Showing posts with label Nearly Insane Quilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nearly Insane Quilt. Show all posts

Monday, 5 September 2016

Great Northern Quilt Show 2016 - Nearly Insane quilt wins Overall Champion

Frances Meredith 'Nearly Insane' quilt  Overall Champion Great Northern Show 2016
Frances Meredith 'Nearly Insane' quilt
Overall Champion Great Northern Show 2016

It's been an eventful weekend.
Last Thursday I was busy quilting a quilt for a customer when I had a message from the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate to say that my Nearly Insane quilt had won Overall Champion in their 2016 show! A quick change of plans for the weekend and I was heading up to Harrogate for the Prize-giving presentations. 
Frances Meredith 'Nearly Insane' quilt
Overall Champion Great Northern Show 2016
It wasn't until I got to the show that I realised that I had not only won Overall Champion, but also first in the Bed Quilt category and the Longarm machine Quilting award, along with a Judge's Choice certificate from Merrilyn Orr of Kaleidoscope Books.  You can see here all the goodies I have come home with including three lovely rosettes, two shields, and a Pfaff sewing machine donated by Direct Sew and Knit in Sheffield.

The other good news is that my kind husband drove me up to Harrogate, so I was able to press on with some Dear Jane stitching as we went along and two more blocks have been completed.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

2016 Festival of Quilts - Nearly Insane Quilt by Frances Meredith

Nearly Insane Quilt, Frances Meredith 2016
It is almost a year since I showed you my completed Nearly Insane quilt top, so I thought it was time for an update.  You may be able to see from the photo that it is now quilted, bound and ready for a trip out.

If you are heading to the 2016 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, 11th-14th August, my Nearly Insane Quilt will be hanging amongst the Traditional Quilts, No: 564. 

Enjoy!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 32 - D8, G8, K11, K13 - featuring the Butterfly Quilt


Wash Day - Butterfly Quilt
Wash Day - Butterfly Quilt
Despite the predicted rain, this Bank Holiday weekend has turned out quite pleasant.  An ideal day to get a large quilt washed and dried.  This is my Butterfly Quilt.  This is the first epic quilt I ever hand stitched and hand quilted and is the quilt which is on the bed for most of the winter.  The details can be found in one of my early posts.
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 31 - Border Triangles LR6, LR8, RR6, RR8
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 31 - Border Triangles LR6, LR8, RR6, RR8
It is Slow Stitching Sunday over at Kathy's Quilts.  I am still working on the Nearly Insane quilt on my long arm machine.  If 'slow' means not going fast enough, then yes, I am doing slow stitching. Like Kathy I have a chart marking off my progress and I am enjoying crossing each square off.

So this post is a bit of past, present and future.  An old quit, one approaching a finish once quilted and the ongoing development of the Dear Jane blocks which will one day be a completed quilt.  Draw 32 is back to square Dear Jane blocks, but we are sticking with Yellow.

Draw 32
D8 - Dee Dee's Delight
G8 - Justin's Comet
K11 - Columbine
K13 - Brandon's Star

This draw will be in Yellow
 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Dear Jane Quilt - Block G-10 Woven Meadow


Dear Jane Quilt - Block G-10 Woven Meadow
Dear Jane Quilt - Block G-10 Woven Meadow
I think this quilt block pops up in all the various sampler quilts.  It is called G10 Woven Meadow in this quilt, but is also known as Chimney Sweep or Album block.  It was one of the early blocks I did for my Nearly Insane quilt, but even though it was a bigger block it had ten less pieces than this one which is just 4.5".

I am using an orange fabric from Kim Diehl's Hearthside Seasons range in this block.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing
Pieces: 39

Monday, 24 August 2015

Nearly Insane Quilt (Salinda Rupp Quilt) - August 2015 Update

'Nearly Insane' Quilt - August 2015 Salinda Rupp
'Nearly Insane' Quilt - August 2015
Well here it is.  The Nearly Insane Quilt in all its glory.  Once I started those Dear Jane blocks I knew they would be difficult to put down, so I put them aside and made sure that this weekend was a Nearly Insane Quilt finishing weekend.  I actually finished all the blocks, sashing and cornerstones last August (2014) and got them all together last November
Tour de France - July 2015
Tour de France - July 2015
The last stretch was the hardest.  The border really tested my resilience, but I set myself a target and it was finally completed and stitched onto the quilt on 26th July 2015 - the final day of the Tour de France as the cyclists were cycling up the Champs-Élysées in Paris.  The removal of the papers took longer than anticipated (doesn't everything ...) and I estimate that it took me about 7 WHOLE days. The final pieces were taken out yesterday.
'Nearly Insane' Quilt - Detail red white
'Nearly Insane' Quilt - Detail
Now it is done, I am delighted with it.  It looks really lovely now all the tacking thread has been removed.  Without the paper it is also much lighter!  Would I use English Paper Piecing again? Yes, I think this quilt done on a machine would have really driven me insane, some of the pieces are really tiny.  Perhaps I would have removed the papers as I went along ... 

'Nearly Insane' Quilt - reverse
'Nearly Insane' Quilt - reverse
I have recently purchased a photographers studio stand to display quilts from, which you can see in the top photo. I took this photo from behind the quilt with the light flooding through which makes it look like stained glass. The real joy of this quilt is that I am looking at the blocks and remembering all the different places around the world where I stitched my portable sewing project (France, Switzerland, USA, Buckingham Palace!), so it has a lot of good memories. If you are just visiting my blog for the first time you can go back to February 2013, where my journey started. I cover every block, using Electric Quilt software and you will see what a great contribution Suzi the cat made along the way.

I guess the next question is 'How am I going to quilt it?'  If you pop over here, you might just get a clue.

Joining up with Connie at Freemotion by the River. and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Miniature Block of the Month July 2015 - The Quilt Room

Miniature Block of the Month July 2015 - The Quilt Room
Miniature Block of the Month July 2015 - The Quilt Room
For the past few months I have been a bit late completing my BOM, but this month The Quilt Room were slightly delayed themselves, only posting the details of the Miniature Block of the Month for July yesterday.  Today I have had a bit of time to get it done and it came together quite easily.
Miniature Block of the Month July 2015 - The Quilt Room
Miniature Block of the Month July 2015 - The Quilt Room

I find flying geese blocks quite easy with the foundation method, but  it doesn't look as if I have been very generous with the seam allowance at the edges of this one.

Nearly Insane Quilt borders, with Suzi the cat
Nearly Insane Quilt borders, with Suzi the cat
Meanwhile, progress is being made on the Nearly Insane Quilt borders.  They are all together and I am slowly applying them to the main quilt.  This Nearly Insane progress is due to the 2015 Tour de France.  I love to relax and stitch, whilst I watch the cyclists work up a sweat in the French countryside.  I might be 'nearly insane', but those cyclist have to be 'completely insane' to endure 3 weeks of relentless cycling. 

As you can see all that effort on their part has completely exhausted Suzi the cat.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Nearly Insane Quilt - Update #5 June 2015


Nearly Insane Quilt - Electric Quilt image
Nearly Insane Quilt - Electric Quilt image
It is a while since I mentioned anything about my Nearly Insane quilt progress, so I thought a post on the blog would set me into action.  I have taken this image from my Electric Quilt software to show the final layout, and this image is now on my sidebar.
Nearly Insane Quilt - Zig Zag border
Nearly Insane Quilt - Zig Zag border
I am pleased to say that I have pieced together all the zig zags required in the border.  From my last post you will have read about the false starts I had with this.  I think they contributed to a lack of motivation I had for the border, which is why they have taken such a long time.  Do you ever suffer from lack of interest in your quilt borders?  I had hoped to keep up with this whilst I was completing the blocks, which I did until there was a change of plan. Anyway, they are together, I just need to insert a cream border and either side of the zig zag and then the top is truly finished. That is all I need to do ...

English Paper Piecing - removing the paper
English Paper Piecing - removing the paper
I am still removing the paper from the English Paper Piecing and there are large areas of the quilt which are looking revitalised without the tacking stitches showing through. At the final count there were 6032 pieces in the quilt - all those 6032 templates are in the process of coming out.
Suzi the cat helping with the quilt borders

With all the supportive help I get from Suzi the cat, I expect there are 6032 cat hairs to remove as well....

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Nearly Insane Quilt - Update #4 March 2015



Removing English Paper Piecing templates
Removing English Paper Piecing templates
I expect some of you may be wondering what progress I am making with the Nearly Insane quilt.  As you can see here, I have had a go at removing the papers.  The tiny bits hidden under the seams have required the patience and precision of removing a splinter from a finger, but gradually progress is being made.  Suzi the cat knows it is going to be a long job, but is joining me for the long haul.


Suzi the cat offers moral support with the paper removal
Suzi the cat offers moral support with the paper removal
Another dilemma that I have been dealing with is the border.  The original design has a zig zag border.  I don't think it is the most attractive edging, but in the spirit of keeping to the original I intend to put a zig zag border around my Nearly Insane quilt.  When I saw the Dear Jane exhibition in France, I noticed how the quilts without the original full scalloped border didn't look quite 'finished', and that has stuck with me.  Maybe I will do something different on my next Nearly Insane quilt ...
Nearly Insane Quilt - Solid Red Zig Zag Border
Nearly Insane Quilt - Solid Red Zig Zag Border
You may have noticed in some of my early 'reveals' that I showed the developing red zig zag border.  I had done almost one and half sides by the time the rest of the quilt was together, but when laid against it, it just looked TOO bold.

Nearly Insane Quilt - Red with White Zig Zag Border
Nearly Insane Quilt - Red with White Zig Zag Border

So I started again, using some of my red with white fabrics for the zig zag.  Again, I had done nearly a side and it just looked wrong.  It looked TOO big.

Nearly Insane Quilt - Small Red with White Zig Zag Border
Nearly Insane Quilt - Small Red with White Zig Zag Border
So having stitched over two sides of the border I then decided to actually read the instructions in the book and make the zig zag the smaller size that was suggested ....

We live. We learn.

I think is eligible for Slow Stitching Sunday ...

 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Update #3 November

Nearly Insane Quilt - November 2014 update
Nearly Insane Quilt - November 2014 update
It's hard to believe you can be exhausted from sitting hand stitching all day, but last night as I made the last few stitches to get my Nearly Insane quilt blocks together all I could think about was going to bed.  The construction of this has taken longer than anticipated, but as you will see from the picture all the blocks, sashing and cornerstones are together.  If you look back a few posts you may also be able to play 'spot the difference', as several of the blocks have been changed partially or completely.

English Paper Piecing - Nearly Insane Quilt
English Paper Piecing - Nearly Insane Quilt
All the paper is still in and I imagine it will probably take me three months to remove all that!

Nearly Insane Quilt - November 2014 update
Nearly Insane Quilt - November 2014 update

When I started this project I now realise I partly imagined that once I had reached this stage it would be done, but todays project is to start get the borders together and there is still quite a journey to go.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Update #2 September 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt Construction - September 2014
Nearly Insane Quilt Construction - September 2014
I thought it was time I gave you a bit of an update on the Nearly Insane Quilt.  Another row has been added, but otherwise construction progress is slow.  The reason for this is that I have been re-doing some of the blocks - some completely from the start, others pulled apart and changed.  Having done so many different blocks, I have learnt a lot along the way. You can see some below.  The original is on the left, the revised block on the right.

Nearly Insane Quilt block Nearly Insane Quilt block


Nearly Insane Quilt blockNearly Insane Quilt block
 
 
Nearly Insane Quilt blockNearly Insane Quilt block
 
 
Nearly Insane Quilt block
 
I am also in the process of re-doing Block 43.  You may remember that this block was the most difficult one.  Having done similar blocks I think I have worked out why I was having so many problems and why it was so wavy.  It is bang centre in the quilt, so it is SLOWLY being redone.
 
 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Constructing the Nearly Insane Quilt - Update #1

 
Nearly Insane Quilt - Construction
Nearly Insane Quilt - Construction
I have been working on a few different projects lately so I just wanted you all to know that the Nearly Insane Quilt has not been forgotten.  This is the progress so far in terms of putting it together. I love the look as each row gets added, but it takes a long time when you are hand sewing.  What I have done so far seems to be just a drop in the ocean for this stage.

Nearly Insane Quilt (reverse) - English Paper Piecing
Nearly Insane Quilt (reverse) - English Paper Piecing

I thought I would show you a picture of the back.  Yes, all the English paper pieces are still in which is allowing me to keep it dead straight and dead flat.  Until the moment when it is ready to be quilted I am really reluctant to remove the paper, the bias on this quilt is CRAZY!

The stitching on this is SO slow that I am almost a day late for Slow Stitching Sunday  but right on time for Deign Wall Monday.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

August 2014 - Nearly Insane Quilt Update

Nearly Insane Quilt - All blocks complete!
Nearly Insane Quilt - All blocks complete!
As promised, here is the latest photo of my red and white Nearly Insane quilt laid out with all the blocks in their official place, along with all the sashing and cornerstones complete.  I am aware that from this photo, in internet land, it looks complete.  It is not.  I have to sew it together, I need to complete the zig zag border, I need to sew on the borders.  Then I need to quilt it ...

Nearly Insane Quilt - Red and White
Nearly Insane Quilt - Red and White
In this picture you can see 422 blocks (including the sashing and cornerstones) and to lay it out accurately actually takes quite a long time.  This is perhaps the biggest motivation to get it sewn together - I can't wait to have it one piece. When I started laying it out the weather was overcast which I have found the best light for taking photos.  However, by the time it was laid out, the sun had come out and was beaming through the skylights above, making an uneven light for photography.  It lay on the floor for most of the afternoon until the light was right, without any cat interruptions.

Nearly Insane Quilt - Electric Quilt Plan
Nearly Insane Quilt - Electric Quilt Plan
The Electric Quilt layout has been updated on the side bar.  Here you can see more clearly my progress on the zig zag border.  Even though those bits are not complete, it is reassuring to still have some hand stitching over the next few weeks.



With so many blocks it is difficult not to have a few favourites.  Here are a selection of mine, Blocks 8, 9, 16, 24, 37, 75.  As I have said all the way through, the ones with the most pieces have allowed more creativity in the design, and are like mini quilts in themselves.  Although all the blocks are done, there are a few early ones which have some errant fabrics in them, which I am seriously considering re-doing.  If I don't I will only regret it.

Here are the statistics for the quilt so far ....
Blocks = 85 (100%)
Edge blocks = 28 (100%)
Cornerstones = 85 (100%)
Half Cornerstone = 28 (100%)
Sashes = 196 (100%)
Border Units = 27 (26%)

And here are the sums for how many pieces I have sewn so far. 
Blocks and Edge Blocks = 4903
Cornerstones = 765
Half Cornerstones = 168
Sashes = 196
Border Units = ?
TOTAL = 6032
With all these blocks done its time to join up with Finish Up Friday! and WIP Wednesday Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Quilting Milestones - Nearly Insane Quilt


Nearly Insane Quilt - Cornerstones
Nearly Insane Quilt - Cornerstones
As you may know I have been trying to get all the bits of my Nearly Insane quilt done so that I can start getting it together.  In the past few weeks 'life' has been doing its best to get in the way, but I have persisted, even if it meant just doing a few stitches a day.  My little 2" cornerstones have pushed me the most.  There were 85 to complete, each with 9 pieces, a total of 765 pieces.  As I took the final stitch in the final cornerstone, I was almost deafened by the silence - where was the trumpet fanfare?

Nearly Insane Quilt - Cornerstones
Nearly Insane Quilt - Cornerstones
I soon realised there wasn't going to be one to mark this milestone, so my husband opened up a bottle of fizz to help me celebrate.  Everything is now ready to lay out the quilt for the first time.
 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 16

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 16
Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 16
OK friends - this is the last block completed!
Actually it is not.  

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 16
Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 16

Here is a photo of the original Block 16 in Liz Lois 'Nearly Insane' book.  I looked at it for a long time.  I tried lots of fabric combinations but nothing was working for me.  In the end I decided I deserved to design my own block as a reward for completing the quilt, so the original was abandoned and I created the block which you can see above.  I didn't slouch - the original had 39 pieces, my design has 88 pieces. Yet again I am leaving an indisputable trail of evidence for when the Nearly Insane police arrive ...

I wanted to include some of the scraps which are lingering in my red and white scrap jars which I used for the zig zag border on the block.  To be fair these little pieces didn't make much of a dent into the scraps, so I am going to have to choose a lot of tiny red and white scrap quilts to do in the future.

So what next?
Once all the bits for the main quilt are done I will lay it all out and you will all get to see the full layout for the first time. Maybe in the next few days ...

NUMBER OF PIECES:  88
DIFFICULTY: 2/10
SMALLEST PIECE: Triangle, 3/4"  (18mm) x  1/2"  (14mm) x  1/2"  (14mm)

LARGEST PIECE: Rectangle, 4"  (102mm) x  1/2"  (14mm)
TECHNIQUE: English Paper Piecing (EPP)
FABRICS:

Cherry Sketch Basic Collection by Timeless Treasures #C8224
Christmas Past  (#14547) by Polly Minick and Lauri Simpson for Moda
Pinking Shears Cream Apple Red, Mama Said Sew, Sweetwater, Moda
Tried and True Raindrops Garnet(04273) by Nanacy Halvorsen, BenartexCream
Spraytime (Scarlet) by Makower #2800-R06
Red fabric scraps
Calico

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Draw 29

Draw 28 - Nearly Insane Quilt Blocks 20, 32, 84
Draw 28 - Nearly Insane Quilt Blocks 20, 32, 84
Progress is moving along steadily as I reach the point where all the quilt blocks are complete.  Here are blocks 20, 32 and 84 of the Nearly Insane quilt.

Here are the blocks for Draw 29

16

Yes, there is only 1 left to do!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 84

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 84
Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 84
With all the flowers in this block I thought I would do the photoshoot out in the garden. Here it is resting on some rhubarb leaves enjoying the lovely hot summer weather.  For the last few blocks I have been trying to get as many fabrics squeezed in as possible.  This block uses six different fabrics including an iridescent neutral.

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 84
Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 84
I am also making some progress on the other bits of the quilt. There are 20 cornerstones left to make, but only three days left of the Tour de France to make them if I am to keep up with my plan.  I am going to have to pull out the stamina which some of those cyclists use!

NUMBER OF PIECES:  33
DIFFICULTY: 1/10
SMALLEST PIECE: Square , 7/16"  (11mm) x 7/16"  (11mm)

LARGEST PIECE: Rectangle, 5"  (123mm) x  5/8" (15mm)
TECHNIQUE: English Paper Piecing (EPP)
FABRICS:

Somerset Shirtings c 1890 by Julie Hendrickson and Nancy Gere, Windham Fabrics # 35205
White floral on red (unknown)
Chantilly by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda
Christmas Past  (#14547) by Polly Minick and Lauri Simpson for Moda
Chloe's Closet 30's Playtime - Red Flowers
Cream with iridescent stars

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 20

Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 20
Nearly Insane Quilt - Block 20
Another day, another stripy block.  As I have said before, I think stripes always add something to a quilt block.  I haven't used this stripe before, despite it lingering in the red and white fabric pile for over a year, so I thought I had better squeeze it in before it was too late.

I have been asked a few times whether I am tired of red and white.  Well, no.  Over the course of this project my red and white collection has grown a lot.  I have had my favourites and I have some that just never cut the mustard - for this project. I wonder what are the chances of Bonnie Hunter doing a red and white colour scheme for her Mystery Quilt will be this year?


NUMBER OF PIECES: 52
SMALLEST PIECE: Square, 1/2" (12.5mm) x 1/2" (12.5mm)
LARGEST PIECE: Triangle, 2" (50mm) x 2" (50mm) x 2 13/16" (71mm)
TECHNIQUE: English Paper Piecing (EPP)
FABRICS:
Chantilly by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda
Days Gone By for Exclusively Quilters (Cherry Print)
Red Garden Pindot by Michael Miller Fabrics
Counting Sheep - Cherry, Calista from Blank Quilting
Polka Party Petite (Buttercream), Lakehouse Dayz Collection by Holly Holderman, Lakehouse Drygoods (LH05037)
Kona Red

Red and White stripe