I'm not referring here to the Anna Maria Horner quilt, although
I have bought the pattern, but I feel as though I am stuck
at a crossroad with my quilting!
Too many ideas, books, scrolling through Instagram and thinking
"oh yes, I'd like to make that" and adding to my
I want to make traditional, I want to make improv,
I want to use my patterns designed a number of years ago,
there just doesn't seem to be enough time
to achieve what I should like to achieve.
Is this just me or does anyone else get totally frustrated?
Whichever, I need a big re-think.
Rant over, sorry about that, been a bad week.
On a positive note I have made a start with my new
Cutting into strips using the method demonstrated by
Kathy Doughty at
a while ago on
The Quilt Show
Usually I would have two 24" rulers, I iron the fabric first off and
then I can adjust the meet up of the selvedges to make sure
the fabric hangs correctly ( always have done this). Kathy gets a straight RH edge
and lines up the edge of
a ruler on it, as you can see here I'm using the full width
of the ruler for a 6" wide length.
I bring the LH ruler up to the edge of the RH, remove the RH
and then cut - a a beautifully straight, equal 6" all the way along.
Thanks to Kathy!
I can then cut into other widths using the same method.
So this is the start of a new piece using 2 and 1/2" strips and
cut into 14" lengths
this was one seen on Instagram - Scrap Buster Quilt -
more sections to come and I'm doing things a little differently.
One of the reasons I love to cut these multi-coloured, bright and
bold fabrics into strips is that sometimes little surprises come along
Example - four strips not yet sewn and randomly picked
and placed on the wall, second strip
see how the large butterfly wings sort of meet up with the half of a flower
in the next strip down? I like that.
Similar thing in the next few strips, third strip down, large pink
flower with limey yellow leaves meets up with a strip of
Echinacea, same colour and I see a little surprise.
Now, remember my little wall quilt top made for the
Red is a Neutral prompt with
this is next up for machine quilting and
there will be kiwis on the back
and KF Spot black with purple for the binding
it blends pretty well (perhaps too well) which is what was hoping for.
Feeling somewhat more cheery now for having written this post and here
is a photo of the last of my
this is one of my favourites, I love the
symmetry, all those petals whirling around.
We're heading to Level 2 tomorrow here in New Zealand, hopefully
everyone makes a huge effort to stick to the rules!
See you soon.