Thursday, April 3, 2014

Benjamin Biggs Block 1 and 2, Love Entwined Update

I have decided to do the BB blocks using machine applique with the Bernina 1530 I purchased second hand a few months ago.  I have had a bit of a practice on scraps to make sure I can do it as invisibly as possible.  I am really pleased with the results and will use this method again for sure.

I am using a mixture of shirtings for the background fabric and I am pleased with the results so far.

                                Block 1 , Apple Pie Ridge with the design re-drawn to refine it a little.

Block 2

I am still prepping all the pieces for Block 3 but I love how the machine applique goes so quickly once it's all glued down onto the background.

I am quite a bit behind with my Love Entwined but I am still enjoying the process, working by hand, in no rush to finish.

Third Vase, in progress, on Love Entwined

On a non-quilty note.  Yesterday I went to a cheese making class, which was wonderful!  I learnt how to make Ricotta and fresh Mozzarella known as Bocconcini.  The cheeses we made were so delicious.  I came home with a kit to make Ricotta, Bocconcini, Feta, Haloumi and Mascapone.  I can't wait to try making Haloumi and Feta.  The tutor had some Feta she had made with the kit I have bought and it was one of the most delicious Feta cheeses I have ever eaten.  The process was not difficult, you just have to be careful with the temperatures and be gentle with the curd.  I actually pulled/stretched the fresh mozzarella to turn it from heated curd to glossy , smooth and shaped Bocconcini!  I would highly recommend going to a cheese making class if you are interested in that type of thing,  I was so enthralled I forgot to take any photos!

Happy stitching,

Monday, January 27, 2014

Part 5 Vase LEntwined and a New (second hand) Bernina!

I've been a really bad blogger, I've been doing quite a bit of applique and blog hopping , just no blog posting :((

I have finished the vase and flowers for Part 5 of Love Entwined apart from a few hearts on either side of the actual vase.

I still have one side of the dastardly zig zag to do, I'm talking myself in to doing it over the next day or so :))

I have started Part 6, another vase of flowers so hopefully I'll be posting an update on that soon.

I have finally bought a Bernina sewing machine, it's a 1530 made in 1997.  I have been looking for a reasonably priced Bernina 1230, 1260 or 1530 for a really, really long time but they always go for more than I want to pay, by jingo they hold their value!!  I found this one online and couldn't believe what a great price it was and felt sure someone would have snapped it up already but I decided to make an offer anyway and to my utter amazement my offer was accepted.  I am delighted, it had just been serviced by a Bernina technician and given a clean bill of health, I'm in love.  I have a beautiful old Pfaff with an inbuilt walking foot that is nearly 21 years old and has never skipped a beat but I cannot make the stitches small enough to do some of the things I am interested in.  I have wanted to make an applique quilt using the invisible machine applique technique the Blackbird Design ladies use.  I have bought an open toe applique foot for my new workhorse and can't wait for it to arrive in the mail!  Here is my new Bernina 1530.

Just Takes 2 are running another free BOM of an antique applique quilt, the Benjamin Biggs quilt.  If you click on the button on my side bar, up the top, for Just Takes 2, it will take you there for Block 1 and you can find the details.  I am still debating whether to start this as I have 2 other applique quilts on the go but I really regretted not doing Beyond the Cherry Tree they offered as a free BOM so I may still take it on.....I must be mad!!

Happy stitching for 2014,

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Finished Part 4 Vase for Love Entwined

I have finished Part 4 of LE, which doesn't mean I have totally completed the previous parts, I am trying to get it all done, lol.

So here are a couple of photos. I will be getting Part 5 vase of flowers prepped over the next few days I hope...

Not much else going on in sewing/quilting because I have been so focused on this project.  Hope everyone else doing LE is enjoying it as much as I am.

Happy stitching,

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Love Entwined Part 4

I have been working on the applique on LE fairly regularly and really enjoying the hand work.  I did fiddle around quite a bit trying to decide on appropriate fabrics for Part 4, the vase of flowers.  Initially I thought I would do it all Broderie Perse but as I cut out the fabrics I felt I wanted a more scrappy look so I have mixed it up a bit.  I also settled on stem stitch embroidery for the flower stems and I am really pleased with the ones I've done so far.  I haven't religiously stuck to the pattern , I liked the pattern but felt a less crowded look would suit my little project better.  So I have used some much smaller flowers and skipped a couple altogether.  I'm in the process of prepping the berries and then I won't be far off finishing this section and I can go back and complete a couple of things that I didn't finish, that pesky zig zag...ric rac is looking better and better, lol.  I have some very teeny circles to stitch down and four more Oak Leaf type shapes to complete.  I can't wait for the next part to be released!

Here are a couple of photos ( I definitely ain't no great shakes as a photographer)

Better get back to prepping so I can stitch the berries down tonight.

Happy stitching,

Friday, September 6, 2013

Love Entwined Part 3 Progress

I have been stitching away on LE and am gradually getting it done.  I can't help looking forward to the next pattern release even though I haven't completed the last 2 yet!

I also called in to my LQS and chanced upon a few really lovely fabrics by Mary Koval that I think will be perfect for LE.  I love the Ombre with spots, the blue and the pink, I hope I can find a place for them. In the first photo below you can see 3 of the Mary Koval fabrics on the left of the photo, the little pink flower sprig on the light cream background and the green with large floral is a Blackbird Designs fabric. I think the light blue with the feathery leaves is lovely, Mary Koval again.

A better photo of my progress so far.

And a photo of a collection of fabrics I think will find their way into LE.  Apart from the few I mentioned above they are from my stash.

Tonight I am not cooking, yay!!  So while I can, I will  grab LE and stitch to my hearts content, probably late into the night, no school run in the morning and Rugby season for us is over!

Enjoy your weekend.

Happy stitching,

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Love Entwined Flowers and Zig Zag

The third instalment of the LE BOM arrived a few days ago.  I was very excited to see what was next even though I am not quite up to date, but I am getting there.

The zig zag border has been the subject of quite a bit of discussion and I wouldn't be surprised if a little private cursing wasn't going on too!  I started off trying the English Paper Piecing method using the fusible wash away stabiliser in place of paper or card but soon decided it was too labour intensive.  There had to be another way!  I scoured the Yahoo Group messages and visited some wonderful blogs where other generous and more experienced ladies had posted their method of attack, step by step thankfully!!  I finally settled on the method of machine stitching light and dark strips together which I then ironed a freezer paper template to so I could cut out a fairly accurate strip, marked, ready for needle turn applique.  I have nearly finished one side but have yet to deal with the corners...ummm.

On a brighter note, I have had a lovely time sewing the pink flowers and am looking forward to starting the next applique.

I also added more tiny circles around the compass, all the French Blue ones.

Not a great photo of the zig zag, sorry.

I have also finally sewn on a border and quilted a quilt I began from a class I took quite a few years ago with Australian quiltmaker, designer and author, Judy Hooworth.  I had a bit of a play with a quilting motif by Judy from Green Fairy Quilts on the border and in the setting squares.  I'm really quite pleased with the result and it was fun to stitch.  With the really busy fabrics there was no point in doing anything too fancy as it wouldn't show up but this design gives a nice texture to the quilt and where you can see it I think it works well.  Judy(Green Fairy) posted a video on how to do this design on You tube, it's worth a look, as is anything this extremely talented lady quilts!  I used King Tut thread top and bottom and a really nasty cotton batting I received as a free gift with a magazine subscription.... no wonder they were giving it away!  It pulled apart with the least tension put on it and it is really thin with a nasty rough hand.  I will gently wash the quilt once I finish stitching the binding  down and put it in the tumble drier which will hopefully shrink it up a little to give it a nice crinkly look.  I have no idea what brand of batting it is, there was no label and I've never come across anything like it for sale, thankfully!

You can see the quilting motif best in the border on the right in the last photo, my version of it anyway ; )

Well, back to Love Entwined and I am still squeezing in some stitching on the Whig Rose blocks.

Happy stitching,

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Love Entwined Progress...Baby Steps

I bit the bullet and did the tiny circles surrounding the compass, and you know what, it wasn't so bad at all!  I admit I didn't do the patterns 32 circles but I am really happy with the result of my adjustment.  I have also stitched down all the triangels for the crown around the compass.

Late last night I put together the 6 petals for the applique I will do today.  I glued them down with Roxanne's Glue Baste so I could see how they look (the fabrics).  I think I like the fabrics I have chosen.

I really should have cropped that photo,oops!  Oh well, I am happy with the pink fabrics now I see them in this picture.

I've had a bit of a cold so I haven't done any stitching on my Whig's Rose but I will try to get some done later today.  I also have a quilt on the longarm but I haven't been able to decide how I will quilt it yet.  I'll show you when it's finished.

Have a great day.

Happy stitching ,