Over the last couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time in the studio piecing the block swap quilt. The seam ripper was my constant companion as I kept changing my mind on border widths and fabric choices. This is not how I usually work and so was a new experience. Improvisational piecingContinue reading “Fabric Auditioning”
Category Archives: Block Swap
WIP or UFO
When does Work in Progress become an UnFinished Object? As a textile teacher I have over the years created many samples, partially finished examples, step by step pieces, and some actually finished. The samples that are finished are not the problem. The step by step examples are. They have a habit of becoming UFO’s. IContinue reading “WIP or UFO”
The End of a Busy Week.
Or is it the start of a new one? I am never sure with Sundays. Whatever it is, it is a chance to update my blog. I received another block for the block swap quilt my quilt group started during lockdown last year. I couldn’t resist getting them all out and have another look atContinue reading “The End of a Busy Week.”
Back to the Block Swap
My Big Birthday celebrations have finished – if I had an emoji here it would be a sad face. We had a lovely afternoon on Saturday, when our daughter, her husband and Robyn surprised us for a walk in our local country park. This made me realise even more that it is the simple thingsContinue reading “Back to the Block Swap”
Gosh it’s Friday 13th.
Are you suspicious? I don’t think I am but sometimes find myself acting in ways which would indicate that I am – not walking under ladders, cracks in the pavement etc. Quilting superstitions include – never make a quilt with 13 blocks, which I think would look odd even if I was tempted to tryContinue reading “Gosh it’s Friday 13th.”
An Early Start
Do you ever have those nights when you wake up and are raring to go – even though it is 4.30am. Well today was one of those days and I am in my studio sewing and cutting out fabric. There is always something to do. Flying geese to make, Half square triangles to trim. andContinue reading “An Early Start”
The Tropical Bear Block and Maths
When I design a new block I initially don’t take into account how it will be made, the sizing or any other minor detail. That comes when I attempt to make it and write instructions, and this is one block that’s come back to bite me. I really don’t want to use templates and soContinue reading “The Tropical Bear Block and Maths”
Last Block Finished.
Usually I don’t get time to spend Monday in my studio as there is always lots of other things which need my attention. However today was an exception. I got up early and was determined to complete the last Twisted Bear block for the group block swap. I had cut out the pieces last nightContinue reading “Last Block Finished.”
The Twisting Bears Block
In the Lockdown Block Swap post I shared my Modern and Art Quilt groups block swap challenge. To take two traditional blocks and merge them to make a new one. I designed two bocks which I named Twisting Bears and Tropical Bears. Over the last few weeks I have made quite a few Twisting BearContinue reading “The Twisting Bears Block”
Saturday in the Studio – a diary of my day.
I seem to have spent the best part of the last couple of weeks at my computer. Updating information and getting the new website up and running. None of this time has been wasted but I have missed being in the studio and doing what I like best. Cutting up fabric and piecing it backContinue reading “Saturday in the Studio – a diary of my day.”