UKQU are doing a second mini quilt swap and I have been lucky enough to have been asked to be a Swap Mumma. This involves looking after a group of swappers, helping and guiding them and offering support and…
Do you ever wonder how do people develop a body of work for an exhibition? How they come up with the idea in the first place?? I’m now working on a series of quilts for an exhibition which will travel with G…
What lovely examples of your design process. Really great to see how designs can develop from a single idea and a common process.
Fabulous work and great to hear how the theme developed over time. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.
I’ve loved your work since I attended a short workshop at Harrogate earlier this year and will definitely look out for your exhibit in Harrogate!
I saw your miniature at FOQ. Astounding. I could not make out whether it was the tinyesy applique or paint, it was so small.
I was recently given the opportunity to review the Footloose Quilt pattern, by Jenny Haynes of PapperSaxSten. Curves are always something of a challenge, so I was really keen to give this new design a try. The…
Thank you so much Gini for the kind review. I’m really glad you enjoyed it and thanks again for choosing to try curves without pins.
I loved every minute of it! I’ve just gone in and bought the sunflower pattern as well!
Just love this design – from a distance the centre ‘blocks’ look like owls peeking out. Tempted to try one!
Another amazing pattern by Jenny and another ‘no pins’ convert for curves!!!
yup, no pins here is how I go too! nice review and I like the finished result
Intriguing! And gorgeous.
Did you ever wanted to stitch something onto your work, but needed the guidance of a drawn line and didn’t know how to get the lines onto a fabric?
There are lots of tools and pens which you can use to mark your…
Great idea working freom the back! never thought of that. Have tried the tissue paper and it worked well, but a bit of a fag tearing it away after. Will definitely try working from the back – Thanks Vendulka x
Yes, it’s tedious getting the paper out, but sometimes it’s better than risking the lines coming back. Glad my tip is helpful!
I found working from the back really helpful in thread drawing
Fab ideas, Vendulka – I really must get more inventive with my quilting!
Great, simple ideas, thanks.
I was totally overwhelmed by the number of people who liked the mini quilt I made for the UKQU Spring 2018 Mini Quilt Swap. I received dozens of comments and Facebook messages asking if I had bought the pattern or if…
Love all the versions Gini – well done. Will def have a go….
All beautiful and fab blog
What a great initial quilt and then the subsequent versions are fantastic! Well done Gini I am sure this will be very popular.
Wow! I love all the different versions and the colour combinations. When my cat is on his ‘tower’ (of three quilts and blankets all folded up) I can’t but think of the Princess and the Pea, I am going to have to give your pattern a go. Thank you 🙂
Loved making this. Thanks for creating the pattern.
Thanks Pauline, you’ll have to post a picture on the Facebook page so I can see it! X
This is so lovely, and so very personal.
My great-niece recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Edward, so writing a blog featuring a hand sewn baby item was perfect timing for me.
I found a wonderful free reversible bib pattern and tutorial by Amy…
Well, the waiting is over. They have arrived and the excitement of receiving our packages through the post for the UKQU Spring 2018 Mini Quilt Swap is spent. Now we are all sitting and lovingly stroking our perfectly…
Great read and you are right participation in crucial…that’s why we both did so well
Love these kitties, could be very tempted by a pattern in spite of my stack of UFO’S. The mini quilt Gini received certainly echoes the colours she loves, beautifully made.
Seeing your FMQ in close up its amazing. Looking forward to seeing the pattern too.
I’m waiting with baited breath for your lovely pattern!
I had so much lovely feedback from last month’s post that I thought I would share another technique that I really enjoy: appliqué.
I am the first to admit that I’m not a lover of hand applique but I’ve always enjoye…
Lovely work, both the dogs and the roses look so lifelife. Thank you for showing them.
Love Andreas’s work and this is a great interpretation
Letting the “cat” out of the bag I even read and commented on this and didn’t get that the mini swap was for me! Can’t wait to read next months blog…and for you to show people just how stunning your work is…thanks again for my mini xx
Following on from last month’s blog post, I thought I’d talk about another of the UKQU Facebook page’s satellite pages for ‘swaps’. There is the postcard swap, a block swap, hexie flower swaps and the infamous…
What a lovely read and a gorgeous quilt! Very informative about the dyeing process – wouldn’t have thought of shaking the granules over the fabric! and washing in salty water first – Brilliant!! Looking forward the this years’ Quilt…..
Thanks Sue x
Thank you for your blog Gini and pictures of your lovely mini. I have taken part in the last three swaps and also the one that is going on at the moment. I have found that it has helped me improve my skills. From starting off as a complete beginner, I now class my self as an intermediate/ (nearly) advanced level. I like to try a new technique for every swap and love the whole process from the “stalking”, research and planning to making the mini and the reaction of my partner when they receive it. Then receiving a mini from someone else who has taken the time to do exactly the same for me. Anyone who wants to have a go, I can thoroughly recommend it, you will learn so much and make new friends in the process. Thank you too for your tips on dying. I want to have a go this year and will definitely try this method
That’s so true about never getting any quilty gifts. I did an FPP swap last year and was absolutely blown away when my quilt arrived.I have it in my sewing room and look at it every day.I have never tried dyeing but I do like your sprinklng technique…oh dear,another future project for ‘the list’. I hope the recipient of your quilt was thrillled with it!
Lovely blog Gini, I really enjoyed it. And your mini quilt is absolutely gorgeous – I would have been so pleased if I had been the one to receive this – beautiful! I loved the description of your technique for dying too, the speckled effect is great. When doing the ice or snow dying the results are somewhat unpredictable which can be part of the fun but can leave some bare areas. Your sprinkle method combined with ice dying seems like a good way to get the best of both worlds.
I remember seeing and liking that quilt when I saw it last year, but it is really lovely and quite inspiring seeing how you went about making it.
Remember it from last years swap and loved it. That technique is interesting. Could it work with procion dyes I wonder?
I have just completed my first mini quilt challenge. I really enjoyed the whole process. I wasn’t expecting all the lovely comments about it as i didnt think it was very good . The lady that received it was over the moon with it and said i couldn’t have got it more right for her.
So anyone reading my comment, don’t think about doing it,get on and do it because life is short and we need to fill our lives with pleasure. I learnt so much along the way and im overwhelmed with the response i have had from it.
Isn’t it funny how things sometimes cross your path at exactly the right moment? I was just thinking that I need to replace the blade on my 45mm Olfa rotary cutter, when this little gem came into my p…
Sounds like you’ve got a good product there Gini – and EQS have been very generous with their offerings. Nice blog 😉
now that looks good.
I have had one of these for years – its brilliant, and saves buying new ones all the time. I have recently replaced a blade for the first time in five years (and I do quite a lot of rotary cutting!)
Wow! 5 years? That’s incredible! I’m lucky to make 5 months but I can really see this sharpener getting used a lot!
I think this is now on my list of items I need to purchase. Thank you.
Let’s hope the spring is finally here (no more snow please!) It’s so nice to open the doors and windows in the house for more than just 5 minutes to get some fresh air and new energy in. Before we dive into…
Good idea Vendulka, tomorrow’s job
Oh how I wish…! I have a sewing room and a crafting room. My crafting room is more planned than the sewing room, but one of my stepsons came back to live with us last year, and I said he could use the crafting room for storage short term…obviously we have different ideas about what short term actually is. I have been trying to finish off WIPs and PHDs recently, including getting projects hung in the home, and I finished a quilt top 3 weeks ago that I’ve been working on, on and off, for 6 years. Problem now is finding the time to quilt it! I’d love to get going in my sewing room today, but alas, work calls!
There’s nothing nicer on these cold, dark evenings than snuggling up on the sofa, under a quilt, in front of an open fire with a good book. Or in my case, Kindle. I struggle to hand sew in poor light, so this time o…
Have you used Pinterest before? It’s such a great tool for quilting, I promise!
If you’ve not ventured into the world of pinterest before then it really is worth a look. Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that…
This has already taught me things I didn’t know!
Oh fabulous! Pinterest is such a valuable tool. I do spend too much time looking at all of the lovely things though!
I love Pinterest! Great place for inspiration and filing ideas. A useful blog for those who haven’t yet found this amazing tool!
Thanks Ingrid. I must admit I go through phases of spending FAR too much time browsing all of the wonderful things out there!
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