Thursday 21 December 2017

boho patchwork quilt {progress pics}

  • I have been making steady progress with my *'boho patchwork' quilt and am enjoying seeing how this restful pale palette develops. This quilt project is part of my 'using up the stash' mission, and I'm using a few different Art Gallery fabrics and other favourites that I've collected over the past year. It's great how they all mix up together beautifully along with my assorted low volume fabrics. 
  • Still trying to master the embroidery, it's a new thing for me. I'm doing lots of french knots, free form daisies and simple back stitch.
  • The latest pattern is a traditional one but reworked into fresh & new fabrics. There are 10 'mod tulip' blocks, only nine more to make.
  • *Anthologie Quilt is a sampler quiltalong happening over here at barijquiltalong and here at SouthernCharmQuilts with Melanie. Loving the idea of adding lots of lovely extra touches like collage, crochet lace and sashiko, giving it a little boho flair. And check out these wonderful IG links too (thanx Julie!) for more textile art ideas - bohosal bearsville50 #textilecollage #rawedgeapplique.
  • Linking up this week with Esther here for 'WOW' and with Kelly here for 'needleandthread Thursday
Wishing you all a very . . .

. . . and a peaceful & happy holiday

I'm taking a break over the summer hols
   and I'll see you back here next year sometime

Monday 18 December 2017

a tale of two WiPs

Taking some time out this morning,
sipping tea and pondering my next steps.

I had two WiP's that needed to be moved along . . . before we rolled over into next year. I've used some of those lovely barkcloth Outback Wife fabrics in both of these quilts, loving the vintage vibe of the floral prints. I loved reading the design stories about these fabrics too, like this one here about Elaine - follow the link to check out more. And, pop over here to redpepperquilts to read all about the latest collection.

My 'zigzag' quilt top started out with a hiss & a roar, then I got stuck . . . I wasn't happy with how it was going, maybe the dark border wasn't helping? Anyway, it ended up sitting in the unfinished pile for a few months.

So today I pulled out all my leftover fabrics, made up quite a few more blocks while I thought about what to use for the borders. I did have a large piece of blue/green fabric, Outback Wife 'Kirstene' which I had been going to use for some fussy cutting, and it ended up being just right. After a bit of auditioning & extra sewing time I'm much happier now

The 'broken dishes' quilt top,
using mainly the same fabrics, was a much easier fix yesterday though.

After I'd pieced my blocks it still didn't seem big enough, so I simply cut lengths of scrappy leftover light background fabrics into nice 4 1/2" wide borders and stitched them on. Done
Don't know why I left it so long!

And now both quilt tops are all ready for basting & quilting.
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' over here @ quiltingismorefunthanhousework     

Sunday 10 December 2017

some slow Sunday stitching

Loving adding little bits & pieces to my 'patchwork boho' quilt blocks

I finally feel my machine applique stitch is getting tidier
and am now trying out lots of new-to-me embroidery stitches to add some detail
to my floral collage blocks . . .

Following a slightly wonky line in the fabric pattern
with a simple backstitch and some pretty varigated perle cotton . . .

Branching out a bit more with a line of sheaf stitches, great for stitching over a seam . . .

I'm using this book Boho Embroidery Projects-Traditional Stitches
from the library as my resource
- and Nichole's IG feed is full of lots of ideas I'm tempted to try too.

Linking up with Kathy here for 'slow Sunday stitching'
and with Cynthia over here for 'oh scrap'

Friday 8 December 2017

boho patchwork quilt

Here's my little-bit-at-a-time project
something that I can pick up now & then as time permits over summer
- I'm joining in with the barijquiltalong  
Anthologie - a boho patchwork quilt

This week we are making three 'granny square' blocks . . .

I've also been adding some extra embroidery details to my floral collage blocks . . .

if you want to see what everyone else is doing.

Wednesday 6 December 2017

sew stitch snap SHARE #18

Happy Wednesday everyone
It's been an itty bitty week so far for me in the sewing room, 
I made one more 'whimsy' block . . .

two more 'handkerchief corner' blocks . . .

and a trial 'buffalo ridge' block 
plotting my next WiP, using allout exciting colour teamed up with shadowy earthy fabrics. . .

And then, as I was packing up a few more things in the sewing room
I came across this old denim skirt, which I do remember wearing a long time ago!
- these bits & bobs will be perfect for the mixed media collage
on my blocks for the barijquiltalong quilt
(& here's the link to Anthologie - a patchwork boho quilt if you want to see more)

 where's my quickunpick?
Oh dear, see just how easy it is to jump from one thing to another.

Time now for another fortnightly 'Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE' linkup
My pick from last time was the weekly pickle report from Cathy at saneandcrazy
She's made 25 of these wonderful scrappy blocks . . .

 Cathy loves working on a variety of projects too, inspiring the rest of us!
Here's a little peep at a few other scrappy WiPs she has on the go . . .

Crazy quilt challenge blocks, Birds in the Air, Glitter, & Crazy Ladies of the Lake,
Pop on over to her blog here to see heaps more pics and read all about her quilty stories.
(all pics reposted each time with quilter's permission)

Do you have a project to share this week too? 
Whatever you're sewing or stitching, you can link it up here. Just follow these simple guidelines:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching, whether they are WiPs, starts or finishes. You can write as much or as little about your project as you like, and snap off a pic or three.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back to this post.
3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE links.

The silly season is almost upon us and
Julie & I have decided to make this week's linkup the last one for the year
We will be back again Wednesday 7 February 2018.
Thanks so much for joining in with us and keeping blogging alive
Julie & Linda