Last week Rachel Hauser posted the first in her series Quilter’s Color Quest to accompany her recent book, A Quilter’s Field Guide to Color. I used some Christmas gift money to buy a copy of the book. Rachel uses colour (I just can’t help reverting to the English spelling!) to very good effect in all her quilt designs. She deliberately doesn’t begin the book with an explanation of the colour wheel – that comes later. In the first section she directs her readers to explore colour through the subjective lenses of temperature, the seasons and our emotions. The Field Guide is designed to be a practical book. There are 150 colour swatches to cut out, these can be used to complete the challenges dotted throughout the book and also to select fabrics to make the Bear Paw blocks Rachel suggests we make to test our choices.
And so to the temperature challenge: shuffle the card swatches, select warm and cool shades of purple and green.
Ooo! I’m sorry I missed the deadline for last weekend’s edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s been a busy old time here and my laptop has been in a repair shop for over a week (battery issues) so everything has slipped. Anyho! You’ll find some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community at the end of this midweek post and I’m hopeful my laptop will be returned today. I sure will have a lot of blog reading to catch up on…
I have been busy patchwork quilting. Saturday I ran two Beginners classes at Purple Stitches. Week two of the course and the aims were to learn how to make two at a time Half Square Triangles and four at a time Flying Geese. I felt very mean giving a whole chunk of homework to the class members who had concentrated so hard to make their Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks – all the blocks need to be made and the top pieced before the next class! In two weeks time I’ll be teaching the art of making a quilt sandwich and sharing quilting tips and techniques. I have to keep a step ahead of the class so I had my homework cut out too! After quite a bit of dithering and rearranging blocks I settled on a layout and stitched the quilt top together. This morning I pieced the backing and cut out a piece of Quilters Dream Green batting ready to make the quilt sandwich.
Keeping myself on my toes, I’ve been switching between the Beginners class quilt and my second version of the Square-in-a-Square quilt.
Thankfully I found my free motion quilting mojo and managed to stitch the feather swirls into the twenty block centres. I’ve also machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt. Now I need to hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt. My essentials for this job (apart from a sharp needle and good quality thread) are binding clips and Thread Heaven (a substitute for beeswax). I find the clips are so much more user friendly than pins and the thread conditioner certainly cuts down on the number of knots and thread twists that occur as I’m stitching. Do you have any favourite tools or techniques to use when you are hand stitching binding?
Here are the links I’d gathered for the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post before my laptop had to go to to be repaired:
Yvonne and her husband have arrived home after five months on the road. Among all the settling-back jobs Yvonne has found time to decorate and re-organise her sewing space (‘space’ is the operative word!).
As part of her Autumn Jubilee Carole has published a great tutorial on her blog page showing us how to make table mats that fit the Season perfectly.
Rebecca has taken on the challenge of completing half-finished, hand pieced Double Wedding Ring blocks for a client. She explains clearly how she is constructing two bed runners rather than one large quilt from the blocks that are all ‘slightly unique’! Hum! It looks like quite a puzzle… I am in awe of Rebecca’s ability to figure out what needs to be done to create a precious heirloom out of a collection of partially finished blocks.
Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers and Jennifer for Wednesday Wait Loss. Both blog link ups feature inspiring project ideas and are great examples of the friendliness to be found in the Worldwide Quilting community 🙂
First the whoops! I only discovered this morning that yesterday I accidentally published a draft of the next Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post. What can I say? Me and technology! Sorry if you received an email notification of the post and then wondered what on earth was going on.
Ho! Hum! Back to the sewing machine. A few weeks ago I designed a quilt and decided to delve into my stash of fabrics, first to make a test block and then to make a little quilt of sixteen 9″ blocks. On Monday I really got down to it – stitching all the blocks together and considering what to do about borders. I tried a few combos from the stash but none was quite right so I walked over to HobbyCraft and found a blue that would ‘do’.
To recap: The blocks are made using the strip tube method shown by Bonnie Hunter in this tutorial.
I’ve found the tutorial easy to follow. My only sticking point coming when deciding which of the seams to unpick in each of the tube segments. I have now found a sure fire way of opening the tube segments so the fabric squares form the desired diagonal pattern.
All of my scrappy strip sets have a dark pink strip at the top and a gold strip at the bottom. These two are sewn together to form the tube. My intention is for the dark pink squares to run across the centre diagonal of all of the Trip Around the World blocks.
Segment 1: I always unpick the seam between the dark pink and the gold squares.
I then look to the bottom two squares of this open strip and note the fabrics – in this case the beige and the gold squares.
I then take the second tube segment and unpick the seam between the beige and the gold squares.
I lay the open second segment next to the first, look at the bottom two squares of the second segment (the blue and beige squares). I then know to unpick the seam between the blue and the beige squares of the third tube segment.
And so I continue, always looking at the bottom two squares of the most recently opened tube segment to let me know which seam I need to open in the next tube segment.
Works a treat for me! No more time wasted trying to figure out how to proceed 😀
Hope this might be of help to you. Of course, you may fix on another visual clue to aid you in sequencing the strips of a tube block like this. Do share if you found this method helpful or if you use a different way to figure out this little puzzle.