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Creative Week 12 – Ooops it’s late!

I like to have my posts done and up on Sunday or Monday at the latest, life got in the way – what more can I say.

We have had an exchange student from Germany with us since Thursday, my little son’s birthday and a trip to Cambridge to see our daughter and to visit the circus, along with meetings and social gatherings at school for the students – we need a holiday now – that’s the excuse, although I have still created several patterns which will see the light of day over the next few weeks.

Just a few quick questions before I post this weeks quilt project – What do you think about the current fabrics available?

Are they the colours you like/are looking for?

Do you prefer modern or traditional?

Where do you buy your fabrics?

Do you dye your own?

This weeks quilt idea – Layer Cake Garden

Layer cake garden

This idea uses 25 pieces of the layer cake or 25 10″ squares or 100 5″ charm Squares.  The quilt itself measures 74″ by 74″ including a 3″ border.

The following links will take you to the fabric requirements – Layer cake garden Fabric.JPG

The rotary cutting information – Layer cake garden rotary cutting info.JPGLayer cake garden setting triangles.JPG Layer cake garden corner triangles.JPG

The quilt layout – Layer cake garden Layout.JPG and the block – Layer cake garden Block.JPG

The following is an alternative colour way.

Black and White Garden on point

Fabric needs – Black and White Garden on point Fabric.JPG

Rotary cutting info – Black and White Garden on point rotary cutting 1Black and White Garden on point setting triangles.JPGBlack and White Garden on point corner triangles.JPG

Until next week, thanks for dropping by.


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Creative week 11

This week has been spent doing research for many more quilts and the blocks to go in them, along with finishing off – or trying to – several knitting projects and researching and booking our trip to America in the summer, so I only have this weeks quilt possibility to show.

‘Rectangles’   This is a very simple block using 11/2″ strips of fabric, which could use up scraps with a background fabric as a constant.  The one below sends my eyes into a spin if I look at it too quickly a bit like an optical illusion, they look wonky!

Rectangles!

The links that follow will take you to the fabric requirements Rectangles Fabric requirements in yards, the rotary cutting info Rectangles Rotary Cutting info and the block Rectangels block

I have also included other colour possibilities along with the fabric requirements.

Rectangles b

Fabric requirements Rectangels b fabric requirements in yards

To this next one I  have added sashing

Rectangles c

Fabric requirements Rectangles c fabric requirements

Rectangles d

Fabric requirements Rectangles d fabric requirements

Quilt Show Update

26th – 28th

British Quilt and Stitch

Uttoxeter

http://www.quiltandstitchvillage.com/

https://artnextdoor.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/quilt-and-craft-show-calendar/

Until next week.


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Creative week 10

My youngest son has been on holiday from school again this week, so we have been learning his part for the Shakespeare play his class are doing at school – he is playing Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream – I know most of the parts myself now as I have been reading them for him – we have also got a copy of the 1998 film version, starring Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart and Michelle Pfeiffer, to watch.  I hope when he gets to do his GCSEs he does Taming of the Shrew as it is my favourite of the Shakespeare plays (10 Things I Hate About you, starring Heath Ledger, is based on this play), closely followed by King Lear. He has also had one of his friends over to play on the Xbox.  We have done his back to school shopping including his bus pass – why is getting to school so expensive?

I have had time to crochet some baskets from my left over yarns, which have been used to keep things tidy in several places around the house – perhaps now we’ll be able to find things a little more easily.

I used aran yarn doubled up for this one it is approx 9" in diameter

I used aran yarn doubled up for this one it is approx 9″ in diameter

crochet basket 2

I used double knitting yarn for the pink/orange bowls/baskets which measure approx 6″ in diameter. Ideal for containing all the keys by the front door, so everyone knows where their car keys are and there is no excuse for loosing the house keys either.

crochet basket 1a

The new home for the TV remotes, sticky tape and anything else that is left lying on the dining room table.

crochet basket 3

Yet to be filled up but I am sure it won’t be long.

crochet basket 4

Another one empty for the moment.

I have already lost two blue ones to the two boys for their desks.  In total I have made 6 with another one to be made this afternoon.

This weeks quilt idea came about after seeing a quilt on the internet which used this block along with several others to make a very interesting quilt but using very traditional colours.

Week 10 Quilt idea

Measures approximately 84″ square.
The same quilt using plain colours

The same quilt using plain colours

The block for the quilt which is used 'on-point'

The block for the quilt which is used ‘on-point’

The following links will take you to the quilt layout Quilt layout, the fabric requirements in yards Fabric requirements in yards, the rotary cutting info for each of the blocks, rotary cutting info 1 rotary cutting info 2, the corners rotary cutting info corner top right, rotary cutting info corner top left, rotary cutting info corner bottom right, rotary cutting info corner bottom left and the setting triangles rotary cutting info top setting triangles, rotary cutting info right setting triangles, rotary cutting info left setting triangles, rotary cutting info corner top right and finally the templates should you wish to try this quilt with paper piecing templates.

The inner border is 2 inches wide therefore needs to be cut 21/2″ wide, 2 pieces 681/2″ long and 2 x 721/2 “.  The second border is 4″ wide – cut 2 x 41/2″ by 721/2″ and 2 x 41/2″ by 801/2″ and finally the outer border is 2″ wide – cut 2 x 21/2″ by 801/2″ and 2 x 21/2″ by 841/2”.

Here is the link for the quilt show calendar:-https://artnextdoor.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/quilt-and-craft-show-calendar/                         the next show in my calendar isn’t until the end of the month.


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Creative Week 9

I have had my children home this week so I haven’t done much other than feed them and clean (after a fashion – anyone who knows me knows I don’t understand the concept of cleaning, life’s too short) but here is this weeks quilt idea.

A few flying geese mixed with rectangles and squares, so is easy to make and could utilise part of a jelly roll with backing and could be made larger using more of the jelly roll.

creative week 9

The quilt is 68″ square; the block measures 16″ square; sashing is 2″ wide  and therefore would need to be cut 2 1/2″ wide with 2 1/2″ square setting squares.  The first border measures 2″ wide again cut 2 1/2″ strips with the second border measuring 4″ (cut 4 1/2″).

It is very easy to change the size of this block should you wish, it is based on an 8 grid but making it 16 inches would make good use of those 2 1/2″ strips, it could also be made from any scraps left after other projects just with the addition of a back ground fabric to link it together.

block

These are the links for the pdfs for rotary cutting info rotary cutting info and the fabric requirements fabric requirements in yards

 

Finally a show reminder.

 

 

12th – 14th

 

Spring Quilt Festival

 

Kent

 

http://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk/html/Spring_Kent.html

Until next week, thanks for stopping by.

 


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Creative week 8:- This weeks quilt idea

Creative week 8 quilt

Here you’ll find all the info for rotary cutting the blocks needed, the fabric requirements and a quilt layout.

block 2 rotary cutting info block 1

block 2 rotary cutting info block 2

block 3 rotary cutting info block 3

coner block corner block rotary cutting info

edge block 1rotary cutting info edge block 1

edge block 2

rotary cutting info edge block 2

Fabric yardage (in yards)

And finally I thought you might like to see the lunch I had today.

lunch


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Creative Week 8 (another exciting post title)

I managed to finish the Easter table runner and place mats with a few hours to spare, but I forgot to flip the cutting of the second rabbit on the runner (what an idiot).

easter runner and mats

easter mat 1 easter mat 2

easter mat 3 I have also worked on my scrap quilt a little more, having cut the batting away from 4 of the blocks and joined these together.

Lay out block ready for cutting

peel back the backing before cutting the battingblack with all excess batting cut away

how the edges will be folded in once all stitching completed 1how the edges will be folded in once all stitching completed 2

Now this is turning into a really long post I think I’ll do another one with this weeks quilt idea, so hold tight I’ll be right back.