Sunday 9 December 2012

Quilt as I go on the Mrs Billings'....

I thought I had updated about the quilting as I go but I had not! Silly me! I plan to add batting as I increase the borders and quilt along the borders about 2 behind. In this way I still have enough room to add on the next border. Get it??? ...I hope I explained myself!

Border 7 Completed ... at last!

Finally, border 7 is completed, seemed to have taken forever!

The colours and fabric look great.

I've fussy cut the next border in the same fabric as other solid border, keeping it at 3/4" and just wait till you see border 9! You'll be in for a surprise!

Friday 21 September 2012

Cat Quilt

This is a quick little quilt I made for a friend about to have her first bub! Cute eh?  Keepsake Quilting maintains a big variety of panels that I haven't seen elsewhere. It is refreshing to do a little something else as a break from Mrs Billings!

Monday 17 September 2012

TT Update

Here's what I have been creating over the last few weeks. The first 2 pics are the Lotus Sewing Box by Sue Daley and I bought the pattern in Melbourne when I was at the show with you. Have used my beautiful Quilt Gate fabrics.

This one is my own design using fabrics from Lotus Fabrics! It will be very useful as a little thread bin on the sewing table or made in different sizes could be used for anything! Will be creating a pattern for sale for this one in different sizes.

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Border 5 finished!

I've done it! Border 5 is over and done. Here are some progressive photos. What do you think TT?

Once I had cut and pieced them together, I joined along in three sections. then pinned and measured for accuracy and machine sewed together.
 One more to go, nearly there....
Wooosh....looks a bit sku wiff but it is straight!
Next I plan to pin the wadding onto the back and quilt up to border 4. So I have lots of practice to do this weekend and trying to work out what pattern and design to quilt! I can't wait to do that. I am very pleased to have examples of quilting on the Mrs Billings which were at the Melbourne Quilt Show 2012. I plan to add wadding as I progress with borders so I can quilt it myself. When I finally finish, I plan to attach the backing fabric with ditching the solid border line. Anyway, I may change my mind by then, who knows?!

Friday 24 August 2012

Border Four Finished by TT!

WoW! it seemed to take forever to finish this, but it looks great and while the English Paper Piecing was a good idea, it took a lot of effort. I will be making other plans for the rest!

Saturday 18 August 2012

Coffee & a Wallaby

Just thought I would open this post with a story following our recent week together and our new-found delight! I'm talking about the Wallaby's. What's a Wallaby? Do I leave it as a closely guarded secret between the TT's or let other readers of this blog in on this tasty morsel?

The TT's would be working hard together on their respective projects when a little bell would chime - time for "coffee and a Wallaby". Visitors to the TT's would exclaim "What's a Wallaby?" Well, a Wallaby is the most delicious and perfect little mouthful of heaven on earth! They are hand made delights from Byron Bay and only 39 calories each, so often only one is just not enough! Chocolate, of course! mmmmm!!! Maybe more later on those!

So time for my show and tell for the week. I have actually finished 'Batik Windows' and here is a picture:

What do you think? This quilt was made using a "slash and stack" method. I would not do this again, I would simply use a jelly roll or strips of fabric off the bolt. I think I might make a smaller version to hang in the studio and on my stand at the show in October.

Now I can return my attentions to Mrs Billings and adding border number 3. It's all made, I just have to sew it on! mmm. wonder how long this will take??

Yay It's Done!

Finally it is finished TT. I will be using the same solid border as I used before. After previewing other fabrics it had to be this one!

Friday 17 August 2012

Batik Nature BOM

I have decided that I am going to complete 2 of the blocks each month so I can finish 2 quilts. The fabric allowance is very generous and I can finish 2 quilts for the price of one and have a quilt up my sleeve for a gift! Smart thinking eh TT!!! gives me choice for the blocks for the#1 quilt.
here are the latest ones.

I ruled up the little log cabin corners and pieced the corners for accuracy. Courtesy of Lotus Fabrics for advice here. Both blocks are quite unique with visual impact.

Sunday 5 August 2012

Border Update August 5th 2012

TT, just an update for you on the progress of the paper piecing border. As you can see, I have all the colours worked out and in the process of putting together. Yesterday I fixed up the corner of the floral border so it sits much flatter now.
I have also been thinking of quilt as I go, so I can fit it under my machine and do it myself. ...bit like this top/batting/white cotton shirting ...then when it is all done in rectangular segments around the square. Only when the quilt is completely finished will I put the backing fabric on and ditch the whole quilt, which would be way more manageable. This is something to think about and hopefully we can work out a method. mmmm.......

 I have included photos of my paper piecing in order to maintain accuracy. After completing this, I think I will pursue machine sewing in order to get ahead a bit!!!! See what you think.


Monday 30 July 2012

Women of Courage BOM

Well, I've just finished the first month of Women of Courage, from Keepsake Quilting (I love that shop! 2nd only to Lotus Fabrics!). Unlike the Batik Nature, the WOC needs precise sewing and cutting without any room for error.
The BN allows like 1/8' extra so you can square up the fabric by trimming. So as a beginner, I like the fact I can trim up to remove my wonky sewing or stretching of fabric. I must admit I feel a bit stressed after finishng my WOC block. What do you think TT?

Isn't it just a most exciting design? I do realise that I am getting really drawn into quilting in a big way. I also realise, since starting Mrs Billings, that I just love the colour teal!!!!
I am still working on her so don't worry about that!

24th August
Just finished the block of the month 2 and I admit my points are forever improving, but I have difficulties squaring up as one side is always shorter than the other. Most frustrating!

This quilt has finished up being my favourite so far!

Basting ready to quilt! Now I just need to take a photo of the quilt on the bed!

Friday 27 July 2012

Wing and Prayer Design, Batik Nature BOM

I have committed to this BOM from Keepsake Quilting 3 months ago. I have just finished the 3rd block and improving with my skills each time, along with my TT's words of advice and assistance. I have pictured here the completed quilt and the blocks I have completed at this stage.

How great do these look? I am so excited about this quilt. Each block is so different and stunning when finished! I'll keep you updated on this as I go!

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Border 2 Completed

Finally, I can post some pics of my Mrs Billings' Coverlet as the second border is now complete - only 12 to go now! I have made a few changes since you last saw it, TT! I have removed the squares appliqued onto the corner blocks of the 1st border as they looked a little odd, I thought. I have something else in mind to applique there later.

I am happy with the way my mitered corners turned out although I had some trouble matching the pattern. I have started on the next border but have a confession to make now - I have decided to piece it all by hand. I know we decided to do the English Paper Piecing way (which is also by hand, I know) but I am finding that way a little tedious. But what the heck? As long as we get it together any which way and we're satisfied with the end product?

So, what do you think?

And, how's the batik BOM going? Post some photos of that too!!!

Tomorrow, I am going to finish quilting the batik stained glass window log cabin quilt so I can put it on the bed! Then I'll post a photo of that one too!

Happy quilting!

Monday 23 July 2012

Beginning Border 3

After a week of catching up with my Batik Nature BOM from Keepsake Quilting, I have found time to carefully sort my fabrics into colour groups to further expand the Mrs Billings' Coverlet.  I've begun to cut out the little squares and triangles for the border.
Time spent at Lotus Fabrics with the proprietor, Louise Brown-Thomas, helped me to prepare for paper piecing the border. She also gave an enormous amount of assistance in brainstorming the pattern and ways to produce the best borders.
This method my TT and I decided would give the most accurate border. We made our own paper pieces as the pattern was not the usual measurements in inches, which was most disappointing.
Did I tell you that I went to NSW specifically to see Louise and source her Batik collection she has for sale? It is sensational, and the assistance and advice she gives is invaluable. Louise also has many examples of Batik quilts in her studio which are stunning!
My TT has been a bit quiet lately and I'm thinking she is advancing with her coverlet secretly!!! mmm..... hopefully all will come out soon!!!

Saturday 14 July 2012

Somehow, at the Sydney Quilt and Patchwork Show, we were re-introduced to the Mrs Billings' Coverlet, (Somerset Patchwork). Simultaneously we felt a sting and goose bumps up our spines .... the Pox had struck again, big time!
As TT's, we were as Siamese Twins, and had to undertake this challenge together to come full circle in our lives.
A little note here, we both were influenced by our textiles teachers, Mrs Gibson and Mrs O'Neil at Fintona Girls' School in the early 70's. We are OCD in this regard and our teachers would be amazed at our sewing precision now!
I have just spent the past week with my sewing TT and together we have discussed, challenged, researched and explored the colour palettes and expressions, moods and impact of borders and fabric design. Also we have been exploring the techniques and methods to create the most accurate sewing method for this coverlet. As TT's, we decided the instructions and directions with the pattern were lacking and the unusual sized measurements made it very difficult to foundation or paper piece if you so desired. this led us to make our own paper pieces for sections of the coverlet!!!
I was adamant and declared to my TT, I am not going to hand sew any quilts, if I can't machine stitch, I'm not doing it!! Well, that went out the door and I am hooked.
My TT gave me a Jelly Roll in November 2011, "just have a play" she said. She knew what she was doing and left smiling with herself. Seven months later, I have many BOM commitments and finished 7 quilts!
I am so looking forward to sharing and getting feed back from my TT as we work on our Mrs Billings' Coverlet together. Both of us approach the project with very different colour palettes in mind!
I promise I will update pictures tomorrow!!! :)

Hexagon and Diamond Centre Block

For this TT, inspiration for the basic colour palette came from a fat quarter at the Sydney Quilt Show,  June, 2012.
A week spent with my other TT gave me the patience and eye to tackle the triangles and applique the centre hexagon to back ground fabric. I chose 'Pale Coffee" from the Emma Louise range of fabrics. We decided that a neutral background colour was needed to enhance the palette choice.

After visiting many patchwork and quilting shops in the Hunter Valley region, NSW, we came across some beautiful fabrics that were suitable for the solid borders. Together, we auditioned and using a stencil cut from paper to separate the border segments, decisions were made. Here is the result!
I will need to re-do one mitred corner to improve it!
Now my friend, what have you got to show? :)

Friday 13 July 2012

Mrs Billings' Coverlet

Here are a couple of images of the original Mrs Billings' Coverlet made in 1790.

This Blog will attempt to journal our attempt to re-create this quilt frame by frame! So, here we go! Yeah!!!