Saturday, 29 August 2015

Creating Curves ... part 2

So, I'm back over on the Sizzix blog today with an update on the curved piecing that's not actually curves.  You can go find my post here, if you'd like to go take a look

this is the second block used to make the quilt

Quilting to commence shortly!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Cultivate - Blog Tour

I can not tell you how excited I was to be asked by Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost, Designer for Art Gallery Fabrics,  to be part of the Cultivate Blog Tour  

How could I miss this opportunity!  I knew as soon as the fabric designs had been released that it was coming to live with me!  Well. Cultivate is my word of the year!  

So I already had this rather beautiful stack of fabric that I may have already made one quilt from, but unfortunately that one is still in the secret sewing category.

With a little bit of inspiration from this book by Amber Johnson
I had a little play around with one of the patterns in there.  Why do a baby quilt when you can do a bed quilt right? 

So this is the block, in the book it comes out at 38", but you know me, Keep it simple, so I rounded up the measurements to simple sizes, easy to work with, and less for my brain to think about, 

added in some extra sashing to tie in the four blocks, and hey presto

A quilt is born!  
a whopping 92" square quilt, and I love it!

I added some Pure Elements in White Linen as the background, and it adds a real sheen to the whole quilt.  

I had to wait for the rain to come, so I could get a photo, (there was a distinct absence of people around for quilt holding duties) and the sun just beamed in and blocked the view otherwise.

I used a wool wadding to give me great loft and definition for the quilting ....

cos, you know I'm all about the quilting!

and because this stripe runs across the width of the fabric, I cut it on the bias for the binding.  

I love using more than one colour of binding, and both colourways of this fabric work brilliantly, don't you think? 

So there you go, I have been cultivating my creativity with Cultivate, designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics, and what a joy it is to play with such beautiful fabrics, just because, and for no other reason.  

I hope you will take the time to go back and see what everyone has been making during the Cultivate Blog Tour.  You can see the full list of talented participants here. 

Yesterday was Rachel over at The Floral Suitcase, she made some fabulous coasters,  they are so pretty!  
And tomorrow is the turn of Maria over at Villa Stoff Blog.  I cant wait to see what Maria makes, because I'm loving her holiday pics right now! 

(just so you know, this is my third quilt I have pieced, quilted and bound this month, more about the others soon!)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Creating Curves ...

With Straight lines!  So, to keep with the theme of the Double Wedding Ring quilts, I wondered whether I could create curves, without the curved piecing.  Well, because I know that some of you find the thought of those curves just a little step too far... right?

So I've been playing with my Sizzix Big Shot, and that massive pile of scraps to create a curved quilt, with straight line piecing.

Head on over to the Sizzix blog to find out all about it,

I meant to post this earlier, but life just got in the way!   Go take a look anyway, I'll be back on friday with an update too!