Monthly Archives: January 2019

Tulasa’s Quilt

A very hot Kaffe – vibrant and bright!

Using domestic machine quilting rulers are fun and fast. This small 9 block quilt has been waiting for inspiration to strike – that’s okay, there’s a few of them quietly laying around, but this one called out to be done.

So UFO #2 for 2019 is finished!

Using Isacord thread in a matching colour lets the fabric do all the talking. After all, trying to compete with Kaffe is a tall ask!

Tulasa’s Quilt: Block 1

Tulasa’s Quilt: Back of the block showing the quilting pattern.

So a more subdued fabric on the back allows the quilting to be seen.

Tulasa’s Quilt: Block 2

Tulasa’s Quilt: Back of block 2.

Block 2 used part of Westalee Rulers ‘London Collection’.

Tulasa’s Quilt: Block 3

Tulasa’s Quilt: Back of block 3.

Oops! a tangled thread right in the middle of the back of the quilt – oh well, better finished than perfect!

Tulasa’s Quilt

This small offering is off to a new home, gladly waving goodbye after being so patient to be finished!

Which one will be next I wonder?

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‘Snowflake Fury’

UFO #1 for 2019 Finished!

This one was four large blocks left over from a quilt, just laying around waiting patiently for being put together and quilted.

Joining up the blocks was the easy bit.

What quilting to put on it was the hard bit. A dark thread wouldn’t show up on the black and a light thread wouldn’t show up on the red, and ditch quilting would make it very bland.

Which thread – a variegated grey on top and in the bobbin.

What to quilt became easy using the Westalee Ruler Foot  ‘Spin-e-fex Snowflake Templates 1 and 2, and the straight edge of the 12″ arc ruler,  to make the patterns.

So the block centres became the framed snowflake…

Block centre

The centre of the quilt became a smaller version, which also sat on the centre side edges …

Centre of the quilt

While a simpler version sat along the block joins, and the corners …

Block joins

When quilted and bound it became ‘Snowflake Fury’!

‘Snowflake Fury’ – 4 large block quilt.

Now to go and pick out the next UFO project!

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Getting organised!

When DS-in-L asked for a particular thread by number, it was ‘Oh Dear – where is it?’ Most of my threads are ‘organised’, but these ones looked like this.

01 getting organised

‘Isacord’ quilting threads collected over a few years, a jumbled mess in a big box!

Threads don’t like being jumbled, they develop a life of their own, unravelling and tangling together. So the ‘put-off’ task became ‘get it done now’.  Time to go a-hunting for a storage solution. Took a couple of reels with me for measuring against boxes all over the suburb. At last, when in despair on the way home – the last stop was where I should have gone in the first place – a fabulous local $2 shop with exactly what I needed!

 

Next step was to sit and untangle threads and sort them into their colours according to the colour card. Yes, that’s blu-tac on most of the bobbins, I’ve never had a problem with it and it’s a lot cheaper, easier, and less fiddly than bobbin holders.

02 getting organised

Threads sorted – like marching soldiers!

Into their new home – photocopy on the lid, compartments numbered to match the colour card, and all’s well – except I need another box, so if you happen to see one on your shopping travels – let me know!

04 getting organised

Now I can’t say ‘I can’t find it!”

 

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