red & white blocks

red and white block.jpgThe LMQG are holding a few inter guild swaps at the mo, we have 2 deadlines coming up and there’s nothing linke a deadline to get me stitching!  The brief was red and white 12.5 inch block, these 2 were made with cotton poplin rather than the Kona solids I used before as I perfer sewing with better quilty fabrics.  This one turned out a little smaller than expected so added a boarder.  The second, a dresden squared block

red and white dresden.jpgI found inspiration from the fabulous Jenny over at Missouri Quilt company.

Its tipical bank holiday wet weather today, so perfect excuse to curl up and read a book and do some sewing!  What are you all up to?

bow tied

bow tied close upDo excuse the photo, learning how to use my new phone so very slowly.  Anyway here is my newest quilt top, a large bow tie block.  The blocks are 12.5 inch square and made with the help of a craftsy tutorial.  Fabrics are all by Denyse Schmidt, a mix of lots of her collections in pinks, oranges and reds.  Super easy to build and so much fun playing with the patterns of bows, I’m going to add a grey boarder and bind with grey and some of the scraps of fabrics I have left.  With luck I’ll have worded out how to use phone & computor together by then!

work in progress

sadly no photo’s as I have managed to kill my phone, that also works as my camera and so much else besides.  Trying to sort this out, have found the lack of instant internet and sharing a computor has reduced my online surfing and creativity has at times gone up.  I’ve started a new quilt, bow tie blocks in warm Denyse Schmidt fabrics with a grey solid and using this tutorial.  Enjoying it so far and the blocks are quite large – so building up more quickly than expected.  More on that next week and photo’s too!  Have a great weekend!

beanstalk scatter

beanstalk scatter

It’s finished and binding all done.  I love the dark blues and greens of Denyse Schmidt’s fabrics.  The super dark blue is a fabulous Paul Smith shirting from Fabrics Galore.

beanstalk scatter

A close up of the free motion quilting on the front, the Janome 6600p made life so much easier than my machine.  I loved the Ikea fabric for backing and can totally see why everyone uses it!

beanstalk scatter

I loved playing with free motion quilting and although not planning it on my next quilt, will have a go again.  Practice, practice, practice and some sticky quilting gloves!

free motion quilting on beanstalk scatter

beanstalk scatter

The top of my beanstalk scatter [named by the monster] is finished and after a trip to Ikea for backing fabric, had to decide how to quilt it.  My original plan was to quilt cirles to make the leaf cirles stad out, I did this at work on a fabulous quilting machine 6600p by Janome, a million times better than my own.  Once this was finished just looked like it needed more, so for the very first time I popped on the darning foot and just went for free motion style.  I did use the stop/start button to make life easier and it stitched brilliantly, next time I go for this freestyle will invest in a pair of quilters grip gloves as its alot trickier without.

beanstalk scatter

As you can see, not perfect from the back but super delighted with the result!  No where near the amazing Shevvy’s work – but a start.  Now just the binding to do and it will be finished!

Orange Peel quilt

orange peel quilt topThe centre of my Orange Peel quilt is made, I’ve used 6.5 inch squares with the ‘peels’ appliqued on with the help of Bonderweb and a running stitch 1/4 inch seam allowance.  This quilt has been totally inspired by Button-Button’s orange peel quilt that she brought to show at the London Modern Quilt Guild, also She Can Sew orange peel quilt blocks on Craftsy.  My 6.5 inch squares have the 6 inch peel, with time and washing I hope the raw edges will ‘fluff’ and give an added texture to the quilt.

classic orange peel quilt blockBefore starting I did search on line for different methods, Popular Patchwork have another method and the Missouri Star Quilt Company have a brilliant you tube tutorial.  Now to finish it!

Autumnal sewing

B6244Butterick, Vogue and McCalls have released their new autumn collection.  This coat and dress pattern by Lisette caught my eye, perfect for every day and great for work.  Below is the line drawing, so easy to wear.

Lisette B6244Butterick 6244

I have been thinking now Summer is here, about a new autumn/winter wardrobe and even looking at a few fabrics – just wanting to get ahead as I have a few commissions and need to timetable in my own sewing.  I popped into MacCulloch & Wallis on Wednesday morning and found some lovely fabrics, I was looking out for boiled wool as I am planning on making The Makers Atelier raw edge coat.  They also had some beautiful soft brushed alpaca fabric, if you are in London or visiting it really is worth a visit and their new shop on Poland Street.

V1410I have bought Vogue 1410 this week after reading Sew Tessuti’s instergram feed and seeing a brilliant version.  Will make a great easy to wear dress for the transition from summer to autum.  Another make on my list is Simplicity 1609 and I have even bough a lovely wool challis fabric, thought it would pair brilliantly with the raw edge coat.  What are you planning on making for autumn?