managed to tip over into the next month again, this could be recurring pattern but at least I'm blogging once a month 😊
For March I completed the Chester County Criswell Quilt top and I was very happy with the saw tooth border. Not a great pic taken quickly the night before it was whisked off to the quilter.

I had some trouble choosing and finding enough of a fabric for the backing, these were some options...

The paisley at the top won by a clear majority popular vote. I can't wait to get this quilt back and sew on the binding.

I've also been plugging away at the Value Proposition Quilt, by stamping out the 338 hexies required for the centre pathway. 

I am managing to achieve the desired look of a subtle change between the path around the rosettes and the centre path.

A squishy package arrived from the Temulca Quilt Company...

I have been inspired by other bloggers like Susan, Hilda and Marian with their beautiful hand quilting and so I think I might have a go at quilting the Value Proposition Quilt by hand (eek!). I thought this kit would be a good starting point - wish me luck!

We had a G'nT Sisters retreat last weekend so I've been working on "that" quilt (no, not Dear Jane). It's the one where we are all making a version that combines Jeanna Kimball appliques with pieced blocks. 

I decided to use newsprint for the applique blocks but it's been such a challenge finding fabrics that will show on this that I'm going to call my quilt 'Reading the Fine Print'.

This house block is my current favourite (I even managed to sneak in some broderie perse)

For the 17ufosin2017 Challenge I've been trying to just work on 2-3 projects. I did a bit of applique on the December block for my Vases of Flowers wall quilt. I'm a bit over the tiny pieces involved and I can't find the perle cotton I've been using for the embroidery...anyway it's something to pick up now and then.

Happy sewing and I'll see you at the end of the month, let's see if I can make it by the 30th of April 30th?!?

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.