Archive for the ‘Hexagons’ Category
One of the great things about Quilt Market is meeting up with friends who live far away. Two lovely ladies who I meet are Ruth Chandler and Liz Kettle. They publish with the same house as me, Landauer, and we meet up on the booth when we are demo-ing. I am always fascinated by the beautiful things that they create and how they inspire others to do the same.
This is Liz busy stitching away on some simply lovely books ready for a magazine article.
Here is a close-up. She was just adding some silk ribbon to tie the book with. They are always so generous with their knowledge and ouze excitement about the process of creativity. Liz was also very generous with chocolate and scissors when we met up this time. Obviously the chocolate thing makes sense, who wouldn't want to be friends with someone who has great chocolate to share (thanks, Liz!), but scissors?
Well, Liz introduced me to Havel's Scissors. And those of you who know that not all pins, needles and thimbles are created equal, know that well made tools really do make a difference to your sewing experience. And my new favourite pair of scissors are these with the curved blade. You can snip threads really close to the fabric without having to worry about nicking the fabric! Other good points include, blade cover, so less chance of me stabbing myself, and pink handles, so less likely to loose them in the fabric heaps! Look for them when you are next sewing shopping, and treat yourself, as they really do make a difference.
And continuing with my hexagon inspiration, this great fabric was spied on the Birch Fabrics booth at market.
Something to look out for when you don't want to stitch your own hexagons! And Moda had hexagon printed cloths on the tables: definitely the summer of hexagons!
In the meantime, stitching wise I am sewing a sultry sawtooth star from a great range of French fabrics. Just back from the quilting, so this Jubilee weekend I will be binding!
And last but not least, thanks for the lovely comments about stitching out doors! The lucky winner is:
I will email you for the address!
Happy Stitching everyone!
I took the chance over the last few wonderfully sunny days to photograph some projects, as well as do tons of laundry to blow dry on the line!
This a Sawtooth Star quilt:
It is a variation of a quilt I have done for the Jelly Roll book that comes out in the Autumn from Search Press. This one is in solids, something that I don't use very often, but if you go over to see Jane, they have been having a 'Sew Into Solids' event and I think this week is week 10. It is great to see how these fabrics have been used, and might inspire you to think about your solids!
Keep your eyes open on the blog for another of these quilts that I am stitching from a lovely new line of French fabrics that are now available over here from Eternal Maker. I will have something to show by the end of May!
The next quilt is a variation on one called Woven Throw that I am teaching at Eternal Maker at the end of May:
This is a summery version of the quilt made from a range by Basic Grey from Moda. The original quilt is autumnal, so I am really pleased to be able to show a more Spring like version too!
And here are a few shots of the Hexagon quilt I brought last week:
This is the back. It was the first sight I had of the quilt, and even that is stunning!
This is the back of the border of the quilt. The quilt is huge, and these hexagons are about 1/2in on each side. Although you can sew something like this for years from scraps, this quilt is very organised in pattern and layout. All the cream fabric between the patterns is the same, and the fabrics for the blue, yellow and red in the border is all the same.
The front of the quilt, the border edge:
If you look in the bottom right corner of the picture above you can see there is a 1970's fabric. This quilt has been repaired in places as the fragile fabrics have torn. This adds to the charm and the story of this quilt for me. It will be great to try to date more of the original fabrics.
Some of the patches at the edge have paper still in them, but from what I can see it is plain and not written or printed on. I feel quite inspired to continue with more hexagon quilts now, but perhaps just one tiny one as opposed to all of the huge ones I have been stitching! I will look out for some paper pieces when I am at Quilt Market this week!
And in case you thought I had forgotten……. the winner of the Apple Core pieces cut on the Sizzix BIg Shot is…………
I have emailed you for your address! Have fun with those shapes!
I am off to Kansas City this week for the trade show, so look out for posts over the next week from the great quilters who post from the show!
I will let you know how I got on when I get back in a week. But if you are at the show, come by to say 'Hi!' as I am on the Landauer Booth!
Popped up the road yesterday to visit the Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park, which is between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. It's aways nice to see these shows and get inspired.
I was especially keen to go as I saw that Viv of 'Hen's teeth' was going to be there.
Her stand was close to the entrance so I did not have to look very far for her! It was lovely to have chat with her. I have purchased from her Etsy site before, so it was a real treat to be able to see her lovely things in person, and then spend my pennies.
I was glad to have stopped by when I did, as when I passed her on my way out a while later, her stock was very much depleted. Hope it was a good day Viv!
Viv also teaches, it would be great to have her down this way to do some classes don't you think?
Then in another tent was 'Washerwoman'. This was a great surprise as I had not realised this lady would be there. She had a lovely selection of things and I was very taken by some Sanderson fabric. She also had a hexagon quilt that was unfinished and folded so you could only see the back. I asked to see it before I paid for my fabric, and it was love at first sight!!
The hexagons are tiny, about 1/2in from point to point, and the pattern was amazing.
No pictures here just yet, but this is the piece on her stand, that I did not buy:
It was small tray cloth perhaps 12in by 18in (?).
These lozenge hexagons were about 1/2in from top to bottom, and as well as the fussy cutting and design planning, some of them were cut into four pieces:
These were just painstakingly sewn beautiful pieces. Something that is a complete labour of love!
Having read so much about hexagon quilts ever since I started quilting in the early 1980's, and now with their popularity returning and becoming a 'fashionable stitch' again, I have looked for a hexagon quilt that really grabbed me as something special. And I am so pleased to have one! I promise pictures when the weather gets better.
I have also been stitching away, so will try to post about my stitching before I go to Kansas City, MI, USA for the trade fair next week.
In the meantime pop over and see Victoria, for woman who gets things done!!!
Just love her 'Scrapping it Up' quilt, quilted in my favourite design of Baptist Fan!
There's a little bit of everything in this post!
I had a great day last weekend when I taught the Spools workshop at Natterjack Quilters.
One of the questions I was asked in the day was 'How many spools do most people get sewn in the day?'
Well I said then that I had not really ever been counting, but I can tell you now, no group had made a whole quilt top in the day. Until the Natterjacks did!
Here is the top:
And here are the lovely ladies:
They were sewing it from donated fabric and were aiming to complete it and the raise some money for Cancer Research and their local church. I think that is right, such a lovely group and great causes!
Around here the sewing has been a bit on the slow side. However, I am to catch up over the next fews weeks as we are away to France to ski, and I take some stitching to do too!
I will be working on these 'Rose Star One Patch' blocks from The Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.
This is what I have done so far:
I plan on sewing about nine, but I will see how it goes, as they are very large. I should have put a ruler for scale in the shot!
And a quilt I have long admired as Lori has been working on it is this. I just love this, and she has done such great job!
See you all after Easter!
Well if you are here for the tour, let's get down to business!
Each day a great blog author will be telling you why they think my new book is a good idea for you to have on your book shelf.
At the end of the tour if you have left a comment on my blog I will be doing a drawing for this bundle of goodies:
Valdani Cotton Pearl no12
Bohin Betweens needles size 5
a bundle of Makower's latest fabric line.
I will send world wide, so everyone will get a chance!
Here is the list so you will know where to go each day:
21st February, Elizabeth at Broderie
23rd February, Lori at Humble Quilts
24th February, Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts
27th February, Mary at Molly Flanders
28th February, Nicky at Mrs Sew and Sow
29th February, Jane at Sew Create it
If you have left a comment with me by the end , I will do the drawing on March 2nd!
It will be fun to travel around the world to visit with these inspiring quilters!
What will you be sewing while we travel?
I have been working on a Quilting-on-the-Go Spools quilt, but no pictures just yet! Sorry for the tease!
I do however have pictures of a quilt I have been hand piecing for a little while, 'Boxed in Diamonds' I think it is called:
It has been growing from the centre outwards, and I am so surprised at how big it has gotten in a short space of time!
I was spurred on to finish this which has been on my floor all week.
It sort of makes me think about how the bits of colour are highlighted when the snow comes.
Rather than everything being white, you notice the colours you can see more.
After last weeks excitement of being talked about on a podcast, some of you might like to know that I will be talking in person next week on Mark Lipinski's radio show, 'Creative Mojo' !!!! Check it out over here.
I am going to be talking about the new Utility Quilting book.
Mark always has so much energy, I feel sure I will feel it from across the Pond! I need to focus on the time difference though, to make sure I am not in my PJ's when the big moment comes!
(And Nicky , that is all I have to say!)
At the end of February there will be more great stuff to hear about the book, but not from me. Yes, I am sorting a small Blog Tour, so you can hear what some other people have to say about the book!
Hang in there!
In the meantime go over to Barbara's blog to see how she is getting on with stitching the Court House Step quilt from the book! Great Job Barbara!
Jill at 'The Patchwork Dog and Basket' in Lewes generously shared her collection of antique quilts in a lovely display in the vaults of the Needlemakers where her great shop is. This display was part of the arts festival held around Lewes.
Here is a taste of what we saw.
Hexgons' from the late 1800's:
Hexagons from the early 1800's!
A view of the room:
I'll show more another time! Thanks Jill!
Kathie mentioned in her post yesterday (2nd June), a tumbler quilt template that I have in the Kaleidoscope Hexagon pattern that I sell. And in doing so we discovered that I have not got the pattern on my website yet! Sorry, things will be updated in the Summer!
I mentioned the pattern for the quilt in a previous blog post here.
This is the quilt that I made from the pieces left over form the quilt, I used to sew this tumbler quilt:
The pattern is available from me in the UK at £10-95, and in the US direct from Landauer. at $18-95. The pattern book includes the rotary cutting templates!
Phew! Two posts in one day is a bit of a record!
Thanks Kathie for pointing this out!
There have been a couple of quilts that people are sewing on-line that I have enjoyed looking at, and this week I have sewn exploratory blocks, not to make the whole quilt, but just to see how I feel now that I have had a go!
This first one is from a quilt in the Tokyo Quilt show this year. You can see it here. Bad skirt blog also has a tutorial, but I just based my blocks on a 2in grid, so it is slightly bigger!
I also liked this variation, as I shuffled the bits around before sewing it together!
The other block I have seen a lot of lately is the Union Jack! I even saw some sewing patterns for sale for this at Quilt Market!
I made mine from 'Lily's Quilts' website tutorial here.
Thanks Girls for the great tutorials!
And last but not least, take a look at this exhibition in the US if you are remotely drawn to hexagon quilts. Many of you know I sew mine really large, I mean with big shapes to make them grow fast, but I still love looking at the intricate ones!
Click here, and scroll down to see all of the quilts!
Have a good weekend!