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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How to set pigment printer ink on fabric & Thank Friday It’s Finished!

Some weeks ago I shared with you a wedding anniversary photo quilt   I was making, and I mentioned that I had experienced some difficulty getting the printer ink to set on the fabric. I have now managed to resolve that problem and I wanted to share what I learned. But first it has been rather remiss of me not to show the finished photo quilt so here it is.

Wedding photo quilt wall hanging

Showing the close up first. You might have been thinking that photographs on fabric will be grainy and ill-defined, but actually you can get some very clear pictures by choosing a tightly woven fabric and making some adjustments to the photograph in a photo editor.

The background fabric is a white on white, you can just about make out the pattern if you squint. I chose the colour to tie in with the wedding theme. Similarly the red thread used to define and ‘frame’ the photographs, is a similar shade to the red in the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids dresses. I used a polyester wadding, so it can be washed without fear of shrinking. The backing is just a plain calico (muslin) fabric. For the quilting I obviously was not going to stitch through the photo’s themselves, instead I have stitched in the ditch around each photo.

This is a wall hanging. It’s finished size is 84cm X 71cm (33 X 28 inches). Here is the full view.

Wedding photo quiltSo back to the issue of getting pigment ink to set on fabric. When I began printing photographs on to fabric a few years ago I followed one of the many tutorials out there, which directed me to use a product called ‘Bubble Je Sett’. Bubble Jet Set is a liquid that the fabric is soaked in prior to printing, it then enables dye based ink jet printer ink to ‘bond’ with the fabric. This process also produces a fabric that can safely be machine washed without the photo fading away. This was the method I had used very successfully for years. Continue reading

Block Lotto – August

I joined the Block Lotto this month. I am not much of a traditional piecer…hmm… I may have mentioned once or twice that I do not have the patience for all that precision seaming! But it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of familiarity, so I decided to challenge myself to do more complex piecing and the Block Lotto is a great way for me to do that and have some fun with it.

This months block pattern is called Little Windows.

Block Lotto Little WIndowsYou can see why they are called ‘little windows’. The lovely thing about Block Lotto is that guidelines and suggested construction is given for the blocks which makes it really easy even for beginner sewers or quilters.

The requirements for the block is that it be 7inches finished size, each window could be a fabric of my choice and the frame fabric had to be a black and white print. I used a black and white fat quarter called ‘Scribble Spot’ from The Henley Studio for Makower UK, for the windows I used the scraps from my Lilac Baby Quilt (which is still a work in progress!).  I really like the combination of fabrics, I think the compliment each other well.

The great think about the Block Lotto is that at the end of the month someone is randomly chosen to win all the blocks that have been made. All the lucky winner needs to do is sew the blocks together in a design they like.

They are also doing a quilt along sampler quilt which looks really great. It is half way through but all the instructions can be found on the website, so you can join in at any time.

If you are interested in finding out about the Block Lotto click the button.

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I am linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday , Fabric Tuesday and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

 

Thank Friday It’s Finished! Animal Panel Baby Quilt

Ok, so I am posting this on Saturday, but technically I did finish it on Friday so it still counts!

Animal Panel Baby QuiltI had purchased a fabric panel without much thought as to what I would do with it. I didn’t just want a panel quilt with borders so added the red polka dot fabric which I think really enhances the original panel.

I used a block pattern called delectable mountains I found at Quilters Casche, to make the borders, I really didn’t want plain borders as I felt there wasn’t much going on in the panel.

I did a work in progress post for this quilt called redesigning a fabric panel, which details how I constructed this quilt. Here is the original panel that I sliced and diced:

Animal Panel Quilt

The quilting was originally stitch in the ditch, but I felt that was a little too plain and I wanted to connect the border to the central panel, so I added some straight line quilting.

Animal Panel Quilt Back

The patterning adds some more interest to the back, which was quite plain. I used a trilobal polyester thread in variegated green from Superior threads Rainbow range. If you read my post on the Animal Patches baby quilt, you will know that I had a lot of trouble with the bobbin thread breaking, caused by my machine not winding the bobbin tightly enough. Despite all the hassle I loved the look of the thread when the quilting was finished so decided to use it again here.

Animal Panel Quilt

It is a really lovely thread with a beautiful sheen that adds dimension to the quilting.

I have to admit that I have really struggled with this quilt creatively. I felt constrained by the panel and really had to fight to produce something that was a little bit different. I bought two panels, so I still have another one. I think I will cut it down and use them in different projects rather than in one quilt as I did here.

I am linking up with Show Off Saturday hosted by Sew Can She, Can I get a whoop whoop hosted by Confessions of a fabric addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday hosted by Fortworth Fabric Studio, The Handmade Hangout hosted by Too Much Time On My Hands, Finish It Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts and Pretty Pintastic hosted by Coffee With Us 3.

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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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The Festival of Quilts 2014 is nearly here

The Fesitval of Quilts 2014

I am sooo excited! The Fesitval of Quilts is opening this week and I will be going for the first time. I have been to quilt shows in London (I live in London), but I have wanted to go to The Festival of Quilts (FOQ) for a couple of years now. It feels like it’s the Oscars that all the other shows have been leading up to…although some of them happen after FOQ…buy you know what I mean!

Here’s what they say about themselves:

“The Festival of Quilts- Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show
A celebration of quilting with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, extraordinary galleries from international artists and a magnificent display of over 1,000 competition quilts – it’s the ultimate quilting experience.”
But it’s not just about exhibitors, there is a full programme of workshops on offer to cater for all abilities, a great way to learn a new skill or to get expert advice to improve your technique.
I have booked a workshop on free motion quilting using the ‘sweet 16’, a sit down longarm quilting machine.
I am also hoping to pick up some fabric, threads and anything else I feel like I simply cannot live without.
I can’t wait.
To find out more about The Festival of Quilts click here.
Lisa at The Quilting Bird
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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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