Saturday, December 29, 2007

A week in review and a bag!

Just a few days until the New Year, so this just might be my last post of 2007.

We've had a most unusual Christmas in that 3 out of 4 of us have been ill with one of the worst colds. I started with the sniffles and runny eyes last weekend and just managed to return to normal in time to cook Christmas Eve dinner. Then on Christmas Day my eldest DD came down with it and she spent most of the day with her eyes closed...let's put it this way, she asked me to re-wrap her gifts as she doesn't really remember opening them! We just managed to get her into an upright position to go to Stoke-on-Trent for Boxing day and the 27th to see the relatives and have our Christmas dinner with the in-laws (yummy!) ...all was well until yesterday when my DD2 came down with it....oh well tis the season!

The only silver lining in all of this is that I have had 2 opportunities to sew so far this week (unheard of in a normal Christmas week)
The first time I sat at the sewing machine I was experimenting with some ideas that came to me during the fever I had had on the weekend. I don't know about you, but my best ideas either come to me during a raging fever, during a hangover, or on the toilet!! (My mother would say that is TMI (too much information)...but it might be interesting to see if I'm alone in that one!)
During the second opportunity I sewed together a bag as part of the BQL bag challenge of 2008. It is grocery bag shaped and folds into a pouch. Kate made one too, you can see it here. This bag was good fun to make and will match a bag I made last year.(shown in the bottom pic) The fabric is Alexander Henry Babes on Bikes and I think is fun, fun, fun. My DD1 says I'm only allow to use it when I'm shopping alone! Sheesh!! Doesn't she know fashion when she sees it :o)

Lastly, I just want wish you all a very happy and safe New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas 4 days early!!

Look what came in the mail for me all the way from Australia!!! Leanne over at the Stitching Room had a give away a few weeks ago and I was the lucky winner. Leanne also included a lovely decoration that is now proudly hung on the tree. Thanks Leanne!!

Now...where's the Baileys...and a comfy chair...ah yes feeling festive!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Cracker...

...jokes! Ah it's not Christmas without a few bad jokes...and thanks to the crackers we had in our nursery class today, I have a few good ones to share with you.

What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa Claus when she looked out the window?
Looks like Rain Dear!

Why don't robots have brothers?
Because they all have trans-sisters!

Why are brides unlucky?
Well, they didn't marry the best man!

What award goes to designers of door knockers?
A No Bell Prize!

Why was Cinderella no good at football?
Because her coach was a pumpkin!

How does you make a jacket last?
Make the trousers first!

Where can you buy British Rail bubble gum?
On a chew chew train!

Why does a horse have 6 legs?
'Cos it has forelegs in front and 2 behind!

and last but not lest...and most appropriate

Where should a dressmaker build her house?
On the Outskirts!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A few last minute gifts...

Even though I was taking a "break" from all that productivity from the last month I decided yesterday that I needed gift bags for the gifts I'm giving the teachers...and a couple of hours later...three little bags ready to be filled with goodies.

Among my blog reading this morning, Bren over at Pieces of Me is passing this treasure award to all quilters who blog. I've added it to my side bar and per her instructions I'm passing it on to YOU.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Roses are red...violets are blue...

Well in my case it's a pink quillow and a blue quillow. You may remember a few weeks ago I posted about a couple of quillows for my niece and nephew for Christmas. They are only 40" square, which when you are little is just enough to cuddle up to when you are watching TV. Well this past weekend we had some of the ugliest weather (rain, cold..just plain yukky) and I got some uninterrupted sewing time and managed to get both quilts quilted and bound. They are now labelled and washed, wrapped and ready for the 25th! Here's a selection of pictures.
The Blue One

The Pink One

Close-up of the quilting

Close-up of the quilting

This is what they look like folded up.

The quilt is folded and the triangular flaps are turned to the back and tied.


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Friendship...the cyber kind ;o)

When I started this blog, just over a year ago, I had no idea how many people I would "meet" in blogland. I just thought it would be a great way to share a little of what I was doing in my quilting "studio"..(make that the end of my dining room..LOL) I soon realized that blogging is a lot more than that..Everyone you "meet" has a story and you soon learn about the quilters, sewers and crafters through their memes and their blogs. You share the laughs and sorrows of their life and even though we live in a fast moving world...some how I feel more connected because of my cyber friends. I'm amazed at the talent that I'm lucky enough to read about every day. I am also lucky to have all of cyber friends, who give me encouragement through your comments. I feel "normal" when I read your stories, your mistakes and your quirks. I know now, I'm not all that different and somehow that makes me feel better.

One of you (Kate) was kind enough to share some of her beautiful work with me and send me a postcard. I was thrilled to receive it thank you Kate...and thank you to all of you that come back and read my two cents. I may not always reply to every comment, but my heart is warmed by your feedback.

Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a safe and festive December!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

4 Days...2 tops..not bad going!

Wow, I've even surprised myself with this one. I said I'd be quiet for a bit as I sewed up some Christmas presents and I thought I'd be gone for ages...but I am posting about these two quillows for my niece and nephew. I'm pretty sure my SIL doesn't read my blog...I hope :o)

After attending the quillow workshop with Andrea and Bunty in September, I've been thinking about how to size this project down so it would be suitable for a child. So I got my calculator out and re-worked the measurements so that they would work out to just over 40" square and the pocket on the front is about 10"square. It should be a good size for them to use as cuddle blankets when they are watching TV. The blocks are more crumb chaos blocks, the blue ones are sewn in a log cabin style and the pink ones in a 1/2 log cabin style. I also added fabric ties on the flaps (they are folded to the back and tied to enclose the quilt and turn it into a pillow) instead of the buttons and elastic so it would be child friendly. (thanks Andrea for this top tip :o) With any luck I'll get them basted this weekend and machine quilted next week. Then I promise I'll slow down for a bit!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Don't shoot me, but...

...I've finished another top!

Ta-Da My 2005 BQL Ostrich!

I'm thrilled with how well this turned out and I love the quilting. I recently heard Pat Deacon speak at the Lutterworth Piecemakers and she talked about an effective way of doing an all over quilt pattern. Basically you start with a gentle arc across your quilt and then you echo that out towards the edge of your quilt. Once you've done that, you pick a spot along that first arc and make a new arc from that point across your quilt and then echo that out...repeat as necessary until the quilt is completed. You can use a quilting guide on your walking foot to help make the intervals even. I didn't want to pay the £8.99 for the one for my machine and was too impatient to wait for it to arrive, so I did my intervals by eye. I think it turned out ok.

So that's it for now. Believe it or not but I've just started on some little Christmas I might be a little quiet til I get those done.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Can you stand another Meme?

This meme which I found on Kitty Thimble is just reading! :o)

Here’s what you do:
1) Answer the questions and type into Google image search
2) Post a picture from first
results page
(well I cheated a bit and some of mine came of the second page)

•the age you will be on your next birthday

•a place you’d like to visit

•one of your favorite places

•your favorite object

•your favorite food

•your favorite animal

•your favorite color

name of a past pet

•where you live

•1st grade teacher’s last name

•your middle name

•a bad habit of yours

•your college major

•your favorite holiday

Play along if you like!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How smart is your blog?

cash advance

According to this website my blog is at a high school reading level! How about Orange got a rating of genius! Guess I need to start using bigger words!! LOL

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Woohoo Number 2!

Seems I'm on a role this week getting these flimsies quilted up...incidentally this trend won't continue forever! ;o) I have one more that I hope to finish in the next few days and then it will be a case of basting the next lot of tops.

This 40" x 40" Blue String Quilt is another one for Project Linus UK. I'll be handing it to Lynda our local Project Linus coordinator next week..make sure you've got room in you boot, Lynda :o) It's made up with blue scraps and I'm thrilled with how well it turned out. It's lovely and soft and has that crinkly look now that it's been washed. What a satisfying feeling to get a few things crossed off the list.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, November 12, 2007

1 done...9 to go!

I'm really happy to tell you that I got one of my flimsies finished! (notice the updated bar on the side ;o) It's the Gingerbread Man quilt that will be donated to Project Linus UK. It has a finished size of approx. 50" x 50" and was all machine pieced and machine quilted. I decided to quilt through the lattice with an elongated decorative stitch on my machine. My DD1 thinks it looks a bit like the squiggly icing you get on gingerbreads. The set-in triangles and the outer border are quilted with a big meandering stitch. Both my machine and I were playing nicely and the stitches were nice and even! It quilted up incredibly quickly...probably only a couple of hours. If you want to see more detailed pictures of the quilt and the quilting, they are posted in my flickr account.

Do you like my fancy frames for my pictures? They are thanks to an on-line toy found on Big Huge Labs. I used the Framer tool to enhance my quilt pix and I've also used it to make a Canadian postage stamp of this cutie that was posing in my garden yesterday. Have a good one!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Just a bit of fun

Pop over to Rags N Quilts to read about your Quilter's Zodiac.
I'm Gemini and I thought it was quite accurate.

Have a good weekend!