Productive Quilting

You will know from my previous posts I have been following Pat Sloans Solstice Challenge, a block a week for 25 weeks from the Winter Solstice through to Summer Solstice. 

Well I managed to keep up and finally finished piecing it all together, made entirely from my stash it’s come together quite well. Some of the blocks were challenging and thanks to Pat’s tips I think I’ve got the colour balance right.  It’s certainly going to be a big quilt! 

In between making Solstice I also dabbled a bit with mini quilts which are very satisfying to put together as they are quick to do and great for practicing free motion quilting as you haven’t got the challenge of fitting large bulks of material through the throat of the sewing machine. Here’s two I made, both pattern’s are by Pat Sloan.

The butterfly’s pattern can be found in Moda’s Mini Marvels book and the sewing machine is called Let’s Go Sew and is available as a digital  download on Pat’s website.

My next challenge is to quilt the Solstice top! Not too sure how I’m going to manage that one on my machine, wishing i’d done a quilt as you go! 

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Solstice Challenge Update

At the beginning of the year I started Pat Sloan’s Solstice Challenge, a block a week until the Summer Solstice, doesn’t sound too difficult just one block to be made, but with the usual back and forth of life it’s more challenging than you think.  I’m just about keeping up to date with it and it’s satisfying to be able to sew each week even if it is only one block. Details of the challenge can be found here

The Challenge was to only use what’s already in your fabric stash which has meant I have experimented with colours that I wouldn’t have normally put together, but I’m kinda liking what is emerging. 

Lucky Girl Cushion

It’s been a while since I last blogged, everyday life, family and work has taken up a lot of my time recently with little spare for sewing, although I did manage to finish one of my UFO’s (unfinished object) a round cushion using the wonderful fabric from Jennifer Paganelli’s Lucky Girl line.

20140418-085245.jpgIt started off as a perfect circle but ended up slightly flower shaped!

It was the first time I have used piping cord and attaching to a circle of fabric was not easy. Learnt a few lessons, like you really need to use the right foot on your sewing machine, I believe, having read up on a few blogs after I had finished, that a zipper foot is the way to do it!

I was also given a really good tip from the lovely Jennifer Paganelli herself who said cut a circle of material then appliqué the segments on top, that way you get perfect points!
Instead I did it the hard way by taking the Quilters approach and sewed together each segment individually much like a patch work quilt hence the button, which isn’t just for decoration but hides a magnitude of not so perfect points!

20140418-083757.jpgThe button is another lesson to be learnt, I really should have sewed it right through to the other side as it then gives that plush pushed in look in the middle of the cushion, needless to say mine looks like it’s stuck on top!

That said I still love it and it’s really comfortable. It brings some lovely colour to my garden furniture, all we need now is the sunshine.

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Bowlicious

I’ve just fallen in love with this delicious little bow clutch. It feels so elegant to hold and feels really secure on your hand.

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I found a tutorial at Art Gallery Fabrics and decided to add my own little touch by quilting the main purse.

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I used FreeSpirits McKenzie Leaves for the bow and interior lining and McKenzies Blossom for the purse exterior both of which I bought from Lady Sew and Sew. I’m really pleased with the finished look and am now thinking of making one in the peach spring colours. If I do I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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A stitch in time

Well I did say I would post any useful bits of info I come across and today I have found two great links about stitches. I found a few I didn’t know about and some great instructions on how to do feather quilting.

The first link was courtesy of the Craftsy blog this has a great tutorial on how to do feather quilting using different methods.

The second is a free download on different embroidery stitches from Windflower Embroidery

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Fabric joy

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, I’ve just returned home from a few days in Portugal which was a smashing get away from it all break and I’m delighted to see that the sun is shining! More importantly though on my return there was a parcel of fabric waiting for me!

The material I ordered for the borders on two quilts I’m making arrived and I can’t wait to start sewing again!

What do you think? Good choices or not?

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