Thursday, 11 December 2014

Grand Illusion Part 2

 This is part 2 of Bonnie hunter's mystery quilt Grand Illusion.
Not as complicated as it at first looked plus Bonnie gave us three different methods of achieving these blocks.

I chose method no 3 because it was the easiest and I liked the idea of having all those bonus half square triangle units.

My colours look quite dark but are a bit more vibrant than they look in the photos.  Hate this dull winter weather.

My blocks all done and arranged into a rather nice block.

These would make a great quilt - may have to revisit that idea sometime.

Please click here to head over to the Mystery link up and check out all the Grand Illusion quilts being made.
I'm all ready for Part 3 tomorrow.  
I'll leave you with another Bonnie quilt I've been working on.  It is a small rainbow version of Blue Ridge Beauty for our 6 month old pup, Luna.

See you all next time for part 3 of Grand Illusion.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Grand Illusion Part 1

Yes its that time of year again when Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville thrills us all with a mystery quilt.
This will be my fourth Bonnie mystery and I have loved every quilt I have made.
First was Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll which has yet to be quilted.  Next was Orca Bay followed by Celtic Solstice both of which have been quilted and take turns on my bed.

 Back to this years mystery, its called Grand Illusion.
Click here to take you to the link up party and watch the progress of many quilters from around the world.
Ok.  I more or less stuck to the same colours as Bonnie but used different tones.

I am using the easy angle ruler to make my HSTs.  A dye cutting machine would be a great time saver here but I don't really mind slicing the fabric with a rotary cutter.  It's quite satisfying!

Coming along.

I am using scrappy yellows and I should say that I am making half the amount required for a smaller quilt.

                                                              Trimming the blocks.

All done, bagged and ready to go.
See you next week for Part 2

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Appliqued Butterfly Cushions.

Over the last couple of weeks I've been working on these commissioned cushions.
An appliqued butterfly with 3D flowers please.
I love these type of projects.

 I used a batik as the background and for the butterfly I used hand dyed fabrics that I get from a lovely lady at the Edinburgh quilt show.

I used a blanket stitch on my little Janome 601 to do the applique

This one has half square triangle borders....

.. and this one has plain borders.  I free motion quilted both of them on the table top.

Next I made some 3D leaves and sewed them in position.

 These are the 3D flowers, handmade.  Click here for my tutorial for these flowers.
I think they add a nice touch to these decorative cushions.

 Of course feathers had to be featured somewhere! Well everywhere actually :)

 Both cushions measure 20" square finished.

I really enjoyed making these but now it is almost time for Bonnie's mystery quilt.
Next week.........
Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Patches and Pinwheels Quilt

 Way back in February of this year I decided I wanted a vintage sewing machine so I bought one from Ebay.
Its an old Jones, 1929 and is called The Royal Ruby.

Isn't she lovely?  After some initial problems with the tension, my clever husband got it sewing beautifully.  I find it very relaxing cranking that handle.

Of course I had to make a quilt on it..........

I was very kindly given a lot of batik scraps which I couldn't wait to use.   Where do you go when you want to make a scrappy quilt ?   Bonnie Hunter's website of course,
She has lots of free patterns and Bonnie is the Queen of scrap quilts.

This one is Patches and Pinwheels.

I used scrappy neutrals as a contrast to the batiks.

Here I am playing around with borders.

I made a stack of batik string blocks but decided not to use them.
So, onto the frame now......

I had a bit of a break from sewing over the summer so this was my first quilt on the frame for around 3 months.  For anyone who doesn't know, my set up is a Janome 1600P on a queen sized Gracie frame.


It was quite a slog finishing this one with all the small feathers but I got there in the end.

Now it is waiting to be trimmed and bound.

I'll be doing Bonnie's Grand Illusion mystery quilt this year but I am doing it half the size.  I don't often make other quilters designs but I love the way Bonnie constructs a quilt and she is a master piecer. If you'd like to improve your piecing skills, then do a Bonnie quilt.  She makes it easy and fun!  I'll be posting here regularly and joining in with Bonnie's linky parties.
I'm working on a couple of cushions just now and will get them finished before the start date.  Might even get Luna's quilt finished!!

This just happens to be another Bonnie design - Blue Ridge Beauty from her Adventures with Leaders and Enders book.
Off to sew for the day now.
Have a great weekend. See you next time
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