Monday, 20 May 2013

A Firm Foundation

Last week in my Sampler Quilt class we learned foundation paper piecing, not to be confused with English paper piecing, which I used to do my hexagon book wrap gem.  I really like the foundation paper piecing method, especially because of its accuracy.  So I had a go at making a large block from batiks using Stitch and Tear as the foundation.

Foundation paper piecing in progress

 And made the block into this quilted tote bag as a retirement gift for a friend. I am really pleased with the result, as I am quite new to constructing items like bags and book covers.

And I also completed the quilted portfolio I made for my sister in law's birthday. She is doing a sculpture class summer school, so I thought the design was perfect.

The design is called 'Best Face Forward' and was a free pattern on line by Catherine Nicholls for thr3fold journal by Design Matters. If you have never visited their website be sure to give it a try. Linda and Laura Kemshall produce wonderfully inspiring videos of creative textile art techniques and ideas. And their quilts are exceptional.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

It's a Wrap! Book wrap gem update

Hurrah! have finally finished the Bookwrap Gem. This is an A5 size book cover made for the Quilters Guild tombola at this year's Festival of Quilts at NEC Birmingham.

The hexagons are cut from batiks and hand pieced over paper and hand stitched together. I used tied quilting because I had never done it before and it was a nice small projection try it out on.