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A Patch of Dreams

It’s fascinating and fabulous what patchworkers choose as their palette when interpreting their own version of a pattern. When teaching ‘A Patch of Dreams’ table runner as a class at PU, individual colour preferences made each product unique.

Heather's 'Patch of Dreams'

Heather’s vibrant flames come from her amazing stash!

Dianne's 'Patch of Dreams'

Dianne’s ‘all things Paris’ fabric, is soft and calming.

Karin's 'Patch of Dreams'

Karin intends extending this into two panels for a single bed quilt.

Tracey's 'Patch of Dreams'

Tracey will add borders to her double pattern and use it for a wall hanging.

… and the original pattern before quilting.

RobynsPatch 'A Patch of Dreams'

RobynsPatch ‘A Patch of Dreams’

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‘Crooked Path’ – ’tis finished!

Time to get back to what’s been happening with the ‘Crooked Path’ table runner. It took some time to get used to the Westalee template and ruler foot, as I found it easier to do them a few at a time, and not be ambitious in ‘getting it all done now!’ I improved over time, gradually getting the hang of it, and can see how it fits in between using a walking foot and free motion quilting.

Crooked Path

Completed quilting with the Westalee ruler foot ‘Spin-e-fex’ motif.

I needed to unpick a few of the ‘petals’ that had got ‘squished’, and a couple of the inner circles (that are formed as the template turns around on the pin), as they were more like mountains and valleys. With persistence each square patch had the pattern quilted on it. However a few of the circles were still a bit wobbly, which I would notice but others may not – and I was over the unpicking, so what to do? Simple, appliqué a circle over the centre of each square! After all it does look like a ‘flower’.

Crooked Path

Centre circles – colour choices.

After auditioning fabrics from the stash, it came down to only a couple of pieces. The strong pattern of the squares, along with the yellow background and contrasting red, clashed with so many choices. So these were it. Next was what sizes and which colour to put where – and another day went by.

Crooked Path

Inner circles glued down ready for appliqué

‘Roxanne Glue Baste It’ kept the circles in place until I had time to start the appliqué. I chose to use a matching thread and a narrow zig zag on the Bernina 801.

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‘Crooked Path’ appliquéd centres.

An unexpected effect was that the circles tended to ‘puff’ up – possibly due to all the quilting underneath them, flattening the lower layers.

Crooked Path

Crooked Path

Well, ‘Crooked Path’ began as a pattern for International Quilt Day (seen by chance while wandering the web), and ended up as a gift for a special lady. I’ve enjoyed making this table runner, juggling the choices along the way. And it’s sooooo good, knowing that I’ve actually finished something – and on time – instead of it going into the bottomless pit of ‘UFO’s’!

I hope you too are joining me in this slow journey, and stitching to ‘get it finished’!

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Do you go on patchwork retreats?

When life gets busy, go on retreat – and enjoy the company of lovely ladies while devoting a whole weekend to continuous stitching. Relaxing on the balcony of the ‘Millhouse Retreat’, in the warm autumn sun recharging the mind and body, while munching on a delicious lunch from the Ballan Bakery, what could be better?

That’s easy – having a squiz at some yummy retreat patchwork!

Judy H worked on two children’s quilts for some very special twins, who have just moved from a cot into their very own beds. Judy’s quick quilting, mainly using a walking foot, inspired us to go home and get out those tops we all have stashed away, and get moving on finishing them. I wonder if that will happen – perhaps we’ll find out when we go back to Millhouse Retreat next year!

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Judy H’s ‘Construction at Play’

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Judy H’s ‘Spot’s Favourite Colours’

Lovely Lucy worked steadily away on her ‘Georgetown Turnaround’ pattern by Trish Harper. Lucy adapted this quilt by making it into two smaller quilts, which will be sent to a friend in Hawaii. Her fabulous fussy cut packs of fabrics came from Chandler’s Cottage, designed by Leesa Chandler.

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Lucy’s ‘Georgetown Turnaround’

Cheryl got the prize for taking up the least amount of space, the rest of us were spread out all over the tables and even the floor. Cheryl works with beads and made this stunning necklace, which of course we had to enviously model, along with some new clothes we bought from ‘Zirela’s, fashion shop just down the street.

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Cheryl’s bead work

Quiet Rhonda finished a top for a very special boy in her life, he just loves tigers! The creative use of a big print ‘panel’ fabric into a ‘spaced colour harmony’ makes this a very pleasing and visually appealing quilt.

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Rhonda’s ‘He Loves Tigers!’

Rhonda also continued working on her ‘Arabesque’ by Michelle Hill. We all thought the use of a pizza box to store the large sized blocks a super idea – and so obvious – why hadn’t we thought of it! Oh – it is a clean unused box.

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Rhonda’s ‘Arabesque’

Sheryl H is very fussy when it comes to putting patchwork together, both in the use of colour and sewing blocks – if it’s not right, it gets changed! Seams needed to line up with this one – a very bright and modern two colour quilt based on a large black and white feature print.

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Sheryl’s ‘Chartreuse and Black’

After several visits next door to ‘Millrose Cottage’, Sheryl finally found fabric to keep working on Chris Serong’s ‘Modern Circles’ quilt – which was begun in her ‘Tutor of Note’ workshop with the ‘Patchworkers and Quilters Guild of Victoria’.

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Sheryl’s ‘Modern Circles’

Julie – DSL- is leaping into thread work on her very modern quilt. Combining  variegated threads of different weights and type with machine stitches – you know those dozens of fancy things we never seem to get around to using but are a major selling point for sewing machine brands, – experimented with ‘dribbling’ the paint out into the border. Once finished, yes out of all of us Julie is a ‘finisher’, there will be three panels as wall hangings.

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Julie’s Thread painting!

Judi C made a stack of ‘Courthouse Steps’ traditional blocks for her version of Guatemalan art quilter Priscilla Bianchi’s ‘Steps to Tikal 11’, as seen in ‘Australian Quilters Companion’ #22.

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Judi C’s blocks for ‘Steps to Tikal 11’

What to do with linen in your cupboard – cut it up into blocks, sash it and make a runner! That’s what Judi is doing with these Christmas tea towel embroideries, another round of colour and it will be done in time for next Christmas – hopefully.

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Judi’s tea towel Christmas embroideries.

Lydia braved her way, with the help of some heat rub gel, through a painful back to cut up triangle after triangle – I don’t think Lydia will be making another triangle quilt after this one! Once the stack was high enough the sewing began for this bright and colourful children’s quilt. Both the grey and yellow spot fabrics are a perfect choice.

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Lydia’s triangles!

Sue C made use of her ‘Accucut Go-Cutter’  and the free pattern that comes with the die, to make the machine appliqué ‘GO! Pomegranate Quilt’ by Alex Anderson. Sue is an aficionado of all things orange and green, so of course this quilt not only appealed but just had to be in her favourite colours.

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Sue’s ‘Pomegranate’ quilt.

And what did I do? Began foundation sewing strips of Kaffe Fasset fabrics to make a zig-zag runner. Got as far as placing the blocks (on the floor of course!), and playing with possible alternative layouts.

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Robyn’s Kaffe Fasset runner

My aim for the weekend was to finish putting together my version of Chris Serong’s wedge ruler ‘Modern Circles’ quilt. The basic blocks needed to be sashed and the borders put on – done! What’s left is to appliqué down the Dresden fans, layer and quilt, but that’s another story.

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Robyn’s ‘Modern Circles’

 I hope you’ve enjoyed this patchwork ‘eye candy’ of the ‘Sue’s group’ 2015 retreat at Millhouse in Ballan, Victoria, Australia.

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Would you make these colour choices?

‘Does this go with that?”, ‘What do you reckon?’, are just some of the ways patchwork quilters make decisions about colour choices for projects. Consulting colleagues in a class frequently brings out alternative ideas that surprise and delight. Sometimes a quiet hush can be interpreted as ‘Whatever were you thinking’ and you just know to ditch that option.

For the quick and easy table runner pattern ‘Paola’s Runner’, the colour choice technique used by each patchworker was to pull colours out of a feature fabric to decide the contrast and background.

Can you ‘see’ the thinking behind each choice that these ladies made?

Betty.

Betty.

Heather.

Heather.

Leanne.

Leanne.

Maria.

Maria.

Maria just loves the Clarice Cliff fabrics!

Pam.

Pam.

Dianne.

Dianne.

Dianne was so pleased to feature this print. It’s been in her stash just waiting for it’s opportunity to be showcased.

Sue.

Sue.

Robyn.

Robyn.

Sue and I chose the same background fabric and yet when set against different feature fabrics, the effect is different.

Do you agree with the choices of colour? Do any of these appeal to you?