Wednesday, 29 October 2014

QDAD and more FMQ

A few months ago, I joined the Quilt Design A Day aka QDAD Facebook group after reading about it at PlayCrafts. QDAD is encouraging you to spend at least 15-20 minutes everyday, creating a quilt design by getting inspired by that particular day's image and colour palette. Even though I am not the best contributor, I have designed a few quilts since I joined the group and whenever I get a chance I try to design at least a quilt block. If you are a member of MQG, I highly suggest that you listen to the webinar Quilt Design a Day: Discovering Your Creative Process presented by Anne Sullivan. It really opened my eyes and changed my view about myself and my creative side. (You can even see one of my designs in one of the slides. I squealed and did the happy dance when I saw it because it was totally unexpected!)
This is one of my QDAD designs. I was at work, looking at the inspiration image and trying to come up with a design. Instead, I got inspired by the paper plane sitting on my desk, quickly designed this block and named it the paper planes. I still ignore my husband's comment saying "this is Maltese Cross!" LOL. Anyways...Later, I decided to turn this design into a paper pieced block. Knowing nothing about paper piecing, I wasted so much some fabric but managed to make something nice.
I didn't have any solids so I used the fabric which had the most vibrant colours and a pink similar to the one in the design above. The finished size of the each square is 6" and the whole block is 12.5". As I didn't want to waste this block, I added borders and made it to 18" which is a nice pillow size.
And started quilting it.
I tried to reflect the swirls and the leafy shapes in the fabric. When you don't think about what your next move and shape are going to be, it goes very easily and smoothly and is so much fun.
This is the first time I did such a fancy quilting and am surprised how nice the result is. I am also secretly proud of myself that I developed my FMQ skills very quickly in just a few days.
I will be offering this paper piece pattern on my blog in the following days. I am just fine tuning it at the moment.
Happy quilting!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday Makers! #10

What have you been up to? I continue having busy days at work-organising three meetings- and doing more yard work-I have no photos this time. I haven't done much sewing or quilting last week but started quilting the New Wave quilt and managed to quilt one line of white sashing.
I drew the design on a note pad and went straight to quilting. Even though I was quite nervous, it went really well and I am happy with the result.
I fed the quilt to the machine's throat vertically; so I pulled the quilt to myself as I quilted it rather than going from left to right. It made the quilting easy as the bulk was on my left on the table. Having said that, I am not sure if I could do the design I chose for the orange area- most probably it will be swirls-in the same way. For this, I need to practice definitely!
For the rest of the quilt; I am thinking about quilting each coloured and sashing area with a different design which will also compliment with the patterns on the fabric.
Idea for the spotty orange area
Practising and auditioning for the next sashing line. I think the design in the middle suits the best.  Yay or nay?
Before moving to Monday Makers!, I want to share a quilting tip with you. I am sure you have heard about people using different products like silicon spray or a slippery mat to help them slide the quilt on the machine more easily. I was thinking about how I could manage moving a large quilt on the machine without spending too much money, preferably no money, on such products. And the idea kicked in!
I had a large teflon sheet which I bought ages ago mainly for baking. I never used it for baking but utilised it when ironing interfacing on my fabrics. You put your fabric with interfacing in between the sheets and simply iron. Because it is teflon, nothing sticks to it. If the glue of the interfacing melts, you can either wipe it off or just rub it off with your finger tip very easily once it is dry. By this way, you protect your iron as well. I knew that those slippery mats are made of teflon...As you see in the photo, I covered the surface of my machine with the sheet, the width was perfect but had to cut it in half for my machine's size. Secured it with sticky tape all around. Cut the square which covered the needle and etc area off. Also trimmed the corners on the throat area and secured them with sticky tape as well; it was ready to use. I couldn't believe how much difference it made when moving the quilt! Gentle pulls and pushes were enough to slide the whole quilt! I felt terribly smart afterwards-mind you I still do LOL This certainly saved me at least a 100 bucks- the price of those mats.
I hope you can give this a go and find it useful too. 
Now to Monday Makers!
I am going to continue working on this quilt. What projects are you working on today? Did you manage to finish anything in the last week? Share the love and let more people connect with me and you!
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Blogger's quilt festival-ROYGBIV Quilts

I haven't entered a quilt into any shows or competitions before. This is mainly because I either found the competition too late or basically just couldn't prioritise it. I heard about Blogger's Quilt Festival just the other day and decided to enter my Triangles quilt into the ROYGBIV category; so this time I didn't miss the chance LOL

You have seen it before; for those who are just visiting my blog, you can find the original blog post here and here.
I did straight line quilting alongside the triangles. I highlighted the big purple triangle by doing some pointy meandering with white Aurifil thread. ( I also love how perfectly my points match.)
 The backing fabric is from Ikea which compliments the modern look of the quilt.
I really love this quilt even though it caused me some grief at the beginning LOL.

Enjoy the Festival and good luck to all participants!