Saturday, 30 April 2011
So, first of all if you click HERE you will be directed to the first handout of the Mystery - fabric requirements and some general guidelines.
Clicking HERE takes you to the Mystery Quilt flickr group that I set up - this will be where participants in the QAL can discuss the project, upload photos of their blocks and generally get to know each other.
I have also set up a new page in my header for this QAL where I will be listing all the links to the handouts as I post them.
Good luck, keep persevering and do email me if you are still having problems.
Friday, 29 April 2011
On Thursday, we held our first Summer workshop since classes finished at the end of March. Everyone worked on the same themed bookcover, a garden scene, perhaps for a gardener's notebook, but I think most of the ladies left the workshop planning their own variations.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
So, here they are ready to be downloaded. Just click on the link.
Join in any time, the button on the sidebar will take you to my flickr group where you can join in the chat and share your fabric choices and blocks as you make them. No pressure..........
Sunday, 24 April 2011
My Brit Swap Mosaic, a photo by bluepatchquilter on Flickr.
In the last couple of weeks, Lynne from Lily's Quilts has set up a flickr group for UK quilters to join - it's a great way to share ideas, quilt pix and just get to know what's happening in our quilt world. We are planning a quilt swap - never taken part in one myself so a bit hazy on the details but to enter we have to put together a mosaic which will give your swap partner an idea of your preferences.........so I looked thro my photos and came up with the above mosaic of my favourite things, it was great fun to put together.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Everyone who comes to my classes gets to know "Sheila's Star" - I came up with it a few years back in an effort to cover a block with a pattern in a continuous line. You always start it in a corner, and will end the pattern by returning to that first corner - if you have e.g., four blocks lying in a square, you could conceivably quilt this star without stopping, if you start in the centre where the four blocks meet. (you can of course, stop to breathe......)
It's a brilliant wee pattern and can be used in any square or rectangular area, small, or large.
I have recently completed quilting a project and wanted a star shaped pattern, but just a little lighter than usual, so missed a couple of steps out and now have the alternative, Sheila's Mini Star.
If you click on the highlighted links you will be able to download handouts with diagrams for each of these stars.
Thursday, 21 April 2011
the flickr group and grab a button from the sidebar for your own blog.
and remember........non-bloggers welcome to join the fun.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Meanwhile I am enjoying brekkie,cards and pressies - check out this fab gift from Liz........isn't it great having friends who know you so well, she has not long returned from a trip to India, this is a perfect gift, thanks Liz.
My next piece of news is a bit of fun. I have decided to host a Mystery Quilt a long.......I ran this Mystery Quilt programme in my classes a few years back and am unlikely to repeat this project in class, so thought I'd share it here. I don't want to put anyone under heaps of pressure so can take the pace as steady as you want, I had thought fortnightly or monthly postings of blocks? Think we could take the month of May to sign up, get some info out and let everyone think about fabric (the best bit!)and then first block posted early June?
I have set up a flickr group for you to join here and of course, it would be great if you would join me here at bluepatchquilter, as a follower.This is of course, open to all the ladies in my classes who missed the Mystery Quilt project.
Thanks to Lynne's great tutorial, I also have a button if you would like to put it on your blog.
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Monday, 18 April 2011
In January I bought myself a charm pack, Authentic by Sweetwater, for Moda............never really got into pre-cuts so I have just looked at my charm pack a few times and popped it back in its drawer. But, last week, I bought some co-ordinating plains, (or solids!) and made this runner.........originally to be for my double-width chest of drawers but will now be put to use on my kitchen table, when it's finished.
Today, I managed to piece the centre circle on my BLG block - it really is quite a few years since I did such intricate piecing and I did a bit of unpicking when joining the segments together - I might have got on better if I had read Lynne's instructions before rather than later..........it's a wee bit wibbly wobbly, but I am quite happy with it.
Friday, 15 April 2011
Well, Lily has been feeling a bit sluggish of late, not at all Spring like and I was beginning to think she was showing signs of age (she is 9)
... I work in our local fabric shop and every couple of weeks John comes to tend to sick sewing machines so today I decided it was tie for Lily to pay a visit...........John made a start on her service and after a few minutes called me thro to the back shop................
The reason I blog this is that I consider myself as someone who looks after my machine and therefore reckon I can do without servicing it too often...............it's been about two years since she was in bits like this!
So, got home and was eager to have a go at sewing something now that Lily was feeling better - decided to join in Lynne's Big Little George block here. I grabbed my first scrap box which just happened to be Christmas stuff - yes, in April........and really enjoyed making the first two rings, it's a while since I made anything so intricate and it was fun.
Not sure which fabric to use in the centre, I am trying to use what I have and I am leaning towards the busy picture scene as I am unlikely to use it elsewhere...............any suggestions?
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
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Thursday, 7 April 2011
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Saturday, 2 April 2011
A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Open Evening on Friday, to those who helped me set up after a particularly difficult day, to those who manned the Bring and Buy, to those who supplied all the "stuff" for the Bring and buy, (we raised a fabulous £330) and to all my lovely ladies who worked so hard to provide me with exhibits..........each year we have a viwers' choice and this year, Margaret was the winner with this fabulous version of the "Cabin in the Woods" project.
Well done all of you, enjoy your summer and keep reading the blog!!
Friday, 1 April 2011
As I have been so busy lately, I haven't really made all that much but have made a few of these potstands..........
........demonstrating the technique at each class.....they feature Somerset folded patchwork and I hope to post the instructions soon with maybe a wee tutorial.
SO, over at Lily's Quilts, Lynne is hosting a linky for us to say what project has made us happy in the last month and I guess I have been happy to make these wee potstands...........