Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Camellia Hexagon Strip Quilt

This one was on my To Do List back in January and I am happy to say it is completed. Some of you out there would have seen some pictures of this quilt in various stages of production. I made this quilt using the Inklingo 1 1/2 inch hexagons and yes I did hand piece the hexagons strips but with Linda's excellent tutorials you can easily machine piece your hexagons together. You can find more about printing on to fabric at the Inklingo blog if you haven't come across Inklingo before and you will be seeing a lot more here on my blog as I complete my star project and get ready for my next Inklingo project.
Now for this quilt.
I started with some fabrics from the Sweetness range and added a couple extra fabrics.

I washed my fabrics and pressed. Then following the Inklingo instructions I cut the fabric to the right size to fit through my printer and cut matching freezer paper then pressed the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric so I can print on the wrong side.
You can just see my printed lines on the back of my fabric.
 I started by making a variety of hexagon flowers then I filled the sides with half hexagons.

This is how I press my blocks.
I laid out my flowers into 3 strips by 7 flowers when I was happy with the layout I joined each flower with a row of neutral hexagons until the strip reached the desired length. 

This pattern is easily increased in size by making the rows longer and adding more rows.
Next I measured the length of my hexagon strip and that gives you the measurement for your border strips. Cut the border strip then lay them out alternately with your hexagon strips. 

Then sew your rows together to complete your top. I did some free motion quilting over the hexagon flowers and did some straight stitching following a line or two in the border strip. 


To complete this quilt I picked the boldest fabric for my binding to finish it off and here it is.


Until next time
Keep Stitching

Cynthia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Globetrotting Block of the Month #7

Talk about cutting it fine with my block of the month blocks but I did manage to get my Globetrotting block 'Sydney' done just in time. This is the second city featured in this project that I can say I have been to.

My July block Sydney.
 There are four other projects still to be done before the end of the month they may not get done at the rate I am getting things done and I am slightly occupied with finishing the binding on my Camellia Hexagon Strip Quilt and my Layer Cake Sampler. The lure of finishing a couple of project was too great. Look out for the posts on these two projects shortly.


All my blocks so far.

Until next time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Celtic Solstice Update

I was planning to work on my BOM blocks this afternoon and catch up on July’s blocks but as I sat down at the sewing machine there was a few pieces of the Celtic Solstice pieced border sitting there ready for piecing. I really want to finish this one before we start this year’s mystery, so back to the cutting mat and I cut the remaining pieces to finish the blocks for this border and finished sewing them together.

 I got the top border on not a problem and look who turns up just in time for her photo to be taken. That is Ponchee, so cute sitting there behaving herself.

That didn't last long. There seemed to be a lump under my quilt when I returned to pin the last border on.

 On further investigation look who it is. Ponchee!

 Eventually I got to sew the last side of the border on. So there is only one more border left for tomorrow. 

Then that is 3 quilt tops ready for quilting. I think I see a quilting day in my future. This looks like a chance for some more free motion quilting practice. I did purchase some new quilting aids at last weekend’s event so this might be the perfect chance to try them out.
I would love to hear what you are working on this weekend. 
Until next time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia