After just over a break of 2 years from teaching, I am pleased to say I will be teaching again during the latter half of the year. From now on I am specialising in teaching free motion quilting and have now updated the workshop page.
Author: Pieces of Pye
Shirt Tales or Tails?
During last weekend I started cutting out Terry’s flannelette shirts to make a quilt for my youngest daughter Cathrine who will be convalescing for several weeks after major surgery early next week. I cut enough fabric out to make 100 half square triangle blocks which I completed over the weekend.
On Monday and Tuesday I managed to stitch half the blocks together in rows. During this time I began to wonder why I had ever started this project as piecing is not my forte. You have be so precise to get the points to meet and it doesn’t seem to be happening for me. Looking forward to the quilting which I always enjoy.
Today I began stitching the rows together and Angus my Jack Russell has been lucky to see the day out, he has been a real terror. I might end up swinging him round by his little tail.
I laid my blocks out in rows on the floor ready for sewing together and Angus thought he would rearrange the design for me🤬 Thankfully he did not chew any of the blocks up! Note to self put Angus and Abby in the garden when laying quilts out on the floor. Will I ever learn?
Pleased to say tablecloth finished ready to be posted to the UK 🇬🇧
How Time Flies
Wow! Where did June go? I haven’t even found time to post this month and July begins on Wednesday. Looking back over the month, I have been busy sewing completing one project and beginning a few more.
I am pleased to say that I have finally finished the Westalee Ruler quilt which I started as an on online class in October. It was a 7 month course and I received instructional videos every month.
I also started the Mysolation Mystery Quilt on line this month which was a 4 week course organised by Rachelle Denenny to raise funds for Backpacks 4 Kids. This organisation supports children who are victims of domestic abuse.
I have finished stitching my blocks but haven’t found time to stitch them together yet.
I also appliqued 2 blocks as my contribution to the William Morris quilt which will be raffled next year to raise funds for either the Royal Flying Doctor or the Breast Cancer Association.
Last week l started designing a tablecloth for my sister in the UK and did some stitching this morning. I’m quite enjoying this project as it is a change from what I usually do.
A few more butterflies to be added to the tablecloth. At the moment I’m not sure that I will use wadding in the tablecloth as it needs to be drapy. I am thinking it will be best to use a soft fabric as a lining.
As fabrics were all ready selected for 3 projects and 2 of them cut ready to begin, I began stitching this months projects yesterday.
The pattern for the first project is in the modern quilt workshop book which I own and includes curved piecing which I really enjoy doing.
I’ve had my Bernina sewing machine for a few years now and only just found the hover function which is very useful for any type of piecing.
I got all the blocks pieced yesterday and stitched a couple of rows this morning before heading out to see my daughter and family in the country now lockdown restrictions are being eased. Haven’t see them since end of February.
I have also started piecing the first blocks for Rachelle Denneny’s mystery quilt. I have sewn 11 blocks together and need to complete 53 more blocks by Friday when we get our second set of instructions. I wonder what the completed quilt will look like. I do love a mystery.
With most of my UFO’s completed, I have been working on the Westalee online ruler course quilt recently to get it finished. However after a mishap during this last month I decided I needed a break from that quilt having worked on it every month since November.
This week I started cutting out and selecting fabric so I can begin new projects next month. The fabrics below came from my stash of batik fabrics and are being used for Rachelle Denenny’s mysolation mystery quilt. Sewing begins on Friday.
The next lot of fabrics are cut ready to sew up a modern quilt. I love curved piecing and the block in the photo is a sample of a few of the blocks I will make for the quilt.
I am just about ready to cut these fabrics out for a tablecloth which I plan to appliqué so I will use my Brother ScanNCut to cut them.
And the Westalee quilt this is how far I have got before abandoning it. The mistake I made was to cut the centre panel too small so the blocks for the outer border are too big. Never mind I do have a creative opportunity to work through and will find a solution.