Block Swap

Block Swap

I didnt mean to go AWOL for the last two weeks. I was struck down with the flu for almost a week while my children survived on frozen peas and Dora on replay.  This last week I’ve been busy trying to catch up on life.

I received a new block from my Sew-n-Swap group this week. This block is a beautiful blue floral block from Jeanette.

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She even embroidered her name onto it!

I absolutely love that each block is as stunning as it is unique and I’m so excited about my quilt!

Thank you Jeanette!

My week hasnt been entirely without sewing.  I’ve been working on a few bits and peices for a local market celebrating International Womens Day.  More to follow on this later in the week!

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Block of the Month, Classic Blocks

Block of the Month – Orange Peel Blocks

I’m following along with Caroline’s Block of the Month over at SewCanShe.  This month we are doing Orange Peel Blocks.

I played with this block a little.  I made a block with Caroline’s technique using fusible interfacing and I also made a few blocks using raw edge applique.

Here’s the block I finished up with.

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You can get the pattern here.

This block will go into my sampler quilt.

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Two blocks down!

Sunday Stash

Handwork Expo & Sunday Stash

Saturday was our local handwerkbeurs, or hand work expo, featuring knitting, embriodery, crochet and quilting!

I met some talented artists, collected a little fabric and came home with a head full of ideas.

I had a go on a free motion quilting frame.  Those few minutes before I broke the needle were fabulous!  Theoretically, I could hook a frame up to my current machine but I’d really want to buy a new machine, maybe a mid arm.  I really should just keep practicing on my smaller quilts first, but did I say…fabulous!

This post is a Sunday stash link up with Molli Sparklles so I better link up some goodies!

I promised myself I wasn’t going to go crazy buying up piles of fabric that I’m not going to use in a month of sundays and I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself.

I did buy heaps of thread and some batting and some rulers and some basting spray and pins, quilting gloves and maybe a magazine subscription or two, but not much fabric.

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I did came across some Petite Street for Dashwood Studios on sale.  I believe its been discontinued, but the pieces I picked up will make a cute little baby quilt for a friend of mine.

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Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash and Weekly WIP

I’m a little (ok alot) behind in my sewing adventures this week.  I have so many projects happening I can never decide where to start!

This week my feature fabric is a Japanese fabric called Wildwood.

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I’ve searched for the designer but havn’t been able to find him or her.  If you know this fabric please do tell!

This week I’ve been working on my free motion quilting, I’ve discovered bloglovin and I’ve started on the pattern for my retro quilt featuring last weeks, stash.

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I’ll be trying to stay true to the fabric while using a combination of applique and traditional techniques.

I’m linking up with Mollie Sparkles who has just been to California (jealous much!) and picked up some gorgeous solids from Art Gallery Pure Elements.

Free Motion Quilting

Practice Practice Practice: Free Motion Quilting

I’ve been following several tutorials and reading up alot on free motion quilting.  I attempted a small stippling project some months ago and have been practicing some more.

Many quilters suggest practicing by hand as well as on the machine, and so I’ve been doodling and drawing and seeing quilt patterns everywhere.

I was in a book store a few weeks ago and came across this colouring book for adults.

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Inside is a whole world of patterns that I have been colouring, tracing and reproducing (with varying degrees of success!).

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I’ve been using these patterns as inspiration for doodles and quilting patterns. First on paper, then with the machine.  I started with a dark thread so I could easily see what I was doing.  There’s nothing forgiving about contrasting thread!

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The first one is clearly pretty wonky, but they got better as I went along.

I think I’m just about ready to apply my pattern to a quilt top!

Sunday Stash

Superheroes and a Sunday Stash

Last week I posted about the Superhero collection from Robert Kaufman.  I had a quilt pattern all planned out but when I started cutting my fabrics a whole new pattern emerged and I decided to go with it.

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I’ve made blocks in various sizes along with some flying geese.  I’ve also ordered the superhero panel and I’m working on a pattern for a lightening bolt.  Now I just have to pull it all together!

In the meantime, here is my stash for this week.

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This is Wendy Kendall’s Retro Orchard for Dashwood Studio.  I’d love to create a quilt that pays homage to all things kitchy and 70’s.  Retro flowers or kitchy caravan?  Whats your favourite retro quilt block?