Sunday, 14 August 2016

Scattered - a finished quilt

I promised a few months ago that I would start sharing some of the quilt I've been making over the last few months. Obviously that hasn't happened yet - and I have about ten blog posts I'd like to share with you guys. I'm working and teaching patchwork a LOT more this year, and that has a lot to do with why I'm blogging so infrequently - most of the time it's a choice between sewing or blogging and sewing tends to win out every time ;o). Having said that, I do hope to get my shit together and start blogging a bit more regularly - you know, weekly rather than monthly. We will see if that eventuates!!

So today I'm sharing my favorite quilt I've ever made - Scattered. This quilt started as a class sample for a series of improv workshops I've been teaching over the last few months. I started out by just making blocks with no thought as to how they would fit together, and included all the techniques I wanted to teach in the workshops. After I'd made most of the blocks, inspiration hit and I decided to scatter the blocks of colour across the quilt top, creating what I hope is a really interesting quilt design.


I didn't use a ruler at all when I pieced this quilt, something I plan to do again. It is incredibly liberating to cut fabric free hand, and I love the organic lines it creates within the piecing. It also made it hugely fun to quilt. As much as I love the quilting I did on my Aviatrix Medallion, it definitely isn't my favorite way to quilt - it takes so much concentration and time to quilt like that on a domestic machine. I'm very pleased with how Aviatrix  turned out, and I did enjoy it to a point - but the quilting I did on Scattered was far, far more enjoyable.

As with pretty much all of my quilts, I went a bit nuts with the quilting. Improv quilts are just so much fun to free motion quilt! I think most of the fun comes from the fact that there are so many interesting angles in the piecing that can be reflected in the quilting.



Most of the quilting is grids of various sizes and shapes, with a few pockets of spirals, all done with free motion quilting. I don't use rulers (aside for occasionally marking a few reference lines) when I do this kind of quilting - and I think the slightly organic lines work really well with the piecing. A lot of these photos were taking while I was quilting it, rather than when it was finished - but nevertheless they show the texture the quilting has added to this quilt.



 I feel like I totally found my quilty groove making this quilt - and it generated so many ideas for quilts I'd like to make later this year. This quilt is more 'me' than anything else I've made, and I think that's why it was such a joy to make, start to finish.







I hope to be back pretty soon with a few other quilt tops I've made over the last month or two. Don't hold your breath though ;o)

xx Jess





Friday, 22 July 2016

Finish A Long 2016: Quarter Two Winners

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Today is the day we are privileged to announce the winners for the Second Quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be hosts this year have had the spectacular experience to be inspired by all the finishes of the first quarter - an amazing 677!!

If you are low on inspiration or maybe your sewing mojo has been missing lately, we highly recommend you visit some of the finishes from Q2.

Rhonda is going to email all the winners around the time of this posting. Rhonda will need to hear back from the winners by Sunday, July 24 so that she can arrange to get your prize to you, and if she does not hear from you by that date she will pick an alternate. Please email her so you don't miss out on your wonderful prize from our kindhearted sponsors.

Thank you again to our generous sponsors. Without further ado, the winners - each picked by the random number generator - of the Q1 FAL prizes are:

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The winner of the €25 (25 Euro) Gift Certificate from Fluffy Sheep Quilting goes to QuiltGranny who blogs at GRANNYcanQUILT and made this gorgeous beautiful baby quilt:
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The winner of 3 patterns from Clover & Violet is @limeleaf74 on IG who made this french press cosy:
 
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The winner of the Oakshott Fabric £75 Gift Certificate goes to Sophie who blogs at Luna Lovequilts and made this adorable tote bag:

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The winner of 3 patterns from Tartankiwi goes to Jennifer (@crimsonconfection on IG) and also has an etsy shop by the same name and made this amazing cross stitch:

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The winner of the $50 Gift Certificate to The Intrepid Thread is Kirsty (@kqdesign on IG) who also has this great weebly site and made this great quilt:
 
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The winner of the choice of 3 patterns from Happy Quilting is Kat who blogs at Kat's Craft and made this bright and beautiful C&S coin quilt:

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A $25 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts goes to Heather who blogs at Quilting and Beyond who stitched this fold-it bag:

 
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A copy of the full Aurora BOM Pattern from Blossom Heart Quilts goes to bee who blogs at Buzzing Around and finished this great Warhol-inspired mini:

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The $40 gift certificate from Mad about Patchwork goes to Genevieve (@theorlaproject on IG) who made and gifted this beautiful dresden quilt:


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The winner of the signed copy of The Ultmimate Guide to Machine Quilting from Christa Quilts goes to Samantha (@zipperoonihere on IG) finished this beautiful quilt:

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A $50 Gift Certificate from 7 Acres Cleared Fabric Shop goes to Angela (@angela.bacon on IG) who made a gorgeous Disney mini swap but IG won't let me copy the pic - you can find it here. If Angela sends me a copy I will add later.
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A 6-month subscription to Make Modern goes to @asquaredquilter on IG who made this great paper-pieced pillow as a birthday gift for a friend:

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The first winner of 3 patterns from Porch Swing Quilts is Izzy who blogs at Dizzy Quilts and finished this super cute mini with some great quilting:


The second winner of 3 patterns from Porch Swing Quilts is Abigail who blogs at Cut & Alter and made this beautiful mini (love the quote from Romeo & Juliet):

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The $30 gift certificate from Sunny Day Supply goes to Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks and made this cute table runner:

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The winner of a copy of Windy City Bags from Sew Sweetness is Judy who blogs at Sew Some Sunshine and made this super cute quilt:

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The $25 gift certificate to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Christina who blogs at Christina's Handicrafts and made this eye-catching table runner:

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The $50 Gift Certificate from Mariner's Compass Quilt Shop goes to Jantine (@urbanstylejantine on IG) who knit this great shawl by testing a pattern:

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The winner of the Pattern Pack from On the Windy Side goes to Karen (@karenlovesepp on IG) who made this great orange peel quilt:

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The $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Jo who blogs at Create the Point and finished this sweater after almost 2 full years (THIS is what the finish-a-long is ALL ABOUT):

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The winner of 2 pin bowls from Laurel Bee Designs is Pippa (@pippaspatch on IG) who made this gorgeous Siblings Together Quilt:

 
 
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The winner of the $40 gift certificate to Imagine Gnats is Nicole who blogs at Quilting like a Maniac- Relaxing through Quilting and made this Stunner:

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The winner of the $20 gift certificate from Sew Me a Song is Cheryl (@moyersminions on IG) who finished my favorite kinda quilt, a Swoon:

 
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The winner of the $30 gift certificate to Knotted Thread is Ella who blogs at ThrowAWrenchintheWorks and finished this pouch and MANY other things (seriously, Ella is a finishing rock-star):

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The winner of the £40 (40 Pound) Gift Certificate from Simply Solids is Francine who blogs at MochaWildChild and practiced on EQ7 by making these great pouches:

 
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The $25 gift certificate from The Quilt Ranch goes to Vera who blogs at Negligent Style and made this spectacular pillow (you really should go read the story behind the blog title):

 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the sponsors!!
 
Jess x