Wednesday, March 27, 2013

in need of some stitching time...

 After several quilt blocks, I was in need of some stitching time. This project is last year Stitch Me CLub by l'Atelier Perdu .

I started this project a while ago and had left part 2 unfinished when I picked up some quilting.... but that was before my New Year's resolution ;-) One project or part of a project at a time. So it was time to finish this part.

I chose the recommended threads and even gave a try to Natalie's suggestion : stitching it on 40-count linen in tent stitch. This is really tiny but sooooo nice. Not very creative you might say but I trust Natalie entirely and like her color palette very much. Moreover I really love miniature samplers.

Next time I'll work on this project, I'll do part 3 entirely and that means that Campagne Française part 2 and Reiko Kato's block 2 will be finished.

Until later,

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Yoko Saito Block 2

 It is finally finished... It was really  fun to make.

Working with these fabrics and colors is heaven!!!

A tree with leaves, a bird, a cat... spring is definitely on its way...



Now I just have to enjoy looking at this block and get all my fabrics ready for block three !!!


But as you now know, one block at a time... and before starting block 3 I will make the part 2 blocks of  Campagne Française ;-)

But before that, I have something to fix.... and I have just noticed it on the photos while typing this post!!! The door on the house on the left needs some fixing, don't you think ? It will be done tonight.

I hope you like this block as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until later,

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Progress on Yoko Saito's Mystery Quilt

Because I'm still on vacation, I have time to update my blog more regularly and can write a post about a WIP.

I work on my block a little bit in the morning and in the evening as the rest of the day is spent on other tasks.

I like the block so far and must admit that it is really fun to play with these fabrics. Yoko Saito has a talent for choosing the right fabrics and right combination. That is why I chose to work with her kits. It also helps me try to understand her color palette use.

Are you ready for a guessing game ? I made one change from the original in the fabrics... just because for that fabric I wanted something else... can you spot which one I changed ?

I'd better hurry up finishing this block as Campagne Française part 2 is waiting for me ;-)

Once again, thank you very much for your visits and comments...

Until later,

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How I work...

As I told you in my previous post,  I am now working on Yoko Saito's Mystery Quilt Block 2. I thought it would be nice to share with you how I work.

When I began quilting, I went to a beginner's class to learn the basics. Then, I tried different techniques to find what worked best for me.

As you know  I love Yoko Saito's work, and  in many of her books there are photo lessons on "how-to" make the quilts. I have studied these lessons thoroughly and the one-day class with Yoko Saito made everything crystal clear!

So, this is how I do. First, I trace the pattern on thick tracing paper.

Then, using a lightbox, I trace it on my background fabric.

I cut out the pattern directly from the thick tracing paper to get templates.  And using these templates I trace on the back of the fabric for pieces that need to be pieced before being appliquéed. I also trace on the back of the fabric for tree leaves.  For other appliqué pieces, I trace on the front of the fabric.


Let's take for example the first house of block 2.  I first, piece together the three parts composing the unit.

Before appliquéing the unit, I mark the line of the turned-under margin with a clover spatula. There are two kinds of spatulas : one for straight lines (Finger Presser) and one for curved lines (Hera Marker for Applique and Sewing). I use the latter for  tree leaves.

Then,  I stitch down this unit onto the background, stitching only the top and left of the house. The right and bottom will be covered up later. To maintain it in place though I stitch it down with a long running stitch.

   Here are all the tools I use. Notice that needles for piecing are longer than those for appliquéing. But both types are very thin (thickness : 0.4mm) which is thinner than what we usually find. It does make a difference!

Hope you have liked to see how I work ;-)

Until later,

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tavern House by Maggie Bonanomi #1

Tavern House is the new Maggi Bonanomi's wool project. Working with wool is all about texture and colour. What's more, in this project, is that it also includes velvet.

 It is fun, easy to do and OMG!!! the result is just breathtaking!!!  So here are the two first blocks of this beautiful quilt.

So, as you can see I try to stick to my resolution : working on one thing at a time (ie : one block at a time not one quilt at a time.! LOL) Seems to work for me.

Now that these two blocks are completely done, I will work on block 2 of  Yoko Saito's Mystery Quilt (yes, I know, I have done only one block so far....), then on part 2 of Campagne Française and finally on the second block of  Reiko Kato's Mystery Quilt.

That should keep me busy for March and may be a little longer ;-)

Thank you for stopping by. I always love reading your comments. It is great to be able to share my passion with like-minded people all around the world through this blog.

Until later,