Brit Quilt Swap – Round 3

I didn’t take part in BQS Round 2 (Pillow Fight), so when Round 3 was announced, I had to sign up straight away.

For Round 3, we have to make a mini quilt (12″ to 24″). So when I got the email telling me who I was make a mini-quilt for, I knew right away what fabrics I would be using and what design.  So I dug out my hoarded fat quarter bundle of Anna Marie Horner’s Innocent Crush and the paper pieces for the Weathervane block.

Ps. Weathervane tutorial coming next week!!


Gallery of Rogues #4 – Lynne of LilysQuilts

My next interviewee is Lynne from LilysQuilts. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the FQ Retreat, and ‘collared’ her about getting her interview done. So, gap a cuppa & make yourself comfy….

Hi, I’m Lynne and I am a UK blogger who blogs at Lily’s Quilts and am also one of the five who run the online quilting magazine, Fat Quarterly.  And so Lizzie asked me to join her blogroll of guest posters talking about a mahusive monster quilt they made.  This is my Portrait Wall quilt.  So called because it is designed to look like a wall of portraits in a New York loft apartment.  OK so some of the portraits are of ladies and some of teacups but you get the idea.  It was made for a friend of my sister’s who has been more like family to my sister than just a plain old friend.  My sister lives in France so has none of her side of the family around to help with children, life, the universe and everything but Carla has been like family for her so it was a real pleasure to have a chance to make a quilt for her new apartment.
Carla asked me about six months ago if I would make a quilt for her and we agreed on Ruby Star Rising, which is to say I kind of nudged her in that direction and she happily liked the suggestion.
We decided to mix these up with some Kona solids: candy green, coral, ash, charcoal, amber and cyan.
The prints looked to me like they really needed showcasing so I decided to make each of them a picture on a sort of wall of portraits.  Each one was framed with a skinny strip of colour then a charcoal picture frae and hung on Kona coral wall paper.  I Quilted As You Go – sixteen 25″ square blocks to make a whopping 100″ square quilt.  Criss cross quilting on the pictures to give the impression of glass.  Straight line quilting on the charcoal frames and squiggly quilting on the coral wallpaper.
Although quilting each of the blocks was a lot of fun, joining those QAYG blocks was a hellish process.  I quilted them with the backing on and with 2-3″ spare backing all round but taking care to leave the 1-2″ edges of the blocks unquilted.  I then sewed the blocks together using 1/2″ seams and including the quilt top and wadding but not the backing.  I then trimmed, folded, pinned and then sewed the backing down to the back.  Finally I quilted the unquilted areas.  I broke needles, the quilt was unweildy, the pinning was a huge palaver and frankly, it felt like a nightmare that wouldn’t end.
Would I make a quilt this big again?  NO WAY.  Not if I have to quilt on a domestic machine anyway. It finished at 100″ square and was, for me, too big for a domestic machine to quilt, even though I have a machine with a larger quilting throat.  If asked to make something like this again, I would explain to the person commissioning the quilt that they would need to factor in the cost of long arm quilting it!  Having said all that, I am proud of the quilt, it gave me the chance to work with some fabrics I could not have afforded myself and Carla loves it – and that’s what it’s all about for me.
Hope you go over to Lynne’s blog an read all about her other quilty adventures.

Coming soon….

I hope to bring to you my first tutorial.  The idea to do this has been in my head since Sunday’s designer challenge ‘class’, but I need to sort a few things out like making the block itself & taking piccies.


FQ Retreat Day 2….

I am sitting in my hotel room writing this before I go to dinner with some really lovely ladies I have met over the weekend. I would like to thank Sue (aka libertyjsy on flickr) for organising the Radisson group’s jaunt to Tikki on Friday evening. It was great to put faces to some of the blogs I follow.

But my biggest thanks goes to the FQ team: Katy, John, Brioni, Lynne & Tacha, for organising such a fabulous weekend. It was lovely to meet you, and even take some classes with some of you.

As I promised, I managed to collar Hadley to show her the real, in-the-flesh, Diamonds in the Sky (aka my blue monster).

The only  class I had today was the Designer  Challenge. I find that I sometimes struggle with designing my quilts and putting some of the lovely big, bold prints I love (ie Kaffe Fasset prints). This class was fun. Just taking 10-15 minutes to sketch/doodle a design or playing with fabrics helps from gtting too overwhelmed.

This is the Designer Challenge class from this afternoon.  John & Katy ‘taught’ the class this morning. I left 2 of the designs I did, but I have little expectation of them being featured any time soon in FQ magazine. I have kept one as I have plans to use it for a quilt (and maybe I will send a piccie when I have the top done to the FQ team!).

Whilst I was spending my free time quilting my lovely blue monster, there was another class going on in the main hall. Portholes with Lucie Summers (creater of the new Summersville fabric line).

FQ Retreat Day 1…..

I only had one class today…. English Paper Piecing with Tacha (& Brioni). But for some (including me) got distracted by this…

Katy & her gorgeous teddy bears.

Some of us even fell in love with those teddies…. Brioni (pink top) particularly!

I did try to make some progess on quilting my lovely blue monster, but heck, I am here to have fun too!

Finally, London….

Finally made it to the hotel (Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt on Cromwell Road, Kensington) just after 3pm. Perfect timing, as I had left Loughbrough at 11:30 this morning, for a 1 1/2 hour or so train journey and 30 mins on the tube. It’s not easy trying to manhandle a laptop bag (long shoulder strap had broken!), small wheelie suitcase and a holdall on the underground, but manage I did.

In a few minutes, I will be meeting some of my fellow FQ Retreaters for a trip to Tikki, a quilting shop in Kew, not that far from the famous Kew Botanical Gardens.

I hope to post some photos over the weekend, and I hope to grab one or two of my quilty blog friends for a quick interview.