Monday, 1 April 2013

"Jazz hands" quilt blocks and machine quilting.

I fell in love with the quilt "Jazz Hands" by Sarah Fielke from the book Material Obsession 2  by Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty. In this Book both authors make a quilt from their own interpretation of a particular concept like a certain block or style.
Photo from my copy of Material Obsession two by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.

I was put off making the quilt for a while as it is hand pieced, but I decided it would actually be a good thing to have some hand piecing to do in the evenings. Not that I haven't got some cross stitch to finish and some knitting to complete! The quilt needs lots of different fabrics and seemed a good way of using some more of my scraps. I love how Sarah uses polka dots as the background and I did have to purchase some of those.

It only uses one template but it does take quite a while to draw round the templates and mark the stitching lines. Each block requires 75 individual pieces. I've now found my rhythm and as I'm someone who gets bored doing the same thing repeatedly I don't do all the preparing at one go, I'll sew for a while and then prepare some more pieces of fabric.

 Suz at patchworknplay made the most stunning quilt using this design but she English paper pieced hers. It's beautiful so do go and have a look.

So here's my first three blocks completed.

This is going to make me sound really old but isn't the internet an amazing thing? I posted pictures of these blocks on instergram and Sarah Fielke, the designer of the pattern, "liked" them (I must be old as I put liked in quotation marks!). She even wrote a comment on one. I was really excited, yes I'm old and sad too!

In an earlier post I said I would show some pictures of the quilting on the medallion quilt I made for my parents, well here they are.

Back of quilt

Back of quilt.
I'm linking up to Plum and Junes Let's get acquainted Monday Link Up.

Linking up with  Fabric Tuesday, link in my side bar.

Bye for now, Maria.


jan said...

maria - your quilting is gorgeous! I am learning all this quilty bloggie stuff and I am sure people think I am ANCIENT AS DIRT! But that is ok - I am having fun! I am visiting you from Lets Get Acquainted link up! Have fun!

jan said...

Maria - I also signed up under Friend Connect to follow your blog because I love your color combinations and your quilting technique!

Linda in Calif. said...

Wow! I'm quite impressed with the Jazz Hands. They are really beautiful. Very nice and lovely work.

Fran said...

You have got some really beautiful work going on there!

Taryn said...

Your Jazz Hands blocks are beautiful! Gorgeous colors! I love the Medallion Quilt too...the quilting is so beautiful!

Thank you for linking up to Let’s Get Acquainted this week!

Deborah said...

I'm so happy to have found your blog. Your work is just follower!

QuiltCandy said...

Wow it's going to be a stunning quilt! I love the Material Obsession books. Did you know Sarah Fielke has a new book called Hand Quilted With Love. I love your medallion quilt too, gorgeous quilting.

Annabella said...

Jazz hands is completely stunning and I'm not surprised that Sarah Fielke liked it - it's gorgeous! Love the colours in your blog :)

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

WOW! I love the Jazz Hands. Absolutely beautiful.

Patchwork and Play said...

Thanks for the blog mention Maria! I love your Jazz Hands blocks! I'm like you - having some hand stitching on the go is a must! I'm your 100th follower!

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Ajka said...

Fantastic .....