Get ready... Get set... go!! Lots of triangles and squares have been cut ready for the border blocks of Bless All Who Enter (pattern by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs). These GORGEOUS fabrics are by French General for Moda and were in the kit supplied by Cross Patch.
Bless All Who Enter - another gorgeous pattern by the Australian designer Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs - this packet of loveliness arrived in the post on Monday from Cross Patch. Julia has put a super kit together for this project, using a selection of fabrics by French General for Moda. This will be a small wall hanging, that will be displayed in my sewing studio once it's completed. Now I just need to prepare the applique templates, then sort through my thread box and pull out some embroidery threads for stitching this project!
I've been using Tulip embroidery needles for a few years - they are wonderful to sew with. Although they are more expensive than other brands, such as John James or Bohin, they really are well worth the extra money - they are the Rolls Royce of sewing needles. And best of all they're now available from Cross Patch. Tulip needles are in beautiful packaging too, as they come in little glass vials with a cork, and the box is tied with red ribbon - it's almost a shame to open the box and use them!
If you're local to the Leiston area, there's a small exhibition of textile art by Marian Nichols in the Leiston library. This is on until May, and there are some stunning pieces on display...
...I called in on Sunday morning, and was lucky enough to meet Marian in person, and she gave me some really helpful advice for my future EPP projects. She's currently working on a La Passaglia Quilt, that really is stunning, and her stitches are incredibly neat and tiny! Marian was using my favourite thread, Aurifil 50wt for her EPP...
...here is a selection of the textiles that were on display. It was a bit tricky photographing them asthey are displayed quite high up, but they really do look fabulous. There are 15 pieces on display altogether...
...and finally this stunning piece, called Melting Glacier. I hope these pictures will encourage you to go along and have a look. I felt so inspired when I was there!
It's finished! Tiny Town Table Runner is designed by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched - this was bought a few weeks ago as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK, which included the pattern, fabrics and jumbo ric-rac. Machine quilted very simply, I decided to leave off the ric rac trimming from the original pattern and used a narrow single fold binding instead, using the same fabric that I used for the backing.
Excellent customer service as always - my backing fabric for the Tiny Town Table Runner was ordered yesterday, and arrived in the post from Cross Patch this morning! Many thanks Julia - as soon as I've finished my chores, I'm making a start on quilting my table runner!
*if you're eagle-eyed you might notice I've re-made the brown roof that was a bit wonky! 😋
"Tiny Town Table Runner" has been machine pieced together with Auifil 50wt thread, in a medium grey shade. I've also added 5 extra rows to make it a bit longer (there was plenty of fabric included in the kit, which included all the fabrics, the pattern and jumbo ric-rac). I've just ordered the backing fabric from Cross Patch, and I'm hoping to quilt it next weekend. The pattern for this table runner is by the Australian designer Anni Downs, of Hatched and Patched. Looking at that brown roof, it's a bit wonky and puckered, so that will have to come off and be re-made!
Tiny houses have been appliqued into place for the Tiny Town Table runner by Hatched and Patched - gorgeous fabrics were in this kit from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK. I'm using the applique paper and gluestick method along with Apliquik tools for this project, along with a very fine Aurifil 80wt thread.
I've just had the most AMAZING week in Yorkshire, on a residential quilting course with Philippa Naylor. I had a super time, and was able to make this gorgeous New York Beauty wall hanging using some fabulous batik fabrics. The pieced borders and the pieced binding reflect the outer segments of the blocks, and a double row of piping was added for a pop of colour...
...under Philippa's expert guidance, I was able to practise my free motion machine quilting, using a selection of Aurifil threads. I quilted lots of feathers and twirls and loops and curls. These blocks were made initially using free patterns that I had downloaded from the internet, and printed onto very thin paper that easily tears away. Foundation paper piecing can take a while to perfect, but gives lovely precise, sharp points...
...once the quilting was completed, I added a pieced border to reflect the outer segment of the NYB blocks, then added a double row of piping. Finally the binding was stitched by machine to the font, folded over and hand stitched in place on the back. I absolutely LOVE this, and will try to use more free motion quilting in my projects, rather than my usual simple style of straight lines!
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford, with 2 very special friends. Yesterday I shared some pictures of my favourite quilts, and today I'm sharing a few more pictures of some of the smaller quilts that were on display - they were truely amazing. We had such a great day out, and came home full of inspiration!
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