Sewing Circles

Sewing Circles

Thank you to everyone for such a great response to my Liberated Medallion!!  I've had a couple of questions about how I sew my circles.  My technique is nothing new, just the good old Freezer Paper method, but here's how I go about it... Get a piece of freezer paper. (I just have to say 3 Cheers for whoever thought of using freezer paper with sewing- absolute genius!!) To draw a circle you could use a template from a particular pattern you are making, a compass or I like using some of my pretty saucers.  Draw and cut out a circle of the size you would like your finished circle to be. Iron the freezer paper circle, waxy side down onto the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out the circle with a quarter inch seam.  Using your friendly iron press the quarter inch seam inwards over the edge of the freezer paper circle. Press it really, really well!!  Go around the circle a few times to get a nice crisp edge.  Nice crispy edges!!  L

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My Liberated Medallion...

My Liberated Medallion...

I've really got to come up with a more imaginative name for this quilt top. Anyway, here's where I was up to the last time I shared the liberated medallion that I began in class with Gwen Marston. For the next border I couldn't decide between triangles or circles so I did both. And then a patchy pieced blue border to finish it off.  I'll take more photos when I've got better light but just had to point out the little lady in the blue circle... and her gentleman friend is looking for her on the other side of the quilt.  Maybe they'll meet in the garden. The finished top is 80 inches square and my plan is to quilt it myself. I'll stitch in the ditch around the borders then add some colourful perle stitches by hand.  but first I have to tidy up my sewing room... gosh I make a mess when I'm sewing. Am I the only one who pulls out a hundred fabrics before deciding which one to use?

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Making Little Swoon Houses

Making Little Swoon Houses

Well, here we go , a tutorial of sorts on how to make a Sunny Day in Swoon Town quilt. A big thanks to Pat Sloan and all the lovely people who have said such wonderful things about my little quilt.  My little quilt is based on the fabulous  Swoon quilt  designed by Camille Roskelley.  It is not my pattern so I can't show you how to make the whole block but I can share how I made the little houses and incorporated them into the block. I did change the block slightly to fit the houses in but if you wanted to make the proper Swoon blocks Camille's way is much easier and better! I should add the Swoon pattern lends itslf to all styles of fabrics and colours. There's a zillion great examples in Swoon along at flickr. All in all it's just one of those great patterns.  There are probably a zillion ways to sew half triangles onto squares and make Flying Geese blocks and they're all probably better than my methods but this is how I went about makin

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Holiday In Narrabeen

Holiday In Narrabeen

Indulge me while I share some holiday snaps of where Gbf and I stayed while I attended the Gwen Marston workshops. While I was running around in the sand dunes I realised it had been more than 2 years since I'd last seen the ocean. It's chilly winter time here in Oz but we sure had a great time watching the waves roll in, feeling the sand beneath our feet, and breathing in the salt air.  If you make it to the end of the photos you'll see where I'm up to with my liberated medallion...  Here it is -  my Liberated Medallion so far ... stay tuned for the next exciting border, I'm not quite sure but it could involve some applique and circles... 

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