Sunday, February 18, 2018

Viewers Choice

My Block a Day quilt was selected as winner of the Viewers Choice at our quarterly meeting last week.  Surprisingly, the Art of Quilting Sampler Quilt attracted only two votes.

I received a goody bag with lots of useful items by the group hosting the meeting.  Thanks!  I am sure they will come in handy.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Heritage Quilt - Blocks 8 & 9

Block 8 is a very busy block with hardly any space left for quilting.  It consists out of a lot of pre-embroidered elements combined with satin and organza ribbon.  After everything was stitched to the block, some more embroidery was added.

Whilst completing the block, I discovered 3 pins still stuck inside, so I had to unpick small areas to get them out.

Block 9 was a fun and easy block.  I enjoyed the ribbon threading with just four embroidery elements to add although each took 75 minutes to embroider.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sewing Roll up

I don't know why it seems to take me 5 years to finish projects, but is really working towards finishing up all these odds and ends.

We received a kit for a sewing roll up in our goodie bags during the Quilt Festival which our Guild hosted in 2013 and I finally stitched mine.

It is perfect to take along all the tools needed for a lazy Saturday afternoon stitching with the girls.

Opened up it looks like this :                                                           and closes up in a neat bundle.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Heritage Quilt - Block 7

Block Number 7 of this quilt is finished.  It is quite a busy block with lots of different techniques used.  All of the designs was embroidered separately and then attached to the block.  The 0.5m braid used in the centre panel was home made as well using 10m crochet thread in total which were spun with the bobbin winder on top of the machine.  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Heritage Quilt

My husband have been asking me forever to continue with this quilt which I started way back in 2011 and boy, was he pleasantly surprised when he walked into my studio (as it is my creating space, the term needlework room doesn't suffice anymore) Wednesday evening to find me busy finishing the next two blocks.

Block No. 5

Block No. 6

This quilt is truly spectacular with all the different fabrics (about 20) and techniques used.  Only 8 more blocks to go.  So, there is hope for this project.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Art of Quilting - Final

I am so glad to be writing this final post about the Art of Quilting Sampler Quilt.  I finally finished it and will be starting the new year without this UFO.

I learned a few lessons quilting this one.  Stitch in the ditch and echo is just too time consuming for such a large project.  Quilt as you go would definitely have been a better choice.  Although this fabric was not my choice but came with the magazine, polyester cotton does not lend itself very well to quilting as it does not have any stretch whatsoever.  So, as a result there is plenty of puckers.  Definitely not a show piece, but it will keep my son warm.

I did not realise when I started quilting it that it would keep me busy for almost 6 months.  In my defense, my husband broke his femur in April just when I started it and my mother had been in hospital for 2 months as well.  I sandwiched it September 2015 and just put it on hold until I finally plucked up enough courage to quilt it.  Concentrating on one block at a time finally got me through it.

For the back I used sheeting and utilized the leftovers for the binding.