Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses and Hexies

Easter was good for achieving some hand sewing.

First up some more little hexies. I love this new grape colour that I just 
added to my collection.

I also got two Crosses blocks made - one using one of the same grape fabric.
With this one I tried to a greater variety of colours within the block.

The second one I had fun trying to two different areas of the same fabric. 
In this block everything except the corner blue/grey/green (oh what colour is it?!)
one came from the same fabric.

We have added Patchwork of the Crosses to our projects for our Winter Retreat in July.
Go to the News post at for details of this upcoming event
and join us for a fun weekend.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Hexies and Crosses

I have two more little hexagons made to add to that collection and one more 
Patchwork of the Crosses block.

The first little hexagon is in stripes radiating outwards with a fussy cut
centrepiece too.

The second has no fussy cutting - just for a change. But I love both of these fabrics.

Then onto the next Patchwork of the Crosses Block. The stripe fabric is
the same as in the hexie above. The purple/grape centre is a new one
in my collection and I like the effect I got with it as well as the colour.

I must admit there is quite a lot of trial and error needed with these cross blocks.
I now have a collection of prepared honeycomb shapes that have been auditioned
and not used. I hope they will fit in somewhere down the track.

The number of people getting involved with Patchwork of the Crosses is 
growing - we seem to be discussing blocks with so many people at the shop 
now - this new 'addiction' certainly is spreading! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter Show and Tell

This is a wool applique cushion that I made for our Easter window display at the shop.

I really enjoyed working with this lovely pastel wool and giant ric-rac. 
We have made up kitsets for this cool cushion.

Back soon with the next English Paper Pieced Hexagons and 
Patchwork of the Crosses block.

Have a great Easter everyone.

Friday, 11 April 2014

A New Addiction

Oh dear making these "Patchwork of the Crosses" blocks is so much fun and 
so many people have opted into it with me at the shop that we have had to 
order more copies of the book and more template sets.

But first back to hexies - I am still trying to make several each week.

These two are really quite pretty - I hope they fit in with the others.
Let's see.

I might get away with the pink one but the blue I am not so sure about.
But here is a second opinion!

Now to those 'jolly' crosses. The challenge of making these 
is so much greater. You have so many more options for 'fussy cutting'
and placement.

The book is so good at inspiring you as it has close-ups of several blocks
to get you. started. There are just so many places where you can 'fussy cut' and change the look
of the block with the placement of lights, darks as well as the 'fussy cut' honeycombs.

Hence another addiction - I was going to make a few blocks but now I have
bought the 8 metres of background fabric needed for the whole quilt!!!!
There are fifty six blocks making a quilt measuring 88" by 99".

Monday, 7 April 2014

1930s Feedsack Quilt

This is a little quilt that just took a week to make.
It is only 16" high and 14.5" across.

It is made from authentic American 1930s' Feedsack fabric and just love this little treasure.

I am slowly gathering a collection of these old fabrics that were used as bags selling 
animal feed, flour and all sorts of other grains and products during the 1930s.

Back soon with another 1930s finished quilt and more English paper piecing.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Hexies and Patchwork of the Crosses

I have had a productive time this week with lots of English Paper Piecing and several finishes for quilt for our annual Auckland Quiltmakers' Show.

First up two little hexies.

Then my first block of the Patchwork of the Crosses.
It was so much fun and I think it will get more interesting as I get used to how particular
 fabrics work within this block design. These are honeycomb shapes with 1" sides.

This one is pretty 'matchy matchy'. I think I need to add more colours into them - maybe - we will see as I make more blocks.

Back later in the weekend with some of the finished projects of the last few weeks.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Hexies Change

Back this week with two hexies and another idea for Fussy Cutting and English 
Paper Piecing - oh darn more ideas!!

This is fussy cutting a motif and is the last of the 22mm hexagon papers.

Now it is onto 16mm papers with this one.

The comparison of sizes. 
Yes they are eventually going in the same quilt - somehow - I hope!

This is another miniature project I am working on - how many does a girl need
going at one time! Quite a few it seems. 

This is a cute variation. The background you can see is just 4 1/2" .
I have twelve flowers paper pieces ready to applique onto the background.
It will make a little quilt measuring 17" by 21".
It comes from a Little Red One series we have at the shop.
They are all miniature quilts and so cute.

These are Barbara's hexies for this month - aren't they really nice in the William Morris Reproduction fabrics. Several are made using her prize from last month - well 
done Barbara - they look great.

This month's winner is Malcolm - I will have some challenging taupe for you Malcolm!
I think it will come from my stash this time so I can give you something that we no longer 
have in the shop! - That shouldn't be much of a challenge for me!

Now the new idea - oh no not more!! This one is thanks to a customer who came 
and asked if I knew about "The Patchwork of the Crosses".
I didn't but I do now and can't wait to start!

Aren't these cool blocks made with a honeycomb shape.
All Paper Pieced just like our hexies but these were made by Lucy Boston in post-war 
Britain. So as we know there is nothing new under the sun.

This is her whole quilt. When you get into the book and the photos she has used 
some amazing and varied fabrics.

We have made up kitsets with the book, the honeycomb templates and the squares 
that work as the sashing. So get in quickly and start stitching along with us. 
Don't know if I will get block made for next Friday but you never know I might.

Back soon with some more small hexies and maybe a Crosses block.