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More design wall play

I’ve been teaching an absolute beginner on Zoom for the last few weeks. Its so tricky demonstrating using a rotary cutter from a distance. We have been exploring the functions on her machine and the array of feet to play with. As usual, I taught checkerboard for the first exercise and this week we tackled half square triangles. I’ve played with the design wall and love how the arrangement has turned out. It will be given to a little baby boy when I’ve finished it.

Quilting styles

I’m calling these baby quilts ” Non Identical Twins”. I’ve quilted the left one using Westalee Circles on Quilts rulers, they are placed randomly. The right side one is quilted using a walking foot to create wavy lines. Hope the little ones have fun on them.

Design wall Fun

As a visual learner , I use a design wall to plan a project or layout a pattern. In these videos I show how it can be easy to prepare a simple design using half square triangles.

English paper piecing

Sometimes I think it’s good to re visit a technique you haven’t practiced for a while. English paper piecing is not my favourite style of patchwork but I have enjoyed making this block designed by Lynne Edwards. It will form the centre of a new cushion cover.

Border quilt

As I should have been teaching borders and assembling group quilts I decided I needed to make one too. I don’t make large quilts for myself very often so Coronavirus provided me with the time to play. I decided to use William Morris fabrics but use a range of seminole inspired borders. I used different Westalee templates to quilt each border to reflect the various patterns. It has a sheet as backing which was in my bottom drawer 40 years ago and it felt right to use it and celebrate our Ruby anniversary. I’m happy with the result.

Blockerqueens midpoint

Five blocks finished, four more to go. I’m loving this project, nine members all selecting one block each. Great fun in such a difficult year. Everyone is separated by miles and seas and can only meet online. We will meet up one day.

The block with no name

A Zoom group I’m in have been making monthly blocks, each member choosing and teaching one. This month was a project folding and rolling half square triangles. I made the four separate squares by hand and will machine them together. I love the variations and possibilities.

Border arrangements

As I’m hoping my classes will be entering group border quilts in shows next year, I decided to make one too. I made a trip to Crafts and Quilts in Southport to collect a yard of Stoff solid navy, great click and collect service. Its coming together nicely.