Thursday 25 May 2017

Free Motion Quilting and Beyond!

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had been at a free motion quilting course in my local area at a studio called In Stitches.  The workshop I attended was called 'Free Motion Quilting and Beyond' and was held over three consecutive Fridays.  It was extremely interesting and I learned a great deal about the design and construction of an art quilt.

Terry and Hazel, the lovely ladies who run the workshop are very talented textile artists and allowed us to take photographs of some of their fabulous quilts (shown above).

The workshop started with us making three different sample squares with the same applique designs on each.  We then tried differing approaches to quilting them so that we could see the effect this had on the look of the applique.  Here are my three samples and I have indicated below each how I quilted them.

Sample One: The applique was fused and the shapes
quilted over with an all over pattern

Sample Two: The applique was fused and the shapes 
finished with outline quilting.  The background was then
quilted around the applique shapes

Sample Three: The background was quilted first.  The
applique shapes  were then fused.  Extra quilted details
were added to the applique shapes.

The second day of the workshop we concentrated on working on a much bigger quilt (1m x 1m), dividing it up and quilting the different sections with different quilt designs and different threads.  

On the last day we were shown some paint techniques which could be used to enhance our quilting.  The only detail I have to show you of this are the tendrils on my last pumpkin sample which I enhanced using 'inktense' pencils which I set with textile medium.  It did make a big difference to the look of the tendrils making them stand out much more.

I also added a lot more detail to my quilt which I still need to finish.  All in all, I had a marvellous time and my head is now full of lots more quilting ideas!

Sunday 21 May 2017

The next step.....

Last week I shared with you my choice of fabrics and the pieced quilt top for my version of Lori Kennedy's Spring Quilt-a-long quilt.

This week was week three of the Q-A-L and the quilt top needed to be layered and then stabilised using some walking foot quilting in the ditch.

I added quilting in the ditch around each of the half square triangles. I am really pleased with how it looks so far and I just can't wait to get started on the free motion quilting!!

Back view!
Looking forward to Tuesday and the next step!!

Thursday 18 May 2017

Week 83: Beaded Oyster Stitch.....

This week's stitch (week 83) for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is the Beaded Oyster Stitch and you can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

I really enjoyed learning the oyster stitch in an earlier week of TAST and I was very happy to have another chance to add a row to my sampler, this time enhanced with beads.

I used cotton perle (8) thread in a light lilac colour and added white beads between the stitches.  I gives a really pretty effect.  I am really enjoying how this sampler is starting to fill up too!

Don't forget to pop over and have a read of the latest TAST 10th Year Anniversary Interviews being posted by Sharon at Pintangle.  This week's interview is one I had the privilege to give! Thank you for the opportunity Sharon!  You might also like the chance to see more about Sharon's lovely new book too!

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Spring projects.....

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted, there seems to have been a lot going on here and I am not sure where the time has disappeared to. Since I was last here though don't think that I have had idle hands. Yesterday I spent some time working on a new Block of the Month project that I am participating in.  Some of you may have noticed that at the beginning of the year I added a new button to my right hand sidebar..... I signed up for Lynette Anderson's latest mystery button block of the month project.
Seaside Town

It is called Seaside Town.  I so enjoyed participating in one of Lynette's previous button club projects called Fernhill that I knew I would love this project too.  Fernhill was some years ago now (2012) and I love my finished version of the quilt.  I have been tempted with some of the button club projects between then and now but, I didn't think I would have the time so didn't succumb!! 

My Fernhill Quilt

However, I just couldn't resist a seaside inspired quilt.... I love the seaside!  So far I have received the instructions for month one and month two.

I have finished the little pieced blocks for month one (these are to be used later on) and, I have nearly completed the embroidered block.... just a few more French knots to go!

For month two there were some cute little houses to paper piece.  I have finished all the piecing.  We had to make four in total.

The two above will be used at a later date but the two below have been pieced together to make one block ready for the addition of some embroidered details. I have transferred all the embroidery patterns over to the block but just need to find time to do the stitching now!!

I can already tell this is going to be such a pretty quilt and I am really looking forward to finishing the month one block  embroidery as well as adding the embroidery to the block for month two.

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Another week... another stitch.... week 82: Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

This week's stitch (week 82) for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is the Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch and you can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

I really like this family of stitches, so I really enjoyed adding a line of this variation to my sampler. I used variegated cotton perle (8) thread.

I have been busy this week, so I have not had much time to sew or to read blog posts, so I am sorry if I haven't had the chance to visit you!

I did manage to find the time to audition some fabrics for my version of Lori Kennedy's Spring Quilt-A-Long quilt. Lori published week two of the challenge yesterday, so there is still time to join in if you would like to.

My finished top is all ready for the next step now..... and you will notice that a number of the fabrics changed from those I was originally auditioning!!

I am off to the second class of a FMQ workshop I am attending locally at InStitches on Friday, so I am hoping to have something that I have made to share with you next week.  I did the first class last Friday and finished some quite interesting samples.  I will share those with you later too.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a lovely week!

Wednesday 3 May 2017

A new TAST stitch..... week 81: Beaded Hedebo Edge Stitch

This week's stitch (week 81) for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is the Beaded Hedebo Edge Stitch.

This stitch is a very pretty edging stitch but it is a stitch which needs you to pay a lot of attention to your thread tension as you are working it.  I added a line to my sampler and I worked it in blue perle cotton (8) thread.  I added 3mm seed beads in a blue colour also.

The stitch is worked over a series of long and short cross stitches which are then woven using an up and down buttonhole stitch technique.  It took me a little while to establish the correct rhythm to successfully work the stitch but, I think the results were worth it!  You can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you will know that I have really been working hard to improve my free motion quilting and, I always take every opportunity to practise. One of the blogs I follow which has lots of FMQ information and tutorials is 'The Inbox Jaunt' by Lori Kennedy. From time to time she hosts a quilt-a-long which is always fun to join in with.  I thought you might like to know that a new one is about to start.  I will certainly be joining in with the fun.  Here is the link to the first quilt-a-long post. Hope you join in and have some fun too!