August 7, 2009 at 5:00 am #424740
Wow, so many questions. OK. The quilt is to be queen size, but that will be achieved by adding borders (several) to the edges. The floral fabric I only have 1.5 metres. I would like to cut out the squares so that there is a floral group in the centre of each square, so it may be a tight finish there and I may yet have to have extra big corner panels to compensate for the lack of appropriate blocks. The green fabric I have about 2.5 metres of each so that should be fine.
The central lozenge will use the material I choose to provide the fill for the smaller squares – a buff/beige material to match the background of the roses. I have done a sketch of one of the smaller rose garlands from the fabric and simplified it so that it will be easy to embroider. There will be one curved at the top of the lozenge and another at the bottom (reversed and mirror image). In the centre, one big blowsy rose face on.
Sewing, cutting etc will have to happen at the sewing group so that I have access to the right gear. At present all my craft stuff is somewhere in the container. They also have a spare sewing machine, but I reckon I will concentrate on the embroidery for the time being. They meet once a week in Oatlands and once a week in Mt Seymour (next week they are going to Launceston in a minibus so will not be meeting, but that’s fine, plenty of other things to do).
I also bought several packs of 5 inch squares pre-cut. I figure those I can hand sew into 9patches with some plan fabric in between them to make a quilted curtain for the loungeroom. These are quite strong colours, so I have selected out the ones that will suit the room, giving me 26 squares. So the 9-patches will be a light colour (all the same colour) on 8 squares and the strong colour in the middle.
I know, lots of work, but it will give me something to do in the evenings other than read and muck about on the computer. And easier in the artificial light than trying to do counted cross stitch. Old age has its down side …August 7, 2009 at 5:40 am #424741BobbeeMember
Those fabrics are gorgeous HBG :clap::clap: and the plan for the quilt sounds good to me. :tup:
Depending on the size of your blowsy rose centre on the lozenge [medallion ?] an alternative to the top and bottom garlands could be a spray of roses in each corner of the lozenge.
‘Twill look great enyhoo u doo it. :clap::clap:
I particularly like the green on the right. :tup::tup::tup:August 7, 2009 at 8:42 am #424742
Thanks Bobbee, I plan on minimal embroidery as I have not done any for yonks and am probably going to be terrible at it. Basically I plan to outline everything in ‘stitchery’, the block in colour with some basketweave or continental stitch, then if I am still enthusiastic I will satinstitch over the top of that so it provides couching for the satinstitch. At any of those stages I can give up and go home, lol. The rose centres will be continental stitch in deep brown gold with french knots in a lighter tone. The flowers in various tones of musk rose.August 7, 2009 at 9:57 am #424743BobbeeMember
Sounds lovely HBG and very clever to allow yourself an easier ‘out’ if you so choose. :tup:
I am woeful at satin stitch. :awch: :awch:
It’s a lot of work you have set for yourself but will be very rewarding. :clap:
:metal::metal::metal:October 27, 2009 at 6:17 am #424744
Time for an update on this one I feel. It has been an interesting journey so far. The central medallion is completed. I did it in long and short stitch in the end (with a bit of unpicking of some earlier iterations that involved experiments with different thread quantities and stitch styles). The centres of those roses that required centres were done in chain stitch with french knots. The basic design is lifted off the floral fabric, but made a bit more formal for the embroidered bit. I used a linen thread if anyone is interested in these things.October 27, 2009 at 6:22 am #424745
Having finally finished the embroidery (see previous page) I realised I might have to hand-stitch the entire quilt as I still haven’t located the sewing machine in the container. So before embarking on what seemed likely to be a really scary amount of work (given other distractions) I decided to have a go at something smaller, that would also meet a current need. So I did a pot-holder by hand. One side is log cabin, the other is courthouse steps. Because it was just an experiment, I did not bother about whether the selvedges showed, but actually I rather like the end result of having some of them showing.
Then I had the challenge of finding some wadding. I cut a chunk off an old army blanket that came with the house (after giving it a good wash!!) and used that. This made it more difficult to do running stitch for the quilting, so while one side looked good, the other looked as if a bandicoot had been scratching it around. So I covered the stitches on that side with some chain stitch to hide my mistakes. The design came from a plastic template, traced on with blue water-soluble pen. Here is the quilted sideOctober 27, 2009 at 6:23 am #424746
And here is the really grotty side …October 27, 2009 at 7:22 am #424747ChezzaParticipant
Very nice… You have some very nice fabrics in your jobbie!! I love log cabin blocks they always have personality!!
All hand done… :tup::tup: I need to get some glasses before I get back into my handwork… (I did get a pair but they have three levels, handwork, computer work and for distance… I need to get a pair just for handwork! The other pair just makes me tired and sometimes a little bit ill)October 27, 2009 at 8:23 am #424748
ooo yes, that fabric is from the Regency collection by goodness knows who. I got it at the Quilted Crow in Hobart (they have a website), but their fabrics are soooooooooo expensive, I am afraid I won’t be shopping there again. Will stick to Esme’s in Launceston which supplied the tone on tone fabric of the embroidery and the other fabric I will be using to fill in the gaps (basically plain rose leaves on a very similar background.)October 27, 2009 at 8:27 am #424749redhen2Member
ooh clever. very nice.October 27, 2009 at 8:40 am #424750angelpussMember
I like the “grotty” side.:)
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