Sunday, 27 July 2014

Boro Journal Cover

Over the last couple of weeks I have been attending a Journal Making class with
Gaylene. She is a new tutor for us at the shop.

Her first Journal Class for us was to create a Japanese Boro Style Journal Cover.

Boro translates as rags. The Boro technique was used in harder times in Japan
when new indigo fabric was out of the reach of many people. This meant that 
clothes and bedcovers had to be patched and re-patched to keep the family in warm 
clothing and bedding is Japan's rural far north.



This is a piece of actual Boro that I purchased in the Flea Markets of Japan.



Now to the front of my Journal cover - part of which came of that original piece of Boro 
fabric above. My cover is all made with old indigo that I have collected from various
trips to Japan.


This is the back with a 'mon' - family crest added. The crest actually came from a new 
piece of fabric that we used to have in stock at the shop.


And the inside flap with a pocket for a book mark - perhaps I now need a Boro bookmark.
The green fabric is dyed in the same process as the old indigo, but has gardenia seeds
added tot eh indigo dye vat which turns the fabric from blue to green.
I love the effect of the old piece of green added to the indigo.

Most of my pieces are raw edged but you do find patches with edges turned under in 
the original Boro pieces. The patches are 'wild' sashiko stitched in place.
This means that the sashiko stitching is not even as it would have been
traditionally.






Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New Grape POTC Block

I had a lovely long weekend in Wellington where I got my latest block surrounded 
by the cream fabric.

I love the centre piece of fabric and it worked so well.





And it is so good knowing that now every block is surrounded by the cream fabric 
as it gets made.

Now I am working on a row at a time - this is taking a bit more planning than just 
making blocks as the urge takes, but I guess fabric choices have to be based 
on something so why not what is needed in this current row.

Off now to plan some new combinations.
  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

POTC Row Three

I have now got row three on and am still loving this project.
I have had the partial quilt up on the bed and have decided that it needs to be 
seven blocks wide so it goes down the sides of the bed a little way.
It is now five blocks wide!


This is the latest block - only one this week as I am still working on the 
quilt that has a deadline. It is a wallhanging / banner size piece that will 
be part of our Auckland Quiltmakers Exhibition at Minerva Gallery in 
Wellington later in the year. It is in  my favourite woven taupe fabrics so
is quite a change from the 1800s  I am currently working in for my 
Patchwork of the Crosses.


These are Pauline's latest collection of blocks.
She is using a mixture of woven and printed Japanese taupe fabrics.
And I love them.




Back soon with this month's Modern Blocks - we had group meeting yesterday
and there were lots of stunning triangle based blocks made my group members.





Saturday, 5 July 2014

July Patchwork of the Crosses


This month has not started well for my Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt. 

I have had so little sewing time this week - lots of long hours at work.

Hopefully this week will be better.

I was hoping to be able to show you row three all joined on.
Instead I can just show you the little joiner squares that I have made!
These are fun to make to and really quick.



But other people have been busy with theirs. These are Barbara's.





Barbara says: " I have been having fun experimenting with different fabric ranges. 
As you can see some worked and some are disasters!! It is all good fun but
I will have to make a decision about which range I am going to use soon."

This month's winner of my fabric draw is Sue from Taupo.
I will get some new 1800s fat eighths off to you during the week.

You can be in to win too if you send in some photos of your current
English paper Piecing Project. 
Just send them to me at work: patchworkpassion@xtra.co.nz

Friday, 4 July 2014

Paula's 100 Modern Modern Quilt Blocks

Paula who worked with us at Patchwork Passion before returning to live in the U.K. has 
finished her Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt Block Quilt.

She took the book and a starter pack of the fabric that we are using as part of our 
Modern Breakfast Club back with her. 



She did 72 blocks with only a few triangles! 
She wants to make it into a picnic quilt with a vinyl coated fabric on the back.

Isn't it stunning with that brighter indigo blue as sashing strips.
Thanks for sharing the photo with us Paula.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Twenty-five Pin Cushions

My Patchwork of the Crosses has taken a back seat this weekend.
But that is fine because I have been busy making twenty-five pin cushions.


As you can see they look very flat at the moment  - stuffing is next on the list.


I had fun deciding on designs. 


These were first - fussy cut motifs fused on and then quilted.


Then onto some scraps from a previous project - they were already pieced into strips.


Now for some simple stripes,


framed ones, 


squares and now of to stuff them and close the gap. 



They all have a layer of batting on the top side and have been straight line machine quilted.

These are gifts for a group of young people (11 and 12 year olds) in a South 
Auckland school that am about to teach to make a quilt.
I am also teaching 20+ staff members at the school to make the same quilt - our
Easy Retro Beginners Quilt and I can't wait to get started.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tips for POTC

As promised here are some tips I found useful when English Paper Piecing 
my Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.

I have enjoyed using the Sewline Glue Stick, but don't overdo the amount of glue you add on.

I put the glue onto the card not the fabric and hold it briefly in place to help it stick.
You can always add more glue if the fabric is coming unattached.

I am enjoying the wider seam allowance that these templates allow as if my 
cutting / matching is a fraction out I have room to move to get my motifs 
lining up perfectly.

When cutting eight of one fabric that doesn't need fussy cutting I fold it over and four 
at once.  I  hold the plastic template in place and cut around it.

When cutting my 24 background honeycombs that go around each
block I have my fabric folded in four and I draw around my plastic honeycomb
interlocking each shape as I go, then cut out with my good dressmaking scissors.

I have been using a fine pigma pen recently for this. It is nice and fine and after
all I am only drawing on the cutting line.

Once an area is surrounded I remove the card. This is keeping the card in 
better condition as I was tending to bend the pieces quite a lot when I was 
working further out in my block. My cards are being used many times and 
that is working out just fine.

I found a the beginning my blocks were all in a similar format - with the cross being 
well defined in my first four honeycombs - now I am trying to take my 
focus elsewhere in the block eg: out to the edges.

Next I need to go back and re-use some of the fabrics but put them in 
a different positions within the blocks.