Tried and Tested: Clippings quilt pattern

I am currently working on this lovely pattern called Clippings which was published in Issue 28 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. The pattern is for a giant block which finishes at 24 inches square. I wanted to turn my block in to a baby blanket so I added a 3 inch border.

Clippings WIP front

I didn’t use any wadding in this blanket and instead chose to back it in a cosy flannel fabric for a bit of extra warmth.

Clippings WIP back

You can see some of the sewing lines. In the centre where I did a bit of hand sewing with embroidery thread, just to anchor the centre piece. For the rest I decided to ‘stitch in the ditch’ using a red thread, around the dark fabric. Stitching in the ditch is usually done with a matching thread that will not show, but I wanted the thread to show, the red gives a subtle outline to the pieced design.  I love how it turned out, but it does require very careful stitching and concentration as any wobbling off will be very visible against the white background.

I just need to decide what I am going to do for the binding.

Fabrics used:
Top: Flappy Owl by Copenhagen Print Factory, Owls by Copenhagen Print Factory, Dot in Dots by Copenhagen Print Factory, White Every Day Organic Solids by Clothworks. Back: Twig Fall Tomato by Birch Fabrics.

Happy sewing,

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

Linking up with Bee Social and Sew Cute Tuesday and Freemotion By The River and Fabric Tuesday

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Thank Friday It’s Finished! Papillion Baby Quilt

Papillion Baby Quilt

I have finally finished this very pretty baby quilt. I showed you this a few weeks ago when it was just a quilt top, click here to see that post and find out how I used the disappearing nine patch block technique to create the Papillion Baby quilt.

Papillion Baby QuiltI decided to quilt this in a spiral. I do love spirals, they bring a lovely softness to the hard edges of square blocks. The quilting lines are about half an inch apart, which gives a really lovely crinkle to the fabric. (Yes, everything is lovely today!) The thread I used for the quilting is Mettler silk-finish 100% cotton mercerised, this is a 50 weight thread. I used a lilac and light purple colour that coordinated with the colours in the quilt, the silk finish has a pretty sheen to it which fit well with feel of the quilt.

This is the first time I have used a 50 weight cotton to quilt with and I admit I embarked on this with some worry that the whole thing was going to fall apart before I even finished stitching the first spiral! I put this down to my fear of the secret quilt police, who issued a whole host of dire warnings when I first began quilting. As you can see, I had no need of worry, the thread worked wonderfully, no problems with breakage or thread fatigue in the quilting.

Papillion Baby

This was also my first time using Mettler threads. I have a whole case of different ranges that I got as a free gift when I bought a new sewing machine at The Festival of Quilts.  The case includes cotton quilting and embroidery threads in a variety of thread weights, all of which I am looking forward to trying out.

Mettler Thread selection

Definitely worth waiting for a show if you are in the market for a new machine, there are some really great deals to be had.

Papillion Baby QuiltFor the back of the quilt I decided to use a single piece of fabric that was included in the quilt top. I thought about doing a pieced back with some of the left over nine patch blocks, however with the spiral quilting design I thought that a ‘clean’ back would really help the spiral stand out. I think I made the right decision, the spiral adds enough interest to the back of the quilt.

Papillion BabyFor the filling I have used Hobbs Heirloom wool batting. The finished quilt measures 42 inches x 48 inches (107 cm x 122 cm) All fabrics are quilting weight cotton. Fabric links can be found in this post Lilac Baby.

I love how pretty and feminine this quilt is, the colours are even better when seen by eye.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Hand dyed fabric exploits

About 2 years ago I purchased a class form Craftsy called ‘The Art of Cloth Dyeing’ by Jane Dunnwold, and I have been totally hooked on dyeing fabric ever since.

This weekend I turned my bathroom in to my chemistry lab and began to play.

yellow hand dyed fabric

The top yellow pattern was made by continually folding the fabric in half until it could not be folded any more. The bottom yellow fabric was scrunched up in to a tight ball.

red hand dyed fabric

The top red fabric was pleated. The bottom red fabric was folded in the same way as the yellow above but the pattern here is much more pronounced.

blue hand dyed fabirc

The top blue fabric was made with a flag fold. The bottom blue is a pleat fold the same as the red pleated above.

I wanted to show you the different outcomes you can get with hand dyeing even when using the same techniques. For some people this would be off putting, but it is this lack of uniformity and the organic nature of the designs on the fabric that I adore. Manipulating the fabric by folding creates a resist to the dye and can produce some stunning patterns.

It is this unknown quality that separates hand dyed fabrics from printed fabrics. A print will be repeated across a width of fabric and each print will be exactly the same. You can see from the photographs that hand dyeing produces a unique pattern across the entirety of the fabric. Whilst it is possible to control the variables in hand dyeing to achieve a similar result, each batch of fabric dyed will be inherently unique.

The fabric squares in the photo’s are 10 inch cotton poplin and I used procion mx dye, which is a fibre reactive dye for cotton, linen and silk. The dye will react differently to different types and weights of fabric.

All of the fabrics here were dyed with 1 pure colour, that is a colour that does not have any other colours mixed in to it. I will do another post showing some mixed dyes and adding colour using a technique called overdyeing (basically dyeing the fabric again in another colour).

If you fancy giving hand dyeing a try Colourcraft (UK) do a starter kit, which comes with 6 dyes and the auxiliary chemicals needed for dyeing, however you will need to buy a wash product such as synthrapol.

My favourite of the dyed fabrics is the blue pleat fold, which is your favourite?

Lisa at The Quilting Bird.

Thank Friday Its Finished! Animal patches baby quilt

For those of you who read my work in progress post on the animal patches baby quilt (click here to read) and have been waiting patiently to see the finished quilt…ta da…

animal hearts baby quilt

I added a binding from a really cute floral fabric that picks up the colours used in the quilt top beautifully. Here is the back view…

animal patches baby quilt back

(Please ignore the coloured circles these are just my pin heads!) I had some real fun with the straight line quilting. You will remember from the work in progress post that I had a lot of bobbin thread breaks using a trilobal polyester thread because my very basic sewing machine is not capable of winding the bobbin tight enough. Despite the frustrations I am pleased I persevered because the thread looks beautiful on the quilt, unfortunately my camera skills are not good enough to really capture the beauty of the stitching. The thread is a variegated green from Superior’s rainbow collection and it really shines on the quilt adding more dimension to the simple quilting lines.

animal patches quilt fold

As usual I used a quilters dream wadding, all fabrics are 100% cotton and the quilt is finished with a double binding finished by hand. The finished size of the quilt is cot size.

To find out more about my inspiration for this quilt have a look at the work in progress post here.

I will be linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday (TGIFF) this week hosted by Quilt Matters. Link A Finish Friday hosted by Richard and Tanya Quilts. Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Sunday stitching bee

London Modern Quilt Guild

On Sunday we held the 2nd of our stitching sundays, even with the heat it didn’t stop us from switching on the iron, propping up the ironing board and sewing away.  It is fun to be able to sew with friends and chat,  learn a new technique or just be inspired by the wonderful quilts in the room.

fractured quiltSo I thought I’d share a few of the quilts in progress, ShevvyLondon is working on a Fractured quilt.

IMG_4106Danielle is working on a fab rainbow EPP quilt

indian odyssey quiltDorothy was working on her Indian cottons quilt.

Just wish I had taken more photo’s rather than chatting and stitching!  I have one final photo, a sneek preview of a fantastic quilt – see more at Sundays guild meeting.

London Modern Quilt GuildWe are planning another stitching bee in September, do email in if you’d like to join us or speak to Shevvy, Michael or Ruth at…

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Sew-vivor 3 Quilters Edition: Top 16 announced

50592-sew-vivor3competitionThe top 16 contestants were revealed on Monday. There are some really great pieces of quilting in there. To have a look at the 16 who made it through to the competition click here.

Some of my favourite entries only made it into the runners up position, choosing just 16 contestants must have been a very difficult task for the judges. From those that made it through I want to share with you my favourites, in no particular order as they say…

Sewvivor top 16no1

This is made by Kerry Wilkinson from PennyDog Patchwork. I love to see quilts that I simply do not have the patience to make, this pixel quilt would so try my patience! Well done Kerry.

Sewvivor top 16no2This cute dress is made by Chelise Patterson.

Sewvivor top 16no4Here is my last fav made by Jade Prossor from Stitch Mischief, she describes it as simple yet striking and I have to agree.

Well the competition is under way, the first challenge has been set to sew anything quilted with a nautical theme. Remember you can still join in all the fun and quilt along on Instagram #sewvivor and there is also a Flickr group.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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Work In Progress- Anniversary Photo Quilt

Anniversary Photo QuiltI have very kindly been given permission to share this quilt with you.

It is going to be a wall hanging given as a surprise anniversary gift to his very lovely wife.

The photo’s have been printed onto white cotton poplin fabric using my home inkjet printer. I currently have an Epsom printer which uses pigment ink and I have had some difficulty in getting the ink to set on the fabric. I previously had a printer which used dye based inks and I was able to use ‘bubble jet set’ to set the ink and had some very good results with that. The pigment ink printer does produce more vibrant colours but I would like to make lap size photo quilts which will obviously need to be washed.

Even though this particular quilt will be a wall hanging I did use a fabric medium over the photographs to set them, which has worked, but has also given me a stiff fabric. Not a problem for a wall hanging but I would like to have the flexibility to make useable photo quilts.

If anyone has any ideas on how I can set pigment ink from an inkjet printer please let me know, I will be most grateful.

I am linking up with SewCute hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation and Bee Social hoseted by Sew Fresh Quilts.

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Lisa at The Quilting Bird

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