Challenge blocks …

My local guild – along with many others Australia wide – hosts ‘The Biggest Morning Tea’ every year to raise funds for cancer research.

As part of the gathering, a challenge is issued to create a 12.5″ block in a specified colour in any technique. This year, Lavender, was the chosen colour as it represents all cancers.

All the blocks are gathered and put together into a quilt, or quilts, or runners, dependent upon the number of blocks received. These are then used to raise funds at the following year’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Last year the colours were blue and yellow, the colours of the Anti-Cancer Council of Australia, and this is one of the small quilts.

There are no surprises, that the two corner Patchwork of the Cross blocks are my contribution – as I enjoy collating Patchwork of the Cross on a Pinterest board.

Two of my other blocks also made it into this quilt, the two Dresden Plate blocks on the opposing corners.

I recently came across the book ‘Distinctive Dresdens’ by Katia Marek,

It became an opportune moment to have a go at making a couple of these intriguing versions, using this year’s theme colour of lavender. A bit later after some fussy cutting, a play with light and dark, and appliqué… these two blocks were ready for the challenge.

Inserted plates, opened out and ironed flat, form the pointy triangles.

Now as to next year, there are many more in the book to try – wonder what the colour will be and which style to try!

RobynsPatch

Double Mitre Ruler

My colleagues are wonderful caring people, so each year I show my appreciation by making a Christmas placemat for use at our staff Christmas lunch. Each year new colleagues have a new placemat added to the growing collection.

These ‘Kris Kringle’ gifts have been going on now for nearly 10 years and it’s all down to this wonderful ruler – the ‘Double Mitre Ruler’! It makes mitred corners on small items so easy.

‘Double Mitre Ruler’

Over time the quilting has changed from very basic beginner walking foot, to free motion pictures, and onto Westalee Free Motion Quilting Rulers for domestic machines.

Westalee Free Motion Rulers

The quilting for the series of 2016 placemats

Here is a centre that looks like a circle of petals done with a gold thread, and in the corners, arcs that ‘point’ to the centre motif. The edges of the centre fabric are blanket stitched with the same gold thread.

Westalee Free Motion Rulers

12 arc; Circles On Quilts: Spinning Wheels #36

For the following year I dug out what I thought was the same centre ruler, and to change the pattern it made.

Westalee Free Motion Rulers

The quilting for the series of the 2017 placemats.

This is the back which shows the design, along with theme of red thread. A new Cross Hair Square of 8″ was used to mark the rotations for the pattern.

Westalee Free Motion Rulers

Double Spine; Circles on Quilts: Spinning Wheels #36; 12″ arc.

Little did I realise that I had two versions of the same template – this year’s ‘Spinning Wheels #36’ is a ‘squat’ shape. It took some sorting out of the ruler collection (suppose it had to be done sooner or later), to work out that it came from an earlier set of templates!

It’s time to go stitching!

RobynsPatch

January Mystery Quilt – Colours

Do you thinks these colours will work?

By pulling out the colours from the main Kaffe Fassett border fabric, and using Joen Wolfrom’s colour wheel, this is the result.

My eye went straight to magenta, then green, as the two main colours. They are supposed to be medium strength colour, but I haven’t been able to find enough in the green fabrics (yet!), a couple may be a tad bit too dark. Magenta fabrics were easier to find, but the most difficult to locate was the violet fabrics – perhaps more will come onto the market now that Pantone have named ‘Ultraviolet’ as their colour of the year.

Fabric selection – so far – for the January Mystery Quilt.

If I can’t find any other fabrics for this quilt, these will have to do. I hope they work! What do you think?

RobynsPatch

Mystery Quilt January 2018

Have you had a go at a ‘Mystery Quilt’?

Our group of ‘Pascoe Patcher’s’ get together a couple of times a year for friendship and fun. Our tutor, Pauline, drafts up a quilt and then gives out guidelines. This includes a list of suggested fabrics and pre-cutting requirements.

The January Mystery Quilt requirements now includes samples of her chosen fabrics to help us select our own colour choices. Yikes! Pauline has chosen fabrics in a three colour scheme of orange / green / purple against a suggested white background. So here comes the first Challenge – to find 3 colours that sit well together and with contrast.

A clue! In the requirements is a border fabric – and it contains all three colours! So that’s where I start, by finding somewhere in the stash a multicoloured fabric as the base for the colour scheme – or in a Patchwork shop – but let’s get real here, do I really need an excuse to go to one of those! Oh, and do I have enough of it in the stash?

So here goes, this is the border fabric. Gerry is reserving judgement on this Kaffe Fassett  fabric – it’s very busy and has a strong dominant impact. Now to select the colour scheme!

RobynsPatch