Why, you may ask, am I taking on a new project when I have SO MANY unfinished ones? A good question. Although I am always needing new samples for classes that I’ll be teaching; as well as challenges I have issued and/or accepted. But as I also sleep, drink, eat, think quilting constantly, a new idea for a project is never far from my mind.
So besides the 3 road trips planned for next year with class samples to be made, festival coming up and a quilt or more asking to be entered, our guild challenge which is due for January (almost finished I must say!), a friend offered to make me a tool roll.
Now I don’t do things simply! I have to complicate my life. I decided to quilt the roll using leather. I’ve never quilted on leather before. What fun it was, but a good lesson in remembering the basics. I thought I was so clever and knew so well how to do it. I broke and bent needles, snapped and shredded thread, my tension was out, and generally I was most frustrated.
Leather tool roll
Then! I remembered what I tell everyone I teach about needles! If the thread snaps or breaks, if your needle breaks, if the tension does not come right then CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE TO MATCH THE TASK, it is the easiest and cheapest thing to do!
What a difference it made once I did that. (I used a Leather needle 18/110.)
We have just returned home from a most wonderful road trip! 17 days, 10 towns and 4000km!
Hanlie from Amafu Fabrics and I toured our beautiful country. From the dry, harsh, beautiful plains of the Karoo we dipped down to into the lush green valleys and ravines of the Garden Route. We swooped from the mountains of the Drakensberg to the highveld of the Northern Cape and the fruit-filled valleys of the Western Cape. I could continue waxing lyrical about the scenery of this magnificent country to the point of boring one half of you and making the other violently jealous!. Not only were the surroundings beautiful, but so too the wonderful, friendly and hospitable people we met along the way. We’ve made new friends, reconnected with “old” ones and enjoyed the company of family too.
I taught classes in applique and trapunto, free-motion quilting and patchwork knitting to amazing students who appreciated their learning and showed it by producing wonderful samples. As a teacher, I can only hope that they enjoy and put into practice their newly acquired skills!
Hanlie brought some of her fabrics and accessories along, and the pop-up shop was greeted enthusiastically by fellow quilters along the way.
Thank you to the people who participated, the groups and guilds, the students, organizers and hosts who made our road trip such a success.
Thank you in particular to Hanlie, for having put the trip together, contacted people to host us, found us accommodation, and most important of all – for putting up with me! Everyday there was something to laugh about, even at 4 in the morning!
Definitely something we will do again!
Watch this space as the next plans are afoot!
Look here for classes on offer and if you are interested in Hanlie’s fabrics: Amafu Fabrics
Many of you have heard me say: If you want your work to be neat, start off neat!
I recommend a stitch starter, read the article on Craftsy; use the scrap of fabric at the end too. This keeps your beginning and ending threads under control.
Hanlie Burger from Amafu, and myself will be on the road on Thursday 27th September for 17 days! We will be setting up pop-up shops and teaching in Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Beaufort West, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Hermanus, Mossel Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay, Grahamstown, and finally in Aliwal North before returning home on the 14 October.
A round trip of South Africa!
I will be teaching:
Applique and Trapunto in Bloemfontein on Friday 28 September and again on Saturday 29 September in Kimberley.
Eighteen of the Mystery Quilt-as-you-Go Challenge quilts were displayed at the annual Pietermaritzburg Garden show at the beginning of September this year! It was a fantastic array of gorgeous and innovative quilts. We involved the public in the challenge by having them choose a quilt they liked best. By popular vote, first and second choices went to each of the quilts Jean Hayler had made.
Well done Jean, both of your quilts were well made, with beautiful colours and design theme! Your grandchildren are going to be thrilled.
And a rousing “Well done” to all those that took part in the challenge and completed their quilts for the show!
A big “Thank You” to all those who were involved and who took the challenge to heart
At the Garden Show our charity quilt was raffled and this raised a nice sum to be donated to the Jes Foord Foundation that offers counseling and support rape survivors.
So it’s September …………..with no challenge until January?
I have found a new challenge 🙂
Find a magazine that is NOT quilting related; pick a number and turn to that page in the magazine.
Make a quilt related to something on that page – it can be colour; a word or phrase; a picture etc.
The quilt can be any size – from cushion size to bed quilt or even a wall hanging
The challenge finishes in January 2019
In January submit your quilt with the page and a short story about how your quilt relates to the page.
Happy stitching just because there is nothing else worth doing!!!
Oh my word! What a busy time it’s been since the last post. House guests galore, teaching classes, quilts to finish for customers and quilts to complete for shows! Whew!
And so without further ado, here is the final block for the mystery quilt.
The Lone Star design is an old one sometimes used alone as a a quilt’s central motif , but also with smaller stars or as a single block. If you are interested, there are some fascinating snippets about this design, as well as quilt history, in the two websites below:
Can you believe we’ve had the shortest day and longest night already? The year and the seasons are turning, and so too are we reaching the end of the Mystery Quilt.
I thought that it would be a good idea, in our final stages of the Mystery Quilt-as-you-go, to give a recap of all we have done so far.
1: 4 x 8″x 8″ applique blocks – these are your corner stones
2: 1 x 4″x 24″ applique block
3: 1 x 16″x 4″ friendship braid
4: 2 x 12″x 12″ foundation piecing
5: 4 x 4″x 40″ strip/string piecing forming part of your borders
6: 4 x 4″x 40″ checkerboard – the second part of your borders
7: 2 x 8″x 8″ half square triangles
8: 1 x 8″x 8″ card trick
9: 1 x 4″x 12″ flying geese
10: 2 x 8″x 8″ kaleidoscope
11: 2 x 8″x 8″ cathedral window/crazy patch
12: 1 x 12″x 12″ (or 4 x 6″x 6″) drunkards path
13: 4 x 8″x 8″ Y-seams. (Nothing to do with underpants Clemintine! Contain yourself!). The Instructions and patterns for this are below.
14: 1 x 16″x16″ to be announced……..……
15: Quilt-as-you-go final assembly and completion. To be handed in by Monday 3 September!
Keep in mind that the above measurements are all given with seam allowance included. Remember this is only a guide, if you have more or less blocks, or different size blocks so your quilt doesn’t “fit”, do not worry, do some “tweaking” by adding extra blocks 😉 and continue on your way to the end!
Method: Mastering Y-seams
No required: 4
Design size: 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
Final dimensions including seam allowances: 8″ x 8″
Patterns: (when printing these out please make sure you print to actual size and then check that the outer dimension is 8″ x 8″)
As I mentioned last time, the next set of instructions is being sent early so you will have time in August to put your pieces together.
The next block design is a traditional one, either named Drunkards Path- referring to its winding, curved motif or Solomon’s Puzzle – perhaps due to the “challenge” of sewing the curves, or because of its bold and decisive lines much like its namesake in the Bible.
Anyway, whatever you call it, I hope you will enjoy the making thereof!
Block #12:Method: Drunkards path
Final dimensions: 12″ x 12″
There are 2 options:
You can either make up 16 blocks each 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ sewn together to make up the 12″ x 12″ block
4 blocks each 6 1/4″ x 61/4″ blocks including seam allowances. These will be joined to make the 12″ x 12″ finished block
There are a multitude of ways of arranging the blocks and the more blocks you do the more variations there are.
The size of the circle is entirely up to you!
From Scribner’s Magazine 1887
Some YouTube instructions:
If you use this method then for the 16 blocks you will start with a 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ square; for the 4 blocks the size will be 6 1/2″ by 6 1/2″
Almost half the year gone already…and winter is upon us! For some, this means donning an extra layer or three of woolly warmers, but for others just a light cardi to complement our normal uniform of shorts and slops (No, Clementine, NOT everyone can say “Life’s a beach”!).
Bearing in mind that the Pietermaritzburg Garden Show is early this year and there will only be 2 weeks to complete your quilt after the August meeting, instead of having a month, there is great incentive to stay indoors and quilt.
So with perfect timing – as the Mystery Quilt Challenge draws to a close, all is revealed.
These 2 blocks are simple, though can be made more complicated if you so choose.
Crazy patch stitching
And, although these are not the last blocks to do I am including a link for the layout of the mystery quilt so the quilt-as-you-go can begin!
Cathedral window patchwork
Number required: 2
Method: Cathedral window or Crazy patch (Or you may do one of each)
Design size: 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
Final dimensions: 8″ x 8″
On page 14 of Online Quilt Magazine: oqm-2010-12 you will find instructions to make the cathedral window squares. The size of the blocks in the instructions are different to the size required for our mystery quilt. You will need 4 x 8″ x 8″ blocks of background fabric and 4 x 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ of patterned fabric for the centre square. You may follow the rest of the instructions given for completing the block.
Sometimes life gets in the way, unplanned and unexpected circumstances cause us to stop our busy-ness, reassess our focus and decide what is actually important, urgent, or absolutely necessary!
So my apologies. I am late with this email and set of instructions – hopefully it won’t happen again …..though no promises!;)
Number required: 1
Technique: Flying geese
Design size: 3 1/2″ x 11 1/2″
Final dimensions including seam allowances: 4″ x 12″
Method: Paper foundation piecing. I have attached a PDF doc which you can print out for your foundation. As the size is slightly irregular the first and last triangles are slightly larger then the rest.