Friday, February 28, 2014

BOM 15 - Searching

C15 Searching
How appropriate! The name for the free BOM this month is Searching and I'm positive I will receive a few emails from people asking me whatever happened to BOM14. They will be positive that last month they picked up 12 or perhaps they will think they had missed a month and so will search their files. But no they/you haven't missed anything. There is no BOM14 because Collection 14 is one of the side collections and rather than using regular hexagons I have used extended hexagons for those collections. 
The BOM series will make a wallhanging, either small if only using seven blocks or large if using 49 blocks. Neither wallhanging needs the extended hexagons and so when we reach one of those collections I simply miss it.
Although I hand pieced Searching, (what else did you expect?) the instructions include foundation piecing templates. Happy sewing and looking forward to seeing photos of your work.

BOM 15 - Searching

C15 Searching
How appropriate! The name for the free BOM this month is Searching and I'm positive I will receive a few emails from people asking me whatever happened to BOM14. They will be positive that last month they picked up 12 or perhaps they will think they had missed a month and so will search their files. But no they/you haven't missed anything. There is no BOM14 because Collection 14 is one of the side collections and rather than using regular hexagons I have used extended hexagons for those collections. 
The BOM series will make a wallhanging, either small if only using seven blocks or large if using 49 blocks. Neither wallhanging needs the extended hexagons and so when we reach one of those collections I simply miss it.
Although I hand pieced Searching, (what else did you expect?) the instructions include foundation piecing templates. Happy sewing and looking forward to seeing photos of your work.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Collection 39 Variations




Here it is another collection of changes. 
I am amazed at how quickly Carol is finishing all of her blocks. Surely she gets as much enjoyment out of sewing as I do.
C39 Tutu in the Snow

C39 Monkey in the Middle

C39 Cotton Candy

C39 Fluorescent

C39 Reflections

C39 Mums for Mum

C39 New Grid

Collection 39 Variations




Here it is another collection of changes. 
I am amazed at how quickly Carol is finishing all of her blocks. Surely she gets as much enjoyment out of sewing as I do.
C39 Tutu in the Snow

C39 Monkey in the Middle

C39 Cotton Candy

C39 Fluorescent

C39 Reflections

C39 Mums for Mum

C39 New Grid

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Georgina's Blocks

C5 Behind the Walls
I was working my way through my photos today and realised I hadn't yet uploaded these two blocks by Georgina. She initially decide to do all of her blocks blue on blue but is now tending towards blue on light. Personally I think both look good and am looking forward to seeing what she does long term. These look beaut and will go well with both ideas.
C39 Tut in the Snow
Colour was one of the problems I had when I started Raconteur. I had intended for it to be a pastel quilt but found after quite a number of blocks that I needed more 'life' in the colours and so then added brighter pastels. Even at the end I was still changing colours and remade about twenty blocks just because I didn't like the colours.

Georgina's Blocks

C5 Behind the Walls
I was working my way through my photos today and realised I hadn't yet uploaded these two blocks by Georgina. She initially decide to do all of her blocks blue on blue but is now tending towards blue on light. Personally I think both look good and am looking forward to seeing what she does long term. These look beaut and will go well with both ideas.
C39 Tut in the Snow
Colour was one of the problems I had when I started Raconteur. I had intended for it to be a pastel quilt but found after quite a number of blocks that I needed more 'life' in the colours and so then added brighter pastels. Even at the end I was still changing colours and remade about twenty blocks just because I didn't like the colours.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Collection 38

C38 Couer d'Or



C38 Round and Round

C38 Strawberry Shortcake

Carol is still powering along. To be truthful she is ahead of me..she sews quicker than I can photoshop and upload! I think I still have more than ten photos to crop and put up for you to see. Isn't it wonderful to see what she does. I find it amazing that she is still going with EPP but it does go to show that everyone has their own way and whichever method suits you is the best for you.

Collection 38

C38 Couer d'Or



C38 Round and Round

C38 Strawberry Shortcake

Carol is still powering along. To be truthful she is ahead of me..she sews quicker than I can photoshop and upload! I think I still have more than ten photos to crop and put up for you to see. Isn't it wonderful to see what she does. I find it amazing that she is still going with EPP but it does go to show that everyone has their own way and whichever method suits you is the best for you.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Collection 36 & 37

C36 The Dish

C37 Alexander's Gold

C37 Fish Kiss

Well you have to admit that Carol is going to have one WOW quilt. I thought you might like to see the original blocks and Carol's. 

Of these blocks Alexander's Gold would be my favourite. Alex was a gorgeous boy whom I taught for several years. He had many problems but there was a real sunshine in him.
C37 Bounds of Hope

C37 Summer Sun

C37 Temple Within

Collection 36 & 37

C36 The Dish

C37 Alexander's Gold

C37 Fish Kiss

Well you have to admit that Carol is going to have one WOW quilt. I thought you might like to see the original blocks and Carol's. 

Of these blocks Alexander's Gold would be my favourite. Alex was a gorgeous boy whom I taught for several years. He had many problems but there was a real sunshine in him.
C37 Bounds of Hope

C37 Summer Sun

C37 Temple Within

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Another Gift from Carol

Today is my birthday and so for anyone passing here are two gifts for you. Both are new designs by Carol. She has been finding a lot of inspiration in projects she has made previously and has been rescaling these to fit in with Raconteur. Curiosity is a modification of a table runner Carol made several years ago. 
Raconteur is such a wonderful project as it allows you to incorporate other designs you have if you rescale them.

Original - Curiosity

Carol's original layout
Templates for this Curiosity may be found here.
Rose Garden was made while Carol was designing a project for some women she sews with. she planned to make this in six inch size for her project but couldn't resist making a block for Raconteur. Gorgeous fabric isn't it.

Templates for Rose Garden may be found here
Original - Rose Garden

Another Gift from Carol

Today is my birthday and so for anyone passing here are two gifts for you. Both are new designs by Carol. She has been finding a lot of inspiration in projects she has made previously and has been rescaling these to fit in with Raconteur. Curiosity is a modification of a table runner Carol made several years ago. 
Raconteur is such a wonderful project as it allows you to incorporate other designs you have if you rescale them.

Original - Curiosity

Carol's original layout
Templates for this Curiosity may be found here.
Rose Garden was made while Carol was designing a project for some women she sews with. she planned to make this in six inch size for her project but couldn't resist making a block for Raconteur. Gorgeous fabric isn't it.

Templates for Rose Garden may be found here
Original - Rose Garden

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Something a Little Bit Different




A few years ago I entered a block into Quiltmakers 100 Blocks competition and luckily it was chosen. The block was called Yvonne's Mystery as I had designed it for Yvonne, one of my students who wanted to do something different. As we were unsure of where we were going with the quilt it was a mystery. This morning someone asked me to design her a quilt based on this block and here are my first two attempts. Be interesting to see what her  thoughts are on these.
Isn't it amazing the difference colour placement makes. both blocks are the same but I have swapped the light and dark value in most places for the darker block. It will be interesting to see which block Linda decides to go with... and then we will see what ideas we can come up with for the border. I have a few more of this also...another mystery.