Thursday, 26 July 2018

Friendship Star

This tutorial will make a 6" Friendship Star Block.  I used only two fabrics.  A cream tone on tone fabric for the background and a pattern blue fabric for the star block.

Background  
Cut two 3 1/2 inch squares
Cut four 2 1/2 inch squares
Star 
Cut two 3 1/2 inch squares
Cut one 2 1/2 inch square

Layer one background and one star 3 1/2 inch square right side facing and pin.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Then draw a line quarter inch either side of diagonal line.
Sew on the outer lines.  I like to use an open toe foot on my sewing machine for sewing when using this method.  I like to be able to see the line where I am sewing.  If you wish you could hand stitch the lines.
The cut on the centre line. Repeat with the other pair 3 1/2 squares.
Press towards the darkest fabric.  PRESS, please do not iron, and treat with care as this is a bias seam.    Now trim the half square triangle squares to 2 1/2 inches.  Remembering to place the 45 degree line on your ruler along the stitched seam.
Arrange your squares as shown above.  Watch out for the correct placement of your half square triangle squares.
Sew into three rows using a quarter inch seam allowance.  Press the top and bottom seams away for the centre square.  Press the middle seams towards the centre square.  This will make it easy to stitch the three rows together.  Please remember to match up all your seams.
Now give your finished block a press.  The block should now measure 6 1/2 inches.  Once sewn into a project or quilt it will a 'finished' 6 inch square.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

What a year!

I have been busy this year making quilts for exhibiting national, so my blog has been neglected. I have also been 'sewing up a storm' for my Etsy shop too.  I love making bags, cushions and bunting.

Although I have not published any posts this year, I have a lot of draft posts that also need to be finished and published.  So now that things here are a little quieter for a while, I thought I would come back to blogging and update it.

You will see some of the items I have made listed on Daisychain Quilter Etsy. I also love to use Instagram for a quick photo post, you will find me under DaisychainQuilter.

It has been wonderful to get back to blogging.  I hope to post again tomorrow.


Friday, 5 January 2018

Christmas Gifts

 I made two table runners for Christmas gifts.
The first table runner was made with Moda fabrics, machine pieced and quilted with metallic thread.  This is the third time I have used this easy design.  It one of those designs that I use as my 'go to' patterns when I need a quick present.
The second table runner was made using the 'quilt as you go' method.  The fabrics are modern Christmas fabrics.  This runner is another very quick and easy pattern.  
This runner could be made wider by adding borders.  This could be used as a bed runner as well as a table runner by changing the fabrics.
I am planning to made more table runners this year as I really enjoyed these easy designs.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

My Word for the Year

My word for 2018 is 'Control".

Do you get the feeling I am still a work in progress quilter?

I am reposting bits of posts that I have written in previous years as this is how am feeling today.  I am in need of organising my clutter/sewing studio and reducing my stash.  I love to make lists and cross things off that list as I achieve or complete an activity. 

No need to buy any new fabric unless if it going to be used in finishing current projects as I already have a very large fabric stash. Be at peace about using every piece of special fabric in my stash. Just use the special fabric to help turn it into a beautiful item.

Start reducing my commitments and saying no to any new ones.  

Be peaceful about my huge number of UFOs.  It is not going to harm me or anyone else if they remain unfinished.  Just enjoy working on the UFOs when time allows.

I need to focus on producing a new portfolio of work. There are many things I would very much like to achieve but time, space and inspiration are passing me by too quickly. 

Last year I set aside Tuesday and Thursday mornings as my working sessions.  It is not important whether the time is spent drafting and designing my new pattern range or sewing.  The important thing is to discipline myself to set aside the time.           
Ready steady go..

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year!
The New Year's Day annual charity swim on Wembury beach.  I have never seen so many people on the beach before today.
All the swimmers were so brave.  They came out of the water a very rosy colour and shivering.
Most have family and friends waiting for them with towels, coats and flasks containing hot drinks.

Well done to the wonderful people of Wembury for their lovely charitable and community spirit.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Winter Solstice

Once again we have reached the best time of the year.  Today is the shortest day and longest night. Tomorrow our days start to become longer by a few minutes each day.  


As I say good bye to another winter, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  

Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas Tree Sampler Workshop

I have spent some time this autumn working on a Christmas tree sampler cushion.


I am going to do a tutorial 'Block of the Month'.  Starting in January 2018.  There are eight blocks in this sampler. 

I have used a Moda charm pack for some of pieced blocks, plus a white on white fabric for the appliqué blocks and fat quarters for the borders.

There is a Facebook group called Daisychain Quilter.  If you need any help with the blocks, why not join the group.  

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Back from my blogging break!

It has been a long time since I blogged regularly.  Does anyone still visit my blog and read it?
Life has been busy this year.   I have spent time on Instagram and Etsy.  
So it is time to dust off the blog and start afresh.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Post Card Blocks

I call this my postcard block but I am sure it has another name.

Recipe
A) Two 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch White on White/Cream on Cream
B) One  4 /12 x 8 1/2 Bright/Kids print

Sew the White on White to either side of the Bright/Kids print.
It should be a 8 1/2 inch block.

Make at least twelve to give you a small size quilt.
I added a 2 1/2 border in the same colour.


Notice how if the thinner strips are a different colour it can change the appearance of the finished quilt.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Disappearing Four Patch

I first posted this on my sister blog and then again here in April 2104.  I am reposting again today to make it easier for my students to find this blog post.

Recipe 
You will need the following to make one block:
A)  One 5 x 5 inch blue plain/tone on tone.
B)  One 5 x 5 inch red plain/tone on tone.
C)  Two 5 x 5 inch white on white.
 Sew together as above to form a four patch block.  Press the seams open.

Cut 1 1/2 inches from the centre seam.  With each cut turn the board not the fabric, this will help to keep the fabric from moving.  Do not be tempted to move the pieces after each cut.  Once you have cut four times then check to make sure you have cut properly.
 Leave the four corners and centre blocks and turn the four outer middle blocks to form a new nine patch block.
 Once you are happy with the new block sew the block back together.  Pay extra attention to matching all the seams.
Next time you could vary the width of the cut from the centre seams.  It will give a different feel to the block.
Well done.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday

Happy Mothering Sunday.

My Etsy shop discount code for one week only: MOTHERSDAY

www.etsy.com/shop/DaisychainQuilter

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Word for the Year.

My word for 2017 is 'Balance".

Do you get the feeling I am still a work in progress quilter?

I am reposting the post that I wrote in 2014 as this is how I am feeling today.

I am in need of organising my life, family, work and clutter house/sewing studio. The important thing is to discipline myself to set aside the time each week to each activity that helps me declutter my life.  I love to make lists and cross things off that list as I achieve or complete an activity.  

Any baggage that is weighing me down needs to place in the bin as it is stopping my soul from creating new work.

Make do and use what I have! No unnecessary spending and selling what I do not use or need anymore. It is no use trying to keep things I do not want or use, it is just plain waste.
I have taken bits and pieces from each 'Word for the Year' blog posts to remind myself that this is an on going progess/activity.  

            My word for 2010 was 'Clutter' or rather de-clutter.
            My word for 2011 was 'Frugal'..
            My word for 2013 was Peace.


            My Word for 2014 was 'Opportunity'

Now I am reposting 2013 post.

Peacefully work forwards a quiet family and quilting life.
Be at peace by reducing my commitments and saying no to any new ones.  
Be peaceful about my huge number of UFOs.  It is not going to harm me or anyone else if they remain unfinished.  Just enjoy working on the UFOs when time allows.
Be at peace about my very large fabric stash. Be at peace about using every piece of special fabric in my stash. Just use the special fabric to help turn it into a beautiful item.
Be peaceful when life throws me some curved balls.  A peaceful soul can deal with curved balls.


Now reposting 2010 post for my word for the year.

My word for this year is 'Clutter'. I have clutter in all areas of my life. I need to declutter my clutter! 


The Sewing Room 
The Daisychain Studio
My commitments 
My House

My Possessions

And any other baggage weighing down on my creative soul so I can focus on producing a new portfolio of work. There are many things I would very much like to achieve but time, space and inspiration are passing me by too quickly. I am going to try and set aside three fifteen minute sessions a day to play. It is not important whether the time is spent drafting and designing my new pattern range or catching up with sewing projects. The important thing is to discipline myself to set aside the time.
Ready steady go...


            My word for 2010 was 'Clutter' or rather de-clutter.
            My word for 2011 was 'Frugal'..
            My word for 2013 was Peace.

            My Word for 2014 was 'Opportunity'

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year 2017

To all my family and friends I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Another Workshop Sample

I made this cushion as a sample for a Redwork workshop I was asked to teach in the Plymouth recently.
I have many samples I have made for several workshops, all of which I love.  I have listed this cushion on my Etsy shop as I have several of this example.