Madness prevails

I cannot believe how much has happened since my Harley ride – feels as if that was in another time… Clearly madness prevails.

  • Firstly my youngest son came home from England for a week. In that week was his graduation (I am a very proud mom – he excelled!) and 2000km later he sadly flew the nest again.
  • Secondly I took on custom quilting our guild charity quilt (250cm square!) which we have entered into the National Quilt Festival
    http://festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za/
This quilt is to be raffled at R10 a ticket with the final draw at the end of the Garden Show in September. If you’d like a ticket or more then please reply to this mail.
  • I also have my own quilt to be entered – which is not yet finished and the deadline is looming fast!!!
  • I will be teaching at the Festival – you may view my classes here:
    http://festival.quiltsouthafrica.co.za/classes/jane-rentons-classes . Next month I shall post some photos of samples for the classes.
  • A knitted BOM is also one of my commitments, the deadline for the designing, writing of the pattern and knitting this month’s block is NOW!
  • I need my head read as I have recently taken on a rather LARGE project, more of which you shall hear about in due course.
  • This is the penultimate set of instructions for the circle challenge – though I can promise you it is not the end of challenges I shall set. Setting challenges is one of my most favourite tasks!

Circle #9: Melon 9-patch

Instructions to make this block:

Circle #10: Whirling dervish

Instructions to make this block:

Cycles/circles

I am thrilled to see how many people are eager for this next set of circles! I must apologize for being late with this post – many things seem to conspire against the best laid plans. Particularly Eskom’s current load shedding programme. Some days we have 8 hours off in 24! Time to go off grid me thinks.

Anyway  – let’s discuss something which is positive, uplifting and creative: the next set of circles!

Circle #5

A circle within a square, within a circle, within a square….. as many time as you like, depending on how much you want to fiddle, and the size you’re making your blocks and circles.

You may even turn a square on point if you so wish.

The challenge here would be to inset each circle! (Am I crazy? Maybe)

 

Circle #6

Double pinwheel

 

This challenge is to make sure all of your points are perfect – both in the centre and on outside edge of circle!!!

 

A challenge within a challenge!

Or have I lost the plot!!!!!!!!!!

The next 2 circles for the Challenge quilt are:

#3: Bull’s eye

A circle within a circle within a circle……

As many circles as you can or want to, fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is the first challenge within the challenge:

Irregular circles within circles! (My bloodshot eyeball!)

#4: 8-pieced pie within a circle

And the second challenge within this challenge is:

A wheel with MANY spokes! (This is where I even think I might have gone mad!!!)

If you would like to do the many spoked circle I have included the PDF for you to download the foundation pieced pattern.

 

 

Begin again – a new year, a new quilt, a new challenge

It’s 2019 and The First Month of a new year is almost done! Are we hamsters on a treadmill? A scary thought. 

So while we are racing the year away I have come up with a new challenge! As many of you know, this is one of my most favourite tasks as the Chairlady of Midlands Quilters Guild.

I find piecing curves difficult, so…. what better way to share the challenge for both me and you,  than to make circles!

The challenge for 2019 is:  Circles, Circles and more Circles.

Basics:

  1. The size of the quilt and blocks you make is your choice.
  2. There will be 2 blocks given each month, January to June = 12 blocks. Each month the pattern within the circle will become more complicated (insert evil laugh here).
  3. In July and August it will all be joined together and quilted.
  4. A recommendation is for the blocks to be 12” x 12”, with sashing and borders the quilt will be 64” x 78”/165cm x 198cm. The size of circles within the blocks may also be your choice.
  5. I have used a 10” circle. Some of the circles will require a pattern which I shall draw up. This will be for a 10″ circle.

The choice of technique to attach the circles to the background is  yours:

They can be:

  • Pieced
  • Appliqued – needle-turn by hand or by machine
  • Appliqued using applique paper (this is the simplest)

Having said that though, for this to be somewhat more of a challenge I would recommend piecing inset circles.

Therefore, without more ado, here are this month’s circles

January circles:

  1. The first block is a simple circle.

You may use a single piece of fabric or make it more interesting with stripes/scraps/etc.

 

  1. The second block is a 4-patch within the circle. This can be 4 pieces of fabric or each patch may be made more interesting. The 4-patch may then be set square or on point.

If you would like to do a little extra/don’t like the big plain block/love applique or embellishments…. then do that little extra with the first block:

Applique design: “Applique in Reverse” by Teri Henderson Tope

 

 

 

New Projects

Applique and trapunto

Guild challenge – Band Practice

Painting a Gazania

Mandala from Amafu

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.)
 
Bob of Superior Threads has a great video on needles
 
A YouTube video worth looking at regarding needles and thread
P.S. I’ll post a photo of the finished tool roll once it’s done!

There and back again! (with apologies to Bilbo Baggins)

Roads go ever on

Under clouds and under star,

Yet feet that wandering have gone

Turn at last to home afar

(The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein)

 

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

Jane’s tip:

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.

 

 

Road trip – 27th September to 14 October

Road trip to Cape Town and back!

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.

 

 

 

Patchwork knitting in Beaufort West on Monday 1 October

Jane Renton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt it to Death in Hermanus on Wednesday 3 October and again on Thursday 4 October at Thimbles Quilt Shop, Durbanville.

Christmas Table runner on Saturday at Thimbles Quilt Shop, Durbanville

Applique and Trapunto in Mossel Bay on Tuesday 9 October and again in Jeffrey’s Bay on Thursday 11 October

The ladies in Grahamstown are still deciding….

Applique and trapunto in Aliwal North on Saturday 13 October

If you would like to join us at any of the venues please contact me on 082 558 1682 or email: jane@iamaquilter.co.za

 

 

 

Ready for a new challenge?

Mystery Quilt-as-you-Go Challenge: Follow-up

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?

WRONG!

I have found a new challenge 🙂

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  1. Find a  magazine that is NOT quilting related;  pick a number and turn to that page in the magazine.
  2. Make a quilt related to something on that page – it can be colour; a word or phrase; a picture  etc.
  3. The quilt can be any size – from cushion size to bed quilt or even a wall hanging
  4. The challenge finishes in January 2019
  5. 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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Final Block!!!

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:

http://www.antiquequiltdating.com/
http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/mornstar.htm

I hope that you have all enjoyed the challenge as much as I have, and I can’t wait to see the final results of all those who participated.

Next month will be the final instructions on putting it all together! (You have had them already so it’ll be a recap only!)

(You can stop crying now Clementina!)

 

Block #14:

Method: Lone Star

No required: ONLY 1! The Final One!

Design size: 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″

Final size including seam allowances: 16″ x 16″

Pattern: Lone star  This pattern is a recommendation only, you are welcome to change it as you please. Though the basic size given will need to be used in order that the star fits the square.

 

Revise and continue….

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Well, Clementina, we are almost there!

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. Image result for art nouveau wisteria

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.

The pieces:

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!

Block #13:

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″)

8-pointed star

Attic windows

Spiders web

Windblown

There are many more available on google!

Use the pattern given;  as the dimensions given in this video will give you a bigger block!

So, it’s time to be catching up if you are behind. There is only one more block to go and then the final completing of your quilt.

Remember the deadline is 3 September 2018, in time for the Pietermaritzburg Garden Show or earlier if you will not be coming to help set up!

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