Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Neglected farmers wife

My neglected farmers wife blocks

My poor wee farmers wife 2

My poor wee neglected farmers wife! In compiling lists of wips, I always found myself forgetting my poor wee farmers wife blocks. I seem to do these in fits and starts, I like doing about 3 blocks at a time. But I am only up to about block 38 ... Which is not really that great is it? Why does this wee quilt keep getting dropped down priority list?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A long list?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
After reading a post last week where someone suggested using their planner to organise their sewing I decided to try and get a handle on everything I was attempting to do. That is the whole purpose of these posts. So being a true librarian I have tried to classify them as follows:
Blocks of the month/sew alongs
Craftsy block of the month 2013
Pile o fabric skill builder block of the month
Hello Moon by April Mae designs
Farmers wife sampler quilt
Papillon creations - Around the world embroidery
Online classes
Leah day craftsy class on free motion quilting
Quilt tops in progress
Cutting out material for curvy quilt for weekend with Irene
Jelly roll top in 30s repro fabrics
Black and white quilt top to be layered up & quilted
Silk quilt, totally stalled while I was ill last year, really need to get back to this one.
Sensory quilt I promised a lady on twitter, some fabrics bought, do I need more?
Little patchwork puppy I promised Miss Freya ...

Goodness that's quite a lot, especially for someone who claims to want to finish things ... But writing it all down here gives me a focus for this.
So here is my current wip, Black and white quilt top I have promised a nice lady on twitter, need to get layered up and quilted.
Black and white quilt I hadn't realised the light was quite that rubbish ... Here is a close up Black and white quilt 4 And another Black and white quilt 3 Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

My first work in progress ....

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
eeeeeppppp my very first WiP post. I have been following these for well over a year now and never plucked up the courage to join in. The resolution for the new year was to throw caution to the wind.
So here I am, and more to the point what is in progress?
This is one of the many things I have been working on. The pattern is from the book, Two from one Jelly Rolls:

Last Import-6

I have never used a jelly roll before but had a lovely thirties repro jelly roll I bought in Birmingham a few years ago. I so wanted a pattern to use it and found the perfect one in this book.
You take four strips of the same colour, I chose red and add a white strip to either side. You then take the remaining jelly roll strips and sew two of them to either side of a white strip. These units are then subcut as follows:

Last Import-0

You end up with a million or so of each, a slight exaggeration but not much ... these are then joined together to make a nine patch like this:

You then cut this up down the middle (twice) so you end up with a million teensy weensy little blocks like this:
Last Import-5

Yep you get the picture. I am loving doing it but it is taking a long time. I took up patchwork because I had RSI and couldnt do the fine needle work i used too. This means I can't really do the marathon subcutting needed to speed this up.
I will just pick away at it though.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Clover wonder clips for foundation piecing

I have always been in two minds about foundation piecing. I love the precise results you can get with it, if you get your seams to match up, and that is always where my problems have lain. Whenever matching up seams I always get some shifting.
So it was with some trepidation that I started this pattern from Cindy Richards.
It is beautiful though so I decided to give it a try even though it's only 20 inches square.
These were my colour choices, the pattern is straightforward but needs careful attention to detail.

So armed with templates and copious amounts of coffee I started to piece.
Then came time to start stitching templates together, these were even more daunting due to the large amount of seams in each tiny piece. I would stick pins through each intersection to line up but how to get under machine without any shifting.
That was when I had one of my (rare) light bulb moments. Now I am not claiming to be the first person to think of this, I am sure many others got there before me, but I suddenly realised my clover wonder clips were perfect for this.
So I took my templates with the pins stuck through the intersections like so:

Then keeping the pins in, I inserted a clover wonder clip in between each pin. Like so:

Once all wonderclips are in place remove the pins.
No shifting, easy to take out when you are sewing without any danger of shifting, are you getting the message? :-) no shifting!
I love this, I really want to try more foundation piecing now.
And how did the little quilt turn out?

Dancing stars quilt

Friday, 1 February 2013

In the hoop

I took up patchwork because tendon problems in my arms gave me excruciating RSI which meant I had to give up my previous hobby which was embroidery. I say embroidery rather than cross stitch because I tended more towards cut work and drawn thread work, hardanger especially. It always saddened me as I loved the tranquility of sitting with a hoop of fabric and transforming it with various threads.
So when my chum showed me the sew along from Papillion creations I decided to give it a go and see if my arms were any better, I had done some small cross stitch projects recently and found that if I rationed how much I sewed then I could manage to stitch again.
So I am now totally hooked, they are up to part 9 in the sew along, you have to subscribe to the newsletter and pay an initial one or two pounds for the first part but it's free after that. This was me up to part 5:


I am now up to part 7 and desperate to catch up, we get to choose our own background colours and thread colours too, it's difficult to see how it will turn out before you start so I just chose colours with come contrast that I liked. I'm working it on 32 count Belfast linen, if you subscribe to newsletter you can see the gallery of other people's work, some are doing it on black linen very effective.
This is where I am up to just now: