Monday, 27 April 2015

Dome Needle Threader by Clover

I saw a quilter paper piecing recently at Coastal Quilters. She was using this gadget.  What a fantastic idea, pre-load up to ten needles with thread and of you go to stitch group.  No more cracking jokes from your friends as you miss the eye of a needle when threading.
Makes a good gift as well.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Millefiori Quilts - English Paper Piecing.

Quilt Mania have printed two books by Willyne Hammerstein.  I think she is the Queen of English Paper Piecing.  Her designs are geometrical and a pleasure to gaze over. 
The patterns demonstrated in Willyne's books "Millefiori Quilts" and "Millefiori Quilts 2" use hexagons, pentagrams, triangles - basically all sorts of shapes to give colourful kaleidoscope effects ( I love kaleidoscopes).  She provides drawings of shapes required to make her quilts from which you can make templates.

I recently joined a Facebook page dedicated to La Passacaglia paper piecing (the last quilt in book 1) which has currently over 1300 members .  Each week members should be showing their progress but  I suspect that most haven't shown their rosettes/cogs because it does take a while to build them or they may not have started them.

The Millefiori effect is very stunning - especially those quilts using lots of colour.  The trick I think is to make your cogs stand out (pop) and not drown amongst other fabrics surrounding them.  Goggle Millefiori quilts and click onto images.  It pays to look at lots of pictures to get a feel for what type of shapes you intend to work with.

To get a true kaleidoscope effect some fabrics will require fussy cutting.  It is important I think to use plainer fabrics to create places for the eye to rest.

I have been working on mine for two months.  It would have been easier to use a large variety of colour but I had a bundle of  black, grey and yellow fat quarters so rather than buy new fabric - started with this pack.  Very limiting but is a challenge.

If you are buying fabric from which you will be fussy cutting - then I suggest you don't buy fat quarters unless there is at least 10 repeats of the image you wish to use.   I have found 30cm of full width works well.  BUT check first - you may need more to get the required shapes.

This is what I have made so far.  I have pinned a pen onto my design wall to give you an idea of scale.  Yep - two months work.  Not for the faint hearted - but very exciting.

I wasn't entirely happy with the center of this cog.  I do like the fabric but it just lacked a little accent.  Rather than unpick and start again this is what I did:

Original Center

Outlined part of the pattern using black pen

Completed center
On the back of my cog I tested several different permanent pens.  Some bleed into the fabric.  I eventually used a Pigma Micron 02 pen.  This pen creates a 0.30mm thin line.  Perfect for the job.

Millefiori paper piecing has created new excitement amongst a group of my quilting friends.  We meet once a month and most have recently purchased these books as well.  Maybe in a year's time I can show you the finished results.

Happy quilting friends

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spinning Stripes

This fabric arrived in the shop today.  Perfect for spinning stripes.  I love the splotches of colour within these stripes.  Would look awesome with this technique.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Spinning Stripes Class with Coastal Quilters

I had an exciting day with nine Coastal Quilters today at Plimmerton School teaching my spinning stripes class.  The photos display their original fabric followed by block placement.  These blocks may not appear in their final placement, however this gives you an idea of the fun to be had with this technique. 
When you start - you have no idea how your quilt will finish - bit like a jigsaw puzzle.




Can't wait to see these quilts completed.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

1000 Quilt Inspirations

I'm so excited - this arrived via courier today.

1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider.  A book full of quilt photos - from Traditional, Modern to Art quilts.  Selections have been made from International Quilt Festivals dating from 1860 to 1930s, Photographs of quilts from the Gundersheimer collection 1910 - 1930s and 30 photographs from the Authors own quilts.  Also included are contributions from quilters from the following 16 countries:
Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America,

Two of my quilts have been included.  Time for a coffee break and to get lost amongst these wonderful photographs.  Thank you Sandra Sider for keeping us inspired.