Thursday, 29 January 2015

Tula Pink Fabric Gallery Quilt in Quilt Now

Hello everyone,

I have some more exciting news (you might have seen already), but I had 2 yes TWO quilts published in the latest issue of Quilt Now. I didn't even know they were both going to be in that issue. How exciting to find out when I opened the mag.

I'll show you the english Country Garden Quilt some other time but first the Tula Pink Fabric Gallery. I am sure many of us hoard fabric, buy much more than we can possibly use, and then we can spend hours just drooling over our fabric. I personally find it really hard to cut into my precious collections. I buy fabric in Fat Quarter bundles and keep them that way. I don't sort by color or anything (although maybe I should). So taking that first cut into a collection I have been treasuring for ages, knowing I only have a fat quarter of each fabric to begin with, well that first cut is really hard.

So I try to use only a little bit of those fabrics when the point comes that I feel I need to make something with them. The same goes for my Tula Pink stash. I have been hoarding them forever, my Birds and the Bees, Acacia, Foxfield and Moonshine. But by using only a little strip from each fabric I still have enough left to make some more quilts with it.

That was the idea behind the Fabric Gallery Quilt. It is a really simple pattern when you think of it and it is fairly easy to assemble.

Once again I only quilted the negative space in a tight stippling pattern and I really like it. I have some strips left from those fabrics (I always cut one 2.5" strip) and will make another quilt with them. I absolutel love those fabrics, the colots are devine, and those little foxes and rabbits, sooo cute.

I hope you like this. I will show you the next one very soon.
Lots of love,

Saturday, 3 January 2015

My first published quilt, hurrah

Hello all,
I hope you had a lovely holiday and a good start to the new year. I am currently quilting like crazy, or binding rather, but I wanted to show you my Orange Teach Quilt which has been published in the latest issue of Quilt Now. You can imagine how chuffed I am with that. 

I do have to apologize though, I have to say, describing the steps of making a quilt in words is so hard. I personally never read quilt patterns or instructions. I might look at some pictures for inspiration but never bother with quilt maths or verbal instructions. So naturally, writing them is a nightmare for me. Thanks to Katy for editing the things I write and getting them into a more accurate English, it's not my first language after all.

But on to the quilt, I absolutely love this one. I just grabbed a bunch of fabrics and cut into them (hence the problems with then writing instructions AFTERWARDS, duh). I wanted to make a slightly larger quilt compared to my usual baby quilts and I wanted the blocks to be quite large too. It ended up quite random and scrappy in the end and I really like that. It was not a traditional block design and the overall pattern developed more organically.

Well, you can see the result. I did use my quiltography when I planned this quilt. I use it a lot these days and absolutely love it. I can spend hours on the app playing with the designs and fabrics.

Some progress shots. I varied the quilting on this quilt with some of the shapes in the middle being quilted in 1/4" apart straight lines and others in lines that are 1 inch apart.

Ok, now back to my binding. I am determined to use up some fabrics to make room for new additions to the stash in 2015. So have yourselves a lovely crafty weekend.