Hope you have all had yourselves a very merry little Christmas and are now
recovering relaxing? I've had a bit of a posting break due to much 'busyness'. You all know the usual craziness of Xmas preparations and of course the Xmas gatherings - loved it all! There has also been the excitement of a daughter's Uni graduation and a son moving out of college into his first share house.
And what about quilting??
I never did get those foundation-pieced Xmas cards done (mentioned last post) - maybe next year...
But I did finish a gift project - a table runner (of my design):
The fabrics are a mixture of shot cottons, linen, plains and homespun. I cut them into squares and made half-square triangles by this method (great tutorial) and then chain pieced them together - very simple construction.
|Strings of chain piecing!|
|Auditioning blocks ready to sew together in rows|
|Straight line machine quilting with the walking foot|
|Needleturn applique corner shapes|
Here is the top so far:
And now am working on a surrounding border. I made a lot of paper templates for the diamond and triangle shapes and am constructing it by the EPP method.
Nothing new to show on my Chintz Medallion at the moment.
But I have joined a monthly local quilt class - very excited to discover this class being held in a wool shop in town. It's a very open class - work on what you want - so I decided to focus on a machine-pieced project in the class - a wedding gift for a niece's September 2014 wedding. My machine piecing skills need fine tuning (to put it kindly) so this will be good work on under the expert supervision of teacher Ruth van Haeff ! Here are some blocks made so far:
The pattern I am using is called ' Double X' and it is in Two-color quilts by Nancy J Martin.
More news - A big thanks to Meredithe from Pomegranate and Chintz for a lovely giveaway win. Very generous of you Meredithe - I love it!
|Inside was this lovely acrylic template set - to make a 13" block|
I can see lots of potential uses for this set . The block looks wonderful in the repro fabrics photographed on the pack. But I think it would make a great two-colour quilt too....