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Split Stars on Point

Sew & Sos were able to provide me with just the right grey background for my 16 split star blocks.

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so I spent a productive couple of hours last week putting the split star blocks on their points interspaced with grey blocks.

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This has resulted in a 40″ square which I’m going to add some borders – a plain grey border, a 4 patch border using some the fabrics I used for the split stars and a further grey border.  I hoping the result will be fairly dramatic but not too busy – and there will be lots of “negative” space for quilting!

 

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Split Stars Quilt

A couple of years ago Amanda Hall from Monkey Buttons came to our quilt group to give a workshop on some of her designs.  I chose to make the split stars using some layer cakes from Zen Chic.

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As the cutting was quite complex and the making of the block was rather time consuming, I didn’t make a lot of progress at the class and the project had become one of those UFOs lurking at the bottom of a box.  And if I’m honest, I wasn’t very happy with how the blocks turn out – you need to be really accurate.

So it seemed about time to get on and finish it – I thought it would make a rather lively statement on the bed in our shepherd’s hut.

Each of the blocks needs two backgrounds and fabric for two half stars.

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With some careful cutting I’ve managed to get enough fabric to make two half triangles so the star is truly split .

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So far I’ve made 16 blocks and they have not got any quicker to make!  I’ve also realised that I get quite bored making lots of the same block even using different fabrics so rather than make another 14 which I think I need to make the quilt big enough, I’m going to put the blocks I’ve made so far on point on a dark grey background and go from there.  But I don’t seem to have the right grey in my stash and will need to wait for my local patchwork shop (Sew & Sos in Bungay) to open after the holidays.

 

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A real treat

I was recently in the US and realised that I wasn’t a million miles from Jinny Beyer’s Studio in Great Falls, Virginia.

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I have huge admiration for her fabrics as well as the wonderful book she took 10 years to produce which catalogues lots of patchwork blocks. I find it a wonderful resource if I’m looking for inspiration or am looking for a particular book.Jenny was at the shop and it was lovely to meet her in person.  They were taking part in a shop hop across North Virginia and Maryland so the place was buzzing with ladies who were visiting all 10 shops and picking up free patterns and other goodies.

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Knowing I was unlikely to be back – at least for a while – I bought some lovely kits of her fabrics which I’m now itching to start.

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I’ve finished my bag!

Well it’s taken longer than I’d thought it would but I’ve now finished my bag.  I really enjoyed the variety of the applique and the odd bit of patchwork.

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One of my friend’s have suggested I might like to give it to her for Christmas – fat chance!!  I think it will make a great workshop bag.

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Slow going!

I’ve been struggling over the last couple of months to make much progress on my projects.  I finished my log cabin quilt a while back but haven’t yet got it loaded on the quilting frame.

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I know once it’s on I’ll want to get on with the quilting and that will slow down my various sewing projects.  Currently I’ve 3 on the go and that’s 2 too many!  Two are applique projects that I fell for at the NEC

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And this is the other

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Some how I always think applique won’ t take long and it does!

Oh and then there’s a bed quilt project on the go.  Net result is non-existent progress on any of them. I keep hoping I’ll have a good quilting day one weekend and get one of them cracked but at the moment that’s not to be.  All in all very fustrating!!

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The colourful world of Kaffe Fassett

Earlier this week, we went to the American Museums just outside Bath.  It’s 30 years since I last visited – the quilts there were the inspiration that resulted in me eventually starting to quilt myself.

The Kaffe Fassett exhibition was wonderful, quirky and had a tremendous feel good feeling right from the start

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I particularly liked the way the exhibition pulled together the various medium he has used into the different colours which showed how the same tones have run through all his work.

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Like many, I first came across Kaffe Fassett with his designs for Rowan Yarns – I loved both the yarns and the wonderful designs.  Then I rediscovered him when he moved to needlepoint – I’d done tapestry since I was a teenager and very much welcomed his colours and freer designs.

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And of course, now I enjoy making quilts from his wonderful fabrics.  What a talented and inspiring man!

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Festival of Quilts 2014

Yesterday a friend and I made our annual trip to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.  It’s always such an inspiration to see the variety of ideas, interpretations and just beautiful quilts.

I was really pleased that Philippa Naylor had won the traditional quilt category and thought the quilt was superb

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The overall winner was also pretty amazing too -

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As was the clock

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Some of the other quilts that caught my eye were

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Layout Choices for Log Cabin

So I’ve completed 50 log cabin blocks (which actually came together much quicker than I’d thought they would) and am contemplating the layout.

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Simple furrows which I quite like

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Off centre barnraising, which again looked ok

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Not so inspiring, I thought

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Or this – the whole quilt seemed to go very flat

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Slightly better

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On balance this was my favourite – good old barnraising.

“Working with your hands brings sanity and bliss.”

“Anything worth doing is worth over-doing.  Always go to extremes.
If in doubt, add twenty more colours.”

Kaffe Fassett