Friday, April 18, 2014

Work Like and Egyptian - Flute Player & Soldier

The shapes for the Flute player and Soldier have been reversed and traced onto the fusible webbing

then the small cut out pieces were numbered and assembled in order and pressed lightly into place

- I am using baking paper to iron the shapes onto and the pattern underneath as a guide. I love the result...

When the assembled pieces have cooled, the figure can be carefully lifted from the baking paper and the figure will remains intact.

The Fluet player is then ironed onto the background fabric.

I am enjoying this assembly process so far. The pattern can be found on

Here is the Soldier.

Happy quilting until next time

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Affairs of the Heart"- Basting the layers (Quilt top, Batting and Backing) .

I decided to use Matilda's Own machine washable wool batting, the colour is charcoal/black. This charcoal/black wool batting proved very hard to obtain in Western Australia, (I had to source it from Victoria Textiles in Victoria) this is one of many reasons for the delay in completing this step.

I am hoping, by using this darker batting instead of the white or natural batting I usually use, Bearding will not occur. In case you’re not sure what Bearding is: Bearding is when the little tufts of batting fibres come through the quilt top, if this happens no matter how many times you wash or brush it, the batting fibres will not go away. It's a common problem you get when you use dark fabrics with a lighter coloured batting, it would be heartbreaking for this to happen after all the work that has gone into this quilt so far.

As you can see I am getting my sandwich layers (Quilt top, Batting and Backing) together, there is a lot of fussing and prep going on here before I am ready to hand baste the three layers together with thread.

Another reason for the delay with this quilt is, I have no idea how I am going to FMQ the background area, what filler pattern I want to use or how am I going to keep the FMQ stitching in the background areas from competing with the applique and embroidery blocks. "I want the quilt to be the first thing you see, then a split second later, the quilting." I know I need to balance the density of the quilting and keep the quilting filler design consistent throughout the quilt so the quilting doesn't overwhelm the quilt top!

I am hoping inspiration will strike me soon! In the meantime I'll be doodling filler designs out on paper, to helped my brain remember the basic shapes and get the sequence and scale figured out before I stitch them onto a practice sampler square. I think half of the battle in machine quilting is knowing what to do when you get close to the edge or trapped in a corner. I had better get back to hand basting the quilt top, batting and backing together.

Until next time
Happy Quilting

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Work like an Egyptian Quilt

Look what I got for my birthday "Work like an Egyptian" Pattern by Smee Designs at The dimensions of the quilt are: 60" × 79" I might make mine a little bigger. I am not sure yet? At the moment, I am reading and re-reading the instructions. I love the carver, the block of the queen and her court, the bull ready to assist the grain slaves in the fields, and look at the mighty pharaoh Ramesses II in his Chariot being pulled by his horses.

Apparently this block designs comes from the famous carvings of Ramesses II hunting with his big cat. Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great, was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the 19th dynasty. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian,(alternative spellings: Ramses, Rameses).

According to the Smee Designs web site, "The patterns are derived from original images on tombs, jewellery and other artefact's, researched from several books on Egyptian art. (I agree with them 4000 years is enough time for copyright to have lapsed.) The pattern is large and looks very comprehensive, the pattern includes over 30 pages of templates and pre-reversed pieces ready for tracing onto fusible webbing".

As you can see below I have started to collect and work out the fabrics I want to use.

The small pieces might be a bit fiddly to get into place all at once, it is recommended to use the "Baking Paper Technique", This Technique requires you to place the pattern template (which has been supplied in the pattern) on the ironing board, and cover it with baking paper. The baking paper will allow you to lightly iron the smaller pieces together and assemble them into the bigger shapes, without the fusible webbing adhering permanently to the baking paper.

I will have to remember when I assemble the small pieces to make sure I place the numbered underlapping pieces first then Iron together lightly. Once the shape is complete let them cool, and then peel it from the baking paper and position it onto my background fabric. And the final step is to Iron it in place. This technique sounds easy.

Happy Quilting
Until next time

Friday, January 24, 2014

Weeping Angle Block

What's on my design wall? It's a Weeping Angel for my Doctor Who quilt I am making. The blocks are foundation pieced.... Many thanks must go to Soma Acharya for Doctor Who - Weeping Angle pattern, the first of many free pattern downloads from her site which I'll be using. When I saw Soma's pattern I knew I would have to make her (the Weeping Angle) first!

I really enjoyed the challenge of putting her together, but can you see my mistake I made in my Weeping Angel block? Oops!! I used the wrong fabric in the background, look in the area near her shoulder and you will see it.

I didn't notice the mistake until I had her finished and stood back and looked at her from a distance but with my trusty seam ripper, I replaced the grey fabric with white fabric, lucky me for the mistake was easily corrected.

If you are not familiar with Weeping Angels they are an ancient race of aliens from the long running science fiction series Doctor Who. This is the message that the Doctor leaves on a DVD for his time travel companion. "Don't Blink. Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck."

I think my next block will be the Dalek he looks like he is going to be lots of fun to make.

Happy quilting until next time.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jenny's Modern Quilt

My girlfriend daughter Jenny who is only 28 with four small children, has been battling Leukemia for some time, the good news is that her sister is a perfect matched donor so Jenny is having a Stem cell transplant tomorrow. The hope is that the transplant, using her sister bone marrow can rebuild the supply of normal blood cells and then Jenny's immune system will kick back into action and regenerate.

Jenny loves this modern art, so I have been busy over the Christmas holidays and New Year designing and making her a quilt, based on the Modern Art that is hanging in her house. These colours are not in my colour range but Jenny loves them and that’s what important.

This is the quilt top I designed for her.

This is the back of the quilt, as you can see I've used leftover blocks and almost all of the leftover fabric from the front has gone into the back. No wastage here.

I had some leftover star blocks from Dylan's quilt which were perfect for labels, Jenny's mom asked the members of her family to write messages of encouragement, hope and love on the hexagon's, now Jenny can take the quilt with her into hospital to comfort her when she is in the isolation room for four weeks.

My favourite message on this quilt was "In those moments when you are alone know that we are with you - our love is wrapped around you always". Good luck Jenny we are all in your corner.

Until next time happy quilting

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

First off, Wow!! I can't believe how fast the year has gone... I hope 2013 was kind to you all and 2014 will be an even better one.

I'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas...(happy holidays) I hope your day will be filled with Happy Christmas memories of family and friends.

Have a good one
Merry Christmas
Enjoy every moment....

Monday, December 9, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" - Corner Scroll Hearts

As you can see I've trace and stitched the corner heart motif four times at each mitered corner of the heart scroll borders, taking care to align the centers of the hearts with the mitered border seams.

Then I cut the purple fabric hearts out leaving a generous turn-under allowance. At this stage the heart is a solid shape.

Then I carefully cut the inside of each heart revealing the black background fabric.

The last step after reverse appliqueing the fabric in place is to sew a small yellow circle on each heart and a purple circle the same colour as the heart below complete the scroll heart boarder.
Happy quilting until next time
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