Open Day Sunday 18th September

On Sunday 18th September 11 am – 6 pm I will be holding an open day at my house. It will be an opportunity to see all the projects from my new book “Euphoria Tapestry quilts”,  ask any questions about my work, appliqué and quilting.  I will also have signed copies of my books available for purchase.   In addition to my own work I am thrilled that my friend and multi award winning quilter Christine Wickert is coming up from the US especially to celebrate my new book with me and I know she will be more than happy to show some of her fabulous work and answer your questions about her work.   It promises to be a really great day  with lots of textile artwork on show, some food and wine and the opportunity to meet with lots of quilters and textile artists.  I’m so looking forward to meeting with everyone.  Please do invite interested friends too!  I’m reluctant to put my address up on Facebook so please e mail me at

deborahkemball@gmail.com

if you would like to come for my address and contact details.  It would be great if you could let me know if you plan to come (even if at the last minute you don’t!) so I have a rough idea of numbers before the day.

THANK YOU so much for all the lovely e mails you have sent me about the book.  I am thrilled with its reception.  If you bought it off Amazon it would be brilliant for me if you could write a review.  The more reviews the better!

I am very much looking forward to meeting some of you next month.

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It’s arrived!

A thrilling day for me on Wednesday.  My one pre-sales copy of my book arrived care of my lovely postman from Canada Post.  I knew C&T had sent it to me the week before and had been waiting  with bated breath for both the book and to see if the Canada Post strike would hold off long enough for me to receive it.

I am thrilled!  If writing and producing a book is akin to having a baby I’m happy to announce that it is healthy, bouncing baby with all fingers and toes intact.  It is just beautiful.  Thank you and kudos to C&T for their amazing editorial team, their commitment to make the book exactly as I envisaged it, their beautiful photography and perfect book design.  I could not be happier.  Here are two pictures – the front and the back.  I considered a few more photos but I want you to open it and enjoy it yourselves. Watch this space for notification of when they will be available directly from me (very soon!).

 

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Endless Possibilities with Euphoria Tapestry Quilts

 

C&T wrote a blog about my book today – if you click on the link you will see some photos of the projects in “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts”

Euphoria Tapestry Quilts is based on this beautiful quilt designed by Deborah Kemball, and you will be amazed at how many different projects you can make from it. This is the most versatile quilt pattern I’ve ever seen.  Look at the photo below and you will see how the main quilt can be divided into various-size blocks. These blocks can be used singly or in smaller groupings to make many other great projects; rectangular pillows, square pillows, window boxes, table runners, or quilts in a variety of sizes. Here’s a sampling of some of the beautiful projects. Mix and match as you choose. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

Source: Endless Possibilities with Euphoria Tapestry Quilts

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Free Pillow Design

To celebrate the publication of my forthcoming book I have been playing with some of the new flower designs therein, and with the copious quantities of butterflies and dragonflies that flitter all over the whole quilt “Euphoria”.  I have promised my quilt group a demonstration of some of my new techniques on Monday and designed this pillow to illustrate them.  In particular I have a new nifty way to sew my insects which is really well illustrated in “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts”, step-by-step style both in line drawings and photographs.

As usual I made the design up as I went along and upon completion I felt the pink dragonfly was a bit too close for comfort to the blue flower.  I drew the design out after completion of the appliqué so this space glitch is remedied in the pattern below.

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I made the panel up into a simple, unquilted and unpiped pillow to sit on my chair by the lake using a combination of Oakshott cottons and silks.   It  measures 19″ x 13″ but you could enlarge the panel for your own use.  Those of you accustomed to my methods will know exactly how to cut your own templates for this design.  Step by step instructions for the constructions of the flowers and insects are all in my new book, “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts.  40 New Appliqué Motifs and 17 Flowering Projects ” by Deborah Kemball

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It is available for pre-order on the C&T website and will be available July 18th 2016

http://www.ctpub.com/euphoria-tapestry-quilts/

or  Amazon.com, available August 7th 2016

http://www.amazon.com/Euphoria-Tapestry-Quilts-Appliqué-Flowering/dp/1617451568?ie=UTF8&keywords=Deborah%20Kemball&qid=1464455349&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Here is the design for your personal use.  You need to print it at 200% for its full size.  The design doesn’t have a “right way up” per se, looking equally good with the large pink rose top left or bottom right.  It’s just occurred to me that this would make rather a lovely hooked rug too.  I hope someone makes it up as such and sends me a picture!

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Sneak Peak

A sneak peak of a project from my new book “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts” which will be in shops by mid July. Tudor Rose Panel 36″ x 20″. I am so thrilled with this design – it works beautifully both vertically or horizontally.

 

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My new designs seem to have a more contemporary feel to them than my previous work.    With its clean lines and sharp colour contrasts Tudor Rose Panel manages to avoid looking fussy.    I hope you like it as much as I do!

I will be posting a free pattern in the next few days which will share some of these flowers in advance of my new book’s publication.

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Wild Rose Mitts

As promised here is my pattern for my favourite mitts/wrist warmers.  I am offering this as a free pattern.  Next blog will be a brand new applique design and pattern!

Wild Rose Mitts

 

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I really love these mitts. The design, the shape, the picot edge and the gorgeous Scandinavian motifs all work together to make the perfect elegant and practical mitt. One size, medium, seems to fit all.

 

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Easy to make too I have tweaked the pattern hither and thither for the past two years and now feel confident to share it the pattern with you all on Ravelry. I have written the pattern in a way I hope even beginner knitters can easily understand.

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I like to use a sock weight yarn and four 2.25mm DPNS although of course the magic loop method can be used too. These slate grey mitts are made from Artfil’s Belle in colours Slate, Strawberries and Cream and Pistachio. The colour work offers a great way to use up scraps and the main colour uses approximately 200 yards for both mitts. I tend to knit quite tightly and my tension works out at 8 stitches/12 rows to the inch. You may want to go down a needle size to get the same tension for an identical size to mine.

The charting for the traditional Swedish design is taken from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “150 Scandinavian Motifs”.

The picot edge is a favourite of mine – I cannot resist the prettiness of it. You can make this picot edge a number of ways and I have experimented with all. I think the quickest and easiest way is to sew the picot edge in place after knitting. Not difficult to do the slant of the sewn stitches is undeniably attractive.

 

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If you knit the picot edge down as you go the inner edge will look like this….

 

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Cast on 64 stitches in contrast colour (I like to use the same colour as the rose). Leave a nice long tail with which to sew down the edge later (about 30 cm). I like to cast on over two needles for a loose and easily identifiable cast on edge stitch for either sewing down the edge or knitting in place later. Divide the stitches over your three needles and being careful not to twist stitches join in the round. Place stitch marker to identify beginning of round.

Work 5 rows.

Row 6: *YON K2tog* repeat to end of row

For reference to YON, (yarn over needle), also the same as wyif, (with yarn in front) and YRN (yarn round needle) see:

The Yarn Over (YO)

 

Row 7: Change to main colour and knit 5 rows. If you choose to knit your picot edge in place do this on the fifth row of main colour, i.e. row 11. To do this identify the first stitch of cast on edge and knit together with first stitch of row 12, continue with all subsequent stitches ie. second stitch of cast on edge with second stitch of row 12. Remember the sewn down edge is just as lovely if you can’t face doing this!

Row 12: Decrease to 60 stitches. The easiest way to do this is to knit every 15/16th stitch together

Work 5 rows.

Start working from colour work chart at beginning of row 6. Start at the arrow and work according to the chart. NB The roses are separated by three stitches across the mitt except for two which will be separated by two stitches. Make sure you carry yarn not in use loosely across the reverse of mitt.

 

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Work all 27 rows.

 

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I find that the mitt fits better and has a smoother fit if I decrease to 54 stitches after the colourwork. I think this is because no matter how careful I am the colour work is at a tighter tension and so by decreasing 6 stitches on the row after the colour work I have a better looking mitt. However I also have very slim wrists and if your wrists and hands are on the large side you could omit this step and stick at 60 stitches.

To decrease to 54 stitches knit every 9th and 10th stitch together.

Work 10 – 20 rows up to thumb depending on how long you want the mitt to be. 10 rows will give you more of a glove, 20 more of a wrist warmer.

On this last row before working the thumb place another stitch marker one stitch before beginning of row marker.

Repeat the three following rows until you have 17 stitches between your two stitch markers. For the smoothest thumb increases I find the best way to increase is to use Make 1 Right and Make 1 Left. If you are unsure how to do this it is illustrated perfectly by Purl Soho.

http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2013/08/13/make-one-right-m1r-make-one-left-m1l/
Row 1. Starting at beginning of row, knit to first stitch marker Slip stitch marker M1R, k1, M1L slip stitch marker

Row 2 Knit

Row 3 Knit

Row 4 will be as row 1 except you will now have Slip stitch marker M1R, k3, M1L

Increase between the stitch markers until you have 17 stitches finishing with a Row 3

On next round remove the stitch marker (not the beginning of round marker), slip the 17 stitches onto a long piece of thread and then casting on one stitch over the thumb slip marker and continue working in the round.
NB It is much easier to work the mitt (and try it on) if you put the thumb stitches on a thread rather than a rigid stitch holder.

Work 6 rows

Work 7 rows of the leaf pattern from the chart.

Work four rows, change to colour contrast and work one row in *YON K2 tog* for picot edge as before.

Knit five rows

Bind off. I find the best cast off method for this bind off edge and the thumb bind off is as follows.
Knit one stitch, place knit stitch back on left needle, k2stitches together through back of loops, place this knit stitch on left needle, knit 2 together through back of loop etc. Leave a nice long thread with which to sew down the picot edge.

Thumb. Put the 17 stitches on 2 needles and then with third needle pick up three from the bodywork of mitt at the top of the thumb for a total of 20 stitches. Divide stitches evenly between the three needles and place a stitch marker to identify the beginning of round. Work in the round for 9 rows then bind off using same method as top of glove.

Sew picot edge on inside of mitt, sew in loose ends, block and repeat for mitt 2.

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New Book on the Horizon!

Even if it was a surprise to some of you on opening up an overdue quilting blog last week to find a knitting pattern, it did, at least for me , remove a blog “writer’s block”.   I know many of you read my Facebook posts and so you know that in the last year I have been somewhat obsessed with knitting and that for a while it usurped appliqué.  It is true, I have become absolutely absorbed in today’s beautiful hand dyed yarns and have discovered just how much knitting has changed so much since I last seriously knit in the 70s and 80s.  The yarns, Ravelry, the needles.  The products, patterns and generosity of other knitters can only be matched by the quilting industry.

But my love of fabric isn’t over yet.  Not by a long shot and to prove it, I can finally bring my news out from under wraps and tell you that I have a new book to be published by C&T in a matter of months now, “Euphoria Tapestry Quilts”.  It has been a couple of years’ work and the publishing process being as drawn out as it is, means that I have kept it under wraps until the very last minute.  I have finally signed off the final manuscript and I am absolutely thrilled to pieces.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s everything I wanted it to be.  Thank you C&T.  It is presently being printed and should be available by the beginning of August.

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It’s full of new flowers, new techniques, new projects.  For those of you who live locally I will send out invitations for an “Open House” in the summer when I will open the house to everyone for some good food and wine, have all the projects in the book on display, answer any questions you might have and have the signed book available to purchase directly from me.  I will let you know the date(s) nearer the time.  I might hold a couple of workshops too to illustrate the new techniques.  Many of you have requested the pattern for my quilt “Euphoria” pictured below.  You will finally be able to make it!

 

For knitters, my next post will be another free pattern.  I think possibly my favourite.  I am working on all the final details now and hope to have it online in ten days or so.

 

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