Sunday, January 28, 2007

Stained Glass Silk Dress

Firstly, let me say that the photo is straight from The Inaugural Gown Diaries; a link I want to share with you. I learnt about this website from a dyeing list I'm on and it's too good not to share with you. I'm not sure how you could apply it to quilting, but I'm sure some bright star out there could figure it out.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Quilt Club

My husband, for a laugh, typed in "quilt" in the search engine on YouTube. A video called The Quilt Club came up, which I just had to share with you. It's a slightly bizarre cartoon, but it made me laugh. My husband is always complaining about the amount of dust my quilting creates, which relates to this quirky comic. Enjoy.

Monday, January 22, 2007

My "American" Accent

Who knew!.. I just completed a survey and it told me that my accent is from Boston! That's really interesting because I was born and raised in Montreal and I've been in the UK for 6 years, but most of my life people have asked me if I'm from Boston / New England area of the States! Try it...what accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Boston

You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don't. Of course, that doesn't mean you are from the Boston area, you may also be from New Hampshire or Maine.

The Midland
The West
North Central
The Northeast
The South
The Inland North
What American accent do you have?
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Sewing Time!

I got a chunk of time this afternoon to get some sewing done. I finished quilting all the Linus blocks and started to put them together. They need a bit of hand sewing before I can get the binding on, which I'll try and achieve over the weekend. Next on the list was to start the machine quilting on a quilt that was the result of a challenge hosted by the Lutterworth Piecemakers in 2006. The picture to the left is a sneak peek...don't worry I'll let you see it when it's done :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Project Linus

Just few pictures to share with you. I have promised the co-ordinator for Project Linus in Leicestershire that I will make a quilt from some t-shirt blocks that she had and some 4 oz wadding that had been donated. I decided instead of making 1 large quilt, that I could make 2 lap size quilts with the blocks and that 2 was better than 1.
One of the troubles with 4 oz wadding is that there is so much of much loft! After struggling to even get it out of the bag, I decided the best approach would be to quilt each block individually and put them together using Sharon Pederson method of quilt as you go. Here's the
pile of them waiting for quilting inspiration to hit.

Speaking of Project Linus my eldest daughter came home last week announcing that she is participating in Activeight at her school. From what I understand, all the girls in her year group need to complete a series of tasks between now and June. They range from community involvements to being more active in their hobby and doing something for charity. I suggested she combine two of the tasks and make a quilt for Linus. Below is her choice of fabrics and the pattern from the Fons and Porter book Fat Quarter Friendly. Not bad eh?

Monday, January 08, 2007

Wonky House

This is what I've been working on today. It's a paper pieced wonky house from a pdf I downloaded from the Sulky International Website. The pdf is all in German, but it's a good thing that quilting is an international language where pictures can do all the talking. It is from Sulky's Block of the Month (BOM) from 2004 which you can find if you follow the link above and click Sulky Kreativ then click on BOM in the left hand column. It's listed on page 2. There is a wealth of information to be found within their website. I just clicked through to find the goodies...even though I didn't understand a word on the page :)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Update on the lightbox

Just a really quick post to updated you on a few changes I've made to the lightbox. (click here to read to original post) Firstly, I managed to get some longer bolts (4") to make longer feet and upon my husband's suggestion..I bought another light...a small strip light to put under it and it works great. I suppose the only thought I've had since putting it all together is whether or not I should have made it out of frosted perspex...but I was a bit concerned that at 6mm thick it might hinder the light coming through...well as long as this contraption works it doesn't really matter :)

Friday, January 05, 2007

It all started with a light...

I've been to Lidl this week and apart from all the other "must haves" I bought, I picked up a clamp-on light. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but as a quilter one can never have too many lights; and in the basket it went. Well the cogs in my rather fuzzy brain got going this morning (roughly 6:34 am...I happen to look at the clock) and I got to thinking about the idea of making my own lightbox. Awhile back, a very good friend had sent me instructions to make an extension table for my sewing machine and I thought that the same principle might work for a lightbox. The first thing I needed to do is find a piece of 6mm perspex which was quite easy as our local glass shop not only sold it, but would cut it to what ever size I wanted and charged me accordingly. In my case I paid £12 for a 50cm x 50cm piece. Next it was off to the plumbers looking for 1/2" PVC pipe and it is there that I hit my first snag. Not only did they not sell any of the bits I needed, but I don't think the fellow behind the counter was all that impressed that I wasn't planning to do any slightly red faced, but head held high I ventured off to the local DIY shop to scour the nuts and bolts and find a different solution. I happen to find 6mm connecting screws, (shown here) which are designed for joining 2 pieces of wood together...presumably kitchen cabinets. I thought that one of the white plastic ends screwed into the bottom of a bolt would make a very good foot. I knew we had some 6mm bolts at home, so regrettably I didn't buy any...but as you can see from the picture the ones I used are far too short and to increase the gap under the lightbox I have used soup cans. The next time I'm near the DIY shop I shall get some long 6mm bolts so that I won't have to be sure to have 4 cans of soup in the house any time I want to use the lightbox. To make the lightbox more fabric friendly I used a metal jigsaw bit to round the corners of the perspex and then used sandpaper to smooth the edges. Again using a metal bit, I drilled 4 - 6mm holes 2" from the corner to accommodate the bolts. Then it was construction time. At last I peeled off the protective plastic cover, inserted a bolt, then on the underside placed a washer and then a fastening nut and finally "the foot". So there you have it...a lightbox for under £15...bargain!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Back to normal

Things are slowly returning to normal after the holidays. My two daughters are still off until next Tuesday, so I'm still a week away from the "real" routine and the school run.
Today, my youngest had her pre-school booster immunizations and as I wasn't completely sure how she would react I decided to stay home this afternoon...just in-case. One lovely side effect is that I got to dust off the sewing machine (quite literally) and do some straight stitiching on some fusible appliqu├ęd blocks. I have never tried this method might all be disastrous when I go to wash the finished quilt, but I won't know unless I try.