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Monday, December 29, 2014

EPP sew along

Today I pulled out a small EPP project; again one of the patterns from Katja Marek's new book called The New Hexagon.

It is made from just one block sewn down to a felt backing to use as a candle mat.
I am getting ready for the Millefiore Quilt Along that anyone can participate in!  All you need is to get your own copy of the book, and then register on Katja's web page.  She will email you instructions for a rosette each month!  The first one starts in just a few days, January!
This is a sneak peak of some of the rosettes that she has photos of posted on her instagram feed,

aren't they pretty?  The first months rosette is the largest... 

If you want to register, just go to www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/the-new-hexagon:
If you need the book, I think we have copies at the store, and more on order.  
I am really looking forward to getting started!   Hope you decide to join up!  Oh, yes, and there is an instagram tag if you want to view the progress of other participants too--- #thenewhexagonmillefiorequiltalong

Happy stitching!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Over the past few days, we've started to do a bit of Christmas decorating, 
which of course involves a ten foot tree
its a bit dark there in parts, some of the lights turned out to be ones that blink off and on, 
lots of small critters hiding in there too

Of course we need to dress up some regulars

nothing beats the red white and green
I might even get inspired to bake cookies, 





Friday, December 12, 2014

Dresden Plate Monster quilt

Well, after a concerted effort, today i finished the machine quilting on this monster... 
(You probably know that feeling where you've got so many different projects on the go that you just have to try to finish something!  It's been creeping up on me and I am going to try to get some of these projects finished off before the year end!)

I know that Ive blogged about this quilt quite a bit in the past, but its not very often that I tackle a king sized quilt, and this is the first one that I have ever done the quilting on.  it took a long time!   (plus I did it in add-on sections)
Anyway, even though there are puckers and erratic stitching, it is now ready for the last stretch, the binding.   I will need to go buy something for that, and I am thinking about going with a medium blue or that green thats used in the dresden plate locks..   It might come down to whatever is available. 
Maybe I will get this one done before Christmas! 



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Progress with the EPP

As the title today declares, I am making some progress with my English Paper Piecing project from the book The New Hexagon, by Katja Marek.   So far I have stitched up twelve little blocks:
there is quite a range in terms of different combinations of fabrics and shapes from one block to another,  although I can see which colours seem to be my favorites.
I am Still pondering what to do with them

Right now they are like little jewels...
I have also been thinking about whether there might be interest in forming a paper piecing club/club in the new year.   it would be something like a once/ month time... any suggestions or feedback?  






Saturday, December 6, 2014

English Paper Piecing with glue

There is a great new book out by Canadian author Katya Marek, called the New Hexagon:
it has patterns for 52 pieced hexagons for English Paper Piecing, which is a hand sewing technique wgere you bastefabrics over paper templates and then hand stitch the pieces together with a whip stitch.   Later you remove the paper templates, leaving just the pieced block.  
Making these are surprisingly relaxing.  you just photocopy the patterns on to cardstock and cut them apart to get your templates, 
the best thing I learned is that you can use this little glue pen to attach the fabrics to the paper templates.  I had seen this before with a regular glue stick, but this one is only 1/4" wide, and the glue goes on blue but dries clear so you can see where you've applied it.  (nb. apparantly Roxannes Glue Baste it does not work well for this)
I am an enthusiastic convert.  I did all these 24 pieces in 10 minutes!  If I had basted them with thread it probably would have taken a couple of hours.
i did enough templates at one sitting for several blocks that are ready to stitch together...
Im not sure yet how i will combine the blocks... the book has several ideas, but i think i will make blocks until I get tired of making them, and then see how many I have
Im just using a pile of happy bright colors from my stash.... perfect for a day thats overcast outside.
I love english Paper Piecing, and now I love it even more!








Friday, November 28, 2014

Dresden Pouch

A couple of days ago I was leafing through a book I have called Sew Gifts.  A few months ago I made a pencil-case from the book.   I decided that I was in the mood to sew another zippered pouch when I saw the Dresden plate one.  
It was an easy matter to zip up some petals--- i just used my handy dresden plate ruler and cut ny pieces from 2-1/2" strips...
I decided to sew an arc for each side of the pouch, using 19 different fabrics,
I also added in a layer of quilt batting to give the pouch a bit more body.

Not much quilting, just some pink hand-stitching to echo the shape, and a few rows of machine stitching in light grey.
I was pretty happy with how it turned out.   It was just the day for a quick and easy project. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

why do we do this?

Last weekend I attended a quilting/sewing retreat.  i enjoyed it quite a lot, even though I didn't actually do a lot of sewing.  I did do a lot of socializing, and even had some meaningful conversations with a few people.  I made me think about all the different reasons why we are involved in this past-time of sewing.   And of course, we have different reasons at different times,...
So, I am curious about what you think.  What are some of the reasons why you love to sew?
above, this was a nice color coordinated moment at my sewing station, 
At the show and tell, i think we all loved Tanya's small squares
Amazing quilt by Sandy
I loved Allisons Tortilla Strips, wouldn't it be great on a bed? 






Monday, November 10, 2014

Sewing lately,

since Quiltmarket, i havent done much quilting, as i seem to have crashed a bit in that department.  
however, i have done a little bit of general sewing, 
some pillow shams, two down and two to go
and a simple pullover shirt out of linen, 
i used a bit of old lace as the collar facing, 
i can't seem to decide on what to sew next,  hmmm
do you ever get stuck? 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jumbled Up quilt market

At Quilt Market, I often move back and forth between looking at quilt exhibits, and looking at sales booths.  the contrast from one perspective to the other keeps things more interesting
Jaybird Quilts, here you can see how large this quilt really is,

the next few are from the cotton and steel booth,

this dress is sewn from the new double-gauze fabric,
I'm sorry I can't tell which booth these were from, but the machine quilting on this sample was really great,


another shot of the RJR booth
more Tim Holtz,
Back to the quilt exhibits area, and the wide open aisles,



Beneath my Wing, by David Taylor


Bike Boys, by Lea McComas


Fade into Gray, by Stephanie Ruyle
detail, Fade into Gray, by Stephanie Ruyle


Cycles Two, by Leanne Chahley

detail, Cycles Two, by Leanne Chahley

Chloe a la Klimt by Helena Scheffer
Green Bee Patterns booth,

Kokka fabrics, at the Seven Islands booth


















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