Thursday, 27 February 2014

Stars and Stripes

Hello, I've been poorly this week :( so I'm just getting back into things. I've got some great new Fabric from Old Glory Gathering by Primitive Gatherings. I love the USA look. It works brilliantly for boys of all ages.

These are currently available at my Louth Market Stall £11.00 a metre

 I have this great Fat Quarter Bundle available from my Etsy Shop

I've had some great photos sent through from my customers. Here's a few. Why not pop over to the Hall of Fame section and be inspired.

- Thank you Frances Gibson for sending these through - 
Frances has used the Blue Stars fabric for the Elephant and the orange background is from BlueBird Park - Kate & Birdie -
The name sign uses Essential Dots for the background, Wren & Friends and S'More Love Collections

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Jelly Roll in Progress

I'm really enjoying my Jelly Roll Quilt at the moment. The Courthouse Steps Design grows so quickly and I love the effect. Here are some step by step photos of the process.

I laid out the required design and then cut each piece to the right measurement using my mat, rotary cutter and ruler.

Starting from the centre I pieced the smallest fabric together facing. 
When I started sewing I didn't even know what tacking was!! The term "Facing" drove me mad, I just didn't know what it meant until I was shown. Here it is, two pieces of fabric with the design side on top of each other and pinned. Then sew together.

  Once sewn together, remove the pins, open out and press. See photo above and below. (view the comments for more useful tips)

Repeat the same process on the other side of the fabric. Then remove pins and open out.

Iron the seams on the back in the same direction. Then iron the front.

These next photo shows I've added the top and bottom fabrics to the centre piece. I've then ironed the seams the same way. Then open out.

Here I've added the next strips.

This is the finished square. 

These photos show the seams at the back. I have them all leaning to the left on the side strips and downwards on the upper strips. 

I hope this information helps you. I've nearly completed all nine squares and I'm looking forward to showing you the next process of attaching all the squares together and quilting. I'll be adding more Jelly Rolls to my Etsy Shop this week. This pre cut is so easy to put together. The colour range is varied and you can add additional fabric to make your quilt bigger. I'm loving the choices you have with them and there's very little wastage too. 

Please send through your ideas and photos of any Jelly Quilts you've made. I'd love to hear from you - Helen - 

Friday, 14 February 2014

Sweetwater - Wishes -

The lovely Sweetwater Collection "Wishes" has arrived. I'm a big fan of Sweetwater. Feast your eyes on these Spring Time Designs.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Jelly Roll Quilt

I've made a start on my new Quilting Project which is always very exciting. I bought one of my Jelly Rolls and started hunting through my books for a pattern. I came across a Quilting magazine I'd bought a few months ago "Creative Quilting". I bought mine from WH Smith, it's a yearly magazine that has a range of different patterns using Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs and fabric you already have in your stash.

This is the Design I chose - Courthouse Steps. The Patterns uses French General but I've used 3 Sisters which also has a traditional feel.

The pattern suggested using darker colours for the outer squares and lighter for the middle. I first laid out all the patterned strip in the different colour ways. I could then see what I had more and less of.

 A close up of the different designs

I then separated the darks and lights.

Lighter patterns

Darker patterns

I often find it difficult to decide what colours and designs go well together. I prefer some kind of structure to my quilt, I like to organise and arrange my fabrics around until I have symmetry to my quilt. This pattern isn't so structured, so I'm a little out of my comfort zone. I've had a play around with the colours I feel a lot better about making a start. People don't always understand how much we think about the quilt before we've even started. It's all part of the journey of making our quilts.

Now the fun begins, pinning and sewing.

Ps - I've had to take these photos with my phone, not the best quality, sorry. 

Friday, 7 February 2014

New Fabrics

I'll be at Louth Market tomorrow with some new Fabrics. I've got some brilliant colours in the Essential Dots, Plains and Muslin Mates Collections, with more to follow.

Muslins in Leaf Design, Linen & Tan

Moda Solids in Rose & Orchid

Essential Dots in Peony, Zen Grey & Admiral Blue