Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Quilting Sampler

Easter Sunday saw me once again in my sewing room. This time for quilting.

I'd made this top a few years ago using a mini charm pack and black cotton. I don't know what I was trying to do here only that it hasn't worked and I don't like it.
I've sandwiched it up and I'm going to use it as a quilting sampler.

Using the seams of the charm squares I've grided the piece up into 2" squares and rectangles. Each square/rectangle will have a quilting pattern in them. Some will be repeated, some will be the only one depending on how I like it.

So far I've done all the squares around the centre.

Apart from the grid itself all the quilting is freehand, as you can probably work out by the wobbly lines.
Some of the designs have been inspired by others work and some have been made up on the spur of the moment. Some I'll use again and some I'll probably never use.
Here are some of my favourite  2"squares so far.

My pebbles have improved no end and I think the jigsaw and triangle fillers will feature quite alot in my future work.
Again I plan on working on this next weekend when I need to quilt the long rectangles around the outer edges of the quilt. .

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Simple Times

One of the UFOs I'm working on this month is Simple Times a BOM from 2013/14

It's a full sized quilt made in 1930's fabrics. I'd made up a few of the blocks as I received them but then became ill and it fell by the wayside.
Although I haven't done much sewing at the beginning of this month I pencilled in the Easter weekend as time for me to get back in the sewing room.
Saturday saw the few blocks I'd made become 12 pieced blocks.

I now have to make the 13 alternative blocks to complete the centre of the quilt.

I've also quite a few unused units left over which, along with the few scraps I've managed to save I'm aiming to make into some matching cushions or dressing/bedside table mats.

That'll be a job for right at the end when I know exactly how much fabric I've left over. The person who put it all together seems to be over generous on some packages but bang on the money on others. I'm hoping to have some more progress to show on this by the end of next weekend.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Bees and Blocks

In a surprise to myself I've got my Bee blocks for this month done and out of the way.

First up is Liz's block in the Buzzy Friends Bee. She chose the Hidden Gem block, the details for which can be found HERE. Liz wanted hot pinks, purple, duck egg blue, grey and black for her block.

This is the second time I've made this block and it went together a lot quicker and easier this time than the first time I made it back last year in another Bee.
It's also the last month for this Bee. I don't know if the other ladies are carrying on but I'm not going for another round. I already have too many quilts on my to do list and will probably struggle to decide on what block would be for me.

The next block is for Sharon in the BeeABee quilt Bee for which we make two blocks.
She asked for a version of Bonnie Hunters String Spiderweb found HERE. The instructions were low volume centres and then anything goes for the strings.

The eagle eyed among you will notice that the quarters are not sewn together. This is deliberate as Sharon wants to mix and match them all when she gets them.
As you know I'm not a scrappy person but I do like the way these look together. Maybe a quilt to add to my bucket list, especially as they were very quick to make up.

Finally the sew a long I take part in on a Facebook group.
This runs like a Bee in that a Queen for each month chooses a block and we all make it, but for us instead of sending it out. It was my turn this month and I chose THIS BLOCK from Quilters Cache.

I'm making mine using bright colours on a variety of blacks for the backgrounds. I'm also doing a mix of 12" and 6" blocks o make a lap quilt at the end of the year.
So far I've a nice variety of blocks and can't wait to see what gets picked for May.

Talking of May, it'll be my turn to be Queen Bee for the BeeABee and I've already decided what I want so watch this space as I think the finished quilt will be fun.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

UFO Challenge

Yes I know I'm late posting these but life has been hectic here.

 My daughter announced she was moving in with her boyfriend and it's been all hands on deck to get her stuff  to his flat. Now that she's gone it also means I can get in her room and give it a really good sort out and clean. It's the biggest of the bedrooms and she's managed to completely fill it. The plan is to move ourselves into it and then the stuff she's left here can be put in ours. This means new bedroom furniture for us and a complete redecorate of both bedrooms. Busy busy.

Anyway the UFOs on top of the pile to work on for this month are

Simple Times

This is a BOM from 2013/14. It's done in 1930's fabrics which is a bit of a departure from my normal in your face brights. I managed to keep up for a few months and then became ill so it all got put away. After a couple of months of focused quilting it'll be nice to do some piecing again. 

Talking of quilting, this is the other UFO to be worked on this month. 

It's a mini quilt using mini charms and alot of black. I made this one up as I was going along and whatever I was trying to do it didn't work. I've sewn a grid onto this now and I'll be using it as a quilting sampler as I don't like it enough to use it for anything else.

I failed miserably last month as I didn't manage to finish either of my quilts. I'm hoping I can get at least one of them done this month as well as the two quilts above.

New Blogger Blog Hop

You may have noticed that there is a Blog Hop going around at the moment focusing on new (ish) bloggers. I saw this last year and thought it looked like fun but just missed out at taking part. This year I've been accepted though. 

I've been given my hive

and my date for posting my blog post....May 1

Until that day though please feel free to check out the other members of my hive listed below. I look forward to seeing you all on my day.

AndreaGoofin’ Off Around the Block
BarbaraCrazy Red Quilts
BeccaPretty Piney
EmilyThe Darling Dogwood
GailQuilting Gail
GinaQuilts and Cakes
KaraSunshine Kwilts
KathyKathys Kwilts and More
NancyGrace and Peace Quilting
NicoleHandwrought Quilts
RitaPosterity Quilt Company
Samantha  Aqua Paisley Studio
SharonYellow Cat Quilt Designs
VivianQuilting, Crafting and Sometimes Cooking
WendyPieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Back in Business

Look how clean and sparkling my machine is.

The men with the toolbags came and gave her a good going over. Apparently I'd broken the tension spring which had caused all the problems I wasn't aware I was having.
Anyway 2 and a bit hours later I'm back in business. She's back in her rightful place upstairs in my sewing room ready for action.
I'll be back sewing tomorrow and Saturday. Sunday I'm visiting a quilt show and will be taking loads of pics.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Quiltathon Day 3 and a finish

For today's sewing I made up these two cushions

I used the excess HSTs from the star quilt I've been working on to make two 12" blocks of pinwheels

I bordered them so they are now 14" and quilted some straightish, parallelish lines in some of the background to try and give the illusion of movement. Taking some of the triangles into the border.

Using some spare fabric from the back of the quilt I've made these up into cushions with an envelope back.

I've put the pads in for now just to take some pics to show you. The covers will have to go in the wash though as I managed to prick my finger, not once but three times and bleed on both of them.

In other not so good news my sewing machine seized up just as I was sewing the last few stitches of these. Although hubby is happy to take the machine apart to have a look but I'm not so keen this time. It's due a good service so a phonecall to the nice machine doctor will be made tomorrow morning. Time to drag my spare machine out from it's hidey hole.

March Quiltathon days 2

Yesterday I pinned up the star quilt on the living room floor after first rearranging the furniture so it fitted, just.

A trip to the local fabric factory shop saw me pick up this for the backing.

And that's it for this quilt for time being as spring has sprung and the garden is calling. There's no way I'll get it finished for the end of the month as per the challenge so I'm calling it quits. All I'm aiming to do with it is Stitch in the Ditch all the seams by the end of the week.

Friday, 24 March 2017

March Quiltathon weekend Day 1

Yes it's Quiltathon weekend hosted by Judy at Patchwork Times.

I only managed to get a few hours of sewing in as to be honest I forgot about it. No panic though as I've changed my plans for the weekend and time in my sewing room has been scheduled.

So what sewing have I done I hear you ask.

Well, this

has become this.

 and a close up

I took advantage of a break in a breezy day to get some half decent pictures for a change.

This is my UFO for March and I'm now torn.

I also have this one as a nominated UFO for March and only one lot of wadding until late next week.

So which one do I sandwich up tomorrow and try and get finished by the end of the month.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A Day Late

Well it was National Quilting Day on Saturday and I did nothing. Ok I did pick up some wadding but I don't think that really counts. Sunday was different as I was home alone all day. So, albeit a day late, I celebrated National Quilting Day by chaining myself to my sewing machine.

First up I made the Bee blocks for this month.

Michelle asked for string blocks measuring 13". Her requests were no white and no large scale prints.  Here they are together.

Katrina wanted 16" Pineapple Blocks.

These were a challenge as I really do not like the Pineapple.

 She asked for low volume and pinks, yellows, teals, greens and reds.

And both together.

These have gone off in the mail and should be received soon.

Those kept me busy for the morning and after lunch I worked on this months UFO.

I turned the blocks from this post  into this.

This is the centre of the quilt. I've still the pieced borders to attach. I've actually made half of the borders and took a picture but I've managed to delete the pic somehow so you'll have to wait until they are attached.
The plan for the week is to finish piecing the quilt, sandwich it and start quilting. But first I have blogs and e mails to catch up on,