Thursday, 27 December 2012

Emerald Isle Quilt

Emerald Isle Quilt

Sampler Quilt...the story so far

Sampler Quilt Blocks
So far, in my Sampler Quilt class, we have made Tumbling Blocks (top left) using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) method, appliqued onto the background fabric; Shoo Fly (bottom right) where we learned to make half square triangles; Churn Dash (bottom left) which extended our skills to strip piecing to make the rectangles; and Railroad block (top right) which involved more strip piecing. So far so good, I think! At least my pointly bits are lining up!  Next up is Lover's Knot. Watch this space....

The names of the quilt blocks are fascinating and very much rooted in American history, politics, and religion. Churn Dash, for example, may have been devised as a safehouse sign to runaway slaves, though some quilt scholars dispute this as a bit of an urban myth. The Shoo Fly block is much favoured by Amish quilters. It is named after the wild flower, clover bloom,  a member of the deadly nightshade family, whose juices were mixed with milk to make a natural fly killer!  Hence 'shoo fly'!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

An obsession with hexagons!

Batik hexagons 

I've had a jelly roll of batik fabrics for some time and recently decided to use 
them to make some bright coloured hexagons. I'm thinking that I'll make them into a modern version of a grandmother's flower garden quilt: perhaps a charcoal grey background? Making hexagons is very therapeutic and something nice to do when watching TV. And they soon build up!   I can see why people get obsessed with making them.