Day 30 quilting is a retrospective of the past six months’ work. It has been a very busy time for me. Perhaps my busiest for many years. I produced no less than 13 new quilts, 4 of those also as quilting patterns, 7 new inspiration ebooks and 3 new ecourses plus a quilting retreat. What a whopper! I have not included my knitting or art, I thought there was enough here already. Join me for a look in more detail.
Day 30 quilting, here is a look at the 13 quilts, consisting of lap quilts, wall quilts, wall hangings and 4 quilt patterns. What an achievement. I had no idea I had made that many. Smaller projects do help the output. The ones with a dot are also patterns. They can all be seen online here
Lonely Rivers Flow
Drunkard’s Path Eagle and Fish Indian Wedding Quilts (2) Art Landscape Quilts (3) Purple Landscape Quilt Quilted Sea Wall Hanging
Blue River as a pattern only
I launched my first quilt retreat, for June 2020 and there are still two places left, so please come and join me. There is a programme of activity or you can do your own thing. Just 3 miles from Whitby, we’ll be interpreting and enjoying the local are in high standard accommodation at an affordable price. What are you waiting for?
I also launched no less than three new ecourses. Two on quilting and one on contemporary stitch. This is what I love best, teaching. Sharing my skills. The ecourses can be seen here
I love making these and sharing all my inspirational photos and artwork or textiles with you. There were seven new ones in the past six months, you can see them all here
Day 30 quilting, let’s send the old year off with a bang. Take 20% off everything on the website until end of 31st December 2019. Your help is very much appreciated because I am an independent and unfortunately, almost starving artist. Love to all who have supported me. Thank you for being there and thank you for joining me on this journey. Tune in tomorrow for what is coming up in the next six months.
Day 29 quilting is effectively the last day as tomorrow and New Year’s Eve the posts will be looking back at the past six months’ work (that will be a big retrospective) and then looking forward to the next six months (lots to tell). So it is my last chance to show the quilts I have been working on.
New Art Quilts
Going through the stash I found a landscape quilt I had finished a while ago that had not been put up on the website. So that is quilt one today. A slight departure from my usual style for landscapes.
Day 29 quilting also brings you my latest art quilt. I just need to back and bind it. I was in two minds as to leaving it and selling it for someone else to back and bind or use in a quilt, but I am not sure if that would appeal to buyers at all. You can perhaps see the changes I made since yesterday. Changes for the better I think. This could spark a series or larger art quilt. I really love this one.
Yes I get to day 29 quilting before speaking of my art. It all used to be on the website, but we thought it confused the message. It was on an art website for a while. I do love to paint and create art digitally, so I just need to find a home for it and get selling. I started this piece some months ago and am just getting round to finishing it. I also did an abstract watercolour but I am still playing with that.
Take 20 per cent off any quilt, art or otherwise on the website. Just email from the contact form and I’ll arrange the discount. Pop back tomorrow for a look back at the past six months’ work. Thanks for staying around.
Day 28 quilting is the toughest day of my year as I mourn the loss of three loved ones on this day. I have come to dread this day. So I wanted to create some good memories instead of mourning the loss. I am launching my first Travel destination ebook to celebrate the life of my partner and Sahara tour guide, Ali. Ali departed this world in 2016. It has been very difficult to write this book, it is so full of memories. It includes images of the Sahara and the art I created including one quilt inspired by the wondrous colours of the desert.
Day 28 quilting in the middle of the night, the best ideas come along. I have a fascination for birds, as do many quilt artists and artists in general. In my mind’s eye I saw a blackbird and knew just what to create. Several hours later as I entered my workroom and started looking for the fabrics to create my blackbird, I chose a plain black, a textured white and then a rust fabric. As I was assessing this I suddenly remembered a rusty fabric I have that has birds printed on it. That was the end of the blackbird for today. He will be coming home to roost though shortly.
Meantime, I changed some of the fabrics and a new art quilt was born. These small quilts make great wall art. I just have to finish the quilting. I am rather pleased with this project and already have an idea to use up the rest of this wonderful bird fabric.
Take 20% off the new ebook – Sahara. Check back tomorrow for another discount.
Day 27 quilting brings more stash and ideas for art quilts. I sorted through more fabrics and unfinished projects. This is necessary before I start something new.
On Day 27 quilting, I want to make it clear that certainly for me, it is not all about bed quilts. Many of my projects are wall quilts or lap quilts. Three years ago when I started quilting for a living, I made a decision that I would quilt jackets and coats. I have been rather slow in this area. It will receive more attention in 2020. I dug out the jacket I am making, I know I started the second front but have not found that yet. This is top of my list for finishing.
I tried out an idea for an art quilt. Whilst I do not dislike it, it was lacking something and so I put it to one side to think about it. I have many ideas buzzing around in my head.
Whilst I ponder that art quilt, I sorted a bag of scraps. You can see that I ended up with strips, skinny strips, pre-cut triangles and some odd shapes. I started putting together improv strips, for a possible scrap quilt. I am feeling a bit at odds with it all today.
I have been fortunate enough to travel to the Sahara more than once. In 2014 I started writing about the places I had visited and the art I had made, including textile art. Unfortunately in 2016 my partner died and it all became too painful. However, even though three years on, it still caused me much pain and tears, it is almost finished and ready to launch, so look out for that. I hope to launch it on what would have been Ali’s birthday on the 28th December.
Day 24 quilting, it is Christmas Eve and I finished my wonderful new quilt. My thoughts zoom ahead to the New Year, but there is one more week to go and that means another week of the 31 day blog challenge.
My latest quilt design features just two fabrics. It is an easy design to create and you have some leeway with the actual quilting, to show off your skills or take it easy. It forms part of my new quilting ecourse Modern Quilting. Not all the designs are like this, I am looking at all aspects of modern quilting in this ecourse. If you cannot get out to lessons nearby an ecourse is ideal no matter where you live. You still get the opportunity to interact with others in a closed group on social media and share work. It is a great learning opportunity.
Day 24 quilting tip: Mitred corners are one of those things that look difficult, but even beginners can easily achieve them. They make a quilt look more professional. I always do a how to in my quilting patterns that use them, but here is a quicky:
Cut your binding the required width and longer than need be to allow for the mitred corners
Sew your binding with a quarter inch seam to the front of the quilt, stopping one quarter inch before the end
When all 4 pieces are attached, take a binding buddy ruler (I use a June Tailor one and would not be without it) make sure it is aligned correctly and cut
Join the mitres
It really is that simple
Day 24 quilting discount the quilt has been put on sale with a huge 45 pounds discount, there is only one, so first come, first served. Check back tomorrow for another discount and blog.
Day 23 quilting was to bring the new quilt to show. However, fatigue saw me having to put that down with just 15 cm (6 inches) left to do and a few ends to tie in. About another hour’s work. So look out for that tomorrow. Instead I am going to let you see a snippet of it and talk about hand quilting too.
If you are wondering how many of the other 60 quilters taking part in the 31 day blog challenge, have made it so far, check them out on Muppin, although I note that Cheryl stopped on day 14.
Day 23 quilting progress. I must say that this new quilt is looking rather handsome. It is my most heavily quilted quilt to date. I am pleased with the way this has turned out. One of the modern quilts in my new Modern quilting ecourse, which you can take online. 2020 is my year of modern quilting.
Lost And Found
I have been having a clear out, my work table is now clean and clear. Ready for me to start my new projects. I shall be art quilting and more. When I talked about UFOs a few days ago as part of this 31 day blog challenge, I mentioned my hand quilted quilt, telling you that I had used the fabric for workshops, forgetting I needed two pieces more for my handmade quilt. In my clear out, I found that fabric. Yes I had saved it as I thought. I have already started stitching.
Day 23 quilting discount – get ready for the new year and make yourself a brand new quilt with my digital fabrics. Take 10% off until end of the year 2019. What a great way to celebrate the New Year. Many of the fabrics are created in a series and therefore go together well. What beautiful quilts they make as a panel, accents or art quilts and some work well in traditional quilt designs too. Here is one of my favourite series, Kaleidoscope fabric:
Day 22 quilting, means I am two thirds of the way through this epic blog challenge. I got so carried away I did not realise. This has become natural to me now, to get up and write the blog each day. Today is all about checking finished quilts that had not been uploaded to the website and getting that done. Not my favourite task, but it won’t sell if no-one sees it.
Not as much missing as I imagined. Guess who has a very tidy workroom now? All ready for the next episode in my quilting adventure.
The pattern for this one was up, but not the actual quilt, which is for sale as a one-off. So grab it while you can. It is rather a favourite of mine.
For some reason, I finished this one but it did not get listed in any format at all. There will be a pattern for this too, but for today, I’ll just list the quilt itself. Again an original one-off. Another one I am fond of too. This quilt forms part of my River Series of quilts, based on the River Don as it flows from the Pennines to Goole.
Top Quilting Tips
Do you have lots of UFOs? Here are my top tips for finishing work:
When you design it yourself, you know you can make it and finish it
Choose what interests you
Challenge yourself every so often but within reason
Stick close to your ability but learn something new
Set aside a time each day or each weekend to quilt
Only move onto a new project when you have finished the last (that’s a tough one!)
On day 22 quilting we have looked at original quilts today, so take 20% discount on any of the original quilts for sale. Some are already marked down, if they are not, please contact me, and I will do the discount for you. If they are marked down at 20% or more already, there is no further discount. Check back tomorrow for another discount. Some discounts end shortly, so do not miss out.
Day 21 quilting, the solstice. The longest night. The shortest day. The marking of winter. Yule tide and the Norse god Thor. Do you celebrate? Whilst I do not light fires, I do inwardly celebrate the returning of longer days. At each of the solstices the sun actually stays in one place for a while. The sun is at its lowest point for us in the northern hemisphere at 4.20 am on Sunday the 22nd. It is a huge difference of less than 8 hours in daylight time to the summer solstice. No wonder things start to look dark and depressing at this time of year. Yet inwardly we mark the significant step of the coming of spring. You can read more about it here
One way of getting rid of winter blues, is to use this period of time for inspiration. Whether it is as a design subject for quilts or a way of having a ritual cleansing. Ridding yourself of everything old and unwanted and making way for the new.
I am engaged in a bit of that myself. Looking at the fabrics I have left, looking at what I have designed and how far I have come on my quilt journey and more importantly, where I want to go next. For me, it is a time to move forwards. I have also been through all my writing, checking what needs finishing and what needs to get going. I’ll talk more about this in the coming week. Some of my ice quilt designs:
Two New Inspiration Books
Winter Inspiration is about to be launched highlighting my photos taken during winter for the past several years. The second launch is my Quilting Journey so far. In the latter you can read about the quilts I have made so far and how I designed them.
Day 21 quilting why not order an ebook for someone special? Did you know that the ebooks can be delivered straight to the email of the person you are ordering them for? This means they could be delivered on Xmas morning. An ideal last minute surprise gift, or great for someone you have overlooked. They are all full of colour images and inspiration sent as pdfs, so easy to read. At just 7.99 they make a wonderful gift. Take 20% off today only, making them even more of a bargain. All the ebooks can be seen here. You’ll find quilting ones, textiles, inspiration, artworks, publishing and gardening all covered.
Day 20 quilting is the perfect time to look at some quilting books. As a designer I just love looking at other people’s patterns. I don’t make any of them, but it is a pleasure to see them and often sparks off a new, totally unrelated quilt design for me. It’s one way to find quilting inspiration.
Don’t forget you can also check my blog for book reviews, all these books and more will be reviewed. Check out the C&T Publishing website.
New Quilt Books
Ombre quilts only has six projects but it is a stunning book from Jennifer Sampou, published by C&T Publishing. Easy on the eye designs with soft colour palette.
Jelly Filled by Vanessa Goertzen is all about using those strip rolls to create modern designs. Hone your piecing skills. You get 18 quilt patterns in this one. It’s from Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing.
Like your quilts funky? Look no further than Wild Wool & Colorful Cotton Quilts by Erica Carrow from C&T Publishing. Fun quilts, many on the medallion template but could be adapted to quilt in a row. This book uses applique.
Do you love historic quilts as much as I do? Friends, quilters, collectors and historic quilt lovers, sisters Lori Lee and Kay Triplett are here with another collection of fabulous quilts from the 16-1800s. Hidden Treasures is indeed a treasure trove of all we love in quilting. These pre-Civil War quilts are from the Poos Collection. This is a terrific collection of quilts. Quilt porn, what a feast for the eyes. Published by C&T Publishing.
Day 20 quilting discount it has to be patterns, you can find them here. Take 20% of any quilt pattern for one day only. Check back tomorrow for another blog and another discount.
Day 17 quilting is off to a start with a bang. Where I am up to with my new quilt and a very special addition to my ecourses are setting my workroom alight today.
I quilted some of my new quilt, so day 17 quilting is all about showing you what I achieved. If you have been reading all the blogs, you’ll remember that I made an error in the placement of the first block on this new quilt and therefore the design changed. So I ended with the placement of 9 blocks, with gaps in between, making it ideal to quilt.
The fabric was a killer for making the sandwich, it just wanted to walk across the floor. I have never had a fabric behave like this before. Eventually, I got the sandwich flat and quilted away. One happy quilter.
I then started my quilting and decided to quilt all the blue squares first. Now all there is is the white squares and surround to finish off. I made up my own straight line quilting pattern.
New ecourse Creative Stitch
I am so thrilled to announce my new ecourse, which can be joined at any time no matter where you live as it is online. But why wait? Join me in January for a bumper 2020 hand embroidery ecourse. It is all about contemporary stitch. A 12 month ecourse looking at stitch, design and more.
Today’s discount is on this wonderful new Creative Stitch ecourse, so join me today with 10% off a saving of over 32 pounds. I look forward to welcoming you on the ecourse. Let’s make 2020 Creative Stitch year. I’ll see you tomorrow for another discount and blog.