Monday, 31 August 2009

New Project

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have spotted that I bought a Sandie Lush pattern at Festival. Those of you who know me probably thought it was a present for someone else - it isn't! I hear gasps of astonishment all round, a HAND quilting project??? Yup, that's the plan. One of my good quilting buddies has made the most exquisite cot quilt and raved about how relaxing and enjoyable it was to make. She helped me choose the pattern at Festival, and now I'm set to go. One little teeny bit of information she didn't mention - just how long it takes to get the pattern from the paper onto the fabric LOL! My arms really ache from doing it all at the window (it's taken several sessions over 3 days), next time I do anything like this I will beg, borrow or steal (or make!) a proper light box. I've marked it up with a washaway pen, fingers crossed it disappears when I wash the quilt. PS - don't hold your breaths for any updates on this quilt, it's one thing to say I'm going to hand quilt something, it's another for it to get done :o)!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Quick Project

I made a quick little gift bag today, I'll be making more of these, it was so easy. I probably should have used brighter, more fun fabrics, but I think it's very cute even so. The pattern was in the Moda Bake Shop, they have loads of fun projects using charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls and honey buns - and just occasionally yardage! It's hard to gauge scale from a picture, but this little bag is about 7" square, perfect for little girlie gifts with a personal touch.

Monday, 24 August 2009

More Festival Goodies

I bought a few more bits on Sunday, a friend made a gorgeous bag out of green batiks, I'm not sure yet if I'm going to make a bag or a small quilt. They're not all batiks, but I think they all go well together. And I'm sure there are a few more in my stash :o). The roll of pink fabric is from the Worn & Washed people, they're recycled flannels that I intend to make into a raggy quilt.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Festival of Quilts 2009

It's Festival time again, it seems to have come round very quickly this year. We had fun hanging the quilts on Monday and Tuesday, I had Weds off, then I did a couple of workshops on Thurs and Friday and today I had a mooch around the show itself. I've bought a few bits and bobs, but I think I've spent more on the carpark than anywhere else - it's actually more expensive per day than the show tickets. I need to car share more next year!

The results of a fusing workshop with Laura Wasilowski - it needs straightening up and quilting, but I'm very pleased with what I got done in an afternoon.

My other purchases, one of which is a present for a friend (who doesn't read my blog :o))

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Strippy Quilt - Update

I've had another fantastic day sewing with my good friends, and have made some progress on the strippy quilt. I'm really pleased with how this quilt is coming along, and I'm even going to have a go at some free motion quilting in the border. Wish me luck!

I also added some sashing to a nine patch that was started at a Linus evening at club last week. It's based on a sudoku puzzle, there are six quilts in different colourways, unfortunately a couple of the squares got turned around on this one so it isn't quite a sudoku anymore, but I don't think anyone will notice if we don't tell them ;o). The edges are a little wavy, but hopefully it'll quilt out - don't you just love that urban myth? I'm sure it'll look fine when it's done, and it'll make a child somewhere very happy. If you'd like to know more about Project Linus, click on the link.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Strippy Quilt Progress

I've managed to do quite a bit more on the strippy quilt this week, and now have the main bit of the top together. I'm pleased with how it's coming along, just need to make some decisions on the borders now.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Quilts don't have to be Square!

I made three of these hippos, one grey, one blue and one mauve. They were great fun to do and I got the last one done in just a weekend! They're made from fleece, which is very easy to sew because it doesn't fray. They have a thick polyester wadding (a couple of layers if I remember correctly) and the mouth opens. They're great play mats for littlies and were very popular with friends with babies - hence the three. I'm afraid the pictures aren't very good, but once something's given away, you don't have the option to rephotograph it! These were all made about 8 years ago.