Here are a few more berries made with those Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles. Many thanks to a fabulous tutorial byPhilippa Naylor, available in her book Applique Mastery and her online classes on Quilters' Question Time. These are approx 7/8" diameter and are ready to be hand appliqued into place on the next block of my Merry Christmas Garden quilt. Using these templates ensure perfect circles - every single time! I'll soon be able to make these in my sleep!
Oh my goodness I had an AMAZING time yesterday at The Festival of Quilts - and I was thrilled to meet up with the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs who had designed The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt that I'd entered in the competition. She really is is lovely and we spent an hour chatting away - it was hard to believe it was the first time we'd ever met!
Patterns and kits for the quilt are available from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK.
What a surprise I had yesterday afternoon! My lovely friends Sue and Jane were at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. They sent me a picture to show me what a great time they're having - and look what's behind them - yes, it's my version of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, designed by Gail Pan.I wish I'd been there with them yesterday! I'm looking forward to seeing this on display on Sunday when I'm there, and I'm looking forward to meeting up with Gail Pan too.
I recently had the pleasure of being a pattern tester for the Denim Boro Bag pattern by Judith Hollies (Just Jude Designs). I'd sent some photographs to Judith at the end of June, but had to wait before I could share any pictures on social media. The most difficult part of making the bag was keeping it a secret until the pattern was released! I used a selection of old denim garments, and teamed it with some gorgeous Tilda fabric for the lining...
...the instructions were really easy to follow, and included lots of pictures and helpful tips. I decided to repurpose a leather strap and hardwear from an old bag rather than make a denim one, and I'm really pleased with how my bag turned out. Anyway here's my completed bag and I absolutely LOVE it. If you'd like to make one, the pattern is available to purchase as a PDF download from Judith's website Just Jude Designs. I'll be using my bag on Sunday at Festival of Quilts, so if you see me please stop and say hello!
Month 3 of "Tree of Life" the latest mystery button club design by Lynette Anderson arrived in the post from Cross Patch last week. I haven't started this design yet, as I've been busy in my sewing studio with a few other projects! This particular design, "The Early Bird" is a mix of aplique and hand embroidery, and will be embellished with a hand painted wooden button. I just need to finish a couple of other projects then I can concentrate on this one!
Well obviously I should've shared this picture yesterday when it was World Embroidery Day! The pattern is "Bee Happy" by the Australian designer Gail Pan, and I'm using one of the gorgeous Valdani perle threads from the Cross Patch Favourites collection for the hand embroidery. The design was traced with a Micron Pigma pen with a very fine nib (my favourite is 005) and a lightpad. I've used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the back, and I prefer stitching with my fabric in a wooden embroidery hoop.
And here it is! Block 1 of A Merry Christmas Garden just needs a final press. This is a 6-part pattern by the Australian designer Gail Pan, and is absolutely gorgeous. he patterns, along with the fabrics, were supplied as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales. A selection of techniques were used for this block - some simple machine piecing using Aurifil 50wt thread, hand embroidery (I used one of the red Valdani perle threads from the Cross Patch Favourites collection for this) and hand applique have been combined to make a very simple but effective block. Most of the applique has been made using the Apliquick method. The berries and larger circles have been made using Karen Kay Buckley Bigger Perfect Circles. All of the applique has been hand stitched in place with Superior Threads Superbobs. This block has gone together quick quickly, and is 18.5" x 24.5" so I'll keep it rolled up whis are being made as it's too large to store in my block keeper! I've decided to reward myself with making a small project inbetween making each block, so it might be a few days before I start block 2.
The applique for block 1 of A Merry Christmas Garden by Gail Pan Designs is completed! The set of 6 patterns and all the fabrics were supplied by Cross Patch, an online shop based in Wales, here in the UK. Most of the applique has been made using the Apliquick method. The berries and circular flower have been made using Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles. All the applique has been hand stitched in place with Superior Threads Superbobs (polyester 60wt thread).
Hoorah! Finally time to celebrate!! After the ticket fiasco which has been an absolute shambles, all of my 5 winners have now finally received their free pair of tickets to The Festival of Quilts which is starting on Thursday. Many appologies to my winners, as unfortunatly this was completely out of my control. There have been several complaints on social media about problems this year with receiving tickets, workshop bookings and VIP passes. Apparently a different company was responsible for the distribution pf tickets this year so I hope a few lessons have been learnt! Anyway, I hope my winners and any of my other followers who are going along will have a fabulous time. I'll be attending Sunday 4th August, so you might bump into me there!
I think I should have shares in Karen Kay Buckley, as not only do I have 5 different types of her scissors, these templates are brilliant too. I've been preparing lots of appliqued circles for my latest project, A Merry Christmas Garden, and these Perfect Circles have been essential! Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles are templates used for a method of turned edge applique. There is a selection of sizes in each packet, and a handy ring to keep them on when they're not in use. There are some great tutorials on You Tube demonstrating how to do this technique. I first used these several years ago when I did an applique masterclass with Philippa Naylor. You can also get Larger Circles, Perfect Ovals, Perfect Leaves and Perfect Stems. The perfect stems have also been used for making the bias stems on my quilts, I'd be absolutely lost without them!
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