Back in mid March 2020 one of the tutorials given was ‘Quilt as you Go’ patchwork. I completed a panel using a variety of Blue-toned scraps of cotton and poly/cotton and some cotton wadding. The finished size was approximately 18 inches.
Since that day oh so long ago the project has been in my ’roundtoit’ pile. One of my ‘resolutions’ was actually to get around to those projects! I have already completed the faux clamshell patchwork panel and I am pleased that I have now finished the second from the pile of cushion panels. There appears to be just one remaining but more of that later.
I used a remnant of polyester cotton sheeting for the reverse of the cushion cover plus a full width Aqua-coloured zip from my stash for the closure. Also in the stash was a new cushion pad that was just the correct size. Half an hour of stitching was all that was needed to complete the project of which I am absolutely delighted. Little things mean a lot!
Back in early March 2020 I gave a talk to the local Patchwork & Quilting group – Sprat & Winkle Quilters named after a local branch railway line. The subject was about Applique, Die cutting patchwork and Embroidery. I had many examples of work that I have completed over the years and at the end of the talk I gave everyone the chance to use my two die cutting machines. One of the dies used on the ‘Big SHot’ was ‘Drunkards Path’ which is a two-part die consisting of a 1/4 circle and an ‘arc’ which when sewn together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance will produce a block. The blocks can then be arranged in a variety of ways and I showed the faux clamshell arrangement.
Nine months later I have finally got around to quilting the sample and made up into a large 22 inch cushion. I am particularly pleased with the ‘echo’ quilting which was completed using a standard foot on my Brother 4000D machine. I simply used the edge of the foot as a guide to make quilting lines a generous 1/4 inch apart. The cushion now has pride of place on our Tan leather armchair.
On the final day of the Sewcial Retreat we had a demonstration by Susan from Canada who talked about QAYGO – Quilt as you Go. Whilst I have made quilts using QAYGO in the past I was interested in learning about Susan’s technique.
Basically you use a random Log Cabin method and quilt each piece as it is laid down on the wadding. As I had completed all my projects and had a large bag of scraps available I spent a very happy time making this panel using Blue-themed cotton prints. The piece is large enough to make a cushion front or tote bag panel. As soon as I have a ‘gap’ in my dressmaking I will make up the panel into something as a memory of a lovely weekend.
recently attended a Sewcial Retreat arranged by Viv of Purple
Stitches, a Patchwork & Quilting store based in Basingstoke. This
is the second time that I have attended the Retreat which is held at
a the VOCO Oxford Thames hotel on the outskirts of the city.
time I was joined on the retreat by my good friend Pat so was able to
share the journey and accommodation.
of the activities is a Secret Sister gift making and sharing. This
time the project was a pin cushion and having checked out the
instagram feed of my selected partner I made the pin cushion in her
favourite colour and featuring her favourite pet – a cat.
Jackie was delighted with her gift as was I with my reversible Bicornu pin cushion.
Whilst at the retreat I was able to make three garments and undertake a new technique – ‘Quilt as You Go’ more posts later…..
Recently we have enjoyed a few days of Spring-like weather and that prompted me to change the quilts on my husband’s grand piano. The ‘Winter Chills’ quilt has been returned to storage and replaced by this colourful quilt made using two jelly rolls plus remnants from my fabric stash. The quilt was made on one of the Rookwood Retreat Days a couple of years ago and is a nice reminder of a most enjoyable time spent with fellow patchwork and quilters.
The Lilac-coloured ‘highlight’ squares (snowballing) at the corner of each block were suggested by Meg at New Threads Quilt Shop whilst the other colours remind me of all the beautiful Spring flowers that have been emerging over the past few weeks. Snowdrops, Aconites, Crocus, Hellebore, Daffodils, Iris and a few Pretty Polyanthus.
Although the weather today is blowing a gale and upping the wind chill factor, indoors we are nice and snug with the sunshine reminding us of the warmer days to come.
As promised, here are my Top Twenty Makes from last year. With the exception of the Ultimate Travel Bag that I made to take as Cabin luggage on my flight to the Caribbean, I am pretty sure that I will be repeating all these garments using fabric from my stash. So watch this space!
Now that we are in a new year I have put away the Christmas linens and that has included changing the quilt on my husband’s piano.
The Christmas log cabin quilt has been removed for another 11 months and been replaced with my Winter-themed quilt.
This was made using the same patchwork block design as the Autumnal Quilt shown in an earlier post. The faux Cathedral Window blocks were made using two charm packs plus some additional Fat Quarters of coordinating fabrics from New Threads Quilt shop.
Quilt is one of my husband’s favourites and will be displayed until
14th February when it will be replaced by the ‘Hearts and
Flowers’ Valentine Quilt.
forgot to mention that I changed the quilt on the piano just in time
for Christmas Day! Usually I am ahead of myself and all the Christmas
linens are displayed from 1st December but this year has
been a little behind.
quilt previously covering the piano was the ‘Autumn’ version which I
made over a year ago using two charm packs and some remnants of
fabric from my stash. The patchwork is a form of faux cathedral
window and a particular favourite of mine. The ‘Winter’ quilt
features the same design in a different colourway and will be
installed by Twelfth Night.
Meantime, we are enjoying the Christmas log cabin quilt. This is the first quilt that I made specifically with the grand piano in mind. All the strips of Christmas-themed cotton fabrics were cut by a great friend who sadly has now passed away. This quilt is a reminder of a lovely lady who enjoyed life to the full, was a super cook and needlewoman, always smiling, a friend who bore all the vicissitudes of illness with aplomb.
Regretfully, I cannot find a full photograph of the quilt, as soon as I can I will post.
before I fell ill with chronic Bronchitis I, together with my great
friend, Adrienne, attended the Rookwood Sewing Retreat Day. This has
become an event held twice a year when we like-minded sewing
enthusiasts descend on the Rookwood School for a day a sewing,
chatting, eating and downright 100% enjoyment with our sewing
On offer were several projects to make starting with a Jelly Roll Rug, mat or bag, something that seems to have taken the internet by storm.
I had prepared by bringing along a jelly roll, some pre-cut wadding and plenty of pre-wound bobbins as I knew that the project was particularly ‘thread hungry’.
Before commencing on that BIG project, we were also shown some clam-shaped zip-top pouches.
They looked really cute and the pattern was available in several sizes from extra small to extra large. As I knew that I would be needing some form of pouch or bag in which to put Christmas gifts, I started the sewing marathon with a Medium-sized pouch.
During the day we undertook a block stitching challenge which was really well-prepared with all the triangles of fabric pre-cut. All we had to do was stitch into the CORRECT order and ensure that we kept to a strict ¼ inch seam allowance. All the completed blocks were then drawn and distributed to lucky winners to make up into a project of their choice. I was unlucky but Adrienne did win a set of blocks with which she was delighted.
stopped for a delicious lunch to which everyone had contributed. All
lunch I started on the mammoth task of the jelly roll. I intended to
make a bag which I continued stitching at home. I can only say that
this turned out to be the most unusual-shaped bag that I have every
ended the day tired but happy, loaded up with a head full of
inspiration and new ideas for our sewing.
You may be wondering why this post has a sub-title, the reason is that the quilt has been constructed using both ancient and modern techniques and equipment! The pieces for the patchwork blocks were cut using my Accuquillt GO! Die-cutting machine (Modern) and the whole quilt constructed using my new Singer Featherweight sewing machine (Ancient!).
The central applique uses Modern methods – Google to find a cat motif, Heat n’ Bond to apply to the background fabric and my ‘old’ tried and tested method to outline with a double row of fine zig-zag stitching using my ‘Ancient’ Brother 4000D sewing machine.
The fabric was a gift for my birthday (all my friends know that I am a shoe-in for any fabric featuring cats) and I could not wait to make something to showcase these delightful prints. The Drunken Bird blocks have taken aback seat whilst I ‘play’ with the die-cutting machine and ‘Pearl’s a Singer’ sewing machine.
I have basted the quilt top to some polyester wadding and now simply need to find a suitable backing fabric. I fancy a bold print to echo the front rather than stick to a plain calico backing. The search is on……