Monday, 9 December 2013

Beauty of Joy together.

I am pleased to say that this top is all together now, but wait i am getting ahead of myself when i left you last i had two section to complete.
This is really one section but split into two if you understand my meaning.
 This is the final arc and it made in two section and then pieced together.

Here you can see it with the first centre section. I do have a funny story here my husband draw out the pattern for me, he is so talented in that department compared to me. and when i came to put on the outside section i could not work out why my arc would not fit and where this small section that i had left would fit. Finally when all else failed i went back to the pattern and realized that the small piece i had left over actually should have been connected to the long section. Well mystery solve. Message to self READ THE PATTERN, but i did not mention the wasted fabric or the problem to my husband in case he does not want to do my tracing any more.

 Here is the final top sorry it not a great picture  it hard to lay it out on my shiny floor, but i have sent it off to be quilted today so as soon as it comes back i will post a much better picture.

Well at the end of my quest how did i like making this quilt, it was not hard if you know what your doing, if you are a beginner do not start with this one. I did find it a bit boring making all the arcs, but funny at the same time i became a bit obsessed with at the same time. It is a nice design and i know it will be even more lovely when quilted. the instructions were well written and every went together very nicely so if your tempted i would say have a go.
Happy Quilting
Sue


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Beautys of Joy continues at last.

Well sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this, but the interruption of the Houston Quilt show and then all the product to add to the website has slowed down my quilting time. At least now I have had a little machine time.
Well I have to tell you that i was not really looking forward to doing this border, I thought it would be tedious and I can tell you that was really the wrong way to approach it.
Note to self Don't do this again.
I had cut my fabrics and my 16 rows, i choose to use a selection of my fabrics  and do them in blocks but sort of blend them in also. I use 8 fabric, I put on some music and off i went.Quite please how quickly they pieced together did not press just finger pressed,
Note to self Don't do this again.
I added the four rows to the two short side and oops instead of using 30 block i only used 29 no problem i thought.
Note to self Don't think
It won't matter well of course it mattered because when you come to add the third and four side, you don't have alternative block so it does not look right.
UGH
So after a lots of blow hot and cold about what i was going to do. I finally undid the rows and did them again.
I think what happened was that because i was not pressing i had some play in the seam and over 30 small blocks that was quite a lot of play hence only needing the 29. Especially  when the paper piecing paper came off.
So i approached it from a different direction this time. i used freezer paper but instead of sewing the paper you sew the seam by the paper,.

I got my husband to trace out the design for me he is very good at it i found.
Here is the start of the row two fabric right sides together lined up on the second row 1/4inch above. I pressed it so it now stuck to the top fabric.
Then using my postcard i folded the paper over.



 Here you can see what i am talking about.
The i stitch the seam right next to the fabric but not touching the paper.






You continue in this way trimming your seam to 1/4inch. if you press on the paper side the heat of the iron stick the freezer paper to the fabric, but it does peal off and you can use the same piece of paper for several row.







This is the set up now next to my machine small cutting mat, ruler, postcard, iron and board (which i made myself out of a wooden chopping board, added some insulation batting and a cover of fabric just taped it to the back and hey presto a small pressing board.
I made this so much work because of my casual attitude and my it does not matter close enough is good enough attitude.
Note to self. Work smarter.
Hope you enjoyed this segmant and learn from my mistake.
Happy Quilting.
Sue

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Free Quilt Patterns and Kits to Purchase


If you love making gifts for others or even yourself, you may have considered making a quilt. Making a quilt may seem tricky to some, but many quilts will come with patterns that you can follow to make it perfect. The patterns are the key to making the quilt into the design you desire. There are several types of patterns available. Some patterns make be more advanced than others.

There are various websites online that offer free quilt patterns. These patterns will be able to walk you through step-by-step on the process to make one. Once you accomplish making your first quilt, you will be ready to start another. The pattern will be able to let you know the type of materials you will need.

Some websites will even sell the quilt patterns in a kit. This kit is going to have all the material needed to make the quilt. You will be able to preview the blanket online before you purchase the kit. This way you will know exactly what your quilt is suppose to look like.

Quilts are the perfect gift for someone that just got married, a housewarming present, a birthday gift, other special occasions, and holidays. You can make the quilts to fit the personality of the person you are making it for. If you are making it for yourself, you can try to match the trends that you have for your bedroom. Quilt patterns will help you a long way and are perfect for beginners and experts.   

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Why Cotton Fabric is Perfect for Quilting


Importance of Textiles

Individuals who love to make piecework quilts typically want natural material that is available in many different colors, weights and designs. Quilters make a variety of quilts for both children and adults. A unique handmade quilt in pastel shades of pink, blue or yellow is a traditional gift for an infant at a baby shower. Engaged couples or newlyweds often are thrilled to receive a handcrafted quilt in a wedding ring design from friends or family.

Durable and Versatile Materials

Choosing a durable but versatile textile to make a quilt is a time-consuming but fun process. In addition to choosing a colorful material, the quilter must select matching or coordinating threads to create embellishments. Embellishments for quilt designs can include machine or hand embroidery with floss made of silk or other fibers.

Soft and Breathable Textiles

Baby quilts often have hand stitched images of animals such as puppies and kittens. Alternatively, a crafter might add lace or appliqué embellishment to cotton fabric quilts to express creativity. Quilts are meant to be used everyday by individuals on beds and cribs to provide warmth with a soft, breathable and layered textile.

Natural Material

A plant-based fabric is easy to wash and dry frequently to remove dust and debris. A natural fabric is also less likely to cause allergic responses such as skin rashes, watery eyes or sneezing. An inexpensive textile made from plant materials makes it easier for hobbyists to enjoy making quilts as gifts for holidays and birthdays.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

At the Houson Quilt Market

What a fun but busy time i have had at the Houston Quilt Market. This is where we shop owners come to look at what's new and what we will be buying for our stores. The general public are not allowed in there turn comes this week for the Houston Quilt show.
It has been a busy few days, i flew in from Korea this time, time wise only 1 hour after i left Seoul but for me it was over 20 hours of traveling from Home to the hotel I would show you the picture but its now so pretty.  The George W Brown convention centre is huge and no joking it is a keep fit week with all the walking. There are different classes offered to help us build our business and show new techniques so that we can show you so it is a learning curve too. People are very friendly and helpful and there are plenty of places to sit and have a coffee if you have the time. I completed a boot camp on retail and the words that i keep hearing from everywhere is social media, and I must get so much better at using this. Schoolhouse was good you have a choice from 20 seminars that you can go to they last from 30 to 15mins during the day then you have 5 mins to walk to the next one where you have another choice  of 20 so the hardest part of all this is which ones to choose. My phone and camera have both been on overload and i hope to give you some tastes of what has been happening of course i know you would love to see all the quilts. I have chosen to stay at the Hilton Hotel as it has a sky way across to the centre and saves me having to walk or get the shuttle and  i can go back to the room to take things or get a well needed cup of tea. The actual market opens on Saturday and runs until Monday. Classes are already starting for Quilt Festival on Monday so there are lots of people milling around. As i came from so far away i am staying for both events so  Monday morning will see me taking an all day class on Colour theory with i think might be very helpful. I will give you a sneak preview of two picture i took at the show more to follow when i have processed them.
There are some bags from Pink Sand Designs we will have them in store soon.
From the quilt show. Well don Liz Jones her quilt looked fantastic. So proud to see it hanging there.






Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A little delay!

Sorry the next part of Beauties of joy are a little delay and tomorrow i am off to the Houston quilt show so away for 10days. I have a lot to tell you about my little border, and what  happened to mine.
So don't worry not finished yet.
Will be posting about the Houston Market and Quilt show so watch out for the latest info.
Bye for now.
Sue

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Getting there.

Well i love making these arc, they take about 40mins each so if you are in a hurry for a quilt this ain't the one to make.
Again there was four to make and then add the border to the small circles, i did not take a picture of the process as it is the same process as made in part one. Here is one of the  completed circles.


Now once you have made all four of these arc they are connected i thought i would be clever and pin all mine at once look what happened.

When adding the pins i must have twisted it some how can to unravel and had to open a small seam to make it look right and then sew it back up
Here is the completed part 2
I think the hardest part of this so part was making the corner square when you added the centre, 3 went well and of course there is always an awkward one but he got sorted in the end.
The next section of the quilt is going to give me some problems with my fabric choices as in the quilt they use 26 different fabric and i only have 6 so lets see how that goes.
Lots of tracing again so off to sharpen my pencil.