Friday, 30 January 2015

Setting the table with Sizzix

You know if you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen this in the making

So today over on the Sizzix blog, you'll find a mini tutorial on how to make your own runner with the Big Shot machine, dies and a pile of pretty fabrics! 
(by the way, the Cotton and Steel Basics I got from Simply Solids, and the floral from the Village Haberdashery)

so for those of you who 'know', my table doesn't always look like this, and the runner is made to fit perfectly in length.   But that's one slippy table top right there, so to keep the runner in place, a little trip to the pound shop, and the trusty non slip grip liner to the rescue!

I cut about 10" off this roll, and it fits like a treat, my runner stays put. 
(this is the same stuff i use for free motion quilting!)

Don't forget to pop on over to the sizzix blog to check out the whole project.  
You too could have one just like it for Valentines day! 

So, that's my first finish off the FAL list too!  

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Thank You!

So the wee cushion I have on my FAL list, for Sarah, well its a private swap, with no big deadline, and I forgot all about the swap part, until a package arrived ...

and lo and behold ...

Isn't it marvelous!  

Sorry about the gloomy day picture

Looks much better on the bed!
So now I can't wait to get the Brit Bee Round robin quilt back!

I wish I had taken a close up picture of all the hand quilting detail, which is stunning!  I was took keen to get this post written, and another poorly lit picture wouldn't do it justice!

And I better get a move on with Sarah's cushion too!  

Thank you Sarah, I absolutely love it, I could gush all day and night over it!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Finish Along 2015

Yes, I'm going to join in again!

Well I was!  i just didn't get my act together, so rather than deleting the post I wrote but didn't publish, I'm declaring myself now!

I may not get everything done,but it helps me focus. 
and that is something that should be 'cultivated'

so if you hadn't heard, Adrianne, from On the Windy Side is running the show this year, and as always, there are sponsors, though the joy of finishing is enough, a little 'encouragement' can go a long way! 

so my list for Quarter One - a modest one for me!  

#1  Sarah's Cushion - something to make of the piecing that didn't quite work out for its original intention

(Ive posted pictures before, but couldn't find it at the time of writing)

#2  B&J quilt - oh its been ongoing since 2013, it just needs borders and quilting and binding and all that jazz. Time it got finished right? 

#3 Weekender bag - Nuff said!

(no picture of partial bag available, but witnesses have seen it!) 

#4  Imagine Quilts - loads of piecing to be done, but a happy slow burner

#5  Table Runner - cut ready for making

#6  Vintage Modern Quilt  -  Oh just quilting, binding and finishing off!

Very modest right?

No Linking up done, just for fun this quarter for me, to keep me on track!
Better late than never right!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Happy New Year!

I'm sad to see the last of 2014, it was a good year! 

These are just my makes, there were a couple more pillows and little things, but that's quite an achievement.
I took ownership of a Long Arm, and my business grew, as did I. 
15 Lap/bed size quilts!
I was published in 2 different magazines. 
My quilting went to Quilt Market! 

I haven't counted how many customer quilts I did too!

I am looking forward to the year ahead. I have chosen a word as my theme for the year

I aim to apply this to all aspects of my life, so lets hope 2015 is another good year!

I'd like to leave you with my last make of 2014 

I made this mini quilt for my friend Victoria of Bumble Beans who I was lucky enough to have tea with in London between Christmas and New year!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Talking Half Hexi's

Today I'm talking Half Hexi's over on the Sizzix Blog

and Friendship braids to be more accurate.

This little cushion was snuck in between all the final customer Quilts and Christmas preparations earlier this week.  

I hope you'll pop on over and take a look at the other side and see how to make those cute little braids too!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas
a Happy Creative New Year!

from my home to all of yours

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Just in case you hadn't heard ....

one of the reasons I have been absent, is that the quilting business has been really busy. 

I was thrilled to be asked way back in the summer to put some time aside for my lovely friend Katy for some secret stuff.  

Turns out it was quite a big deal, and I am so proud to have done my bit to help her take her new line of fabrics Priory Square for Art Gallery Fabrics to Quilt Market! 

So I just did the quilting, and the brief as always, was just a simple all over.
But this was for Market!  Really, the world and his wife was going to be there! 

So, this is what I did ...

the big quilt, well, it was all about the fabrics, so they never got quilted, but I made sure the quilting made them stand out with really tight little feather swirls in the background. 

I stuck with the theme, I know Katy loves feathers, and when this one arrived...

I just knew that a big feather heart would be perfect!

It was so much more visible from the back, and I am thrilled that it is also visible in the Look Book too!

There was also a small baby quilt ...

and the Voile in the center ....  oh so very soft!

The other news I had was there was to be a thread collection with Aurifil too! 

So I rustled up a cushion to go with the big quilt.

Thanks to Jacqui at Hantex for sending me fabrics so I could finish it off!

I also was asked by Jacqui to do a banner of some sort for Katy's booth
I was sent the marketing images to go from. 

So in true last minute style I decided to go big or go home, 

I printed the main image out onto fabric sheets, but poster size, instead of the A4 image I had 
joined up the sheets

loaded her up and quilted the heck out of her!

its hard to see, but those really are tiny little feather swirls

I put an invisible binding on the quilt to finish it off right at the edge of the print

This was a total surprise for Katy she had no idea I was doing this, and I have to say, I was the proudest person in the world to see photos of my little piece of Priory Square showing up on Instagram during Market.  

Another of those moments where you know you stepped up and did good! 

you can read all about Katy's Market experience here and here

If you don't have any Priory Square yet, you really do need some in your life.  its now available in the UK shops, Simply Solids, The Village Haberdashery, Plush Addict to name but a few!

I hope its on your Christmas list!

This is not a sponsored blog post, it is purely me, loving what my friend does, and happy to be a small part of it :)