Saturday, 2 May 2015

An Anna Maria Horner Swap Option Two

I kind of like the last quilt too much to give away, so I needed a back-up plan and this one is it.

If my partner expresses a preference on Instagram, that's fine. If she doesn't, she's getting this one.

It's a very fun block to make using the Triangler ruler and just the right size for a mini quilt.

I used Perle cotton on the star block, a combination of running  and chain stitch and then switched to my sewing machine to densely free motion quilt the space. (I would say 'negative space' but that starts to sound modern which I'm not. I think.)

That was actually really fun as I treated each section completely different and just 'drew' whatever came into my head.

Within reason of course.

Some things are best kept in your head.

How can anyone one not like brown when it looks as beautiful as it does in these fabrics?

And the back.

I got carried away and did a video for Instagram to try and show the texture of the quilting off. Then I discovered you can only upload 15 seconds worth.

So here's the longer version (not sure why it doesn't cover the full screen though) - popcorn is optional.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

An Anna Maria Horner Swap

I decided I wasn't going to do any more public/group swaps because I've kind of found them a bit of a mixed bag.

But then a swap was announced on Instagram to make a mini quilt with only Anna Maria Horner fabrics and before I knew what I was doing, I'd signed up.

And here's my make.

It's a Goergetown Circle pattern which finishes at 24" square.

It's entirely hand pieced and just in the outer circle alone, there are 64 triangles.

For the quilting, it is a complete mixture of machine and hand quilting with some Perle stitching thrown in for good measure.

And the back - I've only used AMH fabric which was no great hardship.

I'm going to block it now and them ponder the possibilities of actually keeping it myself and instead making something else for my swap partner.

I'm still not convinced I would or should give it away.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Soy Amado No. 64

Such was the indecent haste of The Photographer to 'get it done quick before I see anyone I know', said  photographer  failed to let me know I was holding the quilt upside down.

Which in this instance makes all the difference because you can't have an upside down heart.

No. 64 is the end of the present supply.

There were 19 blocks left at the end of the pile so I added in one of mine.
The stain glass window applique flower block which was the result of a one day workshop and from which nothing further ever happened to it.

Until now.

It became block number 1,280, which is how many I have sewn together these past 14 months.

It felt kind of odd that for the first time since I started this project, there were no blocks waiting to be sewn together.

The feeling didn't last long though, as less than 24 hours later some more arrived in the post.

Not enough to make a quilt which is fine.
I need to take a breather again and concentrate on other things.

So this is not the end of Soy Amado.
I'm just hitting the pause button for a while.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Soy Amado No. 63

Predominantly pink.

Still windy(ish) so we're inland again, looking for those sheltered spots.

And then we spotted a tree.

I've seen quilts hanging all artistically off tree branches so I was up for having a go.

But by the time I yanked it up and over a branch, I wasn't entirely sure that it was a particularly good idea.

And The Photographer's Assistant showed a complete dereliction of duties.

Bringing Soy Amado No. 63's photo shoot to a close.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Soy Amado No. 62

It's March winds here so the chances of me giving you a half decent coastal quilt shot are fairly remote at the moment.

But you deserve more than my washing line.

So we ventured out to the relative shelter of the small nature reserve down the lane and came up with this for you.

I was reduced to quilt holding upping duties and The Photographer's Assistant took charge so the eye was not always on the correct ball.

And the back.

Now just as we were leaving, I spotted an island speciality: the so called Hedge Veg stall.

They're dotted all over the place and come in all shapes and sizes and are used to sell people's excess produce. Money is left in the honesty box and off you go.

Sadly. a small minority of people 'off you go' without paying or even taking the money box with them.

Which has resulted in some of the bigger Hedge Veg stalls having to install CCTV cameras and some of the smaller stalls closing altogether.

Hedge Veg stalls also used to be a good way for some of the larger commercial scale growers to sell some of the export products to the local market - we get our tomatoes this way each year. During the 1970s, Guernsey was exporting nine million trays of tomatoes a year.

However, the island has slowly been pushed out by cheaper markets and many of the once thriving greenhouses now look like this.

Hello camera shop, I paid you £25 to service my camera and remove that annoying piece of fluff in the sky
It has had to diversify and is now the largest producer of clematis in the world but is still littered with once thriving greenhouses, now falling into eery disrepair.

Anyway, I'm wandering off track, this is Soy Amado No. 62

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Soy Amado No. 61

No. 61 is brown.

Like very brown.

I only bring it up because so many quilters seem to have an aversion to brown.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: brown is good. Brown is your passport to gently changing from one colour group to another, all the while retaining warmth and flow.

Black and white will stop your colour flow. It will make (imo) the quilt less warm.

That said, every colour has its place in a quilt.

Rather like the quilting going on in that animal print block

And that includes brown.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Soy Amado No. 60

We're on the washing line today as this part of the garden is walled in and therefore less windy and after the disaster that was the last post...

Well, enough said.

I'm not sure what I was doing with this one really.

Possibly primary colours.

Possibly not.

The thing is, once you get to number 60 and a year on, you realise it doesn't actually matter how you put the blocks together.

Each quilt is going to be individual, serve a worthwhile purpose and look fab.

And I'm more than happy with that.

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