Monday, 31 May 2010

The Accidental Quilt - Another Finish

The total for the year so far is looking a little better, with another proper finish today. After running a machine quilting workshop a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to get going on a top I've had hanging around for a while now. The Accidental Quilt is so named because it started life destined to be the pieced borders of the Aqua Batik Quilt. However, once I'd got them made up (I can't imagine where I found the patience to put all those half square triangles together!), I realised the colour was completely wrong, much too much of a yellow green rather than a blue green. I wasn't going to waste all that effort, however, so I sewed the strips into a rectangle instead.

The fabrics are all batiks, I've used Quilters Dream Wool for the wadding (it has a nice puff to it) and used the Cotton Patch's own brand of thread, which I have on good authority is the same as Sulky Blendables. It certainly looks identical to a reel of Blendables that I have, and it ran through the machine very nicely without producing a lot of lint. I used the Golden Threads Quilting Paper to draw up the quilting design, it's a great technique even if it takes longer to remove the paper than to sew the design! I went for an all-over wave-like pattern which is sewn in rows across the quilt, there are a total of 18 interlocking rows. I used the same thread top and bottom, with the result that the quilting shows up much more on the light backing fabric, an effect I'm very pleased with.

Here is Fatcat modelling the finished quilt :o). Click on any picture to enlarge it.

And here he is helping with one of the paper removal stages ...

Sunday, 30 May 2010

A Quilty Finish

I've also managed to (eventually!) finish the second table runner made from the Moda Gobble Gobble fabric, this and its long thin twin will come out in the autumn each year. It's got Warm & Natural in the middle and is quilted with a Valdani thread, using the Golden Threads Quilting Paper for free motion quilting. You can click on the pictures to get a better view.

Socks - Next Pair Done

I've managed (eventually) to get round to finishing the first pair of the two odd socks I showed in an earlier post, and I'm well on my way with the second, I just have the foot and toe to finish. I've been somewhat distracted from my sewing and knitting recently with a series of books I haven't been able to get my head out of, but I'm back on a creative streak, so hopefully I'll have a bit more to show on this blog soon!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Quilts UK Malvern 2010

I had a few hours at the quilt show at Malvern today, while OH stomped up and down the hills. He had a wonderful (if tiring!) day and so did I. Here's a picture of the loot, the pinks are flannel, they are just so gorgeous and cuddly that I'm going to have to make something very soon :o). How did that sock wool sneak in I wonder?