Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Zen and the Art of English Paper Piecing

I have been working hard  to complete my quilt as you go sampler quilt. This has meant joining each block to one another, then each row to one another, joining the batting with herringbone stitch...am very good at this now!.....and the backing with a slip stitch as in applique. I have just added the border and now need to add the final strips of batting and backing fabric to the reverse of the border. I'm using the method suggested in Lynne Edwards' The Essential Sampler Quilt Book.

As a change from this, in the evening, I am sewing together a whole lot of pink batik hexagons to make a bookwrap. It's very mindful and calming stitching, so I recommend it for relaxing, with some good music or your favourite podcast.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Dreaming in Colour

Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Colour: An Autobiography

On a recent trip to London I was fortunate enough to catch the last week of the Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Wonderful exhibits showcased patchwork fabrics, quilts, knitwear, tapestry and paintings and sketches and designwork.

This prompted me to buy a copy of Kaffe Fassett's autobiography, 'Dreaming in Colour', which I have just finished reading cover to cover. This book is utterly absorbing and truly inspirational. Fassett describes his childhood in Big Sur, his travels and final move to London. Along the way he describes his encounters  with artists and intellectuals and creative men and women, famous and not so famous,  who have inspired him throughout his career. Glorious pictures and photographs illustrate his story throughout.

His recent foray into patchwork and quilting and fabric design is fascinating. I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone who is interested in creativity.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Stack and Whack - a new obsession

As if English paper piecing and foundation piecing weren't enough to be going on with, I have discovered yet another addictive technique....stack and whack or kaleidoscope quilts. Having taken a class at my local quilt shop with the wonderful Betty Croke, I have just about completed quilting the top and adding the borders to a quillow. No photos yet as the final piece will be a present. But the design is the same pattern as the quilt on the front of the May 2013 edition of British Patchwork and Quilting.

                                                 Picture of British Patchwork & Quilting May 2013

I enjoyed this so much that I bought some beautiful  Foxglove fabric by Philip Jacobs for Rowan, to make another medallion Star Quillow for myself. Background fabric for the medallions will be in Moda solid matching the powder blue of the foxglove background.

Foxglove by Philip Jacobs for Rowan