Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Based on .........

..............Block 2 of the I Wish you a Merry Xmas QAL.

That was far too much of a mouthful to be just one title.

Anyway down to business.

Block 2 of the QAL has been out for 2 weeks and in my usual rush to get behind I've only now finished it.
The block was called Christmas Tree Farm and can be found HERE.  I liked the idea of the block but wanted something a little different. I'd had an idea in my head for something similar for a while so the time had come to get onto EQ and play.

I drew out a basic triangle and tree trunk and then just drew lines inside. I paper pieced the blocks ( I made 6) to get these.

Which when sewn together became this

The basic pattern is the same and the trees finish at 6"x 3". I've used all the different greens in my scrap bucket for them. The background is a cream covered in glitter. It comes off. It goes everywhere. I had glitter in my undies. I'm never working with it again.

I did a very simple quilting design of quilting two "ghost trees" and then fmq'ing all the background.

The reverse so you can see it clearer

I now have a nice new cushion for the winter

I'm aiming to make another one in a slightly different layout but using blues. I just need to get around to it. In the mean time block 3 and block 4 have been published. I need to decide what I'm making with them .

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ace's High

The baby quilt from the last post is all finished.

Some close ups of the quilting. I did a combination of lines and squiggles across the blocks. Some blocks I left unquilted, although all seam lines were stitched in the ditch. For the larger blocks I just quilted around the clouds, parachute and plane propellers to give a slight 3D effect.

I auditioned a few of the fabrics I used for the binding and finally settled on the orange.

Although it looks bright in the pics taken inside, that's nothing to how bright it is in proper sunlight.
Here it is drying on the line yesterday after having been in the washing machine.

I couldn't decide what to call it but as I was putting in the last stitch on the binding the song Aces High by Iron Maiden came on the radio. It's all about pilots and flying  so it seemed appropriate.

This will be packaged off to it's new home next week after I've made a matching nappy basket.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Making it up as I go along

Hubby came home from work a few months ago and announced he's found someone who wanted a baby quilt. Well maybe not wanted one but as his wife was pregnant hubby's work mate got told they were having one. I've got my hubby well trained to pounce on signs of weddings and births.

There was no real theme but the couple knew they were having a boy so something blue and/or neutral was settled on. The due date is end of September.

While away in Yorkshire I picked up these fabrics

I mean who doesn't like cute flying pups.

I fussy cut the panels to get three large squares and a few smaller ones. I cut the borders from the large squares so I could use the fabric somewhere else on the quilt. From the plains I cut strips and squares to use to border the fussy cut pups.

I made a few pinwheel blocks and log cabins as fillers and then laid it all out on the bed.

Now for the fun bit, filling in the gaps and putting it all together. I pieced it into three pieces

The bottom third

Top left hand side ( kindly rotated by Blogger)

Top right hand side ( again kindly rotated)

And finally all together and looking slightly different from that initial layout

It has since been sandwiched and will be quilted this week. How I'm not sure yet but I'm sure it'll come to me sooner or later.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Christmas in August

Well you know me I can't do anything straight forward or normal. No Christmas in July for me, I'm doing it in August. Mind you those that know me will be wondering why Christmas at all as I don't normally celebrate it.

Well the thing is I was on my travels through blogland and I came across the I Wish You a Merry Christmas QAL on Vanda's blog. Now the thought of doing a Christmas quilt never entered my head but I did like block one which was a snowflake. So I thought, never mind the quilt I'd pick and choose which blocks I wanted to do as a Winter themed QAL instead. Then I thought well what happens if I only like the snowflake. So the plan is still to pick and choose the blocks I like or are relevant but I'm doing them as one off projects instead of a quilt.

So lets get on to block one.....the snowflake.

Or in my case two snowflakes ( both at 13" square)

 I've used a pale blue background with snowflakes over it and the white for the actual flakes. Please don't ask me what it is as I've probably had it for years.

 I fussy cut the centres and they've all been stuck down with bondaweb.

And then I sewed them together with some setting triangles to make a small table runner.

I sandwiched it and then sewed down the applique using a straight stitch for raw edged applique. Which left me loads of ends to sew in last night.

For quilting I drew out some shapes from a stencil that I thought looked snowflake like and quilted them in white. More ends to sew in.

I then quilted the background in a pale blue in a swirly FMQ.

There are 8 quilted snowflakes in there as you can just about make out.

I used a plain white for the binding and the lovely crinkled effect is because I finished it this morning and threw it in the washing machine before letting it dry on the line.

And there she is all finished and ready to go away until I decorate for the Winter.

Block 2 came out today, I think they'll be coming out every 2 weeks or so. It's Christmas trees. I'm not sure if I'm going to make that block or I might do something along the same lines but stick with the Christmas tree theme.

I'll be linking up with the various sites posted on the Linky page at the top of the blog

Sunday, 13 August 2017

I hear voices

I was in the local Quilt Shop the other week buying Bondaweb. I had no interest in buying fabric at all. Honest.

Anyway I walked in and got chatting, as you do. Whilst I was passing the time of the day I started hearing a whisper. " Buy me, buy me". Well it got louder and louder and being a good girl who always does as she's told ( well nearly always) I picked up these FQs from the display

and added them to total.

These are Lewis and Irene fabrics from two different ranges. The floral is from the new Celtic Blessings range and the blenders from the Bumbleberries range but they blend really well together.

I couldn't decide what to do with them so just played with some 9 patches.

I ended up making 7 of them

I then decided to cut them up to make a disappearing nine patch runner.

Well I cut them up and completely changed my mind. I made 7 different blocks by mixing and matching and different placements.

I'll now be making these into cushions for the lounge. Well after I've been back to the quilt shop to get some more fabric for borders and backing. This time though I'm putting in ear plugs so no more fabric can call me.

Friday, 11 August 2017

All Caught Up

Now I've found my sewing machine ( see last post) I've been sewing.

One of the Facebook groups I belong to has a SAL/Bee. Basically it's a mash up of both. a different member each months posts a link to a 12" block and we all make them to keep. At the end of the year we all have the same sampler quilt but our own personal version.

I decided to make a mix of 12" and 6" blocks depending on the blocks chosen. As the last block I made was April I had a few to catch up on.

A few close ups with the block names. All are from Quilters Cache and should be 12". I've shrunk the first 3 down to 6".

The last one I've kept at 12".

 The eagle eyed among you may notice that the star is spinning in the opposite direction to the pic on the instructions. I decided to try and make life easier by foundation piecing it. I drew it out in EQ but forgot that this would make it backwards. Not that it matters that much.

 I'm not sure if I did make life easier for myself to be honest as there were a lot of sections to put together. It did avoid the silly measurements  of 16ths though.

And all the block together so far.

I need to start playing in EQ with quilt layouts as to how to set them. I want to keep with the scrappy theme

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Not for the faint hearted

Ok, you have been warned

Yes that was the state of my sewing room. My sewing machine is in there somewhere and heaven knows where my table is. This is what happens when I don't sew for a few months and my room gets used as a dumping ground.

Fast forward a few days and the threat of my friend coming around to have some trousers taken up. A supreme effort and a long day of tidying

Once again a clean workspace. Look my machine was there all along.

Trousers have been hemmed and I'm catching up on some blocks for SAL and Bees I'm behind on.

Monday, 7 August 2017

UFO's to UFO's

Way back in January I decided that this year was when I tackled my UFO's. I would join the challenges and finish a quilt a month. Well hasn't quite worked out that way. The tub is nigh on as full now as it was at the beginning of the year. On the up side though is that I have no new ones.

As well as my quilty UFO tub I promised myself that I'd work on my Cross Stitch UFO pile. Over the last few months I've been concentrating on these on the occasions when I've felt the need to "do something".

First up we have my Kingfisher.
It had been in this state for far too many years. I don't know why I stopped doing it to be honest as its a great kit. Fabulous colours and a good chart.

Anyway about 6 weeks of work and we have a completed kingfisher.

This is part of a series of birds by Heritage Stitchcraft . I've got the other kits, apart from one, ready to go. Once I've finished my UFO's, or if I fancy a change I'll work on them.  I was thinking of making them into cushions but to be honest I'd be too afraid of them getting dirty so I'll get them framed behind glass when all done.

The other UFO I got finished is Winnie the Pooh and Friends.

This was the state I left it in

As you can see I hadn't done much. I quickly realised why I'd left it. I'd made a mistake. Fast forward 20 years or so. Yes it's been that long, I bought it to do as a height chart for my then toddler daughter and she's now 23.

We have a completed cross stitch. I ripped out what I had done and restarted from scratch. Really enjoyed doing this one. I completed each character, including back stitch where possible before starting on the others. It seemed to grow really quickly.
I've the perfect fabric to turn this into a quilted wall hanging for someone's ( don't know who's) nursery one day.

The new UFO I'm working on is another bird

A Grey Owl ( though there's not alot of grey in the kit which is worrying). Luckily I think the bird is fabulous as I'm struggling with the drab colours already. I can see why I put this down and didn't pick it up again. I'll plough on though as I want to get it done. It had better be worth it. I didn't realise how many shades of beige there were until I picked this kit up again and as you all know I don't do beige.

After this I only have 2 stitching UFO's left and then I can start on the numerous kits in my drawer.