Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Patchwork Preview [+ Playing]


Sorry to have been absent for a few days.  I have been having a few computer/internet issues, which has limited my time here.  I thought I would have a little play with my new camera, yay!!!  I have purchased a compact camera again, this time a Nikon.  It seems 'friendly' enough at the moment, but I have a lot to learn.   After some gentle urging from my patchwork friend Neitta,   I've revisited a quilt that I started about three years ago.   At that time, our patchwork group members decided that they'd like to do a sampler quilt.  I suppose I do the most talking in the group, so somehow I landed the job of organizing.  To say I dislike sampler quilts is an understatement, but I thought why not, but decided to try a layout much different from many I'd seen.  I am not long off finishing it, perhaps this time next week, but wanted to share a small preview of what has been going on.  The above block is one of about 20 pieced blocks which will make up the quilt top.  It's been stitched using the paper piecing method, which really helps keep those sharp points neat and tidy!!

This is a small section of some of the machine applique which I hope enhances the look of the layout.  I'm not really into machine applique, I'd much rather do hand blanket stitching, but at the time I thought machining would get it done..............not so.  If I'd gone with the hand stitching, I'm sure I would have had all of these pieces stitched on a long time ago.  This shot is also one of the first 'macro' images taken with the Nikon.  Stay tuned for the final product in a few days.  All of the fabrics I've used have been taken from 'the stash', with the exception of one piece I purchased especially for the final border, so in essence, it's a scrap, sampler quilt.

10 comments:

DIAN said...

Linda, I love the look of the work you are doing on this quilt.

I have two questions
What is a sampler quilt?
What is paper piecing?

probably simple questions but only if you know the answers.

It seems that your new camera is working well.

Jensters said...

What cant you do Linda...lol...wonderful works....i ask the same questions as Dianne too x

Frances Leate said...

I agree with the comment above - you are one talented lady. I am also intrigued with the new camera - I am a bit challenged when it comes to photography and use a Nikon Coolpix S570 point and shoot. Take care!

Linda said...

Hi everyone. Dian, a sampler quilt is one where you use a variety of block designs. Most patchworkers have started out this way - it's a way to get your head around the workings of piecing/design/colour placement. Paper or foundation piecing is done with the aid of some form of stabilizing medium. I use tear away that I've purchased for machine embroiery. You mark your stitching lines on the paper, and stitch in a sequence so that each raw edge is covered in turn. It's worked in reverse in a sense. I find it a particularly enjoying form of stitching accurately. If you use lightweight vilene and leave it in after stitching, the grainline on your pieces is not so important. Hope I've given an acceptable explanation.

Dianne said...

Hi Linda, Hope I am not posting twice, I left a comment and then it got wiped:-) Good for you for getting back onto the quilt. It is hard to motivate yourself over a project you aren't particularly fond of but what I see here looks really good. Di.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda,wow,all the points look great. Congratulation on your new camera. Have fun. I look forward to seeing how kinds of wonderful photos from you in the future. Hugs Judy

Radka said...

Hi Linda, good to hear that you have a new camera:) I know what you mean about a sample quilts, I am so, so glad that I finished mine one and I can get on with my life, but at the same time I am glad I have made one. That said, some can look really beautiful. And it is good to return to an old project and finish it! I look forward to seeing the whole quilt:))

Kerrie said...

Hi Linda
Quilt looks great - makes me want to get my sampler one out and try and finish it - I started it when I went to learn patchwork about 4 years ago - just another project in the cupboard to complete - boy I do need to attend to all the UFO's. Glad to hear you have got another camera - good luck with working it all out.

Katherine said...

I love the look of the machine applique. I have a similar looking stitch on my machine and might have a play with it if it will turn out as good as yours.

Beeshebags said...

Hi can you tell me which pattern you used for the paper pieced one please? Hugs
Naomi