Sunday, August 31, 2014

Japanese baskets VI

I finally finished the McDazzling. Putting this background filler into a quilt this size is not for the faint hearted. It took about 6 hours to complete this part of the quilt. I used 6 bobbins of So Fine thread.My machine takes the larger sized bobbin so that’s a lot of thread.


Then it was time for the feathers that I had been dreaming about to fly out of my head and into those setting triangles. Now I am a minimum marking maximum effect kinda girl. I made my own templates to mark out the curve and the centre feathers.


I marked these main features of the design and stitched them out.


Then I start stitching feathers. I didn’t mark anything else.


Once I had completed the top and bottom border I took the quilt off and turned it. Kaiser of course thought this was a good time for a cat nap.

Kaiser cat napsIMG_1019

I’m loving how the curve in the triangle feathers is forming a fuax swag look.

Back onto the machine, interesting back view after the turn.

Back after turningIMG_1021

With the other two borders finished, those feathers took about 4 hours to complete.

At this stage I felt very glad that I had completed the narrow gold border. Time for a thread change. For this last border I am stitching in dark blue. The border fabric is so rich I feel it needs a simple treatment. I am stitching Piano keys with a quarter inch echo. I think they look very understated and elegant. The perfect finish for this quilt.


Thanks for popping by, do come on back tomorrow for the grand final.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Peas….

Our numbers were somewhat diminished today. Only five of us.
Andreena brought along the beginnings of a Japanese wall hanging.
Andreena's Japanese Lady
This pattern was designed by Judi of  Quilt Shop Papamoa Tauranga.
Andreena's Japanese lady patternIMG_0980_1
I think it’s going to look very nice when it’s made up.
Andreena has also, ever in the Christmas theme, been making these super cute decorations.
Andreena's decsIMG_0982_1
This lead to a button hunting frenzy to find buttons for future decorations. Debbie is going to demonstrate these when we have the full compliment of Sweet Peas back.
Button sortingIMG_0984_1
….but wait there’s more from Andreena, a snazzy table centre piece:
IAndreens runnerMG_0985_1
She has been busy!
Peggy has been busy too since we last gathered. She has completed her disappearing Hour Glass Block top.
Peggy's quiltIMG_0986_1
So crisp and fresh looking:
Peggy's blocksPicMonkey Collage
Thanks for popping by

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Japanese baskets V

Just a quick glimpse today.

McDazzling going in around the baskets.I say McDazzle because Karen McTavish says:

“McTavishing is my fingerprint, my style of background filler. Every quilter who attempts it, whether by machine or hand, will develop a personal style to their McTavishing.  I recommend naming your signature quilting style after yourself by adding and “ing” to your last name. That way it is your personal style and your own filler.”


 McDazzle twoIMG_0977_1


I am of course using Magnifico thread. It has such a nice pearly sheen.

I’ll be back when I move on out to those big setting triangles.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Sundries…………..

Lots to share this week.

First up, this is enough to knock your socks off.

Abbey, daughter of my blogger friend Leanne at Cottage Tails has launched her first pattern as a designer of knitting patterns’'.

This is her logo, I think it is very clever

Abbey has her own blog and Face book page. I follow a lot of bloggers who knit socks, if you do please check out Abbey’s design and mention her on your blog and/or like her on face book. Let’s help this clever, talented New Zealand designer to go global!

I have been dabbling into making some homemade beauty products. On Friday I made honey,beeswax and almond oil moisturising cream.

Honey ceam Collage

This stuff is divine. Almost good enough to eat! You can find the recipe at Petite Kitchen.Of course I had I had to do a cost analysis. I bought my Bees wax from Trade Me, Almond oil and Rosewater from my local Chemist. Price per pot $9.50.

But wait, those pots are a bit boring aren’t they? Washi tape to the rescue:

IHoney cream with washiMG_0913_1

Signs of spring in the garden.

Sping garden aug 2014PicMonkey Collage

Our lemon tree is dripping lemons. They are so sweet and juicy.

Lemon Tree

When I went to this Camellia tree I could hear the bees busy at work. Look at this little one – so much pollen on board I wonder if it will fly home safe.

Busy BeePicMonkey Collage

……..and just because I can a local scenic picture.


Just another day in paradise…….


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Japanese Baskets IV

….back to Andreena’s quilt again. Remember all those channels I stitched? Today it was time to fill them with Pearls.

Pearls in ChannelIMG_0914_1

Tiny little circles, with an average of 45 Pearls per channel. That’s approximately 1260 little pearls I have stitched today.You have to go slow and steady stitching these.

One of the features of my Innova that I love is the adjustable handles. When I am doing tiny stitching I can drop the handles down very close to the surface of the quilt. I can even rest my forearms on the belly bar. This all helps to attain good control.

Handles down lowIMG_0926_1

After I had finished the pearls I added a Lotus flower into the top of each basket.

Lotus flowersPicMonkey Collage

I stitch these free motion without any marking. They do vary a tad block to block but they do look hand guided not computer generated. I like that.

Another four hours have slipped away while I stitched today. I have enjoyed getting back to some free motion work.

Thanks for popping by, more stitching tomorrow.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Andreena’s Japanese Baskets III

Before I started to stitch today I took a snap of the back of Andreena’s quilt. Basket pretty……Basket back CollageI started my stitching today by creating ¼ inch channels on the inner side  of the setting triangles. I want this effect to separate the inner quilt from the setting triangles. This took an just over an hour to complete.
Channels around setting trianglesIMG_0899_1
Onto the inner border.I decided to use a round ruler to make a Shasiko styled pattern here. Starting at the top border I marked the part circles to make sure they fitted.
The trick here is to mark in from each end. If there is any problem with fitting the design you can fudge it in the middle and no one will ever know.
Once I have the first pass marked out I put registration marks directly across from the “valley”. to line the next pass of part circles up to. If you don’t do this things can get a bit out of line and the pattern gets a bit skew whiff.
Marking inner border Collage
Marking and stitching all the inner borders took about two hours.
As soon as I finish stitching I like to remove the marking. I use water in a spray bottle and follow with tissues to blot up the excess.
removing markingIMG_0904_1
Bottom of quilt reached.I am very happy with this border treatment as I think it has a Shasiko look which is very appropriate for this quilt.
Quilt bottomIMG_0909_1
Do you see Bertha’s stitch head there? Did I mention that I love my Innova? I have such great control to execute precise stitching.
Tomorrow I have to decide, will I finish the outer border (which will be more ruler work) or jump back into the middle and let rip with some free motion.
What do you think?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Japanese baskets cont…..

Work continued on the baskets today. First I completed the stitch in the ditch around the baskets, setting triangles and narrow inner border. This took a total of 3 hours to complete.I have two favourite rulers I use to SID. This one is DeLoa’s Castle.
Do you see how it has those little notches at the top? If you line them up with the ditch and the seam is straight it’s pretty easy to stay on course.
For smaller sections I use DeLoa’s Little One. Same idea with the notches at the top. You can get along and SID nicely once you get the knack with these rulers.
A peek at the back – already you can see those baskets. I have quilted around the edges of the baskets rather than the edge of the block. I’m planning to fill the background right across the block borders so that the baskets look like they are floating on the background.
When I got to the bottom of the quilt I realised that I had forgotten to SID around the two small triangles of the basket.I needed to define this area as I wanted to quilt something different in there from the main triangle of the basket. So I worked my way back to the top stitching this extra bit as I went.
Look at these before and after pictures to see what a difference just a wee bit more stitching can make.
Bottom of basket SID Collage
I did all the SID with Superior Mono Poly top and So Fine in the bobbin. I find the Mono Poly needs a thread that is not too slippery in the bottom to “grab” it.
Up at the top the quilt I changed my top thread to Magnifico and started my ruler work. First using two different sized rulers I stitched curves into the triangles of the baskets.These rulers are a made in New Zealand product. You can buy them from Stitchworks.
Curves all in:
Curves on Andreenas basket
Now for some curvaceous curves.
Curved basket bottom
The whole basket.
Basket with all curves 1
Isn’t that lush? My favourite ruler for curved crosshatching is from Accents in Design.
These rulers have little handles which do help a bit but unfortunately mine arrived from America with one handle snapped off. They also have a strip of hooky velcro on the bottom which is supposed to help hold it steady but it just seems to collect thread snips.
So how far am I into getting this quilt completed? Well I’ve found it takes me 7 mins to put the curves and cross hatching into each block. So that’s nearly 3 hours stitching. Then there are the setting triangles and onto the border.
Thanks for popping by.
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