Kantha – Alison Glass Stitch Club

Kantha – Alison Glass Stitch Club

I was looking for some slow stitching inspiration earlier in the year, and heard about the Alison Glass Stitch Club on Instagram.

For 6 months, members are sent a pdf magazine. A different stitch style is featured each month, with articles, beautiful photography, project tutorials and plenty of links for further reading.

We looked at Kantha first. I’ve enjoyed hand quilting in this style before, but never made it the main feature of a project, and I absolutely loved stitching this.

Alison’s project suggestion involved stitching different coloured strips together, so it was great for using up some scraps. Some of the strips are pieced from several fabrics. Then the stitching is done in complementary colours over each strip.

My first project was to make a bed cover for Hetty – which she seems very happy with!

I didn’t want to stop there, so I made a cushion for my Mum in her favourite colours. It was a very enjoyable month, and exactly the inspiration I was looking for.

Mini Footloose cushion

Mini Footloose cushion

One of my friends made me a beautiful bunch of paper anemones earlier in the year. When I found out she was having an extra special birthday this year, I knew I wanted to make her something too.

I decided to make a cushion, and remembered I hadn’t yet made the Footloose quilt by Jenny Haynes (Papper, Sax, Sten). Sized down with Jenny’s mini drunken path templates, it is a perfect fit for a 14.5″ square cushion pad.

The fabrics are Alison Glass, with some Moda Confetti (Enid likes a bit of bling!), some gorgeous burgundy shot cotton, and a Cotton & Steel background.

I machine and hand quilted it through the centre.

The finished cushion. I’m delighted to say that she loved it – especially the gold dots!

The 100 day project – update

The 100 day project – update

It’s day 89 of my project, 100 days of stash busting. It’s been going well – the finished projects are piling up, and the stash is decreasing. There’s certainly plenty of fabric left, but it does now all fit in the chest of drawers I bought to keep everything in!

I haven’t got anything completed to show you this week, so I thought I’d post a quick round up of all the unfinished projects I’m hoping to have done in eleven days time.

First is a Warm Hearted dog bed cover I started about a year ago. Every heart is a different print, so it’s a very scrappy quilt! I’ve got one more row to add, then pieces to the edges to straighten them. The pattern is by Tales of Cloth.

This is the top of my Up and Away Baby quilt. The pattern is by my lovely friend and fellow Guild member Sarah Ashford, and I’ve been taking part in the sewalong she is running on Instagram (#upandawaysal).

Next is the result of another sewalong, run by Karen Lewis for her Wire Flower pattern. Each group of nine people made nine flowers, then swapped them. I’m making a laundry bag with mine, and the reverse will be this gorgeous Liesl Gibson fabric which I’m quilting today.

Finally, I’m quilting my Oodalolly quilt – in stages because it’s quite big and I get bored! I’m quilting in between the lines you can see, and then across them to make a curved crosshatch.

I wonder if I could restrict myself to just a couple of works in progress in future!

Quilting suitcases

Quilting suitcases

Two South West Modern Quilt Guild workshops came together on this project. I made the suitcase mini last year at a precision piecing workshop with Kerry Green. After spending all that time on the piecing, I was too scared to go ahead with the quilting in case I ‘ruined’ it!

Then last month Sarah Ashford taught us Walking Foot quilting, and that gave me the confidence to take the panel out of the drawer and make something.

I quilted the suitcases in straight and diagonal crosshatch, and the back in a curved crosshatch.

Then I made a padded drawstring bag, which I’m going to use for in my suitcase for all the bits and pieces I take on holiday.

All the fabrics are precious Liberty and vintage Laura Ashley, so I kept with that theme and lined it with a piece of a vintage curtain which I’ve been hoarding.

I’m so happy with the bag, and it’s always good to take something out of a drawer and use it!

You can read more about the workshops on the South West Modern Quilt Guild blog.

Quilt-As-You-Go

Quilt-As-You-Go

One of the first projects I decided on for my 100 days of stashbusting was a quilt for the garden bench. Looking through my patterns and quilting books was frustrating. I have a lot of fabric, but it’s mainly in fat quarters so not enough of anything to make most patterns.

Jera Brandvig‘s Quilt As You Go Made Modern provided a solution, as her Red Square quilt uses 14 fat quarters. I certainly had those! I chose blue prints, with a single golden yellow piece in each square.

I went a bit more scrappy as I went along.

I enjoyed making this quilt. It comes together quickly, and of course you don’t have to quilt it when the top is finished. I did take a break part way through, when I realised I had to make an extra 5 blocks to make the quilt big enough to stay on the bench. It’s a lot of stitching, and I had had enough at that point. A week or so off with some slower projects, and I finished the quilt in a couple of days.

Hetty being supportive, as always
The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

I’m taking part in The 100 Day Project for the fourth time this year. The Project is

“a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.
The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject. “

I first took part in 2015 with 100 days of new recipes and loved it! In 2016 I tried a drawing project but gave up pretty quickly, then in 2017 I completed 100 days of slow stitches.

100 days is a long time and I was in two minds about taking part again. It certainly is a rollercoaster ride of “love/ hate/ please don’t make me do this anymore/ maybe this is good/ I did it!”

The thing I love about the project, and what keeps me coming back to it, is that if you do something for 100 days, something will happen. I’ve always learned a lot, even if it’s what I don’t like doing.

I thought about trying free motion quilting, but decided that might be too difficult – as I can’t free motion quilt at all! Maybe next year.

The day before the project began, I thought ‘I’m always complaining I’ve got too much fabric, why don’t I do 100 days of stash busting’. It will be interesting to see how much of my stash I can use, if I do something with it every day.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. Today is day 31 and so far I’ve completed a quilt top, almost finished a quilt, made some gifts, worked on an epp cushion cover, sewn some really tiny quilt blocks, knitted most of a cardigan for my niece, and made her a sweatshirt. I’m delighted to say there is a considerable dent in my stash already!

I’m also not buying any fabric or yarn during the Project and I haven’t wanted to. Which if you know me, is quite something! I think I’m finding it so satisfying to see the fabric drawers emptying, I don’t want to add to it.

If you like to follow along, I’m dottie_doodle on Instagram.

Vintage Home quilt update

Vintage Home quilt update

I’m always trying to use my fabric stash, rather than buy new supplies, and one stashbusting project I’m very happy with is the Vintage Home quilt by Jo Avery

The plan with this one was to use my Liberty scraps, and I do think they look pretty.  I haven’t managed to keep up with the block of the month aspect of this one, but I’m probably two thirds of the way through the piecing, so not bad at all.

Jo published the quilt layout a couple of months ago, and it’s good to see where everything will fit.  I’ve got two big blocks to make – the suitcases and sewing machine – the lamp and candlestick.  I’m not a fan of applique so I’m planning to piece the letters for Home Sweet Home, and substitute a dog (of course!) for the cat.

For the back of my quilt I’m making a patchwork of the leftover Liberty fabric.  I’m looking forward to emptying that box of scraps!

Vintage Home BOM – plates & all the blocks so far

Vintage Home BOM – plates & all the blocks so far

This time the  Vintage Home blocks are plates, using the porthole technique, which I hadn’t tried before.

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The instructions in the magazine were very clear and I’m pleased with the results.  I especially like the one with the boats fabric!

There is also a larger plate with paper pieced petals around the rim, and I really liked this one.  I intended the centre of this one to be one of the smaller plates, but used the wrong template when I cut it out – oops!

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I think it was a happy accident though.  I wouldn’t have planned to put the zoo animals in the centre of the florals, but I like it.  It’s a plate I would love to own.

Finally, here’s a picture of all the blocks so far.  I spent ages trying to get them all in the photo using my ‘proper’ camera, but the best picture was a quick snap with my phone!

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Warm hearted quilt in the snow

Warm hearted quilt in the snow

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Regular readers will know I’m on a stashbusting mission this year.  When I saw Tales of Cloth’s Warmhearted quilt in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine I thought it looked like the perfect home for a pile of orange, green, teal and navy scraps.

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It was so much fun to make.  The hearts are two jewel shapes sewn together, and then attached in long lines.

And then it snowed again – perfect!  Snow does bring out the colours beautifully.

Hetty enjoyed the snow very much, although she managed to make snowballs with her fur.  They took ages to remove!

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Noodlehead trail tote

Noodlehead trail tote

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I’ve had a bit of a bag making fest recently!

I’ve been using the small version of Noodlehead’s trail tote , in brown waxed cotton, for walks with Hetty.  I made it a couple of years ago, and it’s a great size for a few essentials.  For longer walks it was getting rather stuffed, especially if we needed to take water along for her, so I made the  large bag in striped canvas.

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I loved that one so much I made another in this gorgeous Cotton & Steel Wonderland canvas.

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The only change I make is to add a big zipped pocket on the inside.  If find it really useful to be able to keep some things separate, without having to squish them into the little pocket on the front.

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The lining is Wonderland quilting cotton in black and gold.

It’s such a lovely pattern, very easy and I like the hardware – even if getting the buckles threaded correctly always takes me ages!

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