Sunday, 5 March 2017

Area Day & Welsh Quilts

I went to a lovely Quilters Guild Area Day yesterday in Llandybie  (Region 12 South and Mid Wales).
The organiser Gill had put together a fabulous day of Quilting treats for us including a cawl lunch.

Some old Welsh Quilts were shown in the morning. Some hand stitched some machine stitched. 

As you may know my love is hand quilted Welsh Quilts, so much so that I have a Joyofwelshquilting blog.

But it was interesting to see the old machine stitched ones too.
They were simply machine stitched in zig zag or chevron lines,
as seen in the dark blue quilt pictured top middle below.

I love the leaves and swirls in Welsh Quilting.
Also these pictures show the Double Lines and Cross Hatching
another staple of Welsh Quilting.

This is a small Welsh piece I'm currently working on.
I use a metal thimble on my top hand and an Aunt Becky on my hand under my work.
I like to use dried soap as a marker.

You can see more of my work here.

I've recently made two videos on how I use an Aunt Becky.
The first one below shows how to use Aunt Becky when working in a hoop.

And this second one (below)
show how I use Aunt Becky when hand quilting without a hoop.

I hope these are of help.
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Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

My grandson has this week discovered the Joys of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A little cabin in the woods that I made for my granddaughters about fifteen years ago.
I really enjoyed designing and constructing The Three Bears Log Cabin.

 The Three Little Quilts were a bit of a challenge.
I enjoyed choosing the fabrics for the curtains, night sky and wallpaper.
I made the mattress on Daddy Bear's Bed Too Hard
Manny Bear's Too Soft
Baby Bear's Just Right.
It really was a lot of fun working out how to make The Three Bears, Goldielocks, the fire, carpet, picture, table and chairs and of course three bowls of porridge.
I'm very proud of my efforts in this project.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

And So the Crochet Begins

2017 The Year of the  Hook. And no, I haven't given up Patchwork and Quilting. In fact there is plenty coming up on that front this year.
I have decided that now is the time to share my Joy of Crochet. And so in January I opened the doors on my Once a Month Crochet Group, open to all levels from beginner up.
We kicked off last month with a Basic Granny Square.
And this month having made five Granny Squares we have progressed to a bag/box.

To view my Beginner Crochet Videos (UK Treble Stitch and making a Basic Granny Square Left and Right Handed) Click on the link below.;postID=395548713142365413;onPublishedMenu=publishedposts;onClosedMenu=publishedposts;postNum=1;src=postname

I used a cotton yarn called Paint Box
For the small bag and a Chunky acrylic yarn for the large one.

I've made two little videos.
One showing the UK Double Crochet I used to edge each square and also join the squares together.
A second one showing how I made the lining insert.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Joyofquilting's Crochet Corner

These videos I made are for my Beginner Crocheters from the last few months beginners days.
And of course anyone else who may be interested.

This first one shows how to Crochet the U.K. Treble Stitch

The one below moves on to making a basic Granny Square

And for my fellow Lefties
Below is a video showing how to Crochet the Treble Stitch left handed

And finally the Basic Granny Squares for left handers.

Have fun.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

All Finished - Well Almost

I've just finished my Lynne Edwards Sampler Quilt. I really like it.
We did use  a few non Lynne Edwards blocks. Just because I liked them.
I intend doing some hand quilting in the sashing. But that can wait a while.
Meanwhile here are some pictures.

I made twenty blocks.

This is the back of the quilt.
I used up all my scrap pieces to make the back.

Close ups of the quilting - back view.

Close up of some patterned stitching I used for quilting.

See the black blur/smudge at the bottom of the quilt?

That was my new kitten Sparky darting across the quilt!

So it looks like Daisy and I have a new apprentice to help us quilt.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Talking Quilts

I wanted to let you all know that The Quilters Guild of the British Isles Talking Quilts Project is now live on-line.

I was involved both as an Interviewer and an Interviewee  (is that a real word?)

Here are a few pictures of my YK2 Quilt which I was interviewed about.

The link below will take you to the  Wales page which is where all the interviews I took part in are.
You can either read or listen to the interviews and look at pictures of the quilts.


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Finishing Off - Binding your Quilt

As our Sampler Quilt Blocks have all been made and we start stitching them together, our thoughts turn to finishing our Quilts. And that involves squaring off, making the binding and attaching the binding.

Below are the first three finished Quilts.

Then scroll down to the bottom of the page to see my three videos.
 1. Squaring a Quilt.
 2. Making Quilt Binding.
 3. Attaching binding to your Quilt.

                               Heulwen' s Sampler Quilt
Mary's Sampler Quilt

Yvonne' s Sampler Quilt

This first video shows how to square up your quilt.

This second video shows how to make quilt binding

And this third one shows how to attach the binding to your quilt

Have fun.

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