Saturday, August 31, 2013

Scatterday J

I liked this fellow when I was searching for images. Aren't there someclever people around with phtoshop or other computer skills.
Categories this week are
% Holiday - something we all love
% Dancing - even if you have two left feet
% Toy
% Japanese

posting date 14th September

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Raconteur and Raconteur 141

Last weekend I caught up with a couple of my friends who are working on their own Raconteur quilts and both had brought along their latest collections. It was interesting to see the difference between the finished size of the collections and so I included it here as I thought others might like to see the difference also.
We were all surprised at how much larger the 141 size was when the collection was completed because there really didn't appear to be much difference between the individual blocks.
Rhonda Lehwess made the 141 collection, while Margaret McCaughey made the original size collection. I will upload some photos next week of the individual blocks as you can better see the blocks but right now it is late and I am going to hit the sack.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

More design ideas

I was cleaning up my files last night and found this one.I went to the symposium in New Zealand with a couple of friends and they did a class with Carla Gulati. Now admittedly both she and my friends can draw a lot better scrolls than this but hey I figured it wasn't bad for first try and with very little knowledge. This was made using some of those skills Robbi Eclow taught me.... where will I go with all of this knowledge? Hopefully beyond the drawing stage:)

Layouts- How Many Blocks? Post 2

What is a layout? 

Ok firstly a quick summary here is terminology that I regularly use when talking about 
Raconteur - The Storyteller's Collection (aka RSC)  This is the original quilt with 363 blocks joined together into 59 collections
block is a single miniature hexagon
collection is a set of seven miniature hexagons joined together and framed to make a larger hexagon.
A half collection is a pair of two elongated miniature hexagons joined together and then two fillers are added. This is then all framed to make a larger half hexagon that is used along the edge.
corner collection is a single elongated miniature hexagons joined together and then two fillers are added. This is then all framed to complete the corner blocks.
layout is a bed size quilt. Layouts are available for lap quilts, single, double, queen and king size quilt.
Raconteur 141 is the enlarged version of RSC. No one has yet finished this quilt so I can't honestly tell you how many blocks or collections there are in this quilt, but I will tell you what my computer tells me.

Now to the follow-up many collections do you need?

First let's revise calculations for the original Raconteur quilt. If you look here you can see my photoshop efforts to show you the wallhanging, lap quilt, single bed quilt and double bed quilt
The individual blocks have a side length of 2 1/4in, while the large collection is 7 1/8in.
By my calculations, and Photoshop/Illustrator's help the number of collections and blocks that you would need are
  • wallhanging - seven collections which is 49 blocks
  • lap quilt - 17 collections which is 99 blocks
  • single bed quilt - 27 collections equalling 157 blocks
  • double bed quilt - 33 collections which is 199 blocks
  • queen size quilt - 45 collections which is 271 blocks. There are two different layouts offered for this size
  • king size quilt - 59 collections which is 363 blocks.
    Personally I would change the king size layout and make it with 61 collections, one row longer but one row narrower. To do this you could make extra blocks of those you enjoy or simply hang around long enough for me to make a few more blocks and then I will send these out to you.
    Carol has made three of her own original blocks and I have made another collection so she is only four blocks short on the better number for king size.
By the way all of the layouts include instructions for putting your quilt together along with the quilting designs which I used on the original quilt. There are line drawings showing you different layout options and allowing you to work out your own colour layout so you don't end up with the wrong size and colour arrangement (like I did). Colouring pencils are a simple to use tool which when used with a line drawing of the layouts allows you to decide the colour frames if you intend to do a design such as say Grandmother's Flower Garden.
Once I am organised the different layout options will contain all of the options up to and including the one that you are making, so it is easy to make a smaller one :)

Next we talk specifically about the Raconteur 141 Collections.
When joined the seven collections should have a theoretical height of 20in and width of 17.5in, note these figures came out of a computer drawing and through real life sewing I have found they could be out by up to 1/2in which I figure isn't enough to worry about. For some reason, when I sew things the size is never exactly what the computer tells me it should be but it has always been such a minuscule amount I haven't worried about it.
141 Single Bed Layout

141 Double/Queen Layouts

141 King Layout - option 1

141 King Layout - option 2
I haven't actually made up these quilts and you may find that when you lay out the blocks it is better to make more blocks and go either one block wider or one block longer. Nothing beats actually looking at the blocks laid out together to decide what is the best way to go.

By my calculations, and Illustrator's help... no help available this time from Photoshop:( the number of collections and blocks that you would need are
  • wallhanging - seven collections which is 49 blocks
  • lap quilt - I couldn't get this to look right, or to something I was happy with so it will need to be a trial and experiment affair if you are making this size.
  • single bed quilt - 12 full collections and four half collections equalling 92 blocks. This gives a design area or approximately 52in x 80in and then you would need to add borders.
  • double and queen size bed quilts - 18 full collections and 4 half collections which is 134 blocks. This gives a design area or approximately 70in x 80in and then you would need to add borders.
  • king size quilt (option 1) -  although this one should be the best by calculations it doesn't 'look right' and so I worked out option 2
  • King size quilt (option 2) - 27 full collections, four half collections and two corner collections, which is 199 blocks. This gives a design area or approximately 86in x 95in and then you would need to add borders. To balance the appearance for this size an extra row had to be added longer than the bare mattress length.
Sorry about this being such a long post but there was a lot t0 say....and I like to talk.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Layouts - How Many Blocks? Post 1

As this is becoming such a long post I have decided to split it into two. This first post discusses things that need to be decided upon when making any quilt, not just Raconteur 141, or even Raconteur - the Storyteller's Collection.
C6 Crystal Dreams

Some things that effect the number of blocks can be
  1. colour arrangement - my original Raconteur quilt should have had one extra row but because of how the frame colours were laid out it meant I had to change too many of those for the colour pattern to lie as I wished. I had had enough of the quilt and so I left it. I could have planned the colour arrangement well before the five year about leaving things for the last minute. Planning could have been done with just pen and paper.
  2. the amount of overhang you like - mattress heights vary not only in different countries but also throughout one country. Now in Australia there are three different mattress heights. I have one quilt which now fits perfectly on our bed since our new mattress has a greater height than the previous one. Previously the quilt touched the floor. There are also available different height castors to raise or lower a bed height.
  3. still to do with the amount of overhand is whether you want some of your design to go over the sides or if you only want it on the top of the bed. I like my design to go over the sides so I don't have to spend forever getting the quilt to lie just right so that the design is centred.
  4. the number of blocks you want to make - there are seven blocks in each collection and sometimes you just reach  the limit of how many blocks you want to make. I had about thirty blocks leftover when I called it a day on my layout so I only needed to make another 12 blocks and I could have had the row I needed...such is life
  5. the size of the borders -  I don't have a preference for border size. My method is to finish the quilt and then try different size borders until I find what suits the quilt. This does have a major downside in that some of my quilts turn out decidedly bigger than I originally wanted but such is life at least it looks balanced, in my opinion that is.
I will write up the next post later today if I get the chance, or else tomorrow and then post it with the calculations etc.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Zealand Symposium - Red Exhibition

While in Taupo there were several quilting exhibitions held around the town.
One of these was the red challenge and as you may well guess from the numbers on these quilts there were MANY entries. I selected a few of my favourites I hope you enjoy them also.
Isn't it amazing what you can do with such a simple theme. Oh these quilts were about 12in square from memory.
Personally I love the quilt just to the right of this.

And what do you think of the rose?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Carol Le Maitre with Collection 28

C28 Follow The Leader
Carol has been very busy lately with her husband having to go to hospital and this meant a six week stay as the hospital was too far for her to visit otherwise. One of the downsides of living in the country is the lack of higher end medical services.
Carol prepared some hand sewing for her six week 'vacation' and here we see some of her blocks.
As always a wonderful array of colours and prints. 
Don't you love the paw prints in Run Spot Run?
C28 Run Spot Run

C28 The Lotus

C28 First Bouquet

C28 Trifids

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hiding not just from scatterdays

Well life has been unbelievably hectic this past three, no five weeks. I know by looking at the past few posts you will actually think I have spent lots of time updating my blog. However that is just an illusion. I actually managed to do several posts while visiting Paul in hospital. I had mistimed my visit and it coincided with his rehab session. I had an hour and a half to spare, with only an iPad for company. The iPad that had my New Zealand photos that is. Best use I have made of time in ages...and a top example of what one can do with scheduling of posts:)

So what about the H Scatterday? Well you are going to find this amazing but I actually photographed all of today's objects myself.... there is a first time for everything!

Wearable - Have you ever seen such a delightful hat?

Unfortunately I don't know the maker's name but she lives somewhere around Batemans Bay. It is felted and looks better in real life than it does in the photo.
Sticky - now the maker of this particular honey lives in the Mt Cotton area of Qld. Again I don't know his name....I do like to give credit when able to.
Edible - Home-made hot chocolate ... made by me. 

For some reason Paul's coffees/chocolates have lots of froth, while with mine it often appears as though the froth has found a hiding place :(

He also shows pride in his presentation, unlike this one where I just slapped it into a mug

Hiding Place - now here you have the perfect hiding place under a hairy costume. I can't remember this character's name even. The photo was taken when my children were very young at one of theme parks we went to. Can you imagine how hot it would be hiding in this thing in the summer sun?

Scatterday E

I know the letter E looks rather ferocious but your photos don't need to be. They need to show us -
@ Pantry
@ Frightening
@ Flower
@ Exciting  equipment

posting date 31st August

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wonderful News

Received news yesterday that not only did my quilt Raconteur - The Storyteller's Collection (that name is too l - o - n - g) win first prize in the bed quilt category but it also won Viewer's Choice.

Yes there is a smile going from one ear to the other. It is now my most successful quilt ever exhibited.
NSW Quilt Show - Viewers' Choice
SA Festival of Quilts - Second Place Traditional  &       SA Festival of Quilts - Retaining the Tradition
WA Quiltwest - First Place Traditional
Canberra Quilt Show - First Place Bed Quilts and Canberra Quilt Show - Viewers' Choice.

Someone once told me to write the quilt name on the back of a ribbon when I won it. I couldn't figure how hard it would be to work out which quilt belonged to which ribbon when I only had one ribbon. for the first time I can see a reason.... old age forgetfulness :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Collection 4 - Where Did That Name Come From?

The title Your Decision comes from the fact that the curve in this block is a basic one from mathematics. It is known as either a sine cure or a cosine curve, the only difference between the two is where they start.
While making the block I couldn't decide which fabric would be the feature and which the background. The decision decides the border fabric - your decision.

C4 Green With Envy
Green With Envy is a simple block made when I was practicing making very small strips and then trying a bargello idea. The name came purely from the fabrics which were two beautiful Japanese florals - bet you wouldn't have guessed that. 

C4 Your Decision
The fine strips in Rainbow Semaphore suggested the flags waving about when people used flags on a pole for semaphore... or what I think they looked like.
C4 Rainbow Semaphore
Do you remember the lovely floral frocks you wore as a child on a Summer's Day.. well if you were born in the 50s or early 60s that is..before the advent of stretch wear.

C4 Summer's Day
New Beginnings was made as a reminder to the start of a new life for my sister and her son when they moved into their own place.

C4 Birds at the Window
I was visiting my brother-in-law one day and as we sat having coffee and cake, non-fattening almost, there were a couple of Birds protesting at the Window. My BIL feeds many of the birds in the area and they felt it was time for their snack too.
           C4 New Beginnings
Oh the freedom when you ventured out to the paddocks with just your bucket, wearing shorts and T-shirts to pick the sweet blackberries.... such fun.. and even though you returned home scratched all over from the thorns, did you remember to dress more appropriately next time? Not me... Blackberry Freedom

      C4 Blackberry Freedom
Which is your favourite block?

What I learnt from Robbi

many smiles abounded after fun class

Well here you have proof that
1. I did do a class
2. I did produce something.

Yes I realise that last night's photos of quilts in progress look a lot more impressive than my little drawings in this post BUT I can do these drawings in a matter of hours now. Yes I realise that hours doesn't sound that quick but previously it was a matter of days and anyway those hours are decreasing:)

In these photos you see the development of my design. Ok being truthful I wouldn't use them in this way but I simply wanted to try everything NOW....sounds a bit like a child in a lolly shop doesn't it.

Gears - central part of the design.
Ok so designwise that white spot shouldn't be there but other than that it looks super!

Next ring out - this is made much the same way as the centre but I added a circle to it.  this is really easy to draw!
Scroll - now doesn't it look something else and you wouldn't believe how easy this is to draw...NOW.
Previously I have spent days trying to draw something like this and it never flowed. Robbi's method is just so easy.

Theses are the green pineapple heads in the final layout, I only need to place all of the other stuff over the centre to hide it.

Greek Keys - I am going to use the skills I learnt in this part in particular for my next major project. Can't wait to start.

If you spread these flower petals out you will see the final ring

Viola - here you have two days worth..and I don't have any more work to do at home to finish it.
Now wasn't this a class worth doing?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Student Quilts from Robbi Eclow class

Well what do you think of these? And isn't it amazing to think that no one had done any designing or quilt making like this before?

All of these quilts have at least two or three more rings to be added but it was just so great to get so far in a class. Not only did we learn how to design our own quilts but everyone else even took home a project which was well on the way to being together. 
In the class Robbie showed us how to design using pen and paper. She gave everyone a sheet of basic shapes that could be combined in a variety of ways and these are what everyone used to fill their rings. She also showed us how to work out our own basic rings, both in sizes and number of wedges/parts that were to be contained.
I learnt how to do this on the computer and I am pleased as punch with my results, which will star in my next post.