Candy Chains

Hello, long time no see. Sorry it’s been so quiet around here. I’d love to say that I’ve been off gallivanting but in reality I’ve been reclining on the bed watching Korean dramas due to a severe bout of fatigue associated with anaemia. I’ve only been venturing out of the house to attend hospital/ doctors appointments and sewing has been minimal so there hasn’t been a great deal to talk about. However, I have finally got something to share with you, I’ve got a project in Issue 39 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

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I started work on this project in April so it’s been a long time coming. Candy Chains is a two block design that produces a rather pretty Irish Chain variation. I used various prints from Cotton + Steel collections, generously supplied by Fat Quarter Shop, to create a giant cushion and lap quilt.

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I quilted the cushion with Aurifil thread using a basic straight line pattern but I had the good sense to send the quilt off to the amazingly talented Trudi Wood. As expected the results were awesome!

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Here’s a close-up of Trudi’s quilting.

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The bonus of having projects in print is always the professional styling.

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I’ve got more projects to share with you so I’ll be back soon with another post. Hoping all is good in your corner of the world. Catch you soon x

 

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Finally, a finish!

Issue 27 of Quilt Now magazine dropped through my door yesterday, so that means that I can finally share the finished BOM quilt with you!

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This quilt was a bit of a departure from the norm for me as I usually avoid sashing like the plague. This time around I felt that it was necessary to sash to bring all the colours of the different blocks together. There was plenty of negative space too so when I sent this away to Trudi for quilting I just knew that it would come back utterly transformed. I thought you might like to see the treatment that Trudi gave to each block so prepare for photo overload.

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Quarter log cabin block

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Chevron block

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Flower patch block

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Dresden doughnut block

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Friendship star block

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Ribbon dance block

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Bullseye block

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Flower weave block

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Economy cross block

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Flying away block

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Star central block

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Flying geese block

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Negative space panels

Trudi introduced so much texture with her beautiful quilting, it really makes the Kona solids sing. As per usual the quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil. I used the Emily Cier Kona solids bundle from Robert Kaufman to make this version of the quilt and I have the added bonus of having a full fat quarter stack bundle left over so I thought it would be nice to celebrate the end of this BOM with a giveaway!

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You can have up to 3 chances to win this fat quarter bundle:

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The winner will be chosen at random after 6.00pm (BST) on Sunday 31st August 2016. Open to all. Please be sure to leave a contact email in case you win, I will re-draw if I am unable to contact the original winner.

Catch you soon x

Ninja Star

I’m still plugging away at deadline sewing that I can’t share yet but yesterday my sewing machine munched one too many pieces of fabric for my liking. To prevent myself from launching the machine out of the window I grabbed a pile of pretty fabric and drew up a new EPP block to try out.

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I posted a progress picture on Instagram, where Lucy suggested that it looked like a Ninja Star so I’ve taken that name for this block.

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It’s an octagonal twist on the ever popular Hexiestar block. Now I’m left with a dilemma, I want to make a cushion and can’t decide whether to make more scrappy versions of this block or to stick with the prints I’ve used already and change the placement in subsequent blocks. What would you do? I’ll look forward to your suggestions. Catch you soon x

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