Tuesday, 21 April 2015

That's all, folks...

OK, so that's it - no late night, last minute entries, so there are 33 quilts total in this round of the swap, with 30 players.  Please send me your preference lists when you get a chance. Please try to include at least 8 choices on your lists (though of course, if you really don't like more than 8, you can put fewer). I will do my best to match you with a quilt high on your list. You can rank them strictly if you like (1, 2, 3) or in tiers (my three favourites are x, y z; next are a, b,c; finally I also like p, q, r) or even say things like "I really like most of these, and would be happy except I'd rather not get my own back or have quilts x and q because they just aren't my style/I'm not a huge fan of bright orange".

It would be helpful if you'd include your address in your preference list, if you aren't sure if I have it.  If you played in round 8, I have it (unless you've moved, of course).

I'll be emailing the group later with similar instructions, but unfortunately, I have to go to work now and haven't had time to update my mailing list to remove those people who didn't get a chance to make a quilt this time around...

Any questions, just ask.

Quilt no 33

23.5x14.5" approx
All the fabric is cotton and the batting also is cotton. I used water soluble stabilizer to make the hearts. The hearts are embellished with beads, ribbons and yarn.

Quilt no 32

This is my celebration of  Spring.  Raw edge appliqué on a pieced background.   

Monday, 20 April 2015

Almost there (but not quite)

Just a reminder that today is the last day to get photos to me for the swap.  I have a couple more to post, as well as the possibility of another last minute entry or two, so please hold with your preference lists until I post a confirmation that I've put up all the quilt photos!  Won't be long now ladies - looking forward to seeing which quilts will end up living with whom - lots of nice pieces to chose from this time around, I think...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Quilt no 31

Wonderfully Wonky
I am calling this quilt 'Wonderfully Wonky' because of the wonky string blocks. This quilt represents a few firsts for me:   
·Using Kaffe Fasset prints. I bought this charm pack without a plan, and I'm glad to have had it in my stash for this swap. 
·Making wonky string squares. I have wanted to make a string block for a while now, and these prints are perfect for this type of block. 
·Quilting with a heavier, shiny thread. I used Superior Threads Magnifico #40 in Ingot (2068). It was a fun thread to use and adds a glimmer to the quilt without being over the top.

Other fabrics used were Kona Sunny and Kona Ruby. The backing is a Pat Sloan print from her Bobbins & Bits line. I quilted straight lines with my walking foot spaced approximately 1/2" apart. 

The finished size is 10"x24" and there is a hanging pocket attached to the back.

Quilt no 30

Friendly Circles
Used Kaffe Fassett scraps and Libby Lehman technique for reverse applique. Machine and hand embroidery with beading round coins shisha style.

Quilt no 29

The materials are predominantly cotton, with a small amount of silk.  All fabrics have been hand dyed in a mixture of synthetic and natural indigo vats.  There is also some hand woven organic cotton from Mali in the piece.

Quilt no 28

Random Tweets
16x9" approx
Top bird is printed on organza from a painting I did. I have sewn some dimes on the back to make it hang better but I'm afraid the sides aren't straight!

Quilt no 27

30x40cm x 4.5cm deep/thick
Machine and hand stitch; Duck Cotton, Lutradur, Xpandaprint and Fluid Acrylic Paints
(3 layers: Duck Cotton, Blanket and Box Canvas)

Quilt no 26

Stars Galore
18.25" square
Has hanging sleeve.  Maker says "I will add a label when I know where it's going."

Quilt no 25

Cotton fabrics, machine pieced and quilted.  No hanging sleeve.   

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Deadline for Photos: Monday 20th April!

Please remember that if you are planning to submit photos to this round of the swap, they are due by Monday, 20th April.  On Tuesday 21st (my time) I will be officially closing the swap, so anything not in my inbox by Tuesday morning, doesn't count. You might want to finish off this weekend if you were hoping to play along!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Quilt no 24

Loose Marbles
 This piece consists of  trapunto sliced circles on a pieced backing and is machine quilted.

Quilt no 23

Happy Tree
Made using cotton fabrics, cotton batting and both cotton and polyester threads.  The tree and leaves are raw edge applique, with free motion machine embroidery, and the background is free motion quilted by machine.

Quilt no 22

Autumn Meadow
Based on the lino prints of Angie Lewin.  Commercial and hand dyed fabric and threads. Appliqué, hand embroidery, hand quilted with added beads and sequins and backed with batik fabric.   

Quilt no 21

Circles in Circles
approx 16x20"
Raw edge applique; free motion quilting.

Quilt no 20

Happy Hearts
Techniques used are piecing, machine raw edge appliqué and stitch in the ditch quilting.

Quilt no 19

The Early Blackbird
Techniques are needled turned appliqué, machine and hand quilting (nb: colour is more true in the detail photo)

Quilt no 18

Take Heart
Linen sandwich with appliqued silk hearts.  FME background heart design. Paintstiks front and back. Gold heat transfoil on mistyfuse.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015