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Hand Quilting my Modern Triangle Sampler

techniques and tips Aug 19, 2016

I decided to hand quilt each of the blocks in my Modern Triangle Sampler with big stitch quilting. There are twenty five blocks in all and each one takes nearly an hour to do, so it has taken a lot of Olympics watching time to get it done!

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I used a different Sue Spargo Eleganza perle 8 thread in each of the blocks. These threads are lovely to sew with and there is a great choice of colours. These are the ones I used, some of them are the solid colours and some are variegated:

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My next step is to do some straight line stitching in all the white areas. I will use Aurifil 50 weight thread for this as it sits down so nicely in the fabric.

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2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Seven and Sew Marlborough

mystery quilt travel Aug 05, 2016

What a busy month it has been! In July, we had Sew Marlborough, the New Zealand mini Symposium. Hundreds of excited quilters gathered together in Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand for five days of classes, exhibitions, merchants and meeting up with friends old and new.

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We were up before dawn to get to the ferry terminal in Wellington

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What a view we had from our seats at the front of the lounge area! This is the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on the South Island of New Zealand.

Opening night arrived and I was up on stage to award the Hoffman Challenge prizes for 2015. Here is the fantastic winning quilt, 'Sarah and Getty', by Debby Williams.

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You can see photos of all the quilts on the New Zealand Hoffman Challenge page.

Over the next couple of days I went to a class with Jacqui Karl of Kowhai View creations. Two days of art quilting, using freezer paper stencils, discharge paste and paints was just what I needed to completely relax and rest my mind from the day to day...

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The sampler is done!

The sampler is done! Well, the quilt top anyway. It is now away being basted and hopefully I will get started on the quilting this weekend. We have been forecast some very chilly weather, so it might be the perfect time to sit in front of the sewing machine....

Modern Triangle Sampler Sheila Christensen 2016

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I have become the Triangle Lady

It's official. I am hooked. After having an idea buzzing around in my head that  wouldn't go away, I had to drop everything including the Splendid Sampler blocks (WAY behind now!), the Glorious Hexagons, and the Blocks on the Go, and sew, sew, sew. Oh, and draw, draw, draw.

The result is a whole pile of equilateral triangle blocks, and loads more drawn up. Here are some of the ones I have made:

Bow tie

Chevron

Waterfall

These blocks are so much fun to sew, and quick to make!

There will be classes coming up to make the blocks. I have added the details to my teaching cv and I am now taking bookings to teach my Triangle Block Party Class. Click on Classes on the left hand side for more details.

I am also figuring out some other ideas, so watch this space....

 

Yes. I am the Triangle Lady now. But don't worry other projects, I will get back to you......

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Midnight Madness

Every year around Matariki and the Shortest Day, I hold a Midnight Madness class in the shop.

This year we were making my new pattern, Propellors

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(Thanks to Linda Graham for making the sample and Noeline Day of the Quilting Shed for quilting it). Pattern available in my Craftsy Store and in the shop

 

It was already dark when we got to the shop to get started. We had a full class, and it was great to welcome Heather all the way over from Wellington, as well as Ruth who is staying in the Wairarapa but visiting from the Waikato.

As this quilt uses a jelly roll, we were straight into sewing strips together


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It was heads down, sewing machines going full speed ahead.

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Lovely piles of fabrics started taking shape, and we were on to cutting out.

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With the central counter cleared of sewing machines, we had plenty of space to stretch out.

After satisfying our appetites with Carl's delicious home made steak and cheese pies,  we were ready to get some blocks made up.

I had great fun...

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2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Six

mystery quilt Jun 19, 2016

Happy July to you all. Here in New Zealand we are really starting to feel the chill of winter. My lemon tree was pretty frosty this morning!

Frosted lemons

You can just see the mandarins in the top right as well. Yesterday I picked a whole bowlful of these, it's the first year they have been edible.

Today will be a busy day in the shop. People will be coming in to pick up their month six Mystery packs, we have the Hoffman Challenge quilts on display, and this afternoon we are having a hexy stitching session. This is for the Katja Marek quiltalongs that we are doing. I have put the link to Katja's quiltalong pages on the sidebar.

We are rolling along with our Mystery Quilt! I hope you are enjoying putting it together.

Here are the photos for this month's sections:

I1 to I4 4 and 5

Here are my half square triangles sewn together for sections I1 to I4

I1 to I4 rect 2 4 and 5

I added the rectangles, here are I1 and I2

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And nice and easy - I1 complete.

Now onto sections H1 and H2

4 and 7 triangles

I like to chain piece my triangles, so I have done the...

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Free Tutorial - No Waste Flying Geese

techniques and tips Jun 12, 2016

Hi all!

Here in the Lower North Island of New Zealand, five quilt shops run a Shop Hop. It's a great way to visit other shops and see our beautiful countryside!

Rainbow    View from Fensham Reserve

I took these photos yesterday on my walk in Fensham Reserve, near Carterton.

On this year's Shop Hop we are giving the participants three fat eighths at each shop, plus a pattern to use them. Each of us has chosen a different fabric range, and you can pick which range you want to collect. My choice is Moda's Grunge Blenders in rainbow colours.  How great to have spotted the rainbow on my walk when I had already been planning a rainbow quilt!

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I just love the textures in these fabrics!

So I have been giving some thought to writing my Shop Hop pattern. Here it is, Candy Drops in two different colourways. This pattern will be available soon on Craftsy, complete with Grunge fabric numbers.

Candy Drops Vanilla background             Candy Drops onyx background

There are quite a few flying geese units...

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2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Five

mystery quilt Jun 03, 2016

June in New Zealand is when we have the shortest month, but whether it is hot or cold where you are, take some time out to complete your fifth clue in this year's Mystery Quilt.

Here are the step by step photos for you to follow along with your instructions.

If you are new to the Mystery Quilt, you can download the free guidelines from my Craftsy store, and then purchase clues each month. Visit www.craftsy.com/user/7013885.

Step 1: Fabrics 6 and 4

Step 1

Step 2: Join to fabric 3

Step 2

Step 3: Fabrics 7 and 4

Step 3

Step 4:

Add fabric 7

Step 4

Step 5: Join together

 Step 5

Step 6: Add fabric 5

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Here are the four sections G1 to G4

G1 to G4

Here are the extras for the double quilt:

LD1

LD3

LD1B

LB1T

Don't forget to post photos of your quilt in our facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/mysteryquilters

So now you are halfway through the Mystery,

 

Sheila

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Here we go again - Clue number four of the Mystery

mystery quilt Apr 29, 2016

Hi Everyone

It is so much fun getting feedback on this year's Mystery Quilt as we go along. If you haven't done so, please do join our facebook group and post photos of your quilt.

Here are some of the photos that our lovely Mystery Quilters have shared. From the left, these are from Judy, Gail and Helen. Gail is doing our 1892 Reproduction colourway which features Moda's Collections for a Cause Millbook 1892 fabrics.

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Isn't it great seeing the different colours that people choose? I can't wait to see the finished quilts - but I will just have to be patient and wait for November!

We are now onto clue number four. Here are the step by step photos for this month's clue. Follow your instructions (either in your Mystery pack or from Craftsy) for detailed information on the steps.

 

For single and double quilts:

Sections E1 to E4
Step1:

Make your half square triangle units of 4 and 5

Step 1 (four)

Step 2:

Join the rectangles of 2

Step 2 (four)

Step 3:

Join the longer rectangles of fabric 1

Step 3 (four)

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2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Three

mystery quilt Apr 01, 2016

Here are the photos to go with the instructions for Clue Three of this year's Mystery Quilt.

You will need to have the pattern, either from your precut pack, or download Clue 3 from my Craftsy store.

I have been working on the Pewter and Linen quilt again, as this is the one of my colourways that has the most directional fabrics, so you can see which direction the stripes go if you have any.

Here's the first part, making C1 to C4

C1 step 1

Then a simple step to complete the section:

C1 to C4

I like to chain piece to make my sewing quicker - here's an action shot!

Sewing C1 to C4

If you haven't done chain piecing before, do give it a try. You just follow one piece of sewing right in front of the next, and clip the thread when you are done. Use a scrap piece as a leader/ender and you will save a lot of thread, as well as stopping your machine from pushing the fabric down and getting all tangled up.

Right, that's C1 to C4 made, now onto D1 and D2

D1 step 1

D1 step 2

D1 step 3

D1 step 4

D1

D1 and D2

 

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