Saturday, October 29, 2011

Stitch Day at My House!!

Woohoo, the lovely Maree from On My Verandah blog is coming for a visit to Melbourne. We thought we would have a little get together in the form of a stitch day at my house (I'm on the Mornington Peninsula).


For those bloggers who know myself, Maree, or who don't know either of us but would love to join in the fun (I have room for about 10-12), please email me for details.


Our Stitch Day is on Saturday 19th November starting around 10:30am (byo lunch but morning tea and a cuppa will be provided).


Let me know if you want to come along, and don't forget your stitching!! xo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paper Piecing Preparation how to!

Recently I had a lovely comment asking how I prepare my diamond paper pieces for my Star quilt. It is difficult to explain so I have taken some photo's to help show how I do it. I'm sure there are other ways (prob better ones too), but this is just how I have done it for my diamonds with the very pointy ends!!!


Firstly I lay out all of my diamond papers onto the fabric I will be using (to make the papers I make one diamond template out of template plastic, then draw around the template onto a light cardstock). I leave about 1-2 inches between each diamond.


Then roughly cut between the diamonds.


Then comes the neatening....trim around each diamond (I usually trim leaving just over 1/4 inch of fabric around the diamond template).



Snip off the pointy ends, this will help to reduce the bulk when it comes to folding the fabric around the pointy tips of the diamond.


Ready to baste. Whenever I baste hexagon shapes, I baste around the shape stitching through the fabric only. However when I baste these diamonds, I do stitch through the fabric and the papers, to ensure I have absolutely no slipping around those pointy ends. I begin along an edge (not on a corner) and make sure the thread is pulled through towards me as I come to the pointy end.


Next I fold down the snipped off end and finger press it down.


Then fold down firstly the right side, then the left side. When both sides are folded down stitch through all layers to hold them firm.


I am always left with a little triangle flap, however this small flap is never a bother and can be easily held out of the way whenever you are stitching the diamond shape onto the quilt.


Continue around the diamond firmly folding at each corner as you go.


Repeat the same process with the other pointy end and continue along until you are almost back where you began. Take a couple of small stitches through the diamond to finish and to ensure the thread will not unravel and you are done! (You can click on the photo below to get a better view of the stitches).


Preparing the diamonds in this way does require work, but I find it makes the actual stitching up process easier if they are well prepared. This is what the back is looking like...


How do you prepare your pointy ended paper pieces?! xo

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Blue

My Wheel of Fortune quilt is still growing and I must say I do love the latest round in this sea blue colour. It was fun to photograph it in a sea of yellow flowers...


Unfortunately the yellow flowers are a noxious weed that spread everywhere, causing havoc to crops and livestock, but they do look pretty in my local park!


The quilt is now approx 76 inches in diameter, getting pretty large to be paper pieced on my lap, though I am almost done.


Just one brown row of diamonds to go before I do my squaring up row (not quite sure what colour that last round will be yet).


For more info on this quilt see here. I am very happy with the combo of Amy Butler Soul Blossoms fabrics mixed with Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons. A happy quilt!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fairytale Finish


Remember this one? I began it back in April by joining two lovely fabric lines together...Heather Ross's Far Far Away II and Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley.


Combining the cotton Hope Valley with the heavier linen base Far Far Away worked out really well and they sewed up beautifully together.


Having the gorgeous fairytale fabrics like Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Owl and the Pussycat, I decided I must find a castle to hang this quilt off. Not too far from me is the gorgeous Manyung Art Gallery that looks just like a miniature castle don't you think?!


To go along with the fairytale theme I wanted to quilt this one in a bit of a fanciful manner, so I did a curvy zigzag over every seam...


and then used stipple stitch in the fairytale blocks only (click on the photo's to get a better look!).


The back of the quilt was designed by using leftovers from my stash piles plus an extra yard of orange and purple.


I'm really happy with how it turned out.


A finish always feel great! xo