The Bookcase Quilt

Finally I’m finished, well almost.  This quilt has taken me longer than anything I’ve done in recent years, not sure why, the process was easy with simple piecing and applique using Bondaweb.  I think it was more about where I placed all the items and embellishments.

The photo’s were fun, I printed on special fabric paper that went straight through the printer so no reversing or ironing on.  The hardest part was deciding which photo’s to use.  I really enjoyed making the miniature quilt at the bottom, all one and a half inch half square triangles.

Quilting done, apart from the border, which I want to quilt before binding.  Can’t decide on black binding or the same colour as the border so it doesn’t detract from the quilt.  Watch this space!

Will be teaching this as a six month course starting at the end of January/early February, I do have a space left on the Monday evening session if anyone would like to join in, it’s a real scrap buster and great fun.

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French Braid Quilt

This delicious french braid quilt is going to be next years ‘block of the month’ course, I say block of the month but it’s actually worked in columns.french-braid-top

 

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I have a class on a Monday morning or a Monday evening – email me at katehiggens@gmail.com if you’re interested, it starts in January and runs for six months.  The fabrics are really fabulous, I bought them  in Chalk Hill Blue in Worthing.

Shame the flash has changed the colour of the border fabric, it is really blue in real life and very vibrant.

Home & Garden Quilt

I finished this quilt a while ago but for some reason kept forgetting to take photos.  It’s my latest Block of the Month course, which is starting in July, as always the photo doesn’t do it justice!  It measures about 50 inches square-ish

Each month a row is pieced and then quilted and joined as you go, this way once the last row is made all that needs doing is the binding – quilt done!

Home & Garden

Seagulls in the Wind

I’ve been working on this really quick quilt and managed to finish the binding whilst staying in East Sussex over Easter.  I thought it would be a great idea to take it to the beach for some pictures.  Well I forgot the weather forecasters had said storm Katie was on it’s way and we were to expect high winds.  It was a bit blowy on the sea front but I was determined to get photographing!

This is a quilt made from a jelly roll, this one was a present for my birthday from one of my sisters, thought it was about time I used it as it was a couple of years ago.  I added some plain fabric from the stripe and sketched out some seagull templates to add to it.

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Curves!

Finally I’m ready to show you the new ‘block of the month’ workshop, it’s on curved piecing.  I know there’s a general fear associated with curved piecing and I hope I can guide everyone through and make it a really enjoyable course.

curved blocks

There are six blocks all using slightly different techniques, at the end of the course there will be another six months making it possible to make a much larger quilt.  I plan to add three inch borders to each of the blocks and quilt as I go, can’t yet decide on a fabric for the borders and sashing but sure a shopping trip to Hometown will do the trick!  The next six blocks will follow shortly.

Have to say I’m just a little bit addicted to curves now.

Finished the Mandala at last!

Not much to say apart from it’s done!  I need to get out into the sunshine for some photo’s as this really doesn’t do it justice, the fabrics are really vibrant and almost glow, when I can I will add more pictures.

I started this quilt in early June, well actually I started the drawings in May but commenced the fabric cutting at the beginning of June so it’s taken nearly four months which is a long time for me. I love it, not sure where it will go in my house, maybe a nice garden quilt – we’ll see.

If you would like to make your own I have workshops running, they start at the end of October, there’s a morning session and an evening session – let me know if you’re interested.

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mandala finished

Mighty Mandala Quilt

Well what better thing to do on a rainy August Bank Holiday than to get on with a quilt.  I was determined to get the next border onto this quilt as you go project but sadly a bit on unpicking, yes, I do unpick sometimes! has held me up and I’ve still to quilt two of the side panels and attach them.  The free motion quilting should take me only about an hour but my eyes are just too tired now and I know I’ll make mistakes if I do it so will try and spare an hour tomorrow to do it, preferably in the morning.

The Mandala quilt will then have a final border to add, I have it all sketched out and just need to make a bit of a pattern to cut from.  Really feeling excited about it now.

This will be a ‘block of the month’ workshop starting in October, I still have a couple of places for either the morning or the evening session, it’s running for eight months with one class per month, working using the quilt as you go method so there’s no huge job at the end.  Using my super easy applique method, can be hand or machine quilted.

If you’re interested in this quilt and would like to attend one of the sessions please contact me for further information.  As always the picture doesn’t capture the very vibrant colours!

Mandala quilt

Mandala quilt

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