I’ve taken progress photos and started to write progress posts but I never finished them. Anyway now I’m actually sewing on the binding so I thought I’d show you the border quilting before I do the big reveal when it’s finished.
Aurifil 12wt – my new favourite thread
The thread I used for the border is this variegated Aurifil 12 wt. It has a lovely sheen and I really enjoyed sewing with it. I bought it from my friend Kate of Kate Quilts who sells it at very reasonable prices. I think I might have to get some other colours.
I know I’ve been very quiet lately but I haven’t been slacking. I’m trying to complete the In a Spin hand-quilting. I’ve completed 51 of the 99 blocks and then after that I have to quilt the border so I’m less than half-way there.
I’ve also joined the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild. I don’t really like the word “Modern” as for me it has connotations of minimalistic ugliness in architecture and interior design. I prefer the word contemporary to describe the kind of quilts that aren’t just copies of traditional quilt designs. I don’t want to get into a whole controversial debate here either. I’m not saying one is better than the other. There are examples of both I really like and examples of both that I really dislike. Anyway the first meeting of the GWSMQG was lovely. Everybody was very enthusiastic, friendly and there was lots of interesting show and tell.
Here are a few photos of the In a Spin quilting.
So tell me… what are you working on at the moment?
I’ve added some embroidered country names to the borders and have added flaps to the two pockets and fastened them with a couple of really cute cat buttons. Where to from here? This work unfolds as I work on it. I have no real plan and that’s quite challenging because I don’t have an image in my head of the finished item. I have worked sort of organically before but only inasmuch as I tweaked or changed things along the way. Previously I always had a firm idea of how the finished article would look. Oh well, stay tuned, you never know what might appear on this blanket next.
Here are some photos. If you look closely at the large green flower you might be able to see that I have slit the fabric around the spiral so that it is textured. Click on the photos and you’ll see a larger version.
I tried so hard to bring you a post with lovely photos of Farrah the Travelling FQ stash. She has now visited three members of the list. The problems arose with this blog template. It really doesn’t play nicely with photos. It takes no notice of any instructions you give it with regards to alignment, size etc. In the end I got so frustrated that I gave up. Hopefully when the stash arrives here I’ll have better luck!
Losing my blogging mojo
I’ve sort of lost my blogging mojo recently. This template is difficult to use and I feel that a blog post without a photo is like coffee without sugar, but then maybe you like coffee without sugar. I’ve bought lots of interesting books recently but I just haven’y got around to photographing them. I also wrote a book review on Elizabeth Hartman’s new book but the publishers wouldn’t let me use photos of the pages that I had refereed to in the review so I’m not going to bother publishing it and I’m certainly not interested in writing a second review. It’s a bit rich I think as I actually ask permission. I know lots of other people don’t, they just photograph the pages they want to show which falls under the “acceptable use” guidelines for a review. However, it’s their loss.
I have been hand quilting my In A Spin quilt but progress photos of that aren’t that interesting, so I don’t really have anything to show you but I didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten you all as you’ve supported me so wonderfully throughout the evolution of this blog.
Till next time… keep sewing. 🙂
A little hand-quilting
When I went away I also took my In a Spin quilt which I had started hand-quilting a while ago. I didn’t get any done but since I came back I have been diligently hand quilting it. It takes about 1.5 hours to quilt one spinner and I think there are 64 of them!. Take a look.
Patchwork Orange is having a 50% off sale
The Patchwork Orange has a 50% off everything sale until the end of May! I bought this Jinny Beyer book for only$37.50! It has some really intriguing blocks in it.I also bought some small scissors and my favourite Clover thimble.
[Edit: I’m sorry for those who came and visited when the page was half finished. I accidentally hit publish instead of preview. Can’t you tell it’s Friday! :)]
I was sitting hand-quilting my In a Spin quilt this afternoon. I looked up and saw that Mr Tiggy had decided to stake his claim to an empty shelf in the Ikea cupboard I use for my stash. Previously the stash shared the cupboard with books but now that we have all those lovely new bookshelves I have some spare space. I haven’t bothered rearranging things yet as all this furniture will have to be moved (yes and my stash packed up) for the new carpet to be laid so I guess Mr Tiggy can have it for a while yet.
I’ve been very busy recently. My copywriting business has suddenly become busy again – always good for the bank balance – and I’ve been ploughing on with the Kaffe knitting as well as designing a new quilt and putting it together. What’s more the postie’s been busy too.
Then the postie came today with a Snoopy Postal Bag (I’ve never seen one of those before!), and inside were thousands of tiny quilt pins and this fantastic doodah for closing them.
Thank you Sylvia! My dear friend traipsed half of NY state looking for these for me and I’m very grateful.
A New Quilt Design
Here’s a photo of my half completed new quilt design. I’m planning on machine quilting and then embellishing with Sulky Blendables large stitch hand quilting afterwards.
Mr Tiggy “helped” me lay it all out but in the end the room wasn’t big enough for both the quilt and Tiggy so one of them had to go! He wasn’t happy at being evicted from the sewing room as you can see.
I’ve had quite a few requests for a video showing how I do my hand quilting. I decided to give it a go. It was quite hard to do as I was using my iPad video camera.
I first of all tried holding the quilting up to the camera but I wasn’t comfortable and couldn’t get the stitches right or get it to show properly. Then I had a brainwave. (How old-fashioned of me! Does anyone have brainwaves anymore? I suspect not, they all have “light bulb” moments these days. 🙂 ) Anyway, I put the iPad face down on the table with the camera part hanging over the edge so that it could film the quilting on my knee! It worked, though it’s a bit strange at the very beginning. Anyway take a look and let me know what you think.
Sorry I’ve been away a while but my business got hectic and a family member is in ICU so it’s been quite a time.
I’ve been shadow quilting the Lily Wall Hanging. I’m using Superior Thread’s King Tut Quilting Thread. It’s a variegated thread as you can see in the photos. I’ve finished the ripples through the middle. The very bottom is blank at the moment and I’m shadow quilting the top portion. And… I’ve found the Macro Zoom on my camera by accident. 🙂 So now I can show you more detailed photos. Here they are: