Deviant (quilt) art

Lately I have been doing a bit of machine quilting…. In daily doses. But when you work for a while in those bland neutral fabrics, beige and white and taupe, a craving for colour develops, especially on dull and cloudy days such as today… One deviates from the task at hand (mastering  rulers ) and springs into temporary insanity… There is a new quilt in the pipeline, and the top is almost finished… But I have to be a secret squirrel on this one for a little while as I don’t want to show it off until the recipient to be has had first look! decisions needed to be made as to the back of this quilt. I needed to use up some of the “stash” and the front didn’t consume even half of the designated fabrics…. the remainder, I thought, could provide the back…. For a week now, I have been toying with ideas – I have a vast number of trial designs (now mostly deleted – there were more than 90…)  in my EQ program…. But nothing was satisfying…. And ok I could just throw the leftover rectangles and squares together – big blocks of leftover fabric, to keep it simple and quick, after all no one really looks at the back unless they are the quilt police! That was the logical, practical and sensible person’s solution. But I’m dealing with myself here, nothing too simple … Today I cut out and pieced  24, 9″ 9 patch blocks, black and white and coloured….

Tomorrow I am going to join them up with 24 9″ squares, (this actually looks fairly horrible)image

Then I am going to cut them all up again into 16, 12 inch blocks, and sew them back together….. This will be the back of the quilt…..

If in the end I don’t like it, or decide it’s actually too awesome to be the back of a quilt, I will simply turn it into a second quilt, and go out and buy a few yards of wide backing and be done in no time at all!!

Quilting with rulers

Enrolled in an online ruler quilting class recently… This weekend I managed to get started… Two projects, one is the class sampler, in beige, taupe, red and brown,  which will be a large quilt, and the other a table topper…. Under which I plan to hide my cutting mat! The rulers are designed by Leonie and Bill West : find information about them at  http://www.westalee.com.au/

I was the lucky winner of a voucher from Punch with Judy  for an online class, at the 2015 Queensland Quilt Show.  I am so glad I chose the  Ruler class !! There are also other classes you can take, but I am doing the introductory one.

These are the first blocks for the table topper – because I made them first, while waiting for  the pale beige fabric to come into the store… I do think it is important to support your local fabric suppliers.

and a few more

And here are the first blocks I have done for the class sampler

 

Have to say, having the greatest fun!

Here are some more blocks:

More to come as I get them completed!

Nebula Revisited

The pattern is out!

Playing around on the computer in my quilt design software and thought I would experiment a bit with the colour choices…

Autumn Nebula

Autumn Nebula: in time for the northern hemisphere fall – or maybe that’s nearly over! So just in case, here is a promise of the snowy winter wonderland to come!!

ICE NEBULA
ICE NEBULA

For some more colour choices see my post Nebula again

Lolly Scramble

Who remembers the days of children’s birthday parties and one of the highlights being the lolly scramble? Brightly wrapped lollies, thrown up into the air for the children to collect where they fell… and so, my Lolly Scramble quilt – cot sized – to remind us of a time when children’s entertainment was so much simpler and dare I say it, easier? This PDF instant download pattern will soon be available on Etsy in our shop 2Sew Textiles – do remember to keep an eye out for it.

Lolly Scramble Cot Quilt
Lolly Scramble Cot Quilt