Getting to the Point

Hello and welcome 🙂

Anyone visiting from ‘Grow Your Blog’ can find my post here.

I’ve been steadily working away on my baby quilt these past few days. I’ve stitched down the sails and glued on the other bits and pieces and then I stopped to think about how I could do a really good job with those tricky appliqué points on the yacht’s hull.

I googled for help (have I said before how much I love the internet?!) and watched a few Youtube videos, this video by Jan Patek is very clear about what to do and this is the one I followed.

Now I’m not saying that all my points are sharp but I do think they are better than they would have been if I hadn’t done a bit of research.

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I’ve machine appliquéd the yachts in place now and am ready to put the blocks together with some sashing.

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This is where it gets exciting!

What have you been up to this week?

Until next time,

Chris x

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Daisy Chain Yet Again

Hello and welcome 🙂

I’ve pretty much only been working on my Daisy Chain quilt, I worry that if I stop this time I may not pick it up again for another couple of months 😉

I am slowly working round the border cross hatching one way and then I’ll work my way around again cross hatching the other way. Every now and then I do a bit of outlining of the flowers and leaves.

I did start by doing the outlining before the cross hatching but the backing rucked up badly so I’m doing it this way round now and finding it much better.

I wont bore you with a photo of it as it’s just the same as my last post!

I have made a practise block up for the baby quilt I’m going to make. What do you think?

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The colours and theme of the quilt have been requested by the proud Mum and Dad to be, this mock up is just to get the shape of the boat right and to help me think about the method. I did think about piecing the boat but I think I prefer the look of the appliqué, so that’s what I shall do.

Friday is earmarked for a shopping trip to buy the fabric so I need to work out what to buy 🙂 Oh dear, fabric shopping, it’s tough but someone’s got to do it 😉

Until next time,

Chris x

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Emmanuel Banner

Welcome 🙂

I’ve been busy working on the banner for my church which has moved from being an idea to being a work in progress and I’m so pleased to see it start to come together.

Last Friday my friend and I had a trip out to a not so local fabric shop in Leicester. It’s always fun visiting this particular shop as it has a lot of choice, but it’s even more fun when you’re on a mission and spending someone else’s money!! Actually that isn’t strictly true as I definitely agonise more when spending other people’s dosh in case they don’t like what I buy – can anyone else relate to that?

Happily after much umming and arrghing we were able to get 95% of all that we needed, I’ve had to order one fabric (sadly that means I shall have to go back in a couple of weeks to pick it up 😉 ) and anything else I shall have to source from elsewhere.

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As you can see we aren’t using subtle colours!

I’ve decided to make the hardest panel first, just because it means the worse is over and done with! Not really! The design for the whole screen flows from this one so it makes sense to do it first and then refer to it along the way.

After much thinking about how I was going to do it I suddenly remembered a method called stained glass patchwork which I was taught a few years ago which would be ideal. I researched the method on the internet just to refresh myself on it and came across a great tutorial on you tube here.

So for those of you who are interested in the process this is what I’ve done so far.

1. I drew an accurate diagram of the design ( I used the back of an old roll of wall paper and taped two strips together so it was big enough – I’m nothing if not resourceful!). When I was sure it was right I marked the lines in black biro.

2. I lay a piece of calico over the pattern and traced the design on to it using pencil – this won’t be seen so it doesn’t matter what you use.

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3. Now I could have cut up the original pattern for this part but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that so I traced the separate parts of the design on to tracing paper (actually I used baking parchment because that’s what I had 🙂 ) All the pieces have been labelled with numbers which correspond to the same pieces on the original pattern (it’s important to keep organised so that you don’t lose your way later on).

4. I used the BACK of this tracing paper pattern to make patterns on bondaweb (you need to reverse your images).

5. I ironed the bondaweb onto the back of the appropriate coloured fabric and cut the pieces out. I happily admit here that I tried it out on a small piece first just to make sure I’d reversed the image correctly!

6. Then removed the bondaweb backing paper and lay the fabric in the corresponding shape on the cailco.

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When I was happy I took a deep breath, said a prayer and ironed it in place.

7. Now I haven’t done this step yet as I still need to buy either black fabric and make some bias binding or buy some ready made bias binding. But next I shall position the bias binding along all the fabric junctions and stitch it down.

Et Voilà, the front of panel one will be done 🙂 only another 15 to go 🙂

OK after all that I need to sit down with a glass of something chilled.

Until next time,

Chris x

Basket Case

I’ve yet again fallen into the trap of starting something new instead of tackling my pile of unfinished work!

Hands up who’s guilty as charged as well as me! Oops I can see a lot of hands up in the air 😉

I happened upon a picture of a quilt with a basket on it. Not just any old basket but a woven basket. As I’ve been playing with bias tubes quite a bit of late with my niece’s cushion covers I decided to try it out.

I started by drawing a basket shape I liked and then made oodles of bias tubes. Some of which became the warp (vertical threads) and the others got woven in between the warp threads to be the weft. You can see from the picture that a lot of pins were used to make this!

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I was surprised at quite how many tubes were needed – I ran out and had to make more.

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The loose ends were tucked under (with the invaluable help of Roxanne’s glue – good stuff but I’d be interested to know if anyone knows of a cheaper alternative?) and the end bars were stitched down on both sides.

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I made a simple bias tube plait for the handle and tucked it behind a slightly wider bias tube which covers the warp threads at the top and bottom of the basket.

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This is the result, I now want to back it, quilt it and then make some lovely 3 dimensional flowers to put in it.

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The majority of the woven basket isn’t stitched down which gives it a lovely ’rounded’ quality and in case you’re wondering the woven bias tubes are so tightly packed that you can’t see the background fabric through the weave.

Here I’ve put the borders on – guess what colour my flowers are going to be?!

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Has anyone noticed that the blue fabric is the same as I used for my Gaggle of Geese wall hanging? It’s my new favourite however, as ever, the photos just don’t do it justice.

Watch this space!

Have a lovely week end.

Until next time,

Chris x