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.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Patchwork and Quilting as a Social Hobby



In the early days of our country, the Quilting Bee was the most common way to socialize. When the weather turned cold and the days grew short, life slowed down and women would quilt. One woman could piece together two or three quilt-tops over a winter. Through the winter and early spring, the women would meet and turn all the quilt-tops into quilts.

The act of joining a quilt-top to backing and padding is very rewarding, but monotonous when done alone. Quilting Bees make the job more interesting by adding conversation and company. It also had the benefit to being faster than doing it alone.

In the early days, large wooden looms were often hung from the ceiling. The quilting loom would be lowered down to the proper height and chairs would be pulled around the loom. This was the way they got together and socialized while still working. Many times they would call together a Quilting Bee for special occasions; engagements or births, for example.

Quilting Bees today are still a great opportunity to socialize. Some groups are purely for the social aspect of it, others have made it a way to raise money for a cause while doing patchwork and quilting with their friends. Some groups enter competitions with the quilts they create.

Today's looms are much smaller. They make it possible to do a Quilting Bee most anywhere. Combined with quilting pattern software and portable sewing machines it's possible quilt, from start to finish, in one day.   

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Beauties of Joy completed Part Two.



Well up front i have to tell you that this part 2 is quite a lot of work, there was a lot of tracing to do as everything was in fours,  4 small arcs and 4 large one.
I used a different fabric for the small arcs what do you think
                      Looking at it here i was not sure if it would work

But i quite like it now it is made up.
Now the centre is going to be the red, but wait there a bit missing! Read the pattern no its fine, i did not want to applique this centre so i machine stitched it instead and it worked fine,
 Pin with the registration marks together and then just work with a cm in front of you and it goings in quite easy. Look for yourself.
So one down 3 to go not to bad.

I am enjoying this paper piecing its fun and getting good points.  I use a cutting mat next to the sewing machine on one side and on the other i have the  iron on the ironing board, this saves me having to keep getting up to go to the big cutting mat. and the iron makes it so easy. I use the paper piecing method that works for me which is,
 Here is the small arc and  I have stitch down the correct line.
It has been pressed and now you can see that i have placed a postcard on the next line to be stitched.
 I then fold back the paper on that line to expose the fabric below
 Taking my quarter inch ruler i then cut that with the rotary cutter leaving me with a quarter inch seam

Now it is easy to but up the next fabric and know exactly you get a correct seam
Four small arcs all present and correct.
Now onto the larger ones.





Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Beauties of Joy Two

Well thing are underway at last all the cutting out done for the first part of this project, designs traced and off i go.
I really hope i like this is my first thought.
Here is the first circle just completed before trimming still not to sure.  Paper piecing was easy and it took me around 35mins to complete this circle not going to be a fast project me thinks.
Trimmed looks a bit better, beginning to grown on me a bit. Now next is to applique the centre circle. I hate applique, usually i would sew in the circle but it is rather small and might be tricky so this time i will applique it but what fabric, another choice to be made.

Well what do you think certainly makes the circle stand out, i used a small blanket stitch to applique the circle with invisible thread. Those marks that are on the pattern are very important for matching everything up. Must remember to make sure i add them to the fabric i used a pencil they showed up well.
Next the outer part of the circle.
Well i chose cream for the outer circle (this is the fairy frost) part of the quilt and added also the outer border, i am thinking it might be a bit pinky but i got this far have to keep going.
The next section is the parts that make this circle a square.
An easy piece of sewing so how about adding the circle will that be as easy lets see.
Well having the registration marks made its fitting together much easier that than i first thought so liking it a bit better now. Well only the small border to put on to finish this part 1
So you can just see the border i used the fabric i used for the centre is a border fabric with lots of rows of this gold so thought if i was careful i could use it for these small border hope i have enough.
Well that it part 1 complete could leave it here and make a cushion but have quite enjoyed this so i will go on to Part 2. Give me a few days and you should see it posted on the blog.
Blessings
Sue

Monday, 7 October 2013

Brilliant Beauties of Joy. Stage One choosing

Well today is the day i am starting this project Brilliant Beauties of Joy by Jacqueline de Jonge.
Here at passion4quilting we stock the patterns but i have only made Happiness quilt and watch Jacqueline DVD. So i thought I am going to make that quilt.
First off looking at the pattern the original quilt uses 26 different fabric, i don't have that much fabric with me here in Korea so i am going to make it with much less fabric. Here are the two fabric i am auditioning.
This fabric is from Riley Blake Remember range


This selection is Twig & Grace
for both selection of fabric i have added a plain fairy frost fabric also.

Its never easy to pick the fabric and be certain it will work but i am willing to take the risk and my final choice is the Twig and Grace i may add fabrics if i need to. So i am off.
There are 5 parts to this project and each one comes with it own foundation paper, but i have a roll of Jacqueline's Be Colourful foundation paper that if i trace off the pattern the pattern then remains in-tact if i want to use the pattern again.
I must allow myself time to read through the instruction this is my downfall i do something and oops should not have done that. So had a cup of coffee read the instructions and traced off the pattern and ready to go. LIke this paper easy to use and trace feels like a thin freezer paper without the wax side i think it will be nice to work with.
Look out for the next installment.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Beginner Equipment for Patchwork & Quilting



If you have decided to start quilting, you may have picked up a book or two on the topic. Often, these books have a long list of supplies and equipment that you will need to make a quilt. For beginners on a budget, the huge supply list can be overwhelming. However, for many simple quilts, you do not need every single item on that list. You may be able to get by with just a few things and add to your equipment as money allows.

Here are ten essential tools to begin your first quilt. Remember that other tools are around to make parts of the process quicker and simpler, but you do not have to have them right away.

1. Sewing Machine

You can borrow one from a friend or buy one. If you buy a machine, a less expensive model will be just fine for a beginner.

2. Fabric Scissors

Even a cheap pair of new scissors will cut better than the ones that you clip coupons with. Dedicate these new scissors for fabric to keep them in perfect condition.

3. Fabric

For a beginner, cotton or cotton blends are the best option for quilting. For a first quilt, you may want to choose a fabric that is less expensive, so if you make some mistakes, it will not be as painful. Consult your pattern to determine how much fabric you will need to complete the quilt top.

4. Seam Ripper, Pins, Needles, Thimble and Thread

If you have ever sewed in the past, you probably already have these items. Buy regular needles for quilting and stitching and sewing machine needles for your machine. If you plan to hand quilt, you will need a good thimble. One place where you should never try to save money is on thread. Cheap thread will probably not feed through the machine as well nor will it hold up over repeated washings.

5. Rulers

You can use a regular ruler, but you may be better off splurging on a rectangular quilting ruler. This tool will help you keep your corners square and your cuts accurate.

6. Fabric Marking Tools

You can use chalk, washable sewing pens and pencils or even painter's tape to mark quilting lines. However, test your tool to make sure that the markings can be easily removed from the quilt after it is quilted.

7. Batting and Backing

There are many types of batting available to pad your quilt. Research the different types before you go to the store. Your pattern will also have suggestions about how much fabric you will need to back your quilt.

8. Iron and Ironing Board

You will need to iron every seam in the quilt, so make sure that your iron is clean and in working order.

9. Rotary Cutter and Self-Healing Mat

You can cut all of your quilt pieces with scissors, but you will save time if you buy a rotary cutter and mat.

10. Basting Supplies

You can baste your quilt with aerosol quilt basting spray, or you can use safety pins. Either way will work.

Patchwork & quilting are fun hobbies, and it does not have to be expensive to get started. These tools will get you started in both machine and hand quilting.   

Wednesday, 28 August 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.

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Science and Art of Choosing Quilting Fabric for Projects


Fabric is the essence of the quilt. Everything about the fabric must be carefully considered, from thread count to pattern. The only quilting rule is that the fabrics chosen should be pleasing to the quilter. That leaves the door open to be adventurous and try a variety of designer fabrics to express creativity.

Choosing the fabric for a quilting project is one part science and one part art. The science of quilting considers the thread count and grain alignment of fabrics. The art of quilting considers the color and pattern consistency of the fabrics. Choosing fabrics is not always easy because there are so many wonderful patterns available today, including florals, abstracts, animals, checks, chevrons, and holiday themes, to name just a few. Take your time and enjoy the process.

You can choose fabrics manufactured by a single designer and made to complement each other. However, it really is more fun to mix-and-match fabrics from multiple designers, coordinating to the dominant color in the main print. Some of the most beautiful and unique quilt designs are the result of blending color hues and patterns from various designers. It forces the quilter to think creatively, and that is precisely how the most interesting finished quilts emerge.

Begin with a main fabric and choose up to nine more fabrics that blend well with the main fabric. Novice quilters are sometimes hesitant about blending patterns and colors. After completing a few quilts, most quilters know which fabrics are most pleasing to their artistic eye. Some people even get inspired and choose novelty fabrics just for the fun of it.

Choosing quilting fabric is one of the most entertaining steps for any project. You should not hesitate to be innovative. Good advice is to always adhere to those colors and patterns that you like. Buying high quality fabrics and supplies will ensure the final project is everything you hoped it would be in terms of artistry and appearance.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Happiness

Sorry my posts stopped for a while, we have been in Myanmar and the power was a little erratic so i only did essential computer work.
Now we are back in the world of constant electric i can start to post again.
Today i am very pleased with myself i have completed my small happiness quilt with the pattern of Jacqueline de Jonge and using her DVD to show you the way. This was my first becolourful quilt and I really enjoyed the process i will be making another soon.
As i did not have access to lots of different colors of fabric that Jacqueline uses i used a batik and i am pleased with the results. What do you think?

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Happiness Quilt

I realize that I have been blogging my heart out since January but on the old blog so no one has seen my blogs so i thought i would show you my version of the Happiness quilt by Jacqueline de Jonge. This is the first time i have tried any of her pattern and i used the DVD as guidance and i found it very easy and went together really well.
This is just the top before it was quilted, i sent it Cathy Jarvis my friend in the states and she did a excellent job of quilting it. I had it sent straight to the UK so when i get home and put the border on it i will post a picture.
You can buy both the pattern and the DVD at a special price on passion4quilting  here

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Changing of the guards

If you are a fan of The Guards at Buckingham Palace then this fabric is for you. Only £1.44 per 25cm on our deal of the day that is a saving of 17% get it while you can it will be finished tomorrow.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Deal of the day

If you are quick we have two deal of the days running today.
Cassandra which is a nice green fabric with a small deign in blue and red you will be saving a whopping 38% on this fabric today at only £1.00 per 25cm
Also
London Changing off the guards £1.45 per 25cm you are saving 18%.
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