I can’t believe how long I’ve stayed away from here…let’s just say between work, health and other “stuffs” I haven’t had enough energy for quilting or blogging in a while! I seem to be making my way out of this imposed hibernation though. Managed to come online every now and then but I can’t wait to catch up on what I’ve missed in the blogosphere and to hopefully have something to share with you soon.
Recall that in my blog hop post consider the flowers(which is part of a series of posts to come) I asked this question – If you had the chance to start over what advice would you give your new beginner self? I received so many wonderful advice that I promised to compile and share in another post. Who knows, it just might help someone out there right?
Thank you so much for all your wonderful comment on the blog hop post! Unfortunately my blog had a mind of its own and I was unable to get notifications by email. I believe I replied everyone one way or the other and if I didn’t, I apologize.
Where were we?…Yes, I was telling you about my crazy experiment with trying to up size Jen’s wonderful pattern because making the small one just wasn’t enough! I decided to multiply all the given dimensions…I mean if you want to double numbers you multiply by 2 isn’t it? Turns out it isn’t as simple as that with quilting maths.Read more: Quilter’s Laundry Day Mini Quilt Pattern: My crazy experiment!
Remember my current work in progress is the wonky quilt-as-you-go Log Cabin. I showed you my progress in the last Post, as of today though, I have now made enough blocks for a baby quilt as contemplated. The quilt top is completely pieced and while I tried to choose an arrangement that best showcases the blocks, In the end I decided to go with the flow.
With the top now completed, it is time to look for a backing fabric. In the spirit of improvising though, I might make a pieced backing from the left over fabrics from piecing the top.
Why oh why did it have to be today of all days! It was shaping out to be a great day you know. I got the day off work and after doing some cleaning chores, I figured I could try unpacking some of my sewing stuffs. I was planning to get started on a new project, anything at all to ease the restlessness caused by lack of activity! I emptied one bag of scraps into this laundry basket with the plan to sort them and probably work on a scrappy project. Read more: This is really annoying!
Hi Guys, can you believe it is two entire weeks of the New Year already gone? I can’t either!! That just shows how time flies. Anyhow, let me officially wish you a happy new year and welcome you to 2017. In my last post I briefly reviewed everything that went down last year especially in my Quilting and I did refer you back to my first post from 2016 where I made a list of commitments as against resolutions. I mean there is nothing wrong with making resolutions but I found out over the years that most times the excitement ends at making the list and most often than not it remains a list with no action or result to show. Hence, decided instead on a list of short and achievable commitments. Subsequently, in addition to the commitments I made last year which are still very valid, I am adding a commitment to be more proactive and deliberate in the actions I take towards achieving my set goals for this year. Truthfully I can’t even say I have it all planned and figured out yet but I am consciously noting what would be nice to and what must be achieved in my quilting and general life.Read more: Welcome to 2017…let’s get it started!
I remembered when I was first introduced to English Paper Piecing in beginner’s class, I thought it was cool and easy. On one hand I thought I am not sure I’ll be doing a lot of this (not a fan of hand stitching – I think it takes forever) and on the other hand I thought this is going to be great to carry with me anywhere. Lately, it has become handy for keeping busy at those times when due to electricity outage I can’t use my electric machine.
Anyway, I have been doing bits and pieces of EPP mostly Hexagons and a brief experiment with diamonds but I got tired of those. I wanted other interesting designs that would be easy for me to make…I’m terrible at following patterns so it had to be something I could figure out on my own. Plus I have all these invitation cards fromA box full of Junk that needed recycling 🙂 .Read more: English Paper Piecing (EPP) : Making your template
In Part 1 of this post, I shared about my trip to the Millennium Park with my photographer colleague who did a generous work of photographing my recently finished quilts and how we took too many photos to share in one post so here are the rest of them. I love making mini quilts (about 18″) they’ve been the perfect way for me to develop my quilting skills, I make 18″ minis to practice new techniques, try out new blocks and as practice piece for my free motion or straight quilting. I usually end up making most into throw pillows so when a friend contacted me to make some for her mum, I excitedly agreed.
I spoke to her mum to discuss colors and she said to use my discretion (this is what I love to hear -what does my discretion mean though? perhaps in another post). She described her space and I figured I’ll settle for a gray background and just add various colors to that. I found this variegated gray fabric that works perfectly (I think I am obsessed with variegated fabrics by the way). I couldn’t decide on a color palette but worked from what I had in my stash. I shared my progress with her and she has decided she will like me to include some with black background, coffee brown and touch of yellow so I have more minis to make when I finish my current project. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve made so far 🙂
In other news, I’m currently working on my block for the Cloud 9 Blog Hop and wow…writing a pattern and a tutorial is major work! I am about doing my second test block as my measurement was wayyyy off the first attempt and I missed a lot of steps in the instruction. Much kudos to pattern writers and people that post tutorials!!! I’m happy I signed up for the blog hop though, it is challenging me on so many levels and who doesn’t like a challenge :).
As always, thanks for stopping by and I’ll love to hear your thoughts on writing a tutorial post. For my block there are irregular shapes like diamonds to cut out, would it be better to include templates or will instruction on cutting suffice? I also found useful links to a clear instructions on cutting irregular shapes, is it OK to include that instead? Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.
Thank God it’s Friday! This week seems to have gone by really quickly or maybe I just lost track of the days but I was genuinely surprised when Hubby said thank God it’s Friday. Speaking of Fridays, a couple of Fridays ago, I was discussing with my colleague who is a part time photographer about needing a nice location to photograph my quilts (I figured I needed to put in a little effort than my usual practice of laying the quilt across my chair and photographing it late at night…horrendous!). He not only recommended a nice park close to work but he offered to go with me if I had a camera as he didn’t have his professional camera at hand…well my not so shabby camera would have to do as I wasn’t going to pass off this generous offer. I literally dashed home on my break (I live about 10 minutes away) to get my stuffs and we went to a park called “Millennium Park”, It’s a nice quiet park and I’m surprised I hadn’t visited it before.
On getting to the park we settled for the children section of the park and all I had to do was bring out the Quilts and watch him do his thing, I only assisted when required…how fun right! We took lots of pictures and the reason why it has taken me forever to post this is because editing and watermarking photos aren’t my favorite things to do and so I have been procrastinating until now. Too many pictures to show you and I couldn’t choose hence I have to break this in two parts in order not to bombard you with photos 🙂 Enjoy!
That’s me peeking from the back, that’s how helpful I was being 🙂
Thank you Mr Wale for all your help! Thanks everyone for stopping by and have a very productive weekend ahead.
I know, I know! I said the next time I post about this it will be completed but that’s not happening anytime soon because I won’t have access to my full sewing space for a while, I’m still on my annual leave. I am however posting a quick picture of my achievements so far and in this post basting your quiltI mentioned I won’t be Quilting this as I go like I have been doing with my other projects. That means the Quilt top is now completed and I might then stick to my promise of not posting about this again until it is completed but I seriously doubt that 😉 I foresee another post while basting this so fingers crossed for now.Read more: Piecing Completed on “Nautical”
There has been a huge break in transmission on this series but if you’ve been following my latest posts, I have practically been talking, more like lamenting about this next process in all of them. Anyhow, congratulations on successfully piecing you Quilt top! Now we move on to the next stage and that’s preparing your sandwich (no you won’t be needing bread hahaha) it’s time to baste that baby ?. Basting is the process of “sandwiching” your three layers of top, batting and backing together in preparation for actual quilting. Depending on the size of your project, this could be fun if ever or this could be a major task headache but you can’t skip this process trust me I would if I could …unfortunately I do not have a long arm quilter anywhere near that I would have passed this onto (You only need to send the pieced top and backing fabric right or how does that work?). Read more: The Quilting Process: Basting your Quilt