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Thread: Mystery quilt
30/05/2020 11:54:23

Eileen, big stitches are up to 1/4" long and as evenly spaced as possible. With perle #8 my stitches are about that size. Very effective when used 1/8" or 1/4" from seam line in traditional quilting, 'modern' is often straight lines. Quicker than traditional hand quilting, but I find it makes my fingers sore.

My quilt is now sandwiched and I have started the quilting.

Perils of ordering thread on the internet - what I thought was scarlet red turns out to be dark orange and light brown turns out to be ochre! I have some brown in perle #5 so I will have to see if I can work with that.

Hope your backing fabric has arrived.


27/05/2020 08:15:16

Finished top.


Mystery quilt - finished top

27/05/2020 08:10:56

My top is finished. The 9 patch blocks are deep purple. I am not buying fabric for this project so I am going to use some Dear Stella from my stash which is not really appropriate, (period type design), but it has the same colours in it. I have some dmc cotton perle #8 on order from Love Crafts as I plan to do some big stitch quilting when it is sandwiched.

Will now go and load the photo into my album as I forgot to do it before I started this post!


17/05/2020 10:02:28

I have picture rails and in the spare (junk) room I have a piece of cheap fleece clipped to the rail. I just flat hand press the blocks to it and as long as they are not too heavy they stay in place, so there is no need to pin and they are easy to move around. At my group when I have demoed, seems so long ago now, I have used a fleece throw. Anything with a flannel type surface should work, paler the colour is best.


Thread: Returner to the forum and the hobby
16/05/2020 10:33:19

Welcome back Tina. Take baby steps and you'll soon be back into the swing of things. As Rosemary says, if you need help, just ask.


Thread: Mystery quilt
16/05/2020 10:27:46

Made all the blocks and now playing on the design wall. Using greyscale has been quite useful. Bottom right is very near finished layout.


Mystery quilt-playing with layouts

Thread: UFOs completed in time of "plague"(sorry I couldn't think of a better word!)
15/05/2020 09:35:35

Thank you Eileen. That is in part why I left it.

I hadn't realised that the blocks have either a clockwise or anti clockwise rotation. Look at the bottom row and I have 2 clockwise blocks next to each other. Mind you if I'd got that row right I would have had to move it to the top!


14/05/2020 09:52:32

Last year I was given a Stack & Whack Kaleidoscope top to make into a quilt for a women's refuge. It was very big and very dark turquoise, so I unpicked it into 3 pieces.

The first quilt is the centre block with border fabric from my stash and navy quilting to tone the turquoise down. The centre block had a big bulge where the bias seams met at the centre. I used the old trick of spray starch and an iron to shrink it back to size.

Charity Quilt NOT ALL MY WORK

The second quilt uses 9 of the border blocks. I have made a placement error on this one, but it had already given me grief so I used the 'just get it done' principle!

Charity Quilt NOT ALL MY WORK

Have 3 blocks left to make a final quilt.


Thread: Mystery quilt
14/05/2020 09:30:34

Well done Eileen. You will be horrified at my layout!

I haven't made all my blocks yet, but I will only have 110 when I have finished so my layout will be 10 x 11 blocks and might need some negative space when I've finished piecing.

This is my provisional layout plan. I have put rows 1- 6 with spaces for the yet unmade blocks up on the design wall and I've already tweaked it a bit.


Mystery Quilt provisional layout

Thread: Show and Tell 2020
12/05/2020 09:19:42

I've got the last 2 blocks to make for the mystery quilt. I am not sure on my fabric choice for the 4 patch and may change it if it doesn't work in the final setting.

I don't work in the methodical way that you do, so thanks for the tip for a paper grid layout. I was wondering on the best way to do that. I will hopefully be going for a 'modern' layout.

Have fun planning your layout.


Thread: Dawn's next quilt
12/05/2020 09:11:37

Congratulation Eileen. That's a lot of quilting there. I often do straight lines around a border and agree with you that it compliments the main quilting. It is so difficult to photograph white on white, but it looks stunning.


Thread: Show and Tell 2020
01/05/2020 18:08:02

I am no embroiderer, but this is my version of Bee Brave designed by Gail Pan and recommended by Rosemary. I used what I had to hand and the camera has distorted the blues. Just got the hanging sleeve to put on the back.


Bee Brave mini quilt-embroidery design by Gail Pan

Thread: Stay at home retreat....will you join me?
29/04/2020 11:26:42

Wow, you and your friend have been busy, Rosemary. Well done to both of you. Love the mug rugs, embroidery, hares and the proposed quilt. Are the hares an original design, or is there a pattern available?


Thread: Show and Tell 2020
29/04/2020 11:21:55

Our mystery quilt is a lockdown project intended to make us feel that we are all quilting together. 19 of us have joined and it seems that we are going to get weekly instructions, so I have no idea of the time scale or finished size of the quilt, but the blocks are 4.5" finished. We were told that the blocks would be simple but the fun would come at the end as there are no final layout instructions, so every quilt would be different.


28/04/2020 14:16:38

It turns out that Eileen and I are doing the same 'Mystery Quilt' with our groups. Here are my blocks from Part 1.


Mystery Quilt - part 1

I always find fabric choices hard for 'Mystery Quilts'. I always remember my first solid fabric quilt choices. That one ended up as dog bedding!

Thread: Stay at home retreat....will you join me?
28/04/2020 14:10:15

Quilt zapped. Binding on. I was going to use the mauve dandelion seed fabric for binding, but the quilt said no, so I found this green with purple flecks in my stash.


Stay at home retreat-binding on

Edited By Margaret S on 28/04/2020 14:10:40

Thread: Hand quilting or Big Stitch quilting
27/04/2020 09:45:52

Hi Steph

Like you, I prefer to quilt by machine. For hand quilting I have never used a frame as I can't get on with the rocking movement needed to stitch and I do not pull too tight or distort the fabric. I do like big stitch, as I find it restful. You do need a thicker thread. I use coton perle #8, which means you need hand sewing needles with a larger eye.


Thread: Stay at home retreat....will you join me?
26/04/2020 17:21:30

First photo-practice samples. Ignore the pebbles as they are from another quilt practiceStay at home retreat-test samples fmq with rulers

Front of quilt. Using green thread on green fabric covers a multitude of sins! Hopefully will bind tomorrow.

Stay at home retreat-clam shell borders by fmq with rulers

Back of quilt showing the clam shell fmq with rulers.

Stay at home retreat-back of quilt showing clam shell fmq with rulers


26/04/2020 17:08:44

Lovely work everyone.

Sylvia, the masks are not meant to be reversible. It helps the wearer know which is the germ free side.

Rosemary, how about a fan in the gap. I'd even say Sashiko, but that's going over the top!

Spent the last 2 days trying to get to grips with fmq with rulers. I am a complete novice and I have found that the Angela Walters' rulers from Creative Grids produce sophisticated designs but I have got on better with the ones from Aly's Stitchy Fingers. Still haven't mastered even stitch length and it is much easier using Hobbs 80/20 rather than Hobbs polyester, but my quilt is polyester wadding. Need to practice much more!

Need to put photos in album.


24/04/2020 14:37:27

Love the mouse's tail and the colouring and embroidery on the wall hanging.

Looking forward to seeing the kimonos grow.

Eileen, one of our group is organising a lockdown mystery quilt. I got the first instructions today for 2 blocks - a plain square and 2 colour placements of rail fence. Sound familiar? Does your quilt use 6 fqs and about 1 1/2 to 2 metres of background?

Garden is calling so here is today's effort. Done the centre quilting on my lap quilt and photo shows the back. Have pùt the Pfaff away and set up The Beast ready to try fmq with rulers tomorrow.


Stay at home retreat-day 2 back of centre quilting

Stay at home retreat-day 2 The Beast set up for fmq with rulers

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