Sunday, 17 May 2015

Millennium Star - Bloggers Quilt Festival

Greetings! I'm so pleased to be participating in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival for the first time this year, run by Amy at Amy's Creative Side. I'm entering this quilt into the Home Machine Quilted Category. If you click on over, you will find lots of great quilts to look at. You can also head HERE to nominate your favourites, and then check back on 22 May to vote.


I made this quilt for a swap run on Instagram. (Click on any of the photos for a larger view.) The centre of the quilt is a paper foundation piecing pattern by Peggy Martin called Millennium Star. I changed the orientation to have the point at the top so that I'd have lots of room in the corners for the spiders, and the webs I had planned for the quilting.


The skull and spider are pieced into the quilt, both taken from a piece of fabric from the Nevermore collection by Gillian Fullard. The little spiders running up from the bottom right are also pieced in from the same fabric.


My first step for the quilting was to stitch in the ditch of the star seams, and roughly a quarter inch away from the seams in the purple section. Then, I marked the spines of the feathers with chalk and proceeded to quilt them, followed by the outlining of the centre piece, and then the spider webs. Last of all came the pebbling. All that black-on-black was very hard on the eyes, but so worth it for the texture.

I ended up adding the straight lines in the purple section right at the end, as it was a little loose and puffy there for my liking, and I wanted it to be flatter to allow the star to pop out even more.


Finishing the quilt with a flanged binding was a must as far as I was concerned, and I'm really pleased with how it frames the quilt.


The quilt finishes at a touch under 25" square. The quilting is mostly done with Aurifil 50wt thread and all done on my Brother NX-200 sewing machine. The black quilting took a LOT of thread - I went through over four bobbins! I also went through rather a lot of purple thread for the feathers.

I used white cotton batting behind the star, and black batting of a cotton-polyester blend for the quilt as a whole. I pre-washed all the batting.


I admit to being rather proud of this quilt, and completely smitten. Parting with it was hard, but the fact that it has gone to a fellow patchwork quilter is, I think, wonderful, and I'm happy to report that she loved the quilt.

Thanks for stopping by to see my quilt. Don't forget to head over and nominate your favourites and then check back again to vote on 22 May. You can also enter to win some prizes by commenting on the main Festival Post.

Bye for now,

Hope x


Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Reflections - Runner and Mini Quilt

Hello! Just a quick post to show you a festive table runner I've made. If you want to see some pretty close-ups of the quilting, head on over to my post here where I go into a bit more detail.


Of course I've made a pattern for the runner, which also includes a pattern for a mini quilt at no extra charge. :) It's available in my Craftsy store, here


It's for a limited time only at the moment. There are new EU VAT laws that I need to comply with coming into effect January 2015, so I will need to close my pattern store from 1st January till I have it figured out. Silly, really, to have to consider EU VAT when I'm in Australia and don't even earn enough to register to pay GST to my own government. But who says laws have to make sense? 


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Swallow

Hello! I sewed another Farmer's Wife Sampler block on Monday night. This is block 93, Swallow:


It was a nice quick one to put together. I used the templates to cut all the triangles, and for the rest I just used my ruler and rotary cutter.

I always have such fun making these, and really want to step up the production a bit... maybe try for a couple a month. So many projects, so little time... I bet a lot of people can relate to that!

Bye for now

Hope x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Wander Through the Woods

Just thought I'd mention I have a brand new pattern available, called Wander Through the Woods. It's available now at Craftsy and from here.


It's so easy to make, and really quite quick. The pattern is full of extras, a total of 8 different quilts to make if you wanted to, including a mini quilt just 12.5 inches square. :)

If you'd like to know more, head on over to my other blog, here.

Bye for now x

Friday, 18 April 2014

New Mini Block Pattern and a New Blog

Greetings! I am just popping in to let you know that I have a new blog, hopesquiltdesigns.blogspot.com. It will focus on patchwork and quilting, and maybe a bit of other sewing. This blog will now include more of the other things I like to do - sewing, papercraft, drawing... whatever takes my fancy, just like it says up there in the header. ;)


I've posted about a new FREE mini block pattern over on my other blog (Autumn Tints, shown above), and that's where I'll tell you about all the new mini block patterns as I get them ready, as well as other patterns I design. If you'd like to visit me there, I'd love to have you, so please do stop by and say hello.

Bye for now, Hope

Friday, 21 February 2014

Homemaker

Goodness, what a lot of time has passed since I blogged. I've been super busy, but have managed to do another Farmer's Wife Sampler block. It's block 47, Homemaker:


This block has inset seams, or 'Y' seams... Now this doesn't normally worry me. The first quilt I ever made had inset seams, by my own design too. I must admit to having some trouble with this block though. I started sewing it as per the directions in the book (as I understood them), but that wasn't working for me, so I unpicked it and did it differently. 

I left the corner units assembled, but without the blue floral triangles attached. I attached those to the centre square first, then attached the corner units. It worked beautifully and the block lies perfectly flat. You can see how I ironed the seams below:  


I will tidy up all those threads before I put the quilt together :)

Something I like to try to do when sewing quilt blocks is have the fabric grain running in the same direction for each piece, or at least at right-angles. I drew the grain-line on the templates before cutting the pieces out so I could line them up appropriately.

One thing I didn't do though is sew my usual scant quarter inch, so it's a teensy bit smaller than it should be. Not enough to worry about though thank goodness, I'll just take it into account when I assemble the quilt.

As for what's been keeping me busy... I'm doing a course in Small Business Management. It's very full-on, with a recommended 60 hours for each module, one module a week! Assessments at the end of each week too... It's all going well though and I only have a few weeks left. Then, there will be a LOT more sewing happening. ;)

Bye for now x 

Friday, 10 January 2014

Rainblow Flowers Mini Block -Free Pattern

I finally got to testing my Rainbow Flowers mini block pattern yesterday, and am pleased to say that it all works and is now available for free download on Craftsy here


For my test piece I sorted through my Bonnie & Camille scrap jar, which is full of Marmalade offcuts from my ZigZag Love quilt, as well as a few pieces of Ruby from another project.


I love the way the finished block looks with the stripes and spots. Actually, this has me wanting to make a whole mini quit in just spots and stripes. Wouldn't that be cute?

I hope you'll have a look at the pattern and give it a go. It really is a fun little block!

Happy Sewing x