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There are a number of pieced hexagons that intrigue me. But one in particular I was determined to make.
This one is made up of half diamonds, triangles and half triangles from the Inklingo .75″ 60-degree diamond collection. The finished pieced hexagon is the same size as a 1.5″ hexagon. I used batiks and a finely woven white on white to make this as I knew it was going to be a bit tricky working with such a small size and having all those points meeting in the middle.
The back after the seams were graded and the little ...read more
When I was organizing my fabric stash the other day, I got really depressed and told myself that I really need to stop buying fabric because I probably have enough to make 50 good-sized quilts! So, I decided to take advantage of my Barnes & Noble membership, plus a coupon and gift card to buy myself a new book.
Now all I have to do is stop looking through the book and make a quilt or two! (or fifty!)
Life got so busy of late, there has been so much on my ‘to do list that’ the thing I love to do in spare moments had to be pushed to the side for a while.
More on the outcomes of that soon, I think, unless that life thing distracts me again,
It's always good to have a portable hand-piecing project on the go for those 'hanging around waiting for children' moments.
I suppose for me, a suitable hand-piecing project would have to be one with inset seams; something that is not so lickety split, nice and quick on the sewing machine.
So I had a little rootle around and found this block on Quiltivate
The block is made up of one repeating triangle x four so ... read more
Usually I find piecing strings quite relaxing, just feeding them through the machine in a comfortable speed, watching them add up into pieces of made fabric. This, however, felt nothing like that, but at the end of yesterday's string sewing session I had 2 long strips of fabric, one solid and one light, and I could barley move.
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Each padded seaweed frond took me a total of almost an hour. I'm pleased to say that the folded hexie flower was MUCH faster, but doesn't really relate to the seaside theme of the applique block that is still more in my head than made in fabric!
Nachdem meine Partnerin Corinne von PiecedbyPeace meinen Beutel erhalten hat, kann ich jetzt darüber berichten! Sie hat ein sehr schönes Bild von der Tasche gemacht, das man hier sehen kann und ich glaube, sie hat sich echt gefreut!
Das bin ich mit der Tasche im Garten meiner Eltern, bevor ich die Tasche auf Reisen geschickt habe.
Corinne hat ein sehr schönes Mosaik erstellt, das mir die Freiheit ließ, ganz bunt zu arbeiten - herrlich! Erst wollte ich nur lauter Streifen aneinander nähen, hatte aber teilweise nur so kleine Stücke und da kam mir die Idee mit diesem + Muster. Einbisschen Rumrechnerei und ... read more
Today has been a productive one. Not that I finished cleaning my sewing room but have done Block 4 of Floral Sketches BOM and sent out that lesson to those who are doing that quilt. Just a reminder that we are using Floral Sketches Set 2 from Hatched in Africa. I am also going to do another quilt with Floral Sketches Set 1 down the track. It is a challenge doing two different embroidery sized quilts at once. For those with the larger hoop they will be able to pick and choose which block size they do as all blocks ...read more
I signed up for Jen Kingwell's latest block of the month, Bring Me Flowers and my parcel of fabrics and instructions for month one arrived a week or so ago. Jen is the owner of Amitie textiles in Melbourne, Australia and is one of my favourite quilt designers ever. I love her work, her sense of colour and the fact that her blocks of the month are hand pieced.
I really enjoy english paper piecing, but I've never hand pieced a quilt before so when I was cutting the templates for the first month's blocks I decided ...
I have spent a bit of time outside this week so sewing has had stiff competition as I take advantage of the glorious weather.
Today I had to sow, not sew, some rye grass before the drizzle started after midday.
As the drizzly weather set in, I came in to sew. Well not sew, but baste.
I am trying to baste the 'Polaroid 9 Patch' quilt on the dining room table and spray baste as well. I am not a big fan of the spray baste so I think I will add basting pins anyway.
Doesn't this sound like fun?
Astronaut and quilter Karen Nyberg is going to combine these two activities when she joins the space station crew in a couple of weeks. This article describes her plans, how quilting will work in zero gravity, and a cool source of fabric scraps while in space.
I hope she publishes photos of her space quilts when she gets back to Earth. read more