Monday, 31 October 2016

Paper-pieced hexagon quilt top almost done!

I've finished hand-piecing together the stars and rosettes of my paper-pieced hexagon quilt. All I need to do now is fill in the background with a few more hexies. 

Spring is in full force here in the Western Cape. Our new front garden put on a show thanks to the cool spring weather.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Curio hexagon quilt finished at last

At long last I finished machine-quilting and binding my Curio hexagon quilt made with a jelly roll and some yardage. And just in time to give it to my friend for her birthday yesterday (phew!). She loved it! Here is a link to the Tutorial where I explain in detail how I made the quilt top.
For the quilting I stitched around the inner and out hexagons.
Here is picture of the pieced backing made from the leftovers. So basically the quilt is reversible.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Hexagon paper-pieced quilt assembly


I've started assembling my paper-pieced hexagon quilt this week. It's been going surprisingly quicker than I anticipated. I hope to be done soon!


Here below is the layout of the stars and rosette blocks before assembly. Once I've assembled the blocks, then I will finish off the edges with background and partial blocks.


I've also, at long last, basted my Curio hexagon quilt (which I finished piecing almost 4 years ago...) and I've started machine-quilting the hexagon shapes. Its going to be a gift for one of my dearest friends that I met in high school.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 1: Roman glass
Over the past few weekends I've been working on making an album of all my Kaffe Fassett Fabrics. I'm hoping it will help me to compare the colours and scales of prints for projects (and also its so beautiful and inspirational to page through it!) without having to dig through my stash on the shelf. 

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 2-3: Roman Glass, Mosaic, August Rose, Paperweight

I used a scrapbooking album that I had lying about. I cut 3" squares from each fabric that I have using pinking shears. I stick the fabrics to the white mounting paper using a small piece of double-sided tape, so that I can easily remove the fabric to take it out and put it back again. I put the fabrics in chronological order, based on the catalogue number in the Kaffe Fassett Collective. I've shared my whole collection below. Which prints are your favourites? 

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 4-5: Paperweight, Diagonal Stripe, Lotus Leaf
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 6-7: Zinnia, Kimono, Planets, Beach Balls, Cabbage and Rose, Romany
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 8-9: Cloisonne, Flower Basket, Bead Stripe, Shirt Stripes, Organic Dot
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 10-11: Organic Dot, Dahlia Blooms, Floating Flower, Paper Fans
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 12-13: Paper Fans, Guinea Flower
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 14-15: Guinea Flower, Paisley Jungle, Pinking Flower, Minton, Targets, Bekah
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 16-17: Bekah, Spots
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 18-19: Spots, Aboriginal Dots
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 20-21: Aboriginal Dots, Persimmon, Asha, Lichen, Silhouette Rose
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 22-23: Silhouette Rose, Anemone, Daisy, Stencil Carnation, Dancing Leaves, Heraldic, Winding Floral, Clouds
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 24-25: Clouds, Flower Dot, Star Flowers, Asian Circles, Chevron Stripe
Kaffe Fassett Fabric Album, Page 26-27: Big Blooms, Millefiore, Lake Blossoms

Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 28-29: Lake Blossoms, Russian Rose, Henna, Bubble Flowers, Kirman, Wood Ear
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 30-31: Wood Ear, Persian Vase, Buttons, Forest of Arden, Mirage Stripe, Suzani
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 32-33: Sprays, Plink, Cogs, Rosette, Pencils, Palm Fans
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 34-35: Palm Fans, Line Dance, Ombre, Tile Flowers, Chard, Oriental Trees
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 36-37: Oriental Trees, Frilly, Peking, Belle Epoch, Jupiter
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 38-39: Flame Stripe, Surrey, Ribbon Stripe, Antwerp Flowers, Lotus Stripe, Cascades, Thousand Flowers
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 40-41: Regency Daisy, Ferns, Dream, Strata
Kaffe Fassett Album, Page 42: Button Flowers, Striped Heraldic
I love the more muted, rich and pastel shades in his most recent collection. The new "Strata" print is stunning; imagine a "shirt stripe boxes" quilt with that!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Unfinished Objects (UFOs)

I see that quilting bloggers from time to time report on their list of UFOs. I decided to make a list so that hopefully it will inspire me to get them finished!

1. Knitted Patchwork Blanket (started when I was around 14 years old, circa 1992). This one will take a while longer to finish since I need to first KNIT the blocks before I can finish assembling it (*sigh*). 
Unfinished Knitted Patchwork Blanket

2. Wedding Ring Quilt (started when I was around 16 years old, circa 1994). This one has been in a half finished state for decades... I think the problem lies in that I lost some of the background blocks (*sheepish grin*) and also it looks a bit 80s to me.
Unfinished Wedding Ring Quilt
3. Kaffe Fassett Chintz Quilt (started in 2011). This quilt top is about 20% pieced. I got bored with it because I was following a pattern exactly from a book, not enough creativity involved. Now its in the back of a cupboard somewhere.
Unfinished Chintz Quilt

4. Curio Hexagon Quilt (started in 2012 - update: finished Sep 2016). This quilt top is 100% finished piecing, but the pieced back panel is slightly too small for the top, and I've run out of Curio fabric, so I ran out of steam for finishing this quilt. I need to find a similar tone fabric to finish off the back and the assemble the quilt. It shouldn't be too hard. I just need to get my butt into gear.
Curio Hexagon Quilt Top
Curio Hexagon Quilt pieced back

5. Zig-Zag Quilt (also started in 2012). This one was started shortly before we moved into our first house. Somewhere during the packing up and moving, the blocks got disordered and some even went missing (oops!). So it is unlikely that this one will get finished without significant re-cutting of triangles and re-planning. Oh dear....
Unfinished Zig-Zag Quilt
6. Kaffe Fassett Postcard Quilt (started in late 2014). This quilt top is about 10% finished. At least it is fun to make because all the blocks and prints are different (except for making precise flying geese, not fun!!!). Hopefully won't take forever to finish.
Postcard quilt centre

Original Postcard Quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book Quilt Road

7. Flora Kaleidscope quilt (started by my mom in 2014)
My mom finished piecing this quilt top from Moda Flora FQ bundle, and she even managed to finish safety pinning the quilt sandwich just shortly before she became very ill and passed away in June 2014. I plan to machine quilt it myself; I haven't felt much like working on it because it makes me feel a bit sad.
Flora Kaleidoscope Quilt top


My completely finished quilts are shown at the end of the right side panel of my blog. Fortunately, there are more slightly more finishes than UFOs! ;)