Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Saturday, 28 December 2013
I'm now sewing the binding of the log cabin quilt so it's time to turn my attentions to some other log cabins, those on the final pieced border of the frame quilt. I need to work out the corner stones which hasn't proved very straightforward. There's no perfect solution but I think I've arrived at my best option which is more or less just to repeat the log cabin. I'll make it as a 7" block though and add an inch wide strip of the red stripe used between borders for the last light strip.
|Looks better in the photo than in real life.|
|This arrangement seemed like a good idea in theory|
but not in practice.
|Using green didn't help at all.|
|Will go for a version of this but with the stripy fabric,|
not the green.
Friday, 20 December 2013
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
It was time to get together for our Christmas meal with exchange of cards and gifts and always a highlight meeting up with long distance member, Mel, and seeing what she and her group have been up to. All the pictures are of Mellony's distinctive work, some with an origami theme.
Monday, 16 December 2013
|Hand quilted block|
Sunday, 15 December 2013
|Strip piecing method|
|Shows the strips added one by one though|
I stopped before the end.
Saturday, 14 December 2013
|Standard log cabin, large, and a possible arrangement of 6" blocks.|
|Side by side arrangement|
|Barnraising with lights in the centre|
|Not sure what this is called -|
White House Steps? - but I like it!
Friday, 13 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
The evening I demonstrated log cabins to the beginners' group I asked members to bring in their own examples and they came up trumps.
here are a few:
here are a few:
|Jane's hand sewn hanging.|
|I think this is also Jane's though Avril is a possibilty too - |
|Ann with a small but|
pefectly formed piece.
Every two years when QuayQuilters hold our show some attendees express an interest in learning patchwork and we run beginners' classes for them in the next two terms. It falls to me to do the rotary cutting/log cabin segment. When I got home I decided I needed to refresh my samples and show more stages. Well I got carried away and having out some old uglies from my stash I started not only making samples of the successive steps but piecing blocks with the aim of assembling a four block by five barnraising display top. It is a wonder of our craft that we can take a very unprepossessing set of fabrics, some of which don't seem to "go" only to find that in combination they amount to more than the sum of their parts. So it was when I laid out my finished blocks. 4 by 5 is not symmetrical and I plan to add another row to even up the pattern. Now I'm wondering whether to add a border.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
|1. Sew pairs of triangles together along a short edge.|
Note: feed though the the machine identically aligned.
|Add the sewn triangle units to the large half square|
|Sew the units into rows and press towards the plain squares.|
|Another 3b in the making: note that this one "turns"|
the other way to the previous one because the
QST triangles have been aligned the other way.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
This time we are using the rotary cutter for all the shapes.
To cut squares to make half square triangles you need to add 7/8" to the finished size of the unit, that is 4 7/8" for a 4" finished unit. Cut once from corner to corner.
To cut squares to make quarter square triangles you need to add 1 1/4 " to the finished size of the unit, that is 5 1/4" for a 4" finished unit. Cut twice from corner to corner.
For squares add 1/2" that is 4 1/2" for a 4" finished unit.
To make a block like this you need a 4 1/2" centre square, four 4 1/2" corner squares, two 4 7/8" squares for the half square triangles and one 5 1/4" square of each of two fabrics for the quarter square triangles.
|Cutting the squares; the QST squares|
are layered right sides together ready
|Arrange like this.|
Monday, 2 December 2013
It was the last of the U3A sessions until the new year and we went over previous blocks and proceeded to Block 3b entirely rotary cut. There have been some very good Show & Tells from members too. I am so delighted and surprised by the beginners' block show & tell. They are really able to think for themselves and express themselves in their work. Great fun and joy!
|Janet with a dark backgound and a different spin|
on colour placement.
|Rosemary whose choices give a |
|Diana daring to be different and using geometrics|
to good effect
|Christine, solid colours for maximum contrast|
|Sue's beautifully pieced and|
|Jane - don't you just love|
those supersize dots.
|Christine's Japanese Folded little quilt,|
so soft and tactile.