I'm really enjoying this Mystery button project by Lynette Anderson Designs. The latest block, "Peace Offering" arrived in the post, and this one was quite a simple block. I traced the applique shapes onto applique paper, fused it to the back of the fabric, cut out the shapes (my favourite scissors are "Perfect Scissors" by Karen Kay Buckly), clipped the curves and turned over the edges with a glue stick and those wonderful apliquick tools...
...a few small spots of Roxanne's Basting Glue holds the applique in place instead of pesky applique pins, and my favourite applique thread at the moment is Bottom Line, a 60wt polyester thread by Superior Threads. I always try to match the colour of the thread with the background fabric, and I've been using Clover Black Gold applique needles. The stitchery design was traced onto the background fabric, and I used a wooden hoop for both the applique and the embroidery to keep the fabric taut and prevent it from "tightening". Valdani variegated threads are used for the hand embroidery and these are really lovely to sew with...
...I absolutely LOVE this foxy fellow! He's carrying a pretty hand painted button on a vine - each month a button comes with the pattern. The simple border at the top of blocks 7 and 8 is really pretty - I strip pieced some 1.5" strips of fabric for this, rather than cutting individual 1.5" squares. As you can see, I'm using fabrics also designed by Lynette for the project. I subscribed to this Mystery Button Club directly with Lynette via her online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia. There are a few stockists of this here in the UK, and if you have a look on Lynette's blog there is a list of all the shops that are participating in this across the world.
Back in July, Julia from Cross Patch sent me the most gorgeous fabric pack and a set of patterns for another quilt by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley - this one is called "Journey of a Quilter" and is really pretty! This first block was prepared, ready to take with me on my recent quilting trip to Yorkshire. While I was away I made a start on the stitchery designs, and I finished it yesterday evening...
...I spent yesterday evening stitching, and here's the completed block. I'm also doing "Leanne's House" by the same designer (also from Cross Patch) - these will look lovely hanging up together when they're finished!
I've just got back from a fabulous week in Yorkshire with my friend Helen and Linda, and we spent the week on a residential quilting course with Philippa Naylor. The majority of the other ladies on the course were doing wholecloth quilting, but I'd emailed Philippa to see if I could do curved piecing again as I really struggled with that when I did it on a course with her a few years ago. I'd packed a selection of batiks for my sample, and couldn't wait to get started!...
...it's important to have the right tools for the job - a narrow ruler, a pencil, a small rotary cutter and a pair of perfect scissors! Once the temples had been marked onto the fabric, cut out and pieced together, it was time to decide on the quilting. I'd taken a box full of beautiful Aurifil threads with me, and these were perfect...
...I practised lots and lots of free motion quilting, and was really pleased with these swirling feathers in the outer border. Once the FMQing was completed, I added a double row of piping, firstly in bright orange and the second row in fuchsia pink. Finally a half-inch wide curved binding is added to frame it - this lime green certainly is bright!...
...and here is my finished sample - I am absolutely thrilled to bits with this! If you click on the pictures, you can see some close-ups of the quilting and the piping. I still need to practise a bit more, but I'm so much more confident now, especially with these feathers, and I'll definitely add piping to more of my projects! I had a brilliant week away with Helen and Linda, and made new friends too. I'm looking forward to going back again next year!
Well my bags are packed and I'm off to sunny Yorkshire with my quilting friends Helen and Linda, for a week of quilting with the incredibly talented Philippa Naylor. We're staying at Highfield Farm, a wonderful B&B near Driffield. We've done this trip a few times before, and the food is simply amazing! I'll share lots of piccies when I get back, but I'm now going to load up the car (I've got more fabric in my suitcase than clothes!) and we'll be ready for our road trip.
A few weeks ago, I'd seen this kit in the weekly newsletter from Lynette Anderson Designs, and as I can never resist a small project that is useful as well as pretty, I ordered it from the Little Quilt Store straight away! The kit included the pattern, the fabrics and cute hand painted wooden buttons. I traced the stitchery design with a Micron Pigma pen, fused a small piece of weaveline fusible interfacing on the back, and was ready to start stitching. Valdani threads were perfect for this, and I used Thread Heaven thread conditioner on them as they can be a bit dry. The applique on the front of the needle case was done using applique paper, a glue stick and apliquick rods...
...once the stitchery was finished, and the appliqued hens and bee hive were secured into place, the panel was then appliqued onto the front of the needlecase, along with some small tabs. Rather than using cotton wadding, I used fast-to-fuse which is quite stiff, and gives a bit of "body" to the needlecase. Inside are some pockets for packets of needles, and a woollen hen is the perfect place to store a threaded needle. I made a slight design change, and instead of attaching ties to keep the case closed, I used a pair of button magnets. I've positioned them so the handle of the scissors is over the magnet, so when it's closed, the scissors stay in place and don't fall out - how clever is that!
I've trying to keep up with my BOM's, but last month had been really busy, so I hadn't started block 6 of Anderson's Farm, and then this pretty block arrived in the post! Once I'd finished block 6, I didn't bother to pack away my apliquick rods as I was keen to carry on stitching! Block & "First Love" is a sweet design, and these two bunnies certainly look as if the're in love! The embroidery is all stitched with Valdani threads, which have a soft variegation and are a delight to sew with. They can be a bit dry, so I use "Thread Heaven" which is a thread conditioner and stops them from breaking and fraying...
...and here is the finished block.The finished size for this one is 12" x 4" and was an absolute joy to stitch, even though it was a little bit fiddly. This pretty mystery button club is designed by Lynette Anderson Designs. Now that I've finally caught up, I can play around with some other projects while I'm waiting for block 8 to arrive!
All entries in this category must qualify as clothing, wearable art or three dimensional pieces. 3D items (this does not include double sided quilts) must have length, breadth and depth. Entries can be made by an individual or a group.
Jane Bonney - "All That Remains"
Inspired by the discovery of Richard III's remains. The cape is made up of symbolically embellished rainbow panels and represents internment. After all the excitement, after all the pomp and ceremony, all that remains are bones, no crown, no regalia like any other skeleton just bones.
In the section of Art Quilts, there was one particular exhibit what I was absolutely fascinated with. "Purdah" by Linzi Upton, was a wonderful piece of work, and one of the stewards was extremely patient while I tried to photograph all the individual layers.
This is an extract from the show guide... "after purchasing a black shawl at a world music festival, I researched Purdah and the complex reasons that Muslim women have for wearing a covering garment. The juxtaposition of the practise of purdah as a means to hide or reveal is explored in this connecting series of hangings".
...and finally this stunning piece of work is fully revealed. Beautifully quilted and embellished with sequins and Shiska mirrors. This really was an incredible amount of work, and has to be one of the most incredible creations that I've ever see.
Here is a selection of my favourite quilts in this group. The remit is follows: Quilts with a strong visual impact a high quality of execution designed to be displayed as artwork and communicating an idea, emotion or concept through the medium of textile and stitch.
Montse Forcadell Blasco - "Contrasting Flavours"
Joanne Hill - "Through the Sea to the Horizon"
Linzi Upton - "Purdah"
This quilt is so fascinating, I'm doing a separate blog post all about it, and will share that on here tomorrow!
This category is open to all members of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles and all European Guilds which are part of the European Quilts Association. The theme can be interpreted literally, metaphorically, poetically, as widely as the maker wishes. Quilts should reflect the theme for 2016: On the Beach.
Laura Kemshall - "52 32'N, 04 03W"
This was also the winning quilt from this class
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