Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Marion Werner's Japanese Quilt Blocks sampler


Marion sent me some photos of her Japanese sampler, which combines blocks from 'Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match' and 'Japanese Taupe Quilt Blocks'. She writes -

Tomorrow I will finish the borders and then comes the fun part - quiltingthis baby on my Juki.
But it starts looking like a quilt.

Model - Elsie, Marion's bassett hound, who obviously has good taste in quilts!

The taupe, blue and russet colour scheme is a winner.  I wonder what colours will be in the border?  It is going to be a big quilt - it must be over 80in square already.  Ganbatte kudasai! ('Work hard' in Japanese)

UPDATE - Marion sent me another e mail, with a photo showing the borders -

Here the progress - as promised.
Quiltsize: 2.6 m x 2.32 m
sashing - finished - 1.5"
inner border - finished - 2.5"
outer border - finished - 6"
Sorry, that I cannot deliver a better photo - the table is not high enough!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summerhouse - first of the roof sheets

Yesterday afternoon, Glyn started putting the corrugated iron sheets on the summerhouse roof.  First job - adding supports to the gable at the back, on top of the rafter ends.

It was in the mid thirties outside at least, but the thermometer read much higher once the sun moved round.

The corrugated iron sheets were painted under the eaves sections a week ago, with 'copper' Hammerite paint - more bronze coloured than copper.  They are lightweight but big.  This is how Glyn gets them on the roof -

He holds each sheet in place with gaffer tape before screwing them down.  We used a string tied between the back and front rafters so he could line up the roofing screws with the rafters below.

A couple of glasses of wine in the evening sunshine.

The remaining sheets will go on tonight.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sandra's Oriental Sampler variations

Sandra Smith sent me these photos today, both versions of my 'Oriental Sampler' that appeared in Popular Patchwork (quite a long time ago!)   It looks lovely in these very different fabric combinations.  I especially like the one at the top.  Sandra writes -

I made both quilts, feel free to put them on your website, glad you liked them. The fabric postcards hanging either side are family photos and some. postcards which were sent from China to Birmingham by my Granda, my Gran was doing her nursing training there before they married. The top 'photo' on the right hand side is of my Great Uncle, George Jefferson Gaskin, who was the second person in the world to make a record. I can listen to him on YouTube which is slightly bizarre!!

So of course I just had to look up George Jefferson Gaskin on Youtube - here he is.

This quilt, originally designed as a teaching project for my beginners' group near Wrexham about 10 years ago, still seems popular.  Should I reissue the pattern?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Furoshiki quilt

Christine Linton sent me the photo of her version of the Furoshiki quilt from 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations'.  It is very similar to my original quilt, but I like the lighter blues she included in the border - it gives the quilt a lighter feeling than the original, which is much darker with lots of reproduction traditional Japanese fabrics around the edge.  Her photo also reminds me that I must make a smaller version of this, using 1/2in finished strips, as I have a 20in version of the same furoshiki - when I can find where I put it!  Christine writes -

I thought you might like to see this, shamelessly copied from you! I've made it for our local scout group to give as a parting gift to our student scout leader, who graduated from St Andrews today and is off to pastures new. Tonight is her last scout meeting with us, and about 60 scouts have signed big labels in the back of the quilt. I hope she will remember us when she uses it, and that the rabbits will bring her luck! Thanks for such a lovely design.

Here's the original, when it was on tour with the rest of the quilts from my book, at the Great Northern Quilt Show at Harrogate in 2011.  It looks much better where it lives now, on a friend's bedroom wall.  I got the furoshiki from Gary Bloom's shop - he's got some rabbit designs in his eBay store, but the large size of this design is discontinued now.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Fanoe quilt revisited

I made the original Fanoe quilt four years ago and it was raffled to raise funds for The Quilt Museum at York - you can read about the original on my blog here.  It included some pretty Dutch red and white prints, checks and polka dots. I thought I'd make a blue and white version for myself using Japanese yukata cottons, but when I saw a new selection of Scandi Christmas fabrics from Makower on the New Theads website, I changed my mind. The remake will be red and cream, so I can include some of my favourite French General fabrics too and reproduction cream and red mini prints from my stash.  I have a large scale Moda check in red and cream, plus some cream polkadots on red.  Like the original, there will be slightly different shades of red across the patchwork.  Pam Ablett at Quilters' Trading Post longarm quilted it using a shaded red thread that brought all these different reds together beautifully.  I think I will have to get the new one done there with the same pattern.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summerhouse roofing

We didn't get a lot done yesterday because it rained from late morning onwards, but today was ideal working weather.  So Glyn got the polystyrene insulation onto the roof while I painted some of the eaves rafter timbers.

Expanding foam filler was used to fill and seal the gaps around the gable ends.

It looked like lots of mint ice cream...

We painted the underside of the corrugated iron roofing sheets with mordant solution to strip off the galvanized finish, so the Hammerite copper paint would stick to the metal.

If I'd known how far the mordant solution would go, I'd have bought a smaller bottle, but it will come in useful when we do the Land Rover rebuild.

The underside of the eaves have been painted with copper Hammerite paint.  This would be a difficult job to do once the roofing sheets are in place, so we worked out which areas of sheeting will show, and just painted those, with the panels flat.

After that, Glyn trimmed off the excess foam.  It took a few hours to harden off properly.

Back to work now!