03 May 2015

Free BOM a couple of questions

I'm designing a new BOM. Quite a number of people joined in my last free BOM and it was fun to see the difference takes on the Blocks on Instagram and Blogs from around the world.  However my true love is needle turn appliqué, therefore I would like to include appliqué in my next BOM which may end up making the finished quilt go longer than the 6 months that the last one did.  Do you think this is a problem?

At the moment my thinking is that for the Appliqué Blocks I will provide both needle turn templates and mirror images which can be used for machine appliqué using fusible webbing as I know not everyone is wants to do needle turn.

There will be pieced and appliqué blocks.  The pieced blocks will be relatively simple and on the small side.  

Here is the design so far it will be subject to change as I will probably keep tweaking right up to the stitching stage and putting it together is usually a whole different thing when you are working with actual fabric.  As you can see it is a long way from finished and colours are just an indication.  I plan on using some of my script stash as backgrounds but in order to calculate how much you will need it is easier to keep all the background the same.

Let me know what you think.  I'm looking forward to starting on the stitching but I do have a couple of other projects to finish before I get to that stage and lots and lots more tweaking.

27 April 2015

Beginners and Skill Builders Class

Are you just starting on your quilting journey? Would you like to know where to start and learn the steps to complete your first quilt, and maybe  stay on and learn a few more handy techniques in the skill builder class.

There are a couple of vacancies in my Beginners Class due to start next week.  Do you know someone who would like to learn how to make a quilt  See more details here on Pg 2.  Contact Patchwork by Sea and book in.  Classes are held Tuesday evenings 6.30 to 9pm.

Beginners Quilt 

 Skill Builder Quilt

26 April 2015

Sewing Day

School holidays are coming to a finish, we've been kinda busy and kinda just enjoying the lack of schedule.  I've managed a few extra days off from work which has been good to recharge heading into our busy part of the year.

The quilt for Handmade is nearly finished just stitching on the binding and need to write up instructions.  I'm unsure when it will be in the mag, probably about 6 months time.  I really love this quilt.  I used bamboo batting which is lovely and soft and a pretty voile on the back, it drapes beautifully and I think I might put dibs on the quilt for me before Squid decides she needs it.

Yesterday I had a sewing day with the girls, as usual the first hour or so was taken up with talking but I did manage to get a few blocks done of my Metro Rings quilt.  I can't explain how much these days mean, they are a sewing/soul recharge.  We sew, we bitch, we bounce ideas and we plan the next one.  Its a day in a creative bubble with no interruption apart from the occasional text message from home....pure joy.

We all ended up using the quick curve ruler, Helen and Sue started new projects, I bought 4 projects along just in case I needed a change after lunch but I settled on the Metro Rings for the day.

12 April 2015

Productive Weekend

Back at the end of March I pulled all my Tula Pink Fabric, I found stuff that I had forgotten about and added more Elizabeth to the mix.  So I have chopped up a small/large piece off everyone of the pieces I had and chopped those into smaller pieces.  Most nights for the last 2 weeks I have been making lots and lots of 4 ½" blocks and this weekend I finished the 21 larger blocks which are now all pieced together into a quilt.  I think there are at least 50 fabrics in the quilt top and it is a riot of colour but you will have to wait as I am still unsure if it is destined for a magazine or not.

Now I can go back to my Metro Rings.  Scrub that Handmade want quilt next month so looks like I will be quilting the quilt next. 

02 April 2015

Teaching Wrap Up

Been a bit MIA the last couple of weeks,  we've had Tennis Finals and breakup for the Summer Season. Maestro's Team got to the grand final but nerves got to him and the rest of the team I think and they lost.  Squids team got knocked out the week before but the Club as a whole went really well and came away with quite a few shields this year.

Both the kids ended up with trophy's, Maestro for winning the District Tournament for Div1 Doubles with a good mate and Squid for the Winter Grand final.  They have really enjoyed their tennis this year and that is the main thing.

This week was the final lesson for my Skill Builder Class.  This week I talked about different setting ideas for a Sampler.  Gave them the maths for on point layout as well as the sashed sampler that I made for the class.  I also did a demo of binding, which is hard to fit into the beginners class as the last week we are trying to get all the quilts basted.

It was a great class and every quilt is going to be different.  One of my beginner students from this terms class has even finished a second quilt on her own which is just fantastic because it means I have given them the confidence to branch out and do more.

I did some shopping today. I'm collecting fabric for my new appliqué project and I thought these fabrics might be good added to the mix.

The tiger and rabbit are what I have chosen for the cornerstones in my Metro Ring Quilt that I hope to get back to this weekend.

Wishing everyone a lovely and relaxing Easter.

23 March 2015

A Day Off and some Major Stitching and Planning

The majority of sewing that I have done over the last couple of months has been for Seabreeze Quilt but there have been a few projects that I have been storing up of other peoples patterns that I really wanted to try.  At the beginning of the year I told the boss I wanted an extra day off in March and I planned to just sew.

Last week Maestro drops the news that he has a pupil free day on the day I chose to have off I wasn't happy to say the least, but Thursday I had a brainwave and asked him if he wanted to go to the pictures with a mate.  As I knew he would Maestro turned 2 hours into 4 hours at the shops/movies so I got my sewing time back.

I planned to start Metro Rings.  I saw a scrappy version on Pinterest which was the look I was after.  I think my version is even scrappier than the one I saw.

I headed to my MO Stash and then pulled some more fabric from the main stash, I have another pile of strip sets to cut which should allow me to add another row to the quilt in the pattern.  I've also been keeping the offcuts from the front of the strip sets which are all uniform which I plan to try and do either some kind of border or back art.

2 Weeks ago Squid had an interview with the High School to try and get into their Gifted Art Program, we found out on Thursday that she got a place.

15 March 2015

Chocolate Marshmallow Sampler Finishing it Up

I'm hoping that you are on the way to finishing your sampler and have learnt a trick or two along the way.  It's been fun and I'm thinking about what I can do next.  I really want to an appliqué quilt but I might combine appliqué blocks with pieced blocks this time and you can choose to do both or either.

My first block is drafted ready to go, but I really want to finish some hand quilting on my medallion Appliqué Quilt before I start another hand project, I find I can't do too many hand projects at the same time as I don't get anywhere with any of them.

So on to finishing instructions.  As before you can download them here.  Like the Blocks these will be available to download for 1 month and then I will be putting the whole pattern for sale in my Etsy shop as one listing.  Who knows by that stage I may even have it quilted.

I've got some work to do tonight, doing more class samples for my class on Tuesday night.  The 2 blocks are all cut out I just have to stitch them up.  So I'd better get a move on it is getting late.

Once again I hope you have enjoyed the Sampler, please send me pictures when you are all finished and link up on Instagram.