Friday, 27 March 2015

'Sakiori' patchwork and applique workshop at Edinburgh Patchwork - tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Sakiori patchwork workshop at Edinburgh Patchwork.  The two versions of the quilt I made for 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations' are a scrap version ('Kamon') and a Honey Bun/jelly roll version ('Sakiori', in pink below).  The photo above shows the scrap quilt in progress, with big stitch quilting added later.

The other quilt was longarm quilted.


This is a third version of it, made from Japanese print scraps by Nina MacDonald.

If you'd like to join us, there are a few places left - contact Edinburgh Patchwork as soon as possible.  The workshop is machine piecing and simple machine applique, with the patchwork using 1 1/2in strips.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The final Loch Lomond Sashiko class

Today was the final day of the 2014 - 15 Loch Lomond Sashiko course.  All the students have started designing their sampler layouts and several have started putting their blocks together.

Because The Studio is closing in that location, it was the last workshop there.  We are planning a get together sometime in the summer, hopefully with many of the students from the 2013 -14 group, and also I am hoping we will be able to display the finished pieces at the SECC in Glasgow next spring.

Auditioning sashing fabrics - I think Jennie is going to go for the plaid at the top, which will look amazing, perhaps with very narrow borders in the sea green.  The yukata print on the left was one of mine - sorry, none left!

There are so many possibilities with these blocks.  I think we will have some very beautiful samplers once again.

Glyn has been getting creative as well - with valves... these will become the output tubes of his new amps.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My first pdf pattern is uploaded for sale - Fanoe Quilt

I have uploaded my first pdf pattern for sale to Payhip, the selling platform I will be using to host my files!  Click here to see the sales page on Payhip - you can read about the pattern without automatically buying it.  You'll need to click on the 'Buy Now' button to purchase, and the checkout is via Paypal.

I have formatted the pattern layout with the idea that quilters will most likely not need to print it out, but instead can follow the instructions and step-by-step photos and diagrams straight from the screen.  Over the last few days, I've sent the pdf to several friends, who have various different screens - iPad mini and other smaller tablets, Kindle, laptop etc. - to make sure the style of text will display well on all screens, and I've had positive responses.

I will be adding my other patterns as pdf downloads soon, also changing the page format to suit smaller screens.

Please note - I am using Payhip so that the appropriate level of EU VAT will be added when you check out.  This means that non-EU buyers and UK buyers won't be charged any additional VAT.  With the new Digital VAT regulations in force, this seems the fairest way to sell.

Monday, 23 March 2015

1718 quilts


There are lots of people working on their own versions of the 1718 coverlet from the book I wrote.  I have been seeing some wonderful blocks in the 1718 Quiltalong group on Facebook including the first black and white print version posted earlier today (you'll need to join the group I think to see those photos via the links).

Sally Bramald just sent me a link to the Happy Appliquer's blog, which has photos of a silk version - I've shown part of the stash above.  Have a look - the silks are just gorgeous!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A tidy summerhouse!

This morning, Glyn put the door handles on the summerhouse.

I like the antiqued metal effect.  The shiny bits look good with the chrome hinges and other fittings.  They were in the sale at Homebase last year, so they were a good find.

Glyn playing with the checkerplate trim for the front step.  As this will need to overlap the edge of the laminate flooring, we can't add it until after the floor goes down, but it has been cut to fit.

While I was teaching at Thistle Threads near Aberfoyle yesterday (we had a great "Introduction to Shonai Sashiko workshop, but I forgot to take my camera), Glyn sorted out all the stuff inside the summerhouse, getting rid of cardboard boxes we don't need any more and clearing one end so we can start fitting up the inside soon.  The shingle nails stick out a bit through the walls, so they will help hold the insulation in place while we add the pine paneling.  We need to add horizontal noggins to attach the vertical paneling, which we salvaged from our friends' chalet bungalow demolition a few years ago.  Originally, we were going to buy new tongue and groove pine paneling for the summerhouse, but we have so much of the salvaged panelling, it seems silly not to use that.  However, it can't be used horizontally, and we didn't design the frame for that, so we will have to add the noggins to hold it in place.

It is months since we cooked a proper 'full Scottish' breakfast!  With sweetcorn today, to make up for the lack of haggis.

Glyn has been finishing off the shingles on the back wall.  Every one has to be specially shaped to fit now, so it is taking a while.  

It was warm enough to stitch outdoors until about 4p.m., so I caught up on my sashiko samples.  It will be our last session for the second group at The Studio, Loch Lomond, on Thursday, so I would like to have enough 4 1/2in squares to make up a sampler along with the students.  There are still a few to finish!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Solar Eclipse... in needlepoint

In case you can't see tomorrow's solar eclipse very well from your part of the planet (we have light cloud forecast, so I am crossing my fingers), here's my solar eclipse needlepoint cushion I made around the time of the last eclipse visible in the UK, in August 1999.  I used a cross stitch programme to create a chart from an image found on the internet and it was stitched using DMC needlepoint wools on 10 count canvas, so it was a fairly quick project.  The size is around 14in square.  

I forgot which was the right way up when I took the photos - the top is on the right!

Sorry I can't post the chart - it is on my old HP computer, which isn't set up at the moment, and I don't know where the printout is right now.  It is the kind of thing I will have kept somewhere!

I had to take three photos because the cushion pad is sewn in and I can't remove it easily for a photo, so the image is curved at the edge.  I like the idea of stitching unexpected things.