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.
Blocks, Circles & Half Circles
1. 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.”
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).
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.
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
– 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!
Jenny has emailed the patterns for days two and three of the 12 Days of Christmas quilt (two calling birds and three French hens) and will be presenting the blocks at tomorrow’s meeting. See you there!
Appliqué design by Jennifer Lewis
Our first November meeting is today (so stop surfing the web and get your quilting stuff sorted out!) and the next the 19th. At Aros, from 10a.m. Today’s project by Jenny introduces us to the possibilities of folding small rectangles of contrasting fabrics into right-angled triangles and applying them to a foundation fabric in rounds.
Don’t forget that with winter approaching we’ll now have meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month. Today’s project is one by Jennifer, a lovely warm quilted jacket!
Quilted jacket project by Jennifer Lewis
WIP: Cushion by Jennifer Lewis
Cushion by Jacquie Harvey
Jenny says: “I have just returned from the Quilters Guild’s (Region 16) Stirling Residential weekend. This is the first time I have attended the weekend; it was great. I met some old friends and some new ones. I elected to attend Jacquie Harvey’s hand quilting class. If you recall, we saw some of Jacquie’s miniature hand-quilts when she came to visit us in 2009. If you haven’t seen any of Jacquie’s work, do go to her website and take a look (www.jacquieharvey.co.uk). Her work is exquisite!
Our challenge for the weekend was to work on a cushion cover using appliqué and hand quilting. The photos show a cushion of Jacquie’s and my work in progress. Jacquie suffers from arthritis and so has adapted a lot of her quilting to make it easier for herself. She often uses a backstitch to quilt (there are examples in history). If you ever get a chance to join one of her classes I would recommend it without hesitation. Apart from learning a lot you will have a lot of fun.
On the Saturday evening Anja Townrow gave a talk walking us through her journey as a renowned quilter. During the talk she showed us at least 30 of her quilts. Spectacular! A complete contrast to Jacquie’s work – Anya works mostly on her sewing machine. Do look at Anya’s website to see her wonderful quilts (www.anjatownrow.com).
The weekend is held every two years in Stirling. I will definitely be there in 2013. Definitely to be recommended.
Do take a look at the website Jennifer’s created for her quilt studio and fabric sales — Skye Quilt Studio at www.skyequiltstudio.co.uk.
Hope to see everyone at Aros on Monday 6th June. Remember, it’s an all-day meeting, so lots of time for sewing and chatting.