Saturday, 28 February 2015

Retreat Sewing

I am away at Vaughan Park at a three day Retreat organised by the group 
that I belong to. It is three days and nights of solid sewing with all meals 
provide and a room of my own to retire to in the early hours of the morning.

This is the view from the workroom window.

Hence a lot of sewing has been achieved.

My Northern Shop Hop quilt is now in one piece ready for quilting.
Here is a taster of a few of the nine blocks.

My Patchwork of the Crosses will hopefully have another row around the edge 
almost done by the time I go home.

One of our Breakfast Club Quilts has more blocks made.

Back soon, Robyn

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Karen Styles is Coming From Australia

I decided to make a couple of Eight Point Stars tonight to promote 
Karen Styles' visit to us in March.

It was so much fun fussy cutting my 1800s fabrics for these two.

But I did have to press the living daylights out of the first block on the left 
and couldn't figure out why. 
Can you? 
It had a huge hump in the middle, but now it doesn't! 
Thanks to a steam iron and starch.

The second one went together like a gem and sat flat straight away.

I am thinking I will make more at class and will learn lots of tips from
her to make them even better.

She is teaching making them by American hand piecing or machine piecing.
I did mine by hand.
It was great to return to a technique that I hadn't used for years.
It also made a change from English Paper Piecing over card.

Remember these little fussy cut hexagons I made last year 
and then forgot about when Patchwork of the Crosses came along.

Little ones

Bigger Ones

Well I think they are going to get a revival and go into a quilt with the stars.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Joys and Treasures of a Quilt Shop Owner

Or should this Blog Post be entitled :
The Pressures and Treasures
The UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
The Current Passions
What Possessed her to Start So Many
Oh My Goodness
 Will They Ever Get Finished?

These are all projects currently on the go!
And yes they will all get finished!!!!

This one is closest to finishing.

Just needs the rest of the binding hand stitched down and hanging sleeve added.
It is the first of my "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" from my 2014 Breakfast Club.

That quilt only used 75 of the blocks, so this one had to be made too!

It needs the rest of the chunky quilting around the border an then binding.

Then there is my Patchwork of the Crosses.
It needs three more rows of squares and cream honeycombs around
three sides.

One side is done ready to be trimmed off straight and a binding added. I think the binding will be the same cream background fabric - what do you think?

Next is this year's Breakfast Club's Blocks.
I have six of the fifteen made. 

Missy the cat seems to like these ones best!

Finally there are our Shop Hop Quilt Blocks.
This quilt is made in French General fabrics and there is a surprise 
coming on the solid units within the blocks so watch this space.

So I really had better get off this computer and get stitching!!
Back soon with a progress report or maybe even another project started. 
Oh No I hear you say.

But being a Quilt Shop Owner is addictive or compulsive and just plain fun every day.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Lots of Progress

The last week has seen a lot of progress and almost finishes!!

I got my binding on my "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" from last year's
Breakfast Club that I ran at the shop.
Helen Harford quilted it and it looks great - it is such a large quilt it is going 
to take forever to hand sew the binding down.

Here is a taster of the quilting.


I got the first corners of my Patchwork of the Crosses on.
It is going to take a while to get all the way around the quilt.
But it is going to look good with the blocks 'floating' on the cream.
I am not sure what will be the binding. 
I thought maybe the red of the squares but that is going to be unlikely 
as I don't have enough of it.
No doubt something else will work and it may not even be a red. 
There could be enough red in this quilt already. 
Or maybe it should be bound in the cream background.
What do you think?

I also got my Duo Star Quilt blocks all put together.
I have quilted by machine - in the ditch around the blocks and will now 
put some hand quilting on it.

This quilt is the sample for my class Stitched by Hand" on Fridays once a month.
It involves foundation piecing by hand and by machine.
I loved using this technique to get the accuracy in the star points.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Little 1800s Star Quilt

It has been great having a long weekend - in fact mine is even longer as I have 
a day at home tomorrow sewing our Shop Hop Quilt.
As well as stitching I have time in the garden, which was long overdue and
time out and about, so in all a nicely balanced weekend.

I have got all my foundation pieced stars finished. This has been a fun project 
to work on especially when you end up with such accurate stars. 

Each star uses the same set of fabrics but each fabric is used in a different place
in each new star. I love he scrappy look this gives the stars.

I have worked by hand and by machine. I pieced the very small units by hand 
and then jumped onto the machine to put the units together to maker the star blocks. 
I did try hand stitching these all together but going through a lot of seams was a bit of a mission, so it seemed better to go to the machine for the final piecing of each block.

I made the alternate and side blocks on the machine - foundation pieced.
This turned out to be a successful combination of machine and hand work.

Now it is time for the borders and more work on my Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt.
I have all the blocks joined up and now need to add about three rows around
 the outside edge.

Back soon with borders on this and the Shop Hop Quilt started.
It will be in the red French General fabric.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Double Star Duo

I have now finished one double star block for my Double Star Duo 
Mini Quilt. The finished quilt will measures 32".

This block is 6" when finished.

I have foundation pieced it. I did the smaller units by hand and then sewed 
the units together by machine.

Working with the little pieces to start with was much easier by hand 
than I thought it have been on machine. But when it came to joining the units 
the seams were getting quite thick so I thought the machine would get through 
the layers better than my fingers would.

I have also pieced the larger alternate blocks by machine, 
but still foundation pieced.

Now I need to make four more double stars to fill the corners.

My next post will come from Symposium in Palmerston North.
Do stop by the Mechants' Mall and say hello if you are there.

Friday, 9 January 2015

New Year New Project

Happy New Year. I hope your year has started off well.

My Patchwork of the Crosses is almost done.
I just need to add the final rows around the edge.
But actually I guess that is going to take many nights.
It is a long way around!

I am now busy working on a new class sample.
Foundation piecing by hand!
I saw this wallhanging at the Houston Quilt Market and as soon as the lady
behind the counter suggested that I could hand stitch it - it was sold!

It measures 32" square and mine is going to be made in these
 1800s Reproduction fabrics.  I started with choosing the border on the right 
as it is smaller in scale. What do you think?

This is the first section of the first block.
Watch this space for more.

Back soon now that the sewing year is back underway.