Thursday, 20 November 2014

Be Careful for Asking for What you Want...


... you might just get it! The well know phrase is meant as a warning getting what we want doesn't always turn out quite as thrilling as we had expected. But in this case, I rather think it has.

In my post on 'Round the Bend in 12 Squares'...




...entered into the West Country Quilt Show, I said I secretly wanted the prize for Machine Quilting - and I got it - and I am thrilled!!


Thanks so much to Muv of Lizzy Lenard Vintage Sewing who went to the show on day one and emailed me this photo as soon as she got home.

So, with all this gold fabric I now have, I aggonised for a few days over a possible gold version - would it work without the change of colour per square? Would this or that be better? And then I got fed up with myself. Do you see Norma Shlager whinging over what might or might not work in her Skinny Wriggly series? No. Do you see Heather Pregger holding back on Tuning Fork Series? No. (Both series worth a visit - see my side bar) So stop whinging, prevaricating, procrastinating and just do it, and if it doesn't work, move on to number 3.

So here is the start of Round the Bend 2!
A few of you have asked how I get the lines to join together. Quite simply, I draw the whole thing out in one piece and then cut it up into squares.



Here it is once I've quilted in the lines. There is no way to mark this gold fabric without leaving a permanent line, so I've stitched it from the back...



... and here is a detail from the front. Then working from the front I can fill each square with pattern.


This is the top line, middle square, as yet with no binding. I start with sewing around the square as close to the edge as I can go to hold it all in place. It is quite useful to be able to start the design outside of the square when curves are involved, which you can see I have done at the top. Of course, this is only possible on and outside edge - it gets a bit tricky quilting at the other edges of the square.



 This is top row, right hand square. At the moment, my plan is to cut out the central unquilted curve that runs through the piece and have it black. That may change when I see it all together.


Here are the two squares side by side, as yet unbound. I think, as I feared, the change in pattern alone without a change in thread colour, is not going to be enough to distinguish the squares. However, I've started so I will finish!! 


Thanks for visiting...

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 14 November 2014

The same but not the same - the quest for the perfect gold fabric

My first trial on gold foil fabric just happened, by chance, to be on the perfect gold fabric - the remains of a fat quarter that I had bought locally. Cotton backed, it didn't fray, cut well into the smallest sliver, quilted like a dream, did not split, had a lovely soft handle and was a beautiful rich colour gold. It's only imperfection was it appeared no longer to be available - not locally, not on any quilting shop website nationally or internationally. I sourced, bought and tried about 6 other gold foil fabrics, none of which came up to the standard of my first.

Then, a friend of a friend sent me a fat quarter that she had found at the FOQ in Birmingham. Yes, this was it, the real deal, my original super-duper fabric!! I rang up the supplier (Bramble Patch UK for any one interested). Yes, they had it in stock. No they didn't always have it, couldn't always get it and couldn't say when or why they would/wouldn't have it. So even though it was quite expensive, I bought 10 meters - AND IT IS NOT THE SAME!!


Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - free motion quilting on metallic fabric trials


It is close, much closer than the others. It is cotton backed, it does cut well and doesn't fray. The colour is the identical rich gold. It is the handle that is different. It feels like there is a thicker layer of plastic over the gold making it much stiffer. Where as my original and the fat quarter sent by my friend, handled like any other fabric, this is more like a plastic table cloth. It tends to drag and pucker a bit when quilting.

So, I've been trying to adapt to it - after all, I now have 10 meters to use!

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - free motion quilting on metallic fabric trials

I think what works the best is to alternate very dense with more open patterns.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - free motion quilting on metallic fabric trials

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - free motion quilting on metallic fabric trials

Thanks for visiting...

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 7 November 2014

Going, Going, Gone Round the Bend in 12 Sqaures

Round the Bend in 12 Squares in now finished and its way to the South West Quilt Show - this is my 'local' show in the south west of the UK .

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

This photo makes me think I need to improve my photographic skills - which might mean getting some decent lights! It doesn't do justice to the colours, but you do get an idea of the flow of one square into the next and the shading given by the variation in quilting density. This is entered into the large wallhanging category - but you know secretly I am after the free motion quilting prize!!

I went a bit crazy taking photos for the transition from one square to the next - sit back and enjoy!



Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail, Art Quilt, fre motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Thanks for visiting...

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 31 October 2014

Continuing to go Round the Bend

This is voting week for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. Lots of gorgeous quilts to see. Do go and join the fun and vote for your favorites. Follow the links to see my two entry posts for the Scrappy Quilt category and of course, the Home Machine Quilted category.

In the meantime I continue to go Round the Bend - but I'm getting there!

Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com

The penultimate motif is Balustrade.This one does need tram lines to travel along to get from one balustrade to the next. It's a great motif for quilting at different densities and gives a lovely amount of dark and light. This square always makes me think of an old fashioned whale bone corset!

Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com

Here is the thimble again to give you an idea of scale.

Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com

The last motif is a variation on 'Cobbler's nightmare'. I've given the 'feet' a variable slant which loosens the whole design up. It looks quite different I think and almost deserves a new name - perhaps Duel Thorn?

Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com

This motif is quite long-winded to do, but I love the effect - it works well around corners and looks good both large and small.

Because of all the binding and then sewing the squares together, there is a surprising amount of hand sewing in this project.

Here are the first two rows all joined together.

Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com



Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com


Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail. Free motion quilting, hand-dyed cotton, art quilt, wall-hanging,Hilary Florence  quiltingworkship111@gmail.,com



Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence

Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Lizzie Lenard @ http://lizzielenard-vintagesewing.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cosmic Split - Blogger's Quilt Festival entry for Home Machine Quilted category

Hi and welcome to all visitors from the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.

Free motion quilting is an absolute passion of mine, so of course was going to be the category of choice with my quilt Cosmic Split.


I wanted to play with 3 ideas with this quilt. The first was to quilt on metallic fabric. That led me on quite a voyage of discovery trying about 6 different fabrics, not always with great results. You can read about my adventure in my post Gold Fever, which I certainly had at the end of the process! I eventually settled on gold spandex.


My second idea was to see if I could sew some of my motifs in continuous circles. I spend hours doodling to come up with new patterns and when I'm stitching, I like to explore the potential of each motif by changing density, direction, curve/straight etc.

Here are some more close-ups.



Once I had the 'cosmos' finished it was time for the 'split'. Slicing that piece into two was quite a nerve wracking process as I described on my post:


'The name contains a 'Split', a split is required. Changing my mind is not an option. A few deep breaths, a bit of contemplation, a cup of tea, a meander down the garden, a few sketches, a trial on one of the 'failed' gold samples, another cup of tea, a walk along the country lanes,  quite a lot of worry, yet more tea, more deep breaths - a flash of the rotary cutter and for better or worse it is done.'

My third idea was to add texture to the background by ruching the fabric before FMQing - which you can't see too clearly in the photo, but it makes quite a difference in real life.


I like to mix my motifs to give a varied texture. Have to say that quilting black on black is quite a challenge for the eyes!


Here is the finished piece again. Do go along to see all the other entries in the Home Machine Quilted category and vote for your favourite.

To see my other entry into the festival in the Scrappy Quilt category, click on  Going to Pieces .

I hope you go and join in the fun.

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence

Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Lizzie Lenard @ http://lizzielenard-vintagesewing.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Going to Pieces - entry for Scrappy Quilt Category in the Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hi and welcome to all visiting from Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.

'Going to Pieces' - my entry into the Scrappy Quilt Category - started out as an attempt to reduce my pile of hand-dyed fabrics.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

They are the left overs from other projects long since finished, the rejects whose colour wasn't quite right, the forgotten when time ran out, the abandoned when interest waned, the scraps waiting for a rainy day when I would get around to remembering them. 



Well, a rainy day arrived in August and prompted me to sort out the teals, purples and blues, to cut them into random strips...


...to sew together, to add slivers of gold for a bit of sparkle, to cut, sew, cut, sew improvising along the way...


ending in a quilt top! Random as the piecing was, it was no accident that I ended with lots of wonderful strips perfect for free motion quilting...my favourite part of the whole process.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

There is a total of about 20 different motifs, so a lot of variety but also a lot of repetition to give unity.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

I quilted each strip with one of the motifs...

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

...and in a strip composed of lots of little pieces, distorted the motif to fit the size of each little piece.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

I love the little structures made by the random slivers of gold.



I had a large piece of sage green dyed fabric which fitted the colour scheme quite well, so used that for the back. I did all the quilting in a sky blue thread in both top and bobbin and I quite like the effect of the seemingly randomly placed patterns.



As the sage fabric wasn't quite large enough I added a couple of strips of darker green. I thought I would spice it up with bits left over from the quilt top. This turned out not to be such a good idea. The FMQ patterns do not marry up and quilting over two sets of seams was VERY bumpy!


And have I achieved my goal of reducing my scrap pile? I'm ashamed to admit you wouldn't know there was any difference. Obviously a lot more scrappy quilts are required!

To visit all the other scrappy quilts at the Blogger's Quilt Festival and vote for your favourite, click here.

October 24 – 31 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice
November 1 – 7 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories
November 8 – Winners announced
Go and join in the fun! Thanks for visiting

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/