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.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The length we go to

The length we quilters go to find the right fabric or thread can be...well...long. Or is this just me ?

I am working on a quilt for LP&Q for the solids series I announced a while back and decided on a very particular thread for the quilt I am working on at the moment .

When it comes to choosing the right thread for my quilts two things are important to me; the quality and the colour. What isn't so important is the brand, although given that I only use top quality thread, the brands I use for piecing are somewhat limited to Gueterman, Aurifil and Superior.

My preferred quilting thread thickness ranges from 40w to 28w and is only driven by colour (and availability). If for example I want to quilt in a steal grey, it matters little to my if I use Gueterman Sulky in 30w or a similar colour in the 28w from Aurifil. They are both equally good although the Aurifil is better value for money and I am lucky that Tina at Tikki stocks both.

But sometimes I venture out of the normal range of colours I tend to use and go for a variegated thread. Mostly I use Gueterman Sulky then but on occasion something with a bit more punch is required. And then I need (yes need) Valdani hand deyed thread.

I have used Valdani once before on my Comet quilt and love the boldness of the colour distribution on the variegated spools. Valdani isn't that easy to come by in the UK and whilst I managed to get the above two I used for the Comet quilt fairly easily from Germany, this time around it was quite a challenge to get the red/white M41 I chose for my new quilt (there is a hint somewhere there as to the colour of the quilt).

My first google search let me to Germany but I had to find out that the shop I previously bought didn't stock them anymore. My next stops were a variety of shops all over the place that all wanted to sell me M41 in 8w or similar. 
Then I found an on-line shop in Norway whose website was only in Norwegian but had a picture of my thread ! Yes I punched a fist in the air. Using google translator I managed to find out that the shop wasn't yet set up properly but because they had the thread on their web page I anyway sent a mail to the owner asking for help.
Not wanting to wait for an answer I googled a bit more and found ecrater but they only had the required colour in the required strength "on hold". Still I sent a mail because you never know but got a negative answer back. Then I found DS9 but their shipping costs were a little extravagant. Meanwhile a few days had past and as I am on a deadline got a little desperate.
So I went onto the Valadni web page itself, set-up an account, ordered the thread for what seemed a reasonable shipping fees only to find out after a few days  that payment processes were being revamped and the charge would have been huge. Admittedly Dana made every effort to get the thread to me for the best price she could get and even asked the plant in Romania to send them to me directly.
Whilst this conversation was going on I received a response from the lady in Norway who sadly had to tell me that she did not have the thread in stock (deep breath at this point)  but that maybe her friend who is also Norwegian but lives in Bosten may have (sitting up a little straighter again). 2 hours later, the lovely Ase who is from netquilter and who turns out to be the Valdani distributor in the US had put one spool in the post for me for a very reasonable fee and best of all it arrived on my door step within 3 days. 

I sure I got a few more grey hair over this but am happy to report that I have the thread in my hands !!

Has any of you gone through crazy length to get a particular thread or fabric ?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Dashwood Studio give-away

The London Modern Quilt guilt is hosting a great give-away on their blog.

Follow this link and you are in for a chance to win this great fat quater set of 'September Blue'.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Stash Note 93

I love Japanese fabric and have an ever growing stash of it (that really needs to be used). Trawling through Etsy I spotted some new collections by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics at this wonderful Etsy shop called Miss Matatabi.

And I just couldn't help my trigger-happy-fabric-shopping-finger and within minutes I had a wonderful array of prints in my shopping basket.

All are by Suzuko Koseki as these Patchwork squares above and below. They are seriously cool.

 Then I have a bit of text print added and which is called 'Fashion Magazine'.

And this wonderful lime green print aptly names 'Fashion Window'.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Kona cotton giveaway giveaway winner

And the winner of the Kona cotton giveaway is Cathrine.

Congratulations and thank you everybody for participating.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Kona Cotton giveaway

So here it is as as announced earlier in the week. Robert Kaufman and I are giving away one fat quarter set of the 33 new Kona Cotton colours to one lucky winner.

To participate in the giveaway you simply need to tell me if you have ever made a solids only quilt and/or will consider it in the future.

Further rules are the usual ones:

  • no restriction on participants
  • need to include the answer to above question in the comment
  • I will absolutely not chase potential winners, so you must have an e-mail address attached to your profile (no response bloggers comments will be disregarded)
  • giveaway ends on bankholiday Monday the 25th
  • winner announced the day after

Enjoy and thank you very much for participating !