Wednesday, January 20, 2016

sarah fielke block of the month...


2016 is going to be a difficult year with lots of family health issues so I need to learn to hand quilt/sew so that I can have portable projects to take to appointments and when traveling. Uber-quilter Sarah Fielke is hosting a BOM this year called "Happy Days". You purchase the pattern and are mailed monthly instructions. There is access to a private YouTube channel and Facebook page for subscribers. The quilt promises lots of applique, English paper piecing and hand quilting. I feel a certain creative guilt that my next project is designed by someone else but Sarah is so talented I think like Allietare it will be therapeutic to follow instructions knowing the end result will be lovely. The quilt's background is going to be cheerful yellows paired with Amy Butler prints and lots of scraps. A few hot pink and red spots as well as stripes will sneak in there too.While not a mystery quilt the sketch below provides only the vaguest hint at what the finished quilt will look like... Sounds like fun, doesn't it?


Thursday, January 14, 2016

still stitching documentary...


Watched this fascinating documentary on vintage sewing machines and their collectors. You can stream it online or if you live in the USA purchase the dvd. It really is an ode to all metal construction and old time precision engineering. My over-engineered computerized machine was a complete disaster and this doc pays tribute to stripped down simpler machines which do less but do it much much better. It is called "Still Stitching" and can be found at this site.  Must warn you though, after watching you may find yourself trolling through Ebay and Craigslist for older sewing machines. At the very least, you'll look at your mother and grandmother's machines with a great deal more love and respect...

(M if you are reading this I'm not doing looking at more sewing machines... Really I'm not:)



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

allietare part 6... the reveal


Here is my Part 6 of Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery Quilt 2015. These blocks are not sewn. I'm just throwing the parts up on the design wall and starting to play with the combinations. Am definitely going to do something different from BH's quilt for a border. What that design is remains to be conceived. It is so much fun to see how everything is meant to go together. That orange print that was a concern is strong but as suggested bounced around will give the top a lot of life. The colours look pretty great together so it's all worked out to be a very happy surprise.You can see everyone else's beautiful versions of Allietare here and the gorgeous original below. Mystery quilts- one more thing checked off the quilting bucket list... Thank you Bonnie!


Monday, January 4, 2016

allietare part 5...


The last 10 days of our holiday were sadly dominated by family illness so my sewing time evaporated.  Better late than never, here is Part 5 of Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery Quilt 2015. The link up to other participants is at this spot. There is lots of bulk in the middle of those four patches. Taking a cue from classic tailoring, I dug out a small chasing hammer. On a chopping board, I whacked the intersecting seams which flattened the bulk beautifully. Now the blocks just need to be trimmed and pressed. It is really hard to not peek at the final reveal now that clue 6 is posted but hope to stay off social media and keep the mystery a mystery. Happy New Year!

allietare part 4...


During the seasonal chaos, I forgot to post my completed Part 4 of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2015. You can check out everyone else's here. I'm blown away by the amount of organization this involves and BH's generosity in creating these mysteries every year. Am enjoying it more than I could imagine although I don't think I've ever made so many pieces :)