And I did it all on the new Janome Horizon sewing machine! Did I mention we are having a Horizon eventday?Let's talk about the quilt first...
It is only a small quilt so I thought I'd have a go at free motion quilting and it's really fun! I had to concentrate though, if someone tried to talk to me my loops went a bit pointy.
I was really impressed with the stitch quality on the front and back.
There's alot of space to move your work around on the Horizon and it really makes a difference. But don't take my word for it! Next Thursday 12th August 2010 we are having a Janome event in our shop. We will have 6 new Horizon machines in the shop and Ruth from Janome will be here to show us how to make something using the Horizon. There is a session at 10am and then 2pm and at this event you will have the opportunity to buy this lovely sewing machine for the fantastic price of £1249 (that's a £500 saving!!), so if you've had your eye on it why not come and have a go on one?! It's definitely worth it!
As I venture into quilt making, I'm finding it not as easy as I'd hoped! I consider myself quite good at sewing, designing and choosing fabrics but when it comes to patchwork I may be overthinking it. My Mum is very good at patchwork and she has told me that it all just goes together...not for me. So in an attempt to improve I've made 6 Ohio Star blocks, using the same fabrics in different combinations to see the effect of different fabric placement. Then I placed them on different background fabric.
So I started with the brown
Then Blue background
pale pink and I moved the blocks
I liked this because the top row look like crosses and the bottom row like stars. In the end I went with the orange as it was more vibrant and I looked at a small bias edging..
and a wider edging, but I went with the small edge. I'll put that image up later though.
I find it easier to look at them when they are tiny like this, I think because you can't see how busy the fabric is you just see the patterns.
In the last few months we've been slowly moving some of our classes from Just Sew over to the downstairs of the Sewing Centre. At the moment we've had the teens, a hen party, a patchwork group and our embroidery machine software classes there. I'll show you some photo's soon but you could always come and see for yourself if you're in Brighton.
We made apron's for the hen party and they were lovely, it was a 3 hour challenge though, not the 2 we had booked!
Super stylish apron from Patchwork Style: 34 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colourful Life. There are lots of things I'd like to make in this book!