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Creative Week 7

I really need to think of a new title for these posts but the current one sums up, or not, what I have been up to in the last week.

Remember my idea of a chicken runner for Easter, well that has been kicked into touch as I have decided to go with an egg, bunny, flower design, straight from EQ7 as time is running out.

Straight from EQ7

Straight from EQ7

As it is I have only made the centre block.

Centre block

Centre block

All with fused appliqué.  I will also be making place-mats to go with the runner, so I have made three of these blocks.

There are no exhibitions to be reminded about this week. So Happy Easter.

Argyll Cross Quilt. 

Argyll Cross- in these colours it send my eyes funny.

Argyll Cross- in these colours it send my eyes funny.

argyll cross block

argyll cross block

These links are for the fabric requirements argyll cross fabric info, the cutting info block 1 argyll cross block 1 cutting info, block 2 argyll cross block 2 cutting info, edge block 1 argyll cross edge block 1 cutting info, edge block 2 argyll cross edge block 2 cutting info, corner block 1 argyll corner block 1 cutting info and finally corner block 2 argyll corner block 2 cutting info

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Creative Week 6

Before I show some of the last weeks creativity a reminder that this week from Thursday is Sewing for Pleasure: Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch/Hobbycraft event at the NEC Birmingham.

For tickets and info follow this link:- http://www.ichf.co.uk/sewingforpleasure/

I made a bag from bits cut from the fabrics I am using for the backings and frames for my scrap quilt (still a work in progress). I love it, the size, I thought might have been a bit small, is actually really good for me; just one thing I need to add a closure to the top, I don’t like it so open as I am a bit o.c.d. when it comes to security and having had a handbag stolen sometime ago (with my whole life in it) I really don’t want to have anything lifted from this one.

Easy bag

Easy bag

To quilt the bag quickly I just used an orange variegated cotton thread and the fly stitch built into my machine over all the sections except where the final construction appears. Would I construct the bag in the same way next time – well, no. I am already working on another bag this time using some layer cake squares I have left over form something else; I would also add internal pockets and consider some form of internal closure.

Below is a quilt created in EQ7 which can be made from a Jelly Roll, although you will find fabric requirements attached.

easy georgia

Please click on the following links for the block diagram easy georgia block , the rotary cutting info easy georgia rotary cutting instructions and the fabric requirements easy georgia fabric requirements.


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Creative Week 5

1st scrap block quilted

The first of the 16 scrap blocks for my scrap quilt, each block is 14.5″ square. I will be using a quilt as you go method, joining the blocks once the quilting is done, each will have a different backing which I intend to use as sashing by bringing the backing to the front, folding it to look like binding and hand stitching in place. I’ll take photos as the process sounds harder than it is. I learnt how to do this when I was at the HMQS in Utah last May.

I have also been working on an easy quilt to share.

Designed in EQ7.

Designed in EQ7.

easy 1 block

Click on the following link for the quilt layout easy 1 layout and this for the first block cutting info easy 1 block 1 rotary cutting info and the second block cutting instructionseasy 1 block 2 rotary cutting info


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Creative Week 4

chicken final trial

Above is the final trial for my chicken/Easter table runner and mats (without its eyes!), this block measures 61/2” by 51/2”.  I have yet to decide whether to set it on point or square on, with or without sashing.

chicken trial 1chicken trial 2

These are my other trails:- the first was discarded because I didn’t want the bars down the sides, although I do like the fabrics, shame I don’t have any left.  The second was the trial for the final choice but made form charm squares, this measures 5” by 5” a bit too small for what I need.

grid quilt top finishedgrid quilt top detail

I also finished the grid quilt top too.  I would re-create this but I would think long and hard about the construction to eliminate any unnecessary seams.  I particularly like the weave effect of the sashing strips.  All that needs to be done is layering it up (a job I hate), quilting, adding a label and binding – a job I love.

Oh just a reminder that this week see the Creative Stitches/HobbyCraft Show in Glasgow from the 7th to 10th March http://www.ichf.co.uk/csh/?show=glasgow And the Spring Quilt Show at Duxford (8th to 10th) http://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk/html/Spring_Duxford.html