Monday, January 27, 2014

Handquilting : fifth block

And the quilting goes on....

This block is more graphic and I had to play with the design of the block and the textured fabrics.

I like the way it has turned out.

I quilted straight lines   but in the opposite direction from the previous block which is just above in the quilt top.

I played a bit with the lines direction in the sahsings in the middle of the block.

 Here is an overall view of the quilted blocks.

I have been asked about my quilting tools.
I quilt using a Hinterberg floor hoop. My hoop is 22 inches which is perfect for large quilts.
I use either a Roxane thimble or a Ted Storm thumb thimble on my right hand. The Ted Storm thimble is used only when quilting away from me. I do quilt in all directions but am more at ease when quilting from right to left. Underneath the quilt, on my left hand I have a porcelain thimble which is a needle glider. This one is designed by Yoko Saito. The two rubber thimbles are very useful. The one I put on my right forefinger helps me pull the needle. The one put on my left forefinger keeps the porcelain thimble from sliding. Moreover, one size fits all thanks to the rubber thimble, which is great too!!!

I told you about the extra texture given to the block by the quilting... here is a photo that proves it.

Thank you  for following my handquilting journey for this top. I am happy to share my progress and if you want to use any ideas, please do.

January will finally end soon! I don't know why but each year, it is the same! January seems to never end ... and this is a period when I long for spring time, blooms and warmer days. The only benefit when it's cold and raining is that I have nothing else to do but quilt ;-)

Until later,

Monday, January 20, 2014

Handquilting : fourth block.

I think that the more I quilt this top the more I love it.  It is a real pleasure not only to handquilt it but to plan the quilting. I know excatly now what I will do in each block and aslo in the sashing and the borders.

The quilting makes this quilt very special, I think.

I like the wavy lines as if the wind was blowing making the flowers bend on one side.

I try to strike the right balance between wavy lines and straight lines both in the block and between the blocks to have some kind of harmony.

Do you like it so far ?

I do not think I will finish the quilt for my daughter's birthday in February as planned... but she told me this weekend that she doesn't mind and really prefers me to finish it well rather than rush. I will not delay though and will keep quilting it on a daily basis.

Until later,

Monday, January 13, 2014

Machine piecing.

This morning, I wanted to try something different from what I ususally do : machine piecing. Just to see if I liked it and whether I could achieve a nice star block with my sewing machine.

I have followed Edyta Sitar's instructions from the book Scrappy Firework Quilts and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Have I  enjoyed the process? Well, I don't know yet because it was my first attempt so it wasn't as fun as handpiecing but I am sure that with practise it could be fun.

I'd better stop talking and show you the block.

Any ideas on what to do with this block ? How about making three more identical blocks and making a small wall quilt ? It's an 11-inch block.

Until later,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Handquilting : third block

I  have dared to be a little bit more creative on this block.

I made wavy lines for the cat.

Then, concentric circles for the water jug and floating stems for the background.

For the milk jug, I used straight lines with the same space measurement to get the right balance with the previous blocks.

I do know now,  what I will do in all the other blocks to achieve something I like. Making the top is often seen as the most creative part in a quilt but I think that quilting can also be creative.

Have a great Sunday,

Until later,

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunburst One-Block Quilt

How about some traditional modernity to start the new year ?

Do you remember this block I made in class with Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession when she came at Pour L'Amour Du Fil quiltshow in Nantes ?

It was for me the opportunity to try get out of my comfort zone and also to finally test long-stitch handquilting with perle cotton.... The stitches are  not that big though!!! Believe it or not, it is difficult for me to make big stitches!

Here is the result :

I made a big mistake on the label and wrote January 2013. I guess I am not used  at writing 2014 yet... it will stay like that as I realized it too late!

Here is the quilt on the wall.

Until later,