mini quilt swap

This little mini quilt is finished.

Karen Mundt

Karen Mundt

I showed it in its earlier stages here.
It was made with half-square triangles of warm and cool colours, using Kaffe Fassett fabrics like these:
The small blocks were placed alternating to form an offset diamond pattern.
I decided to quilt it with straight-line stitching along the warm colour ‘stripes’, emphasising the diamond shapes, and leaving the cooler sections unquilted.
I used a pink and white spot for the backing and bound it with a hot pink solid.
So that’s finished and now ready to send to my Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap partner and hope that she likes it!
This time next week I will be on my way to the USA with a group of friends. We will be going to the Houston International Quilt Festival which was the prime motivator for the trip, but also visiting a few other places on the way. I’ll try and post some photos on here, because I’m sure it’s going to be the best time ever!
Today though a little colour in your day, fresh from our garden:

some longarm quilting

I recently quilted this lovely quilt for some new clients. This quilt obviously exhibited lots of care and attention in its creation. A group of ladies had collaborated to make a quilt for raffling. The quilt top was made with lots of crocheted doileys and lace, which the ladies wanted the quilting to highlight and not overwhelm.
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It took quite some time thinking and time to work out what would be best in the way of a quilting design. I had to take some factors into account which I hadn’t encountered before, such as a cohesive design which could make its way around the doileys without encroaching on them but also not leaving those areas entirely stitch free…
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I also had to be mindful of what the back would look like, and stitching with cream thread on cream fabric was also a little tricky..
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I couldn’t have some areas more heavily quilted than others and there were some blocks that had more free area to stitch in than others. I quilted a free-hand feather design in and around the embellishments in the wide borders, with smaller-scale feathers in the sashing and some back-ground stippling in the centre blocks.
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Just a little postscript: I hope this blog post is readable as I’m practising writing it on my 8″ tablet in preparation for when I’m travelling next month. I can’t easily edit the photos so they may be larger in size than normal. I hope to be able to still post while I’m away, especially when I visit the Houston Quilt Festival (I can’t wait!!!)

in the pink..

I’ve been catching up on a few different projects lately, and trying to cross off a few on my list that I want to get finished in the next couple of weeks. One of them was this little bag- its called the Sew Together Bag. The pattern is by ‘Sew Demented’ and you have no doubt seen many versions on the net or Instagram. I plan to use it for a little sewing bag- it is a handy size to take travelling…
I made mine with different fabrics for each of the parts, so that it would be easier to remember what each pocket held. The zips were all random colours…
I have seen so many different versions, with people experimenting with all manner of fabrics and embellishment on the outside of the bag. I can see how it can become addictive to make more than one, although the pattern takes a bit of studying to work it out in places.
I have also been working on this month’s colour challenge for the Gatton Quilters- pink. This was a little hard because while I don’t dislike pink, I didn’t want a 14″ square of just pink staring up at me! So my challenge was to devise something that was pink all over but that the ‘expanse’ of the colour was broken up in some way, or diluted, but so that the block was still pink to look at. This is the result:
I started with a background made up of pink scraps all sewn together. I then got an old sewing pattern tissue and tore it up into pieces and placed on top of that. I did think of painting the pattern tissue with some gel medium in the hope of making it more transparent but it didn’t really do that on the sample piece I tried. So instead I added some open weave raw silk on top which still let the colour show through.
Then I pinned it and got stuck into some all-over free motion quilting. After stitching it, I then used some water-colour pastels to colour in a few highlights, using darker shades of pink to give some dimension.
I stitched lots of dresses and bows, all connected together in a continuous line, using a variegated thread. There were some torn bits of paper and holes in the silk to let some pink show through. This is the back…
It’s not my favourite piece I’ve ever made, but it’s good enough!

triangles & weddings

I’m making a mini quilt for a mini quilt swap. The swap is one I found on Instagram, and thought I’d give it a go. It’s called the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.
I’ve got a secret partner to make a mini quilt for; someone with tastes very much like mine. She likes bright colours and Kaffe fabric- someone matched us up well!
So I gathered up some fabric and decided to make a little quilt out of half-square triangle blocks.
I’m pairing warm colour triangles with cool colour triangles. I like the patterns you can create and the various arrangements to play around with. I put them up on the design wall and started with a diamond right in the middle, but then changed it to some off-centred diamonds and liked that better.
These haven’t been sewn together yet, so that’s the next step.
I just have to show you some photos from last weekend. We went to Byron Bay for the weekend for my niece’s wedding. The setting at the Harvest Cafe was lovely, the wedding was beautiful and we stayed in a very interesting place, with some visitors!
Just a few random photos without intruding on her privacy, but the wedding was just so lovely:
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.. and the bride made her own wedding cake, which tasted as good as it looked!

it’s a small world..

I’ve been working away on the ‘My Small World’ quilt (pattern by Jen Kingwell), also following the quiltalong hosted by Very Kerry Berry, among others. In Part 5, there is a lot of work in some paper piecing and applique. One section is a half-moon, or maybe half sun?- shape made up of hexagons. There are 30 little hexagons about 1/2 inch.
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I haven’t done much with hexagons in the past, so I was eager to try them out, especially as they would all be in colourful scraps and nothing matching- my favourite! Here they are joined together, along with the smallest foundation-pieced triangle arc below it.
I think some more hexies might be in my future! I love seeing them all pieced, especially using all different colours as I have, and they are quite quick to put together.
This pattern doesn’t give a lot of detailed instructions on the various sections, so you are open to using your own favourite methods for constructing the components. For the pieced arcs, template shapes for the triangles are given, with the intention being that you trace lots of little triangles and then piece them together. To me, these arcs looked like the arcs in a New York Beauty block, which is my most favourite block, so I decided to construct the arcs using foundation paper piecing. This is the picture from the pattern just to show what we are aiming at:

Jen Kingwell's My Small World Quilt

Jen Kingwell’s My Small World Quilt

I just had to work out the size of the arcs by looking at the pictures given on how many of the one-inch squares it covers. As you can see, the little hexie component partly covers one edge of the pieced arcs anyway, so it doesn’t matter if the final component isn’t the exact size that is in the original pattern. I drew them on graph paper first, then traced those onto paper to use for piecing.
From there it was just piecing the fabric scraps together as I would a NY Beauty arc, sewing along the lines and getting nice sharp points.
That’s the first arc, another few to go!

bright red

A few projects are coming along, bit by bit, so today’s post is a kind of progress report! First up, my red block for the Gatton Quilters monthly colour challenge.
Each colour comes with its own challenges. Red has a lot of different shades so I needed to come up with something where little pieces of all those different reds could be utilised.
This is a block that has been foundation-paper-pieced. I love this technique- it enables you to get a seemingly intricate block all pieced together with nice sharp points, with minimal effort! This in-the-round arrows block is called ‘Marvelous Millie’- it was a pattern found in the ‘Love Patchwork & Quilting’ magazine (Issue 22). In the magazine version, it was made with white as the main colour and a print for the accent pieces. I decided to see how I could make it with lots of reds.
From the photos you can see how some of the pieces have quite an orange look to them, and some photos look more ‘orangey’ than others, but they were all reds. I used red hand-dyeds for the main colour sections, and red prints and patterns for the accent pieces. I’m still making my mind up on whether there is enough contrast to really show the block off… I think most of the fabrics were all around a medium value, so it probably would be better if I had some lighter red pieces to add a bit more contrast. It also hasn’t yet been quilted.
I’ve also started on Part 5 of the My Small World quilt. Just piecing together the little squares for the sky….
and getting started on the little hexagons needed for the bottom of that section. Lots of cutting and piecing in this quilt!
And one last thing…
todays’ photo of a Dear Jane block. This one is called A9 Cabin Fever- it was also foundation-paper-pieced.

A9-Cabin Fever

A9-Cabin Fever

Have a good week!

orange is the new….

A few challenge quilts to show you, from our recent Gatton Quilters meeting and sewing day. Our ongoing monthly challenge, where we have to use just the one colour to produce a small art quilt, certainly brings out the ideas and puts the thinking caps in over-drive! The colour for July was orange. This is what I made for that challenge:

Karen M-bits and bobs

Karen M-bits and bobs

I used as my inspiration the work of a quilter named Diane Savona, whose work I had read about. This technique is a way of embellishing your quilt, but instead of adding bits to the surface of the quilt, you add the pieces under the top layer. So yes, those shapes you can see are the actual item-including the scissors and the buttons, and press studs etc, basted onto the layer of batting.
The whole piece of fabric is then pinned on top and you proceed to pull it really tight over the items while doing little stitches all around the outline edge to keep them in place, as well as around any other edges like inside the scissor handles and blades. I used some (purchased) orange hand-dyed, and a variety of orange threads for the stitching.
Once I outlined everything, I then did rows and rows of running stitch in and around it all. This serves to connect all the pieces together visually and make a cohesive work.
Holding it up I debated on how to add its backing and finish the edges…
I decided to damp-stretch it overnight, pinned out on a cork board which helped to pull it all smooth, and then mounted it onto a large board, wrapping the edges around and stapling in place, before adding a piece of fabric over the back to cover that. The picture at the top of the post was the final product.
Some other members of the group showed their quilts: Jan K also had her orange quilt-
Jan K-Orange

Jan K-Orange

and some red quilts made their appearance:
Clockwise- Lyn, Meryl, Trish & Jan K. Red quilts.

Clockwise- Lyn, Meryl, Trish & Jan K. Red quilts.

I’m still finishing off my red quilt- I’ll show it here soon!

my small world quilt- growing the city

Time for another update on My Small World Quilt. I started this back here and am getting bits done when I can, but I’m probably a little behind others who are taking part in the quilt-along. This is Part 4 added to the others (numbered right to left):

Karen Mundt-My Small World quilt

Karen Mundt-My Small World quilt

This part had some more hand-stitching; I substituted the Statue of Liberty for the Pisa Tower:
as well as some applique and piecing,
including some clam shells…
You can see that I have been making my sky sections out of a variety of neutrals with a few text fabrics and some light blue squares thrown in here and there…
I’ve used as many fabrics as I can for that scrappy look, although I am also repeating a fabric in a patch occasionally so that it hopefully will all meld together. When I’m looking at a scrappy quilt, I like to look at all the blocks and the fabrics used and pick out where a certain fabric might have been used- my eye travels around the quilt looking for other placements so in my mind that helps to make it feel connected.
On now to Part 5!

little frangipani quilt

Have you ever tried an online quilting course? There are so many out there, although one that I started with quite a few years ago actually no longer exists. ‘Quilt University’ gave me an introduction into techniques and patterns and basic quilting knowledge that I couldn’t get elsewhere, so I did quite a few different classes with them. This little quilted piece is one that I started in a class called Flower Power.

Frangipani- Karen Mundt

Frangipani- Karen Mundt

The goal was to be able to create a realistic portrayal of a photo image. We used a technique called upside-down applique. It was achieved by tracing the photo carefully, marking in all the areas that had a change in colour, or hue. I used a photo I had taken years ago of my daughter’s little flower crown she had made from frangipanis in our garden.
The tracing was placed on the back of the background fabric and you placed the pieces of fabric underneath, then sewed around the edges, which made it a raw-edge on the right side. I used batik fabrics, cottons, hand-dyes, silk- whatever I could find to replicate the fragile colouring of the frangipani blooms.
After all fabric pieces are in place, lots of stitching is needed with decorative threads to outline and emphasize the shapes. It was at this stage that I had stopped, so I decided to finish it earlier this year.
Actually, what prompted me to finish it was to enter it in to a Reader Challenge in the Quilting Arts magazine. They had called for small art quilts on the theme of ‘Blossoms, Buds and Blooms’. This was the first time I had tried entering something like this, but unfortunately wasn’t successful in having my piece chosen. Oh, well- next time! You can see the results of the challenge in the June edition of the magazine.
Dear Jane block:
This week’s block is A1 Pinwheel gone awry- it’s the first block in the first row of the quilt.
A1- Pinwheel gone awry

A1- Pinwheel gone awry

(Block is untrimmed, with seam allowances.)

for display

If you happen to be coming through Gatton in the next month, don’t forget to drop in to the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery to view the exhibition of quilts and assorted textile works that the Gatton Quilters have on display. Here’s a few photos of the works on show:

Fractured Picture Challenge quilts

Fractured Picture Challenge quilts

This next one, by Jan Knight, is a lovely nostalgic piece, ‘recycling’ one of her own baby dresses:
Another recycled challenge quilt- a cheeky take on using up dog show ribbons! by Shirley:
Some challenge quilts under the theme of ‘Seasons':
Even though we have all seen them ourselves many times before, it’s still a novelty to see them hanging all together in the gallery setting.
Hope you find some time to go along and check them out!

And another thing….
another in my occasional posting of the blocks I’m making for the Dear Jane quilt. This one is called Crossed Swords:

D12- Crossed Swords

D12- Crossed Swords

Hope you have a great (quilting) week!