Saturday, December 7, 2013
As far as the fabric selection goes, I have substituted out a couple of the Jen Kingwell fabrics out for fabrics from my own stash here and there just to give it the little bit of extra pop of color that I like. I'm caught up now and anxiously waiting for the next blocks to arrive!
In the meantime, I've been moving at a glacial pace through the easiest of the borders (the checkerboard border) of my Midnight at the Oasis quilt. I have half of one side finished and I'm determined to make finishing this border my sewing goal for the week.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Lily Quilt's blog post here. Visit our shop here.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Danielle and I have decided to venture into the business of selling fabric here in Australia. Together we will be Polka Dot Tea, specializing in selling some of the finest fabrics available including Yuwa, Kei and other modern Japanese fabrics. We will slowly be adding to our shop over the coming months and hope to include fine linens, luxury solids, chambray and Liberty of London to name just a few. You can see what we have listed in our shop, including these 5 inch charm packs of 40 different Yuwa/Kei prints for a limited period only. You can 'like' us on Facebook for regular updates or look for us on Instagram @polkadotteafabrics We look forward to helping you with your material needs!
Monday, November 4, 2013
I made the Churn Dash blocks at the same time as I was working on the applique. They measure three inches finished size and took a while to get through as well. I had a little help from my friends, Merran, Silvia and Danielle, which started out as Merran sending me a "naughty" Churn Dash block for working on this quilt when she says I need to finish my Steam Punk quilt first! That one is so close to being done, but I'm waiting until closer to Christmas to finish it when I have some more time to spend at the quilting machine working on my own quilts instead of customer ones.
In other news, my husband and I are just getting through the busy season--we each have spent so much time this year being sick with random colds, stomach bugs and flues that about the happiest moments we are experiencing are when our heads hit the pillow at night! :)
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Lots of Dots quilt by Chris Jurd. Although I like the quirkiness of the original as it adds interest to the quilt, I decided in the end that I want to keep mine more uniform--especially if I decide to play with the placement a bit differently in the final layout. Instead of the four different New York Beauty blocks, I decided to make one four times and sew together as one large radiating sun. I then found that the center was far too large so I played around with the center and decided to make another of month one's blocks to fit into the center. Heh, heh, I'm happy with the result now.
I also had forgotten to take a picture of the second block I made from month two, which is shown in the second photo. I'm trying to keep a little bit of a travel theme with this quilt and will be fussy cutting here and there to try and reflect that.
The third photo shows all the blocks I have made so far all together so you can get an idea of the scale of the various "dots". I still have to make the second block for month three...
Friday, September 27, 2013
Danielle posted a picture of her copy of the magazine with the Midnight at the Oasis quilt by Jen Kingwell inside, I knew I would have to have another go at making a Medallion quilt. Midnight at the Oasis looks even more challenging than Marcelle in that it requires hand applique in some of the borders, which other than appliqueing some circles on my Steam Punk quilt, I have not done before. It is another "adventure" for me! With some help from Danielle and a local friend I managed to work out a technique to make the Orange Peels using freezer paper and a glue stick! It worked, but don't look too closely! There is plenty of room for improvement with my technique, but I'm going to go easy on myself starting out as I'm sure I'll improve with practice. Next border is all applique, so I'm looking forward to that!
If you would like to quilt along with me, please do! I'm using #midnightoasisqal if you want to find it on Instagram. You can also purchase the pattern from Amitie Textiles here, if you don't want to hunt down the magazine issue.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
My Marcelle Medallion quilt made from the Liberty Love book by Alexia Abegg is now finished! Yesterday I decided that it has been a long time since I've quilted a quilt for myself so I hogged the machine with my Marcelle and decided to spend my day free motion quilting it. I'm still new to the whole free motion quilting thing, which is why I really only want to do it with my own quilts. I was kind of happy that the piecing on this quilt was not perfect as it gave me the freedom not to worry whether or not the quilting was perfect. I just went for it and needled the whole quilt quite heavily. My intention is to hang this quilt on our bedroom wall anyway, so heavy quilting will work just fine for the purpose. I even finished hand sewing down the binding while yabbering with my sister-in-law on the phone for three hours!
Ok, now I can do something else for a while -- like the dishes, laundry or something similarly exciting.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Make sure if you haven't already checked out the Marcelle Medallion Quilt Along that you have a look! There are lots of really awesome Marcelle Medallion quilts being built at the moment!
Monday, September 9, 2013
I thought I would update you with the progress on my Steam Punk quilt lest you think I'm ignoring it. Last week I finished the last of the 100 blocks. Whew! Of course this is not how they will be laid out. They will be set on point with 16 of these blocks to be chopped up as side settings. My plan is to use Essex Yarn Dye in black as the sashing color, which will read as a dark grey. The finished quilt size should be approximately 95 inches square. I'm glad I soldiered on with these blocks as the larger size will suit our bed.
Because I love making mosaics, I thought I would make four smaller mosaics so that you can see all the blocks a little closer up.