Saturday, April 26, 2014

UFO Orphan Blocks - Sienna's Quilt

Oops! This has been on the "To Do" list for some time!! and Yes, I forgot to post this post last month, anyway, two month ago I decided to clean out my cache of unfinished projects (UFOs) and leftover orphan blocks. And surprise, surprise, look what I found, these sixteen orphans blocks that were left over from Samantha's quilt which I made for her in 2009.

I used the quilt as you go method on these blocks and joined them together. I thought if I added some side panels and top and bottom border, the orphan blocks could easily be made into a small quilt for Sienna.

The photo below includes the two new side panels.

To complete the top and bottom border I re-arranged and traced the letters to spell "Sweet Dreams Little Sienna" from an old pattern sheet I found in the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine Vol 23 No 6 onto the paper side of the fusible webbing... I used a fingers width between each letter for spacing and machine blanket-stitched around each letter.

Ta-da hear is a photo of the finished quilt for Sienna's, she is only 3 years old and has a new baby brother Jake born 11th March 2014 (Jake is our newest grandson).

I didn't want Sienna to feel left out with the arrival of Jake, so I made her this quilt... and she loved it....

Happy quilting until next time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work Like an Egyptian - Carver & Hieroglyphics

Wow ...Did you know that the Egyptian carvers only had bronze chisels and hammers to carve into the stone and leave these hieroglyphics writings behind.

My hieroglyphic carver has turned out so well on this panel. I am going to blanket-stitches around the applique shapes using two strands of matching embroidery thread, and stem-stitch the hieroglyphics.

I am busy fusing the shapes in place to make the Lotus Flower side panels, the one below will join onto the above carver panel.

Here is how it was done.

Started by removing the backing paper from the applique shape and fusing applique shape no 1(the green stems) into place with a hot dry iron, as you can see I am using the pattern sheet as a guide, which I have covered with baking paper to assemble the shapes on.

then I positioned applique shape no 2 and fused them into place,

applique shape no 3 is overlapped and fused in place with a hot dry iron

applique shape no 4 has been positioned and fused in place and my Lotus Flower is taking shape.

The completed applique Lotus Flower is ready to be removed from the baking paper and fused to the background rectangle fabric.

I need to make four of these Lotus Flower panels, so I still have two more panels to get ready.

Happy quilting until next time

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
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