Sunday, 19 February 2017

QAYG Another class variation

Last week I attended Coastal Quilters club meeting and was excited to see another quilt completed from my QAYG class held early 2016.

This is Leonie's quilt. I love it.


I had the opportunity to attend an exhibition at Old St Pauls church  of 150 quilts made by seven quilt makers calling themselves the  T.O.W.R.A.G.S (Totally Organised Women Religiously Attending Group Stitching).  Was an outstanding display.  My photo's don't do this exhibition justice.


Meet the Quilters (from left to right)
Sheryl, Irene, Pat, Deborah
(Left to right) Gaynor, Ngaira and Jeanie
Great show ladies, thank you

Shetland Belt

Yesterday I held a Zip Art class.   Ladies learnt how to manipulate pieces of zip to enable them to create their own zip art. One of my students Lillian is a Shetland Knitter and brought her knitting belt to show us.  It was a wonderful privilege to touch and try it on.  The purpose of the belt was to enable the knitter to continue with their chores / work while knitting as they go. Follow this link to view a similar belt in action.

Lillian's Shetland Knitting belt made by her Father out of leather.

Close up.  Different hole sizes for different needles.

Lillian's shawl she made when she was 12 years old using her belt.
Traditional Shetland Man's cardigan made for Lillian's husband by her mother in the 1970s.
Check out both sides of the gloves.

The inside of the cardigan.  So perfectly and evenly knitted.
I'm wearing Lillian's belt.  The needles used are double pointed.
Thank you Lillian for sharing.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

QAYG class variation

These are two variations using my QAYG template.  The white background quilt has been my main class sample.  During my classes we have played around with layouts using students blocks.  I finally have put together another variation in the greys.

For those of you who have attended my previous QAYG classes, you can use the same templates but instead of laying the first piece at the bottom of your diamond batting/backing, you place it on the side of the diamond.
My grey quilt isn't finished although I have sewn on the binding.  In the future I will eventually square up the sides to create a more functional quilt but for now its an ok size and weight to travel to Christchurch for my QAYG 2017 symposium class.

One of the major hiccups when creating QAYG blocks is demonstrated below.  See even I do it!! - Sew without checking the previous seam has been sewn in correctly.

There is no getting around this.  I took out the block and unpicked it.
Here are two tips I hope you will find useful when unpicking and recreating your block.
Use a lint roller to help pick up your unpicked threads.

Close your sewing holes by lightly spraying water onto your fabric, then gently rubbing with your finger making sure you don't warp any bias edges.  Finally iron dry.

I have been focused on finishing a knitted blanket which needs to be completed this week.  Will post you the photos soon.

happy stitching

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Iron Caddy Tote

Happy New Year - this is my first posting for 2017.  I have been busy working on a couple of projects that are not going too well.  Bit sad really as I have been doing an awful lot of unpicking.

To take a break from these projects I started making an Iron Caddy for a friend's birthday last night.  I also need to make a couple for my class irons.  I used the free pattern available from Tri Country

This pattern is easy to follow however I did find a little error on the diagram page regarding measurements.  The final height is 19 1/2".  The lower and upper middle sections should be 6 1/4" in height not 6 1/2".  My other recommendation would be not to precut your fabrics and batting to the correct size before sewing.  It is easier to trim down to the correct size.  I found my fabrics moved & shrunk quite a bit when sewing and I was very reluctant to put pin holes into the Silver Iron Board fabric.
I used wonderclips to hold the layers together instead of pins.  This worked very well.

The only material I had difficulty in finding within New Zealand was the Silver Iron Board Fabric.
I spoke with quite a few suppliers late last year who are unable to bring this product in the country due to the cost plus shipping.  So if I can't find a product in NZ my next best place is  Product link below.

I didn't make my own binding or handles - opting for ready made bias binding and webbing for handles.  I used flat buttons rather than ones on a shank.  When the mat is laid out  shank buttons will raise the corners.

Back to my "stalled" quilts.

Happy stitching

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

NZ Quilt Symposium 2017 - My Update

Thanks to the wonderful Symposium team, the information regarding my classes has now been corrected and will soon show on the Symposium website. 
My Quilt As You Go class does not appear in the catalogue and my weaving class was listed as a two day class. 

Needs lists for my Symposium classes can be accessed via link found on the front page of this blog (right hand side). Click onto the class name.   Each needs list contains a brief summary with additional photos.

Within this blog you can search (top right) by class names.  Students work from my previous classes will be displayed.  This may help when selecting your fabrics or wanting to find out more about my classes.

So here is the correct information for my classes.

Spinning Stripes (2 day class) 6 & 7 October (examples below)

Stacking Bow Ties (1 day) 8 October

Weaving Kiwi Style (1 day) 9 October

QAYG Quilt As You Go (1 day) 10 October

See you at Symposium

Happy stitching

Monday, 19 December 2016

QAYG Needs List Symposium 2017

Quilt as you go

Tutor Shirley Mooney

Do you have difficulty manipulating a large quilt on your sewing machine?  Or are you concerned you may damage applique, embroidery or embellishments on your quilt when quilting?
Quilt as you go is a technique which enables you to work on smaller areas by piecing and quilting blocks at the same time.  Blocks are then joined using thin sashing strips both on the front and the back of your quilt.
In this one day class you will create three or four blocks and join them together using this technique. From here you can then build your quilt to whatever size you wish.
The quilt sampler for this class is made using 2 ½”scraps and can be built up to whatever size quilt you wish. We will discuss the various ways blocks can be assembled using this technique in class.


This needs list below covers the requirements for the class, not the whole quilt.


Fabric requirements

Please pre-cut fabrics as per instructions before class to save time.  
Background colour and sashing strips.
These can be the same colour. Whatever colour you use for your background, it should make your feature colours stand out (pop). You will need to bring to class 6  2 ½” full fabric width strips of background fabric which will be sub cut using class templates. I recommend full width as opposed to fat quarter lengths which create a lot of waste.
Suggested quantity for larger quilt 1.5 to 2 meters. This will vary depending on the size of your quilt. If in doubt – buy more.
Block colours
Please bring fabrics for four blocks.
For each block colour you will need four shades from dark to light.
For each block cut one dark fabric into an 8” x 4 ½” rectangle which will be cut into a smaller diamond using class template.
Cut the other three colour shades for each block into 2 ½” strips using the full fabric width (112cm) or cut 2 of each if using fat quarters. These will be sub cut using class templates.
Backing Fabric
This technique uses more backing fabric than the standard quilt. If you intend to make a large quilt, then I suggest you purchase at least 4 metres. You can also use different fabrics on the back for each block. This is another way of using scraps from your stash.
Cut 2 12” full width fabric strips (across the bolt 112cm) if using one backing fabric
Cut 4 20” x 12” pieces for each block if using different fabrics. You may wish to match these fabrics with those of your colour blocks.
Back Sashes
You can use either the same fabric as your chosen backing fabric or a contrasting fabric.
Cut 2 1 ½” full length strips or 4 if using a fat quarter.
Cut 2 12” full width strips or cut 20” x 12” pieces if using scrap batting.  Any batting will do though students using Dacron in my classes have had difficulty as it is very slippery to use.


Sewing requirements

·         Sewing machine with walking foot attached.

·         Power cord and foot control for your sewing machine.

·         2 pre-wound bobbins with thread matching that will work with your backing and background fabrics.
·         Rotary cutter (fresh blade please) and medium size cutting board.
·         60deg triangle ruler (optional – only bring if you have one)
·         Long ruler
·         Quilting pins
·         Scissors
·         Fabric marker. This will be used to mark your batting.  If using white or light background fabric you may wish to a marker that disappears.
·         Quilting gloves (optional)
·         1” x 6 “ruler that has ¼” lines marked. (Optional – only bring if you have one)
·         Masking tape.  Used for making ¼” line on your machine and assists with keeping templates from slipping.
Block templates provided in this class are for you to keep.  Some accurate sewing is required to ensure your blocks are sewn straight and sized correctly. 
Please visit my blog to view other quilts made using this technique.  On display are other students’ quilt blocks. Viewing these may help you with your fabric selections.
Typ “quilt as you go” in the search field top left of my blog page to view posts.