A little bit of quilting does you good

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After an enforced absence, so chuffed I have managed a bit of sewing today, now for burying the threads….

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More Journal Quilts 2017

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January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

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My Journal Quilts 2017 so far

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I have been a ‘lurker’ in the Quilters’ Guild Contemporary Group for quite a while and this year decided to join in with the Journal Quilts challenge.  Each quilt has to be 11″ square but you could choose your own theme and design.

I chose the Theme of ‘Colour’.

I wanted to use similar techniques but different colours, playing with the position of the square and starting point of the spiral.  The intention is that the set of 12 will hang together as a whole piece so the placement of the colours, square and quilting were part of the design.

Techniques: hand dyeing, fusible appliqué, spiral quilting

Here are mine so far…

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February

March

April

May

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All Ready for Binding

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Quilting all done
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 2 t r a c y f o x
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 3 t r a c y f o x
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 4 t r a c y f o x
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 5 t r a c y f o x

Squaring up done2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 1 t r a c y f o x

Overlocking the edges done
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 6 t r a c y f o x

I use a stitch in the ditch foot and move the needle position over the left as far as it will go, set the machine to a zig zag stitch and secure the edges of the whole quilt.
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 7 t r a c y f o x

I then half the stitch length and repeat a second time.  I have found this makes a big difference, it stabilizes the edges of the quilt and there isn’t any messing about trying to control the 3 layers when applying the binding, the bound edges seem to behave themselves a lot better too, especially if the quilt is to be displayed.
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 8 t r a c y f o x

Next step, deciding on the binding!

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Work in Progress

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I wanted to have some stitched Shibori pieces displayed on my stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show this month and this is a sneak preview of what I am currently working on.

2015 Nov 01 Work in Progress 1 t r a c y f o x

2015 Nov 02 Work in Progress 2 t r a c y f o x

2015 Nov 01 Work in Progress 3 t r a c y f o x

My hands are bloody killing me with all this hand stitching but hopefully it will be worth it. No wonder I’ve never done it before!

2015 Nov 01 Work in Progress 4 t r a c y f o x

If you are visiting the show then do come and say hello.

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Quilt Sandwich

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I always try to make sure there are no stray threads anywhere but particularly around the seam lines before sandwiching.
2015 Nov 03 Quilt Sandwich 1 t r a c y f o x

Here it is all sandwiched and pinned to within and inch of its life!
2015 Nov 03 Quilt Sandwich 2 t r a c y f o x

I think there is enough going on in this quilt with the vibrant colours and rich visual texture so I want the quilting to add more texture but not more pattern.

I shall be quilting this on a domestic sewing machine and am planning on using one of the decorative stitches which is something anyone could have a go at, using a thread that will ‘disappear’.

Let’s see how it goes!

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‘Starter’ Colour Bundle Quilt Progress

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Work continues on my ‘Starter’ Colour Bundle quilt.

I wanted to create a pieced back to add a bit of interest and this is what I came up with.2015 Oct 31 Starter Colur Bundle Quilt 1 t r a c y f o x

I have really come to love the turquoise blue and bright orange and thought it was a good opportunity to use them in this quilt.
2015 Oct 31 Starter Colur Bundle Quilt 2 t r a c y f o x

The back is now pieced, pressed and starched to within an inch of its life.

And so is the front.
2015 Oct 31 Starter Colur Bundle Quilt 3 t r a c y f o x

All ready for the stage which I enjoy the least but is the most important, making the quilt sandwich!

Better get to it, time is a ticking.

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