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Improvisational Quilting Tutorial Roundup

Improv is this quarters theme for The Endeavourers. I missed last quarter as it was the run up to the City and Guilds final show and I ran out of time although I had a lot of ideas. Talking of ideas, this is round up of a few tutorials I found on the subject of improvisational quilting or piecing – there are a variety of methods!

I love this one as it produces a circular pattern from straight lines.  Improv quilt block tutorial – Mister Domestic teaches how to make a fun quilt block

This has the more usual rectangular construction but interesting ways to use the ‘blocks’ in a quilt.  Improv piecing tutorial with scraps! by Kelly Young author of Stash Statement

Embrace the curve! Ditch the ruler and improv with freely cut curves. I have cut the same way but pinned the pieces. Leslie Tucker Jenison shows that it is not necessary for gentle curves.  Cut, piece and sew curves without a ruler on Fresh Quilting with Leslie Tucker Jenison (212-3)

This method uses improv piecing and quilt-as-you-go! Improv log cabin by Teresa DownUnder

There is a second tutorial by Teresa Down Under to join the pieces in two different ways here

Some methods use strip scraps, others larger pieces, it all depends on the effect you wish to achieve and the end result – an art quilt or utilitarian, it’s up to you!

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OMG Fanfare

Fanfare is the name of the project that I am putting forward for One Monthly Goal – the fanfares can wait til I actually finish it! I’ve had this sitting around for years and it is part of a challenge I set myself when I first started quilting – to make all of the quilts or dolly quilts in Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke. She is one of my favourite quilters and I love her quirky colouful designs.

 

I also bought this fabulous ball fringe a couple of years ago. When I bought it I was asked what it was for – I didn’t have a project in mind and the salesman said ‘you are my favourite type of customer’ haha

Fanfare ball fringe

I am thinking I might be turning it into a cushion cover but my goal is to finish the applique and sew it all together at the very least.

The link for OMG is HERE

So many wonderful projects to see

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One Monthly Goal

I have had the ‘Ugly Quilt’ hanging around for two years now – time it was finished! It has a wool blanket inside instead of batting and it proved to be too thick to go under the presser foot even when I reduced the pressure. I sewed one exasperating line of stitching and gave up. Even using extra long stitches didn’t help.

 

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So my monthly goal is to tie it instead. I have never tied a quilt only made samples so now is the ideal time to tick another goal off my quilt bucket list.

DSCF6420I am linking up with every one at Elm Street quilts One Monthly Goal July Link Up where Patty is encouraging us all to get it done!

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Simply Colour Quilt

This was made from a single layer cake, ‘Simply Colour’ by V and Co as a suggestion by Fiona from my favourite quilting shop in Brisbane – Peppermint Stitches. I was wondering what to do for my next project and this was quite different to my previous fabric choices. The pattern is my own and it took some working out to deal with the chevron print but it was worth it in the end and now it is on the back of the settee, on me or under the cat!

Simply Colour Quilt

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Antique smocks at the WI’s Denman College

Some beautiful examples of English antique smocking and to think this was work wear! This was posted on Marie-Louise Avery’s site which I would recommend you visit for the great recipes and beautiful photography

From the PictureKitchen

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Victorian Crazy Patchwork

I have to make a sample for my City and Guilds portfolio and I wasn’t very thrilled about it. With dark colours, black velvet, over-ornate stitching and every embroidery stitch invented it’s not my cup of tea at all.

However after a little research it seems it falls into two categories. It was a way of using up every scrap of cotton or wool by poorer people to make a quilt but women from richer classes, who had no need to work, it was another way to keep themselves occupied. With the wealth to buy rich fabrics such as silk, tulle, satin and velvet and trimmings it seems it all got a bit out of hand until the resulting patchwork was so encrusted with frills and furbelows, embroidery and beads, it was no longer a practical bedcovering and must have weighed rather a lot. It could be used to better effect for tea cosies, cushion covers or waistcoats.

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As you can see I completely ignored the usual dark colours and used bright cottons. I have used feather, chevron, cretan, herringbone, and blanket stitch so far.

 

I’ve added one piece of lace and will add some ribbon too but maybe not buttons and beads!

The feather stitch is rather wonky as I managed to break my left thumb nail off including down on the nailbed. I didn’t realise how much my thumbnail is used to position and hold threads in place – it’s very difficult with a plaster and no nail!

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Still a few more seams to cover and another sample is finished.

I am joining eveyone at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Why not have a look at all the beautiful work which you can find here

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Japanese Fabric

I don’t usually do posts just about fabric but from ordering to receiving it took only 5 days for this beautifully packaged fabric to arrive in the UK all the way from Japan.

 

I wanted some Alice in Wonderland fabric but not Disney as it is too bright and the wrong colours for the quilt I want to make for a special little girl. This fabric is perfect.

If you would like to order some yourself you can find it here

Can’t wait to start!

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Miniature Quilt Finish!

 

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Oh so slow, you would think a miniature quilt would be quicker to make than a full size quilt but this seems to have taken ages. At only six by twelve inches it would hardly keep Barbie warm.  My next hexagon qult is going to be for the bed!

It isn’t as wobbly as in the photograph, I must work on my photography skills.

I used Liberty Tana Lawn and started off piecing with Auril but ended up using invisible nylon thread. I found the nylon very hard to work with as it formed loops and knots very easily which were hard to find and undo – it is invisible afterall! I used glue to make the 1/4″ hexies which was very quick and simple to do – and quick to remove at the end.

Still it has been packed off to the Isle of Wight ready to go with four other quilts from Region 8 of the Quilters’ Guild up to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts in August. It’s not a competition entry but for a display by the specialist group ‘Miniature Quilts’ within the Guild. It is the first one I have ever made and probably the last; I don’t think my eyes can take the strain even with a magnifying glass

I shall have to start a new project for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. Now I am off to see what everyone else has been up to.