We specialise in patchwork and quilting, small projects to large projects for beginners to advanced skill levels. Cynthia's Ark runs regular weekly workshops on a variety of projects and techniques. We would love to have you join us on this crazy fun adventure.
On Saturday we had our English Paper piecing workshop featuring Sue Daley's Abbie pack. This make the workshop more interesting as we are working with non traditional shapes. It can make things more challenging too.
We started with a morning of selecting fabrics and cutting fabrics for one block. The packs have enough paper piecing included to make a quilt and you can even select to two different pack and create a two block quilt. This would create a much larger quilt.
After lunch we got stuck in to the sewing, chatting and laughing.. It is a really different feel compared to a workshop with the machines going. Maybe even a soothing feel to the day. We have been apart for too long and it was really nice to hear the chatter in the classroom again. I must admit I have missed that, even though I thought no classes would give me more time to work on other stuff I needed to do. It didn't quite turn out that way. Here are a sample of the ladies blocks they start with.
I look forward to seeing their blocks completed. It was a good mix of fabrics used. There was Tilda, Sue Daley's Abbie, Sweet Stems & Paper Daises ranges used and mine was from Riley Blake Designs Heart and Soul range.
This workshop will be repeated shortly as I have others wanting to do this workshop. So if you are tempted let me know and keep an eye open for the workshop date. This is a great workshop to expand your English paper piecing skills, or if you are finding hexagons, diamonds etc boring as you have done a number of those projects.
We have reached the end of May and it's time to report in on how we did. You can see my goal setting post here.
I was working on these blocks. I needed 24 more blocks for my Charmed Elements quilt. Technically a smaller version of Quiltworx Fractured Paintbox.
I got all the blocks made and had fun working on the layout with my little assistant. She is very good at rearranging blocks.
This is my final layout. Now let's hope I can sew it together in the right order.
It didn't happen. I stuffed it up more than once and not realised until I got the blocks all together. So I had to unpick the offending blocks and fix it. How I did it, is beyond me as I had the rows pinned. How I got a block from row 3 in row 4 and the row 4 block in row 3 I have no idea.
Than after fixing that I discovered a block in row 2 was twisted. More unpicking, until I end up with this version. Now I am happy, though grizzling at myself for stuffing it up and losing time on something else I could have been working on.
I have the borders to go, but the task was to finish the blocks.
I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilt post, so pop over and see how everyone else did with their goals.
Until Next Time
How can you not love this beauty! We are just about to start this project. I am excited to start, but those who know me, Know I love a new project. That is why I have a large UFO stash because I get inspired by something new and I want to do it.
The fabric has arrived in store, 3 large boxes full of this gorgeous fabric range from Anna Maria Horner Hindsight collection. We are going to have lots of fun making this quilt over the next 6 months, starting in June. I do like how this Block of the month is running at the same time world wide. Often here in Australia we are behind, as fabric doesn't seem to arrive at the same time, as it arrives in the stores in the USA.
I have a few spots left, if you have considering it this is the timed to jump in. Don't sit on the fence on this one and then miss out. Contact me in the shop or purchase on my website.
Until next time
One of the things we have been working on during self isolation has been new workshop samples. These may not be needed until later this year but at least they are done. Plus it is always good working on something new.
I pieced this one last week and basted ready for quilting.
All set ready to go. I am using Aurifil Forty3 for the quilting. I am looking for a bolder look against the batiks.
My assistant for the afternoon, Ponchee. More likely she I the supervisor.
Here is a picture of how it is turning out. It isn't a large project, so with the rulers I was able to quilt it in an afternoon.
Now for the binding. What colour should I use?
Until Next Time
With things still under lock down, you think I should have plenty of time to do some sewing. Not much happening around here. I am seeing lot of others sewing, which is great.
Though there has been much sewing happening I have been working hard behind the scenes. New workshops along with re working the workshop calendar as here in South Australia we are going to take the first steps towards reopen the state. I want to be ready.
Also we have been busy arranging a new batch of finished charity quilts to go to people who need them. This batch of 9 has been add to another batch of 6 and will be heading over to Kangaroo Island like our last batch of 26.
You can see one of my labels peaking out, so I snapped a shot of it so you can see what I put on it, plus it will remind me what I need to put on any future charity quilts.
These charity quilts have been made by the Cynthia's Ark Project Uninterrupted sewing group. The ladies of the group did what they could, some made blocks, some sewed the blocks into quilt tops, others quilted them, some helped out with supplies and then there was binding to finish them off.
They all did a fantastic job.
Until Next Time
Here we are in May already. It has been a strange year, things are not going to plan. Imagine that! Something I think I get more done when the pressure is on, but I never feel happy working under that pressure. So this month I have set myself a larger goal because I need to move along on some projects.
This month's goal is to complete the balance of these triangle blocks, I need another 24 blocks. I did manage the first batch of 24 blocks in 6 weeks, so I am thinking it just may be possible to trim my time down to the 4 weeks. Fingers crossed.
I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilts Goal setting post, so pop over there and check out what everyone is working on during May.