Friday, April 24, 2015

Blowing off the dust…

Time to blow off the dust on this blog and get writing. Sorry for my absence! I guess I've been busy quilting :o)  

As I mentioned in my last post, I gave up teaching patchwork in March and since I last posted I’ve been busy sewing up my samples into quilts for Project Linus.  I thought I might get 3 or 4 quilts...I made 10!  They are all finished now - quilted and labelled.  All I need to do is finish stitching the bindings down and they will be ready to donate.  I have thoroughly enjoyed each step of the way and will enjoy the hand-stitching in the evenings.  Once they are ready I’ll photograph them all and have a series of ta-da posts to share.

In other news, I have decided to sell my Accuquilt Go Cutter.  It is currently on Ebay.

If you are in the UK and you're interested the link is http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251930333237

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

First finish of 2015...

I'm thrilled to be sharing my latest finished quilt. It is a scrappy trip around the world inspired by Bonnie Hunter's technique and it is for my DD1. She does know about it and has seen it "in progress" but she hasn't seen it finished with the binding...so TA-DA (I know she reads my blog...)

The fabrics are very much her colours and the applique in the borders are all things she likes. Yoga, hot chocolate, knitting, reading and sheep.

UPDATE:  Did any one else notice the spelling error?  Prey…not pray!?  Oops…that’s my mistake, but it made me giggle so much it is staying in!  Thanks Lynda for pointing it out!

I quilted it "big stitch" with Perle Cotton size 8. I didn't know how to quilt it at first, but thanks to some inspiring quilted toilet paper I came up with the ideas of quilting clamshells all over it. :o)  (Please tell me you get inspired by toilet paper too !! LOL)

It matches very nicely with a pillow I made for her last year. The girl is set now and I believe has plans to match them with some decor when she eventually gets a place of her own. (this could be a long time for now!! LOL)

So what's next? Well I'm personally taking a change in direction. I have taken the decision to finish teaching. I will be seeing through my commitments until the end of March, but after that I won't be offering any new classes. With that in mind I have had a big sort out of all my notes and teaching Blue Peters (samples) and will be getting them finished. This basket is full of blocks of one kind or another and somehow I will make sense of them and put them to good use. I do like a challenge :o)

I also have a few other UFO’s still about that need finishing like these Pinwheels

and these giant granny squares.

Until next time...♥

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A few late finishes in 2014...

I don’t know how many completed quilts I made in 2014, however these two were the last of the year. This blue and white quilt was one I completed using quilt-as-you-go as seen HERE. It was all done by machine and as a result it was a quick finish and has been donated to Project Linus.

This hexagon quilt which you might recall from here was completed and given to my niece for Christmas. I’m thrilled with the results and would definitely make another.

Until next time...♥

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Instagram recap...

Time for an Instagram recap...all pictures from the last month or so..

Warwick Castle

Yarn bombed tree in Stratford Upon Avon

My OLD Bernina that got a new lease on life when the fabulous DH fixed an exploded capacitor with parts from Maplins...total cost £4...Happy wife Priceless!

Christmas Tourtiere Recipe HERE

Another freebie block by Lori on Instagram #mrsnowmansewalong

Swedish berries from Canada...Yummy!

The world easiest, but most impressive Christmas bake: Oreos, white chocolate and crushed candy canes... (recipe HERE)

I think I have a spotty addiction (the mug and fabric were bought on the same day!)

Amaryllis in full bloom, one of winter’s little pleasures...

Until next time...♥

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christmas Quilt...

I’m only a month behind sharing this, but better late than never. Lori from Bee in my Bonnet was doing a fun challenge of Christmas blocks on Instagram based on her book Quilty Fun.

I started with one block, then another and before I knew it I was hooked. It was better than an advent calendar as each day I waited to see what was next.

The blocks came together quickly and before I knew it a lap sized quilt was made, quilted and bound. Just in time too as DD2 succumbed to the flu and needed a quilt with extra healing powers. It did the job nicely and kept many others snuggly warm over the holiday season.

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner...

It is certainly time for an update...my apologies for the gap in transmission, but if I'm completely honest, my blogging mojo went on holiday. With any luck it’s back :o). I know a couple of people (hi Sarah and Caroline) missed me and sent out the search party, and thankfully I was found safe and sound :o)

Just because I've taken a break from blogging doesn't mean I've been sitting on my hands...oh no, I have been busy and I have taken some pictures along the way to share. So at least between now and the end of the month I should have enough blog fodder for a few more posts :o)

Rather than catch you up in chronological order I'm going to jump in and share my most exciting news. Last November Lynda, from Project Linus, set a few of us a challenge. We were given a 1/2 yard of focus fabric and a crib sized piece of wadding and asked to make a quilt for Project Linus.

Last Saturday the quilts were put on show at Rocheberie Quilters and voted on. Guess who won?  (Can’t believe it…there were so many beautiful quilts in the room!)

As soon as I saw the piece of fabric I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I worked out that I could cut exactly 10 - 8" squares from the dog fabric and that I could pair that with 10 appliqued blocks.. That would give me a setting of 4 x 5 and with a border it would fit the wadding perfectly.

I also took this opportunity to try a little Free-Motion Applique. It's something that I've wanted to try since I bought Poppy's book last summer. Let me tell you, it was so much FUN!

And as an added bonus I found the perfect red dog and bone fabric in my stash for the borders.

My prize: A lovely layer cake and a book on pre-cuts. Thanks Lynda...I'm going to have fun with this!

Until next time...♥

Friday, November 14, 2014

Instagram Update…

If you follow me on Instagram then you've seen all these pictures… move along… nothing new to see here! :o)  If you don’t, then here’s what I’ve been posting over the last week or so.

First up…I did a little fabric shopping at the Bramble Patch.  I couldn’t resist this bundle in the sales bin..I also found two more coordinating fabrics to round it out to 10 lovely fat quarters.  I have no idea what I’ll use them for, but I’m sure inspiration will strike soon!

Last weekend DD1 came home for a long weekend visit.  I always find that when she comes home that I want to make the most yummiest of foods so I made these delicious Honey Yeast Rolls from Annie’s Eats.  They didn’t last long and were well liked by everyone!

Posting pictures of shoes (particularly toes) and pictures of hot drinks seem to be pretty popular on Instagram…and now I know why!  Before I knew it I was posting a picture or two of my hot drinks..but more specifically about my new mug.  I lost a mug in a dishwasher accident, so treated myself to a new one.  I have to consciously avoid the mug aisle in Sainsbury’s or I would be buying a new mug every week…there are so many pretty ones!!

Lastly..Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet has been invading my every thought..but in a good way.  She is posting a quilt-a-long Christmas version of her famous Quilty Fun Quilt on IG.  Every few days she posts a new block in Christmas fabrics and there have even been some new blocks too.  I started with the Christmas tree and before I knew it I was “dreaming of a new block”  (not a “White Christmas”)  I even made some of Lori’s design boards to help me stay organized. 

If you are familiar with any of Lori’s work then you know she loves to use the easy corner method.  (sewing triangles by sewing diagonally on a square) So I got the old girl out and put her to work.

So far I have the mug and the tree done so I’m almost caught up before the next block gets revealed.  I don’t know what possessed me to start another Christmas project…but it just looked like so much fun!

Until next time...♥