Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop

Welcome to the Winter Blues Blog Hop. I am here on a special mission.  I am here to warm you up. How you ask? It may be cold wet, windy and maybe some snow hanging around your places. But here where I am in South Australia it is the middle of Summer. There is plenty of sunshine, blue skies and heat here for me to brighten your day. Today's temperature is 39 degree (102 fahrenheit) where I am.

Here is the schedule for the blog hop so pop over and check out everyone's posts. A big thank you to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting us.

Monday, January 20th

Tuesday, January 21st

Wednesday, January 22nd

Thursday, January 23rd This is our day.

Cynthia's Creating Ark you are here.

Friday, January 24th
Now blue is my favourite colour and what a great way to finish 2019 and start 2020 with a blue project. I had one in mind and those who follow my blog will recognize little glimpses as I worked on it.
It is a Quiltworx pattern called Prismatic Star. A pattern I have had my eyes on for a while.

Look at all those lovely blues
A little test on my blue floor. Yes it is blue. Just to double check the background.

Now a quarter joined together. I had to lay it out on a different floor so you can see it better. I stock this pattern and run regular Quiltworx workshop in my store.
Here is my blue star at quilt top stage. I look forward to seeing this one finished.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 Temperature Quilt

I have to admit I am still working on 2019 Temperature quilt. I will get there, but I am hooked and recording temperatures have become part of my morning routine and  I am recording the temperatures out of habit, so I will need a new design for this year. I plan to use the same scale as I did last year, but with a new lay out and different technique. The quilts will look totally different but will have the same colour palette with the addition.
Here is my legend
9- 15 degrees Purple
16-20 degrees  Blue
21-25 degrees Green
26-30 degrees Yellow
31-35 degrees Orange
36-40 degrees Pink
40- 45 degrees Red
46+ degrees Black

This year I want something I can do by hand, I find it hard to find machine time and when I do there are more important projects under my needle. My hand sewing work load is a lot smaller. You may realise where I am heading with this, that means English paper piecing is back on the table. I didn't do a lot in 2019, beside a few pin cushions and Abbie blocks which I will be continuing on this year.

Finding a shape that will work for me has been an interesting excersize. I was thinking I would work in weeks as monthly with 29, 30 and 31 days isn't going to work but 7 or 14 wasn't working either. I can do 4,5, 6, 8 10, 12 or 16 in a block. So let me show you the break down and may be one of you might have a suggestion that may help me solve my problem.

Let's start with 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10  these are all diamonds that form stars when pieced together which in turn will give me 91.5 blocks with the 4 pointed star,  73.2 with the 5 pointed star,  61 with the 6 pointed star,  45.75 with the 8 pointed star and 36.6 with the 10 pointed star. Now the blocks would be small probably around 4-5" in size but only the 6 pointed star divide out nicely.

Then we have the dresden shapes which gives me 6, 12 & 16 depending on size, and once again you have 6 = 61 blocks, 12 = 30.5 blocks and 16 = 22.9 blocks. The size of these block widely vary between 6" to 16" blocks. So 23 x 16" blocks will create a large quilt around the 80" square.

I am going to have to made a decision very soon so I can start, what shape would you use? Is there a shape I have missed that you think would work better. Let me know, I would love to heard your thoughts.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Project Quilting Mystery Quilt Along Part 3

We have reached the last clue of Persimon Dreams Mystery Quilt Along. I have enjoyed this little Mystery Quilt Along. Sometimes a little project is good to do. In a week we have a quilt top ready for quilting. A lot of scrap fabric used but no where near making a dent in my scrap boxes.

All my blocks made up with the background fabric, ready to join together.

My threads have a shelf to sit on. It was great to find the wood grain fabric, it was left over from another project. I did have to join it, I think I have done a good job to make it look like one piece.
I have link my post with Persimon Dreams post, so pop over and check out everyone else's version.
Once I quilt it and finish it I have the perfect place to hang it. It is nearly time to change the projects hanging above the door.
If you have only just found the 2nd Annual Project Quilting Mystery Quilt Along click on the link above and you can collect Kim's clues and make your own version.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching