Monday, 23 November 2015

Liberty Love

A few things happened this week which has led me back to Dear Jane (untouched since February!). Marian finished all of her blocks and put them up on her design wall; I received some Liberty fabric from the G'nT Sisters for my birthday; and I needed some hand sewing in hurry for commuting on the train.  

K-7 Rose of Sharing

Don't you just love Liberty's Strawberry Thief fabric? I think this applique shape showcases William Morris' design perfectly.

The sisters gave me some Liberty blues. One was a hanky - how could you possibly blow your nose into such loveliness? Not me, instead it will become another DJ block.

I was on a mini-roll so here are the blocks I finished over the weekend.

H-12 Hannah Lou's Hearts

C-1 Trooper Green's Badge

K-2 Gandpa's Chickens

D-3 Jason's Jacks

Thought I'd have a bit of fun with the next one,instead of just using a white centre I used some of Liberty fabric from the Alice in Wonderland range - cute!

D-13 Field of Dreams

I'm off to Quilts in the Barn this Sunday with my sister Judy- be sure to say 'hi' if you see us!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Just a quick one

Just a quick post as I figure more shorter posts is the way to go so I don't et too behind. Firstly here's AWS Block #18, I do really enjoy sewing broderie perse.

And I've done two more Value Proposition blocks...

Value Proposition Quilt Block #11

Value Proposition Quilt #12
...'only' four more to go and then there are some half blocks to do and then a double pathway, oh well getting there eventually.

Happy Monday and I hope you get some sewing time in this week.


Friday, 6 November 2015

Variations of a theme

Hi everyone - 'long time no see'. I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. I've been busy either working or sewing and soon got out of the way of blogging. Anyway I've been working on a range of 'variations on a theme'.               After the excitement and exhaustion of finishing my Antique Wedding Sampler guess what? I'm making another one by special request from a family friend!

Once again I'm using a lot of French General fabrics but the variation is the colour scheme, this one is in blues and creams.  The fabric in the right hand corner will be my border fabric. I've been getting a lot of inspiration from Heather who has almost finished her gorgeous blue and white AWS. Here are a couple of my recently finished blocks.

Block #9 Antique Wedding Sampler

Block #6 Antique Wedding Sampler
I've enjoyed getting back to the Value Proposition Quilt, with it's nice easy piecing of hexagons to work on in the evening after working all day. These blocks can take a few variations on fabric choices before finding the right combination. 


Block #8 Value Proposition Quilt
The next block was interesting to make as it required appliqued circles made from two strips of fabric sewn together first.

Block #9 Value Proposition Quilt

Karen's fussy cutting is always inspirational, that's where I got the idea for the first round on this next block.

Block #10 Value Proposition Quilt
I have used different ways to mark out the hexagons, I was printing them but kept on having problems with jamming so now I'm tracing around a template with gel pens. Don't they look pretty in my pencil case from Korea.

I find they glide more easily over fabric than a lead pencil and the white is great on dark fabrics. For fussy cutting I trace around the outer edge on the right side of the fabric, cut it out and then flip over the hexie to mark the seam lines.

At the Warrandyte chapter Applique Guild meetings there's always plenty of inspiration.

Sue's quilt

Olga's quilt

Some of us are testing a pattern which is a variation on the Jane Pizar quilt. It's a bit hush hush so here's just a peek of my first four blocks.

I'm having fun mixing all types of fabric together on this quilt and it has motivated me to organise my fabrics by colour regardless of style.

I'll leave you with my latest Words to Live By block. Unfortunately it looks as though the word is 'Jog' because of the placement on the shirting pattern... is in fact 'Joy' - most appropriate as we head towards the 'Silly Season'.