Friday, 15 May 2015

Jelly Roll Quilt - Finished!

I got my jelly roll quilt finished.
its gone from this....

to this.........

It took a while, but I made all the petals and leaves separately and sewed them down whilst the quilt was still on the frame.
I stitched the Suffolk puffs down by hand.

 I'm pretty pleased with my quilting here.  It was a challenge to get the feathers to snake around the center section and get them to fit into the space. I've not done that before. I had to roll the quilt back and forth - a lot.

I will be entering this into my local show later in the year.  I always wanted to make a blue and white quilt and now I have.
I've been very busy working on a charity quilt recently.  Here's a wee sneaky peek to finish this post.
More next time......
Until then, happy sewing.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Jelly Roll Quilt

Hello quilty friends

I've been keeping myself busy working on a couple of new quilts.
This is the second time I've used a jelly roll and I decided to use a little design I doodled a while back.   First time I used a Bonnie Hunter pattern.

The intention was to use lots of half square triangles - 2 1/2" sounded good to me.

I didn't want to make this too big so it could be a lap quilt or a wall hanging.
Then my favourite part - the quilting.....  

For the first time ever I actually marked the spines by measuring and using a curved ruler so the feathers are quite uniform.   All my work is freehand and I don't have a stitch regulator on my machine.  I would love to be able to do ruler work and that is high up my to-do list.
I used one layer of Warm and Bright wadding.

 Some swirly fill for this bit....

 Freehand feathers in the corner.......

 This part was quite a challenge.  I wanted the feathers to fit into the space......

 Pretty pleased with how they are looking.

 Same again for these feathers, I wanted them to trail around, fitting the space.

 You can see from this photo how I have advanced the frame to work the center section.  I will roll back and finish the sides.  Not sure if this is how you are supposed to do it, but its working for me. I've never had a long arm lesson in my life so everything I do is by trial and error.
 A nice sunny photo..

 Here is the center part finished, still have to get rid of the blue lines.

Some McTavishing is my background fill for this bit and it will have appliqued 3D flowers when done.
At this point my machine decided not to play nicely.  It started skipping stitches when sewing upwards towards the left.  I ran through my checklist several times, new needle, cleaned, oiled, tension check.  I managed to get it working again for all of 5 minutes so I got hubby to take the machine off the frame so I could have a closer look.
Still in free motion mode I did a test sample and it sewed perfectly.  Just cannot figure that out.
Anyway, the machine will be going back on the frame and I hope to get this finished.  It is 3/4 of the way done.  Its been very frustrating.
Here is the sample I stitched:

Wish me luck and I hope to have a finished quilt to show next time.
Happy sewing

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Melons Quilt

Hello there
its been a while since I blogged but I always like to have a finished quilt to show.
this is my latest one. It was a happy mistake.  I actually wanted to make an orange peel quilt but couldn't find the tool.
Instead I bought an uneven nine patch ruler, thinking it would do.  When it arrived, it was far too big for an orange peel block.  Never mind, thought I'd play with my new ruler anyway!

 I used a charm roll called Love Glows from Crafts and Quilts.  Isn't it lovely fabric ?

These blocks measure 10.5".  Once they are made, I used the ruler to cut these shapes.

 Using the nine patch ruler again, I cut melons in cream to join the blocks together.
Then it was onto the frame for quilting.

 I used one layer of Soft and Bright and machine quilting thread from Empress Mills.

 So far, so good.......

 The only marking for quilting I did for the melons was a dot in the middle.  Its all freehand.

 This is my machine, a Janome 1600P.  I don't have a stitch regulator.  If you are wondering what the silver lever is by the handle, its a modification my husband did for me.  I really didn't like the gizmo that came with the set up, a start/ stop button and a dial for setting speed so now I have this.  My husband's a gem!

 Just off the frame .....

Finished and bound!

 I'm busy working away on a new quilt so will have more to show soon.
Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting today.
happy quilting
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