Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Plodding Along

I haven't blogged the last few weeks but I have been busy.

I finished my paper piecing blocks for the November Queen of the bee group I am in.

I love the colours the Queen chose.  This combination is so striking and will make a gorgeous quilt.

My fabrics are ready for the upcoming Bonnie Hunter mystery.

I am making this quilt with someone in mind and I think these colours will be just right for her.

And out of the blue I got the most incredible urge to make a low volume quilt.
Has that ever happened to you?  All of a sudden you just HAVE to make something right here, right now?
"Low Volume" is the new buzz word going around and I love the quilts I am seeing.  So I put everything aside and dug into my stash pulling anything and everything I thought would pass as low volume.  Admittedly there are some fabrics in my blocks that are probably a bit too 'voluminous' but I really didn't want to buy more fabric.  I think they are soft enough to blend with the overall serenity of the quilt so I am going with it.

I followed the pattern from Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg's book Sunday Morning Quilts. This has to be one of my all time favourite quilting books and I plan to make every quilt in it, I just love them all.
I have moved some of the blocks around to get a better overall balance since taking this picture and if all goes well I will have this top together by the end of today.

And finally, I have been practicing free motion quilting on my Express Your Love quilt. I am WAAAAY behind on this project but with a month of holidays coming up it is on the top of my to do list.

This week I finished quilting the sun's 'rays' and the goddess body.
I apologise in advance for the terrible quality pictures. I took them at night which normally isn't too much of a problem as I usually enhance the pictures when editing them but for some reason my computer program would not let me increase the brightness this time.  I will get better pics when I complete the  next section.

I am disappointed that the light gold came out so much brighter than the medium and dark golds I used. When I lined the spools up next to each other I thought the 3 colours blended well but after quilting, well  not so much.  Hopefully when the whole thing is quilted it will blend a little better.

Here are a couple of close ups:

Far from perfect but it's all practice and I can see improvement so that is all I can ask of myself.

Until next time.



  1. You have been busy! I really like the low volumes too, even though it is so NOT me. :)

  2. Your paper pieced blocks look great! And fabulous FMQ!

  3. Wow, your paper pieced blocks look incredible! I havent really gotten the low volume craze yet. Aren't you glad you didnt use the ting hexies on the face forexpress your love along?! :-)

  4. Lots of beautiful work....love those paper pieced blocks. They are Amazing! Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

  5. Despite what you have said, (we are critical on ourselves sometimes) I think all the gold contrasts are a fabulous choice for this quilt overall---they are really popping out beautifully!

    Low volume quilts have been trying to reel me in as well--it's only a matter of time before I succumb to their beauty! LOL

  6. Those paper piece blocks are AMAZING. The colors are so vibrant and I totally want to find the patterns for them now. I'm still fairly new to paper piecing and while I feel like they're a bit more time consuming than traditionally pieced blocks the results are just too stunning to not want to make another.

  7. You have a great balance of lowish volumes in your quilt and your paper pieced blocks are stunning.

  8. Those paper pieced blocks are fabulous! And the low volume quilt is gorgeous! Love what you've done with the goddess quilt so far!

  9. Your goddess quilt is amazing! I think the threads blend. You are amazing. The low volume trend is gorgeous. Yours is a lovely example

  10. Beautiful quilt!! I love Sunday Morning Quilts too. So far I've only made The Missing U, but it was so much fun I might have to make another one :)

  11. Your low volume is gorgeous. Makes me want to make another one right now.

  12. The low volume looks great and I like your star.
    Cheers Pauline

  13. wow!! you bee blocks are just so striking. and I LOVE your low volume quilt. I think all of the fabrics work well together, and don't see any that are too saturated with color. so pretty!!

    Thanks for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  14. Your goddess is fantastic! Thanks so much for linking up!

  15. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season
    cheers Pauline