17 August 2014

Festival of Quilts: Block Printing Fabric Design

The final workshop I attended at the Festival of Quilts was Block Printing: Fabric Design by Julia Philips. In it we a had a nice play with some stamps and fabric paint, creating three stamped fabrics.



Previously:
Festival of Quilts: The Haul
Festival of Quilts: Mini Mosaic
Festival of Quilts: Wandering Vines

15 August 2014

Festival of Quilts: Wandering Vines

The second workshop I attended was called Wandering Vines and was a machine embroidery workshop. The workshop was taught by Catherine Nicholls. This was about using the buttonhole stitch (or blanket stitch) to embellish applique and free motion embroidery to quilt and further decorate the piece.


I had a lot of fun and managed to "finish" the piece in the workshop. I think I will bind it and have it as a small wall hanging!

Previously:
Festival of Quilts: The Haul
Festival of Quilts: Mini Mosaic

13 August 2014

Festival of Quilts: Mini Mosaic

The first workshop I did at the Festival of Quilts was Mini Mosaic quilt blocks. This workshop was taught by Paula Doyle and in it she showed us how to make tiny 1.5" half-square triangles and other such blocks which would be too difficult to make as you would normally.


We started with some plain 1.5" squares and some bigger rectangles which had been pieced from 1.5" strips. Then square pieces of freezer paper were attached to the bigger pieces by gently ironing them on. These were used as templates to cut the rectangles in to 1.5" squares.


We then placed a sheet of iron on interfacing over a grid and positioned all the squares on top of the interfacing and they were gently ironed down.This was as far as we got in the workshop. Now I have to press them properly to make sure they stick to the interfacing and machine sew each strip together.

I'll let you know what it looks like once it's all sewn together!

Previously:
Festival of Quilts: The Haul

10 August 2014

Festival of Quilts: The Haul

Today I spent the entire day at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. I did three workshops which I'll show you later, because I know what you really want to see is the stash.


That's six fat quarters, two packs of Moda charm squares, five new packs of needles (cross stitch, embroidery, sewing and quilting), some basic sewing threads, some embroidery threads, a new rotary cutter and cutting mat, a little square ruler, a bobbin box, a packet of batting (a freebie for joining the Warm Company's mailing list!) and a subscription to Love Patchwork & Quilting (£3 for three months plus the current issue for free and a totebag). I was very tempted by a die cutter, but thought I'd leave that for another time.

Here's some of the best bits.



These embroidery cottons were actually a freebie with one of the workshops!



All the colours in the charm squares! I love this photo!