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Shift the Schedule and Do the Deadline!

Just when I thought I had the schedule for 2017 UFO’s mapped out, along came a Deadline.

Family handsome lad had his First Birthday coming up! So, dig through the stash – ’cause I’m not supposed to be starting anything new! – and found a hidden gem of fabrics and pattern tucked away in one of those tubs in DH’s shed.

Piecing the top went fairly quickly, next the quilting and ‘How to Quilt It?’

Ditch stitching each block to anchor the quilt is a first must. Then stepping back to let the quilt suggest it’s own pattern – it’s a one block quilt that uses light and dark value of bright colours to show depth. After that out came the Westalee Rulers, and on with the Westalee Ruler Foot.

Using two rulers from the Sampler Set, and alternating them between the two blocks, gave the quilt the interest of close up detail.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

Matching thread colour to light value fabric and using the ‘Spinifex’ ruler.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

Matching thread colour to darker value fabric and using the ”Circle” ruler.

I missed the Deadline by a few days, but met the Schedule by improving my finishing rate! Phew – that’s another one done! But there’s still left over fabric in the tub, perhaps enough for …think about that later.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

‘Lachlan’s Quilt’ by RobynsPatch

On the back, animals to delight any little boy.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

Backing fabric has jungle animals.

Time to work on another UFO…

RobynsPatch

‘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.

Crooked Path

‘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’!

RobynsPatch

 

 

Australian Quilt Convention 2015 – Part 1

Do you attend your national quilt conventions? I’m lucky enough to live in the city (Melbourne) that hosts Australia’s premier quilt show – The Australian Quilt Convention (AQC), so a quick trip on a tram right into the city gets me to the historic Royal Exhibition Building where the show is held each year.

Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building

As usual, I always attend seminars to learn about new techniques and products, or have a refresher from an expert. This year there were no qualms about listening to Leonie West of Westalee Rulers, as she elaborated on the new ruler foot for domestic sewing machines. As I have tried it out on the ‘Crooked Path’ runner, it was enticing to see what other quilting patterns could be done by combining this foot and other rulers in the range. I think that for lots of ‘block’ style quilts, this is going to be the method I may use for quilting.

Deb Layt, a ‘luminary quilter’, released a book that explains the technique she used for award winning innovative quilt ‘Connected’.

Deb Layt

‘Quilting Analysis’ by Deb Layt.

She also gave a talk about a new product for appliqué – ‘polystick’ – a sticky paper that can be repositioned. Deb used it in these quilts with a turned edge technique, before machine appliquéing with a ‘blind’ stitch, or elongated zig-zag. Having bought a sample, I’ll give it a try on a ‘UFO’ – as an incentive to get moving on one of the many that got away! Let you know how it goes later.

Deb Layt

Made by Deb Layt using ‘polystick’ paper.

Deb Layt

Made by Deb Layt using ‘polystick’ paper.

The joy of attending national quilt shows is viewing the quilts entered into competition or for an exhibit. This year the theme of the international ‘AQC Challenge’ was ‘True Blue’. A stunning array of interpretations and the outstanding quality certainly made for interesting judging. It was hard not to touch these textured and dimensional works of art.

True Blue Jacko

Winner ‘True Blue Jacko’ by Jeannie Henry.

Really True Blue

Second place ‘Really True Blue’ by Jan Clark.

The machine stitching, or machine thread painting, on the Blue Heeler caught my eye on this entry – very fine yet dense thread made it look like a photograph, it was that realistic.

True Blue Mates

‘True Blue Mates’ by Yvonne Chapman

This one evoked a quiet reflection – it was so quintessentially Australian, drought, rusty cars and abandoned farms. Although it depicts the time from 1937 to 1947, we’ve recently experienced another ’10 year drought’ in our ‘Sunburnt Country’.

The Big Dry

‘The Big Dry’ by Camilla Watson

The Australian love of beaches and surfing offers a total contrast to inland drought, in the depiction of the oceans that surround our continent.

Girt by Sea

‘Girt by Sea’ by Sue Broadway

No wonder we spend hours at quilt shows, there’s so much to take in!

More to come …

RobynsPatch

‘Crooked Path’: Spin-e-fex quilting

Quilt marking

Frixion pen for quilt marking

I use the ‘Frixion’ pens for making marks to guide any quilting. So far, through testing, I’ve found that the best colour for the majority of fabrics is the green pen. Any of these pens will still leave a ‘ghost’ line after ironing out, so always test them out on a scrap of the fabric to see if will be feint or too noticeable. When any stitching is directly on the line, the ‘ghost’ line will not show at all.

Westalee Adjustment Guide

Adjustment guide for ruler foot

With the ‘Westalee Ruler Foot’ on the Bernina 801 sewing machine, the ‘adjustment’ guide positions the foot distance above the quilt. This needs to be done for each quilt, as the thickness of the wadding used will vary according to the type chosen  in the quilt sandwich.

Spin-e-fex template

Spin-e-fex template pinned in place

The drawing pin and disk hold the template in place, and the template lines align with the marked lines on the quilt top. For this one, I chose to draw the lines in the centre of the block instead of around the outside edge of the block. Another tip – use a large thick pin to prepare the hole for the drawing pin from the top of the quilt. I found that pushing the drawing pin from underneath pushed up a little ‘plug’ of wadding. As this is the first time I’ve used this method, it could be the type of wadding.

Quilting around the template

Quilting around the template

This was not as easy as it looked! Stitching around the edge of the template was okay, but coordinating the clockwise movement of the template, the quilt, and stitching – all at the same time, took some ‘learning’ and initially lots of ‘reverse sewing’!

Completed Spin-e-fex

Completed Spin-e-fex

The inner circle formed as the ‘Spin-e-fex’ takes shape had mountains and valleys instead of a line. Although it took time to set up each block, it was satisfying to do and I could see improvement as I quilted more blocks.

I’ve decided to leave them as is, and think about what to do next.

RobynsPatch