Monthly Archives: January 2018

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

 

 

 

Join the Journey – 02

I wanted to make a pieced quilt, and quilt it using rulers, in particular with the Westalee quilting rulers – on a domestic sewing machine! Leonie West is inspiring with her passion for the possibilities of her latest creations, and the YouTube videos are so encouraging, it became obvious I just had to do it. After successfully using the Westalee rulers on smaller projects, this would be a welcome step on my personal adventures with quilting.

As a teacher, it was natural to think ‘why not see if other patch workers would also come along and learn. Hence, ‘Join the Journey’ came into fruition.