Dec 13, 2013

Things I've Discovered

While working on my last Quilt I discovered lots of different things about my process of designing and making (in no set order). I have now had a little time to reflect on some of them and am sharing with you so you may learn from my mistakes.

I always buy fabric for a project and rarely use just from my stash. I need to purchase more of the fabric that I love as I tend to use more of it in a project than I anticipate. Why? Because when I design I change my mind several times along the way.

The first quilting design may not always be the best option. Tearing it out does take less time if you pull the bobbin tread.
 Ugly Stitching!
Much better!

Try new things. I have never been a huge fan of appliqué - however there are many different finishes for appliqué. I could not see an easy way to piece my last design quickly and with a challenge deadline looming I oppted to look at alternatives, namely appliqué. I tried many different finishes before I settled for using 6mm elastic to conceal my edges, essentially creating a stained glass window effect.

Never leave heavy tear away stabilizer in a quilt - it will feel crunchy and not snugly.

Challenge yourself. This could lead to new and exciting things.

Heat and starch can set some washable pens - always test! Yikes! I love how fine the Sewline Styla Pen is.

When using the walking foot - my machine prefers two layers of batting. The walking foot is my friend. I love free motion quilting but not when I have to wrangle a heavy quilt though my small throat space. I can only dream of owning a longarm.

When pin basting - pin on the floor then move to a more comfortable position to close all of those pins! What a difference to your back and knees.

Mimic design shapes through the quilting. Creating unity.

Sometimes less is more! I tested different options for quilting. It is worth the extra effort.


Proportion and scale are important! While using my design wall over the last few months I got used to looking at the single arc of the DWR with the seam allowances. The proportion of the design was lost as soon as I took those allowances away. I think it had a lot to do with the print i was using. Who would have thought that 1/2" would make a difference.

What has been your most profound discovery about your process? Please share.

Quilt on...


Dec 5, 2013

WIP - I Can't Stay Out Of The Sewing Room


I'm not supposed to be in the sewing room after last weeks effort to get the DWR Challenge Quilt done.... However one can't help ones self.  The week before last I purchased this bundle on sale at my LQS, thinking how wonderful it would look all pieced together for my little gal.
It's cut - all 102 squares ready to sew while she is not looking... It may just appear under the Christmas tree!

Linking up with Lee from Freshly Pieced for Work In Progress Wednesday. Thank you for hosting and letting us all tag along for an awesome viewing of everyone's work.

Happy quilting...

Nov 30, 2013

Eternity - A Modern Take on The Double Wedding Ring



Eternity - My Modern entry for NYC Metro Mod Quilters Double Wedding Ring Challenge. Once I started playing around with the EZ Quilting Double Wedding Ring Single Arc Template - I came up with many different ways of using it. So many options, decisions, decisions! I wanted to create dimension and texture. I thought "What if I cut a straight piece of fabric and gather one side of it?" More on that in this previous post. I loved the circular shape created by joining 4 single arcs together. I interlocked these to create a chain and echoed this chain in the quilting. I appliquéd the rings and concealed the raw edges with elastic. Not a very traditional quilting fabric I know, 6mm bias binding was not available to me at the time and elastic was the next best option! This quilt measures 42 1/2" x 55".



Story behind the design and the quilt's title - This year we are celebrating ten years of marriage and the joining (linking) of families who have known each other for 50 years or more. Our Maternal Grand Parents were good friends who painted, vacationed and gardened together. My husband and his family visited me in hospital when I was just 4 pounds something. Needless to say he wasn't very interested in his future bride at the time. I have wanted to make a quilt representing our union and love - this is it and I am in love!




A huge thank you to all who organized and sponsored this challenge and also to those who have entered their amazing quilts. 

Edit - Things I discovered while making this quilt.








Nov 28, 2013

Gathered Here Today

Delighted to share with you my single ring entry "Gathered Here Today" for the NYC Metro Mod Quilters Double Wedding Ring Challenge.




If you wish to read more about the process of making this gathered ring see here.

Jul 18, 2013

We have a Winner!

A huge thank you to all who have visited my post. I hope that you have all found lots of inspiration and hop too and get sewing.
Gill is our lucky winner of the Double Wedding Ring Templates. I will be in touch shortly to organize mailing them.
Happy quilting

Jul 13, 2013

Double Wedding Ring Fun


Welcome to the New York City Metro Modern Quilt Guild’s Double Wedding Ring Challenge and Blog hop.


I was very excited to be asked to be a part of this hop, as in my “want to be a quilter” days, I admired many a DWR quilt and thought that “one day” I just may make one. Victoria Findlay Wolfe contacted me just before the movers arrived to pack up my house in America, which gave me enough time to retrieve my templates and other necessaries from the sewing room. Since then I have had a month in “limbo” or as some put it “homeless”. This is why my progress on this project is not very far into the first ring. I have now moved back into my old house in sunny Queensland, Australia and have been here just long enough to get my sewing room sorted enough to start the piecing of the rings.

Double Wedding Ring Concept

When I think of weddings - I think of a fussy and frilly event, where someone traditionally says “We are gathered here today...”.

When I think of marriages – I think of the solid foundation 
needed for success.

I have combined these two thoughts and come up with the start of my Double Wedding Ring piece.  A solid red foundation or background and a gathered, fussy cut ring.

The gathered ring has been mounted onto a tear-away foundation before piecing. I’m a little unsure how successful that will be once I have all the seams joined and I need to pull it all out.





I have found Simplicity’s, Simpli-EZ Double Wedding Ring templates by Darlene Zimmerman easy to use and love that there is a Single Arc available to compliment the Traditional Double Wedding Ring Set. I have a set to give away to one lucky reader who leaves me a comment at the bottom of this post.  This is open to all, not just fellow Aussie readers.  Please tell me what item from your sewing room that you couldn’t live without? For me, it is my thread snips. I will choose a winner on the 18th of July.

Double Wedding Ring Challenge

Who doesn’t like a good challenge? Sew along with us and enter your work at the end of the year. Believe me when I say that your entry could change your life! I entered the SLMQG and EZ Dresden Challenge last year – winning the challenge opened up loads of opportunities for me! Besides – we all love to sew!

Quilt on...

DWR Challenge

The NYC MOD quilters are excited to announce the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge!

We have partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity, Interweave and Juki to Use the Double wedding ring template/or pattern to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes from our sponsors!

Don’t be afraid of the Double wedding Ring! This is a challenge to learn a new skill, try new techniques and let your creative exploration shine through on this traditional pattern!

This is a challenge FOR EVERYONE, All quilters… of any style from Anywhere! This is an international challenge.

Please note : in each category, a quilt must be made of three layers and bound. To get your creative juices flowing, The Quilt Alliance (one of our generous Sponsors) has put together a PINTEREST page with examples of Double Wedding Ring quilts included in their Quilt Index. Feel Free to pin Double Wedding Ring quilts.


Categories

SMALL: ONE RING! Easy! size: under 20″ or smaller… This is a great way to play and learn your curves, and try your own version of making this fun design!

TRADITIONAL: 4 rings or larger…  Make the traditional double wedding pattern by using the template and your choice of fabrics…not straying to far from the traditional style. Four rings or larger for this category… must have three layers and bound.

MODERN:  4 rings or larger… ANYTHING GOES!  How can you interpret the double wedding ring, put a MODERN spin on a traditional design? Piece it, applique, fuse, whole cloth? Possibilities are ENDLESS!!!  No rules other then, it must have three layers and bound.

You don’t need to use Darlene’s Double Wedding Ring templates to enter, but we’d sure like it if you did! Any double Wedding ring template will work.
 

Come back here to link up your projects in their correct category. You can enter up to three times, one project in each category, any project you have started this year.

EZ Double Wedding ring challenge and single arc is available at www.simplicity.com or at your local store. You do not have to use this template to enter the contest.

Judges: Darlene Zimmerman ( EZ quilting), Vivika DeNegre (Interweave), Lisa Mason(president of NYC MOD), Victoria Findlay Wolfe(Quiltcon Winner, with Double Edged Love) Elisa Albury

We have some amazing sponsors who have donated FANTASTIC prizes! See below for the list of goodies!

 TO ENTER:

Images must be uploaded by Dec 1st.

Upload your image by category here: (click each category)

Small

Traditional

Modern

Winners will be announced Dec 15th, 2013  **Winning quilts with need to be sent in by January 1st.

Winner categories:
1.       Grand Prize from any of the 3 categories
2.       One winner from Small
3.       One winner from Traditional
4.       One winner from Modern
5.       Judges Choice
Prizes include:
Grand Prize:
·         Photo of the Grand Prize project in EZ/Simplicity advertisement in Modern Patchwork Magazine,
Complete collection of EZ Templates by Darlene Zimmerman, Deluxe sidewinder and Deluxe Bias Tape and Quilt Binding Machine
·         Juki HZL Exceed F600 Sewing Machine
·         Featured in an article in Spring issue of Modern Patchwork 2014
·         15 Minutes of Play
·          FQ bundles of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Darlene Zimmerman collection
Additional prizes for all other categories will include:
o    EZ Quilting Templates and Notions
o     Special gift from Modern Patchwork
o    15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
o    One year Membership from The Quilt Alliance
o    Oliso Irons 3 small traditional and modern
o    Gutterman Thread (In-home Cabinet) 100 spools, 100 m, 100% cotton
o    $50 Gift Certificate to Canton Village Quilt Works
o    Gift Certificate from Fabric Depot online store
o    American Spirit by Fairfield queen-sized
o     FQ bundles of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Darlene Zimmerman collection
o    Fabric Bundles by New Castle Fabric
o    Fabric Bundles by Fabric Traditions
o    Darlene’s latest quilt
o    The Spray and Fix Sewing Adhesive Collection by ODIF USA traditional
o    A  FREE class at Craftsy.com
o   Joy of Quilting by Kathy Doughty, Material Obsession

BLOG HOP:


July 8th
​NYC MOD​ Quilters
Interweave
 July 9th
Emily Bailey
Shelly Pagliai -
July 10th
Amy Ellis
Faith Jones
July 11th
Amy Smart
July 12th
Dan Rouse
Elisa Albury
July 13
Jenny Cameron
July 14th
Jane Davidson
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska
Jackie Kunkel-
July 16th
Kathy Doughty
http://www.materialobsession.typepad.com/
Juki
 July 17th
Lisa Mason
Flaun Cline
 July 18
Pat Sloan
Jessica Alexandrakis
 July 19th
Jacquie Gering
Lee Heinrich
Monica Solorio-Snow
“Double Edged Love”  by: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Quilted by: Lisa Sipes
Best in Show, QuiltCon 2013



Edited - 18thJuly 2013 - Thank you to all who left messages for me. We do have a winner, Gill - I will contact you shortly.


Jul 5, 2013

Moved!

We've moved and have been in our house a week already.

The sewing room is progressing and I'm pleased to say that my machines started without any problems. I'm looking forward to stitching again soon - will keep pestering to get my desk built. I will need reminding next time I go away for three years, to remove fluff and oil well!

While unpacking I spied some ideas for quilts that I had before I started quilting. Not sure if anything will come of them.

Sorry no pictures yet - tapping this on my phone and have not the correct app to select photos from there. Hope to get the net connected in the next few days.

Enjoying a warm winter in the Southern Hemisphere!

Happy quilting!

May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Throw Quilt - Over The Horizon

I'm an Aussie Expat and dedicated sewer!
We moved a family of 4 to USA in 7 bags.
How does one condense lives into 7 bags let alone an extensive fabric stash? Vacuum Packs!
The fabric in this quilt is from the "Suzani" range by Michelle Marvvig for Charles Parsons. It is the stash I snuck into our luggage! The reason - I vowed to learn to quilt while living in Utah.
I have used the EZ Dresden Ruler by Darlene Zimmerman, that I won (thank you to Angela Flicker) and I challenged myself to see what was "Over The Horizon".
Good things - I think!
Quilt measures 53 inches x 63 inches
 
 
The Front
 


The Back


 
Thank you Amy from Amy's Creative Side for hosting yet another awesome Blogger's Quilt Festival. Please visit Amy's site to see what everyone else has been up to in their sewing space and don't forget to vote!
 


Blogger's Quilt Festival - Dolly's Sleeping Bag

To encourage my little gal to enjoy her time with Dolly - I created a little sleeping bag for her. I grew up reading the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker and when I saw that Micheal Miller had printed some fabrics in this range - how could I resist?


My little one goes to bed with her "Cuddly" - a favourite blanket. I had some left over hexagons so I made one for the Dolly too.

 
The ric-rac was a challenge to insert but I think it is a cool feature.
 
 
Back - I experimented with machine pieced hexagons and the tiny triangles.
 
 
A detail of the front panel - you can see I used my "go to" wavy quilting.
 

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (I'm not sure where Dolly is and so for a substitute) is ready to go CAMPING!

Stats
15" x 10 1/4" in size

Thank you Amy from Amy's Creative Side for hosting yet another awesome Blogger's Quilt Festival. Please visit Amy's site to see what everyone else has been up to in their sewing space and don't forget to vote!

Mar 7, 2013

Sewing Blind - Quiltcon Judging Checklist -WIP

Last week my bulb in the machine went! So I have been sewing blind! Sewing circle was much fun but very dark without my usual desk lamp beside me and no bulb in the machine! So tonight I removed my bulb - after I read the manual - I discovered that there are actually 2 bulbs in my machine - I really have been kept in the dark and will remain so until I can get new bulbs!

My Dear Stella quilt has arrived back from Quiltcon - It is featured in The Dear Stella Blog Quiltcon Recap alongside the other Juried entries -  I'm going to shed light (pun intended) on the 2013 Judges Checklist as I feel knowing this may have changed how I made my quilt. I note that there is no mention of the word "Modern" - other than the category "Modern Traditionaliam".  I have made notes on page layouts in brackets

Quiltcon - 2013 Judging Checklist

Note: Not all boxes will be checked. Boxes checked in the left-hand column indicate attributes that are especially strong. Boxes checked in the right-hand column indicate areas for improvement.

Positive Attributes (left column on page)

Design:
Strong visual impact
Effective use of balance
Good use of color
Effective use of contrast/value
Effective fabric choices

Workmanship:
Overall workmanship is excellent
Piecing is accurate
Quilt is straight and lies flat

Quilting:
Quilting design complements the piecing
Quilting is well done
Effective thread choice

Binding:
Binding is well-executed
Innovative binding technique


Areas For Improvement (right column)

Design:
Weak visual impact
Lack of balance detracts from the design
Ineffective use of color
ineffective use of contrast/value
Fabric choices detract from the design

Workmanship:
Workmanship is poor
Piecing is not accurate
Sides are warped/quilt does not lay flat
Dark fabric shows trough light fabric
Threads and/or marking are visible

Quilting:
Quilting does not complement the piecing
Tension problems are evident
Stitch length needs to be more consistent
Thread choice is distracting
Quilt would benefit from additional quilting.

Binding:
Binding is poorly executed

(lower half of page)

The following boxes (2 Photos) pertain to specific show categories. Boxes checked in the category indicate category-specific attributes of a quilt that are especially strong.




Additional Comments:

I am going to keep you in the dark about what was checked on my list and what the additional comments were. These I am still trying to comprehend. Most sections only had one check marked - one section had two checks.

I have never entered a quilt into a Juried quilt show - or any show for that matter and so find this list interesting.

Work in progress report: - Linking up with Lee from Freshlypieced for WIP Wednesday.

I have 2 projects on the go - a very traditional piece and a very "Modern" (perhaps I should not label it as such, instead, call it "Free or Liberated") improvised piece.

My Endless Chain Quilt is at a standstill...  This is a tonal shot of where I'm at. I need to make more blocks and change it a little. I have found that taking photos of the desing wall a great way to see or judge if composition and value are correct.


My "Free" piece is also at a standstill... But I love where it is going.


I finished one item in need - a long pencil case for my little gal - the zipper broke on her other one.



We are moving back to Australia in the next few months and I have to change my priorities. Tax, Health Ins issues, sorting out a house, changing addresses, canceling subscriptions, selling unwanted items, cleaning... does not leave much time for fun! My Mum is coming to visit for 3 weeks before then - can't procrastinate for much longer.

I have joined Instagram - so I feel a little connected to my peeps at SLMQG now and when I'm back in Aus - find me at - fiberlosophy

Quilt on without me!







Fun is being had!

Fun is being had! by JennyWrenCameron
Fun is being had!, a photo by JennyWrenCameron on Flickr.

Free - Improvised piece

Feb 19, 2013

Colour Graduation - Endless Chain

I am having so much fun playing on the design wall with this Endless Chain...


But with only just over half the possible blocks made... I need to get back to piecing!


If you are interested you can read more about this Love Story Quilt in a previous post.

Happy quilting....

Feb 16, 2013

Finished - On its way to Quiltcon

"When Life Throws You A Curved Ball" is finished and on its way to Quiltcon along with"Over The Horizon", they are to be on display in the Simplicity Booth and "Scrambled - Dear Stella" "Dear Stella - Scrambled" has already arrived. Oh how I wish I was going too!


I did dense wriggly lines in a variegated Aurifil thread and am very happy with the result. Post washing - it looks and feels even better!

 
A close up of the quilting on the back...
 

And the full back.

I applied the label and hanging sleeve after it was washed in a mad rush to get it out the door in time to meet shipping deadlines.

Today - I'm working on my little gal's quilt... making nice progress... but skiing this afternoon will stall that.



Happy Quilting...



Feb 15, 2013

A love story

For a long time (since I was about 16) I have wanted to make a quilt like this......

Since I have a husband that doesn't want to sleep under flowers - I can't make it for our bed. Luckily for me I have a little girl who loves flowers.

So I've been collecting suitable florals for a year now - this is harder than you may think - the modern trend is not this kind of print and not too many of the shabby fabrics are either.

The inspiration for this quilt comes from a garden that I once knew and loved - it breaks my heart that it no longer exists. So much love, sweat and tears went into creating an inspiring oasis in the harsh outback of Australia. It was my In-laws garden, tended daily by the Grandmother that my little ones will never know. My Dear Man used to pick tiny bouquets of miniature pink roses and little white daises from this garden. It has a special place in my heart.

However - I've come to the conclusion that baby hand pieced hexagons are not in the picture. I'm not much interested in hand sewing even though that is how I prefer to finish my quilt bindings.

I adore these quilts and this quilt and I think that The Endless Chain design will give a good representation of the garden it is to honor. There will be 90 blocks - I have selected approximately 35 fabrics that I'm trialling. Some of which will only be used once. Each block will feature one print and kona snow. I'm yet to decide on fabric for the centres - I'm leaning towards a mid pink.

This is where I'm at... And I'm in love!








Jan 25, 2013

Oops!

Oops - I'm half way through basting my quilt and I find a hole!

I work in the most appalling light - the room I use is painted dark blue and can you believe - there are no lights in the ceiling! Because we are here temporarily, I figured that there was no point in buying too many lights as they would all need adapters when we move back to Australia. Then two nights ago one of my two lights blew! And so... Only later do I find the hole!


I know it is hard to see - there in the middle of the photo! If I wasn't a perfectionist - this wouldn't worry me!


It's time for my trusty snips to work their magic! Oh how I love these Premax Snips - I purchased them when I fist left school and they travel with me everywhere. I don't own a quick-unpick or as the Americans say "seam ripper". I wouldn't trust myself with one!



I have to attribute some the longevity of these to the wonderful maintenance that my Dear Man does on these as requested. He sharpens and oils them occasionally. A true gem.

Fingers crossed that I can replace that holy piece and get the backing, batting and top flat again!

Wish me luck! I think I may relocate my machine tonight, to the best light in the house - the dining room table!

Jan 24, 2013

When Life Throws You A Curve Ball

Linking up for WIP Wednesday with Lee from Freshly Pieced

Over the last few days I have really enjoyed being in my messy sewing space creating this with my EZ Dresden Wedge Ruler...


I'm calling it "When Life Throws You a Curve Ball"


It is for a very special friend that I have, here in America. I will miss her terribly when we return to Australia later this year.

I have some lovely Hobbs Heirloom Wool Batting and beautiful variegated  Aurifil Thread that I plan on using for the quilting - just can't decide on how to quilt it. Wriggly lines or do I try and shadow quilt the wedges (and if so what for the edges)?

My Madrona Road piece is now ready for me to finish the binding.

I need to put a sleeve on my Dear Stella Quilt and make a bag for it before sending it off for Quiltcon.

Yesterday I received an email from Simplicity - requesting my EZ Dresden Challenge Quilt to exhibit in their booth at Quiltcon. This is very exciting for me.

Busy - Busy

Quilt on...




Jan 17, 2013

Madrona Road - WIP - FLY OUT

Work in progress this week - well today is the first day in a week that I have felt well enough to do anything that is unnecessary! Sewing - Unnecessary? Depends on who you talk to - but when you are hit with the flu - well perhaps. Sleep has been my priority recently.

Looking through The Modern Quilt Guild Blog today I discovered that the Madrona Road Challenge deadline is the end of January - even though our guild website says end of March. I thought I had better get back into the sewing room.

I started this a few weeks ago - challenging myself to curved flying geese as I also wanted to try and use bias strips, pieced on a curve, rather than cut each curve individually. One of the reasons for this was limited fabric. Both worked I think...

 
Close up of fussy cut geese

 
Almost all of the piece - quilted - not yet bound
 

The concept behind the design for this piece is "know where you have come from, travel and find yourself". I think I will title this "Fly Out".

Not sure if I need to do any more quilting on this? I think it is busy enough! Your thoughts please?

Linking up with Lee from Freshly Pieced - thank you Lee for hosting.