Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
I was also really pleased that Isobel brought along her finished Accidental Landscape from a recent workshop - this was inspired by Isobel's local views, how good is this?
Last week, at the Tote Bag workshop, Frances also brought along a finished project from a previous workshop, this time her quilted book cover, all beautifully embellished. Isn't it great to complete UFOs?
Next Thursday, it's Zippy Pouches, watch this space..............
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
I do have the feeling however that quite a few of you who have joined are taking mysterious to a new level and I am so interested to see what you have been doing. Now I know not everyone has a flickR account and maybe you are happy to just download the instructions and get on with it - absolutely fine, but, if you would like to share your work with me I am happy for you to email your pics to me and I will upload to the flickR group using only first name ID, keeps it nice and private. You will get my email address if you click the small pic of me on the left - when the Outlook Express box open just copy & paste my email address to your own browser.
If for any reason you are struggling with the Mystery, drop me a mail and I'll see what I can do to help.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Another group of very industrious ladies got together yesterday and all left with a completed tote bag. It's a great basic bag, customised by the insertion of panels of different styles. Some are patchwork blocks, one was a lovely arty piece of work and some used a contrasting piece of lovely fabric. This is a bag that can be adapted for many purposes - well done girls, you did great!
Talking of useful totes, Anna from Noodlehead is guest posting HERE with a great tote tutorial.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
I haven't decided on colour or fabrics yet, just playing around with different brights - I love the way using two extreme values on each segment gives such a 3-D feel.
So, partner - am I anywhere close?
Monday, 16 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
the charm pack needs no explanation - the fat quarters are Red Letter Day by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics. I took advantage of low shipping last week from Sew Fresh Fabrics - thanks Lynne, from
Lily's Quilts for the heads up on this offer.
There is also another fat quarter which I am keeping to myself for a week or two - will reveal secret project as soon as I can... (it's all mysteries and secrets with me isn't it?)
I have a UFO Workshop this Thursday, one of my short programme of Summer workshops - usually at a UFO day, folks bring along any project needing completion, attention, requiring help, etc. I always like to offer a wee project also and this cafetiere cover is Thursday's little extra. I couldn't find my original cover made two house moves ago so knocked this one up from some leftover charm squares from my Authentic pack - I love it, you'd think I had actually bought it to go with my kitchen.....
Monday, 9 May 2011
I need to correct an assumption that is being made by some of the Mystery Quilters out there..........when you click on my links to access and download the instructions you are re-directed to ScribD. This is just an external website where I store my pdf documents as it isn't possible to just attach them to my blog post.
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Sunday, 8 May 2011
If you haven't joined in yet, why don't you click on Mystery Quilt a Long up on the header and follow the links...........
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Why don't you pop over and leave a welcome message.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
You might have noticed I have a Mystery Quilt page on this blog's header - I plan to store all the links here so it's easy for you to refer back or join in at any time.
Sunday, 1 May 2011
For years I followed the accepted formula of cutting the original squares 7/8 " bigger than desired finished patch.
Creative Grids even produced a really useful ruler that had its first section measuring 7/8" and then 1" intervals thereafter, it was a really useful tool, no longer available.
Then a couple of years ago I discovered Eleanor Burns TV on a Sky Channel - what a novelty getting quilting shows here in the UK. Now this lady has so many years behind her in the quilting world, it was difficult not to pick up useful tips whilst watching.................many of her methods tie in with her company's products but I found I could produce HSTs her way and square them up using my Creative Grids 6 1/2 " square ruler.
Basically, say you were making a finished patch measuring 4", you would cut your squares to 5" rather than 4 7/8", so much easier on the eyes. After drawing a diagonal line and sewing 1/4" on either side of this, the resulting patch is usually just a tad bigger than 4 1/2", and can be easily trimmed to size. I always found with the old formula that my patches were often undersized and so not perfect for matching with other patches.
I have had a search on Eleanor Burns' website and found her instructions HERE and a table of sizes to be used in conjunction with her rulers. This was found under her free patterns page and of course if you can find a local stockist it might be an idea to purchase her rulers.
I am possibly preaching to the converted - is everyone already doing this?