Monday, February 28, 2011

Not my work..but well worth a blog post...

The following pictures are not of my work, but the work of my daughter.  A few years ago my teenage daughter took up knitting.  Like so many she started with a scarf, but soon the love affair with yarn and wool blossomed and she has completed these three projects over half-term. 
(I should state...they were all started well before half-term...I wouldn't want you all to think she is some sort of Speedy Gonzales knitter!)



These blue hand-warmers were made for me as a present.  Aren't I lucky!



These purple hand-warmers were the first she completed with thumbs!



And this scarf was something she knitted just to finish up some left over yarn.  I'm so proud of her skill.  Knitting is something I never took to and now my hands wouldn't cooperate.  It's lovely to see her passionate about a craft.

Until next time...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Free-motion Quilted Butterflies- including a video!

With 8 tops that needed quilting for Project Linus, I decided that I should try and be more inventive with the quilting.  Normally I stick to a straight meandering stitch, but after the first two quilts that was getting boring! :o)  So I decided to get a little creative and started to add butterflies. 



I know you will all want to have a go at this, so I thought I'd attempt to video the stitching of this butterfly so you could see the path I took...apologies now for the blurry quality of the video...but it
should give you a good idea of the direction one needs to quilt to
achieve this cute design.  Stay tune to the end of the video where I share my first blooper.  All you quilters out there will completely identify with this common sewing mishap!


Here's another picture..aren't they cute!


Here's a little diagram to help you remember the path...



I'm happy to say of 8 I have passed 4 quilts to Lynda and all that remain on the last 4 is to hand stitch the binding.  Woohoo!


Until next time...

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Big Reveal!!!

It's Monday and as promised here are some quilty pictures...



I have managed to quilt three of these Colour Impact Quilts for Project Linus. 
Each one is slighly different and quilted in a different pattern.







I'm thrilled to announced that I'm also guest posting on Stash Manicure today and the very simple instructions to make a Colour Impact Quilt can be found there!


Until next time...

Friday, February 04, 2011

I just didn't say which Monday! :o)

Hello? Anyone there?
What does one say after taking an unannounced 2 week break from her blog?  I'm not really sure...     "oops" comes to mind, but then that doesn't really explain my absence!  First let me say, I'm fine and I suspect my absence has just been one of those January things...Like so many, I've been a little out of sorts and craving for warmer weather and I haven't felt inspired to take pictures or write..both skills needed for maintaining a blog!  Luckily, a ray of sunshine appeared this week and I dusted the camera off and got taking pictures again. 


(Image taken straight out of the camera...no photoshop or special effects!  Just managed to catch the light right!)

Another reason I've been off-line is that I got a new phone in January and I have been introduced to the world of Apps!  One such app is Angry Birds and I've been completely consumed.  Thankfully I'm nearing the end of the game and hopefully once I've cracked it (pardon the pun) normal service will resume around here!  (I feel like a rather silly woman for getting this absorbed!)



As for quilts and quilting go, I'm really pleased to say that I've managed to hand over two quilts to Lynda and have another 3 quilted and 3 basted.  On my last post I promised pictures of quilts on Monday...I just didn't say which Monday!  Stay tune next week for the big reveal!

Until next time...