I’m joining Charm About You’s Finish-A-Long this quarter, and here is my list of projects I’m planning to complete –
Splendid Sampler lap quilt
A Christmas present for my little niece. I’ve made 20 blocks, so another five to go, plus sashing, a patchwork backing, and quilting.
Nani Iro quilt
This one is done apart from the applique circles. I finished the rest of the quilt a while ago, but it got too hot to have a quilt draped over my lap.
Lone star epp
I have some beautiful vintage kimono and batik fabric which I want to do something special with, so I’m planning a lone star mini to frame.
Anna Graham’s bucket bag from Handmade Style, which I need to finish in time to go on holiday!
If you’d like to keep up with my progress, I’m dottie_doodle on Instagram.
Four months into the Ice Cream Soda
quilt along (progress pictured above) and I’ve picked up quite a few English Paper Piecing tips. Here are five of my favourites –
1. Clover Black Gold Needles
Until a few months ago, I thought hand sewing needles were much the same. Oh no! These needles glide through the fabric. But they do have a tiny eye, so my next tip is …
2. Clover needle threader
I’ve been using this one for months and it is so fine and the design helps to keep it in one piece.
3. Aurifil thread
Beautiful colours, fine and strong. I use 40 or 50 weight for piecing, and the heavier weights are wonderful for applique and embroidery. The higher the number, the finer the thread. I got a little bit obsessed with the Aurifil and bought rather a lot. Have stopped now!
My dear friend Kathryn gave me a set of perspex templates for the Ice Cream Soda quilt and I am a complete convert. They make it easy to cut several pieces at once, and fussy cutting is much easier.
5. Sewline glue
Some quilters baste, some prefer to glue their fabric to the paper pieces. I’m a huge fan of glue – it means I can get to the fun bit (sewing the pieces together) more quickly. Refills can be expensive and the cost of postage means the price varies widely on the interwebs. If I can’t buy them locally, I check the price when I’m buying fabric online, and include them in my order if it’s a good deal.
If you’d like to keep up with my quilty progress, I’m dottie_doodle
I love English Paper Piecing, but I’ve only used hexagon templates. So when I heard about Tales of Cloth’s Ice Cream Soda block of the month club I thought this was a chance to try putting some more shapes together.
Ice Cream Soda photo from talesofcloth.com
Kerry of Very Kerry Berry spoke at the South West Modern Quilt Guild last week about choosing fabrics for a quilt, so I’m using her excellent advice to help with my fabric selection.
I started with my ‘hero’ fabric, which is Kaffe Fasset’s Millefiore in orange (top photo). It has lots of colours in it which can inspire other fabrics choices. The next step could be to buy other fabrics in the same collection, but I like my quilts to have a scrappy look. So I went to my stash of scraps and smaller pieces.
These are the golds and oranges, with some mustards coming in too.
Kerry suggested using some of these added fabrics as inspiration to lead to other colours. The flower print (bottom left) has the gold, but also grey and black, so I added some of those.
Then I put a black and white filter on this photo of my whole selection to check the contrast.
I’d like some more dark fabric. There is a burgundy in the Kaffe Fasset that I don’t have. Also some more pale blue and paler neutrals.
One of the things I really like about the Ice Cream Soda quilt is that you can make a few flowers and see how they work together. I plan to use the fabrics I already have for the first couple of months. Although I do have a shopping trip planned with my very talented friend Nicola, and it would be rude not to buy any fabric then, wouldn’t it?!