I'm Gina a housewife from the fabulous valleys of South Wales in the UK.
I live in a town that has this at it's heart
A castle built in the 13th Century with its own ghost. As well as being a huge tourist attraction it has also featured in many Doctor Who episodes.
I've been patchwork and quilting for approximately 20 years. I sort of fell into it to be honest. I was visiting a local stately home that had a patchwork shop in it's grounds. I went in looking for cross stitch thread. I commented on the lovely quilts and was persuaded to put my name down on the waiting list for a beginners class. By the time I got home there was a message saying someone had dropped out and I was in. The rest as they say is history. ( as is the 1st quilt which was loved to death by my daughter)
I enjoy all forms of patchwork but I'm tending to do more by machine now as my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. I'm lucky in that I have a room I can devote to sewing and keep the mess I make contained.
This is the after shot, you don't want to see the before. Oh you do, Ok then don't say you weren't warned.
I sew all my quilts on my domestic Janome. I won her in a competion years ago and she's my workhorse. I also do all my own quilting on her, including this Super King sized quilt.
I've also got a very basic Brother that I use when the unpredictable Welsh weather lets me sew outside.
After sewing my next love is my garden. This is only thing that keeps me out of my sewing room for any length of time. To be honest if forced to choose between the two then my garden would win. Sorry ladies.
As the name of my blog suggests I'm also a baker
Right that's enough about me. I lead a boring life really so there's not much to tell. I thought I'd show you some of my favourite quilts that I've finished. I'll try and give any information that I remember.
These were done in a workshop on curved piecing more years ago than I care to admit. As you can see I was going through my bright stage. One I haven't really grown out of if I'm honest.
This one hangs in my hallway. It's a pieced background but the leaves are real leaves trapped between layers of wonder web and chiffon. I call it Forever Autumn and keep meaning to do a summer one with flowers.
This table runner has sentimental attachments. It was made for a private swap with a dear internet friend in the US. She has since died and I miss our fun conversations over the computer.
A baby quilt. Nothing too special but I love making baby quilts. they are so fun to make up. Unfortunately I don't know many people of the age who can or want to get pregnant so everyone I make is special and exciting to me.
Finally my owls quilt. This was a cross stitch sew along a year or so ago run via facebook. Each owl is slightly different and in a different colour scheme. I decided to border them and make then up as a wallhanging. I like combining quilting with cross stitch. Somehow it lends itself to be made up in this way.
I see alot of quilters out in internet land worrying about "losing their mojo". If that happpens to you, as it does to me every so often can I offer you advice. DON'T WORRY.
Close the door of your sewing room. Put your machine away and forget all about sewing. Find a new or re visit an old hobby I can promise you that one day you'll wake up and your fingers will start to itch for patchwork again. It may take weeks, it may take months but it will happen. I went 6 months without even looking at my sewing machine one year. Nothing happened ( well apart from it being covered in dust). The earth wasn't engulfed in flames, the mountains didn't fall into the sea, well not around here anyway. I went back when the time was right and picked up where I left off. If the truth is told I felt better after the break as sewing was starting to become stale for me.
Well if you've stayed with me this far I thank you for your patience. Please visit the blogs that are posting with me today
AMY - Amy's Scrap Spot
NICOLE - Handwrought Quilts
BARBARA - Crazy Red Quilts
VIVIAN - Quilting with Vivian
KARA - Sunshine Kwilt
Also Yvonne and Leanne are having a giveaway today so visit them to enter. Let me know if you are lucky enough to win anything.