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Weaving and Appliqué Books and DVD

October 17, 2016

One of the things about moving across the country is that when you reorganize and pare down the stuff, it clarifies what is really important to you.

I have missed using my rigid heddle weaving loom, and I never got the time to try to weave purse straps using tablet weaving, so I’d like to get back to that when my shoulder injury repairs itself.

I have Deborah Kemball’s previous book Beautiful Botanicals, and I liked this Euphoria Tapestry Quilts for some of the smaller projects she includes. I was thinking of maybe using some of these designs in a mixed embroidery/appliqué accent on the shawl collar of a dressing gown I am making myself.


There are scant books on using a rigid heddle loom, but now and then a good one comes along. Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by Syne Mitchell I liked because she discusses using two heddles for doubling the sett of your woven piece which is something I have planned to do for a couple of years for some new tea towels. I have the kit and extra heddles from Ashford, but never got them attached to the loom, it too was deferred for home renovations and selling and moving house.


I thought I might find some classes in my new area on tablet or card weaving, but there don’t seem to be any. I had woven two nice pieces of cloth to make purses some years ago, one in a lovely houndstooth pattern, and I wanted to weave my own bands to use as purse straps. I have the crochet cotton and the cards and shuttle/beater, and the spouse made me a surfboard style loom, but I couldn’t figure the process out from the book I bought.

This video is supposed to be very helpful for the confused and although he uses an Inkle loom for demonstrations, they can be adapted for my handmade loom.


Tablet Weaving Made Easy by John Mullarkey is a 2-disc video class lasting 120 minutes that gets good reviews, particularly from people like me who find the whole process confusing when using the weaving cards.

Boy, these are quite inspiring!



Kim Mclean’s Lollypop Trees Quilt Pattern

October 30, 2015

Many of the current books on appliqué use fancy batiks and prints to emulate a watercolour painting for appliqué flowers. I prefer blobby flowers done from scraps. The last time I tackled a floral appliqué quilt was a Baltimore Album style, but in my own freeform design, 23 years ago for a 50th anniversary gift.

I have liked this Kim Mclean pattern called Lollypop Trees for years. Kim sells her patterns through Kaffe Fassett’s Glorious Color web site. I looked in Canada for the pattern and there is one seller offering it for $40 CAD plus shipping and tax. This pattern would cost me $51 CAD. Whoa, that’s quite a price for a pattern. However, it would take me hours of work to draw this up myself, so after thinking about it I used some upcoming Christmas money to buy it.


I’ve done conventional flower appliqués several times but I like to do flower blocks and this seemed charmingly different, plus the size is huge. There is nothing better than huge blobby flowers.

I have so many neat little scraps of fabric that would look great in this. The original quilt and most of the quilts worked up from the pattern use Kaffe Fassett fabric, which is great if you have the money, but I don’t. Upon telling my sister about this, she sent me a bundle of ten Liberty of London fabrics she bought on a recent trip. They are perfect for mixing into this, and I bought four different white on white fabrics for the backgrounds.


A good project for winter, and not too hard on the hands and chronic pain in my arms and back.



Sunbonnets Finished Top

December 26, 2014

I got the small final border on this.


I realized that I’m a bit short of pins for basting so I am planning to machine quilt a doll quilt and a sewing machine cover I finished a few years ago.


My initial attempts did not go well. I haven’t done any free-motion quilting for about 15 years so I’ll have to practice more.


Celtic Bias Appliqué

June 17, 2009

I finally finished the last of my unfinished blocks that had been stored away. I think I started this Celtic pattern with appliquéd bias strips some time around 1997 or a bit later.

I like doing patterns with bias strips but they are a bit tedious, you have to be in a mood to do careful hand work and small stitches.



So now I’ve got some hand piecing templates made and ready to cut out some more sample blocks for this red scrap quilt.

I am first doing the Nosegay or Bride’s Bouquet block, and then I have some variations of the New York Beauty block to do up. I’ve always wanted to do that and someone has sent me files for the various templates.

More Unfinished Beauties

February 27, 2009

While rooting around my unfinished blocks for more appliqué to finish, I came across two blocks with bias strips that I didn’t finish. Now the strips need to be ironed flat again and I’m missing a couple of strips but I think they’re in a large box of scraps. They are all wrinkled and such a mess. Oh brother, it’s like a mountain to cross but I am determined to complete these.


I also came across a nice block I had designed myself in colours I really like (see far right of picture), so that should be easy enough to complete. I love appliqué, but it hurts my tendinitis that I can only do about an hour each day.

I’ve got two days left of work on the other vine I’m sewing down before that is complete and ready for pieced corners.

Interestingly, I did a search on the Internet for pieced quilt backings and then did up a montage of different examples. This is very doable and looks nice if you coordinate leftover blocks and fabric from the front, so I was encouraged by that.

In this photo you can also see two hand sewn Hands All Around blocks and a hand sewn Dove in the Window block. Two of my favourite patterns for hand sewing.

And for some reason, I think because the pattern reminded me of cloche hats from the 1920s and my Mother, I made up 12 Sunbonnet Sue blocks back in the 1990s. I still have four to appliqué, but then I’m kind of stumped on how to use them. I don’t want a twee looking quilt.