Monday, August 18

Star of Inspiration....catch up...

At last the Star of Inspiration is getting quilted...
After a lot of  fussing, unpicking and fudging here and there plus a few choice words...it went from this hexagon....
to this table topper centre piece....if you go back a couple of posts you will see the pattern also has a Dresden plate in the centre of the star, but I've decided to leave it off...
Way too many seams and thickness to quilt through....I quite like the Sun Burst effect it has this way!
 
I've stitched in the ditch in a lot of the log cabin seams to secure it ..and then went on to Sweet Susie to quilt the border.
I had so much trouble with SS's tension, she was not happy. I guess that's payback for neglecting her for so long.
Thread kept breaking ...I was not happy. I did manage to get a row of feathers around the  border, I just need to fill in the four corners now...
I really struggle trying to feather around corners, yes lots more practice is what I need to do.
 
I hope you had a lovely weekend.....a bit stormy here today after a beautiful warm spring like weekend..
Take care......♥
 

Tuesday, August 12

Star of Inspiration...update.

Not a lot to post about...this is all I've done on the star quilt these last few days..
I finished making the log cabin diamonds and then joined them together....
All I can say is that this is not the easiest of designs to piece....the 1/4 inch seams have to be exactly perfect....just one fabric thread off the 1/4 inch seam in each seam, can throw the whole lot off...
I'm having second thoughts about making it a big quilt....I think perhaps a centre table topper....♥
 
 
This is what I take to my local patchwork sewing group work on  ...
 Nice and easy...gives me time to relax, chat and catch up with quilting friends...
 
Enjoy your day....
Until next time.....♥

Friday, August 8

Something New....Star of Inspiration....

Oh my, how time flies, it's been almost two week since my last post..
I was so tired of hand-quilting the Dresdens, I just had to break out and start something new.. .
A dear patchwork friend lent me a book with this design inside......my friend started making it and I must add it's not the easiest of instructions to follow.
To start with, the starting diamond template was the wrong shape, but with a lot of frustration, measuring and unpicking we worked out what was wrong...
These blue fabrics are the left overs from the blue and white DWR quilt......
I also had trouble...just piecing these diamonds.....one has to start on a certain side and with a certain colour to get this effect.....yes a bit of reverse piecing was in hand here too. Took me all day just to get this far..
This is the quilt..... beautiful design. I really wanted to make it from my stash, so there will be no yellow in my quilt......♥
 
I love this picture....being a retired seamstress and just because I love the fashions of that time, I had to share this ....very chic don't you think!...
 
The saying is lovely too....
 
Have a lovely weekend......stay safe....♥

Thursday, July 31

Playing on my EQ7....

I was getting a bit bored and tired of hand-quilting the Dresdens..
So I thought I would have a play on my EQ7 and design the second wedding quilt....
These are the colours for the centre Lone Star......and pick up the colours again in the borders...
... I'm thinking a border of log cabins....ok, but I can't get the star to go in the centre of the quilt on EQ7...the star will be big and the main focus of the quilt.... 
This will be very different for me, but I love the thought of the challenge...
 
Have a great day...I need to finish pruning the roses while it's not raining......

Friday, July 25

Vintage Dresden....trapunto!

At last all the border is now quilted...1/2 inch cross-hatching....I thought I would never get around it all. Then it was onto the setting triangles...
I've never done Trapunto work before, but I was so inspired by Janet of Quiltsalott trapunto work on her  award winning quilts, I thought I would give it a go....
The quilting in the setting triangles just needed something to make them stand out...and I think that something was the trapunto work....
I managed to find a similar yarn as to what Janet used at my local Spotlight craft shop....
 
 I struggled a little pulling the eye of the needle through, but I think the effort was well worth it....

As I quilted each setting triangle I also then added the trapunto yarn....as each one came to life it inspired me to go on to the next one.....
I'm a huge fan of Janet's inspiring blog...
Thank you so much Janet for the beautifully written tutorial on the trapunto work......♥