Monday, April 29, 2013

Look Mom, a quilt with legs…

I know, I know it’s a bit of a strange title but I'll will explain :o) But first let me show you these 2 quilts finished and donated to Lynda for Project Linus.  They are, of course, the Scrappy Trip around the World pattern which took the quilting blog world by storm earlier this year. 

In an effort to cure my illness obsession for feathers, I did an all over pattern of them, which on a domestic machine was a bit of a challenge!  I think I’m cured at least for the moment :o)

Here is a second quilt with a slight variation on the setting.  I really like this one in all it’s browns and beiges.

I did an all over meander which worked beautifully and gave it that crumpled look after it came out of the wash.

The backing is almost as interesting as the front.  Lynda had these panels donated to her and they are nice and wide and a perfect match for this quilt.

Now for the explanation of my post title… Before DD1 went back to uni I got her to hold up the quilts I’d recently completed in the garden and this picture made me chuckle out loud…it’s a walking talking quilt ..with LEGS! :o)

Until next time...♥

Friday, April 26, 2013

Done and donated…

Started way back in 2010 these appliqued blocks were a bit of an experiment for me as I wanted to improve my hand applique and learn needleturn.  Over the years I’ve written about them before and the technique I used here and here.

Now finally these 12 blocks have become 3 quilts.  All similar, yet their borders and quilting make them different.

This first one I quilted using an idea I had heard from Pat Deacon where you quilt a large arc through the middle of the quilt and then you echo it out to the edge using a quilting bar on the edge of your walking foot as a guide.  After you’ve echoed out one way you create another arc through the quilt and repeat.  It’s a great method and so quick.

I kept my spacing fairly wide as this is a quilt for Linus and I like to keep those quilts nice and light and cuddly.  If I had been keeping this for myself I would have would have made the channels closer.

Next was a quilt that was begging to reflect the garden and to that end I quilted meandering butterflies.

You might remember I did a video showing the method for stitching, but I thought I would share the link for those of you that missed it the first time… (don’t laugh…too much!)

Last, the one with the green border which was quilted with feathers.  That was great fun and something I would repeat.

I meandered in the white spaces and individually quilted the applique.  It was time consuming, but I really like the results.

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Yarn Crawl…

Boy, I hope I've remembered that term right...not a pub crawl but a yarn crawl…or was it a wool crawl?  Well, in any case, I did that with DD1 when she was home from uni in London over the Easter Holidays.  I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but only got the pictures off the camera today.

It was a bright and bitterly cold day, but I’d take that any day over soggy and wet especially when one is jumping on and off the tube hunting down the best places for yarn in the city.

Our first stop was Loop in Islington. I completely forgot to take pictures, but it was a lovely shop spreading over two floors. DD1 enjoyed browsing their selection of wool, but decided to wait until our next stop to part with her cash.

Next we made the short trip on the tube to Waterloo and visited I Knit London.  Again the camera didn’t see the light of day…I think I must have been so excited by all the colours I forgot to take pictures!  DD1 was in her element and quickly made her way to the hand dyed yarns that are dyed at the shop.  Even I was tempted and I don’t knit or crochet!

Next stop was Liberty and The Cloth House, which has two locations. The one I stopped in was all cottons in various weights and had DH and DD2 not been eager to find dinner I could have spent a lot longer and a lot more money in there. (It’s probably just as well!)

We also walked over to say hi to the Queen, but it would seem she was out for the day…sorry she missed us!  It was lovely to see everything gleaming in the bright sun..I’m sure everything is looking at it’s best what with the jubilee last year and all.

DD2 was thrilled to see so many famous landmarks during our trip out and now when ever anything in London comes up on the t.v. she can proudly say, “been there!”

Until next time...♥

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Unique Gift…

Shopping for a birthday gift for a 10 year old girl can be quite a challenge.  Do you buy soaps and potions? toys? make-up?  So hit and miss depending on the child.  So when DD2 came home with an invitation for a party, I had to get my thinking cap on.  In the end, I decided that a sure winner was a bag with the child’s name.

Armed with a zipper pouch pattern and some fabrics chosen by DD2, I got this little beauty put together in no time.

The only criteria I had to meet was that it needed a clip on the side so a scoubie could be attached to the side... That was DD2’s contribution :o)

Until next time...♥

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fabric on my doorstep…

Don't you just hate it when you are struck with a great idea for a quilt and you find yourself short of fabric..usually background fabric?  That’s exactly what happened to me as I went through my white on white fabrics and discovered I only had fat quarters and not the 2 meter chunk I needed to get started.  So what to do, what to do?  As my nearest LQS is about 18 miles away and ordering fabric would take days, I wondered, could there be anything closer?  I knew we had a fabric shop in town, but in the past she has mainly been dress-weight fabrics and fabrics for dance costumes, but I figured it was worth a look. 

Much to my delight the owner of Mo’s Fabric and Dance (on St. Matthews St. in Rugby) has just recently gone on a shopping spree and has brought in several gorgeous 100% cottons. 

The most expensive ones were only £8.99/m and many of them 54" wide!  Happy Days!!  I not only got the white on white that I needed, but also a range of other colours to feature in my next quilt.

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quilts, Quilts and more Quilts…

In an effort to chase away the January blues, I got on with a flurry of sewing over the winter months. I wanted take stock of my UFO’s and keep what I love and repurpose the rest.  Many became Linus quilts and one will find it’s way to be a colourful accent in my daughter’s dorm.  Along with some other recent sewing, it has resulted in 8 quilts for Project Linus.  Two have already been donated and these are some of the remaining ones all piled up waiting to be properly photographed then given to Lynda.

I’m thrilled with the results and I really enjoyed the journey as I stitched each quilt together.  I played with different patterns and I had fun trying out different quilting ideas which I’ll show you soon…they deserve a post all of their own. :o)

When the first 7 quilts were completed I saved all the extra wadding from the sides and kept all the trimmings.  From that I had enough wadding to piece together to be used in an 8th quilt which will finish about 30” x 40”.  Nothing is wasted and everything is used :o)

I have for a long time wanted to try Red Pepper Quilts’ tutorial for butterflies and figured the time was right.  Armed with 24  – 5” pink charm squares and 24 – 5” yellow charm squares I had the fabric for the wings.  12 – 5” charm squares was just right for the green bodies.

The blue background was left over from one of the backings and I had just the right amount to cut the strips needed.  Each block went together with precision and I loved how easy it was to sew together with virtually no fabric waste.  Honestly you have to try her technique…it’s genius!

I plan to add a border…something equally as sweet as the prints..probably a small floral to tie it all together and then get it quilted and finished.

Until next time...♥