Wednesday, 11 February 2015

stitching and saving


If you didn't know already I am totally addicted to hand sewing and have made more progress on my green tea and sweet beans quilt. These blocks have all been hand pieced (no paper), apart from the odd bit of English Paper Piecing where I chose to change up the design.

My second tulip block:


Rather than use the appliqué shapes in the original pattern (they just look too egg like for me!?!) I decided to do English Paper Pieced shapes for the flowers in the appliqué blocks. So here's my first finished block:


I am working on the orange peel appliqué blocks now, I have been using trusty Aurifil 50wt #2600 to piece all the blocks and it works beautifully for the appliqué too:


Fancy seeing my progress so far? Obviously this isn't how they'll look together in the end and you can really tell that I've just been picking fabric and working on one block at a time. I might need to work more dark fabrics into it to balance it more:


It doesn't help that the light comes through the window at the top of this picture! I'm exciting to make more blocks and see how it progresses. I would like to think I could envision it as a whole but I really am just choosing fabrics that I love for each block. In the end I know I will adore it because of that, regardless of whether it 'works' in terms of value, colours etc. in the accepted theory sense.

I've joined the drop for 100 Wonder Clips at Massdrop, I use Wonder Clips so much and love a great saving:

If you use Wonder Clips you know how fabulous they are and if you haven't this is such a great way to get them at a brilliant price! I use them when I'm hand sewing binding, they really help stop my hands from aching and keep everything in place. They are super handy just to use like paper clips too, I keep my sewing organised by clipping my cut pieces together. I realise you could use bulldog clips or pegs or whatever but honestly Wonder Clips are one of those products that just work better. They are strong, don't damage your fabric and are perfect to hold things in place when you sew. Head over to Massdrop to get yours :)

While you are there also check out the quilting voting page, where we can all vote on what products we would like to see at Massdrop and even make suggestions!

Also I've been browsing Amazon a bit recently and there's so many fabulous quilt books out and coming soon, check my sidebar over on the right to see what I'm loving!


Oh and I noticed this the other day...


which I think calls for a giveaway! Thank you to everyone that's following my blog, stay tuned :)


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

29 comments:

  1. WOW! I love all these blocks individually and I see a great quilt will evolve from them -- I'll be back to see where this all leads to. happy stitching-

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  2. Such a pretty collection of blocks. I'm a huge Wonder Clip fan too - they are just so handy!

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  3. Thanks for the heads up on the Clover clips at Massdrop. I don't visit the site often enough to notice great deals like that. I really like how all your blocks are coming together.

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  4. I love the block at the top! Fabulous fabric choices!

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  5. Fab blocks. I got a load of pink clips from massdrop a couple of months ago #love

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  6. Fab blocks. I got a load of pink clips from massdrop a couple of months ago #love

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  7. Fab blocks. I got a load of pink clips from massdrop a couple of months ago #love

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  8. Your blocks are absolutely stunning Lucy, they all look so perfect together. Congrats on reaching 1000 followers, how very fun.

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  9. Your blocks are stunning and I'm SOOOO tempted to go and get the pattern and have a go myself. Although not sure my non EPP hand sewing would hold up to much!

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  10. Wow, well done on your 1000 plus followers!

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  11. Lovely blocks... they really are so pretty, all light & bright! This pattern is on my FAL list, I must get busy! Linda

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  12. Gorgeous blocks, they look great all together. I like the way you're just using what appeals to you and not overthinking the overall look, i think it's the sort of quilt that suits that style of scrappy choices.

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  13. As soon as I catch up with the English Country Garden BOM blocks I will start this. I love your flower blocks, so much prettier! You've done lots and all by hand too.

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  14. Your blocks makes me think of spring. Looks great.

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  15. I LOVE your blocks. This is going to be an amazing quilt and has been on my bucket list since I saw it. I think choosing fabric for each block as you do it is the way to go. (I would go crazy if I tried to plan it all out.) It will be a scrappy beauty, full of your favorite fabrics!

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  16. Every time I see something you make I find myself thinking about how much I admire your fabric choices. This is going to be one very awesome quilt. xoxo

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  17. Maybe you found you place the blocks are beautiful and perfect! Feel like getting fugly? Made you laugh but we did have fun!

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  18. I am loving this scrappy quilt. Hand sewing is a great way to slow down. I think I might follow your lead and make a few hand sewn blocks for my BAD (block-a-day) project.

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  19. your blocks are coming along really well. good job

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  20. I am totally in awe of anyone that has the patience for hand piecing. They look lovely!

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  21. Oh wow I need tulip blocks in my life somewhere...

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  22. This is looking superb Lucy, great progress. You might want to check out this post about mass drop, food for thought... http://www.freshlypieced.com/2015/02/should-you-buy-quilting-supplies-on.html

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  23. Hi, just wondering if you have been stung for customs charges or VAT or the dreaded £8 post office 'admin charge' on any of your massdrop purchases - I am a bit reluctant to buy from the US because of these additional costs. Thanks Lucy. (lovely blocks, btw)

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  24. Your blocks are really lovely Lucy! I love the idea of just picking fabrics and going to it! I purchased the Wonderclips on a previous Massdrop and couldn't believe what great value they were! Sadly the Aussie dollar has taken a plunge and this wipes out much of the savings!

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  25. its coming along beautifully!

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  26. It's beautiful and I definitely think it's going to work - maybe it's just the 'mid-make wobbles'?

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  27. Love how these are looking (although I know what you mean about the odd egg-like flowers!)

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  28. These blocks are stunning :)

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