Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Delilah by Jen Kingwell

Delilah is the name of Jen Kingwell's TOM for 2017. Some of you are probably still wondering what a TOM is.

You all know what a BOM stands for : a Block of the Month.

A TOM is very similar. It is a kind of BOM where templates are provided. That's why it is called a TOM : Templates of the month.

The first month I received 4 templates with all the information on how to use them both for hand and machine piecing. I prefer handpiecing.



With these templates I had two blocks to make. It is a great stash buster and I decided right from the beginning not to buy any fabric for this project but to choose fabric from my stash only!
Here are my first two blocks.



The second month I received 6 templates.
Here are the two blocks I had to make.


Jen Kingwell's TOM started only in March. I have now received month 3. The enveloppe contained 4 templates. Now I have to delve into my stash for the next two blocks.



It is not a mystery quilt and if you google "Delilah by Jen Kingwell" you will find a photo of the quilt. Most versions are very modern and I like them A LOT!!!! But as I mainly have repro fabrics in my stash I am making a different version. That's part of the fun and it busts my creativity as far as choosing fabric is concerned.

Here is a photo of my first 4 blocks together.




 No you all know a what a TOM is, don't you? I will post progress from time to time.

French readers, if you would like to join in the fun, contact Anne Carol Lemaire at L'Atelier du Patchwork. This is where I got my subscription ;-)

Last weekend, I went to Brouage, on the French Atlantic coast, to visit the famous quilt exhibition "Quilts de Légende". Breathtaking is the only word that comes immediately to my mind when thinking of this fabulous exhibit of reproduction quilts. I took 254 photos!!! So give me some time to choose the best ones and I will write a post.
When you'll see that post online, better grab a cuppa as you will be glued to your screen admiring these beauties!

Until later,


Monday, April 24, 2017

Down the Rabbit Hole

What a strange title, you might think!

It is the name of Sarah Fielke's 2017 BOM.



Sarah Fielke wrote a book called Old Quilts, New Life, where she created 2 modern interpretations of antique quilts from The American Folk Art Museun, New York.

I have decided to work the other way around, that is to work on a contemporary design with reproduction fabrics and just a few modern ones here and there. The finished quilt will tell whether it was a good idea.


 

Choosing the fabrics and the general colour scheme is a very difficult task for me... extremely difficult.

 

Seeing all the different versions on the private Facebook page is both very motivating and intimidating as each time I see a new version, I am even more doubtful about my choices.

 

Now  the center is done, so I have a general idea of where I am going.



Below is the general sketch of the project that you can find on Sarah Fielke's website. You can join anytime throughout the year if you want. One thing that I particularly like about this BOM is that each month I have access to a video lesson about a special technique, a bit like a private class. I am not a novice quilter and I still learn new things and useful tips. Moreover, there are several bonus projects throughout the year like the Huswif that you have seen in my previous post.


As you can see there is still lots of work in the coming months.

 To finish, I must apologize for writing too few articles on the blog. The main reason is that I have been extremely busy at work. I will be back more regularly as soon as possible.

Next time, I will tell you about another project I am working on : a TOM. No idea, what a TOM is? Well, keep on eye on the blog, and you will soon discover what it is with the four first blocks.

Until later,

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The hussif.



I have just finished an hussif which is a kind of portable sewing pouch to keep my needles, pins, scissors and many other things close at hand when sewing. It has a cushion for the pins, can be placed over the arm of the armchair, folds neatly and is attached with a strap and magnetic button. This is the kind of sewing accesorry I love.



 



The pattern is from Sarah Fielke. It is a free bonus for her BOM 2017 subscribers but it is also available from her website.



I made it using L'Atelier Perdu fabrics. I love how it turned out and I am sure that I will use it a lot and will have it with me wherever I go.



Small quilted items like this one are great to make in between longer projects and it is VERY nice to stitch and finish a project in just one day ;-)

Hope you like it as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by and do not hesitate to leave a comment if you feel like it as I love reading them and discovering who reads my blog :-)

Until later,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A mini quilt inspired by a Yoko Saito block.

Last year ended with a Christmas quilt top finished and the new year starts also with a finish.

As you know if you are a regular reader of my blog, last year I attended two classes with Yoko Saito. One class was an appliqué class that I will talk about later this year when I will be working on the project and the other class was a piecing class to make a very beautiful block with curves. These blocks were intended to create a bag called the Airship bag in Yoko Saito's book published last year by Quiltmania.



I do love this bag but I don't like making bags very much. I rather make boxes or other quilted items. That is why I have decided to make a miniquilt with these blocks instead. I have Jo Morton's book "Jo's little favourites" and found inspiration in her mini quilts. Like many people, I have a full time job, I practise sports and have a busy family life so making only large quilts is just impossible. So maybe miniquilts could be the solution. It is a nice way to try some intricate blocks, arrange them with some coordinate fabrics and create a mini heirloom in just a fraction of time.



 



Moreover, as I am a handquilter, I will be able to finish it quickly even if I decide on a very dense quilting pattern.



I chose a wide border for this quilt but will decide on how wide I will let it only when the top is handquilting and I am ready to bind it.



I still plan on doing at least one large quilt every year but will do more mini quilts in between just for the gratification of finishing something.

These days I have a very large quilt in my hoop and the quilting is almost finished. It is a country quilt (Born To Quilt) I made a few years ago as a BOM with many cottages in it. I will show it to you when it is quilted and the binding is on.

Next in line are : Market Memories (L'Atelier Perdu), Holly Jolly Christmas (Jan Patek) and Mountmellick (Di Ford Hall) and now my mini Airship quilt. It's a good thing I LOVE handquilting!!

I wish you all a wonderful new year!
Until later,

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Progress on Holly Jolly Christmas.

I have not much more to share since last post but I am so happy with this quilt design by Jan Patek that I wanted to share my progress with you.


I will add the two borders this afternoon and start hand quilting it.
Don't you love it too?

I wish you a wonderful Sunday.
Until later,

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The holiday season


 

It will be Thanksgiving tomorrow and even though this is not a celebration in France, I always enjoy this time of year and remember to be thankful for the people in my life,  my family and friends who surround me in good and difficult times.

Thanksgiving also marks  the beginning of the holiday season. This year I have decided to work on a small Christmas project to be in the atmosphere of the season. I have chosen a quilt by Jan Patek which is called Holly Jolly Christmas.

A red bird, stars, pine trees and Santa Claus, of course... this little quilt has it all.

 



I am halfway through piecing the top so having it handquilted and bound for Christmas is still manageable.

Yet, if I don't have time to handquilt it before Christmas, I still can use the top as a decorative item and quilt it later for the following Christmas.



It is a fun and lovely quilt to make and I balance my quilting time between handquilting a very large quilt and piecing and appliquéing this smaller project.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all ;-)

Until later,

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A form of meditation

Since the handquilting class, I have handquilted almost everyday. I work full time, I am also busy at home and do a lot of sports but handquilting is a little time for myself every evening. When it's the weekend, then I allow myself some more time for quilting.

It has a least three benefits :

1. A top is magnified and will soon be a quilt and will leave its UFO friends. I could have added that it reduces my UFO stack but that would have only been true if I was not  adding a new top regularly... but if you're a quilter, you know what I'm talking about, right?

2. The more I handquilt the more regular my stitches are. Besides, you get so used to doing it that it is completely effortless... which brings me to the third point.

3. It is a meditative time to reflect about your life. I don't know you but this fast-pace lifestyle that I really enjoy requires that I take some time out for myself and handquilting gives me this opportunity. When I start a big quilt like the one I am currently handquilting, I feel like it will take forever. But if you quilt it a little bit everyday, break your final goal into smaller ones like finishing quilting  a block or a row, without you realizing it you get to the end in "almost" no time. Well, it does take a little time but it is pure bliss. You may even wish you don't finish it so quickly... if you had not that UFO stack waiting, of course ;-)

When I handquilt, I treat myself with an expresso or some tea, depending of the time of the day. I may have some dark chocolate too. I gather my thimbles and create my little handquilting corner. I turn the radio on or put some music, classical, pop, rock depending on my mood and I quilt on.



Every hour, sometime less, I take a little break. If I quilt more than two hours, I take a long break (30 minutes or more) before resuming quilting.

I have said it many times in this blog, but I think that a top really comes alive when it is quilted. And choosing how to quilt it is part of the fun.



Have a wonderful weekend,

Until later,