I just received an email from The Quilt Show which had a link to their blog with a slideshow of Sadu House in Kuwait. Take a look the textiles are really gorgeous! Not to mention the place itself. The carved woodwork and the ironwork are truly beautiful.
I had a birthday recently and I was just about to take the cards down and I thought I’d share them with you. I got a good haul this year.:)
I also did very well in the present department! My lovely US email friend, Sylvia sent me a whole box full of goodies including a wonderful book about the Finger Lakes of New York State. The photographs are just stunning. Not to mention an apron each for me and my granddaughter and an absolutely fabulous mug by Laurel Burch. Isn’t it gorgeous! Take a look at the Fantastic Felines on her website.
My lovely daughter bought me three quilting books. I have to admit to having given her the hint and the links to the Book Depository so she could send them without having to pay postage. Although I did expect her just to choose one not all three but she said they had 40% off so she bought the lot! I’m not complaining. Sadly they no longer have such a great discount but they’re still good value. I have already spent hours poring over them.
The Kaffe Fassett book Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts doesn’t disappoint. In addition to the actual quilts the photos of the patterns he sees in the world around are wonderful. The book on Tile Quilts I found very interesting. It has a very clever way of doing the applique so you don’t need to work out seam allowances. And last but not least, Michelle Hill’s lovely book, William Morris in Applique. This really does inspire me to want to do heaps more applique. Sigh…
I’m sick today but the sun’s shining and the fabrics are uplifting so all is not bad with the world.
It’s a lovely peaceful Autumn day and I ‘m sitting by the window hand quilting my Andalusian Tile quilt. It’s my own design based on the Andalusian Star pattern. Here’s a sneak preview.
The colour reproduction isn’t great but I did take it with my trusty mobile phone so I can’t expect marvels.
Don’t the Kaffe Fassett fabrics look lovely? So much movement and colour! They are my most favourite fabrics. I just wish I could afford more of them.
Why are fabrics so expensive in Australia? $28 to $30 per metre just seems way too much for me. Especially when they’re only $8 or $9 a yard in the US.
Well here it is. My version of Oh Fransson’s Wonky Canasta Quilt. You can see hers here or buy the pattern here. I had a love/hate relationship with this quilt. I really enjoyed the piecing. I don’t normally machine piece but I did with this one and I really had fun. Then I decided to throw caution to the winds and machine quilt it. And… that’s not all. I decided in a moment of aberration to try spray basting which I also hadn’t done before. Big mistake!
Spray basting may be quicker but I didn’t find it “safer”. And machine quilting. Oh my goodness it was like wrestling with an Anaconda! I did a few diagonals and then got sick of it and put the binding on. Then after a few days when the dust had settled and I had calmed down I machined diagonals the opposite way. Then of course I had to sew in all the ends. Ah well…
Anyway this photo was taken before the second lot of quilting. I really need some machine quilting lessons.
A couple of weeks ago I visited a friend in Westmead Hospital in Sydney. I was taken by what looked like a painting in the foyer. When I went closer to inspect it the blurb next to it informed me it was a Kaldor fabric panel. It went on to say that there were many such throughout the hospital as well some from the Finnish company Marimekko. On my journey through the rabbit warren of corridors I didn’t see any more but if you’re visiting see if you can spot any. There is a publication on the web that mentions them and has a photo a good deal better than the one my mobile phone took. Here is the link. Scroll down to page 84 and you’ll see the John Kaldor and the Marimekko panels.
I’ve put a list of the blogs I visit regularly on the blogroll in the right column but I thought I’d just review a few of them here. These quilters all make modern quilts that look so elegant and fresh.
Ashley from Film in the Fridge is a prolific blogger who is very generous with her expertise. She mostly makes lap/cot size quilts and it’s really lovely to see someone making non-traditional baby quilts. She has a great tutorial on making pillowcases too.
Alyssa from Handmade by Alyssa has a great neutrals quilt which looks really masculine and would make a great “den quilt”.
Nettie from A Quilt is Nice shows just how wonderful simple patchwork can be. Her quilts really sing.
Victoria at The Silly Boo Dilly is inspired by “old utilitarian quilts, antique patched and mended textiles” and has done some really beautiful quilts, pin cushions and table runners in this style. Take a look!
Elizabeth Hartman’s blog Oh Fransson! is one of my favourites and in fact the quilt shown on my blog banner is a Wonky Canasta Quilt made from her Canasta series pattern.
Last but not least – Janet, another Aussie, from Quiltsalott does some stunning work. I particularly like the quilt on her banner.
Another great resource
In addition to blogs as a source of inspiration I’ve found this great site that has antique geometric patchwork block patterns. Take a look!
The next thing to do is to the quilt the top patchwork pieces to the carrier fabric the same way you did for the bottom pieces that will make the pockets. Once you have done this fold the bottom pieces up so they make a pocket and then place the two pieces right sides together. Then stitch down one side, across the bottom and up the other side and then turn it right side out.
Once you have turned it right side and out and pushed out the corners take your last 2.5″ strip of around 26″ and prepare it as you did for the piping on the pockets. FInd the middle of the strip and place it over the middle of the top edge of the peg bag. Pin the piping on and pin the loose bits that hang over the edges. Then sew all the way along.
Tie a knot in each end of the piping and then hang the bag from a skirt/trouser hanger.
There you have it. If you have any problems please let me know in the comments section and I’ll be happy to help.
Ok so by now you should have two pieces of carrier fabric that have a strip of patchwork attached to their top halves. Turn them over and repeat the process, pressing the patchwork fabric towards the bottom half this time.
The next post will give instructions for the final assembly.
Then you need one of your 2.5″ strips. Cut it to around 13″ long. Fold it in half lengthwise and press. Then open it out and fold each edge towards the centre and press again.
Take one of your carrier fabric pieces and fold the piping over the raw edges of the bottom patchwork piece. Pin and sew.
Once the piping is on stitch across the flap to anchor the patchwork to the carrier fabric. Please note at this stage you have not folded the carrier fabric at all. That comes next
Repeat for the other piece. Fold your patchwork flap up so that now you have both patchwork sections on the same side of the carrier fabric and you have formed the basis of the pocket. You should now have two pieces ready for the final assembly of the bag.
The next post will show the final steps of how to assemble the bag.
Ok, so you’ve gathered your fabrics. I used 2 pieces of white cotton twill as the “carrier fabric” and 8 x 6.5″squares of patchwork fabric. You can use whatever fabric scraps you have as long as you can sew them into 6.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles.
Construct the patchwork rectangles
Sew the patchwork fabrics together to make 4 rectangles 12.5″ x 6.5″. Press the seams flat.
Check the dimensions and trim if necessary. Lay one of the patchwork rectangles face down on the “carrier fabric” 6.25″ from the top edge.
Then sew it down with a .25″ seam. Then press the rectangle towards the top of the carrier fabric so that the right side is visible. The top of the patchwork should be level with the top of the carrier fabric. See illustrations below.
Do the same to the other piece of carrier fabric with one of the other patchwork rectangles. We’ll attach the next patchwork rectangle in the next tutorial.
Well the aim is to sew a little, write a little everyday. So here goes…
Yesterday I finished making a quilted, patchwork peg tidy. I’m really happy with it as I made it using scraps I had left over from another project. I photographed the process in order to make a free pattern and tutorial for others who would like to try it.
What makes my peg tidy different?
Most peg bags or tidies are made using an ordinary coat hanger. I used a skirt/trouser hanger and I put pockets on both sides so no matter where you hang it on the washing line you’ll have easy access to the pegs.
Here’s a couple of pics of the final tidy and tomorrow – she said hopefully – I’ll start the first lesson of the tutorial.
I hope you’ll sew along with me. Here is a list of the items you’ll need to complete it:
- skirt or trouser hanger (I used a give-away one)
- 2 pieces of cotton fabric 12.5″ x 18.5″ (I used a slightly heavier than normal cotton twill fabric ) – note this fabric won’t be seen except inside the pockets.
- some patchwork fabric scraps that you can sew together to make four pieces 6.5″ x 12.5″.
- around 56″ of 2.5″ wide strips. I used leftover binding strips. You don’t need it in one length. The lengths you need will be 2 pieces around 13″ long and one piece about 30″ long.
- cotton thread for sewing.