Sunday, 29 November 2020

Kindred Spirits QAL - Weeks 10 & 11


As you know, I love a little bit of EPP, so with the latest block for the Kindred Spirits QAL I have been in my element!  Slightly different from the regular hexagon which I love so much, Judith's Unity Tile block makes use of elongated hexagons, squares and pentagons. 

I love how it turned out!

As the quilt progresses, I'm trying to keep an eye on colour balance across the various blocks.  Harder than it sounds, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that when I assemble it all I won't have over concentrated any one colour in any particular area.

Judith asked if I'd like to come up with another way to make use of the QAL templates to share as inspiration for the other Kindred Spirits.  Hard to resist an EPP challenge and a request from my lovely friend.  

After swishing templates around my dining table in and out of various configurations, I decided I liked this layout and that it would make a fabulous quilt label for the finish of my Kindred Spirits quilt.  

I used 8 of the Unity Tile template A plus a 2" square for the centre (not in the original templates).  The centre square is the perfect place to record your quilt details. You'll notice how optimistic I have been that next year will be the year this quilt gets completely finished!  Once I had stitched it all together with my little whip stitches, I gave it a good press to tuck in the corner folds of the shapes and lightly sprayed with starch before pressing again.  The starching will keep it nice and crisp and flat until the time comes to actually appliqué it to the back of my quilt.

Quilt label and tree decoration (front view)

As you can see, I couldn't resist also having a little play at making a Christmas decoration from the EPP templates.  I used 8 of the Unity Tile template A plus 2 of template B to create a front and a back piece for the decoration.  The centre square (template B) was crying out for a Christmas fussy cut so I used some Lori Holt snowmen to oblige.  Once the front and back were stitched, I layered them with a piece of wadding in-between cut just slightly smaller than the overall shape and stitched them wrong sides together with an invisible appliqué stitch, including a little ribbon hanging tag at the top.  I finished mine with some perle blanket stitching on the edge and a little running stitch to outline the centres, but you could get very creative with other festive additions if you wanted.

Quilt label and tree decoration (reverse view)

What I loved about both of these mini makes is that they are a great way to use up scrappy leftovers, and in the case of the quilt label to incorporate an element of the quilt design into your label too.  I always think that's a nice thing to do if you can.  

We've officially crossed the halfway line with the Kindred Spirits QAL - woohoo!  There are lots more lovely blocks to come - and a gazillion flying geese :-o

Friday, 13 November 2020

Kindred Spirits QAL - Week 9


More HSTs for this week's Kindred Spirits QAL!  A different formation results in completely different blocks - aren't HSTs so versatile?  There are two Kinship Mosaic blocks making up this week's addition to the quilt.

The colours are much softer in reality, November light isn't great at my house. 

Joined to last week's solidarity star block they make up another good chunk of the quilt.  It's nice to see it come together in sections like this. Makes me feel like progress is being made.

Really looking forward to next week's block - it's all about EPP!

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Kindred Spirits QAL - Weeks 7 & 8


Kindred Spirits QAL is all about Foundation Paper Piecing last week and this.  It's a biggie at 18.5", but isn't it striking?  

FPP allows for amazing precision with points which makes it the perfect technique for complex stars.  There are many beautiful Solidarity Stars showing up in the QAL Facebook Group - so many gorgeous blocks and lots of interpretations resulting from varied colour placement. This is the part of sewing along together that I enjoy - seeing everyone's quilts come together and look so different and still all so fabulous!

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Kindred Spirits - Week 6


So, my final catch up block was the mighty Dresden.  It's huge! But it's beautiful, don't you think?

This photo doesn't do my fabric colours justice.  Much prettier IRL.

Then the Dresden was joined with a little sashing strip to the Week 5 Garden Baskets block and another little section of the quilt top comes together!

Encouraged by my catching up and by the small sections that are building, I wanted to see the 'story so far', so I laid my Kindred Spirits QAL blocks out on the kitchen tiles.  Coming along nicely, I'd say.

Kindred Spirits QAL - Week 5


Still catching up on the Kindred Spirits QAL blocks that I was MIA for, it was time to watch Judith's video instruction for Y Seams in the Garden Baskets block.  She makes it all look so very easy! And well, all in all, I think it went pretty smoothly.  Only one reach for the stitch ripper.  I'd say that's not bad!

I've never chosen to make basket blocks myself before. Perhaps they're a tad too traditional for me. But, in a skill building sampler Judith knew exactly what she was doing when she chose this block to encourage practice of Y seams.  I might lose a point or two on the bottom 'feet' of my basket, but I'm not too worried, just thrilled the Y seams came together.

Kindred Spirits QAL - Week 4

With all of our moving out/moving back in and fixing the house back to semi normality I have managed to fall three sets of blocks behind on the Kindred Spirits QAL.  So, mindful of the imminent release of the fourth set I've haven't stitched, I set to work yesterday to try and catch up.

My first set to catch up were the Friendship Stars.  Two little HST blocks joined together.

And then joined to the first week's Friendship reel block to complete a small section of the top right hand corner of the quilt.  I like this build as you go method.  It helps to feel like you're making progress.

As always, Judith provided fab video instruction for cutting, piecing and trimming HSTs to make these blocks.  Such a pleasure to be taught so very thoroughly!

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Emelie aime la pluie embroidery


We've finally embarked on the fixing and redecorating of our house. Well, we've done all the preparation and now the painters are in, with carpet fitters due at the end of the week (I very much hope).  While I'm in the lull between prep and putting back together, I'm putting my feet up with a little 15cm embroidery.  After all, I'm going to have lots of lovely freshly painted walls to hang things on, aren't I?

This little printed fabric kit is 'Emelie aime la pluie' (Emelie loves the rain) by Un Chat Dans L'aiguille.  It's sooooo cute and as with anything else I've ever stitched by Christel, such a pleasure to do.  Enjoying it immensely.  What are my chances of finishing it before Monday?  Sometimes I think 'totally possible', other times 'not a chance'.  It won't matter really though because it will be worth waiting for!

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