Sunday, April 22, 2018

Anzac Day Quilt is completed.

 I have been struggling over the last few weeks with my back which is limiting my time sewing. This has really frustrate me. So I have picked the times I sew carefully. I managed to pin my Anzac Day Quilt but the other will have to wait either for my back to heal or until I get help. I have had to keep the quilting simple with just stitching in the ditch. I really wanted to finish this quilt before the Laura Folk Fair as I wanted to have some kits available for sale. Anzac Day is the 25th April so if anyone want to make one they will really to get the pattern and kit ready to give them time to make it up. If they are making the same size as mine it is only a weekend project to complete it.


The fabrics I have used in this quilt are all available in store and online at Cynthia's Ark if you are interested in any of them. Plus I have put this pattern under the Tutorial tab here as it is a great little pattern if you have a feature print for the framed blocks. Just perfect for a I  Spy quilt.

I haven't got a better picture of this quilt finished. I didn't realise I hadn't taken the final picture, before the quilt  went to a new home.
This project is also my April One Monthly Goal project to complete. So I have done well to get it completed, considering it is the only thing completed this month.

Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

A New Block of the Month Coming

I must be making a dent in my workload finally and catching up. Of course doing everything slowly and trying not to aggravate my back. It has improved but I can't say it is better. Anyway I am taking a break shortly and hopefully that will allow my back to get better. So I need a break project something that involves hand work as I will not have a machine to use.  So it is the perfect time to start work on the new Block of the Month I have planned for later this year. It will be using Riley Blake Design fabrics. You know how much I love them. This is the starting pile, a mix of Shades and basics.

I don't want to give away the project yet but it will be a multiply technique block of the month. There will be stages that will be able to be completed in more than one way. An example is you will be able to hand piece blocks or machine piece those blocks. Do you get where I am going? So while I take a break (Really! I am) I am going to make some of the blocks as I do need to be able to do some stitching. It is rare for me to go more than two days without stitching something, even if it is 5 minutes of hand stitching.  A little peak as I had to stitch a little.

More details to follow on this Block of the Month and another one  in the pipeline soon.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, April 20, 2018

Another Beginner's Workshop to Ruler Work Quilting

This has been our most popular workshop this year. This is the second time I have run it and plans for a third one is well under the way in June. We had a very informative workshop starting with the ruler that comes with the ruler foot. This is a very useful ruler to have you can do lots with it as it has the straight side and the arc on the other side.


I have quilted quilts with just this ruler, my double wedding ring is one of them.


After a session at the machine learning how to do a checkerboard pattern and exploring the curved side we stop for a cuppa and some of my Lemon & Coconut Slice.
My sample piece.

In the second half we looked at the Sampler set, Crosshair ruler and book and with a little demo from me they all had a go at their sampler set templates.


From this workshop there is plans to run my Placemat workshop again which I created to use the Westalee Sampler Set to expand your ruler work knowledge. Also I am working on a how to quilt a small project using the Westalee Sampler Set where you will bring a small project ready to quilt and we will explore options on how to quilt your project. With everyone doing different projects you we be open to see how others quilt their project and see options you may not have considered. More details coming soon,

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia