In Flight QAL

I stumbled across the In Flight Quilt Along back in December and am SO glad I did. It’s by Juliet of The Tartan Kiwi , a wizard when it comes to foundation piecing patterns! As soon as I saw the teaser layout, I knew I had to make this one, even though I’m pretty new to foundation piecing.

Check this bad boy out:

Light In Flight

I eagerly awaited the release of the pattern and snapped it up the minute I saw it was on sale. I decided a selection of Cotton and Steel Basics would be a good fit.

In Flight QAL

The patterns are easy to follow and come full of instructions and tips on resizing the blocks. I’ve become slightly obsessed with this pattern and am way ahead of the quilt along but here are my first two blocks Swan and Swift.

In Flight QAL | Swan

In Flight QAL | Swift

What do you think? Are you joining in the QAL too? Want more details? Check out The Tartan Kiwi, her patterns are awesome!

Hand of the Maker – Blurring the Lines 2014

Last year I was lucky enough to have my own two week ‘art’ show at The Art Hive, a local Artists Cooperative in the Algonquin Highlands. Over the summer they do a series of shows called “Hand of the Maker” where each member can have their own show at the back of the store for two weeks during the busiest time of year.

Not knowing quite what I was doing, in March, I signed up for my two week slot at the end of August, thinking it would give m plenty of time to put together a whole show of quilts, and more, on my own…… hmmm.

My title was, “Blurring the lines; from pixel to picture. Squares become images and images become squares in fabric and thread”. In my head I would have a whole bunch of huge pixel quilts and I would have some mixed media photo pieces and, and, and…..I ran out of time!

Despite spending almost every single day of the summer chained to my sewing machine, there was no way I could achieve what I had planned in my head, choosing photos for pixel quilts is not as easy as you might think and apparently there are only 24 hours in a day.  I did, however end up with a show I was proud of, I didn’t sell anything, but I felt the achievement of having my own show made up for it. For me it was the exploration of what I could achieve rather than what I could sell.

Stag 1 - Blurring the Lines 2014

Stag 1 – Blurring the Lines 2014

Stag 2 - Blurring the Lines 2014

Stag 2 – Blurring the Lines 2014

Stag 1 and Stag 2 were my own pixel patterns made spending hours on spreadsheets and doing maths. I was so proud of them, until someone asked if they were lobsters…..

The next piece was called “Look”

Look - Blurring the Lines 2014

Look – Blurring the Lines 2014 | 48″x 65″

My first ever self portrait, well, not including the ones they get you to do in Primary School that get printed on a teatowel. This was my favourite from the show and is now hanging on my bedroom wall – is it weird that I have a giant picture of myself on the wall?

The final and main piece from the show was called “Jump”

Jump - Blurring the lines 2014

Jump – Blurring the lines 2014 | 48″x 65″

1217 pieces of fabric, some as small as 1 1/2″ square, I don’t know how many tens of hours….. this was the first piece I made and was so sick of grey and white by the end that I had to make all the other pieces as colourful as possible. I’m glad I made it though, can you tell what it is?

Hand of the maker - Blurring the lines 2014

Hand of the maker – Blurring the lines 2014

Have you ever felt like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew with a crafty endeavour? Did it all turn out well in the end? I’d love to hear about it.

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #3

My first project of this year was my #schitzelandboominiquiltswap quilt. I did round 2 of the swap earlier on last year and enjoyed it so much I wanted to try again.  I am usually a, “leave it to the very last minute” person for swaps but as I had some time over New Year, I decided to get this ball rolling and boy am I glad I did.

#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap1

 

This swap is a first for my partner, so I did’t have a huge amount to go on, she likes ‘colourful cottons’ and doesn’t liked themed pieces. Well, that’s a good job, partner, because I am the same!

I received some “Quilt in a Day” flying geese rulers for Christmas, if you haven’t tried these, they are a sure fire way to perfect flying geese, I urge anyone/everyone to try them. I decided if I love flying geese then I’m sure my partner will too. So I started sewing on New Years Eve and by lunchtime on New Years day I had a mini, quilted, bound, labelled and ready to go to it’s new home! Yay!

#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap2

 

I love the sharp lines of the geese and straight line quilting next to the colourful, watercolour flowers in the fabric. I’m not sure what the fabric line is but I do know it’s from Free Spirit (I got a sampler box for Christmas, lucky me!). Do you know what the line is called? I’d love to know if you do!

 

I mailed this to my partner last week and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of mine…. looking on Instagram there are so many I would love to give a home with me! I’ll keep you posted when it arrives!

Have you taken part in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap this time? Do you enjoy taking part in swaps or any kind? Let me know of any good ones coming up!

Quilt: Schnitzel & Book Mini Quilt Swap #3
Size: 17″ x 17″
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Various Free Spirit with Kona white background & binding
Lives: With my swap partner @i.am.ccg

And sew it begins…..

Rather than spend another few weeks tweaking and messing around with the look of my website, I decided to jump right in with something basic and tweak as I go. I am a perfectionist so if I don’t just push myself, I will spend another year working out which website theme I like rather than just writing and sharing my story…

Hi, My name is Charlie, it’s very nice to meet you!

This is to become my little corner of the internet. I plan for this space to become my crafting journal, a place where I share all of my ideas, designs and creations. I mainly work with fabric and thread but I love trying new things so occasionally there will be other crafts here too.

I plan to post regularly, I may not post every day, I’m thinking once a week will be more realistic, so keep checking back or follow me to find out what I’ve been up to!

Please leave comments/ask questions to let me know you’re there and let me know if there’s anything you would like me to share/write about!

Hand of the Maker - Blurring the Lines 2014

Hand of the Maker – Blurring the Lines 2014