The Blue Butterfly Bag was started several weeks ago, and I was waiting for some inspiration for the machine quilting! I didn't want to detract from the beautiful fabrics, so eventually I decided to quilt the back of the bag in a very simple cross hatch design, with some straight rows along the lower border. I marked the design using a Clover Hera Marker, and using a variegated blue/grey Valdani 40wt quilting thread, I was able to keep the stitching straight by quilting along the indentations made by the plastic marker. Now I just need to decide what design to quilt on the front of the bag!
This quilt really does have baskets galore! This has been hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method along with Apliquick tools. and stitched in place using Aurifil 80wt thread. This is part of block 3 "Mary" from The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by Gail Pan Designs - and was bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK. The kit included the set of patterns and these gorgeous fabrics which are from the Sequoia collection by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics. Looking forward to getting "Mary" pieced together at the weekend.
The results of a productive morning at Kis Quilting Ltd yesterday! These small applique blocks are ready for Block 3 "Mary" - part of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt by Gail Pan Designs - bought as kit that included all fabrics and the set of patterns from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK.
More applique has been prepped using the applique paper and glue stick method along with Apliquick tools ready for block 3 of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, designed by the Australian designer Gail Pan. These gorgeous fabrics are from the Sequoia collection by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics. A super kit as always from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK! Now these applique pieces have been glued into place with a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue, they're ready for hand stitching using Aurifil 80wt thread.
"Louise" is completed! This is the second block of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by the Australian designer Gail Pan. Most of these GORGEOUS fabrics are from the Sequoia collection by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics. This block has been machine pieced, and has been combined with a variety of applique techniques, all stitched in place by hand. This block is 20.5" x 20.5" and will be added onto block 1 to make the first row of a fabulous quilt. This was bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales, and included all the patterns and fabrics including the border fabrics and binding fabric.
Last year I took part in an Aurifil thread club by Sew Hot, here in the UK. Each month I received 4 spools of Aurifil 50wt thread - and at the end of the year, I had 48 spools of gorgeous thread. Well Sew Hot repeated it again, and obviously I couldn't resist more of my favourite machine thread - so I took part again! The first 6 months of the Aurifil 50wt thread club resulted in these 24 spools of thread that are nestling in my thread box like jewels...
...and here are months 7-12 of the thread club. These threads really are divine! Aurifil 50wt thread is perfect for machine piecing, machine applique and machine quilting. 48 spools of gorgeous threads (and yes, they are different to the ones I received last year!) - now I've got a very impressive thread collection!
More applique has been prepared for block 2 "Louise" which is part of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt. This was designed by the Australian designer Gail Pan, and was bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales. As you can see, the applique hust neefs to be stitched in place by hand - I'll use Aurifil 80wt thread fpr this. The applique shapes and the bias stem has been temporarily held in place using Roxanne's basting glue. I prefer this method rather than getting stabbed with those annoyingly sharp applique pins!
STOLEN!! My friend Julia who owns Cross Patch had a fabulous stall at Malvern. She works incredibly hard making kits and samples for shows, and she provides excellent customer service. Unfortunately this happened to Julia's sample...
..."I had all my journal kits with me at Malvern with the samples on the front of the stand, unfortunately some lovely person 'borrowed' this sample and has failed to return it, as you can imagine I was not amused"😡
Machine piecing together pin wheels, flying geese and a pieced basket. These are for block 2 "Louise" which is from The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by Gail Pan Designs - I used a neutral coloured Aurifil 50wt thread and a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle together with a straight stitch needle plate for this precision piecing. Now these blogs have been pressed, I can get some of them pieced together with the applique blocks. More pictures to follow tomorrow!
Block 2 "Louise" has been started! This is part of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, designed by Gail Pan Designs - I'm using the applique paper and glue stick method along with Apliquick tools, and hand sewing it in place with Aurifil 80wt thread. The pattern templates are traced onto applique paper, and carefully cut out on the drawn lines. The applique shapes are then fused onto the wrong side of the fabric. Using a pair of Perfect Scissors by Karen Kay Buckley, I've cut a scant quarter inch seam allowance around each shape. A fabric glue pen (my favourite brand is Sewline) is drawn along the seam allowance of the fabric, the edges turned over and then pressed in place with Apliquick tools. A few dots of Roxanne's basting glue temporarily holds the applique shapes onto the background fabric, then it is secured in place using Aurifil 80wt thread in a mid grey colour and a Clover Black Gold applique needle. The tiny stitches come through the side of the shape, not on the top of the shape, then back down into the background fabric, so they are almost invisible!
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