Sunday, 30 December 2012
Sunday, 9 December 2012
So here it is! My first attempt at free motion quilting.
You can visit her blog here. It’s such a useful tool!
I've watched the first couple of videos and am running a little before I can walk by combining the two at the same time.....
As I started, it was a bit jagged and my stitches very short as I had trouble moving the quilt sandwich around. Started to wish I had waited and bought some grippy gloves or something. I was having problems even doing the simple 'U' shapes......
This last picture shows me being a bit more adventurous again before I was ready, but I think I can already see some progress!
I was able to move the quilt around a lot better at this stage too. I’ve put my little 1” x 6” ruler in the images so you can see the scale of the quilting.
I’ve kept my pieces quite small not only to keep them manageable but also because I am using up some wadding scraps. The wadding is Hobbs Polydown which is a 2oz wadding. I will also play around with some thinner wadding like Hobbs 80/20.
The main thing, as Leah says, is to practice as practice makes perfect!
Saturday, 1 December 2012
I do like twitter at the moment though!
I have been playing with the new Bali Pops, Crackers and Snaps that I had in stock. One quilt top I want to keep under wraps a little as I might turn it into a pattern, I made that from an old Pop pack.
I was right to do so though and it would have bugged me if I had done straight border corners!
And I'm really excited to see it's being used in the publicity for the new Uttoxeter quilt show, the British Quilt & Stitch Village!
Sunday, 23 September 2012
I then bought some of Heidi Stoll-Weber's wonderful dyed cotton sateens and my quilt design was born.
Working on my first block again last night, I fell in love with these fabrics all over again. They are so lovely to work with.
So here are a couple of pics of what I have done so far
For some reason Blogger has decided to rotate the second image!
It will go to a reddy pink in the centre with some yellow/orange detail on top.
Well that's the plan!
And right now I want to get back to it...............
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
I have been wanting to post something for ages, but then life gets in the way and the moment has gone.
I have made some quilt samples though! The first I am really pleased with and which uses fabrics from the Magic Garden collection from Blend Fabrics.
Then I made what I feel is my first modern quilt! It uses the stripe from the Retro Mix collection from Robert Kaufman. It just needs some great straight line quilting...........
Next up was a delft inspired quilt featuring fabrics from the Dutch Cottage collection from Robert Kaufman. I'm really pleased with this one too. I love using stripes as sashings and bindings.
Oh and I can now post a pic of the layer cake quilt I was working on seeing as it's on the front cover of P&Q magazine!
Monday, 9 July 2012
I have hardly done any sewing for several weeks now, possibly not since my son went on his school residential trip in mid June.
That really is terrible isn't it?
I have no idea why.
I did have a quilt show a couple of weeks ago but that's no excuse.
Actually, come to think of it I did put a binding and hanging sleeve on my layer cake quilt a week or so ago. Ferret quilted it for me as I just wouldn't have been able to quilt it in time for it to go into the September issue of British Patchwork & Quilting which is being worked on now.
And that's about it.
I think I have a creative block at the moment, kind of. That and not getting around to thinking about doing some sewing until its late in the evening. And then I am too tired to start anything new (thanks to the cat waking me up before 5am most days).
I want to teach myself to machine quilt and thought I would have a go at following the Free Motion Quilting Quilt Along except I can't really get started as I don't have a darning foot for my machine yet.
I have a couple of display quilts I want to get started on. One of them needs a bit of thought still so maybe that's why I am stalling?
And then I have a modern quilt I want to make......
And there's my red and white quilt.........
And I have my kaleidoscope quilt to quilt.......
So I have no idea what I am waiting for!
Saturday, 16 June 2012
I have a few days to myself this weekend as TK has gone on a residential trip with his school. I was glad to hear that they had arrived ok as there is a storm coming which only hits these shores every 50 years or so!
They have a wonderful time on these trips doing all kinds of exciting things as well as the fun of being away from home. Its an important step for them. Although its quite emotional seeing the kids leave on their coach, its also a wonderful moment as the rest of the school come out to wave them off on their adventure.
This year we had the fun of an absolute downpour just as the kids were getting on their coach. They of course managed not to get too wet, but pity the poor parents who got absolutely soaked! Still I suspect the kids will get a little wet and muddy over the next few days. I am sooo not looking forward to see his dirty washing when he comes back on Monday!
So while I have these days to myself I have decided to try and be productive. I do try and set myself goals when I am on my own but somehow, as I don't have my usual routine, I manage not to get much done.
Today has been good though!
A few months ago, I worked on a modern quilt design inspired by the tiles in my bathroom.
They are rather styish aren't they?
So I have created a design based on this. Today I re-drew the design on squared paper which is a novelty for me as I ususally draw things out in Quilt Pro. I'm going to put some fabrics together tomorrow and it should be very quick to put together. It will take me a while to quilt it although it is probably only going to be 24" by 30" !!
Talking of quilting, I'm thinking about teaching myself to do FMQ. There are quite a lot of tutorials on the web and like anything practice makes perfect. I just need to get myself a darning foot for my machine. Not sure if I will have any problems getting one though as my machine is probably 20 years old!
blogged about earlier in the year.
Next on my to do list was to work on a design for my red and white fabrics which I
I had a eureka kind of moment the other day in the bath and decided I wanted to do a New York Beauty kind of quilt with the fabrics.
So I did a bit of drafting today, both on the pc and actually drawing and have come up with a basic design.
It seems to me that a lot of NYB quilts have lots of different versions of the block in them so I think I will be designing the blocks as I go.
I was so keen to get started as usual and have made the first block already
And yes I know it is all white fabrics!
I want to create a white centre and then gradually introduce the reds. I’m quite excited about it. The arcs are foundation pieced.
So all in all it has been a good day today! I was planning on capping it off by doing some quilting but this post has taken me longer to write than it should have done because Blogger is being stupid over the positioning of images and I have transferred over to MS Live Writer.
Let’s hope I be just as productive tomorrow!!
Monday, 4 June 2012
Part of me wishes I had stepped up to the plate and organised a little get together but on other hand I'm on my own for a few days while my son stays with his dad, and really this sort of thing is for the kids isn't it?
At least I have put some bunting up! And I'm tempted to leave it up while we enjoy this wonderful summer (when it arrives) of European football, wimbledon and then of course the London Olympics.
I think there are still some tickets available for Olympic events. The torch relay passes near here in a month's time that I will drag TK out to see and we just found out the Queen is visiting Hitchin in 10 days so will take him to see her drive past too!
And what about my quilting?
Well yesterday was a bit of a washout creativity-wise too. Half of the day has usually gone by the time I have driven to the ex's house and back to drop TK off and I just didn't seem to have any interest in doing anything, although I did manage some piecing of our SBS blocks in the evening.
I have however created a couple of new quick quilts for kits. The first uses fabrics from the Grandeur collection.
Monday, 7 May 2012
Yesterday I felt like I had got a lot done.
Hell I even did some ironing before I went to bed!
I could have spent most of the day sewing, or spent longer working in the garden but then one of the other things that I wanted to do that day would have remained undone and would have been nagging at me.
So I think this will be my new philosophy.
Two days ago I started work on designing a new quilt using a layer cake. I've never used a layer cake before. In fact I've only used a pre-cut once when I summoned up the courage to open a Bali Pop to make a Jelly Roll Race quilt, and believe me the hardest part is opening them. Its not that the packaging is difficult to open, its just that........they look so perfect all wrapped up like that!
I really enjoyed doing some design work for a change. Its not a complicated design as it is going to be featured in British Patchwork & Quilting. Judi and I have been challenged to make a quilt using a layer cake which is going to be the subs gift for the magazine.
So this was something new for me to tackle first..........working with Moda fabrics which aren't my usual thing.
However it is also quite hard designing something knowing that you have a finite amount of fabric.
I can't show a picture of the block just yet because of it going in the magazine but here's a sneak peak
The plan is to have our quilts on display at the Festival of Quilts in August with one of them appearing as a project in the Sept issue which will be out in time for the show. Seeing as that is only just over three months away, I have been busy piecing this weekend!
Sunday, 29 April 2012
I think my next quilt is going to have to be the red and white quilt that I have been collecting fabrics for but I need more red AND white prints for some mid tones. Luckily Quilts UK in Malvern is only a few weeks away so hopefully I can find some more fabrics there. If not I will either have to wait until the Festival of Quilts in August (not that I have any time to look around there!) or I will have to do a bit on searching online.........
I guess because I have my own fabric store, I haven't felt the need to do that before. Can you believe that?!
Sunday, 8 April 2012
On the negative side, I also sold an American style fridge freezer. It went for quite a good price. I emailed the buyer within a few minutes of them winning the item to arrange collection, but I'm still waiting for them to respond.........and I have a feeling they aren't going to. The buyer had only joined eBay the day before so they had no feedback. It isn't a good start. Something doesn't feel right.
Ordinarily this wouldn't really be a problem, but I needed the freezer to be collected by tomorrow and its now looking that this isn't going to happen. So I have to wait until 4 days have elapsed to open an unpaid item case and then wait a further 4 days before I can close the case.............and then I have to decide either to offer it to the next highest bidder or relist it.............so much for it being collected promptly.
So this is the flip side of eBay...........the time wasters. I've since found out you can stop certain types of buyers bidding on your items which I have now set up and if this person doesn't ever pay they will be going on my blocked bidders list too. I guess before I have only sold items to quilters......and guess what? they are almost always honest decent people.
Its a shame more people aren't like quilters!
But then you read about the recent copyright dispute between a fabric designer and a publisher and you wonder maybe its just the world we live in today...................
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Today I have been weeding. As I've said before, I am loathe to do too much digging around as I'm not sure what a lot of the things growing in the garden are, but there are definitely a lot of weeds in the flower beds now so I spent a lovely hour or so tidying up one bit in the early evening sunshine. I had a constant companion the whole time I was working and he was right by my side bless him, though of course he disappeared to find some better sun when I came to take a photo!
Think I can fit in a bit more piecing this evening. Yesterday I joined the last blocks on to the rest of the row so tonight I'm cutting out the pieces for C7 :o)
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
When I pick the fabrics for the next block, I lay out all the other blocks so that hopefully I am getting a balance of colours throughout the quilt. Seeing as I hadn't done any piecing for a while, I also hadn't looked at all my blocks for a while either..............for a moment I thought I didn't like any of the colours!!!!!!
This was my problem with my Dear Jane quilt that I started. I had nearly finished the first row when I decided I hated the randomness of the colours and decided I wanted to make it in a more limited palette. Don't worry that has been put definitely to one side while I make this SBS quilt!
Sunday, 25 March 2012
So I guess that means I am quite content with my life at the moment. And I think that I am.
I love my little house and we are now starting to make it our own more. The garden is looking wonderful with daffodils all over the place and little gems keep popping up like a couple of hyacinths and I think some bluebells.
I have a quilter's block with my Kaleidoscope quilt, I think because it needs irregular quilting. Each stage is going to need a different quilting style and at the moment I can't decide what is best for the section I am working on.
I think I can substitute another similar fabric which will be great as I think the quilt design is a winner! I only have an image of it on my phone at the moment so will try and post a picture of it next time I post.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
I know there a lots of varieties of snowdrop, but this has to be one of the prettiest I have ever seen peeping through lupin leaves
This spring-like weather means we might take a trip to a garden centre this weekend to buy some garden tools as we don't have any. However I am loathe to do too much digging around as new things seem to be sprouting up around the garden all the time and I don't want to dig up something I might regret later!
I started off making a quick pieced Attic Windows wall hanging with some fabrics from La Scala. The blocks went together beautifully but then I rushed adding a thin black sashing without pinning them properly and of course my seams didn't match horribly! That's what comes from rushing to get something done before going to bed..........never pays off does it?
I was very good and unpicked the offending seams and it has now gone together much better. I just need to add a border before its finished and will post a pic then.
The other fabrics are a couple from the Imperial Collection 7 that are hanging around a little, mainly because I didn't use them in the sample I made using fabrics from this collection. Hopefully I can make a start on this quilt this weekend too.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
We still have a potato planter so we're going to try and plant some seed potatoes and maybe some other veg in pots too.
Sunday, 5 February 2012
It looks like this is the next bit to fall!
I had hit a slight wall with how I wanted to quilt the next tiny section of my kaleidoscope quilt, but I finally bit the bullet and broke through my quilter's block. I have a feeling this will happen quite often with this quilt! I'm pleased with how it is looking so far though
Saturday, 28 January 2012
I just keep thinking to the future like a certain son's wedding should he choose to get married, and how we can both stand there on his big day when we have no communication at all.
I just need to find a bit of spare time..............
Friday, 20 January 2012
we tried celeriac. I baked it thinly sliced in the oven with carrots and potatoes and some stock. It was ok. TK tried it at least which is the deal we have.
We still have some left so will probably mash it or make a dauphinoise with potatoes.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Even this thistle looked pretty!
Seeing as my garden is new to me, I'm trying to take photos throughout the year so that I can see whats in flower and when. A lot of the plants are new to me. At the moment the hellebores are in flower
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Is there ever an end to hassle when you get divorced?
I hope I have suggested a suitable compromise because I really don't want to have to involve lawyers or the CSA.
When I got the quilt out to do some quilting the other night, the cat decided for the first time for ages to sit in the lounge with us..............under the quilt of course!
Saturday, 7 January 2012
And yet each day goes by and I don't seem to accomplish anything!
How do people manage to be productive and achieve things?
Maybe I just need to be a bit more organised and allocate a small amount of time each day to various tasks and that way I will achieve several things over a period of time rather than spending a whole day working on one task and then feeling guilty about neglecting another task.........and I'm including the pile of ironing I have in this!
Maybe I need to make a list..............
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
I think he realises that its only a matter of months now before he has to walk to and from secondary school on his own, so its something he needs to get used to. Jeez I'll have to give him his own key to the front door soon!
Monday, 2 January 2012
My new collection of fabrics is a selection of red and whites.
As you can see I have plenty of reds and quite a few white on white prints, but harder to come by are the medium tones of red on white so my collection is not quite complete yet and not ready for a quilt.
I have had some thoughts about design though and have in mind a pieced background with floral applique.