3 Layouts for Lucy’s Leftovers

I’ve always been fascinated by Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses ever since I saw a block of English Paper Piecing using this pattern.

Having a background and preference for machine piecing, this led to making blocks of a larger size suitable for ‘American’ hand piecing.

After having a go at making blocks, it was an ‘Ahh ..’ moment, I became hooked and still am!

But what to do with the left over patches? Throw them out, give them away to a kindergarten, or maybe ‘recycle/reuse’ them.  After all, they took time to select, cut out, and consider.

During  the creation of a Pinterest board,  dedicated to collecting the fabulous variations of Lucy’s block, these three ideas have emerged – with thanks to the mathematically minded!

Have you, like me, put aside those single patches, with a feeling of ‘just can’t quite throw it out yet!’

Try this idea:

Make a scrappy quilt with the single patches …

LLL 01.jpeg

When there are pairs left over, try this layout …

LLL 02.jpegOdd numbers of three patches make a lovely swirly block …

LLL 03.jpegI think Lucy would like the idea of using up left over patches.

Perhaps these could become the hand-piecing version of Bonnie Hunter’s machine pieced scrap quilts!

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How to make a ‘Modern Hexie’ the easy way

‘Modern Hexies’ are easy to make. All you need is

  • a piece of fabric larger than the hexagon – great for stash busting!
  • a paper hexagon
  • water spray bottle
  • iron

I used a Charm Square (5 inch), and a 2 inch hexagon.

  • Spray the back of the hexagon with water – starch is not necessary!
  • Centre the paper hexagon on the fabric. Using a hot dry iron, flip over each edge in turn and press for a few seconds.
  • Once the whole hexagon has been pressed, flip it over and press from the front.
  • Flip to the back, remove the paper, and give it a final press to make sure it is dry.

Have a look at my Flipagram ‘Making Hexies’

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Ballarat and Begonias

Where do you find out about Quilt Exhibitions?

The Victorian RACV (Royal Auto Club of Victoria) has a magazine for members. As a service it provides an ‘Community’ section in which events happening across the state can be listed. Which is how I found out about the Ballarat Quilters Exhibition.

As it happened, on that weekend was a family gathering to celebrate an Aunt’s 90th Birthday – so of course time had to be sneaked aside for look at the Exhibition and the Begonias.

What a fabulous venue – the historic ‘Mining Exchange’ provided a central location for the exhibition, as part of Ballarat’s annual Begonia Festival.

2017 Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition

2017 Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition

What better to see, than some quilts paying homage to ‘historic’ William Morris. A Michele Hill class led to these beautiful quilts.

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris Quilt’ by Margaret Ashmore; quilted by ‘Precious Thyme Quilts’

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris – Morning Glory’ by Maxine Rousch; quilted by ‘Precious Thyme Quilting’

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘A Journey with William Morris’ by Pauline Wells; quilted by Mulberry Lane Quilting

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris’ by Dianne Daly; hand quilted by Dianne Daly

What lovely quilts – classic appliqué is always appreciated when done either by machine or by hand.

Well done ladies!

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Are you going to collect them?

You can’t have enough thread, and now there’s a new fine cotton Aurafil 80wt that just has to be added to the thread stash.

How do you now about it – just pop along to an ‘Applique-In’ run by ‘The Applique Guild of Australia’ of course! Belonging to a guild has many benefits – finding out about new ‘stuff’, and learning new ‘stuff’!

If you are like me and find using the 100wt silk threads a bit of a challenge, and have been using the Aurafil 50wt instead for hand applique, then this thread is a must have. A fine smooth cotton that disappears when sewn.

Aurafil 80wt thread

Aurafil 80wt thread

Four applique demonstrations, willingly shared by members, whet the appetite for having a go at different techniques.

No I’m not starting anything new this year unless I’ve got something in the stash for it – and just as it happens – there’s a reverse applique pattern lurking in a box somewhere…

Plus sneak peek’s at WIPs (Works in Progress), and some Show and Tell.

Val Lewis's hand applique laptop work table

Val Lewis’s hand applique laptop work table

Another gadget especially for fine hand work – even has a magnet to hold your scissors.

Boro applique stitching by Helen McQueen

Boro applique stitching by Helen McQueen

From Japanese traditional stitching as a modern art form, to needleturn applique of the ‘c1835 Caswell Quilt’ as designed by Corliss Searcey of ‘Threadbear‘ in Castlemaine.

A 'Caswell Quilt' block by Maureen Jones

A ‘Caswell Quilt’ block by Maureen Jones

A 'Caswell Quilt' block by Maureen Jones

A ‘Caswell Quilt’ block by Maureen Jones

Last block in the 'Caswell Quilt' by Susanne

Last block in the ‘Caswell Quilt’ by Susanne

TAG caters for all applique technique enthusiasts, and Sue is our resident champion of ‘stick and sew’ machine buttonhole quilts.

Applique quilt by Sue Cheney

Applique quilt by Sue Cheney

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