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!
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
Isle of Skye
Textile cuffs by Emma Siedle-Collins
Best 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
Fat quarter in a light colour
Inner Frame & Binding:
22” x 10” (or half a fat quarter)
Threads for piecing and quilting
22” x 22”
17” x 12”
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
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
** We do have these items in the group but it would help if you bought your own to save time waiting for your turn.
Sorted charm squares, matched, ruled & sewn. tricky layout, many hands make light work.
Watch this space!!
Some recent offerings …..
Our next meeting is this coming Monday (7th July). The plan is to set to and make the top of the raffle quilt for our exhibition next month. So please could you bring with you fabric scrap 5” squares. If you have quite a few charm square packs that you have never got around to using perhaps you could bring those too. The idea is to mix and match all colours, dark and light fabrics.
Apart from the fabric could you also bring along:
– Sewing machine (with ¼” foot if you have one)
– Neutral colour thread
Hope to see you all!