Sunday, 12 February 2017

Indigo Instastitch

This has been such a fun quilt to make over the last 12 months.
It is Sue Spargo's Instastitch.
Each month she has released a block with the last block coming through last week.

I have made mine from my collection of old recycled indigo fabrics
collected on my trips to Japan over the years.

It has been such a good project for those fabrics.
As you can see I have added in some tan fabrics which also came from 
Japan on my last trip. Most of these have been dyed with persimmon juice.

Then on Waitangi Day attended an indigo dyeing workshop where we dyed our 
fabrics in the traditional old way with a natural dye vat.

This was such a great experience. 
Now I have a collection of indigo dyed fabric to use in a project.

I might even have to invest is a vat of my own so I can keep dyeing the 
fabrics as I would really like to have a collection of some really dark indigo too.
To get the really really dark blue they need to go into the dye vat so many more times.

Back soon.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Next Taupe Block Done

This is number four of my new project in Japanese Taupes.

It is actually quite fun doing two blocks the same and making sure they are 
different colours and different embellishing stitches.

This is the two blocks side by side.

Back soon with my old Indigo Instastitch as Sue has now released Block 12 
and the quilt layout, so my quilt is all in one piece.

I just need to get a photo and work is the best place to do that.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Taupe Applique Project

This week saw number three block of my new taupe project get completed.
The combination of applique and a little simple stitchery is so much fun to do.

I used a combination of two gold strands and one cream strand 
of Cosmo Embroidery Thread for the French Knots around this flower.
The gold alone seemed to disappear and the cream alone
just popped right out at you. I think the combo has worked.

Simple Lazy Daisy stitches enhance the centre of this simple flower.
I Chain Stitched with just one strand for these two leaves.

A couple of pistils add a tiny touch of interest to the blue flowers
with Fly Stitch in one strand up these leaves.

I have been drawing on my lines for the embroidery with a Sewline Duo Marker.
One pen puts on a fine grey/brown line and the other (hence Duo) takes
it away when you are done. They work every time for me with nothing
to show at the end.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1800s Surprise Block of the Month

I have managed a little bit of time in my sewing room, 
between rests while recovering from a nasty bout of the 'flu.

Over December and January Cindy and I made 100 blocks between us.
We used a pre-selected bundle of fabrics but otherwise didn't share 
and compare notes often.

And when we laid out the blocks altogether were were stunned at how 
good they all looked - no modesty here !!!!!!!!

Sashings and cornerstones were chosen last week and 
now the quilt goes together.

Back soon with more of the quilt.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Version 2 Block of New Project

This is the next block of my new Taupe Project.
I will be making two of each design so I am trying to make them 
as different as possible.

This is the new one with last week's one below.

I fussy cut the blue for this flower giving it dark tips.
It also works well with a dark centre.

A light pink flower enhanced with stitching.

Fussy cut gold berries.

Fussy cut green leaves - the fabric had the spots in so I fussy cut 
them to go up the centre of the leaf. Only every second spot (the ones
that looks larger) is on the fabric. 

I then added a French Knot to them and an extra one in between fabric spot.

I am loving doing this applique on taupe again, so back with a new block soon. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

New Year New Project!!!

I am so excited to be back working in my favourite fabric range 

- the Japanese woven Taupes. And starting a new applique project.

I have loved my English Paper Piecing phase and it does still continue 
alongside the new project, as my Mrs Holder Stretched Hexie quilt is 
not yet finished but I am up to squaring off the corners - so definitely on 
the home-straight with that one.

Here is the first new block made - applique with a small touch of stitchery.
I do find it hard these days not to embellish applique with just a little stitching!

French Knots around the flower centre.

Veins on leaves with backstitch, fly stitch or chain stitch.


Just in case you were wondering what had happened to the two projects in 
last week's post. Have they been relegated to the back burners?

Well no.

The pieced one is finished and ready for Helen to machine quilt.
And the other one is ready to be machine pieced together.

I do like to have several projects on the go at the same time - in case 
you hadn't noticed!!!

I like a machine project for my mornings before heading off into work and
hand work for the evenings. I find that I cannot English Paper Piece
all evening - it is seriously not good for my hands.
So having an applique project or even a hand quilting project on the go
at the same time works well.

After all my hands and eyes have to come with until I am 100 year old!!!
So they are seriously worth looking after.

Back soon with block two and maybe Instastitch number eleven all 
embellished - it is pieced already.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Holiday Project

This is a project that I started piecing before the end of 2016 and during 
the holidays  I was planning to get it all put together.

Well that didn't happen.Not to worry.
So here is what is done so far.

Thirty-two blocks made before the end of last year.

These little units made this year

and these - but I do need lots more of these.

Then it can all go together as planned.
This will be a new Block of the Month for you to make too.

The fabric range is called " Gratitude" designed by Jo Morton for Moda. 

It was this border fabric that got me inspired to make this particular project.
We will be offering it in two colourways to go with the two borders.
And it will be a limited number as this fabric was scarce!

Back soon with the other new project that has taken over my sewing time, 
but this is the last block for me to stitch.