Friday, 24 October 2014

'Round the Bend' is coming together - part 3

I keep changing my mind about the name of this piece. Am I 'Going round the Bend' or is one driven 'Round the Bend'? Which ever, the next of the 12 squares are done.

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This is 'Crossing Over to the other Side'. The cross over part is lovely to quilt. It has a nice swing and gives some gorgeous shapes.

Hilary Florence quiltingworkshop111@gmail.com, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, Art Quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric, original design

The 'scale tool' of choice this week is a thimble.

Hilary Florence quiltingworkshop111@gmail.com, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, Art Quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric, original design

I call this motif Queen Katherine's Headdress (as in Katherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII). Although that was not on my mind when I created the motif, every time I see it I am reminded of Tudor headdress fashion in the early 1500s. The 'hood' to give it it's proper title, was a wonderful excuse to flaunt wealth and status with an incrustation of pearls and jewels - see below. Early pictures of Anne Boleyn, second wife, show the same headdress, but then the angles softened to horseshoe shaped curves set further back on the head. Still plenty of room for those jewels though!


                                         

I digress. Back to the motif, alas not studied with pearls and precious stones, just a plain old thimble not even made out of silver!

Hilary Florence quiltingworkshop111@gmail.com, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, Art Quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric, original design

And now to the really fun bit - joining the squares together and watching the overall pattern emerge. Here are the 2 that you saw in week 1 of this project, Sticks and Stones with Fly Away Home.

Hilary Florence quiltingworkshop111@gmail.com, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, Art Quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric, original design

The 12 Squares will be arranged 3 wide by 4 deep, so Crossing Over to the Other Side completes the top row.

Hilary Florence quiltingworkshop111@gmail.com, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, Art Quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric, original design

The joining can be a bit tricky, because no matter how accurate you are with measuring and marking the squares, they are distorted by the quilting. You can't trim them without loosing the pattern so it is down to stretch and steam. If that doesn't quite do it, the fall back is my grandmother's favourite phrase on such occasions 'Nothing that a blind man on a galloping horse would notice'!!!

This week is the start of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I'll be entering 2 quilts this year, in the scrappy quilt category and it goes without saying, in the FMQ on a domestic machine. If you are new to this and want to see what it's all about click here

I'll be adding 2 more posts today or tomorrow with my entries. Please do visit, join in the fun and go and vote for your favourite.

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, 17 October 2014

Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares part 2

Good morning, afternoon or evening where every you are. Here in Devon, south west UK, it is cold, wet and windy - it is enough to drive me round the Bend!!

So here are the next 3 squares in that project.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

Having shown you this motif recently - Getting to the Point - in one of my FMQ Cameos, I realised that I had never  used it in a quilt. Time to remedy that! I love the colour of this square. Colours are very deceptive on line and seen differently on every computer according to the colour card. This is somewhere between aqua marine and the softest of charcoal. It is very delicate and restful.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

I thought I would ring the changes a bit and this week I have used a bobbin to give an idea of scale.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

Quite gentle curves or 'bends' in this square are married to the brightest colour in the piece - Magenta. In truth, it is slightly dulled. This is a trick I use when I want to mix many colours from 3 or 4 dyes and I want all the colours to blend. I make a mix of my pure or starting dyes and then add a small spoon to each colour - so that every colour has just a little bit of every other colour in it. This 'Magenta' therefore has a smidgen of turquoise, slate blue and charcoal in it.

(By the way, I wouldn't recommend this with turquoise or yellow lemon, both of which change colour quite drastically with just a drop of something else in them) 


Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

This is motif I use a lot - but I still haven't got a name for it. I'm thinking something along the lines of All boxed in.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

And here is the turquoise square - minus all the other colours! This design is fun to do. It takes 3 goes, the central line of circles first, then back on putting in one side and down again putting in the other. This is also one of those fantastic flexible designs that looks good big or small and goes around bends like a dream. It reminds me a bit of planets and their orbits, so I've called it 'The Centre of my World'

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

When I was quilting Going to Pieces, it took me a while to get use to quilting strips two and a half inches wide - much wider than I normally do. Well, here I am going to the other extreme!

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.

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, 10 October 2014

Round the Bend in Twelve Squares - part 1

As the title suggests, this project has 12 squares and a lot of bends to go around - in more ways than one!
This is another version of 'Learning Curves in 9 Squares'. All the quilting is done on white fabric but each square is framed by a border in the same colour as the thread.
So first task was to dye the border fabric and buy matching thread.


Intentions and outcomes don't always match up. The beautiful gradation from fuchsia, through purples to turquoise and slate blue ended up a clean break between pink/purple and blues. Of course, I could have started again, made a better job of the dyeing, re-ordered more matching thread ... but that would have required patience and perseverance - qualities that I believe I possess but obviously not in sufficient quantity in this instance!


My solution was to mix the colours up and let it be assumed that this was always the intention. You do assume that, don't you?!!

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, art quilt, free motion quilting and hand-dyed fabric.

Each 12" square uses one motif - here Sticks and Stones. I deliberately made some of the 'bends' very narrow which results in a beautiful play of density and gives the impression of light and dark shades of colour...

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

although I have to say when I am trying to quilt that small there is a voice in my head saying 'you can not be serious!' I've put a pin in to give you an idea of size. I can see in this enlarged version that I have made a good mistake in the middle - but at original size in the whole piece I defy anyone to notice!!

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

The next square has the motif  'Fly Away Home',  named by Norma Schlager after the nursery rhyme Ladybird/Ladybug (depending which side of the Atlantic you are on).

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Again, things got pretty tense - I mean dense here. Some of those circles are about the size of a pin head.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

At some points the motif tapers down to a point. Obviously here I can't see what I'm doing - but then neither can you!! I just try to move the fabric in the idea of the pattern and even though I am almost stitching on the spot, there is a point where the sense of the pattern seems to emerge from the tangle.

Next 2 or 3 squares should be ready to post next week. Hope to see you then and thanks for stopping 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.

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/

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Nine Lives

This is not a new quilt. I made it before starting my blog, but I got such a positive response to it's appearance on the blog hop, I decided to give it a post of its own.

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Nine Lives started out as Nine Green Bottles (OK, a bit of artistic licence on the bottle colour, but the overall effect is green). It was a nice study on curved piecing. The more I looked at these bottles, the more I saw cats. In the end, I gave in and appliqued heads and tails on each bottle and Nine Lives was born.

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 1

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 2

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 3

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 4

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 5

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 6

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 7

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 8

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 9

I hadn't quite developed the range of FMQ patterns that I have now, but the  background mix was intended to look like a wall...

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

with the odd mouse...

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

hiding...

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop
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from the cats.

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

And this is Cara, who decided not to be left out. She is a cat I am fostering for the Cats' Protection League until she can find a permanent home. She has already used 2 of her lives, one costing her a tail and the second an eye ... but neither seem to bother her much. That look says, 'Never mind about quilts, photos and blogs, where is my food?'

I'm off to feed a cat. 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, 26 September 2014

Going to Pieces again

I have finished Going to Pieces!

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

...at least for the time being. I got a little bit carried away when I was doing the piecing and I still have a lot of strips left over. But that will be for another project. 

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

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.

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

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!

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

I wanted both variety and repetition to hold it together. I think there are about 20 different patterns in total, but many many more strips. There is a lot more repetition than noticeable on the photos.

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 patterns. Where a strip was constructed out of pieces I used one motif adjusted to fit each piece.

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

And a few more close ups.

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

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

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



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/

Thursday, 11 September 2014

You loose some you win some and Getting to the Point

So many of you have told me how one of your quilts got very different results and reactions in different shows. The question is, if it is just down the personal choice, style preference etc, when you loose, what is it when you win?!!! 

Straight on top of my mixed results at Birmingham Festival of Quilts, I entered 2 of my quilts (you've seen them both before) at The Great Northern Quilt Show in the UK.

Art quilt, free motion quilting on metallic fabric, original design, award winning quilt

Cosmic Split won a judges' choice ribbon in the Large Wall Hanging category. I am really please because I love this quilt. I feel it is so dramatic, I can't imagine how I am every going to make a better quilt.



Square Spiral won the Amateur Whole Cloth Category - as in came first!! 
In many of the quilt shows in the UK, as well as all the categories that you can enter, there are technical prizes that the judges can award to any quilt in any category. (Is it the same in other countries?) 

You won't be surprised to learn that the one I covert is the one for machine quilting. In every show I've entered so far (all 4 of them!) that prize has been won by a professional long arm quilter (and yes there is a separate prize for long arm quilting, but I suppose quilting on a long arm is also technically machine quilting so they get that one too). 

Don't get me wrong, the winning quilts are spectacular, but I just don't feel as an amateur on a domestic I can compete with a professional doing a huge bed quilt on a long arm. So I was thrilled to find a category for amateurs - and even more thrilled to win it! (Didn't get the overall one for machine quilting though - that one is still to aim for).

And now for something that you haven't seen before.


original free motion quilting design, continuous line pattern, on hand-dyed cotton
Getting to the Point - FMQ Cameo 40

This is another of my castellated designs (as is 'That is the question' or All Aflame). This is such a useful technique as it allows you to flip the motif on it's head and frames it nicely at the same time. I've called it 'Getting to the point' but I also see a ship being launched. I love the shape created by superimposing the 2 versions of the motif, one tall and skinny, the other fatter and squatter. It doesn't really matter which you do first, but I always start with the tall and skinny. Bit like me really - started life tall and skinny and ended fatter and squatter!

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/


Friday, 29 August 2014

Going to Pieces

After all the excitement of the Festival of Quilts, I sort of went to pieces - with a lot of fabric that I had dyed for some project or other, but not used for some reason or other...

Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

I decided on a scheme of blues/greens, teal and mauve. 


Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top


First step was to cut them all into strips, sew them together, cut them into more strips, sew together. When I piece, I love adding thins slivers of gold to just lift it that little bit.

Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

Here is the finished quilt top. It is in 2 pieces to try and ease the quilting. I am going to try out Norma Schlager's 'Divide and Conquer' method of quilting the two halves and then joining them together with a seam.

Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

The piecing is very random. I do wish I had added more gold. I love the little gold strip structures that emerge.


Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

Here's a closer look at the top half of the quilt. I said the piecing was random, but of course it is not an accident that there are lots of nice strips to fill with my FMQ continuous line designs!!

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/