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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I’ve also started on Part 5 of the My Small World quilt. Just piecing together the little squares for the sky….
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and getting started on the little hexagons needed for the bottom of that section. Lots of cutting and piecing in this quilt!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Holding it up I debated on how to add its backing and finish the edges…
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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:
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as well as some applique and piecing,
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including some clam shells…
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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


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This next one, by Jan Knight, is a lovely nostalgic piece, ‘recycling’ one of her own baby dresses:
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Another recycled challenge quilt- a cheeky take on using up dog show ribbons! by Shirley:
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Some challenge quilts under the theme of ‘Seasons':
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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!