Thursday, 16 May 2013

Ta Dah!

It's like buses round here, no blog posts for days and then two come along at once!

so, as part of my FAL Q2 list was this ...

 a pile of cut pieces, and one little block ...

a sample for Stitchcraft Studio in Grantham, I needed to get it done 

it was the weekend, and I have taken to doing piecing and quilting for me at the weekends, 
rather than working on customer quilts, and feeling like I never sew for me 
so I gathered my bits and bobs ...

and dealt with the incontinent iron ... really!

and before I knew it I had a top!

so I loaded that baby up, and set to with the quilting

which actually took less time than I thought it would 

and to save time because this was now Sunday afternoon,
I machined the binding on, not brilliant, but its done

I'm pretty damn pleased with the result!

So, that's one quilt, finished, delivered and now hanging in the shop,

I'll be teaching this as a class on 27 July if you are interested ...

Just sayin'

so I do believe that is finish number 3 on my Q2 FAL list!   

Ta Dah!!!!!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Busy Bees

so at the end of last month I managed to sneak in my April Bee Blocks
for the Brit Bee ...

Ceri had sent us some hand printed sketches she'd asked each of us to do for her,

and as expected, mine had a feather in it ..

and some beautiful hand printed fabrics made wonderful log cabin-ish blocks

And Jo send out a whole stack of low volume liberty fabrics and just a few bold ones, with a request to make a block using 1/3 darks to 2/3 low volume ...

and these triangles went together so beautifully!

So my Brit Bee blocks are all up to date :)  

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sunday Show and Tell

So I'd been harbouring a secret, 

but it was all over last week, only I wasn't organised enough to get a blog post up about it...

I free motion quilted this cushion for Lynne's Aurifil Challenge,
 using the Bari J Splendor 1920 box of 12 wt Aurifil

onto Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Nocturnal

and matched up some Aurifil 50 wt for the back quilting and piecing

so, I can now tell you, that on the back of this project I ended up making another cushion, 
that is now a shop sample at Stitchcraft Studio in Grantham ....

... where I will be teaching a class of Free Motion Quilting Peacock feather cushion!

you can find the details of my class here ...

scheduled for Saturday 29 June 2013

I am so excited, and petrified all at the same time, 
it'll be a breeze right?

Saturday, 4 May 2013

May the Fourth ...

.. be with you! 

I know but I couldn't resist!  
seems such a long time ago that I went to see the original film at the Cinema in Oxford, 
way back when .... in 1977!  

so, the fourth was definitely with me because I am so happy to show you in full glory my Brit Bee Quilt (year one!)  ....

Drum roll please ....


I kick started it by adding it to my FAL for Qtr 1, 
and a mild boot up the backside from fellow Brit Bee'r

so by the end of the quarter it was indeed a complete top, 
not finished!

so I set to with piecing a back and my sigi blocks ..

loaded it up, but this time I went for some 100% cotton,
I got mine from Justine at Simply Solids 

and played with custom feathers for the first time ...

and after a marathon of quilting last Saturday, 
about 8 hours in all, (in one day wasn't a good idea!)

but oh, how thrilled I was with the results...

a bit of custom swirls and twirls, and a quick spin through the overlocker 

and a scrappy binding from the fabrics left from my FQ stack Of Giddy by Sandy Gervais for Moda

all my Brit Bee Lovelies ... 

and it all worked out so well ...

but, the quilting was quite flat, and I really never wash my quilts after this point,
but, I knew with all that heavy quilting, and the cotton wadding, 
a wash would add instant age and antiquing to this beauty ...

I cannot tell you how stressed this made me ...

but I am so glad I did!

its about 72" x 72"

and I am absolutely in love with it!

It made me so happy to finish this quilt, to have a personal hug from all my Brit Bee Besties,
and the colours so reminded me of this quilt
it made me just a little emotional, 

Thank you so much Brit Bee, you all have a special place in this quilt, I am so grateful for the year(s) of friendship this quilt now represents x

so there you have it, this makes finish number 2 on my FAL Qtr 2 list!

Thursday, 2 May 2013


ok, that would be another month flown by ...

must mean its time to reflect on April ...

A busy month, including bee blocks I've not blogged about, a quilt I've not blogged about, a bag I only told you briefly about, and a cushion you may have seen elsewhere!

Oh and there was these too!

 3 customer quilts and one Project Linus quilt, that I have been told will be at Festival of Quilts, on the PL stand to be raffled off to raise much needed funds  :)

oh and a quilting retreat and a trunk show/talk too!

So all in all a very busy month

It looks like spring has sprung in my garden at last, and the sun finally has appeared with a little warmth too
now that's much better!