Tuesday 9 October 2012

Fresh Week

First of all, thanks to everyone who took the trouble to comment on my last post - it was just the encouragement I needed to start the week!
I finished up my Mouthy Stitches tote without further adjustments and made a couple of key fobs in double quick time. Will keep those pics to myself until I send off the package.
My unpicked baby quilt class sample was re-jigged and pieced, and today I added the applique - it looks so much better, didn't stop to photograph it today but I will soon, I promise. I also got the backing prepped.
Did I mention the sun was splitting the skies all day yesterday, and today! It fairly helps the mood and the motivation.
I got going on the second part of my Velocity Strippy and quilted it thoroughly - thank goodness those Aurifil spools hold 1300m. Today, I quilted 36 x 2m down the strips, and 63 x 44" across......that is a lot of thread!
That is two out of three and the third should be done next week in time for the next workshop at the end of the month.I can't wait to see this one finished, I LOVE this fabric.

While we are on the subject of sunshine, I thought you might like to see another class sample that I have been working on - I have quite a few ladies tackling curved piecing for the first time, on a NY Beauty block. As well as making a finished quilt I like to demo as I go so I made this along with the classes.
Last week I had a think about the quilting and came up with a variation on Sheila's Star. Instead of plotting it out in a square, I fixed some points on the solid circle. When you use Sheila's Star as a quilting pattern you always finish back where you started and for the NYB this meant I could then keep going with the quilting of the pieced arc. So the whole quilting design can be done in one continuous operation, although you are allowed to stop and breathe.

If you would like a copy of this quilting pattern you can download it HERE.


  1. Glad to hear you have your sewing mojo back, those Velocity quilts look lovely. I really like your quilting of the NYB block too, if I ever get around to finishing mine I will check out that pattern!

  2. Velocity looks great. And your NY beauty is fabulous. Back on the happy track for sewing I hope, because you should be with these makes, and the Mouthy tote!

  3. Your week certainly is going better than last week, on the sewing front. Di x

  4. I love the NYB and the quilting on Velocity is lovely! Glad to hear that you are cheerful again!

  5. Great to hear your week is going well. Love Sheila's star, so cheerful and sunny.

  6. I'm completely in awe of the NY beauty! You're certainly back on top form!

  7. It certainly is fresh, it's fricking freezing first thing in the morning on the way in to work, frost and everything!

    Anywho, glad this week is better for you and love the NYB quilting

  8. So pleased you are back to being the super-Sheila we know and love x

  9. I love the NYB you have done and the quilting is just fantastic, especially love the back of the block!

  10. Love your NYB and the quilting is terrific. Think I'd really like to try this.

  11. Wow, two wonderful projects!!! Your Velocity strippy quilt makes my heart skip a beat each time I see it!!!



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