Monday 11 August 2014

Around the world blog hop

It's Design Wall Monday and my turn on the Around the World Blog Hop.  The blog hop is pretty much a big game of tag ping ponging around the world between quilt bloggers.  I was tagged by Marly from the Netherlands last week to answer a few questions and in turn tag some other bloggers that I follow that make really lovely stuff and I think you would like.

So I'm tagging Tomomi who blogs at Slaney Handcraft and has the most beautiful quilting and fun art quilts on her blog.  I haven't met Tomomi yet in real life but I've seen her work on display!  Hopefully I'll put that right when the Modern Irish Quilters meet up this Autumn.

I'm also tagging Yvonne from Quilting Jet Girl, who I met on the Plum & June Let's Acquainted Blog Hop.  I love Yvonne's exploration of free motion quilting especially quilting in rocket ships here and there on her space quilt.  Please go have a look, it is really fun!

My third person I'm tagging is Kerry from Penny Dog Patchwork.  Kerry is a fellow dog lover, writes patterns for the UK quilt magazines and enters quilt shows. She was picked for Sewvivor and is working on her nautical themed project this week!  I love the work all three share and I'm sure you will too!

What am I working on?
Above photo is the design wall today.  Yes I finally have a proper design wall!  My uncle Tony saw my collapsible flannel sheet strung between a bookcase and a mirror and decided we could do better than than that and made me a 7ft x 4ft wall.  No, I can't reach the top but I do have a step ladder (those that know me, know I'm a shorty at 5ft tall!)

This weekend, Gordon helped me cover it with cotton wadding and the first thing that went up was my un-named triangle quilt.  Not sure what to call this one - I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any!

I also finished up the stipple quilting on mum's Table for 2 quilt , here's a little peak of the front of this quilt.  The quilt back is described in this post from last week.  Just binding and labelling to go!  This was 72" x 90" approx and probably the biggest thing I've quilted so far!

How does my work differ from other of its genre?
This is a tough one to answer as I'm not sure I'm any bit different from all of us, who can't imagine not playing with fabric and colour, and making quilts!  I like all sorts of colour except probably browns and I like a variety of projects from traditional piecing to foundation paper piecing.

I learned to quilt watching Craftsy and YouTube and reading blogs, trying out techniques and tutorials that others have freely shared, so I'm usually not afraid to give something a try!  One of my favourite online teachers is Rachel from Stitched in Color and she has a new class coming up this month all about angles, if you want to check out the details here.

I do like to try new things and recently tried my hand at thread painting for a piece for the Irish Patchwork Society for the EQA Garden display at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.

Ireland had the winter garden and it took a couple of attempts (4!) to get the Robin the way I wanted him.  (Robins on our side of the Atlantic are round, tubby looking birds that are really fiesty!)

Why do I write/create what I do?
For me quilting is quite different from the day job which is quite left brained, analytical and requires lots of communication.  Quilting allows me to play and zone out, getting lost in shapes and colour and I get a great sense of satisfaction coming up with a design, testing it out, finishing the quilt top, getting it basted, adding the quilting and finally sewing that last stitch in the binding!

I write to share about what I've learned and fun things I've found that may be of interest or solve a problem for someone else making a quilt!  To give back a little bit as I've learned so much from other's online freely sharing their work and experiences.

How does my writing/creating process work?
Sometimes a word pops into my head like Stars or an image like the Robin on a branch above but usually I see something in a book or a magazine that catches my eye and I start playing with shapes and colour.

This 12" block, the London Roads, published in McCalls Quilting, grabbed my attention.  I liked the idea of the arrows but not the colours so I decided to draw it out myself and see what I could come up with.  I usually draw the blocks out with no colour first to see what shapes I can find.

In the end, I thought a warmer brighter feel to this in a large quilt would be fun.  So, I redrafted with a scrappy look and came up with much larger blocks to give a throw sized quilt 70" x 70".

Things often change in practice so yesterday morning I took my design, as many low volume prints for the background and what I could find of pinks and oranges I had on hand and started cutting.

I'm happy with this so far and love having my design wall back to put them up there and stand back and see what works and what doesn't.

 So I think it'll be a busy week cracking on with these two projects.  Linking up to Design Wall Monday and
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedSew Fresh Quilts


  1. I didn't see your mini at the FOQ which is a shame as it's just fabulous! I'm pretty sure we missed a section or two as we were racing round trying to fit it all in. I love the triangles quilt, great colours (suggestion for a name? Barbara.) The arrows is pretty funky too, I look forward to seeing your progress on it.

  2. Great post! I love seeing the behind the scenes inside scoop to people's work and thoughts :). Lin just tagged me for this, I go next week!

  3. Your design wall quilt is great! I like the light to dark color placement. And your "Arrows" quilt is fabulous! The colors are so summery and cool. Love it!

  4. How about "Spotlight" as a name for your triangle quilt? It really is gorgeous in its color placement and gradation! I love where you are going with the arrow quilt, and seeing it on your design wall is great. Thank you so much for tagging me, I am going to have to start writing and editing my post soon. :)

  5. Lovely! I must organise myself... Love that robin!!!

  6. Beautiful projects! How about "Morning Star" for your triangle quilt. The colors remind me of sunrise. The arrow quilt is fun too. Love the scrappy look and the bright colors.

  7. I missed your robin too :( Those arrows are going to be brilliant!

  8. Hi Ruth, your design wall looks brilliant (very jealous!). Loved your Winter Garden piece at the Foq, think it would be brilliant as a full-sized quilt too.

  9. What a handy uncle you have, your triangle quilt looks great on your new design wall. Love your robin for the winter garden, I have never tried thread painting but I would love to have a go at it one day!

  10. It's so nice to have a design wall! I only have one for brief stints, when I tack up the batting I'm going to use on a specific quilt. Maybe sunset would be a nice name for the triangle quilt. The colors and placement are so soothing, makes me want to have a drink on the porch in the evening!

  11. Love the house blocks.. what are you doing with them?

  12. I like all your works in progress - what a great design wall too. Your little robin is gorgeous. I imagine thread painting must use lots of thread.

  13. Loving what's on your design wall and that Robin is so beautiful!

  14. So interesting to read your process and see all that you have going on, Ruth! The arrow blocks are awesome and I just love the pop that the yellow brings! Can't wait to see this one progress :)

  15. What a great idea with the blog hop. love your design wall Projects.

  16. I like your London Roads arrow. Orange is my favourite colour, so they caught my eye right away.

  17. I love where the arrow quilt is going!!! Yellow, orange, and pink seem to be a winning combo - and very popular lately too. :D

  18. What a lovely post, Ruth! It is so nice to read about what you are working on and get to know a little more about you! Love those arrow projects - both! Looking good!

  19. Love the arrows quilt top! Charley and Ben are cute too!

  20. Resizing worked out well and the scrappy LV is great. Hadn't seen the Design Wall link up before and will have to check that out.

  21. It's nice to meet you. Congratulations on your design wall. I love your arrows.


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