Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Morris Hexathon......Blocks 9 and 10

I was behind as I started late but now I have only six more blocks to finish and I will be caught up with the Morris Hexathon. 

It has been an interesting experience. 

As I make each one I'm gaining more insight as to the best technique to get my points to match up. I notice that some quilters put together units and then stitch them together. I found I wasn't as happy with the result. I'm more successful when I add each paper piece unit one at a time. Definitely it's a skill that only comes from lots and lots of practice.

Block 9:  Red Lion

Block 10: Thames Path

Wait til you see block # 12.....some really itty bitty pieces....eeeek!

Today I'm joining up with The Needle & Thread Network. I haven't joined them in a long while but then I've been pretty quiet in the sewing department in the last 12 months.

Come on over and see what my fellow Canadians are up to this week:)

Take care. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Morris Hexathon....Blocks 6, 7 and 8

I'm at the half way mark as the 16th block template was posted on Saturday.

6. South Kensington

7. Avebury Stones

8. Greenwood

I'm also back on TAST...Take A Stitch Tuesday. I've gotten way behind on that but it won't take me long to get caught up.

Here is stitch #29...the Barb Stitch. I did the beaded barb stitch version. It would make a lovely and very easy to do seam treatment for Crazy Quilting.
Take care:)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Block 2, Block 4 and Block 5

Here are a few more blocks for the Morris Hexathon. Slowly catching up.

Block 2 - Crystal Palace

Block 4 - Box Hill

Block 5 - Upton

I think the battery in my camera needs to be recharged:)

Take care.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Block 15 Kelmscott Tile

This was one complicated block. There are 48 tiny diamonds. Each is about 1 5/8 inches long and about 1 inch wide.


I persevered and finished it.....:)

I have 13 more to do so I can catch up....eeeek.

Take care:)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Adventures in EPP....

I have one more radiation treatment to go!!!!!!

I had seen several mentions lately about a Morris Hexathon. I investigated and found Barbara Brackman's Material Culture blog. 

Barbara is a quilt historian and if you're interested there is quite a lot of interesting reading to be had on her blog. She is the source of the Morris Hexathon. There are to be 26 hexagons and so far 15 templates have been posted.

I'm a total newbie to quilting and English Paper Piecing but I figure you have to start somewhere...right?

Here is the post that introduces the Morris To find the rest of the discussions you can look at the page I created on my menu bar across the top. I called it Morris Hexathon. 

I found 10 fat quarters that are sort of William Morris-ish in my stash. The fabric design is called All About Autumn #2362 by Laurie Godin for Northcott.

Fist off an admission. I should have read the tutorials but as usual I sailed off on my own...sigh. When will I ever learn?

I tried two of the Hexagons...Westminster and Camelot Star.

I totally screwed up on the little end triangles that finish Westminster as you can see. I don't think I should have all that stuff hanging down. It should be much neater. I will unpick those pieces and try again.

Camelot Star looks a bit more like what I think it should turn out to be in the end.

I will now go and read the tutorials ...:)

Take care. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Crochet a String of Hearts...........

A friend sent me this link to crochet a string of hearts. She thought it might be used for a crazy quilting seam treatment. The video is in Russian but I think it's easy enough to follow.

There is supposedly an English version on their website but I wasn't able to find it but did find some other interesting things:)

She-Ru Knitting and Crochet

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My First Issue With English Paper Piecing........

I started doing the sewing for the EPP project that I mentioned in my last post and I came across my first problem.

I was doing EPP diamond shapes and when I got to the pointy end I wondered what the heck do I do with the excess fabric.

I Googled and found these instructions.

English Paper Piecing Instructions For Using Diamonds

I'm sure there are other ways of handling the problem but this seemed the easiest.

I'm quite liking the whole EPP process. It could become addictive.

Take care:)