I'm trying to get as many of my WIP's finished as possible. I only had eight of the granny squares done. Below I used my new block design boards to put together another twelve blocks ready to be sewn.
Rather than work with HST (with their biased edges) for the outer edges, I used full squares and then trimmed them down. There is a small bit of waste but allows for much better accuracy for the completed block.
I now have another 12 blocks ready to sew. Once they are done I will be up to 30 blocks. And I still have enough squares to make a few more blocks as well.
I've never really used my Sizzix much for quilting, mainly because most of their quilt templates are for applique, though they are producing more piecing templates now.
Accucut have put out a whole range aimed at quilters. I can't really justify buying another machine, but one of the members of my Guild has one and let me borrow it. I was keen because there was one die I really wanted to use, Blazing Star.
I had to make it hard on myself by wanting to reverse the pattern, I wanted the dark on the left rather than the right of the pattern.
I decided to use the batiks I'd been collecting. I am really happy with how they turned out. I've got a heap of pieces cut out. I just need to sit down and decide on pairings.
For such a complicated looking block, it goes together really easily and without having to be super careful about accuracy. I can't wait to do some more.
I have another grand niece on the way, so time for a quilt. I made this one from some left over blocks from my Japanese Cross and Plus Quilt. Used a slightly different layout. I also used some left over batting and backing I already had. I like to think this process is what patchwork is all about!!
Here is miss Hattie modelling the finished top.
Some closeups. Nothing fancy with the quilting. This is made to be used, on the floor, whereever and then thrown in the washer and dryer.
I had hoped to post this on the day I visited the show. But when I got home my phone line was dead and it took 4 days for it to get fixed. So my review of the new venue won't be of much help to those who attended after me.
For the record, the new venue was pretty good. The natural light was ALOT better than Darling Harbour. The aisles were wider but it was colder in the morning, but was nice and warm by lunch time. I went by charter bus and I think this was a good call. There seemed to be alot of parking, but you'd want to know your way around Sydney to drive there. I'd recommend bus or ferry (which both stopped right in front of the entrance).
Here is the full set of swag. In my defence, I save up all year for this one and it is my big spending spree for the year and I did come home with money left. For some reason, there didn't seem to be as much there this year.
This one is a Japanese bag pattern. I don't normally do bags or patterns, but this one seemed pretty simple and was cute. I bought a kit that had some of the fabric required. I have enough in my taupe stash to make this one. If it's easy to make, I will make a few for the Guild stall at the exhibition. The cloth buttons were a great buy.
These ones are metreage. They were only $5m, so I got a couple of the civil war repro, I hope to swap some of that with people.
This was my last purchase of the day. I was only going to buy this if I hadn't made any other big purchases. I have some flannels already but not enough to make a decent sized quilt. Now I should have plenty!! The big piece on the right side is the backing (also flannel). So with wool batting, this should be a very snuggly quilt!
I got a few more for my Japanese taupe collection. I really like the two cream ones on the right, lots of nice texture!!
I also got some goreguous Japanese silk jackets for super cheap prices. I will do a serparate post for those.
This post is a doozy!! We didn't have a meeting in April, and then the next meeting the person running the swap didn't have time to stay and swap at the meeting, so she took them home. So last meeting, I got three months worth of swaps back, and since I'm doing double, that means I got 60 blocks back in one go!!
Here is the swap before last, where I handed in two lots. These are each of the piles of my four sets, plus a pile of the leader and ender blocks I am making at the moment.
The blocks for this one have been sitting in the cupboard for a while now. I'm on leave so I am trying to work my way through some of my UFO's so I can clear some space and declutter a bit.
The plan had been to make it like this, with the orange blocks all lined up. But as I was looking at it, I had a play and tried this layout:
I decided that I liked this one better and so does Cleo:
The more I looked at it the more I liked the offset setting. It also sort of continues the zig zag theme from my Pink and Grey Log Cabin quilt. Start of a series!!
I had decided to leave it there. But the more I think about it, I want to put another grey row down the left hand side to make the offset more obvious and get the middle block from the middle of the quilt. This would mean putting another thin row of grey top and bottom (which was part of the original design).
I might leave it for a couple of days. I think part of wanting to get it done is coming from always only having a day here or there to work on them. But I'm on leave, so I do have time to make more blocks. But I do want it finished.
My Guild runs a block of the quarter competition. You pay one or two dollars to get a pack. You then make up the block. Once it's done, you return it and go into the draw to win the lot. We had two lots to give away. I didn't win either but it was fun taking part.
There was one issue though. There were a couple of blocks which had a great dark, but the light (shirting) was just too bright. The pattern was OK but the colours were just wrong for Civil War fabrics. I loved the purples used, so I decided to take them apart and put a new background in. I had a nice green toned one so I went with that for both.
As you can see the background colours were just too bright. It's a pity, the pattern would've been a perfect shirting pattern.
And here are the revised blocks. I normally don't mind the blocks being a bit off in piecing or colours etc, that is part of the fun of being in a swap. But these just weren't usable. So I figured better to rescue them rather than not use them at all. And I really did love the purples chosen.
I've been pretty bad at blogging (and sewing) recently. Work has been full on and when I get home I just don't have the strength to sew. I have been doing alot of cutting out with my Sizzix, getting some leaders and enders sorted out. I have some leave coming up and I wanted these ready to go when I do finally get some time infront of the machine.
Over the recent Easter/ANZAC Day long weekends, I did get some sewing done.
I received these blocks as part of a job lot I bought at our Guild swap/sell day. Not enough for me to do much with. Sew I put on some sashing and a border. I figure this is a workable size for a baby quilt.
I will take it to the next 5th Saturday and give it to the Community Quilts to add to the pile to give away as needed.