15 July 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along - Week 3

The Little Joys fun continues today with week #3! The 'Welcome Home' block, which you can find available on Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber blog today! Find all the details about the Christmas-in-July sew-along here

This is my favourite block from the quilt, so simple to put together and really sweet. Wouldn't they look great as a Christmas mini quilt to hang in an entrance hall? So inviting. I plan to make some more and do just that (once I've got some August deadlines out the way). Have a great week friends. 

8 July 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along - Week 2

Trim The Tree is our first block on the Little Joys quilt-along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. You can find the free pattern over on the Jolly Jabber blog, and all the QAL details here. They are nice, big, simple blocks, so putting them together should be nice and easy. We need three of these blocks for the wall hanging quilt we're making so you can chain piece galore and finish them in no time. Happy sewing! More on these next week. 

1 July 2015

Little Joys Quilt Along - Week 1

Who fancies some good old fashioned Christmas In July sewing!? Well I do, as I'm sure a lot of you will too so why don't you join in Fat Quarter Shop's Little Joys Quilt Along starting this week! We are making this really sweet wall hanging quilt designed by Elea Lutz, the mastermind behind this adorable fabric collection by PennyRose Fabrics, and that other really cute line Milk, Sugar & Flower. Yep, you know the one. 

We are starting with week 1 today, but don't worry about being late to the party, the first block isn't released until the 8th July. This week is all about getting our fabrics ready, which of course you can pick up from Fat Quarter Shop. They are also offering a quilt kit so you can be ready to go in no time! What's more the block patterns are free! There's no excuse not to join. So be sure to stop by the Jolly Jabber blog and check the Little Joys Quilt Along page each Wednesday for updates when the patterns are released. 

So who's sewing along? Some of my favourite blogger's, that's who. See below for details, and be sure to follow us on Instagram as it's an Instagram based quilt-along. I'm @messyjesse if you need to find me! 

Sedef of Down Grape Vine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Nadra of Ellis & Higgs (@ellisandhiggs)
Tina of Emily Ann's Closet (@emilyannskloset)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Jessie of Messy Jesse (@messyjesse1)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweetco)
Kristyne of Pretty By Hand @prettybyhand)
Kerry of Very Kerry Berry (@verykerryberry)
Lisa of Vintage Modern Quilts (@vintagemodernquilts)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Renee of Sewn With Grace (@sewnwithgrace)

26 June 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along: Fresh Pears

Welcome to week nine of the #FarmGirlFridays sew-a-long! Hello, if you're joining me for the first time via Fat Quarter Shop, I'm Jessie! But can I just start off saying - I looove this Fresh Pears quilt block! I specifically chose this block to make when joining with the other bloggers because it's so fun, and so Lori. I even cut into my very prized and very small collection of vintage feedsacks to make one of the pears. 

It sits perfectly in my kitchen, and having just scooted over to Lori's blog today, I see she has made four more blocks and arranged them in a clever rotating way. I might have to copy exactly and have a little wall-hanging in my kitchen, what do think? It would go nicely with my apple mini quilt I made from Quilty Fun! 

If you're not aware of the Farm Girl Vintage sew-a-long (ahem, where have you been?! ;-) It's an online quilt-a-long to make the sampler quilt featured on the cover of Lori Holt's newest book Farm Girl Vintage, which you can buy from Fat Quarter Shop here, and for those of you who would like to purchase in the UK - you can find it in my shop online at Sew and Quilt. Each Friday two bloggers are making two blocks from the quilt, this week it's me and Kerry; who's making the Feed & Seed block. You can find the full schedule and all the details here if you've missed anything so far. There are 45 blocks in total that make up the quilt, but you can change them up and make all sorts of different quilty projects with them. Kimberly from FQS has posted a video on YouTube on how to turn the blocks into potholders, with an interesting method of using the backing fabric to also bind your quilt. I must try this. Have a nose at the #FarmGirlFridays hashtag on Instagram too - that will certainly give you a few ideas. 

20 June 2015

Pour l'Amour du Fil 2015 - Part 3 | Exhibitions

I'm back with my third instalment on my trip to the Pour l'Amour du Fil quilt show in Nantes (finally!). Quilt shows are about the exhibitions, and the Quiltmania team of organisers did not come up short at this years show. There was so much talent in one space it took me a while to take it all in, and looking at the pictures again to write this post has made me remember how beautiful they all were. Enjoy!

This was the stunning collection of New York Beauty quilts as compiled by collecter Bill Volckening. Do you read his blog? You must. It's great. It was a real stop and stare moment when I saw these beauties. There were over 50 quilts on display and they filled the space magnificently. He's collected these very rare quilts for almost 20 years, with the earliest quilts dating back to 1850, but what's also interesting is the more 'modern' day quilts from his collection - all very unique and each telling a very different story I'm sure. You can purchase the book that accompanies Bill's collection here. What a wonderful coffee table book that would be! It's on my Christmas list...

Tomie Nagano was a 'new to me' quilter, who I discovered at the show, and turned out to be one of my highlights. Her quilts were absolutely incredible and I'm thrilled to have come across her work. I couldn't get over the scale of them, they were huge!  

This person in the shot below can help give you an idea of the size. 

Tomie is well known for her indigo quilts, so much so that it was also the theme for this years competition. 

Tomie has strong ties with Japanese culture, and became fascinated by indigo dyes 'noragi', which was worn by farmers many years ago. She inherited some noragi family heirlooms from her father, which started her indigo collection some 26 years ago and continues to collect antique indigo fabrics and Kimono's for her quilts. 

She has a collection of sixty quilts, all pieced by hand! I can tell you seeing her work up close was just breathtaking, so inspirational and the amount of workmanship, wow. Her quilts are very coveted art pieces now, so you can imagine the eye-watering prices some of her pieces sell for! Which apparently, only few collectors and galleries can afford to have. Some of her quilts are in a permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 
You can read more about Tomie Nagano here

Fumiko Nakayama was another new to me quilter at the show, and opened my eyes to the world of Mola. A technique originating from South America, which is also referred to as reverse appliqué. Instead of regular appliqué, building up small layers of fabric, Mola involves through three of four layers of fabric and needle-turning each layer to expose the underlying fabrics. My friend Sheilah, from British Patchwork & Quilting magazine will be teaching a class on Modern Mola at this years Festival of Quilts in August, so I would highly recommend it if you want to learn more about this intriguing technique. Fumiko is the world specialist on contemporary Mola, and created an amazing burst of colour at the show!

Kaye England was also exhibiting at the show, she is a well known quilter from the USA and has her own publishing company releasing books, patterns and DVD's, she's also popular on YouTube and has her own line of rulers and designs fabrics for Wilmington Prints. She is one busy lady! Not to mention travelling around the world for workshops and lectures. She was also super nice, so I snapped a picture of her in her house. 

Her collection of quilts are of a traditional nature using lots of chintz fabrics. I loved the country feel of them, and it made her 'house' feel very cosy indeed. I loved this basket sampler quilt below. I've has an idea to make a quilt with varying basket blocks buried in my head forever, so it was fun to see a real version! The quilt on the chair is the Fruit Chutney quilt she was teaching as a workshop class during the show. Unfortunately my timetable clashed with other workshops so I couldn't attend on this occasion. 

It was such a diverse show and I would highly recommend a visit for the 2016 Pour l'Amour du Fil show! Perhaps I'll see you there? 

12 June 2015

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt

An English paper pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt has always been on my sewing bucket list. So I decided 17 weeks ago (thanks Instagram!) I would start a proper one. 

I sprained my ankle quite badly a few months back so I was completely laid up for a few days, so what better way to pass the time than a new EPP project! I've made tons of other hexagon flower blocks and different projects but I've not had a plan with them so they most often just end up stacked in my sewing room somewhere. Though with these flowers, I've had a plan

That plan being to simply use 1" Hexagons English paper piecesKona Solids for the outer ring, a matching print for the inner ring and a yellow centre. A truely classic quilt. My favourite kind. 

I'm 25 down, which is pretty good going considering I haven't worked on this for weeks and weeks as I've been working on a bunch of other English paper pieced projects. I'm not sure about the 'garden path' which will join the hexagon flower blocks, White? Snow? Perhaps another ring in a soft green, like this one on the right? I'm also considering mixing up different colour solid and printed fabrics within each flower block, as the one on the left (which you might remember seeing from my English Paper Piecing Basics series last summer - because I'm head over heels in love with it!).

Images: mingei.org

This is taking a backseat at the moment whilst I prepare for Festival Of Quilts this August, yikes did someone say it's less than two months away now! Deep breaths... I'm at stand F5 remember ;-) But this relaxing project will be right back up the list once I'm back on track. For now, it's a start. 

Also thank you SO much to all my wonderful readers who left such nice comments on my previous blog post about my new venture. It means so much, really. I apologise I haven't got round to replying to you all individually. xo