Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
Thursday, 26 May 2011
I finally settled on three types of quilting for the Ruby Star Rising quilt. Straight lines in charcoal in the picture frames. Squiggly lines on the wallpaper. Diagonal cross-hatch on the pictures. This could take some time... Thank you for all the suggestions, they really helped me to sort out what I wanted to do.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
I am going to quilt as you go on this one so I can quilt around all those frames individually without having to turn an enormous (100" square) quilt round and round and round. Here's one block I quilted already - I'm just wondering whether to add squiggly quilting on the red bits (to flatten them down because the quilting on the frames is making them pouffe up a bit) and diagonal lines (to suggest glass) on the picture bits. Any thoughts? Also, is "pouffe" actually a word and, if so, is it the proper quilting term?
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Here is the final post for the Quilt-a-Long. Join this QAL at any time. The starter post is here and the Flickr group to share your progress shots is here. This is where I attach the backing to the quilted top. I was surprised to find that this step was very quick and easy and I am pretty happy with the result. Here was what I did as my final steps.
1. Trim the batting so that it lines up with the edges of the quilt top in each of the six blocks. Join the six blocks together sewing right through the quilt top and the batting. I used a 1/2" seam allowance. Once I pressed the seams open, they did not lay as flat as I would have liked so I sewed lines about 1/8" away from the seams sewing the seam allowances down.
2. Lay backing fabric out on the floor / table and lay the quilted quilt top on top. I bought a duvert cover from IKEA which is super soft and cheap too. I cut open three of the seams and then laid it flat out and it was way big enough for this quilt. Baste. I baste with safety pins although I do fancy trying out spray basting, especially for smaller projects.
3. I then straight line quilted along the seams lines, around each of the inner and outer circles and around the outside of the skinny sashing and these quilting lines seems to be enough to attach the backing nicely to the front. I bound the quilt using offcuts from the duvet cover I used for the back which match pretty well with the duskier browns in the La Petite Ecole Layer Cake I used for the quilt.
And that's it. We're done. All finished. Thank you all for quilting along with me - it's been way more fun than I ever would have thought.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
It's one of those cloudy / sunny / rainy / dry / rainbow kind of days here in the middle of England today. So, sometimes we need to make our own sunshine. Here is a sunshine block I made for Marit in the Ringo Pie Bee online bee yesterday. Anyone gasping at the complication of this block just needs to look closer and see that it is a modification of the Big Little George block I showed you how to make here, paper pieced in three sections for each quarter of the block, pieced together into one block with the central circle appliqued on at the end.
I also designed and made another circle for the Amitie BOM which again uses the same basic bits from Big Little George but with the central circle pieced in this time. Let me know if you have a go at either of these BLG variations.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
First let me introduce myself. My name is Lynne but my blog is called Lily's Quilts because my husband likes to call me Lily. I live in England with my Welsh husband and our four kids who are kind to me about my quilting but don't think it's very cool (except if I make something from Dr Seuss fabrics then they're all over it like a rash). I'm forty something and look it but in my head, when there are no mirrors around, I look more like a supermodel - however, this is not reflected back at me in a mirror sadly.
This year for me has been the year of the mini quilt. Why? They're quick to make. Fun to quilt. It's a great way to try something new without committing to a whole quilt of it. And you can hang them up on your walls just like pictures. So here are the minis I've made and I hope Amy isn't cross with me for showing several small quilts rather than one full-sized one. Amy, please feel more than free to delete the link to this post if that is the case.
This was finished last night and has been made for my secret partner in the Brit Quilt Swap - a new Flickr swap for those quilters living in Britain. It's my first time playing with scrappy and value.
The hard lesson I have learned about scrappy though is that each one of those scraps has a story behind it for me - a gift from a friend or family, a piece from a favourite layer cake, which turns the quilt into a little story book of this year's quilting and so gives the quilt more meaning for me than a quilt made from fabrics bought for the purpose. It's going to be difficult to give away. Here is the back of the quilt.
The next quilt was made as a teaser for the QAL I hosted earlier this year. That dresden is about 25" across and those circles are pieced in. Lots of people joined in the QAL and it was so much fun for me. The QAL quilt is made from six of these big babies, is designed to be made from a layer cake plus yardage and instructions can be found on my blog starting here. I have to slip in here too that we here in Britain are so proud of Aneela and her fabrics. Sherbet Pips has been a hugely popular fabric line and remind us all of those endless days of playing with our kids in the park, wondering how long before we can go home and have a nice cup of tea.
I made this mini for my Mum's 70th birthday - she asked for a Family Tree quilt. I used shot cottons which give the tree a lovely shimmer. Our names are FMQed onto the leaves. There are some leaves without names but my sisters are going to have to fill those because I've had four kids and, fabulous as they are, that's enough now.
This mini comes up at about 22" X 30" and is called Double Fat Jack because it is a union jack made from two fat quarters plus a bit of yardage. Instructions can be found on my blog here. This was made the day before the Royal Wedding which was a day of fun and celebrations here in England (I know you know that of course) but it was a good day to be British.
This mini is called Big Little George because it is a big block but a little version of the Georgetown Circle. We had a little mini week long QAL on the blog for this and instructions can be found starting in this post here. One day maybe I will make a proper Georgetown Circle but for now, I have made a mini one.
This mini was a fun way of playing with a lovely bundle of blenders from Sew Fresh Fabrics and making a variation on the big dresden QAL pattern. I cut each leaf using my dresden ruler then added a skinny charcoal strip between each one and pieced the inner and outer circles in rather than appliqueing them so the circle just floats there.
And finally here is the quilt I made for my secret partner in the Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr. It's my kind of little homage to the wonderful ladies of Gees Bend but doesn't come close (for me) to anything they made.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
So, on Sunday night the Brit Quilt Swap kicked off with partner allocations flying around the UK. We have four mamas (those are the people that sort the secret partner allocations), 40 bebes (those are the people that make and swap the quilts) and one Uber Mama - that is of course me - Mrs Big Fat Bossy boots.
So I kicked around a few ideas in my head and took a look around my partner's pics, mosaic etc and started heading down the route of scrappy. Having organised my stash and scraps into 10 IKEA tubs over the weekend, made this job a whole lot easier and a whole lot more fun.
Here is where I have got to so far:
Here's my initial sketch for each quilt block:
Here's my first little triangle all pretty and pieced and proud and pointy and pinned to the pinboard.
Then came a few more.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
This little quilt was made for a friend who loves pink, so we started off with lots of yummy bright pinks, sitting on a Jacobean looking black and white background......and a punch you in the eye black and white centre!
Monday, 16 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
This rainbow block is another one to go with the rainbow tree from yesterday. I'll let you know what it's for as soon as I can. This was the first quilt block I designed myself and I still love it. It's quite a fiddle to make but I am quite quick at it now and, because it's paper pieced, I love how pointy it all is. The template for this block is off my blog at the moment because it is supposedly going into a book coming out at Spring Market but I have had nothing about that book for months so, if it's been shelved, the template will come back onto the blog. I have a 10", 12" and 16" version of it. You paper pieced each of the 24 segments that make up the block then assemble each triangle, then into squares, then into half the block and then that final tricky middle seam.
I was telling the ladies over on Flickr that I accidented on a version of this block someone had made once. The person who had made it did not credit it back to me, said the pattern was badly drafted and the finished block lacked the wow factor usually associated with paper pieced blocks. I have to say, I disagree. I think it does have wow factor and, if you're a competent paper piecer and regular piecer, you can put it together quite quickly. I mean, I wouldn't want to make a whole quilt of them but an occasional one now and then is fun.
Hey, what say, if the book doesn't come out, we have a little QAL for this block. I'll draft up a big version and take you all through it step by step and we can all make double flying circle mini quilts to hang on the kitchen or sewing room wall. Ooh, you could make it in Christmas fabrics for the centre of the table at Christmas. Wait a minute ... there are 24 traingles ... could we do some kind of advent version or am I getting ahead of myself here?!
Saturday, 14 May 2011
I made the block with a new pioneering technique which I made up all by myself (although usually when I say that, the more experience quilters sigh in exasperation because, in quilting, there is no such thing as a new idea and this is probably an old idea called Mcwhipperting or something). Anyway, if you would like a tutorial on how to achieve this effect of little pieces nearly touching but not quite, let me know and I just might DO DAT TING. What shall I call the technique? Ooh I know - my maiden name was McLaren (and I used to add "like the racing cars" because I thought it made me sound cool and glamorous) so maybe I will call it McLarening. So, if anyone would like a tutorial on this revolutionary pioneering technique called McLarening, let me know and make your comment sound like Dr Seuss if you can, like a man, in a van holding a pan. You can probably do better than that.
P.S. The tree was inspired by this block made by Rachel Stitched in Color which in turn was inspired by this pincushion which was made by Corey Little Miss Shabby who, for my money, is one of the most talented people out there right now. I hope she reads this and likes me more.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
I live in England and have been
mainly for the flexibility,