Friday, 31 July 2015

A Demanding Client

I had to make a mini quilt this week for a very demanding daughter. It's a birthday gift for her friend.
She'd bought a screen printed panel with a quote from Harry Potter and wanted me to make it into a wall hanging/table topper. She pulled the fabric from my stash, even choosing the backing and binding fabric.

The panel was 12" square and the finished quilt measures 24" square. I used a grey on white as a plain first border, blue and white 4 patch for the second border and finally the grey and white plain border. It's bound in plain grey.

The centre is quilted in pale blue. I've outlined the letters as I've gone along. I've quilted peacock feathers either side of the word flick, in white, and next to swish I've quilted in some lightening streaks. You can just about make these out.

 The first border is quilted in a serpentine pattern in white. The chequerboard is quilted in diagonals in white and then loops in each of the 4 patches in pale blue. The final border is quilted in white again. Two parallel lines are filled in with circles.

And the back showing all the quilting

 This was yesterday's sewing and the binding was hand sewed down this morning so daughter can take it to work today for her friend's birthday.
It has passed her severe inspection and payment will be a box of chocolates.

I'll be linking up to all the Friday finishes shown HERE

Thursday, 30 July 2015

July Secret Pals

Over on Instagram I'm part of a monthly secret swap. You get a new partner at the beginning of the month and you have that month to send them a small handmade gift. The idea is that they receive the gift by the end of the month.
I'm running a bit late but as my partner is in the UK I can send the package next day delivery.

Apart from one or two months I've been sending mug rugs out each month. I love making these up as they are quick and good practice for new ideas.

I was planning on piecing this but as I was running late I decided on applique instead.

I sewed each piece down using a matching thread. I then echo quilted in each shape twice. Around the centre echo quilting I quilted pebbles/bubbles.


I matched the thread on the back to the ones I was using on the back

I bound it in the same white I used as the background. A white pinstripe. I love using this for binding. I've none left now and I can't remember where I got it from.

Anyway that's another finish for this week and I'll be linking this up on all the Friday linky's listed HERE

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Doing the Happy Dance

Yes I'm doing the Carlton Dance right now. Why?

The beast is finished. 

 All bound using the same fabric as the backing
All folded up and ready to go to it's new home

For those not familiar with the quilt, this is a 10ft x 10ft super king sized sampler quilt, quilted on my domestic machine,  that I have a love/hate relationship with. You can see more pictures of it HERE.

This is another off my FAL Q3 list and I'll be linking up to various linky's shown here when the time comes.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

RHS Tatton Park Garden Show

Saturday morning at 5:00am does exist, take it from me as that was the time I was up and about. We set off for the show at 6:00am for the 3 hour drive. We stopped off for coffee which I somehow managed to throw around the inside of the car and spent most of the journey trying to clean it up.
Anyway we got there in one piece, and smelling faintly of coffee, we hit the show.

 One of my favourite gardens was the Day of the Dahlia. Great colours and I'm now trying to work out where to put a skull in the garden.

Whereas hubby liked the water gardens and has huge pond envy now.

I loved these water sculptures and they are on my " when I win the Lottery" list. 

I loved the hair of this cow in the children's category.

The invisible shed was the hit of the show I think. It was full of glitter balls inside.

There were loads of plant stalls ready to help you part with your money

These were my favourite orchids but the hubby has banned me from buying anymore. I have far too many as it is and I'm running out of room for them. 

But he couldn't stop me from buying this Hosta

 For the Crochet lovers amongst you how about these flowers

and just so you can see how large they really were

Right I'm off to paint the shed

 There are more show pictures on my gardening blog, link in the side bar.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I don't think Stan has much planned for today, if I'm honest

I know how he feels. Saturday was a long day as we went to the RHS Garden Show at Tatton Park. It was a 15 hour day and very tiring. There wasn't much done yesterday apart from a little sewing.

I made up the zippered pouch in the Wizard of Oz fabric for the Broadway swap

 I used a tassel and a Wicked Witch charm for the zip pull

I also started on the next swap which is dog themed.

Using a Bird Brain design I've made the two stichery panels into a simple wall hanging

I need to quilt this and make a couple of extras and then this will be another off my to finish list.
Apart from putting the binding on that sampler quilt there'll not be much sewing done today. Hubby had a week off last week and I need to catch up with all the housework I haven't done. I also need to write a post about my visit to the garden show.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Fly my Pretty

With a few days to spare I've finished my Broadway Swap quilt.

My partner likes The Wizard of Oz and Wicked, amongst others, so I decided to make a wall hanging on this theme. I was lucky enough to get hold of a set of seven fat quarters on the theme of Wizard of Oz and I've used these as the main theme of the quilt.

I played around with a few designs but settled on handsewing some hexagons together and then hand appliqueing them onto a black background. I used hexagons as it's a play on the word Hex, which is another word for the curse a Witch puts on you, which also ties in with the theme of the film. 
I left four of the hexagons a plain black so I could embroider the characters needs on them. 

After quilting in the ditch using monofilament I appliqued a black witches hat at the bottom of the quilt.

At the top I machine appliqued a pair of shiny red shoes using a sparkly fabric 

which left shiny red sequins all over my iron. Cue a load of obscene language.

Luckily the slave was available to pick them all off using a pair of tweezers.

I bound the quilt in black, using a red insert just to lift the quilt slightly.

 I've a bit of fabric left over so I think I'll make a zippered pouch with it as an extra and then it'll be packed up and in the mail tonight.


I've made my pouch as the extra for the swap

 I used some more squares of fabric in a random pattern for the outside and plain black for the inside.

I used a tassel and a wicked witch charm as zipper pulls

This is another of my listed finishes for the FAL3.

I'll be linking up to various sited that you can find listed HERE

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Classic meets Modern BOM

OK so last year I took part in a BOM run by Erin at Sew At Home Mummy. It was a nice simple one ( or that was the idea).
Each month she gave us the instructions to make a classic block and/or a modernised version of the same block. She also encouraged us to play around ourselves with the blocks.  I was doing really well in keeping up but for some reason I fell by the wayside. For the past 6 months I've only had one block to do. Not anymore though. I've finally finished all the blocks.
So, with an EQ mock up of the originals my blocks are

January - Bears Paw

 This is the only block I didn't play around with. Unfortunately I don't think I have enough fabric left  to make another.

February - Amethyst

March - Drunkards Path

April - Double Z

May - Dresden Plate

June - Log Cabin

July - Starflower/Lemoyne Star

August - Churn Dash

 September - Maple Leaf

October - Flying Geese

November - Rolling Stone

December - Christmas Star

 I'm not sure when I'll get them all together in a quilt. I'm not even sure how I'll put them together as I don't want a traditional sashed setting, even though I've sewn a narrow sashing to each block. Having had a look through EQ7 I quite like this one

It probably won't be exactly the same but it's a starting point.