Sunday, 16 November 2014

Winter Carnival is here

Issue 15 of Love Patchwork & Quilting signals the start of a series of three solids only quilts made by me. The first one is a Kaleidoscope quilt for which I used the new Kona Cotton colours and plenty of older ones.

The quilt is paper pieced and suitable for beginners and is a great opportunity to use your fabric scraps.

Those new Kona Colours are wonderful and I had a lot of fun pairing them with other contrasting colours to produce a real carnival of colours.

This quilt features about 80 different colours of which most are bright and a few more sedate that make the riotous ones pop out even more.

I quilted in my customary continuous circle quilting technique that I have sewn a lot again lately. It really is a never ending love affaire.

Next week I will show you a few more quilts from other designers (I don't have a copy of the mag yet as I managed to let my own subscription run out....great, isn't it)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

And another Shearwater Kaftan

Only this time it isn't for me but for David, no that is actually not quite right, it is for Dashwood Studios. David asked me a few months back whether I would like to make something with their new collection "September Blue" that debuted in July.

I was delighted to be asked but didn't fancy making a quilt and suggested an item of clothing. And that is how the second Shearwater Kaftan came about. The first one was made from a gorgeous double gauze.

The fabric was wonderful to work with and I loved sewing it (again !). Admittedly it has been ready some months and I don't know how it happened but I forgot to blog about it (shame on me). I sent it off and forgot all about it until had a look through some pictures.

This is such a lovely and easy pattern and I am sure it won't be the last kaftan I have made.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Twin quilts - a work in progress -

My lovely neighbours commissioned me a while back to make a set of quilts for twin babies recently born in the family. The quilts are supposed to be the same but different and should have each girl's name embroidered onto the quilt. I think that is a lovely touch indeed.

We worked the colour scheme out together. They wanted pinks of course, and some purples but also yellows and some contrasting colours that produce impact. That's when it hit me that my recently purchased bundles from Cotton & Steel were perfect in that I could literally choose from all three bundles as they are all colour coordinated.
I only added two other prints from stock, a dotty number from K. Fassett and the measuring tape fabric. I was able to include the lovely cats from the Hatbox collection and also the horses from the Mustang collection and they do look as if they are galloping through the quilt.

One down one more to go and then comes my favourite part which is quilting of course.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Christmas tree skirt

Christmas is coming ever nearer and whilst none of us (including me) want to be reminded of it, it is unavoidable. In this month Quilt Now magazine I have another Christmas project for you to try out and that is a Christmas tree skirt.

I really loved making this tree skirt because although it looks complicated it is actually quite easy. I used a fat eights bundle from Kate Spatin's new Christmas collection 'Solstice' which was perfect for the job. Christmassy, yet bright and light.

I quilted in dense lines along the shape of the wedges and added bias binding in a rich green to give the skirt the right frame.

I am also teaching this tree skirt at the Village Haberdashery in November ! So check it out if you want to learn how to make it.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Stash Note 94

Freshly back from a much needed holiday in Sicily I thought it might be a nice idea to share with you some newish fabric I have added to my stash. Newish because I have had the fabric a while and because everybody has been talking about them for months now, I thought I leave the blogging about it for a bit.


I am of course talking about the new fabric designer "shop" of Cotton & Steel. The designers debuted their first collection at Spring Market and I believe their second is a major magnet at the fall market.

I ordered three of the collections and whilst I am obviously impressed with each of them I was particularly taken by the fact that they are all coordinated.

This fact only hit me when I was asked by my lovely neighbour to make twin baby quilts for her to gift to a relative. The twins are girls and she requested colours of pink, purple, yellow and whatever else I thought would work with it.

I had my package of Cotton & Steel lovelies sitting on a shelf and wasn't really sure what to do with them to be honest...that is until this commission came in. So I grabbed the entire stash and sorted out all the relevant colours and that is when it hit me how wonderfully colour coordinated they are. It was a breeze to put something pleasing together.

The fabric is cut and ready to be sewn into two quilt tops that are the same but different. Watch the space....

Monday, 13 October 2014

Only 11 more Sundays until

...Christmas. Yes I know this is not what anybody wants  to hear including me ! But it's a fact and I have had to think about it much earlier than most of you for my latest quilt I created for Love Patchwork & Quilting. It is strictly speaking not a Christmas quilt but a Winter quilt that with its red, greens, pinks and greys will brighten up any dreary winter's day.

 The background colour for the trees is a light grey which makes all the other colours stand out really well. Issue 14 is out now for subscribers and out next week in the shops.

My contribution to the magazine is a quilt that is paper pieced and a cushion. The paper piecing is really easy and it is most suitable for any paper piecing novice !

 The fabric for this wonderful quilt was sponsored by the Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A quilt for Esther

Friends of mine have had their 2nd child on exactly the same day my lovely niece Sophia was borne. And of course a quilt is the MUST make gift for me. Currently I am working in New York and because my friends live here, I quickly finished the quilt last week and took it along with me to hand over tonight.

I loved making this one. It was something that was easy, yet very pretty and above all a relieve and welcome change from all the big quilts I have been making over the past months.

I have used a charm pack I had from one of the last Sweetwater collections called 'Noteworthy' and I love the way it combines, pinks, sharp reds, greens and darker yellows.  I have worked with Sweetwater several times before and do love their approach to design. Always coherent and always great text fabrics included. I made a quilt for my godmother using "Hometown", one for my mother using "Pure" and a strip quilt that I sold via my Etsy shop using the wonderful "Lucy's crab shack"

The quilt is densely quilted every half inch along the vertical and I have thrown in a few lines on the horizontal. I used a 28 w off-white Aurifil cotton thread.

For once I chose a solid colored binding; it sort of happened and I am really happy how well it offsets the colors on the front and how much it packs a punch in comparison to the red/white text fabric on the back.

The quilt drapes wonderfully and I was very lucky to have found the text fabric from the "Sun print" print collection by Alison Glass for Andover at the Village Haberdashery. I think it fits wonderfully, both in color and style.