Friday, 26 August 2016

Seeing Stars

I left my last post with this picture of my friendship star units

Wednesday was such a glorious day I set up my spare machine in the garden

and turned that pile into these

These are the first of the 7 units that make up each block. The star is 5" finished and the unit is 6" x 12" finished.

Next up is to turn this pile of fabrics into the friendship star variation that is the centre of the main star

Another nice day so I think it'll be sewing in the garden again this afternoon.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A Beginning

I've printed out all the paper piecing patterns and cutting instructions for Sleeping under the Stars.

 Before I started on the real quilt I thought I'd make up a practise block to check out the pattern and sizes. I used scrappy low volume for the backgrounds and each star is a different colour from my scraps pile.

The block finishes at 24" and there will be 16 in the finished quilt. I must admit I really like this block/mini quilt. I'll be sandwiching it up at a later date so I can do a run through on the quilting for the big quilt. I'll then use it as a table topper/wall hanging.

These are the fabrics I'll be using. Most are from my stash and a few I picked up in Birmingham at the quilt show. I'll be using the plain white for the background.

Yesterday I started on the real quilt. Here are the 16 friendship stars paper pieced and ready to be sewn together.

I'm paper piecing them as they finish at 5" and I think I'll get more accuracy doing it this way than trying to rotary cut the pieces. I'll be sewing these together today and then I can start on the large star points which I'm  also paper piecing.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

August Blocks

For once I've got all my august blocks done and on time. I'm pretty good with my Bee blocks. They always go out in the month they are supposed to, but very rarely this early.

First up we have the Stash Bee blocks for Sarah.

She asked for 12" quarter log cabin blocks in fabrics/colours that felt like summer to us.  I had a blast making these and if the hubby hadn't interrupted me I'd have probably made enough for a quilt for her.

 Next up is the block for my Buzzy friends Bee. Ellie asked for the Squash Blossom block found here in navy blue and yellow. Again I got carried away and made two the same for her

 My last Bee is the Blossom Heart Bee. A bit of Deja Vue here as Kirsty asked for the same block as last month, the Double Star, found here.

 Finally the last block for August ( and blue purple) is this one for the Blossom Heart Modern HST Sampler. I messed this up slightly as I meant for the centre block to be rotated 180 degrees. Never mind it still looks ok.

Today I'm planning to start Sleeping Under The Stars. Be prepared as you'll be seeing alot of this quilt in the next few weeks.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Beach Bag and a finish

A month or two back I was blog browsing and came across this post from Sandra featuring a fabulous beach hut bag she had made. She mentioned that she was going to write it up as a pattern and I commented that I would love to make it when the pattern came out.
A couple of weeks ago I had an email to ask whether I was still interested in the pattern and if so could I test it out. I immediately said yes.
Yesterday was a grey, wet day and what was needed was a bright sunny bag to make. So I did.

Side one

 Side two

It's a lovely big bag ( about 20" x 20") and although no pockets inside it wouldn't take a genius to put some in if wanted. I'll be using mine as a carry all so don't want any.

Talking of inside, Sandra used a wipe clean laminate for hers but I didn't have any. I did have this sea and seagull fabric though. I'd bought it for another project but the colour wasn't right. It's perfect for this.

Now if you follow the quilting instructions I reckon the bag would only take approx 2 hours from cutting to finish. I however decided to go for the heavy quilting ( would you expect anything different) so the bag did take me longer.

I did a weird line on the sand to show the different layers you get on a beach.

Near the green I over quilted with some greens to look like the grasses you get where the sand meets the land. I also followed the seam of where the sand meets the beach huts and quilted grasses along there too.

The bucket and spade were appliqued on using a turquoise thread

And the sun with a yellow/orange. To go with the clouds quilted on the sky I embroidered a few more rays on the sun.

I did change the pattern slightly. Next to the beach huts Sandra had sand going all the way to the sky. I decided to piece this strip having sand, greenery and the sky. This was a personal choice and not because I didn't like the original. It's my little bit of individuality as you know I can't make anything exactly as stated.

Although it's now finished I may pick up some small buttons or charms to sew around the doors of the beach huts.

 I don't need to make this again but I would love to. I'm now on the hunt to find someone who wants a bag like this so I can remake it. Of course as the pattern also gives instructions for a wall hanging I could always make one of those.

EDIT - please note the pattern for this bag can be found  from Sandra on Craftsy HERE  or on Payhip HERE

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Festival of Quilts Part 5

Well ladies this is it, the last of my posts shoeing the pics I took at the Festival of Quilts last weekend. I hope you've enjoyed them and got lots of inspiration.

Today it's the quilts that I haven't been able to categorize over the past few posts. I'm calling them the weird and the wonderful ( or the best of the rest).

A different way of using up your selvedges

Loved this idea. Definitely one for those of us who detest sewing in the ends

Loved this quilt. Hubby is a train fitter and this would be right up his street. Half the quilt is the steam engine and the other half is the engineering diagrams. If he was with me I think this would have been his choice for visitor favourite.

From the comments overheard while I was near this one divided opinion. It depicts a lady who's had a mastectomy and her thoughts about her body. I thought it was great

Well that's it. Thank you for bearing with me.
Normal service will resume with my next post.