Monthly Archives: January 2015

What You Need for Monday’s Strip & Curved Piecing Project

Circles Quilt by Jennifer Lewis of Skye Quilt Studio

Wall hanging by Jennifer Lewis. 36×24″

At Monday’s meeting we are doing strip piecing plus curved piecing, inspired by Jenny’s circles wall hanging (see photo to the right). You could just make up a few blocks and make a cushion cover, table runner or thinner wall hanging.

Fabric requirements:
Blocks, Circles & Half Circles
Fabric Options1. A selection of up to 15 – 20 fabrics;
a. that start with one colour and move through to another colour or
b. you could just have a selection of two basic colours or
c. a selection of just one colour – light to dark
For her wall hanging, Jenny used a mustard colour through brown to black.

The strips are cut 1¼“ wide and 20” long. Jennny says: “I cut mine from fat quarters and left over bits so they were a bit longer than this. I used 3 strips from each fabric for the blocks, circles and half circles and 1 strip from each fabric for the border.”
Fabric Options

Background Fabric
2. A background fabric that is used for plain blocks, circles and half circles – depending on how big a quilt you are going to make a fat quarter or half metre will do. The background fabric should be a mix of all the colours in the strips (the long strips alongside the fat quarters in the photo).

Inner Border
3. This is cut 1 ¼” wide to match the strips – so amount will depend on how big a quilt you make. Jenny used less than 1/8 of a metre.

Other Items
4. Wadding
5. Backing
6. Natural coloured piecing thread
7. Quilting thread
8. Tacking thread

Other Items to Bring Along
– Sewing machine (don’t forget the foot pedal and plug) – make sure you have cleaned it and you have new needle
– ¼” foot
– Spray starch
– Pins
– Freezer paper
– Walking foot if you get as far as quilting
– Appliqué foot for your sewing machine to sew the half circles and full circles onto the blocks
– Rotary cutter with a nice sharp blade
– Rotary cutting ruler
– Cutting mat
– Iron and ironing mat
– Your basic sewing kit

Jenny will bring some plastic templates for use on the day and print off a few copies for you to take home with you and make at home if you intend to carry on with the project.

Hope to see you all on Monday!

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Join Emma’s Textile Jewellery Workshop!

Textile earrings by Emma Siedle-Collins

Textile earrings by Emma Siedle-Collins

Textile artist (and Skye Quilter) Emma Siedle-Collins of Heaven’s Ocean Studio is running a Textile Jewellery Workshop at West Highland College Learning Centre in Broadford from 29th January to 5th March, 6pm to 8pm, costing £40.

It’s an opportunity to try something new with an encouraging, creative and inspiring tutor. Several Skye Quilters have been on one of Emma’s workshops, which are always great fun and you learn a lot!

Here’s Emma’s workshop description:

Textile Jewellery – Come along for a stress free few hours and stitch your own collection of textile jewellery using recycled fabric, shiny ribbon and other embellishments. We’ll make a piece of reconstructed fabric large enough for a wrist cuff, a brooch, earrings and a pendant and explore the possibilities of making a flower for our hair or a ring for a finger, time permitting. Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing kit – I will provide materials, but do bring with you any bits and pieces you’ve been saving for that special piece.

To book, contact: Colin MacDonald on 01397 874 530
Learning Centre Manager West Highland College UHI
Broadford College Centre
Pairc nan Craobh
Broadford
Isle of Skye
IV49 9AP

Textile cuffs by Emma Siedle-Collins

Textile cuffs by Emma Siedle-Collins

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What You’ll Need for Our First 2015 Meeting!

Wedges – Art Nouveau Thistle Wall Hanging Skye quilters Jennifer LewisBest wishes for a fabric- and fun-filled 2015 to all Skye quilters and our quilting friends worldwide! We’re starting the year with a workshop on Monday to create an Art Nouveau Thistle Wall Hanging.

Jenny will email instructions, but in the meantime here’s what you’ll need to bring:

Flower Head Petals:

Colour 1 – 1 x strip 2” x 20”

Colour 2 – 1 x strip 2½” x 20”

Colour 3 – 1 x strip 1½” x 20”

Colour 4 – 1 x strip 1½” x 20”

Centre of Flower:

4” square in either a green or a colour to match your choice of flower head

Stem & Leaves:

2 fat quarters in different greens

Background:

Fat quarter in a light colour

Inner Frame & Binding:

22” x 10” (or half a fat quarter)

Threads

Threads for piecing and quilting

Wadding

22” x 22”

Bondaweb

17” x 12”

Backing:

Butter muslin 22” x 22” if you wish to quilt and embellish before adding the backing

Fat quarter for actual backing

Strip of fabric for the sleeve

Other Items to Bring Along

  • Sewing machine (don’t forget the foot pedal and plug) – make sure you have cleaned it and you have new needle

  • ¼” foot

  • Walking foot

  • Rotary cutter with a nice sharp blade

  • Rotary cutting ruler **

  • Cutting mat **

  • 15 degree wedge ruler if you have one – I have some for sale if you find you enjoy making the wedges and wish to buy one

  • Iron and ironing mat **

  • Your basic sewing kit and paper scissors

  • Pencil

** We do have these items in the group but it would help if you bought your own to save time waiting for your turn.

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