21 July 2016

I hate binding

This chore has finished, I hate sewing down binding but I can't bring my self to machine stitch it and I'm to much of a control freak to get someone else to do it.  But its done, the hanging sleeve isn't quite sitting right so I will be restitching that tonight and weaving in more threads.

I really want to wash this baby so I can get it hung and take some decent shots of the finished quilt.  It might happen on the weekend.

I've started stitching backgrounds for 2016 BOM so stay tuned for more details.

14 July 2016

Marathon Quilting Event has ended

I finished quilting Flowers for Alison last night.  I've been a bit quiet the last couple of weeks have had a couple of health issues and ended up with the migraine of all migraines on the weekend probably courtesy of the marathon quilting that I did on Saturday to get the borders finished combined with a sinus infection.

I'm hoping to start the binding this afternoon and fit a hanging sleeve as well.

I took this photo to show the drape of the quilt.   This quilt is quilted within an inch of its life and in the past that has made my quilts quite stiff until they have been washed a few times and even then they were never soft.  Not so with this quilt it drapes beautifully.  I used a cotton voile on the back which is finer than quilters cotton and the batting I used Quilters Dream Cotton Request and I think I've found my all time favourite batting.  This is a big quilt and it folds up to the size of a pillow it is light and I can't wait to have it on my bed, but first I need to get it ready for a show.

Once the hanging sleeve is in place I hope to find a space big enough to photograph it fully so watch this space.

02 July 2016

Celtic Tree of Life

There is a pic of the design so far on its own page which you can find here.  

So check it out and if you are thinking about joining in start looking for fabrics for backgrounds and some brights for the appliqué.

As you can see from the picture below the grey's range from light to dark.  I'm not really worrying about how dark they are but I have probably steered away from black but there are a few dk grey's in there.

The Celtic Knots will probably need to be on lighter greys as I will need to be able to see the outline through a lightbox in order to transfer the design.

There is another link to the grey's I've picked on the Tree of Life page.  

01 July 2016

Bee Inspired BOM Block 2

Block 2 of Bee Inspired is available for download on the Bee Inspired page.  If you are new to my page and you want missed out on last months pattern you can purchase it here for $3.  

30 June 2016

Celtic Tree of Life

I know I do a lot of the design work on EQ for my quilts, but first I plot a quilt out in my head.  
2016 BOM is still very much in my head and I have changed my mind about a couple of the blocks already a couple  of times.  The first block has been drafted in EQ for quite some time and that was all I had it was going to be a quilt with 9 blocks of equal sizes.  

I do a lot of the brain drafting while driving to work and I came up with the idea of the central block which you might gather from the quilt title is going to be a tree while waiting at the lights.    Then came the idea of celtic knot work for the central blocks on the outside of the quilt I don't know where that came from probably in bed when I wake up at 2am.  Last years BOM was very haphazard probably because that was the way my head was working.  This BOM will be more ordered but no less intricate.  

I have started pulling fabrics see below.  I can't guarantee all of these will be in the quilt but it is a starting point.  I'm really itching to get started.  

The next block for Bee Inspired should be up shortly in fact I should have organised it today but i've been running around.  It will be up by tomorrow.  

Bit of progress this week.  

My travelling companion today.

26 June 2016

2016 BOM

I've made some virtual progress on this years BOM.  My main concern has been how get a couple of the block patterns into EQ and I think I have worked out how to do it.  The patterns still need to be worked on and the  images smoothed out but the initial Block work is looking pretty good so I should be able to sharpen the templates further closer to publishing time.

The Quilt  preliminary name is the Celtic Tree of Life and will feature celtic knots in at least 4 blocks.  Backgrounds will be pieced so be on the lookout for neutral's and greys.  I have purchased 25cm and 50cm pieces, to be honest I have lost count of how much I have because of course you can never have too many neutrals.  Once I work out the background piecing for the first block I will be able to calculate how fabric you will need.

I will be using my Kaffe stash together with my Material Obsession stash so there will be florals mixed with geometrics for the appliqué, basically anything goes at this stage and use what you like to make the quilt your own.  At this stage there will be no pieced filler blocks but that could change as I get into designing.

As with last years quilt the pattern will be just for the centre of the quilt and then I will give details of border options which you can choose to do or not.  I do this because I never like to make a pattern like the original so if I give you a couple of options and the requirements for those I think you can use your own creativity.  If there are appliqué templates required for the border these will be provided in the options so don't worry I won't leave you high and dry.

Kick off is 15 August 2016.