January 8, 2016

Scrap Quilt Challenge - Classy quilts: The Art of Art Quilts face book group

I have signed up for a Scrap Quilt Challenge in my Classy quilts:  The Art of Art Quilts face book group.  The Challenge is about pushing your comfort zone and creating something out of the scraps of fabrics.

Whilst this concept is not new and there are lots of world renowned quilt artist like Noriko Endo who makes beautiful confetti quilts.  She calls her quilts Confetti Naturescapes.  They are simply amazing.  I would love to do a workshop with her someday.

Now back to my Scrap Quilt Challenge at hand.  This is the pile of scraps I have.  At first I looked at them and I went, what do I do with this!

On persevering I have now sorted my scraps colourwise:

I have now selected the quilt design which I hope to achieve.  I have taken a non-fusable interfacing and cut is to a size of 35x20 inches and drawn the outline of my design to give me an idea of where to start building my colour scraps in.

Started by working the sky pieces first.  The furthest part of the scenery go in first.

Feeling much happier once I added the greenery, there may be possibilities.

September 18, 2015

Part 3 - Meadow Flower Block coming together

Please click on the link to see the design process:  Part 2- Camellia Quilt

I have now made 7 blocks of the flower meadow block:

The completed block looks like this.

July 26, 2015

Part 3 - Quilting and finishing your quilt

Part 2 - Joining Blocks - Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting

So now you are ready to finish your quilt top, that's great news.  You should give yourselves a big pat on the back.  In part 2 I showed you how to add a border and prepare your quilt for quilting.  This is how the quilt top would look like once you have pinned it ready for quilting.

Step 1:  Planning - Before you sit down to quilt you need to have a plan on what you want design you want to quilt and the method you want to use for quilting.  The three methods I know are hand quilting, free motion quilting and quilting whilst using the walking foot.  I won't be able to go into great detail for each method, for that I will ask you to do your own research on the net.

Step 2:  Drawing your design on paper - As shown below draw your quilt top on a piece of paper and decide what you want to do.  I am choosing a maze design on each of the blocks we have made, however in the middle where the butterfly is I will be using the free motion quilting method and then I will finish off with straight lines on the border.

Step 3:  Draw your design on your quilt block - as shown below

Step 4:  Attach your walking foot to your machine and get ready to start quilting.

I will first start by stitching in the ditch.  That is securing my quilt by stitching along the seam lines. When doing this make sure that you continue to flatten your quilt piece and ensuring the backing fabric is absolutely flat too.

Tip:  Please note that you don't have to quilt in one go, you can stop and start.  However, if you do decide to stop make sure that you neatly finish off the thread as shown below.

Step 5:  This is how your quilt will look once quilted.  Once you have completed quilting cut off the excess fabric and neaten the edges.  Make sure you have secured all your loose thread ends and your quilt is ready for binding and labeling.

Step 6:  Binding your quilt

For binding your quilt please have a look at this amazing you tube video to learn how to bind your quilt.

Step 6:  Labeling your quilt

Once you have finished binding your quilt you may want to label your quilt.  After all you have put considerable effort in making it.  I have included a link on how to make your quilt label.

and there you go you have successfully made your own sampler quilt.

Course completed

Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.

July 5, 2015

Part 2 - Pink Camellia Quilt

Please click on the link to see how it all began:  Part 1 - Camellia Quilt

Ok, I have finally settled on the Meadow Flower block design.  I must admit that I repeatedly get drawn to simple designs, but no harm in auditioning a number of block designs till you settle on the right one for your project.

I will need 30 Octagons.  Depending on how much fabric I have I will fussy cut 20 of them and the remaining 10 I will have to see what needs to be done.

Started sewing the octagons together.  A bit tricky but managed to sew the square template in between.

See Part 3:  for the progress of the Meadow Flower block

July 4, 2015

Part 2 - Joining Blocks - Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting

Part 1-Joining Blocks

You would have by now joined up your blocks made from your Building Blocks tutorials.  The next step in this process is to add borders to your quilt top to finish it off.  For the Amethyst quilt I have chosen a plain border which is about 2 inches wide.

Step 1:

Cut your fabric in strips of 2 inches, sufficient enough to go all around your quilt top edges.  You can do this by calculating the length and the width of your quilt top this way you ensure that while you are sewing you don't get a distorted quilt top.

Step 2:

Pin your border strips to one of the edges of your quilt tops and start to sew.  You will notice that the first strip I have sewn is edge to edge.  Once sewn cut off any excess fabric as shown in picture 3.

Step 3:

Continue sewing around all your quilt top edges until you sewn your border around all your quilt top.

Step 4:

Flatten the border seams for a neat finish, then measure your quilt top to ensure that the quilt width and length are even from top to bottom.

Step 5:

Now getting your quilt top ready for quilting.  You will need fabric for backing and wadding of your choice.  Since this is a sampler quilt I am going to use a polyester wadding, however if you were making a bed quilt I strongly recommend a natural fibre wadding (such as wool or cotton) as it would be fire resistant.

Note: for your backing fabric you can use one piece of fabric or use your left over fabrics to create a lovely backing for your quilts.  That decision I will leave up to you.  I am using a plain grey fabric with a grey star print fabric for my backing to make my sampler quilt interesting.

Step 6:

Note:  When cutting your backing fabric and wadding make sure you cut them a little bit bigger than your quilt top to allow for movement when quilting.

Lay out your backing fabric, then your wadding and then smooth your quilt top over these layers of backing and wadding.

Step 7:

With your quilting pins/or large safety pins start pining your quilt layers together right throughout the quilt.

Step 8:

One you have pinned your quilt its ready to be quilted.

Now last lesson quilting and finishing your quilt - see Part 3

Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.

June 20, 2015

Part 1 - Joining Blocks March 2015 - Preparing Your Quilt Top

Congratulations to all the Building Blocks 1 course participants.  You have made your first sampler quilt.  

There will be three parts to finishing your quilt:

  • Part 1 - Preparing your quilt top;
  • Part 2 - Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting; and
  • Part 3 - Quilting and finishing your quilt. 

Part 1 - Preparing your quilt top

In preparation to joining your blocks you will have to first make sure that all your blocks are even sized.  If you will see the picture below you will notice that my bottom block is a little bigger than my top block.  If that is the case with yours, please trim those extra bits off but make sure that you are not cutting too much into the block.

After adjusting all your blocks this is what they should look like, all evenly sized.

Once all the blocks are adjusted layout your blocks according to your layout as shown in the image below.

Start sewing the bottom row first, then the middle row, then the topmost row.

Please remember my mantra, flatten your seams with an iron.  That gives a neater finish.

Now you will have blocks stitched in three rows.  So again join the bottom row to the middle row by stitching it together.  Once done flatten the seams with an iron.  Then stitch the remaining top row to the joined bottom rows and again flatten the seams with an iron.

Once you have joined the rows together you have your quilt top ready.

Now to add a border to your quilt top - See Part 2

Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.

June 6, 2015

Quilted Tray Cover - Bird in an Attic Window

Finished Quilted Tray Cover

Close up of the FMQ done on the tray cover

I used the Attic Window Block to make the centre of my tray cover.  See the instructions to construct the Attic Window Block here.

Making the template for the round tray. By the way I bought this tray from IKEA isn't it beautiful.  To protect the wood I made the tray cover shown in the first photo.