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Bear Facts and Multiplications

16 Jan

It seems a long time since I last posted. In fact it is quite a long time. Tempus Fugit when you are enjoying yourself. Also I have been running a bricks and mortar shop which took up most of my time. Last time I published I think I had completed the Elizabeth Hartman Bjorn the Bear Quilt. The latter was made from leftovers from the Fancy Forest Quilt I made earlier. I don’t know if that qualifies as upcycling but whatever it is it’s an extra quilt top for no extra outlay and that can’t be bad.

After I made the first Bjorn quilt I watched a video of Angela Walters quilting a quilt by Tula Pink. She had taken the Bjorn the Bear pattern and used her own fabrics to add her stamp and I thought it was really attractive. It was not anything I would have thought of doing myself but there it was. Also, in my stash was a bundle of Free Spirit Fat Quarters I had no idea what I was going to do with. A Match made in Heaven. What do you think?

Compare the one on my 3rd December 2018 post. Two totally different quilts with the same basic pattern. I intend to do this again when I find a likely candidate. I love it.

The original for comparison.

I didn’t do the quilting the same way that she did. She did a lot of clever feathers and I think I must be the only person in the Quilting World that does not really like them. Or maybe I am just a scaredy Cat. I really must try and conquer them. Who knows they may even become my favourite pattern. Whatever else it is all good quilting practice and you can’t have too much of that.

There is a reason for my return. My steam driven website is now no more. I have a new site with a new look and hopefully I can keep up with the blogs as I explore more quilts in the future.

http://www.nsaaquilting.co.uk is the address. Hope to see you there.


			

Seaside Postcards from McKenna Ryan

14 Apr

One of the perks of a wholesale account with McKenna Ryan is that I also get to make her quilts at an affordable price. Imagine the problems I had resisting the deal on laser cut kits on two of her designs – ‘From the Coast with Love’ and’ Snow Buds’

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It is sort of cheating but I just fancied a bit of applique that I could do in a hurry. I have started on the Coastal one as I thought it would make a good window display, my being by the seaside and such. Added to which, I already bought the pattern on its own and having it made up as an example never hurts to sell a pattern.

I also have two Kukaburra Cottage quilts cut out ready to applique so the next few weeks could be busy on the applique front. I just need the machine to behave now and I will have fun.

I have laid out some of the Coast but I will be doing it with satin stitch rather than the McKenna Ryan method. It is the way I like to work and even wall hangings need a wash occasionally and I would not be happy if they frayed. Having said that I see why she uses her straight stitch method as it means the lines stay clean on what are almost paintings done in fabric.

Here are the first three laid out.

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The fabric is interesting. It might be interesting to try it with other fabric too.

I will keep you posted on progress.

Fossil Ferns and Fun in the Sun

19 Mar

Finally everything is sorted – well most things- and my shop is open in Polperro in Cornwall. I am glad to report that despite the fact there is practically nobody about, we are selling steadily. There have been several quilters actually staying in the village and that means they have to resist the shop for at least a week. Thankfully few do.

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The glass jewellery I make  with the occasional input of various members of the family is also going well. The secret seems to be to have things that are different and so not available elsewhere. Alas I was having a ‘day off’ – if you can count making jewellery as a ‘day off’ – and was not the one who made the first of our quilt sales but it is still a lovely feeling that someone now has an heirloom made by yours truly.

I have sorted out the sock monkey kits. They contain everything needed to make a monkey, including the stuffing of course. An added  bonus is that instead of a paper bag or box they are packed into a matching bag with an embroidered sock monkey. In other words when the monkey is finished the bag is usable in its own right. We waste nothing here.

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Anyway, if you are visiting the West Country call in and see us. I don’t think you will be disappointed. We have Fossil ferns in abundance. We have a great many of the Makower plains. We have Elizabeth’s Studio prints and Laurel Burch collections. We have a wide range of fun and funky fabrics. It is certainly a bright and cheerful place to be.

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If I get lonely I talk to the Dolls (no not really).

 

 

 

Kitty Kitty Christmas and Friends.

12 Aug

Just in time for The Great Northern Quilt Show I have received the Kitty Kitty Christmas range from Loralie Designs. There are two panels and I have also obtained the tossed fabric and three different colours of paw prints.

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These make perfect pockets for gift bags.

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Or maybe a Christmas apron with the coordinating fabrics.

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white cat panelThis panel is good for use with HeatnBond Ultra as detailed in my last blog. You have 20 different cats to fuse onto gift bags. Or you could just use it as yardage.

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Wine gift bags.

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Other fabrics in the range make good coordinates as on the apron and bags above.

Black tossed cats black

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Last Year I featured Very Fairy Christmas whcih is also a very christmassy fabric.

 

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very fairy tossed

very fairy holly

verey fairy canes

very fairy red scroll

very fairy green scroll

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Loralie Designs Meets HeatnBond.

10 Aug

When I receive a new bolt of Loralie Designs panels quite often the top and/or bottom row is unusable as a panel as they are not often cut completely straight before rolling. I have made a few crazy patch quilts with them. This covers up any missing bits as you can see but what I really needed was to use up odd panels not whole quiltsworth.

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When I was trying to decide what to do with the Gypsy Chique (not my spelling) fabric I watched a video by Loralie. In it she used the no sew version of fusible web to fuse figures onto another surface.(I use HeatnBond Ultra) You can see these in my blog on the fabric. In case you are in a hurry this is what the finished bag looked like.

IMG_0093I was sorting through my ‘reject’ pile the other day and came across more panels that I could use in this way. I had also kitted up some cot quilts when I first opened the web shop and I saw that the colours in one of these were perfect to use with the panels. These panels are from the ‘Fast women Portrait’ collection and the fabrics mostly from Benartex fossil ferns. They matched perfectly and used up most of the kit in three bags which will now take pride of place on my stall at The Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate (4th to 6th September).

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They work really well and in my case help me avoid my temperamental machine that does not seem to like satin stitch. It is also a good way of using some of the Loralie panels that are actually rows of fairly large figures such as the Gypsy Chique and also one you can see in my next blog about Kitty Kitty Christmas.

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IMG_0018It is all getting a bit seasonal on here so I will go and draft a proper Christmas blog as you need to start now if you are going to make Christmas goodies.

Maybe I will see you at Harrogate. It is a really good show. Take it from someone who drives 6 hours to get there every year. The layout will be a bit different this year if you are looking for your favourite stalls. The reason is that they are replacing the old hangar type building with a proper one so this year we are in a temporary building whilst they finish it. I will be more or less in the same place as before but as they have moved the quilts to the other end you might need a minute to acclimatise before the onslaught.

Loralie Designs Church Ladies.

28 May

The latest addition to me web site fabrics is another Loralie Designs.

Church Ladies by Loralie Harris is a fun fabric with a stained glass feel. ‘Happy and colourful’ is how I would describe it. Let’s see what you think.

Here is the panel church ladies panel

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Matching tossed figures

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What is church without a hat? Here are a few to be going on with.

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Is it is or is it isn’t great fun? Well I think so but then I always did have a weird sense of humour. It cheers me up anyway and I’ll take anything that does that.

I have had a few new Loralie fabrics in since my last post so it might be worth a trip over to nsaaquilting.co.uk

Farmyard Frolics with McKenna Ryan

28 May

If you follow my blog you will know that I finally braved a McKenna Ryan pattern in December 2012. I admit it was daunting before I started but it was one of the most rewarding quilts I have made. It was called Chrissie Down Under.Chrissie Down Under

 

Lately I have been trying to find another one to do but have failed completely. Not one to give up easily I decided to stock them on my web page and at shows so here are the ones I have chosen. I love the farm ones best I think.

Back to the Farm Back on the farm copy Storybook Farm Storybook Farm copy Next Favourite – Beach Walk Beach Walk copy In Full Bloom In Full Bloom copy Bella GardenBella Garden copy More birds with Fields End Fields End copy Then some Christmas ones When Friends Gather copy Once upon a Star copy

Journey to the light copy I also have a few singles of seaside subjects.

Whether you use traditional satin stitch as I did or follow McKenna Ryan’s own method you will definitely end up with an heirloom. It won’t be finished in an afternoon but then you wouldn’t expect it to be.  If you are up for the challenge take a peek at my website www.nsaaquilting.co.uk

Or come to Harrogate in September or Exeter in April.

Branching Out With Butterflies.

20 Jan

I have repurposed one of my quilt kits to give it a new focus.

I have taken my mixture of butterflies and fossil ferns and transformed it from this single bed quilt.

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To these combinations of cot quilt and baby bag.

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The fabrics are still amongst the prettiest I have seen in the years I have been quilting and this way there is no need to lose out just because you don’t need a single bed quilt. There seems to be a steadily growing if  imported trend for baby showers. What better than a set for travelling. You won’t get one of those at Mothercare and there is little chance of anyone giving the identical gift.

The only problem might be actually giving it away.

Crazy Patch Flower Power

15 Dec

I have just received the contrast fabrics for the Gypsy Chique panel that I used to make the bag in the last blog.

They are, predictably reflections of  60’s fashion.

Paisley was popular in those days but translates well to the modern day.

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Matching butterfly themed fabric.

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The same fabric in another colourway.

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And of course the panel.

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I decided to use them in a crazy patch quilt top as this is a good way to showcase fabrics.

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Find the fabrics here.

And here at the bottom.

Gypsy Chic and a Carousel

23 Nov

Loralie Designs has started reissuing older fabric designs and one I have been using this week is one called Gypsy Chique (sic). I decided to make a bag using no sew fusible web. I have never used it despite selling it on my website.

First  cut out the figures from the panel fabric leaving fabric all round. Then iron it onto the fusible web and cut round the shape accurately.

Back View

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Front View

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Cut 4 pieces of cream fabric and two of wadding and make up pockets for the front of the bag. Put two of the cream pieces right sides together and a piece of wadding on top. Stitch through all layers, turn and press. Quilt through all layers in whatever pattern you like.

Arrange figures on the front of the pocket and fuse.

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Cut four pieces the same width as the pockets and a few inches higher depending on the size of bag. Take one piece and a matching piece of wadding and quilt. Repeat with one other piece and two pieces for the sides and one for the base.

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The other pieces are for the lining.

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Place one pocket piece on each of the matching front/back pieces – wrong side of pocket to right side of bag front/back. Add sides then base to make a bag shape.

Make the unquilted pieces into a matching structure without pockets  or wadding for lining.

Place lining wrong sides of lining to wrong side of bag. Pin or baste.

Cut 2.5″ strips of matching or contrasting fabric and stitch together to make a piece long enough to go round the top of the bag. Fold in half lengthways and press. Place strip with the raw edge against the top of the bag and stitch. Turn inside and stitch again either by hand or machine depending on the look you want.

Cut two 2.5″ strips of fabric for each handle. Cut a piece of Rigilene Polyester the length of the handles you want. Sew the handles right sides together and turn and press. Thread the Rigilene inside, distribute the gathers and stitch to the bag.

Voila one large bag perhaps for shopping.

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You can of course make a smaller one with one or two figures on the pocket.

As for the Carousel in the title. Just a new fabric from Loralie Designs.

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