Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Project Linus 4 of 4

Ok this is it for now... Last few quilts that have gone to Project Linus.  First up my leaders and enders of 2” squares.  The box was overflowing so I just started sewing them together.  First in pairs, then in sets of 3, then 9 patches etc…

It was a bit tedious, but the end result gave me a very colourful quilt.  It made me think of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant so that had to get included on the back.

I’m not sure the DD1 wanted to see this one go :o)

This next one was a fast pieced block using some shirts from the car boot.  I opted for the centre to be orange to give it some pop.

And used some child-friendly fabric on the back and a combination of machine quilting and big stitch to hold it all together.

Last but not least is this Simply Woven Quilt using the Moda Bake Shop pattern.  What a great way to use up some 2 1/2” strips. 

I did an all-over flowery pattern.  I got my lefts and my rights a bit muddled to start, but once I got a rhythm going it was quite effective.

Until next time...♥

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Project Linus 3 of 4

I love how well this quilt turned out and went to town with the pictures..hence why it is getting a post all to itself.  Most of these blocks were from the Just Takes 2 challenge from a few years back.  I never did make them all so I had to come up with a setting that worked with what I had.

Many thanks to DD1 (The Tangled Knitter) for modelling the quilt :o)

Until next time...♥

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Project Linus 2 of 4

Here's the next lot :o)  This first quilt was a demo I did a Rocheberie back in October.  You might recall me posting the same tutorial here too.  Again I made more than enough blocks to make another quilt for Linus.  As a straight set would have meant a lot of bulky seams meeting in the same place I decided to add some sashing in red to space the blocks out.  By doing this it made the 6 x 7 setting more square.

Again I did some all over meandering…have you guessed it’s a favourite of mine?

Next up a mishmash of disappearing nine patch squares. I love the effect of the star in the middle and the pinwheel variation.

Last one for today…another orphan quilt.  You might recognize the centre block from 2011 when I guest posted on Sew We Quilt and the rest of the blocks are a mix of spare blocks from my stash and the Linus stash. 

Until next time...♥

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Project Linus 1 of 4

Ten quilts!  I never imagined that sewing up all the samples from the last 4 years of teaching would yield 10 quilts. Though I have to be honest that part of the reason I got so many is that it has been my intention in the last six months or so of making samples that they would be completed and passed on to Project Linus.  I figured it was a win-win for both myself and the charity.  As 10 is a lot to post in one go I thought I’d spread it over the next 10 days so you can see what I’ve been up to since February.

First up - a quilt measuring 48” square.  Some of you might recognize it as Ryan’s Ribbon block, but unfortunately the tutorial has disappearedUPDATE: Thanks Verna for the link.  Seems it is back again :o)

I completed it with some all over meandering.

Next is a mixed bag of flying geese units from a basics class I ran last year paired with some orphan blocks.

I had a go at a more boxy all over quilting design… it worked well but I didn’t find it as much fun as meandering as I had to stay focused not to box myself into a corner :o)

Last one for today..the orphan extravaganza!  This is everything I’ve made that wasn’t part of a bigger project.  Random half square triangles, some Linda Franz quilted diamonds, some Sharon Schamber Piecelique, Migrating Geese and even some 3D bowties.

If you look carefully you can see the grid of 9 sections.  Each section measures 16”.  It was a great method to sew all these odd sizes together.

It worked really well and I used everything but the kitchen sink :o)

Until next time...♥

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Farmgirl Vintage…

As soon as I saw the early pictures from Lori’s (Bee in my Bonnet) new book I knew it was hopeless to resist…I HAD to get this book.  Lucky for me there is a supplier in the U.K. (Kaleidoscope Books) and as soon as they got delivery mine was sent out to me.  This is the first book that I have ever bought where I have jumped right in and started making blocks.  Normally books get bought and then sit on the shelf for a few years with thoughts of “one day…”

I think one of the things that appeals to me about this book is the bright colours that Lori uses.  I already had a stash of 30’s fabrics and 5 -  6” blocks from another pattern and thought it made sense to add to them using the patterns in Lori’s book.

I’ve been busy making more 6” blocks that I really like as well as watching with interest as to what Lori’s shares on her Farm Girl Friday posts.

These blocks are “sew” much fun to make, but unfortunately I made one little mistake …can you spot it?

It was the wing on the bird. 
I couldn’t believe it!

I went running up to my husband and said, “ok, now for just a second I want you to pretend you are a quilter that understands the satisfaction of perfectly matched points..now look at the wing on the bird! Now I want you to have the sympathy of a fellow quilter that understands how distressed I am that I have to unpick those perfect points to fix the wing” 

Hubby did his best to understand while I got out my seam ripper.

Luckily the wing went back in as well as it did the first time and my points aren’t too bad either :o)

After making 7 blocks and adding them to the other 5, I have decided to put them in the barn setting as illustrated in Lori’s book.  It’s really nice just sewing away and not having to work out the math.  I’m really enjoying this project :o)

Until next time...♥

Monday, June 01, 2015

A Recap of May…

Oh hello there! Did you think I would never return?? Never fear...I have at least 1/2 a month's worth of posts lined up ready to share all the fab things that have been going on since I last wrote. You should know by now that when I go quiet it's because I'm sewing sewing sewing :o) or baking, or cleaning, or ironing…

So with lots to share I thought I’d start with some random posts from my Instagram feed

When DD1 announced she was coming home for the weekend, I baked Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread.  So delicious!!



Saw this coaster on a desk and thought it was worth sharing…



Made some tablet stands using this fantastic tutorial.  These are great as it means that my family won’t be stealing my glasses cases anymore to prop up their devices.



And lastly snapped this picture of my friend the robin who has been keeping me company in the garden.  He / She is such a poser!


I've got more posts planned in the next few weeks with pictures of the Linus quilts you saw in my last post as well as some pretty pictures of my latest project so stay tuned!!! :o)

Until next time...♥






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...♥