Tuesday, 30 June 2015

David and Jodi’s quilt

One of my quilts, this silk quilt was made as a gift for David and Jodi.  The pattern is called In and Out by Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios.
In and Out quilt
Working with silk is a little different than cotton, I used a fusible stabilizer on the back of each piece of fabric, to help keep the fraying under control.  Here are all of my fabrics stabilized and waiting to be cut.

Quilted with the Blowin’ Wind pantograph by Jodi Beamish and a wine variegated thread.
Blowin' Wind pantograph
I found this lovely piece of batik in just the right colours to back it with.

Every once in a while I capture “The man behind the quilt”.

I chose to use assorted bits of the silk to bind the quilt, here it is all folded and ready to gift wrap.

The quilt in its new home, I thought it would look good in their living room, matching the cushions on the couch, however Jodi was concerned that their dog Gaffer would misuse it, he actually started licking it when we initially draped it over the back of the couch.

An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, space, circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle.  But it will never break ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Blue for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

It seems I’ve taken a break from blogging, so now it is time to get back with it.  Thank goodness for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, run by Angela at soscrappy which helps to keep me on the ‘straight and narrow’ of quilting and posting.
This month we are working on blue, and I’ve completed more little four-patches for the Rainbow Rows quilt I am working on.  The strips for these little four-patches are cut at one and a half inches, so the little squares finish at one inch, the four-patches will finish at two inches.  I’m enjoying working through my scraps – so many memories held in all those fabrics.
Here are 60 little four-patches, a little straggler looking for a partner and a few two and a half inch leader/enders for a future postage stamp quilt (looks like a green one snuck in there).
Blue four-patches
I’m using Lissa Alexander’s pattern as a guide and it calls for 120 blue four-patches, so I happily did the math and cut enough strips to make 120 little blue and background pairs, then realizing when I sewed them together to make four-patches I only had 60.  No problem, back to the scrap stash and cut more pairs now I’ll have more than the required blue four-patches and more to show for next week of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Take a moment to visit Soscrappy to see what others have done with their blue scraps.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.