Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - September Block - Trail Of Geese


We were doing some paper piecing this month. Queen Jennifer asked us to use the Geese Trails templates from 'Piece and Press'. Daniel Rouse, the author of 'Piece and Press', asked if anyone shares their blocks on Instagram, to use the tag #trailsofgeese so he can follow along - OK ... and done.

Four of the templates yielded a 12x12 finished block. Actually, Daniel uses 6 templates to create a little trail proper. There are a few different ways you can join the blocks. Daniel prepared 2 templates which form the set and Jennifer asked us to print 4 sets. I then randomly picked 4 of the 8 templates  and ended up with the below assembly.


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Colour wise it was almost a do-as-you-please-job, which I find the most difficult ones. Jennifer asked for an all white, blue or grey background with geese that transitioned somehow. I played with a pink to blue transition but it looks a bit too ... experimental to me. I know, you can tell that I am not actually convinced of the outcome. I am not in two but in several minds about the question whether I like it.

I am also awfully late with the block this month. My time was not my own the last five weeks but I sure hope that things will look up from here on in.



Stash Bee 2016




Thursday, 22 September 2016

Dreaming at Dusk {a mosaic contest} by Stitched in Color

I am excited. Rachel Hauser @Stitched in Color has invited to another of her wonderful fabric mosaic contests. I love those. Rachel prepared phenomenal inspiration pictures to set the scene and found wonderful words to set our imagination ablaze: 


"Between gathering neutrals, warmth glints in the last light. A flash of yellow-orange-red-purple, the dying of a perfectly ordinary day. But even that brilliance is hazy. Where does one color start and another begin? Night, so absolute, overcomes the protest of a myriad, graduated shades."


The is contest sponsored by Lark Cottons and we are to craft up to two mosaics of 9 fabrics each from the fabrics on offer by them, aiming for a dreamy, blended palette. The mosaics are to be entered by midnight October 2nd. On Monday the 3rd voting will open. 

Entry 1


Here is the last glorious blaze of sun just before it sinks below the horizon for good. All rose tinted yet the colours are quickly fading. 




I though this time round, I might just record which fabrics I chose for the mosaics in case I ever wished to buy them together for real:

  • Denyse Schmidt - Shelburne- Deco Fans - Lilac
  • Moda - Bella Solids - Orchid
  • Pat Bravo - Lace Elements - Cherry Lace
  • Darlene Zimmerman - Penny and Friends
  • Anna Maria Horner - Mod Corsage - Memory Soft 
  • Rashida Coleman - Hale Raindrop Precipiation - Teal
  • Heath - Taupe
  • Lizzy House - Natural History Stars - Red
  • Jennifer Sampoo - Studio Stash - Yarn Dyed Charcoal


Entry 2


And here the sun has gone and what colour remains will turn ashen in the next 20 minutes or so, just you wait. 





Fabric wise here we have:

  • Essex Linen - Steel
  • Best of Morris Reproduction - Indigo
  • Anna Maria Horner - Innocent Crush Maybe Blossoms
  • Erin Michael - Lush Scenic Peak - Blue
  • Sarah Watts - Cat Lady - Stack O Cats Mustard
  • Anna Maria Horner - Mod Corsage - Memory Float
  • Nani Iro - Pocho Dots - Sky
  • Denyse Schmidt - Florence Dot Plaid - Malachite
  • Rashida Coleman - Hale Raindrop Cicada Song - Teal


I enjoyed that and you have plenty of time to try your hand as well.



... Girls will walk in moving air
the sun hangs low, the girls don't care
as they paint themselves at dusk...





Sunday, 18 September 2016

Up the Ante #6 - From Scrap to Quilt Block

I had set this Sunday aside for some relaxed sewing. I pulled the scrap bag out and got busy. So all the blocks were essentially made from scraps combined with neutral fabrics.

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As I was looking for some pictorial blocks for my sampler quilt to be, I thought to give Karen's @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats blog hop block 'Anne's Flower' a try. It was the first time that I tried anything 'Dresden Plate' style. Worked like a charm, 

Though the flowery print on the left side there would have been better placed further up, finishing at the upper edge to make the colours flow better... Hmmm - I might still change that.



Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,


All made from scraps =)

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,



I only wish I had chosen a more prominent fabric for the flower stalk. The embroidery on top does not improve it either. Still a good overall effort however. 

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And here was a little frog to play around with. Improv piecing live from the pond, I tell you! There were some nice fussy cuts to have from those left over fabric strips. 


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Overall, I am fairly happy with the outcome of this Sunday's sewing session. It provided me the rest and relaxation I felt I needed this weekend. 

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Well now you know what kept me busy this Sunday. What were you up to then?


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I  link up with 'Let's Bee Social'.


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Friday, 16 September 2016

Cloud 9 Fabrics - 'New Block' Blog Hop - Block Library

Well, wow it is very interesting to see what all the participants came up with. The blocks turned out very versatile. There are certainly a few among them that I would not mind giving a try in the future. And because I like things neat and tidy, I have listed all the blocks below, so that I might find them when I need them in the future.

Day 1


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1. Abigail @Cut & Alter
2. Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
3. Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
4. Renee @Quilts of a Feather
5. Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
6. Kim @Leland Ave Studios
7. Amanda @this mom quilts
8. Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
9. Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
10. Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
11. Anne @Said With Love
12. Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
13. Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
14. Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
15. Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
16. Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
17. Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
18. Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
19. Anja @Anja Quilts
20. Daisy @Ants to Sugar
21. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl 
22. Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
23. Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.



Day 2


It is very hard to decide on a favorite when all the blocks came out so inspiring. I have counted 65 participants. Quite a number. I would very much like to do a new block design challenge again in the near future. =)

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1. Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
2. Sarah @123 Quilt
3. Leanne @Devoted Quilter
4. Jen @Patterns By Jen
5. Jennifer @RV Quilting
6. Amanda @Quiltologie
7. Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
8. Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
9. Jen @Faith and Fabric
10. Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
11. Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
12. Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
13. Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
14. Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
15. Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
16. Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
17. Silvia @A Stranger View
18. Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
19. Carrie @the zen quilter
20. Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
21. Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT
22.  Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter




Day 3


All of these blocks will make beautiful charity quilts. I wonder what is in it for the fabric sponsors of such design hops though. Advertisement - sure, introducing fabrics to potential new customers - of course, but it must have been expensive to provide and ship fat quarter bundles to 65 quilters. 

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1. Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
2. Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
3. Paige @Quilted Blooms
4. Allison @Woodberry Way
5. Seven @The Concerned Craft
6. Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
7. Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
8. Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
9. Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
10. Kitty @Night Quilter
11. Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
12. Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
13. Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
14. Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
15. Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
16. Jessica @Quilty Habit
17. Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
18. Denise @Craft Traditions
19. Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
20. Deanna @Stitches Quilting







2016 New Quilt Bloggers


When did you say the next design hop was coming up?

=)